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  1. Hi folks, good morning, So I'd like to begin by sharing with you that the WIKF 2016 Registration Form is complete and is attached to this post, if available. In the next few days it will also be available on the SFP web site as well as on the EL web site for the ECSKC! Please note of particular importance, with regards to communication concerning WIKF this year and probably moving forward, my primary source for all things WIKF will be the WIKF Facebook page, which our dear ol' friend & founder, Roger Chewning, set up last year - thank you Roger! Some of you may recall in previous years I've posted on the AKA, Rev and Kite Builders Forum's - and with the exception of communicating this Facebook page info there, this will probably cease in the spirit of providing all info in one easily accessable location. However, PLEASE NOTE, there are two Facebook WIKF pages, one is titled "Wildwoods International Kite Festival" (sub titled "Performance Art") and the other is titled "Wildwood International Kite Festival" (sub titled "Event"). THE CORRECT FACEBOOK PAGE IS THE PLURAL, OR "WILDWOODS" PAGE - in your communications with others in the kiting community, if you could kindly share this info with them I certainly appreciate it as it will assist in keeping everyone informed and in the loop - and sincere thanks in advance! And while you're on the Facebook page, feel free to post any photos, memories, anticipation comments, etc., - it will be fun to see & share! Thanks so much to all of you for continuing to make this event the success that it is - while faces come & go and the event is a beast to produce, I am always in such anticipation of seeing everyone who attends and am sincerely, sincerely greatful for everything everyone contributes - thank you so much and I can't wait to see you all soon!!! Warmly, Beatrix WIKF 16 Reg Form.pdf
  2. Two and a half weeks and counting! New this year! The ECSKC has a new format whereby they’ll feature a reduced slate of disciplines in exchange for more “play time” at the festival. Eliminated are the precision events and on tap are the ballet events, which will all take place on Saturday. A special thanks to Jared Haworth for coordinating this effort (of course, along with the team of sport kite folks) and for his always contributions to making this event work at Wildwood; to Will Smoot for being Jared’s equal side kick; and to Dennis Smith and Jack Wilson who will take over the throne in spearheading this aspect of the festival on site! And thanks also for the folks who come out to fly and compete for the ECSKC – let’s see if we can get some more folks off of the boardwalk this year and involved in sport kite! Registration: Whether you’re competing in the ECSKC, part of the Op’s team, or attending to fly for fun, please remember to complete a Registration Form and get it to me no later than THIS UPCOMING Saturday, May 9. Registrations received on or before that date do not incur the $10 on site registration fee. Media: This year will include some great media opportunities. Our very own Roger Chewning has initiated the “Wildwoods International Kite Festival” official Facebook page – why not look it up and join for all fun things WIKF related. Roger’s on a campaign for the events 30th Anniversary and is looking for photos from “back in the day” to post. Thank you Roger for your continued positive energy and push to keep WIKF vibrant and alive! There will also be various television and radio coverage throughout the event as well. Friday Night! Don’t forget to participate in all things for the SJKF Friday Night Social. As always, the club is putting on a spectacular buffet at an extremely reasonable price AND, it’s all you can eat – who can pass up an offer like that – food and great camaraderie! Following of course is the Friday Night Kite Fly – show the dark sky and the folks walking the boardwalk your best illuminated kite(s)! Sunday Night Dinner We’d love you to join us on Sunday night for dinner! Once again we’ll be at Little Italy in Wildwood Crest, a short five block walk from the hotel. Again, fabulous food, great conversation, and a room basically all to ourselves. Be sure to include yourself in this gathering by indicating such on your Registration Form and/or at the tent on the sign up sheet. Well, that’s it for now, we’ll see you in two and a half weeks and we all can’t wait to party and celebrate WIKF’s 30th Anniversary!
