Join us Saturday, Feb 22 for the MKS Annual Meeting & Auction!

Post date: Feb 19, 2014 6:43:07 PM

MKS Annual Meeting & Auction

Sat, February 22, 3pm – 8pm

Cherokee Tavern, 886 Smith Avenue South, West St Paul, MN, United States (map)

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 Not a member? You can join at the meeting.

We'll be there to setup around 3pm. Social hour to start when you get there!

Agenda for the evening is:

    • Social/Silent Auction 5:00pm - 6:00pm

    • Dinner 6:00pm

    • Annual Meeting 7:00pm

    • Live Auction 7:30pm - ?

Here is a preview of some the great items donated for the auction. All donations are welcome! This is our largest fund raiser for events like Flying Colors.

If you are donating an item that you are bringing to the Annual Meeting please send a picture and/or description to so it can be added to the web page.

Gomberg Kite Productions, International has donated a 50% off certificate.

This certificate is good for an order placed on their G-Kites website. The order must be placed before June 30, 2014. 50% will be deducted from the pre-shipping total of the order. Discount applies to online orders placed Does not apply to WindFeather Banners and cannot be combined with other discounts - including the AKA discount. A shipping charge of $10 will be applied to orders over $80.

Nancy Lockwood is donating two items.





(fyi - a Unit is any number of inches you decide to use. 6 units is the height of a Rok, 5 is the width, and 4 is the distance between the two horizontal spars, and one unit is how far in from both sides one places each bridle line. This kite needs to be bowed.)

How they figured out the 3 point bridle, I don't know. But there's a ratio. The top two lines run from the top to the center in length. The one that goes from the center also fastens the sticks together at their center on the back of the kite and is 4/5ths as long as the other two bridle lines. Overhand tie the three together. This may need an adjustment so it's always best to make the bridle lines a couple inches longer to allow such changes.

I spent over a year piecing the flowers together, quilting style, and finished it in time to compete it at the 2008 AKA Convention in Gettysburg, PA. It placed third in the Flat Kite category. On the day we flew the kites it was also the day we were judged on our ground displays, and I had an entry in that, too. So I jogged from one site of a very long field to the other, kite in hand, tripped going over the tape edging the field and fell. The horizontal spar broke. Thanks to friends in the sport kite groups lolling in a tent alongside the field, a replacement spar was quickly offered and installed and I, wearing a long colonial dress and bonnet, made it. Harry brought me my folding 3-legged stool. I launched the kite into a murky gray sky with a decent wind at my back, and it soared straight up, gluing itself to the sky. I sat there like a milkmaid while it flew absolutely straight as an arrow, tail and all, for the requisite time, until I was tapped on my shoulder and told to reel it in. It came right straight back to my hand. THAT is a perfect flight! This kite was also flown as one of the kites required to earn a daily pin at another AKA Convention in Utah. I didn't go, but another club member, Sara Torok, did and she needed a flat kite, so I loaned her this one. She broke the "magic spar" during that flight and replaced it with the dowel now in the kite. I've flown it a couple times since it returned from that journey, and can tell you it's best appearance is when it flies so the sun is behind it, causing a sort of stained glass effect. I have loved this kite form since 1980 when I made my first Chinese 3 stick, which was probably one of the first kites ever flown over China a good 2000 years ago. People wonder about the fact that it is comprised of six equilateral triangles and was developed way before Geometry was figured out in Greece, but frankly, folks, you don't need Geometry to make a kite like this. You need Oragmi skills. Do it just like the snowflakes you made in first grade. Fold a piece of paper in half, fold it down to find the center point, and fold back both ends evenly and you have a hexagon when you open it up. Stick a string in the center point and tie a pencil to the other end and scribe a circle. Cut straight lines between the folds - you then glue thin sticks along those fold lines. Try making one out of a napkin and toothpicks. A 6th grade girl did that at lunch in school after we had done a history of kites presentation. She came up to me after lunch and said, " Like this?" You can make a Rokkaku , too, using the Japanese 4-5-6 formula, which modified the 3-stick to fly without a tail at all.

Stabilizers about 6 to 7 feet long ( on a 3 ft. diameter kite) are attached to loops on the two bottom points. Add a tail that dangles below below the kite about the same distance as the equalateral triangle that comprises the hexagon should be seven times the width of the kite.

