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Bear Prints Newsletter for the Week of December 10th. Thank you for reading!

Included in this Week's Edition:

Trail Clean-up This Weekend

Hit the trails and help us clean them up this Saturday from 11 am - 2 pm. If you would like to help out, please email


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.


Holiday Hours of Operation 

Lake Club 

December 17th – January 3rd: Lake Club Open (Lunch & Dinner being served)

Saturday, December 18th: Lunch service will end at 3 pm for our annual homeowners Christmas party. From 3 pm - 5 pm we will have a Bourbon & Beer shopping event in the Boutique. Then, Join us at 6:30 pm for a potluck, Dirty Santa, and live music! 

Friday, December 24th: Christmas Eve Pot Luck from noon to 4 pm at Lake Club

Saturday, December 25th: Lake Club Closed on Christmas Day

January 4th – 13th: Lake Club Closed 

Greeter's Cottage

Friday, December 24th: Closes at 4pm on Christmas Eve  

Saturday, December 25th: Closed on Christmas Day. 

Friday, December 31st: Closes at 8pm on New Year's Eve

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 can join, RSVP to


Pickleball Christmas Tournament | Message From John

Hey all my B.L.R. pickleball fanatics,

You didn’t really think there could be Christmas at B.L.R. without a Pickleball Tournament, did you? Well, of course not! 

Sign up now for our Christmas Pickleball FUN Tournament! Tournament will be on Saturday, 12/18/21 from 1-3 pm. Deadline to enter is Tuesday, 12/15/21 at 5:00 pm. But don’t wait, do it now. This will be the perfect way to win some gift card prizes to use for your last-minute Christmas shopping.

Here are the details:

  • Two flights, a Lake Flight for beginners and a Mountain flight for intermediate and advanced players. 
  • Round Robin format with points given for each point won in each game that a player plays. We’ll draw numbers to determine partners and each player will play one game with the other 3 players on his/her court. We’ll redraw and repeat this several times based on the number of entrants. At the end of the last rotation, the player with the most total points (or highest % of points won to points played) will be the first place winner, second most points (or highest % of points won to points played) will be second place winner, and so on. 
  • Prizes will be given to the top place winners in each flight based on the number of entrants.
  • Deadline for entering is Thursday, 5pm, December 16th.
  • Entries are limited to the first 20 players.
  • Cost is $25 per person.
  • To enter email saying you want in. 

Looking forward to seeing you on the courts,

John Green


Upcoming Wedding Events 

This weekend we have two weddings at Castle Ladyhawke and you may see wedding guests on property. See below for more details.

Saturday, December 11th: Knight-Cochran Wedding
Sunday December 12th: Davenport-Nicholson Wedding


Christmas and New Year at Bear Lake Reserve

The countdown to Christmas is on, and the local area has plenty to see and do as the holidays approach! This weekend check out the Nutcracker at W.C.U., next weekend head into downtown Sylva for a fireworks show, and remember to RSVP to any other Activities and Events you would like to participate in at B.L.R. Look over the flyer above, and plan to join us for some holiday cheer!

New Year's Eve & Day

Chef Josh has put together a fantastic Four-Course Feast for N.Y.E. The price is $70, and the seating is from 5 - 9 pm. Make your reservation by emailing

After dinner, dance the rest of 2021 away to Hot Sauce the band at the Lake Club and toast to the new year at midnight! 

Then, start your New Year by jumping into the icy waters of Bear Lake at our annual Polar Plunge. On New Year's Day we will also have a buffet lunch for charity, and a special event with Grammy winning and nominated artist Heidi Newfield and Matt King. 

RSVP to all activities by emailing

Save The Dates!

Realty and Rentals | Real Estate Highlight

This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom cottage is close to the Greeter's Cottage and only 5 miles away from the Lake Club. The home features some great outdoor spaces, including an exterior screened porch, an outdoor wood-burning fireplace, and a hot tub for enjoying the cool mountain breeze while listening to the soft waters from the nearby creek. Contact us today at to learn more or to schedule a tour.

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

This weekend it's April Bryant

Cell: 828-508-4067


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


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