  3. Hi folks, Oh my gosh, thank whomever, spring has sprung! With WIKF only eight (8) short weeks away, there’s a boat load of things to share with you! Guests: We have some wonderful folks joining us this year. Characters includes once again Meg Albers & her cousin Nancy Houston; our Canadian friends Gary Mark, Walter Corsetti and Kevn Reynolds and Revolution’s sponsored team, 180Go!. I truly just can’t wait until WIKF to see these folks, they’re a true asset with terrific personalities! Yup, we’re going to have some fun! SJKF: The true “rock” club of the event, SJKF will once again host the Friday Night Social poolside at the host hotel, the Oceanic. The cost is a mere $10 per person for an all-you-can-eat buffet filled with some of the best food this side of the Mississippi. Festivities begin at 6:00pm. PLEASE FEEL FREE < J > to help them out with food donations and / or assistance prior to 6:00pm with food prep, table set up, food/cookware transportation, etc. There is an enormous amount of work that goes in to making this Social happen so if you can spare even just a short period of time during the day on Friday, it would very, very much appreciated. Cel Dallmer is spearheading this festivity and she can be reached via mobile phone at 215 805 7498 or via email at [email protected] with your commitment to food donation and/or to time in assisting. Kite Makers Competition: The Scott E. Spenser Memorial Wildwoods Kite Makers Competition is once again ablaze! Via the generosity of SJKF, the Kite Makers Competition will include cash prizes and AKA membership! There are varied categories and a myriad of details about the Competition which all can be found on the WIKF Registration Form (available on our web site, www.SkyFestivals.com > Events). Be sure to check out this info and more importantly, “strut you stuff” by showing yourself and the kiting world what you’re made of! Lodging: Don’t forget to make your lodging reservations! Our host hotel is once again The Oceanic. You may reach them at 609 522 6500 and be sure to mention you’re a kite flyer / attending WIKF for a discounted rate. Some Other Stuff: Our very own Roger Chewning is back and has gotten the bug to be a bit more involved in the event again. Roger’s looking into some great communication options (which I know sounds a bit vague at the moment) but hold tight, I should have something more to share on this in my next post. Auction: This year’s auction is once again shaping up. I’d like to ask that you remember that the auction supports maintenance of keeping this EVENT alive, and even more so now that one of our two sponsors has completely decided not to participate, so please, support the auction; it would be a wonderful thing to see this event continue and quite sad if it didn’t. As always, if you have an item or items you’d like to donate, we are more than happy to accept them. Whether you donate or bid, we sincerely appreciate your support! I’ll post again in a couple of weeks with additional info so until then, safe winds to all and as always, I so very much look forward to seeing you all in a few short weeks! Warmly, Beatrix
  4. Hi folks, Just a quickie here . . . the WIKF 2015 Registration Form is now available for download at the Sky Festivals web site, www.SkyFestivals.com > Events! Warmly, Beatrix
  5. Hi Everyone! I hope this initial communication finds you and yours all well and surviving the winter as best you can. I’m quite sure most of us are very happy to finally be seeing a little bit of warm weather – I never thought I’d consider 40 degrees a heat wave! So, it’s that time of year again when I begin communications re the Wildwoods International Kite Festival with this year marking the 30th anniversary! The registration form is almost complete and will be available on the Sky Festivals and Eastern League web sites within the next week or two. This year’s looking very strong, with some guests who haven’t been around in a while and it seems there's been some interest with folks posting in the 2014 events' comments already for 2015 - yeah and thank you! Our host hotel, The Oceanic, 609 522 6500, is accepting reservations for the event though be sure to mention the kite festival to receive the event pricing. Mark your calendars for this year’s event and I truly look forward to seeing everyone again in just two short months! Warmly, Beatrix
  6. Hi All, FYI, if anyone is still looking for lodging, I have one room open and available at our host hotel, The Oceanic. It is an oceanfront room, one queen bed, three nights, $300. If you're interested, give me a shout on my mobile at 732 822 4884 or email me directly at [email protected] First come, first serve. See you all in a few days! Warmly, Beatrix
