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March 29th, 2021 Kite Newsletter

Man that was a fun week of kites, kitemaking, and kite flying!! There was a few more chances for Kite building with the Fort Worden Kitemakers Retreat, a few virtual kite festivals and a bunch of good stories and fun!!!

Next month is National Kite Month as recognized by the American Kite fliers Association, so now is the time to get together all of your old kites, new kites, lines, and other things you might need for flying so you are ready for April! To find out more go to

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AUSTIN, TX—The ABC Kite Fest, one of Austin's longest-running and beloved traditions, returns in 2021 as a citywide celebration and invites communities throughout the City to participate. The event, in partnership with the Austin Parks Foundation, encourages Austinites to spend time outside and fly their kites at their neighborhood park —and don't forget to wear your face masks and keep a safe social distance from those around you!

Residents urged to get creative for 15th annual International Kite Festival For the second year in a row, the Covid-19 pandemic has forced organisers of the popular International Kite Flying Festival to forego the extravagant display usually seen at Devil’s Bridge on Easter Monday, in favour of an at-home version.

While it may lack the fanfare, Calvin “Top Cat” Pilgrim of CP Kites says the ‘Tap ah yah yard’ edition of the 15th annual event – which involves flying your kite from the comfort of your own home – will be just as enjoyable

Cook Strait set to be tamed by kite foilers

The Auld Mug may be locked away but the technology of foiling used in the America’s Cup will be showcased on Cook Strait, with two Wellingtonians hoping to become the first to cross by kite foiling. Justin Grobler and Brian Walters plan to make the return trip on their foiling kiteboards as soon as the winds allow – possibly this week. The pair have been inspired by a sense of adventure and other notable attempts, such as the famous crossing by a Toyota Hiace van in 2009. They also wanted to show you don’t have to be a pro to achieve the feat. Kite surfers Alistair Quinn and Louis Tapper crossed the strait over a decade ago, but this attempt would be the first on foils, the first successful round trip and (hopefully) the fastest.

The Hatchling is a ground-breaking outdoor theatrical performance that will unfold over a weekend of events and reach an extraordinary finale over the coast of Plymouth. Our beautiful visitor will hatch in the city, build herself a nest and then attempt to take to the skies in a bid for her freedom. Along the way, she’ll explore the city, and as she roams, she’ll encounter a series of events from intimate interactions to city-wide performances, prepared especially for her majestic visit.

At the end of her journey our hatchling will undergo an incredible metamorphosis, unfurl her wings, and attempt to soar over the sea at sunset! With a wingspan of over 20 metres, our hatchling is the world’s largest human-operated puppet to attempt flight.

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Feel Good Story - 99.5 Year Old Woman Flies a Kite to Celebrate the First Day of Spring

"Cheney said Harper enjoyed her time flying the kite. Harper also had the chance to tell Cheney about when she was around 10 to 11 years old and her boyfriend helped her tie a pint mason jar with a lit candle inside to her kite’s tail. A moment Harper still cherishes to this day."


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