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Bear Prints Newsletter for the Week of December 2nd. Thank you for reading!

Included in this Week's Edition:

  • Thanksgiving Weekend Recap
  • North Carolina Fire Ban in Effect
  • Tree Lighting Ceremonies This Weekend
  • Homeowners Appreciation Fund
  • Club Closes at 3pm on Monday, December 6th 
  • Holiday Kick-off Party! - December 16th 
  • Pickle Ball Winners and 2022 Tournament Dates
  • Upcoming Weddings
  • Christmas Flyer and Activities 
  • Save The Dates! - Christmas, New Year's and More!
  • Realty and Rentals at B.L.R. - List with us! 
  • Post of the Week - More Thanksgiving Photos
  • Quicklinks - Updated With all the Links you Might Need

Thanksgiving Weekend Recap

Thanksgiving weekend was beautiful with our Bear Lake Reserve family! From cooking waffles with Culinary Sprouts to cleaning up the trails to indulging in Chef Josh's Thanksgiving Feast, we saw many smiling faces over the weekend. Thank you so much to everyone who came out and celebrated with us and participated in the events we hosted.

A special thank you goes out to all Bear Lake residents and guests that joined our book signing with Kevin Jones and enjoyed the Black Friday sale in the Boutique.  Your participation is greatly appreciated!


North Carolina Fire Ban in Effect

Please be aware that the state of North Carolina has issued a burn ban for all N.C. counties due to hazardous forest fire conditions. This burn ban includes Jackson County as of 5 PM on November 29th.  Please click here for the press release from the N.C. Fire Service with more information.

We appreciate your cooperation to keep Bear Lake Reserve safe!

Tree Lighting Ceremonies This Weekend

Tomorrow and Saturday, we will host our Annual Tree Lighting Ceremonies! Friday at 6 pm, we will light the Lake Club Christmas tree (ugly holiday sweaters are encouraged!) Then, Saturday at 5 pm, we will light the Pro Shop Christmas tree. We hope to see you there! 


Homeowners Appreciation Fund

If you would like to contribute to the Owners Appreciation Holiday Fund, please do so before December 17th. The appreciation fund is a donation by B.L.R. Owners split between full-time, part-time, and seasonal staff who worked in 2021 and are scheduled to return in 2022.

The Owners Appreciation Holiday Fund Bonuses will be given to the staff on Saturday, December 18th, during the Owners / Staff Christmas Party at the Lake Club. 

We know this Holiday Bonus is very impactful for our team and helps create the culture of retaining strong team members year after year. This is entirely voluntary on your part if you wish to offer a memorable "Holiday Thank You" to the team. Any amount is acceptable and appreciated.


How To Contribute:

  • Add to your B.L.R. account on file: Email - If you would like to use this method, please email with an amount to be added to your account. If you prefer, we can have Alisha send you an invoice for the amount, and you can pay online. If you would like an invoice, please email with the amount you would like to contribute.
  • Check: Drop off a check at the Greeter's Cottage or the Lake Club. Make checks payable to Bear Lake Club, L.L.C. Remember to indicate on the check that it is for the Owners Appreciation Holiday Fund. NOTE: Checks can be mailed to  Bear Lake Reserve, P.O. Box 248 Tuckasegee NC 28783.


Club Closes Early Monday, December 6th 

Please note that the Lake Club will close at 3 pm on Monday, December 6th, for our annual staff-only Christmas party.

Holiday Kick-off Party! | December 16th 

You are invited to Craig and Anne Smith's Holiday Kick-Off Event at their home on Thursday, December 16th, from 5:00 pm 'til whenever! Join fellow B.L.R. Owners for fun, fellowship, hors d'oeuvres, homemade chili, desserts, and of course, cocktails! This is not a potluck, so show up for some great food and spirits.

If you are able to join, please RSVP to 


Pickleball News | Winners and 2022 Tournament Dates

The 2021 Annual B.L.R. Thanksgiving Weekend Pickleball Tournament took place on a beautiful Sunday afternoon and everyone had a great time! We had 2 flights, one for beginners (Lake Flight) and one for more advanced players (Mountain Flight). 

Winners for the Lake Flight: 

1st Place: Graham Gillespie

2nd Place: Sierra Kehoe

Winners in the Mountain Flight:

There was a tie for 1st place between Brock Kehoe and John Flagg

Pickleball Tournaments for the remainder of 2021 and all of 2022

December Christmas Tournament: Saturday, December 18th; 1-3 pm

NO Tournament in January

February Super Bowl/Valentine’s Tournament: Friday, February 11th; 2-4 pm

March St. Patrick’s Day Tournament: Saturday, March 19th; 1-3 pm

April Easter Tournament: Saturday, April 16th; 1-3 pm

May Mother’s Day Tournament: Saturday, May 7th; 10 am - 12 noon

May Memorial Day Tournament: Sunday, May 29th; 10 am - 12 noon

June Father’s Day Tournament: Friday, June 17th; 10 am - 12 noon

July 4th Tournament: Friday, July 1st; 10 am - 12 noon

August Because We Want To Tournament: Sunday, Aug. 21st; 10 am - 12 pm

September Labor Day Tournament: Sunday, September 4th; 10 am - 12 noon

October H.O.A. Warm-up Tournament: Saturday, October 22nd; 1:30-3:30 pm

October H.O.A/ Halloween Tournament: Sunday, October 30th; 10am - 12 noon

November Thanksgiving Tournament: Sunday, November 27th; 1-3 pm

December Christmas Tournament: Saturday, December 17th; 1-3 pm


Upcoming Wedding Events 

This weekend we have a wedding rehearsal at the Lake Club and a wedding at Castle Ladyhawke. See below for more details.

Friday, December 3rd: Rehearsal Dinner 5:30 pm - 9 pm at Lakeside 54

Saturday, December 4th: Ledbetter-Laska wedding at Castle Ladyhawke 


Christmas and New Year at Bear Lake Reserve

The lake Club has been decorated for the holidays, and this weekend the festivities start with our annual tree lighting ceremonies. However, there is still plenty of time to RSVP for other Activities and Events you would like to participate in. So check out the flyer above, and plan to join us for some holiday cheer! RSVP to any event you would like to attend.


Save The Dates!

Realty and Rentals | List With B.L.R Realty

The housing market is booming, and now is the perfect time to list your home with our real estate team! Contact us today at to get the process started.

If you would like to tour real estate this weekend, please reach out to the agent on call.

This weekend it's Cassye Oliver

Cell: (828)506-9874 


B.L.R. Realty, L.L.C.


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