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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

Flying Colors Kite Fly Sat, September 19, 2015

posted Sep 15, 2015, 7:24 AM by Minnesota KiteSociety   [ updated Sep 15, 2015, 7:45 AM ]

MKS's Flying Colors Kite Fly
WhenSat, September 19, 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!

MKS Fun Flys!!! Come fly with us!

posted Aug 13, 2015, 5:53 PM by Minnesota KiteSociety

One of our favorite fields for flying is at Oak Land school in Lake Elmo. MKS is going to have Fun Flys there on August16th, October 18th, and November 15th. All dates are Sundays. Fly from 12-2 pm. We pay for the time slot, but we can stay later.

So come fly with us!

2015 Visit by Seikoo and Akiko Nakamura from Nagasaki, Japan

posted Jun 1, 2015, 6:04 AM by Minnesota KiteSociety

The Minnesota Kite Society, in partnership with the Saint Paul – Nagasaki Sister City Committee, is pleased to be hosting Seikoo and Akiko Nakamura from Nagasaki, Japan.  They are returning for the 60th anniversary of the Sister City Committee and will be demonstrating kite flying and will provide a kite making workshop.

Wednesday, June 3rd 1:45p - Greet at airport

It is Japanese custom to have a large group greet them at the airport on Wednesday, June 3rd.  They are arriving on Delta Flight 585 at approximately 1:45 pm.  Please contact Pam Hodges at (651) 230-1960 with the specific location of the gathering.

Thursday, June 4th at 1:00p - Kite preparation

On Thursday, June 4th, there will be kite preparation at Brunswick United Methodist Church in Crystal, MN from 1:00 until 3:00.  The address is Brunswick United Methodist Church, 6122 42nd Avenue North, Crystal, MN 55422 (map)

Friday, June 5th at 6:00p - Pot luck dinner with the Nakamura's

All are invited to a pot luck at Ken Wilkowski’s on Friday evening, June 5th at 6:00.  Please plan to attend this event and welcome our travelers!  Ken’s address is 3018 Idaho Avenue North in Crystal. Please let Ken know if you are attending. He can be reached by email at  cheapsheep2001@yahoo.com or by phone at 763 221-9274.

Saturday, June 6th at 9:00a - Cherry Tree Celebration at Como Park

Saturday will be filled with many activities.  We will begin with the Cherry Tree Celebration at Como Park at 9:00 am sponsored by the Sister City Committee.  The location will be near the Butterfly parking lot, which is on the far right side of this map:  http://www.comozooconservatory.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/ComoParkZooMap2013_outlined.pdf.  See the Sister City website for activities that will occur:  http://www.stpaulnagasaki.org/cherry-tree-celebration-and-kite-flying/.  You are encouraged to put up banners at this event.

Saturday, June 6th at 10:00a - Kite flying demonstration at Como Park

From the Cherry Tree Celebration location, we will all proceed to the kite flying demo area, which will take place beginning at 10:00 am.  Mr. Nakamura will bring 10 kites to add to the 50 kites the City of Saint Paul has received over the past years and fly the 60 kites to commemorate its partnership.  The location for the demonstration will be the northwest corner of Lexington Parkway and Como Avenue/Horton Avenue.

Saturday, June 6th - Lunch following the Kite flying demonstration at Ngon Bistro

You are invited to join us for lunch at Ngon Bistro, located at 799 University Avenue West in St. Paul.  Lunch will be around noon, following the kite flying demonstration.

Saturday, June 6th at 2:00p - Kite Making Workshop with the Nakamuras at Conway Rec Center in St. Paul

At 2:00, Mr. Nakamura will have a kite making workshop.  The event will be held at the Conway Rec Center from 2:00 until 4:00 pm located at 2090 Conway Street in St. Paul.  There will be 75 kites available to be made with a cost of $5.

Sunday, June 7th at noon - MKS Fun fly with the Nakamuras at Oak Land Jr. High School in Lake Elmo

On Sunday, June 7th, the Minnesota Kite Society will host a fun fly from noon until 4:00 at Oak Land Junior High School, 820 Manning Avenue North, Lake Elmo.

Monday, June 8th at 6:30p - Pot luck dinner with the Nakamuras

All are invited to attend a pot luck on Monday, June 8th at 6:30 pm.  JoAnn Blatchley, president of the Sister City Committee, will host the event.  Her address is 7432 West Shore Drive, Edina.

Wednesday, June 10th at 1:15p - Farewell at the airport

The Nakamura’s will leave on Wednesday, June 10th.  Again, a large group at the airport would be appreciated to send them off.  Their flight is Delta Flight 584, due to depart at 1:15 pm.  Contact Pam with a time and location.

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