The Kite Festival at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge happens every year near my birthday, and it has been a fun event for celebrating with girl friends. I didn’t grow up flying kites. My parents – part of the Depression-Work War II generation – didn’t engage in a lot of purely frivolous activities. So coaxing the wind to catch a $10 paper-and-stick kite and allow it to drift for a few seconds before diving to the ground felt downright rebellious!
And when that became too frustrating, we enjoyed watching the big, serious kites in bright primary colors, shaped like birds or butterflies or the traditional diamond. One year, a kind stranger let us fly their box-shaped kite!
This year’s event is on Saturday, March 28th from 10:00am to 4:00pm. It’s free, but donations to help the rescued big cats is appreciated. Attendees can either bring their own kites or buy one at the refuge. And experts from KaleidoKites will be on hand to assist children in kite making and flying techniques. The festival includes a Mini Obstacle Course, Rock Climbing Slide, and Italian Ices for those with a sweet tooth.
So let your spirits soar and support a good cause!