2009-09-04 / Community

Kite And Fall Festivals To Be Held This Month

By Nicholas Briano

Hundreds of kites will be flying in the sky when the Rockaway Kite Festival returns to Riis Park. Hundreds of kites will be flying in the sky when the Rockaway Kite Festival returns to Riis Park. The Rockaway Music and Arts Council's (RMAC) annual Fall Festival draws thousands of visitors, artists and craftspeople each year to Jacob Riis Park. This year, the RMAC will host its 25th Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, September 12 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, September 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

The Rockaway Kite Festival, which took a one-year hiatus due to a lack of funding, returns to Riis Park that same weekend and is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways. Hundreds of kites are expected to be on display along the boardwalk.

Activities for the children will include kite making and various kite themed workshops, and will be held on the Riis Park mall. Both the Fall Festival and Kite Festival are free of charge.

The Kite Festival had quickly become an end of summer tradition at Riis Park, drawing visitors from all over, but fell short of funding and personnel last year and had to be cancelled by the Chamber of Commerce.

Local artist Steve Yeager shows off his work at last year's RMAC Fall Festival. Local artist Steve Yeager shows off his work at last year's RMAC Fall Festival. The Fall Festival offers juried arts and crafts, music, food and plenty of children's activities. Visitors can view the work of artists and artisans in watercolor, photography, stained glass, wood craft, antiques, sculpture and pottery, clothing and textiles, jewelry, handbags, decoupage, soaps and sachets and many other crafts. Nearly 70 different vendors are expected to display their work.

Some kites flying in the festival have been as long as 15 feet and in an assortment of beautiful colors. Some kites flying in the festival have been as long as 15 feet and in an assortment of beautiful colors.

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