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Color the Wind 2019 - February 16th

posted by Minnesota KiteSociety

Saturday, February 16, 2019   11 AM to 4 PM

  • New This Year:  Parking is limited in the area close to the flying field, so this year, the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce will be providing a shuttle service on the Chamber Trolley.  Park at the Clear Lake High School and take the free trolley to the vicinity of Color the Wind!  We hope you find this helpful!
  • The trolley will run from 10 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Lodging is filling up quickly but don't forget to check "airbnb" for some great possibilities for lodging in area homes, cottages and condos in Clear Lake and the surrounding area! 
  • To fully enjoy Color the Wind: 
    • Come prepared for cold weather.  Wear layers of clothing including "longies", warm hats and gloves.  Sunglasses are a "must"!
    • Choose your footwear wisely not only to keep your toes warm, but also to provide good footing on icy surfaces! 
  • New Food Vendor This Year: Smokey Heights will make hot lunches available from their food truck on the street between the flying field and the Lakeview Room.
  • Sweet Treats for You:  Goodies, home baked by a local Relay for Life team, will be available in the Lakeview Room!
  • Kites for Sale: Route 66 Kite Shop will have a good assortment of kites available for you in the Lakeview Room.  Buy your favorite and join us on the flying field for even more fun!
  • Public Reception to Welcome the Kite Pilots:  Friday evening, February 15th at 5:30 pm at the Clear Lake Arts Center.  Free Appetizers will be served.  Please plan to attend!
  • Team 180GO: Don't miss seeing this stunt kite team performing their intricate kite dances.....all choreographed to music.  These are four line kites and you will marvel that they don't get their lines all tangled up!  Never fear!  They are professionals and they are FUN!
  • Fire & Ice Alchemy:  This stunt kite team flies two line kites in tandem to perform beautiful kite ballets choreographed to music.  They, along with Team 180GO, will be entertaining you off and on all day!
  • Kids' Kitemaking Workshop:  Free and sponsored by NIACC and the Clear Lake Arts Center.  At the Arts Center beginning at 10  am and continuing until our supply of kite kits is gone.  We will have about 150 available. Kids can join the fun on the flying field!
Team 180GO!
Team 180GO!

Fire & Ice Alchemy
Fire and Ice Alchemy

Kid's Kitemaking!
Kid's Kite Making

Lake Harriet Kite Festival - January 26th!

posted by Minnesota KiteSociety   [ updated ]

Lake Harriet Kite Festival
18th Annual Winter Kite Festival January 26, 2019
Noon - 4pm 
Lake Harriet Bandshell
4135 W Lake Harriet Parkway

Join us for the 18th Annual Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival taking place on the north end of Lake Harriet near the Lake Harriet Band Shell. Kites of all shapes, sizes, colors and themes will fly over frozen Lake Harriet.  This is a free, fun, family festival including:
  • Minneapolis Park Board naturalists on site with snowshoes to lend
  • Tips Outdoors will teach kids ice fishing skills and safety tips. Equipment and permits for children will be provided. 
  • A marshmallow roast
  • Music on the ice
  • Farmstead Bike Shop Fat tire bike demo
  • New this year - There will be a heated tent with entertainment!
  • Minnesota Kite Society experts will be on hand to demonstrate maneuvering spectacular kites throughout the day, offering their expertise to kite flying enthusiasts and to those who are new to the pastime. Bring your own kite, or buy one at the lake to support the East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association (EHFNA).
  • Art Shanty is coming out of hibernation this winter for just one day to celebrate the Lake Harriet Kite Festival and Art Shanty Projects' return to Lake Harriet in 2020, featuring art shanty performances, activities and art.
KiteFest made the City Pages Top 50 Things To Do in Minneapolis Before You Die! #37 Check it out here

Held at the north end of Lake Harriet near the Bandshell, free lot parking is available on site. Please keep in mind lots fill quickly; however, free on-street parking is available throughout the neighborhood. West Lake Harriet Parkway delays are expected. Allow ample time to find a spot and walk to the venue.