  7. Hi folks, One week and counting – whooooo-hoooo! A special “guest” – for those of you familiar with the movie via 20th Century Fox & Dreamworks, “How To Train Your Dragon”, the sequel, “How To Train Your Dragon 2” will be released soon. With that, I am ecstatic to share with you that a kite produced by Peter Lynn for the character “Toothless” will make an appearance and fly at WIKF!!!! Come and see this bold, large, and very unique kite flying alongside you on Saturday! Another special guest is “my brother from another mother”, Blake Pelton and his lovely wife Olivia who will be joining us this year! ECSKC – if you’re a novice, or any category flyer, WIKF is a great place to get your feet whet! Be sure to register on site. Jared Haworth and Will Smoot are happy to report that competition numbers increased last year – let’s keep the momentum going AND growing, and perhaps one day we can re live the days of “multiple heats” in given categories! Kite Sales – for those who are interested in car collectibles, we have a very unique offering this year – Shelby Collectibles! In extremely limited supply, we’ll have on hand everything from radio controlled cars to packages with track and cars to individual cars. Some of the items aren’t yet even available in stores so come on in and check them out! Of course, the normal and customary kites, accessories, event T Shirts and Dallmer Ducks will be available as well. Sunday Evening Dinner – don’t forget to add your name on site to the Sunday dinner list at Little Italy. The response for this to date has even surprised me. This is when I personally begin to be able to breathe a little and I so enjoy it – it’s so great seeing all of the kiting folks together breaking bread and consuming adult beverages (remember, this is a BYOB restaurant)! As we do every year, seating will begin all at one time, when I arrive, as per the restaurant’s request. It’s important to keep in mind that they are doing us a huge favor by taking such a large party on one of their three busiest nights of this weekend. Checks will be provided on a PER PARTY basis, not on an individual per person basis – we ask that you please be patient and understand that not everyone’s food will arrive at the same table at the same time (unless of course it’s all on the same check). A Great Big Thank You – to all of you who will be attending; those making any contributions that I don’t see or hear of; to our guests; our sponsors; and especially to the FABULOUS Operations Team that helps in putting this event together. While I know I always tell you, I really want to acknowledge you publicly – THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for all that each of you do, it is always so very, very much appreciated! Now let’s party, shall we?!!!!!! Looking forward to seeing you all soon! Warmly, Beatrix
  8. Hi Everyone, Well, we’re three weeks away and counting – after the winter and spring (?) we’ve had, it hardly seems possible! Here are the latest updates . . . Memorial Fly: Our annual memorial fly will take place on Sunday at 11:00a.m. There are so many folks this year to remember and to celebrate their lives. For those of you who knew Max Robbins (Jason Robbins’ son), be sure to stop by the Festival Field tent if you’d like to sign a special kite Jason will have out for Max. ECSKC: Once again this year the East Coast Sport Kite Championships will take place with Jared Haworth of the Eastern League spearheading the competition. Jared has done a spectacular job in ensuring all things ECSKC related run smoothly, all for YOU, so be sure to give him a great big pat on the back and let him know how appreciated his is – and be sure to register! Jared follows in the foot steps of other great Eastern League Commissioners and he’s done a fine job at it! Dennis “Smitty” Smith will, as always, be our sound man – Thank you, Smitty! Registration Forms: If you haven’t already sent your completed registration forms, PLEASE do so ASAP. Remember, even if you’re flying for fun on our fields, we do need you to complete a registration form, for insurance purposes. The pre event registration deadline is a week from today, Saturday, May 10. Whether for this event or any event, it significantly helps those involved in any way (and trust me, as in many things, there’s a domino effect) with registration to receive these in advance, so please, be sure to get these in asap – thank you! Guests: Some of our other esteemed guests this year include Barry “Baz” Poulter, Tony Jetland, and the always beautiful Kathy Goodwind. And for those of you who remember him, John Rose will be around this year with his daughter Kerri (who is now 17-where has the time gone?)