News from the Beach
November 25, 2013
We give thanks
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As we begin this Thanksgiving week, we pause to reflect on our 2013 season. At KBIA, we have so much for which to be thankful: a beautiful seaside location, 103 years of tradition, our KBIA family and, of course, a new community playground installed last June. We thank you for your loyal support and dedication toward this communtiy cause; only together can we continue to carry out our mission at the beach. Each of us — staff, counselors, children, board members, volunteers and donors — have played a role in our success, and we thank you for your contributions. This Thanksgiving, we are truly grateful for you! Thank you! 
Passing on the gift of KBIA
We are so thankful for our generous donors this holiday season. Since September we have received a cumulative $3,000 in donations specifically for 2014 scholarships. The Board of Directors has increased that amount fourfold, allowing KBIA to offer $12,000 more in scholarships next year. Each year we have traditonally offered 13 to 15 children the opportunity to experience a KBIA summer — free of charge and discreetly issued. Seperate but part of the 100th Anniversary Capital Campaign, we are raising funds for our endowment to permanently provide for increased scholarships at KBIA. Please consider a year-end donation to our cause so that KBIA can continue to provide “summers of experience” here at the beach!  
For information on donating toward the cause this holiday season, visit the “Support Us” page on our website. To read about one scholarship child’s “amazing” experience learning to surf, flip and make duct-tape wallets, read Zach’s story.
2014 Calendar of Events
Save the dates … and please join us!
Jan. 31        Membership Letter mailed and posted online
Jan. 31        Staff & Counselor applications posted online
March 31     Registration Guide mailed and posted online
June 16       KBIA Office opens
June 21-22  Staff & Counselor Orientation Weekend
June 23       Season Opening Day
June 23-27   Membership Fee-Free Week
July 4           Boat Parade
July 6           KBIA 23rd annual Day at the Beach 5K / 1K Road Race
July 19         July Watersports, Awards & BBQ
July 19         KBIA Seaside Celebration
July 30         MIRC sailing race, hosted by KBIA
August 10    Fifth annual Reid Sacco Family Regatta
August 16    Annual KBIA Membership Meeting
August 16    August Watersports, Awards & BBQ
Off-season projects at KBIA
Back here at KBIA, it’s just us and the winter winds blowing across Mother’s Beach and The Cove. As Martin plots out our 2014 season, Jessica is wrapping up the administrative and office duties for the year, and Laura is chronicling our “News from the Beach” and other communications.
Meanwhile, taking advantage of the quiet campus is Kennebunk contractor Andrew Rimmer, hammering away on his list of property upgrades due to be complete before Opening Day 2014. Among the more notable projects is removing the kitchen in the CIT room, which will next year become the Nature room. Our Counselor-in-Training program will swap places with the old Nature space. Upstairs, we will add art sinks and remove the wall between the two Pottery & Sculpture rooms, a renovation that will allow us to increase space in our often-sold-out classes there. That will also allow us to increase capacity in our Bundle programs, also usually at capacity with a waiting list. We think it’s a winning project for everyone! 

Give the gift of KBIA
KBIA merchandise available by mail
New this season, we are offering up our most popular merchandise for sale for holiday gift-giving. We are now accepting orders via e-mail and will ship packages via Priority Mail just in time for the holidays. Deadline to order is Dec. 10.
This is your opportunity to stock up on our exclusive KBIA merchandise that will keep you warm — and dreaming of warm summer days ahead. We have fleece jackets, sweatshirts and sweatpants, as well as signature bags, sailing shirts, golf balls and more! Visa and Mastercard will be accepted; shipping rates start at $4.95 and will depend on how we have to package your merchandise. To place an order, e-mail [email protected] with your complete contact information and order requests. We will follow up to confirm your order.
Here is what we have in currently stock — while supplies last!
SWEATSHIRTS AND FLEECE: Perfect for the colder months, these cotton sweatshirts and fleece jackets will keep you warm all winter long. The zip sweatshirts ($38/adult sizes and $30/youth sizes) are available in navy and grey. Fleece zip-up jackets ($38/adult sizes and $30/youth sizes) are available in pink, blue and white. Youth and adult sweatpants ($30/adults and $27/youth) are available in grey and navy.
KBIA BURGEE: Fly KBIA colors on land or at sea, this nylon stitched burgee boasts our exclusive KBIA design. $75.
GOLF BALLS: Perfect for the Mom and Dad, or Grammy or Grampy, who both love KBIA and the greens. These Callaway golf balls are available individually ($3.50), by the sleeve ($10/three balls) or by the box ($40/twelve).
KBIA BAGS: If not packing for the beach, you can use the nylon drawstring bags ($12) to get your athlete to and from the gym. The “Kennebunk Beach 04043” jute totes ($14) are perfect to get mom anywhere in style, whether that’s yoga class or the grocery store!
KBIA HATS: Dream of warmer days when you would do anything to shield the sun! These hats ($15) are availabe in white, pink and a distressed red.

CHEERS: Toast the season in these 16 oz. navy plastic cups that feature both the KBIA logo and burgee. At $1 each, they make great stocking stuffers! The KBIA “diner style” mug, also featuring the boat logo and burgee, sells for $10.