Dunton Taylor Kitemaking Workshop on Saturday, June 23rd

posted Jun 15, 2018, 6:48 PM by Dean Murray   [ updated Jun 15, 2018, 7:14 PM ]

Dunton Taylor Delta kite
What:  Kitemaking workshop
When: Saturday, June 23, 2018  10am - 5pm
Where: Ken's Place, 3018 Idaho Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55427

Let's get together and make some kites! We'll have some fellowship, learn some things and have some new kites when we are finished.

We're going to meet at Ken's home, we'll have a pot luck lunch so bring something to share.

The kite we are going to make is the Dunton Taylor Delta. Click on the link below to download the plans if you want to get a head start.

Cost of the project: $38 to cover supplies. (includes carbon sticks, fittings, dacron leading edge, edge binding (I have black and some white). Fabric is not included in the $38.

The club just got some fabric donated by a past member. We can provide fabric for the workshop if you are okay with these colors. There is blue, neon yellow, raspberry, some neon orange.and small amounts of black and white.  Dean has black and white and some other colors including some rainbow print. Email Dean at dean@mnkites.org or call him and let him know what color you want..

Please email us at flywithus@mnkites.org and let us know if you are interested in coming.

Ken's phone for more information is  (7 6 3)  2 2 1 - 9 2 7 4.

Hope to see you there!

30th Annual Kiwanis Kite Fly on Saturday!

posted Apr 23, 2018, 9:21 PM by Minnesota KiteSociety   [ updated Apr 23, 2018, 9:39 PM ]

30th Annual Kiwanis Kite Fly

Pack a picnic lunch, bring your lawn chairs and watch the kites take flight. Or, bring your kite and fly it with members of the Minnesota Kite Society. The event is for al ages. Free kites for kids while supplies last. 

Fee: free, no registration required

Join us for a meet and greet with kite artist Olivier Raymond!

posted Apr 15, 2018, 2:01 PM by Minnesota KiteSociety   [ updated Apr 15, 2018, 2:04 PM ]

HEY, Minnesota kite makers/flyers!

Kite-maker Olivier Reymond from Lausanne, Switzerland, will be visiting a friend in
Minneapolis and is making time for a meet and greet Thursday, April 19th, 3pm to 5pm.

He is coming to Minnesota from Boston where he has been doing a workshop and will
participate in a Kite Festival in Maine.

He plans on bringing 5 of his kites.

Olivier is a member of the American Kite Society and has exhibited his kites in the USA and

Please join us for a meet and greet 3- 5 pm Thursday (April 19th) in the Entertainment room at Loring Green West Condos downtown Minneapolis. There is guest parking available. If you park in the garage you need to register the parking spot.  The entertainment room is near the main atrium. The security desk can direct you. Open to whomever is interested in kitemaking and applique.

Loring Green West is at 1235 Yale Place Minneapolis 55403. Click for directions.

Take advantage of this incredible opportunity! Hope to see you Thursday.


Some pictures of Olivier's amazing applique.



Let's fly some kites with the Wisconsin Kiters!

posted Apr 12, 2018, 3:50 PM by Minnesota KiteSociety   [ updated Apr 12, 2018, 3:59 PM ]

Tomah Kite Fest 2018

Color the sky at the First Annual Tomah Kite Fest in 2018! Join us on June 2nd at the Tomah Soccer Complex (1801 Bow St) for a fun, free day full of kites and activities.

Bring your blankets, chairs, sun glasses and umbrellas for this relaxing day in the sun. The festivities will feature Wisconsin Kiters Club giant show kites and precision stunt kite demonstrations.

Other activities include kite decorating, kite sales by Unique Flying Objects, kids' activity tent, and so much more. This event is FREE and open to the public!

Click Here if you are on Facebook.

