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Kieve hosts the 3rd Annual 9/11 Family Camp
September 15, 2004
Kieve hosted their 3rd Annual Family Camp for families affected by the September 11th tragedies. Individuals and families from Ladder Company 3, FDNY Battalion 6 and Cantor Fitzgerald in New York as well as The Pentagon all arrived at Kieve last Sunday for a week of laughter, tears, hugs, support, and lots of fun, games and entertainment.
September 11th, 2001 changed the world we live in and changed our lives in ways we could never imagine. Thanks to the many volunteers, primarily from midcoast Maine, Kieve had an opportunity to share some of our abundant natural beauty and relative safety with our heroic comrades in New York and Washington DC. Despite a minor boating accident early in the week, all Family Camp participants had a wonderful time and are looking forward to coming back next year. Over the last 3 years, caring and lasting friendships have developed and grown out of Kieve's Family Camp.
Kieve sends thanks to the many local corporate and individual sponsors including: Yellowfront Grocery, Big Al?s Super Values, The Pemaquid Fisherman?s Co-op, Weatherbird, Hannaford, Alan Baldwin, Millpond Multimedia, Schooner Eastwind, The Windsor Fair, and Bath Cycle and Ski.
Instead of fire-fighting ladders and helmets, firemen and their children wore protective head gear and harnesses to play on the High Trapeze, Aqua Zip, HS Swing and the Vertical Playpen, all various elements of the Adventure Ropes course at Kieve. In addition, families went fishing with avid bass fisherman & Maine Guide Ron Gerard, water skiing and sightseeing on the lake with Bill & Liz Mallory. Daily outings were organized for shopping in Freeport and Camden, a climb up Bald Mountain in Camden, and an afternoon sail on the Schooner Eastwind from Boothbay Harbor. The evenings were filled with fun and laughter enthusiastically performed by magicians, jugglers and comedians. The final evening included a spectacular fireworks display over the lake and music by Chef and Blues rocker Johnny Ciao and Bruce Marshall who played with the leader of the Marshall Tucker Band. For the 3rd year the Pemaquid Fisherman's Co-op provided a great authentic lobster bake including clams, onions, corn and eggs and lots of delicious hotdogs, hamburgers and french fries for the kids.
The week was filled with an out-pouring of love, emotion and kindness by people who were ready to give and ready to receive. Friendships grew deeper by families who met last year at Family Camp and new friendships developed, a few of whom it was their first visit to Maine. Kieve's Dick Kennedy said, "It was impossible to tell who was on the giving end and who was on the receiving end". In a conversation with one of the volunteers, Battalion 6 Captain Buddy Cleary said, "It was unimaginable what we went through on 9/11, but your offering this opportunity to our families allowed us to meet a lot of very special people who shared similar experiences. I can?t begin to tell you what it means to all of us.? Families are already making plans for the 4th Annual Family Camp next August where new and old friends will laugh, play and share life?s common threads on the shores of Damariscotta Lake.
For more information please contact Russ