Weather cooperates for Renfrew Kite Fly

April 10, 2005|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Saturday was the perfect day to go fly a kite, and a lot of people did.

Renfrew Park's annual Kite Fly was held Saturday, and Bill "Kite Guy" Flohr said "this is the most perfect weather we've had in 12 years. It couldn't be any better."

Sporting a dandelion in his hat, Flohr and his wife, Twila, helped about 40 children make sled kites. Composed of a white plastic garbage bag and two sticks, the kites are "guaranteed to fly," Twila Flohr said. The sticks look like the runners of a sled.

By noon, about 100 people, including a Boy Scout troop, had been in and out to fly their kites in the eight-acre meadow behind the farmhouse at Renfrew.


Many adults also flew kites, from elaborate box kites to simpler models.

Melodie Anderson-Smith, executive director of the Renfrew Institute, said that kite flying teaches patience. She received a dual-line sport kite for Christmas from her husband and was assembling it for the first time.

"This is a wonderful way to launch the spring season at Renfrew," she said as she worked. "It's relaxed and easy to facilitate. Bill Flohr makes the event possible."

Justin Jennings, 8, who flew a kite for the first time, said it was "going pretty good" and shared his secret for flying it.

"You pull on it whenever the wind dies down," he said. "Pull on it very hard."

Melvin and Kathy Wolff of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., have come to the Kite Fly for eight or 10 years. Melvin Wolff flew a delta box kite with colorful streamers. He ran a popper, which looks like a handleless umbrella, up the string of the kite.

"If there's enough wind, it will invert and come back down the line," he said.

"(The popper) is something to do besides watch the kite fly," Kathy Wolff said.

Further out in the meadow, Flohr coached Anderson-Smith as she tried to send the dual-line kite aloft.

"Let all the line out," Flohr coached her, and she backed across the field unrolling string.

"Remember, anything you do with your hands, the kite is going to reflect," Flohr added. He set the kite on the ground, nose up. "Now step back and pull both lines. Keep your arms straight."

Anderson-Smith did as he instructed. The kite lifted, spun and nose-dived.

Kite flying, after all, teaches patience.

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