Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Beech Mountain Club Pickleball

News Release
by Elizabeth Higginbottom

Beech Mountain Club is hosting a regional Retreat for Pickleball Ambassadors of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia on June 25-28.  Ambassadors are individuals who have pledged to promote and grow pickleball in their area. These hard-working folks do not get paid. They do this for the love of the sport of pickleball. Beech Mountain Club is putting together this retreat so the Ambassadors in this region can gather to share best practices for growing the sport, participate in breakout sessions to learn new ideas, build camaraderie and, of course, play Pickleball. The Retreat is an all-inclusive 4-day 3-night event which will allow the 50 participants a chance to visit beautiful Beech Mountain and experience what the mountain has to offer its residents.  

On the local front, the Pickleball Center is gearing up for another spectacular season!  We have put together a schedule of Beginner Clinics, Intermediate Clinics, Round Robins, League Play, Men's Only Play, Women's Only Play, and fun social events for Beech Mountain Club members, their guests and qualified renters.  Drop by the Pickleball Center to pick up a copy of the schedule today!
Avery County Wine & Beer Festival June 10, 2017
At Blind Squirrel Campground
Live Music & Great Food/Bring Blanket & Chair

Holston Camp and Retreat Center Wildcat Lake Music Festival 
  • $10  Adults; $5  Ages 12-6
  • Ages 5 and under FREE!
  • Games and prizes for kids!
  • Horseshoes, Bocci Ball, and Cornhole tournaments.
  • Activities include: Hiking, swimming, canoe/kayak, paddle boards, and fishing.
  • Please, no pets. No alcohol served.
  • Bring lawn chairs and/blankets.
  • Food vendors will be present.
  • Package rates for lodging and camping
2:00-3:15  Swing Set
Big Band music of the 20's thru the 50's

4:00-5:00  Clint Roberts (
Americana Singer/Songwriter from Western North Carolina. Starting fresh with new EP "Where The Heart Is". 

5:45-7:00  The Groove Inc.
The Groove Inc. is a band of veteran musicians who loves to play Blues, Soul, Rock and Motown with conviction!!

7:45-10:00  Chuck Johnson and Charlyhorse. ( Chuck Johnson & Charlyhorse is what Americana Music has always striven to be. A group of outstanding musicians and modern day troubadours who weave tales of small southern towns and hell-fire preachers, shuttered cotton mills and down home philosophers. The music of Chuck Johnson and Charlyhorse is firmly anchored in the Americana roots tradition. Influences from Rock, Country, Bluegrass, R&B and Soul, gives each tune its own unique feel. Onstage, the upshot is compelling, soulful performances. The Band's performances are salted with wry humor, and the band camaraderie always invites the audience into the act. Chuck Johnson & Charlyhorse is truly an American band tailored made for Americana Roots Music. Listen here.
SPECIAL GUEST:  George Rabb "Man of a Thousand Voices"

Thursday, February 2, 2017

It's Baaack: the Totally ’80s Retro Ski Weekend at Beech Mountain

News Release by Craig Distl

From material girls to men without hats, fans of the 1980s will flock to Beech Mountain this month for the sixth annual Totally '80s Retro Ski Weekend.

The weekend, consisting of four days of tubular awesomeness, takes place Feb. 23-26 at Beech Mountain Resort and throughout the town of Beech Mountain. This year's festivities include live '80s music each night, retro ski fashions every day and a plenty of old school activities ranging from a Rubik's Cube competition to '80s karaoke to the ever-popular Totally Retro Apparel Contest.

A talking Knight Rider KITT car and stainless steel DeLorean will be on display in the ski village, while arcade aficionados can take a shot at the high score in the Ms. Pac Man contest. There will also be opportunities to take photos with Brake Michaels, the Carolinas' premier Bret Michaels look-alike artist.

Most attendees say the highlight of the weekend is checking out the colorful throwback ski clothes.

"You dust off all your best '80s gear and wear it on the slopes. It is awesome and fun and the pictures are worth a thousand words," says Talia Freeman, marketing director for Beech Mountain Resort. "People get so into it. You wouldn't believe some of the stuff we see."

This year promises an even larger array of 1980s ski threads as the first-ever '80s ski apparel parade unleashes a neon procession of dayglo Fridayafternoon from the top of the slopes.

Further bending the space-time continuum is an audacious lineup of bands, starting with the power rock of Raleigh-based Rockzilla on Thursday night at Famous Fast Eddie's, followed by the new wave sounds of Cassette Rewind from Charlotte on Friday night at Mile High Tavern. Headlining the weekend Saturday night is The Breakfast Club, America's Favorite 1980s Tribute Band, in the Beech Tree lodge at the ski resort. During intermission Saturday night, a winner will be crowned in the $500 retro apparel contest. A late-night dance party closes the Saturday bash.

"It's a unique ski weekend and draws a lot of non-skiers, too," says Beech Mountain tourism director Kate Gavenus. "When people come up the mountain and drive into town, we want them to feel like they've gone back in time, and many of them say they do feel that way."

For more info or lodging specials, call (800) 468-5506 or visit:

Monday, June 20, 2016

Mile High Fourth: A Sizzling Cool 4th of July Weekend

Press Release
by Craig Distl

The mountain resort towns of Banner Elk and Beech Mountain have teamed up for a sizzling cool way to celebrate Independence Day weekend. The inaugural Mile High Fourth of July takes place July 1-4 and includes fireworks, barbecue, nine bands, a parade and much more.

Spread over four days in the two neighboring towns, this extravaganza offers a new option for the July holiday weekend. Highlights include a mile-high fireworks show Saturday night atop Beech Mountain and an all-American parade Monday on Main Street in Banner Elk.

“Banner Elk always holds its parade and ‘party in the park’ on the Fourth, while Beech Mountain always holds its fireworks and ‘roasting of the hog’ on the Saturday closest to the Fourth, so it seemed like a natural fit to partner on a larger celebration,” says Mike Dunn, chairperson of the Banner Elk Tourism Development Authority.

Both the fireworks show and the parade include other activities, such as family games, barbecue feasts and live music.

Speaking of live music, the weekend headliner will be Charlotte band Brandon Kirkley and the Firecrackers playing a 3 p.m. Sunday concert in the town meadow in Beech Mountain, which is Eastern America’s highest town at 5,506 feet in elevation. The aptly-named band will perform classic and modern rock and pop hits, many of which have a patriotic theme.

There is no admission charge for most of the nine bands playing at various venues across the four days, including the Sunday concert in the Beech town meadow.
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Arts aficionados can take advantage of the four-day Art on the Greene fine arts and crafts show in downtown Banner Elk, as well as three stage performances of “Mary Poppins” by the Lees-McRae College summer theatre in Banner Elk.

Another activity is the two-day NatuRally Beech Weekend (Saturday and Sunday) hosted by the Buckeye Recreation Center. It includes educational programs, hikes, and workshops on the local environment.

A craft beer colla-brew-ration is on tap. Beech Mountain Brewing Co. and Flat Top Brewing Co. have teamed on a summer wheat IPA dubbed “Red, Wheat & Brew” which will be available at both breweries throughout the weekend.

For more details, go to or call 800-468-5506.