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: www.southeasttourism.org and http://www.travelmediapressroom.com/sts/

“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 www.BeechMtn.com or call 800-468-5506.