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A fun day for old and young at Renfrew Institute's 19th annual Kite Fun Fly

April 13, 2013|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • Taylor Hagenmayer, 9, of Waynesboro, Pa., helps her mother, Jennipher Hagenmayer, get their dragon kite into the air Saturday at Renfrew Institute's 19th annual Kite Fun Fly. Also pictured are Bridgette Hagenmayer, 2, Brooke Hagenmayer, 6, and Brad Markowitz, 5.
By Roxann Miller

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Blue skies, a light breeze and eight acres of open meadow was the perfect backdrop Saturday for Renfrew Institute’s 19th annual Kite Fun Fly.

“Go fly a kite” took on a whole new meaning as young and old took advantage of the weather and free fly zone in the meadow behind the museum house at Renfrew Park.

“It’s a beautiful day and this is a free event that the kids enjoy. We love Renfrew,” said Jennipher Hagenmayer of Waynesboro, who brought a group of young kite enthusiasts.

There was only one catch — she had never flown a kite in her life.

But not to worry, she had from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to learn the art of kite flying.

If that didn’t work, kite masters and brothers George and Samuel Adams were available for free individual instruction. They also led a kite-making workshop from noon to 1:30 p.m.

“I have never flown a kite in my life,” Hagenmayer said. “This is my first day.”

She brought her three daughters, Taylor Hagenmayer, 9, Brooke, 6, and Bridgette, 2; and nephews Josh Markowitz, 7, and Brad, 5.

She wasn’t about to let the kids down. So she sat down on the blanket and methodically put the colorful dragon kite together.

With the help of her oldest daughter, Taylor, she embarked on the kite’s maiden voyage.

While reticent, Hagenmayer said she was going to get the kite into the air.

All at once, the air caught the kite and it wafted effortlessly into the air.

“I’m impressed that I even got this thing together, let alone into the air,” she said with pride in her voice.

Melissa Blades of Waynesboro brought eight members of her family for a fun-filled day of kite flying.

“Good job, buddy,” Blades said, showering everyone with praise.

While some members of her family needed encouragement, her 10-year-old son, Bolden, mused that he shared a special oneness with kites.

“I’ve been calling myself the kite whisperer,” Bolden said with a wide smile across his face. “I got a kite (into the air) that my mother could not do anything with.”

Bolden said kite flying is fun and challenging.

“This is something fun for young and old,” said Blades, whose group ranged from the very young to 95 years old.

Blades’ grandmother, Mardelle Humes, 95, is visiting Waynesboro from Sarver, Pa., and spent Saturday flying kites with her family.

“This just sounded fun, and we wanted to bring grandma out and have some fun with the kids,” Blades said. “We always love to go to anything at Renfrew.”

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