Niagara Windriders Newsletter

The Official Newsletter of the Niagara Windriders Kitefliers Association, Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada

Monday, March 29, 2010

2010 Kite Workshop

On March 28th, the Niagara Windriders held the annual kiting season kickoff. There were 25 kite making participants from 7 different kite clubs! They came from as far as Michigan and New York states. Ted Shaw from GLKS headed up this years' workshop. The project this year was a Dunton-Taylor box kite, a hybrid of a delta and a triangular box kite.

Everyone was enthusiastic about starting the project and listened to the brief history lesson (Bob, your inner teacher is showing) and the first set of instructions.

We all got to work, cutting wings, backs and tunnels of various colors. Once the pieces were cut, the sewing began.

Bob looks at the handiwork of Emma Gunn and her father. Emma is 11 years old and can sew circles around those 3 times her age!

As usual, at 12:00 the tummies began rumbling. As in the past, we had a spread of hot roast beef, buns, veggies and pop. New this year were delicious baked beans. Everyone enjoyed the lunch that Stephanie prepared for us. Thanks to Nancy as well for helping getting it ready.

After we ate it was back to putting the kites together and add the finishing touches.

This is the model of the kite we used to check our sewing order and sparing.

Donna's creation... here's lookin' at you!

At the end of the day, it was raining so we could not go out to the park and try out our new kites. There were some sewing machine casualties during the day as well, so some of the participants could not finish the kite. In the end we all had a great time seeing one another again after the winter months.

Thanks to all who made the workshop a success, Bob and Ted for putting the kits together, Stephanie for the lunch, Paul and Mary for the desserts and gathering the fees for the kite, and Vaino for picking up the coffee and donuts.

Here is a link to Carlos's pictures :

I hope to see you all on April 25th when the first Sunday fun fly will take place at Port Colborne High corner of Steel St & Elgin St 12:30-4:30 NOT Lakeview Park in Port Colborne.