Thursday, June 21, 2018

More Than a Feeling: Boston Lead Singer Headlines Mile High Fourth

Press Release by Craig Distl

The Mile High Fourth of July, a six-day celebration in the mountain resort towns of Banner Elk and Beech Mountain, features an impressive lineup of activities headlined by a concert by Tommy DeCarlo, singer of the legendary rock band Boston.

 Photo Credit: Kamal Asar

DeCarlo’s evening concert on July 3 in the Beech Mountain kite field will feature many of Boston’s greatest songs, along with other classic rock hits.

All told, the Mile High Fourth offers eight music performances, two barbecues, a wine & beer festival, mile high fireworks, live theater and a Main Street parade, from June 29 to July 4.

The festivities kick off Friday, June 29, with a folk-rock performance by Daniel Couper at Banner Elk CafĂ©. Friday also includes a presentation of The Wiz by Lees-McRae College Summer Theater and a presentation of Red, White & Tuna by Ensemble Stage in Banner Elk.
Photo Credit:  Todd Bush

Saturday afternoon is highlighted by the Avery County Wine & Beer Festival with live music in Banner Elk, followed that evening by the 47th annual Roasting of the Hog and fireworks show at more than a mile high at Beech Mountain Resort.

Sunday includes mile high yoga at Beech Mountain Resort, along with another Lees-McRae Summer Theater performance of The Wiz and Ensemble Stage’s Red, White & Tuna. Sunday evening is capped with a concert on the lawn by The Lucky Strikes at Beech Alpen Inn.

DeCarlo’s free concert on Beech Mountain is Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., then the focus shifts to downtown Banner Elk on Wednesday for one of the topJuly 4th celebrations in the mountains.

Banner Elk’s Fourth of July parade begins at 11:00 a.m. and draws thousands to the resort town. After the parade, there is a noon barbecue with live music and craft beers on the lawn of the Perry House Bed and Breakfast. At 12:30 p.m., Banner Elk’s Party in the Park is a popular option with lunch from several vendors and traditional games like three-legged races, egg tosses and sack races. Folks can also enter a duckie in Banner Elk’s Duck Race on the creek in the park.

Only four miles separate the North Carolina towns of Banner Elk and Beech Mountain, so visitors can easily enjoy the festivities in both locations.

“The Mile High Fourth is great excuse to beat the heat and escape to the mountains,” says Nancy Owen, tourism director for Town of Banner Elk. “We have a full slate of activities in two friendly towns in the Blue Ridge Mountains. What more could you ask for?”

For more details, visit or call 800-468-5506 or 844-824-6777.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

June Family Month Provides 30 Days of Memory Making on Beech Mountain

Press Release - Craig Distl

This June, Beech Mountain encourages families to get outside, expand their horizons and make memories together. Family Fun Month includes a 30-day lineup of outdoor adventures, concerts, picnics, movies under the stars and a fireworks finale.

Photo courtesy of Todd Bush

Beech Mountain’s location in the North Carolina High Country provides abundant natural resources to hike, bike, paddle and fish. And its elevation at 5,506 feet makes for pleasant temperatures with low humidity.

Many of the Family Fun Month activities at Buckeye Recreation Center offer guided instruction. Take a mountain biking lesson or go on a guided ride, hit the hiking trail with a naturalist, try your hand at trout fishing, or learn how to play pickleball.

“These activities provide families an opportunity to connect and bond with each other, which is important for everyone to do but particularly for families,” says Kate Gavenus, tourism director for the town of Beech Mountain. “Some vacations can be so busy, but spending time in the mountains hiking, fishing and canoeing allows you time to relax.”

New this year, the Brick Oven Pizzeria in the heart of Beech Mountain will offer a full afternoon and evening of free activities each Friday of the month in the field next door to the restaurant. Friday field days begin at 2 p.m.with bounce houses and children’s games. A family-friendly concert follows at 5:30 p.m. Movies under the stars will take place in the same location at 8:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

On Saturday, June 16, the annual “A Cool 5 Race” begins at Town Hall. The challenging five-mile course tops out at 5,400 feet in elevation. A less strenuous option is the 1.5-mile fun run/walk or the 1.5-mile walk and wag for families with four-legged members.Family Fun Month leads right into Beech Mountain’s Mile High Fourth of July Celebration, which runs June 29-July 4. On Saturday, June 30, the famous 47th Annual Roasting of the Hog serves up some of the tastiest barbecue in the High Country at Beech Mountain Resort. Fireworks then light up the night sky above the mountain.

Several properties offer Family Month lodging specials, including three nights for the price of two. Some activities require Family Fun Month participation cards, which are available along with complimentary fidget spinners for kids 12 and under at the Beech Visitor Center.

For a full lineup of events and list of lodging specials, go to: or call 800-468-5506.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Rock the Casbah at Beech Mountain’s Retro Ski Weekend

News Update by Craig Distl

Ski back in time and rock the 1980s like never before during the Totally ’80s Retro Ski Weekend at Beech Mountain.

This year’s event takes place Feb. 22-25 with four days of throwback activities, including the best music lineup in the weekend’s seven years of bending the space-time continuum.

