Well, the first few days of National Kite Month have come and gone, and boy oh boy it has been absolutely amazing what has been going on across the country. There was folks flying in Washington DC at the Blossom Festival, and those gathering together for a fun fly in Rockport, Texas. Let’s not forget all of the other amazing events that went on in Colorado, Florida, Washington, and for the Easter Holiday. Some of you have been sending in or sharing your photos on our facebook page, or tagging your photo uploads with #NKM or #30daysofkites . It is so cool to see the countless emails, shared photos, and comments that have come in only FOUR days of National Kite Month. It seems like a few of you have taken the challenge of flying a kite every day to heart. AWESOME!!! Kids have been building kites and decorating them with tons of excitement. Most of them even had a chance to fly them this weekend with good weather across most of the nation.
As a side note, the Thank You Charlie Program that the American Kitefliers Association is running, the one that gives away free kids’ kite kits to non-profits, has exploded. Exploded in a good way, but exploded nonetheless. They have found themselves in a pinch. The program is 100% run by volunteers and 100% funded by donations. Every Dollar donated goes to a kids’ kite for giveaway, and with that being said there is a funding campaign to help expand the project. Please take a minute and stop by and donate a few dollars. https://www.gofundme.com/thankyoucharlie
So far we have given away several prize packs with shirts, kites, frisbees, pins, patches, stickers and a whole lot more. Keep watching the page here for some special prize packs that will only be available here. The retailers, manufacturers, and business folks that make up the Kite Trade Association International (KTAI – www.kitetrade.org) have stepped forward with donations for you. Yes… you… you reading this. All you have to do is keep coming back to our webpage to see when the next one is up and running.
The stickers have been going like crazy, and last week alone we shipped out over 120 of them. The pins and patches have also been well received and there is a limited stock of those, so if you would like one…. now is the time to purchase them before they run out. ( www.etsy.com/shop/NationalKiteMonth )
Don’t forget that coming up in the next week are the following events. For a more comprehensive list of events in your region, look at the ‘events schedule’ tab on our homepage.
April 7th – JBLM Kidsfest – Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA – Kids Kite Making with Jerry Graham
April 9th – Raise the Roof Ruckus, World Kite Museum, Long Beach, WA. Come, meet friends old and new, preview the latest exhibits, and enjoy an evening of frivolity! It’s community fun night at the World Kite Museum! This year’s event is set for April 9, 2016. Save the date! This casual evening will be filled with family fun while raising funds for needed work on our roof. Come out and enjoy with us. Good Times begin as Clam Festivities end 6pm $10 at the door. http://kitefestival.com/events/roof/
April 9th-10th – Pacific Beach Spring Thing Fun Fly, Pacific Beach, WA – fun fly. http://www.wka-kiteflyers.org/calendar.php
April 9th – Kite Day @ Cogswell Grant (MA) Chestnut Hill, MA. Kite Day at Cogswell’s Grant, Essex, MA is a time for all kite enthusiasts to gather and fly kites for themselves and the area’s residents and visitors to this north shore town. Lots of kite games, bol races, candy drops, and kitemaking for kids 8 to 80.