A parting shot about making early kites - the Maylay 2 stick is the same dimensions as a human being. Our arms are the same length from fingertip to fingertip straight out from our body as our height when we are under the age of Osteoporosis. And our arms cross our bodies one fifth of our total height down from the tops of our heads, exactly where the two sticks cross. I have learned that over the age of 75, our height goes down but that arm length measurement stays the same. Yes, at 81, I am 4 inches shorter! About the same dimensions as a Hata.

Nancy Lockwood

Ken Runke is donating some great items. Including:

    • Mystery Box! -- these are always something good

The most fascinating jigsaw puzzle ever - It's small - and it is Oh My Gosh Kites! - in fact, it's a photograph of two of the Windjammers Performance Kite Team flying in a clear blue sky. I don't know where Gary Maynard got this photo enlarged, mounted and and cut into interlocking pieces, but he sent it to me for Christmas. So it has had one assembling. I'm ready to pass it on. Hint - all that blue sky was not easy to assemble. But maybe a jigsaw addict like me would like to take it on.

Here are some pictures of Nancy with the kite at the 2008 AKA convention. We are very fortunate to have such a great benefactor. Thank you Nancy!

These pictures were taken by Steve Ferrel and found on

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    • Hespeler Brothers Brogden Diamond Music Man Kite is built on the historic German kite platform known as the Brogden Platform. It was designed by Uwe & Peter Hespeler of Germany, 2 master kite designers who have frequently won the German Grand Nationals kite competitions with their innovative & bold kite designs. Known for their playful aerial creations, the Hespeler brothers bring bold and whimsical graphics on easy-to-fly shapes to the Premier Collections. Known for their playful aerial creations, Uwe and Peter Hespeler of Germany have fashioned the historic Brogden platform into this lively flying fellow. Frequently sweeping the German Grand Nationals with their unique artwork and ingenious structural design, the Hespeler brothers make an inspiring kite team.

    • Premier Kites Star/Cellular kite ---------------------------------------------------->>>I believe Ken as some additional items too.

Dave Herzig is going to donate another pizza party if there is interest. (This is awesome pizza folks!)

Tom Dean is donating four kite string holders. He had a lot of oak and walnut pieces laying around and decided to make a few. Here is a picture of some of them. Each one has about 150’ of 150 pound string. They look really nice!

Jim Ogland has donated some items from his collection for the auction. Description of them is not available so come to the auction and check them out,

Jim Kahn has donated his kite collection. Included are:

  • Kite books

    • Kite Craft by Lee Scott Newman & Jay Hartley Newman

    • Fighter Kites by Philippe Gallot

    • Kites: Paper Wings Over Japan by Scott Skinner

  • Stunt kites

    • Biena Vista Kite Co. '95 - "Streaker"

    • Prism Fanatic

    • Prism 3-D

    • Goodwind's Kites - WIND DEEMON

  • Single Line kites

    • Winged box kite

    • 11ft Double Box Delta

    • 56" Rokkaku (Premier Samurai)

    • Crayon foil

    • Two Delta Conynes

    • X-Kites Sentinal

    • Go Fly a Kite - Nova Kite

    • Double French Military Kite

    • Seagull kite (needs spar)

  • Trilby 3 Stack + 1

  • Fighter Kite w/ line

  • Kite line and accessories

    • 2 Rainbow tube tails (20-25 ft)

    • Hoop winders w/ line (4)

    • Go Fly a Kite Reel winder w/ line

    • 2 Golf Ball Kite stakes

    • Sleeving kit, End Caps, Carabiner

    • Sport Kite Line sets (5)

    • 2 Red/White/Blue streamers

    • Rainbow streamer

    • Dog Stake

    • Assorted spars

  • Kite travel bag (looks like a softball bat bag, really nice)

  • Duffle bag (great size for hauling your kite stuff!)

  • Leatherman Tool

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Paul Koepke and Kathy Brinnehl donated:

    • Commemorative Fire and Ice Pairs Kite Team 10th anniversary pin

    • 5.0 Rainbow Stripes Air Foil Kite by In the Breeze Kites

Dean Murray has donated some items:

    • Custom Kite stakeNew sled kite made by Dean