! I’m working on one more “throw back” guest, so we’ll see how that goes! Sunday Night Dinner: Be sure to sign up on site at the registration side of the tent for Sunday night dinner at Little Italy! Once again dinner is slated to take place at 7:00pm and we will have the side dining room to ourselves (for the most part). It is a short 5 block walk (or ride) and is a BYOB restaurant (there is a liquor store just around the corner!). They have a spectacular menu with something sure to fancy even the pickiest of taste buds. Feel free to check them out in advance at http://www.littleitalywildwood.com. Auction: I’m soooooooo excited about this year’s auction - there are some spectacular items that will be going out for bid!!! And if you’d like a clue, just look at some of the folks who are our guests! As always, cash and credit card are accepted. If you have a little something or something’s that you’d like to donate, we’re more than happy to accept and we appreciate your offerings! The auction is a major revenue generating aspect and helps significantly to keep the event going – so feel free to stop by and see what all the chatter’s about. And of course, bid on that beautiful piece you have your eye on! J “Mystery Baskets” will be bountiful! Remember, we’re only three weeks away – get your things together & packed; pray for excellent weather; and let’s get this party started!!!!! All my best, Beatrix
  9. Hi everyone, 5 weeks and counting!!! Registration Forms: If you haven’t already sent your completed registration forms, PLEASE do so ASAP. Remember, even if you’re flying for fun on our fields, we do need you to complete a registration form, for insurance purposes. Guests: A partial list of our guests include Meg Albers, Gary Mark, and Walter Corsetti to name a few; additional guests will be provided in my next post! Starting the weekend off will be the annual “Unlocking of the Beach” ceremony being held on Friday at 12:00pm. While in all previous years this has taken place on either the east or south sides of the Wildwoods Convention Center (WCC), this year’s ceremony has a new location – two blocks north of the north side of the WCC. The reason you ask? Wildwood is unveiling a new addition to their old-time theme with a “Wildwood Icon Wall Mural” which will highlight varied individuals from that era. Naturally with this being their first mural, it will highlight Bobby Rydell who sang “Wildwood Days”. And guess who’s going to be in attendance to unveil that wall mural? Yup, Bobby Rydell himself – who may just sing that oh-so-familiar boardwalk song we hear all summer! So be sure to be a part of this very cool event by flying your spectacular kites at this new location! I’m working on seeing if we can get beach vehicle transportation from the kite sales tent area to this new site & back again – no promises yet, but I’m working on it! New this year is a mass ascension which will take place on Saturday in Sunday at 10:00am on Field 1. Saturday’s theme is Arches while Sunday’s theme is Trains! Kite Sales will once again take place in the tent at Rio Grande Ave on the beach. Offerings include manufacturers Dallmer’s Ducks; Gomberg Kite Productions; HQ Kites; New Tech Kites; Prism Kites; Revolution Kites; Skydog Kites and of course, a few miscellaneous items. Why not stop by and check it out – and don’t forget to check out this year’s event TShirt! Auction: The deadline for shipping auction donations is fast approaching – Monday, May 12 is the final receiving date. Post this date, we will gladly accept your donations on site. As in previous years, credit card will be accepted! As always, thank you all for your support in whatever capacity you participate in with this aspect of the festival! Well, that’s it for now. I’ll be back with additional updates soon. All my best to you all and I can’t wait to see you all! Warmly, Beatrix
  10. Hi All, As I promised, the “light at the end of the tunnel” has arrived – spring has sprung! With WIKF only seven (7) short weeks away, there’s a boat load of things to share with you! Guests: We have some wonderful folks joining us this year, some who haven’t been with us in a while and others who have never been with us. Characters includes Barry “Baz” Poulter; Kathy Goodwind; Tony Jetland and his other half Jennifer; Steve DeRooy; Meg Albers & her cousin Nancy Houston; and, thanks to the generous assistance of the South Jersey Kite Flyers (SJKF), Gary Mark and Walter Corsetti. There still may be a few folks added to the list which I’ll share with you in the next post. With just this guest list alone, I truly just can’t wait until WIKF to see these folks, I feel like a kid in a candy shoppe! Yes, we’re going to have some fun! Event “Selfie”: Be sure to be a part of THIS photo op! While we may not crash Twitter like Ellen did at the Grammy’s (?), we’ll be sure to set the kiting world on fire with THAT photo! SJKF: Where do I begin with this group of characters? The true “rock” club