April 9th – Renfrew Institute Fun Fly, Waynesboro, PA. Free kite flying (all ages) with expert flying help from our Kite Masters—brothers Sam and George Adams—in the meadow behind the museum house at Renfrew Park. Bring your own kite. Build a Kite workshop is scheduled for 12:00–1:30, all welcome; $1 materials donation. Check out our Fun Fly flyer with all the details. Watch this amazing video by local photographer, videographer, and video editor, Andrew Gehman, created during the 2013 Fun Fly. http://www.renfrewinstitute.org/index.php?page=Csummary
April 9th – Kollierville Kite Day, Collerville TN. Grab a kite and come to Hinton Park on Saturday, April 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for this family fun event! There will be food trucks and a professional kite flying demonstration. https://www.facebook.com/events/1571488069839321/
April 9th – Fun Fly, Long Beach, MS – It’s that time again. Join us for our second Saturday fun fly at the Beach. Hwy 90 @ Jeff Davis – Long Beach MS. Bring your kite or fly one of ours. Free Lessons 10:AM – 4PM
April 9th – Wind Festival at Confluence Tower – Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower, Hartford, IL. Come out and fly a kite with us at the Confluence Tower’s annual Wind Festival! www.confluencetower.com/events/detail/944/wind-festival-at-the-tower
April 9th – 4th Annual Prince George County Family Kite Festival, Yorktown, VA. Cliff Quinn, Glen and Tanna Haynes, Adrianne and Mearl Balmer will be the featured kite makers at the event!If anyone would like to help out or interested in more information, please get in touch with Adrianne Balmer – firstname.lastname@example.org Yorktown Gathering, Chischiak Green, 425 Water Street, Yorktown VA. Join us at Chischiak Green for kite demonstrations and an afternoon of family friendly kite flying on the Yorktown beach. Bring your kite or borrow one of ours. Free. More details at757.969.5400 or www.patriottoursva.com https://www.yorkcounty.gov/
April 9th – Lynch Canyon Kite Festival – Lynch Canyon, CA. Bay breezes, grassy hills and open fields make for ideal kite-flying conditions at Lynch Canyon. The festival is free! Parking is $6 (cash or check), or an annual parking pass can be purchased; call 707-784-6765 for details. All proceeds help Solano County Parks keep this land open and safe. http://www.solanolandtrust.org/uploads/pdf/Outdoor%20Adventures/2016%20Lynch%20Canyon%20Kite%20Festival%20and%20Trail%20Run.pdf
April 9th – San Diego Kite Club Fun Fly, San Diego, CA http://www.sandiegokiteclub.com/
April 9th – 5th Annual Otis Kite Festival, Santa Monica, CA. Bring your family and friends to make and fly kites down at the Santa Monica Pier. Everyone will receive his or her own free, unique kite along with a color theory instruction lesson. Kite makers from across the United States will also showcase their work and create a “gallery in the sky.” http://www.otis.edu/calendar/5th-annual-otis-kite-festival
April 9th- 17th Berck Rencontres Internationales de Cerfs-Volants, Berck-sur-Mer, France http://www.cerf-volant-berck.com/
April 10th – British Columbia Kite Association Fun Fly – Garry Point Park, Richmond BC, Canada http://bcka.bc.ca/
April 10th – White Horst Kite Fliers Monthly Fly in – Barbury Castle, Swindon, UK. http://www.whkf.org.uk/
April 10th – Santa Barbara Kite Festival, Santa Barbara, CA SAVE THE DATE! The 31st annual Santa Barbara Kite Festival returns Sunday, April 10th, 2016 with new extended hours 11am to 5pm, and new kite contests! In addition to the ever-popular “Children’s Tail Chase”, new kite contests for the 2016 festival include “Best of Fest”, “Best Ground Display (banners, flags display), “Youngest & Oldest Kite Flyers”, “Most Unique/Unusual Kite”, “Funniest Kite”, and “Most Unflyable Kite” ! Popular past contests will return including “Most Beautiful” (handmade & commercial), “Highest Flying”, “Largest & Smallest Kites”, “Kite Fighting” and “Sport Flying”. Prizes will be awarded to all contest winners. http://sbkitefest.net/
April 10th – Annual Rockfish Valley Foundation Kite Festival, Charlottesville, VA Annual Rockfish Valley Foundation Kite Festival 11AM to 3PM. Kite Flying Festival, instructions, demonstrations with Richmond Air Force, games, Rockfish River Duck Race, kite store, vendors, food available for purchase. Parachute races, children’s magician and music. Bring a kite, picnic. Free. Free kite to first 200 children. No rain date. Located behind the Rockfish Valley Foundation Natural History Center. 434-226-0446 http://www.visitcharlottesville.org/includes/events/index.cfm?action=displayDetail&eventid=4913
April 10th – Long Branch Kite Festival – Long Branch, NJ. This one day Festival is taking place on Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 9:00am – 4:00pm on the beach between Melrose Terr. & Morris Ave at Pier Village. It is solely a Fun Fly and Kite Demo event on a 200′ x 400′ roped off field with free on-street parking, ample eateries and shopping, and most importantly, restrooms across the street! For those of you who have attended the Asbury Park event, this festival will mimic that one – and is a nice, calm prelude to Wildwood!
April 10th – Long Branch Kite Festival, Long Branch NJ Garden State Parkway N or S, Exit 105, Route 36 E, Right on Ocean Blvd, continue approximately six blocks, Left on Melrose Terrace to the beach