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Issue 67: From the Editor

We’re in full swing for what you might call the peak kiting season in North America… With fairer weather on our side, the better part of kiting events are held May through October, all building to a head at the AKA Grand Nationals (Rochester MN this year), and crowned by several smaller events over the […]

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Issue 67: Kites… Life.

I’m looking forward to seeing this issue go live, as it will mean that I’m free to pack and prepare for my first visit to Colombia on August 4th… In addition to meeting lots of new people and finally putting faces to some names, iQuad is arriving a couple days before their festival to provide […]

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Issue 67: AKA Corner

May this find you well and thinking about, or doing things with, kites. Here in northeast USA we are in high summer. It has been unusually rainy, but that makes the occasional beautiful kite day all that much better. Here is the latest from the AKA. The AKA now has a Facebook page. It has […]

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Issue 67: Dave’s World – Wildwood

Susie doesn’t come to Wildwood anymore. She is a veteran of the old days with screeching tires, boom boxes, high hair and lime green spandex. She says when the festival shifts to Cape May, she’ll come back. Actually, not too much has changed. The boardwalk scene is alarming for anyone with teenage children. The noise […]

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Issue 67: Dave’s World – Windscape

We’re back in Saskatchewan and Swift Current for the Windscape Kite Festival. Wheat fields stretch off in the distance for as far as the eye can see. And gentle breezes dance across rolling fields and then splash onto the large flying fields. This seems a perfect place for kites! Saskatchewan is, of course, north of […]

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Issue 67: Drachen Archives – Three Ferries, Plus One

Sitting on the ferry that travels from the Danish island of Fano, back to mainland Denmark, it was time to reflect on a few items in my kite collection that are not kites.  Common in every kite culture are line-travelers, or ferries, that travel from the kite-flyer’s hand, up to the flying kite, and then […]

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Issue 67: News Reel | World | Artisan’s passion is ancient art of kite making Artisan’s passion is ancient art of kite making BILL SCHILLER/TORONTO STAR Kite maker Wang Naixin displays one of his creations in his Beijing home. Wang has been making the intricate kites by hand for about three decades. Beijing designer devotes his life to […]

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Issue 67: Kite Poems

By Joyce Carol Oates Some- thing there is in the American soul that soars with kites that soar! Some- thing alive with the roar of the wind lifting the kite that soars above rooftops, tree- tops, and awestruck heads! And yet— Something there is not in the American soul to adore the kite that fails […]

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Issue 67: Kite Comics

This issue marks the second set of kite cartoons we’ve had made for Kitelife Magazine, courtesy of Dan Thompson (Funny Cartoonist)… These two were just made “off the cuff”, but we’d like to start sending Dan some photos for inspiration now and then, photos which might aptly display some of the humorous situations we sometimes […]

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Issue 67: SOLO in Berkeley

I was a bit startled when Nathan Sendan called. He wanted an Octopus. A really BIG Octopus. Since the Over-Large is called “OLO” we took to calling this project the Super Over-Large Octopus or “SOLO” Now as most of you know, a standard Octo is 90 feet and the Over-Large Octopus at 130 feet has […]

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