Kiawah Island Digest July 2018

July 2018 D I G E S T The Official Publication of the Kiawah Island Community Association KICA Core Functions: Recreation KICA’s Recreation Department manages the amenities at The Sandcastle as well as the boat launches at Rhett’s Bluff and Eagle Point, the kayak launch and storage at Cinder Creek, private events and more. The department also offers an array of programs to enhance our members’ experience, from community clubs and fitness classes to cultural events. The department is headed by Kay Narmour, who has been working at The Sandcastle almost since its inception. Originally hired for only six hours a week to cover while management was off, Narmour quickly began to handle weekend events and her hours increased. When she began working for KICA, “No one could foresee how The Sandcastle would eventually be used.” Today, this essential department is professionally staffed and provides a broad range of opportunities for many interests and needs. They host numerous community groups, offer skilled event planning, and oversee daily fitness and member recreational needs. The team provides interesting social, wellness, and educational opportunities, and is constantly creating exciting new offerings. The Sandcastle The crown jewel of the department’s facilities is The Sandcastle, the exclusive community club for all KICA members. The recreation staff, housed at The Sandcastle, provides a wide array of services and programs for members’ enjoyment. (To learn more about the origins of The Sandcastle facility and its uses over the years, view the November and December 2017 issues of Digest, available online at kica.us/digest.) The newly-renovated beachfront facility is scheduled to reopen on July 3. Renovations include sweeping new views of the ocean from the first floor and a stunning new pool. With its surrounding Ipe deck and green lawn, the new pool will be a premier spot for island relaxation. The family pool will still provide swimming fun for families, along with the playground and kiddie pool. The social experience will be elevated to a new level with the breezy new Sandbar, and tasty fare from Chef John Zucker at the Castle Grille. Zucker, a Best Chef America recipient, owns Cru Catering and Purlieu French bistro on the Peninsula. Members will access The Sandcastle with a member card, which is also used for purchases from the Sandbar and Castle Grille. The card allows them to conveniently sign in for classes and programs, or pay for program fees. Accounts are billed at the end of each month, and members can authorize family to charge to their member account if they wish. To obtain a member card or find out more information, contact sandcastlememberservices@kica.us. The Sandcastle is a popular rental venue for private member events, such as weddings, anniversaries and birthdays. Event staff can walk members through Continued on Next Page...