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Today's Flying Colors Kite Fly has been cancelled due to the weather.

posted Sep 21, 2019, 6:12 AM by Minnesota KiteSociety

Today's Flying Colors Kite Fly has been cancelled due to the weather. More thunder storms and rain is forecast throughout the day. Our next scheduled event is One Sky One World on October 13th in Brooklyn Park. Hope to see you then.

31st Annual Kiwanis Kite Fly! Moved to Sat, May 25th

posted Apr 25, 2019, 11:08 AM by Minnesota KiteSociety   [ updated Apr 26, 2019, 9:37 AM ]

Kiwanis Kite Fly

Because of the weather forecast of cold and snow for April 27th, the date for this event has moved to the make-up date on May 25th.  See you then!

Join us for the 31st 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. Free kites for kids while supplies last. The event is for all ages.

Free - no registration required

For information call: (952) 924-2540

Directions: Click on this link or paste it in your browser - http://tinyurl.com/louisianaoakspark

April is National Kite Month! Go Fly A Kite! ;-)

posted Apr 2, 2019, 8:15 AM by Minnesota KiteSociety   [ updated Apr 2, 2019, 8:22 AM ]

National Kite Month – Let’s Celebrate!!!

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 symbolized 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 organized by the American Kitefliers Association (AKA).  Volunteers work 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!

* Note: The above story is from the National Kite Month website homepage. All credit goes to them. Follow the link and check it out.

Rescheduled due to WEATHER: MKS Annual Meeting and Banquet moved to March 30, 2019

posted Feb 10, 2019, 5:54 PM by Dean Murray   [ updated Feb 22, 2019, 2:58 PM by Minnesota KiteSociety ]

The MKS Annual meeting will be cancelled because of the freezing rain and snow forecast for tomorrow. It will be rescheduled for March 30th. 

Note: * The slate of officers on the postcards sent out is wrong. See below for the correct slate of officers.

Join us Saturday, March 30th at Casper's Cherokee in Eagan (4625 Nicols Rd, Eagan, MN 55122).  3p - 8p (see event agenda below)

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 March 26.
Send your reservation (Made out to MKS) to:
   John Kaulbars
   8446 16th Ave S
   Bloomington, MN 55425
   952 854-0985

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: David McKeen
           V Pres: TBD
           Secretary: David Herzig
           Treasurer: John Kaulbars
6:30p - Auction

30th Annual Hudson Hot Air Affair - Pirates Fly'n the Croix~ribbean

posted Feb 1, 2019, 11:10 AM by Minnesota KiteSociety   [ updated Feb 1, 2019, 11:13 AM ]

MKS will be flying and selling some kites at the school field noon to 3pm. Saturday, Feb 2nd.

Join us in Hudson, Wisconsin along the beautiful St. Croix River for Hudson Hot Air Affair, the premier winter ballooning event and winter festival in the Midwest.  This family friendly event includes activities such as an evening Torchlight parade, hot air balloon launches, geocaching, marketplace and craft fair, smoosh boarding, 5K fun run, bingo, balloon moon glow or field of fire, just to name a few.

Join us for all the great fun to be had in Hudson, Wisconsin.  Please view the 2019 schedule for a complete list of events and activities.

Hot Air Affair is run entirely by volunteers and funded by our generous sponsors. Join the fun! See our Sponsors page for more information about becoming a sponsor or visit our About Us page to lean more about volunteering.

How to Get There

Directions to EP Rock School (Launch Field) at 340 13th Street South, Hudson, Wisconsin 

From MN: I-94 East, take Exit 1 North towards downtown. At stoplight take a right (East) on Coulee Road. At the 4-way stop take a left (North) onto 11th Street. Right (East) onto Summer Street to EP Rock School.

From Stillwater: Take St. Croix River crossing bridge to Wisconsin. Take Hwy 35 South to Hudson. Turn left (East) onto Coulee Road. At the 4-way stop take a left (North) onto 11th Street. Right (East) onto Summer Street to EP Rock School.

From WI: I-94 West, take Exit 2 and go North. Turn left (West) to the frontage road (Coulee Road). At the 4-way stop take a left (North) onto 11th Street. Right (East) onto Summer Street to EP Rock School.

Launch Field (EP Rock School) Regulations:

  • No Alcohol
  • No Smoking
  • No Drones
  • Only Service Animals Please

Thank you for your cooperation.

Real-Time Flight Information

Thank you for visiting. Please check back here next year during Hot Air Affair (on February 2 & 3, 2019) for the latest announcement on weather and flight information.

Saturday, Feb. 2nd Morning Launch is scheduled for 7:35 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 2nd Afternoon Launch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 3rd Morning Launch is scheduled for 7:35 a.m.

Color the Wind 2019 - February 16th

posted Jan 17, 2019, 10:43 AM 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 Jan 17, 2019, 10:11 AM by Minnesota KiteSociety   [ updated Jan 17, 2019, 10:12 AM ]

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.



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