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MKS July Kitemaking Workshop

posted Jun 2, 2017, 9:01 AM by Minnesota KiteSociety   [ updated Jun 4, 2017, 9:27 AM by Dean Murray ]

Kite Workshop - Goodwin 6ft Cumulus Delta
6ft. Cumulus Delta Kite

When:  Sat, July 15, 11am – 4pm

  Brunswick United Methodist Church, 6122 42nd Ave N, Crystal, Minnesota 55422 map


It is time to get together for another workshop and socializing!

Student level: Beginner to Advanced

What to bring:
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing notions (thread, bobbins, scissor, etc)
  • Lunch money (TBD by the class where to have lunch, usually at Sweet Taste of Italy across the street)
  • We request that people supply their own fabric, we will bring wood dowels. If you want carbon please supply yourself. If you want us to provide fabric, let us know and tell us your color choices. We cannot promise colors we'll see what we have.

Cost: There is a $10 cost to help offset expenses. Also, if you want fabric from us there will be an extra cost TBD for fabric.

If you plan to attend or have questions please let us know at flywithus@mnkites.org . 

Also, here is the list of materials (click on pictures to enlarge)

Here is a picture of Ken's practice kite for the workshop in progress.

Join us for a fly in Celebration of National Kite Month!

posted Apr 8, 2017, 12:02 PM by Minnesota KiteSociety

When:  Sunday, April 9, 2017   Noon to 2 pm

Where: Oak Land Junior High School, 820 Manning Avenue North, Lake Elmo, MN 55042    Directions


The Minnesota Kite Society will be hosting Sunday Fun Flies!. They will be on a Sunday each month through the Fall.

We have paid for the fields for noon to 2pm, but you are free to stay longer if the fields are not being used.

Please check back for updates! Come out and Fly With Us!

April is National Kite Month!

posted Apr 8, 2017, 11:41 AM by Minnesota KiteSociety   [ updated Apr 8, 2017, 11:50 AM ]


What is National Kite Month?
Every year in April Kite enthusiasts across North America celebrate the history and the future of the world’s favorite pastime by letting their kites fly.  It is a month to celebrate the joy and happiness that comes from letting out the line, letting your kite catch the wind, and letting that kite soar high into the sky.

Why April?
April was chosen as National Kite Month because it was the month that perfectly sympolized hope, potential, and joy.  As the first month in Spring, it is when most kite fliers are starting to bring their kites out of the closet and prepare for a summer on the beach.  It is the month that while we spring clean and dust off the cobwebs, we can look fondly back on the memories of the year before while looking towards a bright future.  April is also the month that we see the last of the snow giving way to green lawns, a month that we are eager to get outside and be active.  So why not do it with a kite this year?

Who Runs National Kite Month?
NKM is jointly organized by the American Kitefliers Association (AKA)  and the Kite Trade Association International (KTAI).  Volunteers from both organizations work together to help promote kite flying throughout the year and during NKM

What Can I do?
Go fly a kite.  Seriously, GO FLY A KITE!  That is the best part about celebrating National Kite Month, it is really easy to celebrate!  A few other suggestions can be found throughout this page, but the more you fly a kite the more you are celebrating!  So fly a kite, fly a kite often, and get those around you to fly kites with you!

Color the Wind on February 18, 2017 has been CANCELLED

posted Feb 12, 2017, 1:21 PM by Minnesota KiteSociety

Color the Wind on February 18, 2017 has been cancelled. The weather has not been good to us. With the recent warm-up, Clear Lake had a hard rain and 30 mph winds which has wrecked the ice, making it unsafe.

We will be back next year.  Thank you.

February 2017 events

posted Feb 2, 2017, 5:37 PM by Dean Murray   [ updated Feb 12, 2017, 1:22 PM by Minnesota KiteSociety ]

February 4, 2017 -- Hudson Hot Air Affair, Hudson, WI  noon to 3pm

Join us for a kite fly at the Hudson Hot Air Affair.  http://hudsonhotairaffair.com/

February 18, 2017 -- CANCELLED -- Color the Wind, Clear Lake, IA   11am to 4pm

The premier winter kite festival in the midwest!  http://www.colorthewind.org/

February 25, 2017 -- MKS Annual Meeting and Banquet,  Casper's Cherokee of Eagan

Casper's Cherokee of Eagan, 4625 Nicols Road, Eagan, MN 55122  Directions   3pm to 9pm

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

Not a member? You can join at the meeting.

MKS Annual Meeting/Banquet and Auction tonight!

posted Feb 13, 2016, 6:07 AM by Minnesota KiteSociety   [ updated Feb 13, 2016, 9:04 AM ]

 What: MKS Annual Meeting/Banquet
 When: February 13, 2016         3:00pm  to  finish ( usually 8 or 9pm )
 Where: Casper's Cherokee of Eagan
 4625 Nicols Road
 Eagan, MN 55122

 651 454-6744
 Directions to Casper's Cherokee

Dinner cost: Pre-registered by Feb 10 were $25 or $30 night of.  If you want to come but are not a member, you can join tonight! Annual dues are $20. Click here for more information about joining.


3:00p  -  setup
4:30p  -  Social Hour and silent auction
5:30 or 6:00  -  Dinner
6:30 or 7:00  -  Annual meeting
7:00 or 7:30  -  Silent auction ends. The Verbal (bidding) Auction

We will review 2015 for the club, have some fun and we'll have our annual auction.

Some items included in this year's auction include (but not limited to):

If you are attending tonight and have items for the auction, please bring them! Your support is appreciated.

Dave Herzig's Home-made Pizza Dinner!

Donations from Nancy Lockwood and Harry Gregory!
Nancy donated a 4ft Rokkaku she made in a workshop and a Pocket Sled.

