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Children go fly a kite at Renfrew's 16th annual Fun Fly

'It's good, wholesome fun for the kids - and it gets them active'

March 26, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • Walter Bercaw of Waynesboro, Pa., helps Rebeca Vargas, 6, of Chambersburg, Pa. get her sled kite soaring at Saturday's 16th annual Fun Fly at Renfrew in Waynesboro.
Roxann Miller, Staff Writer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — In just a few minutes, Bill Flohr transformed two dowel rods, a white trash bag, some tape and string into a majestic kite that filled the meadow behind Renfrew's museum house with squeals of laughter.

At the 16th annual Fun Fly at Renfrew on Saturday, Flohr — better known as the kite man — helped make almost 25 kites from 11 a.m. to noon for a $1 donation.

He's been helping out at the kite-making workshop since the event began, but he's been flying kites since 1977.

When asked what he likes about kites, Flohr said he likes the idea of "doing something, but doing nothing at the same time."

During the short kite workshop, he introduced children and their parents to the laid-back, enchanting world of kite flying with an easy-to-make sled kite.

"This design has been used in kite workshops for at least 30 years. It's called a sled kite because the two sticks resemble runners of a sled," Flohr said.

Flohr cranked out one sled kite after another for the sheer joy of watching the children and their parents fly them.

"I'm going to finish my kite, and then I'm going to fly it," said kite novice Gabriel Simpson of Greencastle, Pa.

At first he was a bit unsure of his flying abilities, but then the wind caught hold of his tiny kite sending it soaring into the air — much to the astonishment of the new flyer.

"Look, it's flying," said Simpson, a bit shocked by his beginner's luck.

Bonnie and Bob Iseminger of Waynesboro decided to take their three grandchildren Alexandra, 9, Cal, 7, and Abby, 4, to the event.

"I don't know of a child that doesn't like a kite," Bonnie Iseminger said.

"Aww, mine came down," Cal said.

"It will go back up, sweetheart," Bonnie Iseminger said in an encouraging tone while she worked to get Abby's kite airborne.

Molly Bercaw, 10, of Waynesboro didn't seem to mind the unseasonably cold weather for the kite fly, as she waited to make her homemade kite.

"It's fun to fly a kite. It's just great to see it up in the air," said Molly, who went kite flying with her family last Saturday so she could try out her diamond-shaped Star Wars kite.

Her mother, Karen, came prepared for the chilly weather with hot coffee.

"It's good, wholesome fun for the kids — and it gets them active," Karen Bercaw said.

"Everybody is anxious to get outdoors this time of year, and with this beautiful field, it's a perfect spot to do it," said Melodie Anderson-Smith, director of Renfrew Institute. "Part of our mission is to offer programs and activities that are enjoyable and educational, and today they learned things about how kites work and how the kites interact with the wind — and there are no batteries required."

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