News from the Beach
August 1, 2016
Week 6: Dive into the fun!

Article Image
The best part of our KBIA summer is hearing the laughter of children, seeing their inquisitive faces soaking in the new skills being taught, and watching lifelong friendships being made.  August is here, and we welcome in these last weeks of summer with open arms and hearts. Coming up this month we have our last Cove Walk, KBIA Olympic trials, the Reid Sacco Family Regatta, movie nights, beach bonfires, free swim, and so much more.  With so much going on we hope you’ll join us in making the most of the rest of this summer.
Set sail with us for a great cause!
Sailors and spectators alike are invited to KBIA’s seventh annual Reid Sacco Family Regatta on Saturday, August 6th. The day starts with a skipper meeting at 11 AM, followed by sailing at 11:30 AM. Interested participants should register in the office to reserve a KBIA boat or bring their own boat to launch between 285 and 292 Beach Avenue. Due to the shallow nature of the cove, even at high tide, sailors should use an Opti, Laser, Taz or Chickadee watercraft.
A $10 suggested donation per sailor will benefit the Reid Sacco Foundation. The regatta honors a longtime KBIA student and instructor who died of sarcoma at age 20 in 2005. For information on the Reid Sacco Foundation, visit

A Piece of KBIA History
It all started with a postcard
Article Image



A postcard with the picture of Strong Cottage and the words “The Lights Live Here…” was recently uncovered by Kelly [Gruenwald] Childers and Kim Gruenwald, daughters of Starr Light Gruenwald. Starr, her parents, and sister “Dee” summered in Kennebunk Maine in the late 1940s to early 1950s. While most stories of summers spent there were recalled by their mother as staying at a “cottage” along the coast, Kelly and Kim were more than surprised to see the “cottage” as a very large estate right on the cove opposite Mother’s beach.
Travelling from Terre Haute, Indiana, Starr and her family would stay the summer at our very own Strong Cottage, before the Strong Family took over ownership. While Starr’s sister Dee spent most of the summer inside the cottage reading books, Starr remembers many outdoor adventures including swim lessons in the Cove, 20 cent ice cream scoops at the Dipsy Baths every night, and movies at a theater in Kennebunkport where they served fried clams instead of your typical popcorn snack.
Starr, along with her two daughters and her sister-in-law Lillian, made a special trip up to Maine this summer to visit Strong Cottage – Starr’s first visit back in over 60 years. Now 79, a retired preschool teacher, she was thrilled to see that the cottage where her family made many fond memories was now home to a thriving summer enrichment program for young children. After touring her old summer home, Starr revealed that she was off to search for some good fried clams…and we are pretty sure she found what she was looking for. We wish the family well and hope they will visit us at KBIA again soon. 





KBIA Olympic trials
Friday, August 5
This Friday, August 5th, we will be hosting a theme night at the pool: KBIA Olympic trials!  Open to anyone that has signed up and participated in Swim Team at any point this summer, kids will be broken into teams and will have a KBIA Team Leader to support them through their journey.  Participants will compete in swim events based on their level of swim ability and age.   We are also including diving in the olympic trials so anyone interested in competing their dives must sign up with Lauren and Victoria.  We are so excited for this special event and hope to see you there!
Getting in and out safely at KBIA
Please help us keep KBIA safe for everyone! Our pick-up/drop-off zone is designed for a quick in-and-out, and it is imperative that drivers stay with their vehicles at all times. In case of emergency, this is the only way in for response vehicles. Kennebunk police have and will continue to ticket. We appreciate your cooperation in helping us move traffic along in that busy section! 

This Week at KBIA
MONDAY MOVIE NIGHT: “Hotel Transylvania,” Rated PG, 7 to 9 PM, $7. (Ages 7-12)
TUESDAY TWEEN NIGHT: Funtown, 6 to 9 PM. Kids will be given money for food, but may need additional spending money. $26. (Ages 11-12)
WEDNESDAY MOVIE NIGHT: “Monsters Inc.,” Rated G, 7 to 9 PM, $7. (Ages 4-10)

THURSDAY TEEN NIGHT: Funtown, 6 to 9 PM. Kids will be given money for food, but may need additional spending money. $26. (Ages 13+)
*Please preregister for all the above events at the office so we may accurately plan for transportation and/or admission fees.
**Registration for movie night is limited to 55 children, and registration for movie night at the office closes at 4PM the day of the movie or when we reach capacity. Please be advised we almost always reach capacity!
OPEN SAIL & KAYAK (Final weekend!)
Sunday, August 71 to 5 PM. Free to members, bring a life jacket and closed-toe shoes.
FAMILY SAIL (Final weekend!)
Sunday, August 71 to 4 PM. $250 per family for a 3 hour sail.