Kiawah Island Digest December 2017 - Page 2

2 May 2017 5 December 2017 The Sandcastle, A History (Continued From Previous Page) have a club-like feel and was described as “the finest facility of its kind...[on] the east coast.” Part-time resident Susan Lorch remembers both pool complexes. She began vacationing on Kiawah during her college years and later she suggested to her dad that they build a house together, which they did in 1997. She had five children in six years, so, “I wasn’t in the big pool much before they redid it. We would use the outdoor bathroom and walk down the boardwalk to the beach. There were no decks.” She remembers the “paper tickets” that were membership cards, the vending machines for drinks and the ice cream snacks at the snack bar, and the playground which consisted of “three little metal things: a duck, a dolphin and one other.“ She also fondly remembers the lifeguards who taught all of her children to swim. Photos Courtesy of Susan Lorch The new pool became a social gathering area for families. The children made lasting friends there and it was a popular enough gathering place that some children of Club members preferred the social scene at the Sandcastle to the Beach Club pool. “It was my kids’ first choice of a place to go. We would arrive and they would immediately head down to the Sandcastle,” Susan said. “They would go for the day, go back and forth from pool to beach to pool, have lunch there, do crafts on the picnic tables in the area that is now the bar, build sandcastles, play Ping Pong,” Susan said. “It was their second home. At night we would gather there with friends and have Lowcountry boils using the picnic tables. The kids liked to line up on the wall facing the parking lot and spit watermelon seeds. Their only bad memories are of the squirrels eating their food. They quickly learned to keep the food secured.” Susan credits the new big pool with hastening her younger children’s potty training. “It was a new rule that you had to be potty trained to go in the big pool. My son got potty trained at the beach house just so he could go in the big pool.” Her daughter did the same. Susan’s mother, Martha Cavanaugh remembered, “The lifeguards would clap and cheer when, at the beginning of the summer, another little one would jump into the big pool, indicating he was potty trained.” The pool area had several enhancements attractive to the children. The new showers were particularly popular on cold days. “When we couldn’t find them, we would look in the bathrooms and there they were taking showers forever.” The new playground was a hit but it also had its dangers. “The slide was a tunnel. The children would all climb on the top of the slide together. Then they decided to put water on the slide. A couple of the kids flew down and someone broke an arm,” Susan recounted. There was some illicit after-hours activity. “After the lifeguar )ݕЁѡ́ݽձձѡՅɐхѼ)ѡͼѡ䁍ձٔгtMͅɕQ)́ЁѡݕɔЁɹ) ѥՕ9ЁA