The First and Third Saturday
of the month at Frank Liske Park
(Other activities, and where they'll be are
Summer's here along with the heat, humidity and the lack of winds.
I'm still hoping we can mix some flying with some workshops this Summer.
I'm still taking ideas, including some proposed dates for workshops. Current
suggestions for projects are miniature kites (probably paper-fold unless
someone gets daring enough to try making little sticks or other ideas for
spars and a set of tetra cells based on the multicell tetra at AKA Nationals.
If you have any other ideas, or would like to "host" a workshop, e-mail
Marty or Jim with your ideas.
For more events in the Southeast or others that may not be listed here,
here to visit the AKA Region 4 web
|10th - Georgia International Sport Kite Championship. We had a great
time for the third year at Tybee. Click here to
see the pictures.
|23rd & 24th - Anybody for a Thanksgiving
weekend fly? If you want to fly, come to Mint Hill Park (click
here for map) since I think Frank Liske will be closed for the
weekend. But let us know via e-mail so you don't have to fly alone.
|1st - 6th - AKA Convention in Billings, Montana
|6th - Frank Liske Parke - The weather folks are say a 50% chance of
rain in the morning but partly cloudy in the afternoon. They're also promising
WIND! If it's raining in the morning, look for us in the barn.
|27 - 28 - Carolina Kite Fest at Atlantic Beach - Click
here to get more info. There will be a few WACKOS there.
We're doing something different this month due to the Labor Day weekend
and the Kite Gypsies thing at Myrtle beach. WE ARE
GOING TO FLY ON THE 2ND AND 4TH SATUDAY AT FRANK LISKE PARK instead
of the first and third Saturday. Since everyone will probably be busy Labor
Day weekend and most everyone wants to go to Myrtle Beach with the Kite
Gypsies, You won't have to feel guilty about staying home and flying. So,
contact Ray Williams and get the scoop on the Kite Gypsies. Let's see if
we can make the WACKOS and the Kite Gypsies at Myrtle Beach.
|1st - Labor Day weekend
|8th - WACKOS at Frank Liske Park
|14 - 16th - Carolina Kite Gypsies at Myrtle Beach - click here
to see the poster. Contact Ray Williams - RUA2K@sc.rr.com
- for details.
|22nd - WACKOS at Frank Liske Park
|18th - Aside from a few rain showers, the flying wasn't too bad today.
The morning started hot and sticky but cooled off after a couple minor
showers. Thanks to Jeff, we had a dry place to sit. A couple fighters flew,
some light wind stunters and a large delta managed to hold up the "Little
Red" octopus for a time. Later in the afternoon, there was enough wind
for a rok battle.
And if you didn't come out today, you missed Stuart flying a single
line kite. As he played with a tumbling cube he could be heard to say,
"I can't believe I'm flying a single line kite!".
|7th - Y'all missed a great day for July. Temps were lower due to the
cloud cover, but the winds kept stuff in the air.
|2nd - First Saturday
|16th - Third Saturday
|22nd - 24th - Old Dominion Sport Kite Championships. click the link
to go to their web site: http://www.odskc.com
April 2001 is National Kite Month!
|7th - WACKOS 3rd Annual National Kite Month Fun
Fly at Frank Liske Park.
|21st. - Here's another chance to get out. The weather looks great and
hopefully there will be some wind.
|28th - The Point Lake & Country Club, Mooresville.
Take I-77 North to exit 33, Williamson Rd., turn left at exit. Go 2.5 miles
or so, turn left at light onto Brawley School Road. Stay on BSR for
many miles, until "dead ends" into Traffic Circle. Go 3/4 of the
way around the circle (counter clockwise) and turn into The Point Lake
and Country Club. Look for soccer field sized area highlighted by
a relatively large kinda Egyptian obelisk (mini Washington Monument) and
some number of kids with kites...
Also the 28th - The Red Bud Festival
in Saxapahaw. Here are some directions but
they're spotty. I've been told you can look for signs once you get to Mebane.
I 85 North to the Mebane Oaks exit. South to Saxapahaw. Go 8 miles on Mebane
Oaks Road to Highway 54. Go straight 3 and 1/2 miles to Beth Church Road.
Turn into drive. Entrance to the field is across from 1864 Mulberry Lane.
here to see a local map of the area.
