December Newsletter

News from Friends of Huntington Beach State Park

December 2017

  • Please Welcome

In November 2017 we did not have any new members to our Friends organization.  

  • President’s Corner

Thanks to all of you who helped or attended our 7th annual Atalaya Holiday Celebration this past Saturday!  The event was wonderful!  Even the weather cooperated!  Almost every room at Atalaya was decorated and filled with wares.  Most of our vendors reported brisk sales and our own baked goods and craft sales were terrific this year.  I can’t say enough about the wonderful music performances by our local entertainers.  Thanks to our Friends co-chairs Carolyn Diehl and Laurie Johnston for their tireless efforts to make this event better than ever.  

The best part about this event is we were able add to over $4,300 into the Nature Center Building fund.  The money in the Nature Center Building fund will go towards the replacement of the exhibits once the building is completed.  In a recent Board Meeting with Park Manager, Brenda Mager we were advised that the South Carolina State Park’s bid process to replace the exhibits in the Nature Center with the same or like exhibits has been completed.  That is the good news.  The not so good news is we have a lot more fund raising to do in 2018.  The amount needed to replace the exhibits is $187,00.  Our special Nature Center Building fund, which is designated for the replacement of the exhibits has a balance of $50,032 plus the $4,300 we just deposited from the Atalaya Holiday Celebration event. Board member Sandra Barnes will be working with the South Carolina Park Services to develop a “thermometer” depicting goal and how much money we have raised to date.  The thermometer will be displayed in the Park and on our Friends website and Facebook page.  While it would be wonderful to reach the goal by the time the building is completed remember we can continue to work towards the $187,00 long after the building is opened.  Donations are always welcome!  

Visit our website

Anyone wishing to make a monetary online donation to the Nature Center Rebuilding Fund need to click on the Donation Tab on the far right at the top of any of our website pages or you can click on the underlined Heading (that will take you to the page).

 If you wish to mail in a donation, please make the check out to the Nature Center Rebuilding Fund and mail to the following address:

Friends of HBSP
PO Box 3019
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

In closing Happy Holidays and have a healthy, happy and safe 2018!

Your President,

Sally Kelly

  • You’re Invited

  Friends of Huntington Beach State Park



Wednesday, December 13th

5 pm

Atalaya’s Indoor Studio

Hosted by the Friends Board of Directors


Feel free to B.Y.O.B.

Soft drinks, water, and coffee provided

R.S.V.P. to Karen K

843-650-6666 or

Please respond to Karen no later than the morning of Friday, December 8, 2017 if you plan to attend.

  • January 2018 Newsletter 

There will be no newsletter January 2018.


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