It is hard to believe that Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and it sure doesn’t feel like it with the incredibly difficult times we have all been through the last couple of months. I am hoping that everyone is safe and healthy and that you can all enjoy the holiday weekend as best as possible given the circumstances.
As promised, Mimi, the Board of Directors and I wanted to update you on the status of KBIA for this summer. As most of you are aware, Maine’s Governor Janet Mills has set very restrictive guidelines for the state. We must adhere to these guidelines as well as abide by the CDC, ACA (American Camp Association) and local rules and restrictions. With this being said, I am sure you can imagine that this summer at KBIA will not be anywhere near the experience that we have all loved and cherished over the last 110 years.
We are going to try to manage this by continuing to communicate with everyone on a regular basis throughout the weeks leading up to the season as well as all summer long. As of today, I can announce the following:
- KBIA will NOT open as scheduled on June 22nd and remain closed until after July 4th
- The playground will remain closed until further notice
- Smith House and Strong Cottage will not open and remain closed indefinitely
Obviously, this is very sobering news, but unfortunately, we have no choice here.
On a positive note, Mimi has been working very hard on KBIA programming that will be acceptable to offer our membership as we move through the re-opening phases this summer. This will initially be virtual, but Mimi and the Programming Committee is planning some great ideas for these programs and she will be sharing all the details tomorrow. Once Maine moves to Phase III in July, we will be looking to add live programs on site that meet all the safety criteria across the board. Programs such as Family Cove Walks, Marine Biology, Yoga, Surfing, Sand Castle Building, and select waterfront classes are amongst consideration assuming there are no setbacks. Naturally, these will be paired back enrollments to align with gathering restrictions.
We are also in discussions with our partners at Edgcomb and Webhannet about tennis and golf instruction that meets all the criteria necessary. At the moment we cannot offer these two programs, but we are monitoring all the guidelines and if things shift, and we can offer these programs within the State’s guidance then we will.
In closing, I can’t emphasize enough how lucky we are to have such a wonderful and caring community in Kennebunk Beach. Without your generosity and support over the years, we would never have made it to our 110th season! Realizing that there is no avoiding a shortfall this year, I am graciously asking that you continue to support our beloved KBIA by renewing your membership this season. We will be doing everything we can to make this summer as normal as possible and with your help we will get through this tumultuous time and rise out of it stronger than ever.
I look forward to seeing you all this summer. Be safe and stay well!
President KBIA Board of Directors