of the event, SJKF will once again host the Friday Night Social poolside at the host hotel, the Oceanic. The cost is a mere $10 per person for an all-you-can-eat buffet filled with some of the best food this side of the Mississippi. Festivities begin at 6:00pm. PLEASE FEEL FREE < J > to help them out with food donations and / or assistance prior to 6:00pm with food prep, table set up, food/cookware transportation, etc. There is a BOAT LOAD of work that goes in to making this Social happen so if you can spare even just a short period of time during the day on Friday, it would very, very much appreciated. Cel Dallmer is spearheading this festivity and she can be reached via mobile phone at 215 805 7498 or via email at [email protected] with your commitment to food donation and/or to time in assisting. Kite Makers Competition: Once again this year we will have a Kite Makers Competition. Via the generosity of SJKF, the Scott E. Spencer Memorial Kite Makers Competition will include cash prizes and AKA membership! There are varied categories and a myriad of details about the Competition which all can be found on the WIKF Registration Form (available on our web site, www.SkyFestivals.com > Events). Be sure to check out this info and more importantly, “strut you stuff” by showing yourself and the kiting world what you’re made of! Lodging: Don’t forget to make your lodging reservations! Our host hotel is once again The Oceanic. You may reach them at 609 522 6500 and be sure to mention you’re a kite flyer / attending WIKF for a discounted rate. Auction: This year’s auction is once again shaping up very nicely! As always, if you have an item or items you’d like to donate, we’re more than happy to accept them. Whether you donate or bid, we sincerely appreciate your support! I’ll post again in a couple of weeks with additional info so until then, safe winds to all and as always, I so very much look forward to seeing you all in a few short weeks! Warmly, Beatrix
  11. Hi Everyone! I hope this initial communication finds you and yours all well and surviving the winter as best you can. I know it has been brutal for many of us on many levels all over the U.S., though I promise, there’s light at the end of the tunnel - here in Orange County, NY, it’s going to reach 50 degrees by the end of the week, which will certainly help in melting the 28” of snow that’s fallen over the past three days! So, it’s that time of year again when I begin communications re the Wildwoods International Kite Festival. Attached (if applicable) is the registration form, which will also be available on the Sky Festivals web site soon. The Eastern League will also be posting this on their web site shortly as well. If you can’t wait and want it sooner rather than later, feel free to email me and I’ll email it to you directly. This year’s looking very strong, with some guests who haven’t been around in a while and a new activity, though more on that in my next communication! Our host hotel, The Oceanic, 609 522 6500, is accepting reservations for the event though be sure to mention the kite festival to receive the event pricing. Mark your calendars for this year’s event and I truly look forward to seeing everyone again in just 3 short months! Warmly, Beatrix WIKF 14 Reg Form.pdf
  12. Hi everyone, I have a POTENTIAL need and opportunity for an experienced kite flyer to be paid to fly a Rokkaku on Sat & Sun from approximately 9:00am - 5:00pm during WIKF. This is basically a kite-sitting job where one would be flying a Rokkaku for a potential client who will be located on the Boardwalk On The Beach. The kite flyer would be flying the client's custom logo made Rokkaku near them. If you are interested, kindly email me directly at [email protected] asap and please note, this is on a first-come basis. Thanks much and I look forward to hearing back from you! Warmly, Beatrix
  13. Hi everyone, Ok, this is just about the time where I begin getting really excited – just a few days away from the festival now! Here are some additional updates . . . ECSKC: * As I'm sure you know, the Chief Judge this year is Will Smoot - thanks Will, we're glad you're on board with us this year! * Activities in Fields 3 & 4 have been changed this year; Field 3 is now the Sport Kite Competition and Field 4 is the Learn To Fly field; * Sport kite demo's are taking place both Saturday and Sunday at 1:00pm on Field 1. Why not show off your stuff with 100% of the attention being place on YOU and your routine? Kindly bring your music ready to go with your name on it to the Festival Field tent, Operation's side by 12:30pm the day(s) you are strutting your stuff! * When you see Jared Haworth over the weekend, you may wish to shake that man's hand - he has worked tirelessly with me to make all of the changes that are taking