Harry donated a yellow diamond stunt kite by Eidekin Rainbow Kites and a selection of items from a collection of old new stock kites that he recently acquired. Harry has more of the old new stock items, if anyone would like to purchase any of them contact Dean@mnkite.org and we can connect you with Harry.

Click on the picture for a larger image.

Items from the Ken Runke estate!

Pictures coming...

Lake Harriet Kite Festival for 2016 has been cancelled.

posted Jan 6, 2016, 4:15 PM by Minnesota KiteSociety

Because of unsafe ice conditions, the Lake Harriet Kite Festival on January 16, 2016 has been cancelled.

We are looking forward to an awesome festival next year. Keep looking up!

4 Ft Rok Workshop with Barb Meyer - Nov 14th

posted Oct 22, 2015, 4:38 PM by Minnesota KiteSociety   [ updated Oct 27, 2015, 3:43 PM ]

What: Kite Making Workshop with Barb Meyer - 4ft Tapered Rok

When: Saturday, November 14, 2015.  10am - 4pm

Where: 3018 Idaho Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55427, USA (map)

Phil Broder's tapered Rok
NOTE: Location has changed! Because of a scheduling conflict the workshop will be at Ken Wilkowski's house in Crystal, MN (see address above). Ken's phone for more information is 7 6 3  2 2 1 - 9 2 7 4. Also, if you want to join us at the workshop but do not want to make a Tapered Rok, contact us, sign-up and bring whatever project you want to work on or finish an already started project. It's great working on kites with other kitemakers. Learn a lot and share a lot. Join us!  And remember, kite people are the best!

Let's have another workshop!

We are very fortunate to have Barb Meyer as a member of MKS! Barb is one the top kite making instructors in the country and she has agreed to teach our workshop.

This is a 4 foot tapered Rokkaku, sparred with carbon tubes. The complete plan and some pictures can be found here: http://kite.org/kitetalk/index.php?/files/file/323-vol037-rok-plan/

Kit cost is $35. It includes a single color kite skin; edge binding; all reinforcements; spars; fittings and all else to make a complete kite. Chose a color when you register. You must register in advance to guarantee a kit. Pay Barb at the workshop.

There is room for 10 students. Also, Barb needs time to assemble the kite kits so we would like to close registration on November 4th.  Sorry about the short notice. This is an awesome project so please register as soon as possible!

Student level: Beginner to Advanced.

What to bring: Sewing machine, sewing notions (thread, bobbins, scissor, etc), You can also bring any extra decoration you may want for the kite. Lunch money (TBD by the class where to have lunch, usually at Sweet Taste of Italy across the street).

Please register by sending an email to workshop@mnkites.org Please include your name, phone number and what color kite skin you want.

Kite workshop on Oct 10th. Come make a Della Porta Kite!

posted Sep 17, 2015, 3:59 PM by Dean Murray   [ updated Sep 17, 2015, 4:00 PM ]

Kite Workshop - Della Porta Kite and Simple Applique
WhenSat, October 10, 10am – 4pm
WhereBrunswick United Methodist Church, 6122 42nd Ave N, Minneapolis, MN, 55422 (map)
DescriptionIt is time to get together for another workshop and socializing!
Kite making class, Della Porta, Oct 10, 10-4 pm at Kens church. Call Ken to reserve a spot and to ask questions. Ken will have all materials (He has a good supply of blue rip stop) Think about something you want to applique, there will be some supplies for easy designs. Cost: $5 (help cover the cost of the room) Student level: Beginner to Advanced Please contact Ken Wilkowski to sign-up for the workshop. His email address is Ken@mnkites.org or at flywithus@mnkites.org You can also call him at 763 221-9274. What to bring: Sewing machine, sewing notions (thread, bobbins, scissor, etc), Your project you want to work on. Lunch money (TBD by the class where to have lunch, usually at Sweet Taste of Italy across the street).

One Sky One World on October 11th

posted Sep 15, 2015, 7:27 AM by Minnesota KiteSociety

One Sky One World (MKS)
WhenSun, October 11, 11am – 4pm
WhereHarvest Festival & Corn Maze, 8001 109th Ave. N, Brooklyn Park, MN (map)
DescriptionTwin Cities Harvest Festival & Corn Maze is located on southeast corner of Hwy 169 & 109th Ave. N. in Brooklyn Park. For directions see http://www.twincitiesmaze.com/location.html One Sky One World (OSOW), also known as "World Kite Day", is the international day of kite flying where people all over the world fly kites annually on the second Sunday of October to promote world peace, friendship among all people, and awareness of environmental concerns. Minnesota Kite Society (MKS) is one of many organizations around the globe that will be observing One Sky One World by flying kites on that day. We will be flying in the open field east of the Harvest Festival and Corn Maze. Kite flying is FREE. But to enter the Corn Maze will require purchasing a ticket. A portion of every ticket sold is donated to the Minnesota Wild Foundation. Here is a link to the website for the Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze: http://www.twincitiesmaze.com/ For more information about the Minnesota Wild Foundation follow this link: http://wild.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=59017 The land owner will have space cleared for kite fliers to park on the NE corner of the maze, east of the parking area. In past years this was a wheat field, this year was planted with pumpkins. We will be in the field that has been harvested. There will be some pumpkins still in the field, walk around them. There are not burrs in the field this year, but we do recommend that you wear shoes, socks and long pants. See Dean on the field if you have questions about where to fly. Since the first One Sky One World event was held, millions of people all over the world have flown kites on the second Sunday of October. Please join the Minnesota Kite Society on October 11th in honoring its objectives of One Sky One World by flying a kite! For further information on the history, purpose and activities associated with One Sky One World, see website at http://www.oneskyoneworld.org/ FFI on the kite fly, contact Dean Murray at Dean@mnkites.org

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