Community Traditions

Fourth Of July Celebration

On the morning of the Fourth of July, one lucky individual plays Paul Revere, riding through town announcing, “The British are coming!” After the ride, Buck Hillers raise the American flag before a parade commences. Decked in red, white, and blue, with a smattering of bunting about, onlookers watch vintage cars, a marching band, both joined by Camp Clubbers dressed to the annual theme. “It culminates with a social hour when everyone brings lemonade, cookies, and breakfast goodies to the pool and we have a little reception,” says Robbins. Here, members of Buck Hill proudly don distinctive buttons inscribed with their first year at Buck Hill. “It’s like a badge of honor, being an older person who has been here for a long time,” explains Robbins. Later in the day, lawn and pool games—egg toss, potato sack and three-legged races are among the fun—during a community-wide picnic at Metzgars’ Farm. Capping the festivities is a big fireworks show.

Welcome Home Weekend

Welcome back to Buck Hill! Memorial Day weekend kicks off the season. Enjoy a Welcome Back Golf Tournament and the Tennis Club’s Welcome Back Adult Mixer along with a weekend of planned events.

Member – Guest Weekend

This is a jam-packed weekend of excitement for the entire family! The Buck Hill Golf Club hosts its annual Mens’ Member-Guest Tournament, the biggest golf event of the year where we invite guest families to enjoy the comforts and fun of Buck Hill Life. During that weekend, The Buck Hill Tennis Club has a historic-inspired weekend of play called the Woods, Whites, & Wimbledon Tournament along with a traditional Wimbledon Breakfast. Families can hop over to the Camp Club Carnival and play games, enjoy some art on our nature trails with the Art Walk, or take a dip in the pool. Guests also can take part in a walk through the community on the Art Association’s House Tour where they can look at the dynamic architecture, modern updates, and planned interiors as well as hear about the historic background of the homes from Buck Hill community members.

Winter Festival

Beginning with unforgettable holiday carolling in the Buck Hill Gardens, the week between Christmas and New Years is magical. The community enjoys a century-old tradition of the annual Yule Log Hunt, where Buck Hill youth take to discovering and hauling back a large log (donning a big red ribbon) from the forest and work to prepare it for a roaring fire. Then, the community huddles close and enjoys a fireside tale. Real reindeer make a special appearance and a large row of decorative trees enhance the scene down at Paiste Pond Chalet. The community joins in for some cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, or platform tennis round robins, while the children take to sledding down Swarthmore Hill. Families in Buck Hill also enjoy cookie decorating parties, gingerbread house-building, ice skating, a visit from Santa, and a special New Year’s At Noon Party. Adults take part in the holiday ugly sweater karaoke night and the annual Lot and Cot Holiday Party. This memorable holiday week culminates with a grand New Year’s Eve dinner celebration.

Kids at a 4th of July Picnic

Parent-Child Golf Tournament

Possibly the oldest ongoing Parent/Child Golf Tournament in the United States, Buck Hill Golf Club has been celebrating family connections since 1923. Parent/Child teams are arranged regardless of age, and the only requisites are the parent or grandparent/child relationship and a fun attitude. The event offers an 18-Hole Division, and a 9-hole Division for children ages 12 and under with an awards ceremony following the event.