No batteries required during the 18th Fun Fly at Renfrew Park

April 14, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER |
  • Farianna Bermejo, left, and her 7-year-old son Roberto Orihuela of Chambersburg fly their kite Saturday afternoon at Renfrew Park in Waynesboro during the 18th Annual Spring Fun Fly.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — When Tom Miguel is told to go fly a kite, he’s more than happy to accommodate.

With effortless ease, the serious kite flyer from Halfway maneuvered two kites Saturday. As one gracefully glided across the blue sky, the other defied gravity, diving and soaring.

Miguel credits his wife, Sandi, for instilling his love of kiting.

“My dear wife loves the beach, and she would sit next to the water all day. I will go with her about five minutes, and I get bored,” Miguel said. “So, I was looking for something to do on the beach, and that’s how I fell into kites.”

He has 70 kites in his collection and spends about three days a week flying them.

“It’s relaxing,” said Miguel, never taking his eyes off his kites.

Miguel was one of about 200 who attended the 18th Fun Fly on Saturday in the meadow behind the museum house at Renfrew Park, Waynesboro, Pa.

“It’s an easy, relaxed no batteries required (activity),” said Melodie Anderson-Smith, director of Renfrew Institute “ It’s just good, clean family fun getting outside in nature and enjoying a relaxing family activity.”

It only took minutes for Anderson-Smith to transform two dowel rods, a white trash bag, some tape and string into a sled kite that soared like an expensive model.

The homemade kites cost $1, and as some of the kite flyers asked: “Who needs $20 kites when these fly just as well or better?”

Ron Keplinger of Smithsburg brought his wife, two daughters, his daughter’s friend and a van full of kites to the event.

“It’s a fun thing to do with the kids,” Keplinger said.

But, Keplinger said he gets bored watching the kite gracefully glide across the sky — he wants to see his kite dive, veer and flip.

Unlike her father, his daughter, Kayla, prefers watching the colorful kites against the backdrop of the blue sky rather than taking a daredevil approach.

“It was my idea to come because I like to fly kites, and it’s a good thing to do with my friends,” Kayla said.

It’s a tradition for Dan Ricketts of West Virginia to bring his 2-year-old son to the kite fly.

“We came two years ago when Sarah was nine-months’ pregnant with William, and we try to come back every year so he can be a part of it,” Ricketts said.

Ricketts loves flying kites and flies about eight to 10 times a year.

“It’s fun and lots of exercise,” he said. “It gets families to do stuff together — just looking around, I can see three generations here easily.”

For Christmas, Helen Calimer of Waynesboro bought kites for her grandsons, Owen, 8, and Nolen, 6.

“I want them just to be a kid again instead of sitting home and playing video games,” she said.

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