2005-08-18 / Community

Kite Festival Blows In To Riis Park This Weekend

Usually we pray for surf, but this weekend we pray for wind as a dazzling display of creepy nylon creatures and strange, soaring creations are set to blow into town when the fourth annual New York Kite Festival takes flight.

“These giant kites are so impressive,” said Joanie Omeste, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director and a key organizer speaking of the giant octopi, stingrays and other kite creatures that flew last year. “You have to see it to believe it.”

The festival, which the Chamber of Commerce promises will be enjoyable for families and kite enthusiasts alike, is free of charge. Kites will adorn the sky from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21.

Don’t have a kite? No problem!

Children can attend the kite making workshops.The Kids Kite Camp, sponsored by Arverne by the Sea, will hold classes for children showing them how to design, fabricate and fly their own creations. There are hands-on activities, music, delicious food and other entertainment as well.

Those who just want to sit back, relax and enjoy can tune in to the kite exhibition featuring area kite clubs each day from noon to 2 p.m. Other live entertainment will also be featured throughout the weekend.

Since kite flying is not usually allowed on the beaches spectators should take this opportunity to see some of the most colorful and unique kites New York has to offer, Omeste said.

Radio station Z-100 will be spinning tunes from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The New York Kite Festival is produced by Sky Festival Productions in collaboration with the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce and Gateway National Recreation Are. It is sponsored by Councilman Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., KeySpan, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Gateway National Recreation Area and radio station Z-100.

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