Latest Update from Island People’s Project

May 15, 2020


Dear Fishers Island Community,

Since our most recent letter, on April 22nd, Island People’s Project Board of Directors has been meeting on a weekly basis in an effort to determine the best course of action for summer 2020.

Our decision making reflects an ongoing collaboration with Fishers Island’s community organizations: the Island Community Board, Island Health Project, FIDCO, and Dr. Ingram, as well as following protocols from New York State. We have been working together to establish a positive outcome, one that safeguards the well-being of the community but equally takes in to account the desire to have some kind of normalcy.
Please bear with us as we enter uncharted territory and shift towards a new normal. Adapting our behavior and being asked to change is not an easy task. It is during these tricky times that it is necessary we work together to ensure the best possible outcome.


Based on what we know today, it is true this summer will not be like last summer. IPP’s Board of Directors has collectively made the rare decision to cancel the following annual events for summer 2020: the House & Garden Tour, IPP’s Craft Fair, July 4th Independence Day Parade with the Fife & Drum band, the softball league, and our newly created swim lessons at Dock beach. As this unprecedented situation evolves, we will be looking for opportunities to amend our offerings. Please stay connected and keep an eye out for any possible changes.


Despite this new narrative, we have good news. This summer, IPP’s Morning Program will provide free digital programming. In lieu of our traditional approach, the Morning Program will offer weekly, home-based themed projects. There will be daily activities to inspire our children to create, play, build, and imagine. We will have crafts, games, music, storytelling, and opportunities to explore nature. There will be cupcakes!


The IPP Pet Show is back in action. Director Bonnie Benkard will curate and manage this summer’s programs. More information about what will be offered and how to access the activities will be released in early June.


At this time in history, as we face the disappointments of today, let’s shift our focus and seek-out an upside in all of this. Although we find ourselves in exceptional circumstances, perhaps we can carve out new behaviors, discover alternative ways of living, and reconfigure what it means to be a community.


IPP is focusing on what our organization can do rather than the opposite.
Together, it’s an adventure. We can do this, please join us on this new journey.


Yours truly,
Jessie Doyle
President, Island People’s Project

Questions or concerns about the Morning Program may be sent to the Director, Bonnie Benkard, at

Please don’t hesitate to ask questions, we encourage and welcome you to reach out to our Board Secretary Margaret Benkard, at, or IPP’s Board President, Jessie Doyle, at  

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