place this year - thanks so much Jared! Indoor: * While there's no indoor kite flying taking place on Saturday or Sunday, the World Indoor Kite Competition will be taking place on Monday. Practice is from 9:30am-11:00am with competition beginning at 11:00am. All kite flyers MUST be out of the Convention Center no later than 1:30pm. * Should you decide last minute to compete on Monday morning for the indoor competition, there will be no option for paying - All indoor competitors must be registered no later than Sunday, 2:00pm. Learn To Fly field: * There's a couple of things taking place on the Learn To Fly field this year. The Learn To Fly section of the field will be spearheaded by the Cary family. Skydog Kites and HQ Kites will be present as well. For any of you who would like to assist, it would be very much appreciated. This is a big endeavor they are taking on and if our collective goal is to get more folks involved in kiting, we could certainly use everyone's help. If you've got some time on your hands or are waiting to compete, why not step over a field for a few minutes to see if you can help someone out. Remember how it was for each of us the first time we stepped out onto a kite field? The other thing that's taking place on the Learn To Fly field is something new called "Passport to Flight". This is an educational venture spearheaded by Glenn Davison with the assistance of Meg Albers, Archie Stewart, Andy Selzer and Todd Little. The area of the field Glenn's crew will be using will be marked by a "LESSONS" wind feather that Glenn's made. The idea here is that each participant will get their own "passport" which will include information on how to fly a kite, kite safety, a bit of kite history and information on the AKA. With the passport, the participant will try four different kinds of kites. For each kite they try, the passport will get stamped. If the participant succeeds and get's all four stamps, they'll receive their very own pilot card. Additionally, the first 25 participants each day will receive a FREE kite kit. This is yet another way to get folks involved in kiting! Other miscellaneous stuff: * If you have registered on line for a discipline which requires payment but have not sent in payment prior to Saturday, May 11, please note, this is NOT considered "pre registration" - per the registration form and, for those of you who follow the Eastern League, Jared's previous email communications/postings, " * On Site Registration includes registrations that have been sent or emailed in advance but have not been paid. " * Field 1 has activities taking place all morning long, from 9:00am – 2:00pm both Saturday & Sunday. This is the field that my loyal Rev folks seem to always migrate to <smile>. Please, note that Field 2 is completely open to you during this time frame and once all of the activities are done at 2:00pm on Field 1, feel free to move yourself over to Field 1. We really do need to keep Field 1 open for the activities which the sponsor of the event is expecting to see – if we want this event to keep coming back every year, the client must receive what they’re asking for – your understanding and diligence in this is appreciated. * The kite sales tent will be open beginning on Friday at 3:00pm-????pm and then again on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am-5:00pm. Why don’t you stop by and take a gander at the offerings?! Well, that’s it folks, please travel safely and I truly look forward to seeing each of you in a few days! Warmly, Beatrix
  14. Hi all, Well, we’re only two weeks away from Wildwood, yee-haaaaa! In the spirit of not bombarding you all at one time, I’ll provide some info to you now and again in a few days. To start with, please note the following: Registration: If you haven’t already done so, PLEASE, complete your registration forms and get them to me. Registration is free unless you are competing; Friday’s Activities: The day beings with the official Unlocking of the Beach at 12:00pm with many of the local officials and media. If you’re here, throw up a kite or two for the media to get a shot of and who knows, perhaps you too will have your five minutes of fame with a live television interview! The Kite Sales Tent will open at 3:00pm through ???pm and registration begins at 4:00pm through 6:00pm. As usual, our tried and true local club, the SJKF, will be hosting the Friday night social pool-side at our host hotel, The Oceanic. For just a mere $10, enjoy a feast of fine, eclectic foods prepared by your peers! Enjoy some fine camaraderie, food and don’t forget SJKF’s raffle’s! Directly following the SJKF social is the Nite Kite show – bring out your favorite kites, throw some lights on them, enjoy the music and thrill the boardwalk on-lookers with your beautiful kite. Sunday evening