December Newsletter

Friends of Huntington Beach Newsletter

December 2021

  • President's Corner

As you are reading this newsletter our 10Th annual Atalaya Holiday Celebration is in the record book and all I can say is Wow, Wow, Wow!  Wonderful weather, wonderful guests, wonderful vendors and a wonderful time was had by all.  We are happy to be back on track with our annual holiday tradition at Atalaya.  My heartfelt “thank you” to the many members and Park staff who helped to make this year’s event so successful for us.  There too many of you to name individually but you know who you are!  

As you know the Atalaya Holiday Celebration is our biggest fund raiser event.  In our January 2022 Newsletter we will share with you some the details of the events and we always welcome your ideas on how we can make this event bigger and better next year.

Happy holidays and a happy, healthy 2022 to all of you!

Your President

Carol Dankosky

  •  New Members

No new members in November 2021.  A big thanks to Jim Korszeniewski and Charlie West for joining us in our December 1, 2021 board meeting.  Come again!  Members are always welcome to join us at our monthly meeting. 

  •  The Friends Annual Holiday Party

Last call! The Friends will hold its annual all members holiday party on Wednesday, December 15, 2021.  The event will start at 5:00 pm. In Anna’s Studio at Atalaya.  Sign up for the event by emailing or calling Pat Cote at or 860-705-0962.  The last date to RSVP is Wednesday, December 8th.  If you are new to our organization this a wonderful way to meet us.  We supply the food and non-alcoholic beverages.  

FYI to all coming to the holiday party!  We have a wonderful menu of food being prepared by Ernst from Thomas Café in Georgetown.  The Friends will provide infused water, lemonade, coffee and hot chocolate and a sweet treat.  We will have a fire in the fireplace, but if you haven’t been to one of our annual holiday parties make sure you dress warm as we will be in Anna’s Studio at Atalaya.  As our secretary, Laurie Johnston always says, “I can’t believe I am in Anna’s Studio”.  This is a special place where Anna Hyatt Huntington worked on her sculptures when she and Archer were in Murrells Inlet, SC.  

  • Volunteer Opportunities in the Park

Please see the message below from Ranger Alexia Lane concerning several volunteer opportunities in the Park.


I have attached the dates for the volunteer opportunities that we have this month. 

South Campground Sweep: Dec. 8th

Atalaya Window Grate Training: Dec. 10th

North Campground Sweep: Dec. 13th

Please let me know if you have any questions and if you are planning on coming to any of the volunteer opportunities.

Thank you for you continued support of Huntington Beach State Park!

Alexis Lane
Park Ranger I  
Huntington Beach State Park  
South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism  
16148 Ocean Highway
Murrells Inlet SC, 29576  

  • The Friends Sweatshirt for Sale

A great gift for yourself for the new year!  You as a member can purchase one of our Friends logo tee shirts, sweatshirts or polo shirts to wear in support of our organization.  Please contact Vice President Jeri Reuss if you would like to purchase one or all of the items. 

These clothing items are available for purchase exclusively for the use by our members only.  The tees, polos and now the sweatshirts help you as a volunteer promote membership in our organization as well as, identify our members when they are volunteering in the Park as a part of our team.  If you would like to order the new essential fleece crewneck sweatshirt or the tee or polo please contact Jeri Reuss at  The sweatshirt is priced $20 for S – XL and $22 for XXL and up.  Check with Jeri via email for information about colors and sizes.  Information about the tees, polos and sweatshirts is also available on the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park webpage.


  • Use Amazon Smile for Donations to the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park

Thanks everyone for continuing to use Amazon Smile app for your Amazon purchases. In our November 2021 board meeting our treasurer Pat Cote reported that we received $27.78 from Amazon Smile. 

If you have forgotten about Amazon Smile here is the information again.  Amazon allows purchasers to support causes they care about.  With qualifying purchases via, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the charitable organization you designate.  Our organization is listed as Friends of Huntington Beach State Park.  

Amazon Smile is the same as Amazon however; you must sign into in order for charitable donations to be made on qualifying purchases.  If you have already designated a charitable organization on Amazon Smile you can change it.  Please choose us!

  • The Friends of Huntington Beach State Park Website

Please be sure to bookmark on your computer or tablet our website

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

Friends of HBSP
PO Box 137
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

  • Our Facebook Page

Please join our Facebook page: Friends of Huntington Beach State Park.

  • Our Instagram Account

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