Saturday night’s headliner at Beech Mountain Resort is Charlotte’s Cassette Rewind, the hottest ’80s tribute band in the Carolinas. Born in the ’80s and raised on radio, Cassette Rewind cues up the ultimate high-energy new wave rock experience.

“We’re going to keep people completely engaged, fists in the air, singing as loud as they can and dancing the entire time,” says lead singer Brandon Kirkley. “We’ve added six or seven new songs just for the retro ski weekend.”

It’s such a rad weekend that Kirkley and his bandmates will arrive Thursday evening to take in many of the activities, which range from a dayglo ski parade to a Rubik’s Cube Contest to the widely-popular $500 Totally Retro Apparel Contest.

New events this year include an Over the Top Arm Wrestling Competition on Friday and a 1980s Name That Song Contest on Saturday.

“It’s a total immersion experience we don’t get at any of our other gigs,” Kirkley says. “We play a lot of ’80s shows, but having a full weekend dedicated to 1980s is incredible. We love the retro cars in the ski village, hearing the bands and seeing all the neon on the slopes.”

The righteousness starts Thursday night at Fast Eddie’s with classic rockers DeCarlo, featuring Tommy DeCarlo, lead singer of the legendary rock band Boston. On Friday night, the Mile High Tavern serves up the retro punk sounds of The Spazmatics from Charleston, S.C.

Other festivities include totally tubular snow tubing, retro karaoke, Ms. Pac Man contest and special guest appearances. Emcees for the weekend are Ace & TJ of the syndicated Ace & TJ radio show.

Everyone is encouraged to dress in 1980s ski clothes on the slopes and retro fashions off, so dig out those leg warmers, acid wash jeans, Members Only jackets and bandanas. Only Beech Mountain takes you back to a time when ski clothes featured shoulder pads, rock stars wore spandex, and video killed the radio star.

For details on the retro weekend, go to:, or call (800) 468-5506.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Beech Mountain History Museum Holiday Openings

The Beech Mountain History Museum will be open December 26 - 31 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The Museum is located on the Beech Mountain Parkway, next to Fred's General Store. There is no charge for admission.

If you haven't visited the Museum lately, you may be interested in some of their new exhibits. The Museum is fortunate to have on loan an exhibit of the photographs of W.R. Trivett, known as “The Picture Man.” Trivett (1884-1966) was a self-taught professional photographer who lived on Beech and photographed Beech Mountain folks. Another new acquisition, a large-scale model of The Land of Oz as it was in the 1970s, has been very popular with many visitors. In addition, the Museum was given an infant coffin and a grain cradle, made by John Harmon (1868-1957), known as “The Coffin Man.” Harmon lived on Beech Mountain and made over 500 coffins, without a complaint. A scale model of the Beech Mountain home of Ray Hicks (1922-2005) is a unique exhibit which you won't see anywhere else. Ray Hicks was a well-known teller of Jack Tales and was named a National Treasure by Smithsonian.

This Holiday season, bring your family and friends for a visit to the Beech Mountain History Museum and get a glimpse of the lives and stories that made Beech Mountain, and our Club, the amazing place it is today.
For questions about the Museum, please call Ann Iles at (828) 387-2930 or (828) 387-1988.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Retro ’80s Ski Weekend Named a Top 20 Event in Southeast

Press Release by Craig Distl

ATLANTA, Ga. – Southeast Tourism Society has named the Totally ’80s Retro Ski Weekend at Beech Mountain one of the Southeast’s top 20 tourism events for January/February 2018.

The Totally ’80s Retro Ski Weekend is Feb. 22-25, and this marks the first time in the weekend’s seven-year history that it has earned a spot in the STS Top 20. Events considered for recognition must be at least three years old and have attendance of at least 1,000.

The four-day weekend celebrates the New Wave decade with retro skiing daily, ’80s tribute bands nightly, and lots of throwback activities in between. People wear dayglo retro ski apparel on the slopes and 1980s fashions off the slopes.

Activities include a retro ski parade, Rubik’s Cube contest, Ms. Pac Man competition, 1980s Name That Tune, and the ever-popular $500 Totally Retro Apparel Contest. There are also special appearances by a Ghostbuters Ecto-1 and the South’s top Bret Michaels look-alike.

“The Southeast Tourism Society is the preeminent voice for travel in our region,” said Kate Gavenus, tourism director for the Town of Beech Mountain. “We are quite honored and feel it will help us spread the word about this uniquely fun event.”

STS Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985. Travel industry experts select 20 events in the January/February time frame and STS publicizes them throughout the United States. The complete list is published on two websites: and

“In spotlighting the Top 20 festivals and events, STS is not only giving these events the recognition they deserve but we’re also creating a quick reference guide to some of the best festivals in the Southeast,” said Bill Hardman, president and CEO of the Southeast Tourism Society.  “These events are important to the economic vitality of our communities.”

Headquartered in Atlanta, STS is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting tourism in 12 states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

For information about the Totally ’80s Retro Ski Weekend at Beech Mountain, visit or call 800-468-5506.