Saturday, November 30, 2013
11 am – 4 pm
Located Inside Huntington Beach State Park
Friends of Huntington Beach State Park
a 501 (c ) (3) non-profit organization
$2.00 payable at Atalaya, for ages 16 and up, plus regular park admission fee
A little background information on Atalaya (because so many folks have asked):
Atalaya is the former home of philanthropist and author Archer Huntington and his wife, the renowned 20th-century sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington.
Construction on Atalaya began in 1931 and continued until 1933. The construction, daily activities, employment of local construction workers during the great depression, and unique lifestyle lived at Atalaya left a colorful history and a rich legacy for this area of the South Carolina coast.
From 1942 – 45 the Huntington vacated Atalaya turning it and surrounding grounds over to the Army Air Corps for use during World War II. The Huntington’s returned to Atalaya from 1946 – 1947. These were the last years that they used their home.
Storms and the years have left the home in a unique weathered condition, and in need of much repair. In spite of all this, the house designed and built in the Moorish architectural style is still a remarkable site to tour and enjoy today. One can spend hours exploring the home and grounds while imagining the daily activities and lives of the people who lived in this unique home, in a then remote area, so many years ago.
Friends of Huntington Beach State Park group take an active part in the routine maintenance and interpretation of Atalaya and raise funds to help with these activities. The second Annual Atalaya Holiday Celebration, sponsored by the Friends group, will help in these efforts.
This year’s Atalaya Holiday Celebration will be greatly expanded from last year’s event. The living quarters of the home consisted of 30 rooms. These rooms, along with Mrs. Huntington’s sculpture studio will be decorated in holiday motif for the celebration by local groups and designers. Each group will be using their own knowledge and interpretation of the era, the South, and the Holidays for their decorations. The competition will be spirited for the “People’s Choice Award” and visitors will enjoy voting on their favorite for this award.
Other activities include Grandma’s Kitchen where visitors can enjoy hot, spiced cider along with homemade goodies which will be for sale individually or in gift packages. (These holiday goodies are being made by some of the finest Southern cooks around and will give you a great opportunity to skip your own baking for the holidays!)
The Holiday crafts and gifts, contributed by members of the Friends group and their friends, will be an excellent way for visitors to get a head start on your holiday shopping.
A “mini” Oyster Roast will be available for visitors who wish to try an area favorite.
Live entertainment will add to the Holiday atmosphere throughout the day. Performers include the Pawleys Island Concert Band, Serendipity Singers, Cantorium (Women’s Chorus), Jill Trinka of Trinka Folk Music, Cornbread & Biscuits (Band), and the Hand Bell Choir of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection.
The Lionel Train Club will have their trains on display. These exhibits and “remembering the good old days” always add to the holiday spirit for young and old alike.
Children will be able to make Holiday Crafts for their own homes in a special section set up for them.
Roving Actors will be portraying Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington. Bring your family and don’t forget your camera as this will be a great opportunity to have your holiday picture taken!
We suggest that you dress warmly as Atalaya is not heated. We hope to see you on the 1st of December for a fun packed day.
For Information on participating in Our Fourth Annual Holiday Celebration
Contact Karen Korszeniewski at 843 650-6666