As our region continues cleaning up after last week’s derecho, we wanted to give a bit more of an update as to what’s happening at Eagle Eyrie.
When the storms hit, we had several groups on campus including a large number of campers attending CentriKid. Campus suffered down trees, loss of electricity, and even a couple instances of structural damage. Overall, we were pretty lucky that the damage was not worse.
On our fifth full day without power, we want to first thank our guests who were understanding of the situation and helped us make the most of it. With the storm being described as dealing with a hurricane with no warning, patience and understanding went a long way.
We also want to thank the staff of Eagle Eyrie. George Saunders and his food service crew grilled out in the pavilion so guests didn’t go hungry. Jeff Poff’s maintenance staff worked ’round the clock to clear trees and debris. Monica Farmer’s housekeeping staff ensured that guests remained comfortable despite the soaring heat.
A special thank you goes to the Boonsboro Volunteer Fire Department. As noted by this Lynchburg News-Advance article, they housed a group staying in the Hoover Center Friday night after a blown-down tractor trailer blocked the way back up to Eagle Eyrie.
Because our office capacity is extremely limited, registrations for October VBMB events will now open July 9th. CentriKid III is now Thursday, July 6 through Sunday, July 9th. Our director, Rod Miller, is in touch with other retreat groups affected by the storm.
The storm was truly an extraordinary event; it will take quite awhile to return to “normal”. We thank everyone for their understanding and grace as we continue to clean up afterwards.