Web Extra: Kiting Near Harrisburg
Mar 05, 2015 11:20AM
By Erica Shames
Keystone Kiters, Camp Hill, Pa., is a small club of about 20 families, said president Todd Little.
“A lot of our members are not from the local area,” Little said. “They are from Virginia, New Jersey and New York. We have nonmembers attend some of our kite-flying and kite-making events.”
Little, an LPN who works as a psychiatric nurse at an area facility, said the group specializes in building the types of kites that are flown at beaches like Ocean City, MD.
The club generally holds two workshops per year—one before the Superbowl and one in August.
At the August workshop, a special guest is brought in to share knowledge and expertise on making kites, Little said. The winter workshop is dedicated to repairing kites. The all-day workshops are held in the Camp Hill Borough Hall and are open to both members and nonmembers.
“Some kites are impressive for their smallness,” Little said. “But they are unique in some other ways, like a round, instead of square, box kite; some are inflatable, like parachutes; and some of the kites are distinctive because of their art.”
Little began kiting as a child. As time went on, new materials were employed to build kites. With the improvement of kite technology, the price of kites increased. As a result, Little decided to learn to build his own kites.
“I can make a kite that will fly from a piece of paper in about five minutes,” Little said. “Some kites require 1,000 hours to complete. During the Summer Kite-building Retreat, we usually complete a 100-square-foot kite in a weekend.”
For more information on Keystone Kiters, visit keystonekiters.com.
Written by Jeffrey Roth