Click on this link (Tomah Kite Fest 2018) for Event information by Organizer

Click on this to add to your calendar: iCal

Free shuttle bus to the event!

Join us at the Tomah Kite Fest!

MKS Annual Meeting is on Sunday, March 25th!

posted Mar 8, 2018, 1:13 PM by Minnesota KiteSociety   [ updated Mar 9, 2018, 7:52 AM ]

We had postponed our Annual meeting, banquet and auction last month because of a winter storm.

The makeup date has been set. Join us Sunday, March 25th at Casper's Cherokee in Eagan (4625 Nicols Rd, Eagan, MN 55122).

For MKS members only. This is our annual business meeting, banquet and auction. We'll review the year, elect a new board and have our annual auction.

Not a member? You can join at the meeting.

We'll review the year, elect a new board, pass out awards and have our annual auction. (see event agenda below)

Dinner pre-reservations:
Dinner: $30/person
At the door: $35/person
Pre-registration deadline Feb 20.
Send your reservation (Made out to MKS) to:
   John Kaulbars
   8446 16th Ave S
   Bloomington, MN 55425
   952 854-0985

A couple of the items donated for the auction include: Gift Certificate from Unique Flying Objects and tickets for the Chanhassen Dinner Theater.

If you have items to donate for the auction please contact Dean Murray at Dean@mnkites.org

3:00p - Arrive and setup (board and volunteers)
4:30p - Social Hour and Silent Auction
5:30p - Dinner
6:00p - Meeting
    * Review the year
    * Awards
    * Elect new board
           Proposed Slate of officers
           President: Ken Wilkowski
           V Pres: Dean Murray
           Secretary: David McKeen
           Treasurer: John Kaulbars
6:30p - Auction

Annual Meeting, Banquet and Auction Postponed

posted Feb 23, 2018, 6:10 PM by Minnesota KiteSociety

Because of a coming winter storm, we have postponed our Annual meeting. At our next board meeting we will choose a make up date. We are currently thinking mid/late March.

More details to come.

Thank you!

Silverwood Park Winter Play Day!

posted Jan 9, 2018, 5:57 PM by Dean Murray

Monday, January 15, 2018     11am - 4pm

Three Rivers Park District - Silverwood Park
2500 County Road E W, Saint Anthony, Minnesota 55421

Make a kite indoors and then fly it out on Silver Lake. First 40 kite-making kits are free, otherwise they are $6/kit. Ages: All
*First come first served

Join the Minnesota Kite Society on Silver Lake for a winter kite fly. Be a spectator or bring your own kite and join the fun! FREE Ages: All

Also at Silverwood Park that day:

Get creative building a snowman, snow-woman, or snow monster. Bring shovels, props, and natural materials to accessorize. Enter as a team or individual. Judging at 3 PM; Trophies and certificates awarded at 3:30 PM. After, enjoy marshmallow roasting and an indoor concert. FREE. Ages: All.

THE ROE FAMILY SINGERS in Concert, 3:30 pm
Following the snowman contest award ceremony at 3:30 PM, enjoy marshmallow roasting and an indoor concert. FREE. Ages: All.

Flying Colors Kite Fly in Bloomington on Saturday, Sept 23rd

posted Sep 16, 2017, 2:43 PM by Minnesota KiteSociety

MKS's Flying Colors Kite Fly
WhenSat, September 23, 2017   11am – 3pm
WhereValley View Middle School, 8900 Portland Avenue South, Bloomington, MN (map)
DescriptionThis is the Minnesota Kite Society's BIG summer kite fly!  This event will take place at the lower ball fields of Valley View Middle School and Valley View Elementary School.  The ball fields are located northwest of the intersection of 90th Street and Portland Avenue South in Bloomington, MN.

This year Flying Colors will be a smaller kite fly event.  We will not have kids kitemaking or food vendors.  All are welcome to join us. Bring your kites and help us fill the sky.

Please refer back to this website at http://www.mnkites.org for updates.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Join us on Saturday!

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