dinner: Our Sunday evening dinner gathering will mimic last year and will take place at Little Italy (our past years’ normal Monday evening spot) at 5401 Atlantic Ave., Wildwood Crest at 7:00pm. Take a leisurely seven-block stroll with the gang as we meet up on the front stoops of the host hotel, drive yourself down, or hop on the infamous tram car. Keep in mind, this is the area’s opening weekend and the restaurant will be VERY busy – they are doing us a true favor in even taking our large group and they will attempt to accommodate us as best as possible. Having said this, there are a few items you may wish to note . . . * please, be sure to indicate if you are attending on the registration form as I must provide the restaurant with a head count; * Wildwood Crest is a dry town – if you’d like to engage in consuming adult beverages, there is a liquor store 1 ½ blocks away; * while our reservation is for 7:00pm, there may be a slight delay; * for those of you who attend Monday evening’s dinner here, you know we usually have the back room though we may not have the room all to ourselves; * all tables must be full, i.e., if there is a four-top then one party of four or two parties of two need to fill the table; if there’s three folks for a four-top, then I wouldn’t worry too much about the fourth seat; * each party, not each individual may request their own check; keep in mind this will take your order a few more moments to get to you; * the full menu will be available for you to order from, there are no restrictions nor a set menu; * because we will be a large party, 18% gratuity will automatically be added to each party’s check Auction: While we have some fine and exciting auction items up on the block this year, we could always use more and are very, very appreciative of any and all donations. Perhaps you’d like to get creative and build a little something to include. Or perhaps you have a piece or two lying around you’ve been thinking of forfeiting. The auction is a fundraiser that supports the event and is a crucial aspect to the events success and continuation – thank you for considering! As always, sincere thanks to all who participate and attend, with a special thanks to the entire Operations crew whom without them, the event definitively would not take place – kudos to all of you! Until next time, Beatrix And this will be me in two weeks . . . :-)
  15. Hi everyone, I hope this posting finds you all well! Here are a few short updates on the event . . . Without further adieu, attached please find (if it’s possible to attach to this forum) the WIKF 2013 Registration Form. Please note, the registration form is available on the Sky Festival Productions web site and will also be available on the Eastern League web site. Much of this year will mimic last year with the exception of the event that took place last year, the “Celebration of Heroes” will NOT be taking place this year. That frees some things up but keeps other things the same . . . The World Indoor Kite Competition will be taking place on Monday, though it’s looking like we will not have access to fly indoors on Saturday and Sunday – I’m still working on this one so keep your fingers crossed! Our Sunday evening dinner will once again take place at Little Italy at 7:00pm and more details will follow as we get closer to the date. For those of you attended last year, this year will mimic last years. PLEASE ENSURE that when you complete your registration forms you notate if you'll be attending the Sun night dinner as I MUST provide the restaurant a head count. On site registration will take place at the Festival Field Tent along with Kite Sales, all beginning on Friday through Sunday. DON’T FORGET, if you haven’t already made your lodging arrangements, I’d do so sooner rather than later as Wildwood is expecting a heavy turnout due to many of the northern shore towns' destruction from Hurricane Sandy. I’ll be in touch again in a few weeks for more updates! Warmly, Beatrix
  16. Hi everyone, Yes indeed, Wildwood 2013 is on!!! I’m quite sure Wildwood feels very lucky this year – Hurricane Sandy passed it by and all is well in the land of “watch the tram car please”. At this point, much of this year’s event will mimic last year. One exception to that is that the simultaneous event that took place last year is not taking place this year. Hopefully this means we will have the Convention Center back for full indoor flying activities. The registration form should be complete near the beginning of March and will be posted on the Sky Festivals web site. And as always, as there are updates I will post them on the three major forums (AKA, Kite Builder and Rev). One note of importance - you may wish to book your room early as Wildwood is expecting a heavy turnout due to many of the northern shore towns' destruction from Hurricane Sandy. Keep warm during these next few weeks and keep dreaming of the warm weather that is soon around the corner! All my best, Beatrix
