Kenosha Community Sailing Center Update
June was all about outreach—we held our first ever ‘Ship Ahoy’ weekend with arts and crafts activities, a band, family dancing and BBQ It was a great deal of fun and Saturday was a perfect day for sailing kids and their parents in the harbor. Sunday was a bit of a disappointment because it rained, but that’s the risk of doing outdoor events. We are still happy that we were able to offer these activities to the community and got great press coverage on all that we had going on.
Louie Arecco, owner of Anytime Fitness and one of our board members, brough his “banana boat” which was a big hit with everyone. We also got donations from many local businesses for our raffle—Lou Perrine’s, Ruffalo’s Hair Studio, Sheridan Lanes, Twisted Cuisine, Sunshine Pizza, and Mike Bjorn’s. When you are making choices about where to go—please remember who supported us.
We can’t thank our volunteers enough. KYC members that helped included Bettie and Paul Wescott, Rae Ann Ostenberg, Bob Spitz, Patrick Perlman, Dan Newman, Karl and Lily Erickson, Meryl, Nico and Remy Strichartz. We are also grateful to Ron and Kathy Otto, Deb Strouf, and the entire Kenosha Yacht Club Restaurant and Grille staff that worked extra hard all weekend. We are a relatively small organization doing big things—like the “Little Engine That Could” we just believe in ourselves!
We also participated in a large event held by the Kenosha Academy of Performing. Kathea Buck teaches there and we were happy to be a part of it. We met lots of great people and introduced all of our great offerings to Kenosha families.
You may also have seen the Boys and Girls Club down in the harbor. We hosted the launching of the boats that the club made in their camp. The two-week boat building camp, sponsored by Snap-On and Offsite, was provided by the Chicago Maritime Arts Center. The building took place at the Boys and Girls Club where 13 youth were able to participate. It was a drizzly Saturday morning when they got to actually launch their boats—but the smiles from the kids, their parents, and all the sponsoring organizations couldn’t have been any brighter.
Lakeshore Pedal Tours Update
We started offering tours in June and it has been a big hit. KYC members receive a 10% discount and should use the promo code KYC2021 when booking a tour (lakeshorepedal.com).
The vehicle holds 14-passengers and the weekends are very busy. We estimate that throughout the week we are bringing 100 or more new people down to the club. Many of them chose to eat and drink before and after their tours and we are working on specials to attract even more into the club.
We all pulled together for the 2021 Kenosha Civic Veteran’s Parade. Audrey and Avi, from the Kenosha Yacht Club Restaurant and Grille’s staff, rode on the pedal party bike along with staff and student of the Kenosha Community Sailing Center and passed out fruit snacks to the crowd. We hope you got a chance to see them in the parade and hope that you all have a wonderful 4th of July. We will be riding and if you see us at the club or on the streets, be sure to honk or wave!