October Newsletter

News from Friends of Huntington Beach State Park

October 2017

  • Please Welcome

In September 2017, we welcomed new and rejoining members to our Friends of Huntington Beach State Park organization.  Please welcome Dawn & Kenny Pellar, Cheryl Reilly and Sylvia Vuillemenot.  As always please welcome these members and thank them for joining our group when you see them in the Park!

  • President’s Corner

Our organization is dedicated to help the Park fulfill its mission of providing quality outdoor recreation and educational opportunities, and sustaining the integrity of the Park’s natural and cultural resources.  Wow!  What a mission we have to fulfill in concert with the Park staff.  In so many ways all of us are helping the Park meet their guests’ expectations each and every day.  The Park recently hosted the 42nd Annual Arts & Craft Festival and the Friends hosted a booth/tent at the event with all proceeds going to the Nature Center Building fund.  In our booth we sold commemorative Atalaya tee shirts and baked goods and sold we did!  This is the first year that the Friends organization sold all of the commemorative tee shirts.  A big thank to all of you from Karen Korszenieski and myself for so generously baking and volunteering at the event.  It was nice to see some new members and of course, all our “regulars”.  The Friends organization couldn’t do what we do for the Park without all of you!

Brenda Magers, Manager of Huntington Beach State Park also reported a record-breaking year for Park at the Festival.  If you were in attendance on one of the four days of the Festival you know what why it was record breaking.  There were wonderful vendors, tasty food and great entertainment.  Sending our kudos to Brenda and her Park staff for beautifully hosting this annual event for all to enjoy.  Next up for Huntington Beach State Park is the annual Atalaya Fall Festival and Haunted Castle event on October 27-28, 2017.  Details on how you can help with this event are in this Newsletter.

Your President,

Sally Kelly


  • Atalaya Fall Festival & Haunted Castle October 27 -28, 2017

The Park needs volunteer help with the Atalaya Fall Festival and Haunted Castle event being held on October 27 -28, 2017 (Friday and Saturday) from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM each day.  If you can help with the event please email James Revis at jrevis@scprt.com.  James is planning a volunteer training session on October 26, 2017.  If you haven’t attended or volunteered at this event it is quite a treat for our young visitors.  Please consider helping with this event.

  • Atalaya Holiday Celebration – December 2, 2017

Plans are continuing for the Annual Atalaya Holiday Celebration.  The event will be held on December 2, 2017 from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  A request for volunteer help and baked goods will be send out to all the members in November. 

This is the seventh year that the Friends will host this event in Atalaya.  Each year we have a goal of making it better than the year before and with the help of our members we hope this year will do just that on December 2nd.  On that day, Atalaya will be decked out for the holiday including a fire in the entryway fireplace to warm guests as they arrive.  Vendors will be selling their wares, Southern BBQ will be available for sale and a full line up of holiday entertainment will be hosted in Anna’s Indoor Studio.  Stay tune!

  • Calling All Fisherman

Friends of Huntington Beach State Park board member Charlie West is planning a saltwater fishing trip in our area some time in October or November.  To make the trip happen least two people are needed to sign up to go with Charlie.  If you think you are interested please email or call Charlie at westdale@sccoast.net or 843-650-1979.

Charlie takes trip every year and recently took this trip on October 3, 2017.  While the weather conditions were not the greatest that day Charlie said it was a great day for fishing.  The charter company is Top Knotch Charters with Captain Robert Mayer.  The cost is $400 for a ½ day and $600 for all day.  Everything is supplied except for food and drinks.  Captain Robert even Skins and fillets your catch!  The boat is a 21’ center console fishing boat.  The fishing is in Winyah Bay and the grass flats from Georgetown to McClellanville.  So if you like fishing this is a trip for you!  Again, email or call Charlie at westdale@sccoast.net or 843-650-1979 to select a date and time.

  • The Friends of Huntington Beach State Park Website

Please be sure to bookmark on your computer or tablet our website www.friendshbsp.com