Another on the 28th: Barbara from Narnia Studios has again
asked the WACKOS to join her for the Mighty Kite
Flight in East Flat Rock, NC. There are directions at www.hillandale.org,
but these are are from Barbara: take I-26 West to exit 22 go west off exit
to Spartanburg Hwy (approx 1 mile) go south on
Spartanburg Hwy (also known as 176) to Blue Ridge Road
(approximately 1 mile) turn right or west on Blue Ridge Road go 3/4 mile
field is on your left! A nice ride from Charlotte to get to I-26 is to
take I-85 to the exit for US 74 around Kings Mtn, through Shelby and on
to I-26. It gets slow around Shelby but it's mostly interstate-like roads.
I hope the wildflower plantings along US 74 are in bloom, they were near
spectacular last year.
|3rd - Club Fly
Freedom Park - Charlotte/Mecklenburg
Parks and Rec is planning a Kids Kite Day at Freedom Park. You received
an e-mail about this from Jim with more info. Check it out!
Tybee Island - Gone With the Wind SKC.
I don't know of anyone going, but let the others know if you're planning
|17th - This, the third Saturday in March, also happens
to be St. Patrick's
Day. Of course, it is well known that green
kites don't fly, but maybe we could have a Mass Ascension of kites that
are green, greenish, or at least have a touch of green in them? Or,
there are a few kites in the world with celtic graphics, if you happen
to own one of those, this would be the chance you've been waiting for.
There's also the Harmony Kite Fly near
|24th - Again, two choices.
Cedar Rock Kite Day, Alamance County
Lake Park Kite Day, Lake Park, NC Lake Park
Kite Day was a lot of fun. Blue skies and warm sun, swirling and highly
variable winds that sometimes were marvelous. There were lots of families
from the community and they were all flying something. There were some
high flying deltas and diamonds, several biplane kites and kids, Moms &
Dads running around all over the place. The red octopus made an appearance,
as did 'Peanuts' the 7' elephant. Faye Raye was there but was very cranky
all afternoon. We were warmly welcomed once again at Lake Park.
|Mike reported on the Alamance County Parks and Recreation annual
Kite day at Cedarock Park today, March 24th. Highlights are:
Warm weather, Blue sky. Lots of kids. Nice field. Porta Potties.
Met some new fliers. Got some press. Oh yes, I almost forgot WIND.
It was a very enjoyable day with an assortment of kites in the sky and
lots and lots of plastic diamonds. Jim got a picture of the "Real Kite
eating TREE" it should be some time before he gets hungry, I think we saw
four in that one tree. Flyer made many parachute jumps and we held about
four candy drops. Parks department gave Jim and I T shirts for coming and
the WACKOS got a lot of thanks.
|We also received this note from Bryan Hagood, Recreation Coordinator,
Alamance County Recreation and Parks Department:
"On behalf of the Alamance County Recreation and Parks Department I
would like to take this opportunity to thank the WACKOS for attending our
2nd Kite Day at Cedarock Park. We were very pleased with the attendance
we had this year. Mike McMullen and Jim Martin were most gracious
and went out of their way to help make our event a success. This
is the second year the WACKOS have attended our event and we compliment
you on your professional and fun-loving attitude. The Alamance County
Recreation and Parks Department looks forward to working with the WACKOS
in the future."
|3rd -Noticed that our next flying day, February 3, will
be the first WACKOS fly of the Chinese (and most of the rest of Asia) New
Year. With that in mind, if you have an oriental style kite, whether
in design or graphics, why not bring it out? Also, since the Chinese
use a lunar calendar, moon themed kites would be a possibility, if you
have anything like that. As a "last resort," since kites are an oriental
invention, if you just have a kite, bring that! (There, I think that
|10th - Field Trip! Mike's Kite Museum was great! If you
do get a chance to visit, it's really worth it. You haven't ever seen this
much kite stuff in one place, ever.
|17th - If you didn't make this one, and there were a
lot of you, you missed a fine day: Sunny, good breezes and great
|6th - Those of you that didn't come out missed the BEST
FLYING DAY THIS YEAR! So far, anyway. At one point we had 7 flyers and
about 9 kites in the air.
|13th - Treasure Island Kite Festival and Competition
- (Notice how the competition is such a small part of the whole thing?)
This was the best TISKC of the three that have been held! There weren't
many WACKOS there (just me!) but I wanted to prove that kites do fly at
Treasure Island during festivals. Click here to
see some pictures.