  17. Hi Everyone, Well, we’re just two weeks away from the longest running kite festival in the U.S. - yippee! You may wish to ensure that you complete your registration form asap! The pre event deadline date for us to receive this is this upcoming Saturday, May 12. The registration form can be found on the Sky Festivals website under Events with a downloadable form. Please be sure to include whether you’ll be joining us for the Sunday evening dinner as I must give the restaurant a head count in advance. We’re still open to accepting auction donations (which can be dropped off at on-site registration in the Festival Field tent) and have received some nice items to date – we’d love to include you piece(s), so feel free to bring them by, and many thanks in advance! Don’t forget to stop by the Kite Sales side of our tent, we have a myriad of kites and kite related products to select from and it’s all pretty cool stuff! The World Indoor Kite Competition will take place on Monday morning in the East Hall of the Wildwoods Convention Center. We are lucky to have this hall with the magnificent view overseeing the ocean via the full-glass wall – that is a treat in itself! Practice is from 9:30-11:00am with the competition beginning immediately thereafter. The official opening of the beach ceremony has been changed once again, it is now taking place at 12:30pm on Friday. Thanks so much to all of you for your support of the event in whatever capacity you are participating, it is truly very much appreciated. I look forward to seeing you all in two short weeks!!! Warmly, Beatrix
  18. Hi all, Here are some more updates . . . * the “Opening of the Beaches” ceremony will take place at 1:30pm, not the 12:00pm as in previous years; * please be sure to complete your registration form and snail-mail or email to me asap – we are only four weeks away from the event! Non-competitor registration is free – if you even remotely think you may fly, I do need a completed registration from you for insurance purposes – and don’t forget to indicated if you’ll be joining us for Sunday night’s dinner!; * while our auction inventory is turning out nicely, there’s always room for more spectacular pieces – feel free to show off your workmanship & pride and see how high the bid goes for your work(s) of art! * SFP is taking on the opportunity of being the kite sales vendor this year which will be housed in the Festival Field tent . The tent will be larger this year with one half for registration / op’s and the other half for kite sales. Event TShirts and pins (they’re very colorful this year!) will be available as usual in addition to a new item, a kids white TShirt with a kite-themed black outline that the child can color in themselves with four different colored fabric markers that are included. We’ll have some great product so be sure to stop in and check it out! Until the next update, be well and we’ll see you very soon!
  19. Hi again all, Here are some more updates . . . Re lodging reservations, if you haven’t already made them, make them now – there is another large new event that is taking place this year over Memorial Day weekend and rooms will be going fast. Once again the Friday evening all-you-can-eat buffet social is being put on by our one and only South Jersey Kite Flyers club for the mere price of $10 per person. This event is a staple at the festival, the food is awesome, the camaraderie is great, and the club & volunteers do a spectacular job – and there’s usually a raffle or two (or more) going on! Speaking of food, Sunday evening’s dinner gathering will take place at Little Italy (our normal Monday evening spot) at 5401 Atlantic Ave., Wildwood Crest at 7:00pm. Take a leisurely seven-block stroll with the gang as we meet up on the front stoops of the host hotel, drive yourself down, or hop on the infamous tram car. Keep in mind, this is the area’s opening weekend and the restaurant will be VERY busy – they are doing us a true favor in even taking our large group and they will attempt to accommodate us as best as possible. Having said this, there are a few items you may wish to note . . . * please, be sure to indicate if you are attending on the registration form as I must provide the restaurant with a head count; * Wildwood Crest is a dry town – if you’d like to engage in consuming alcoholic beverages, there is a liquor store 1 ½ blocks away; * while our reservation is for 7:00pm, there may be a slight delay; * for those of you who attend Monday evening’s dinner here, you know we usually have the back room; while this is the game plan for Sunday nights dinner, we may not have the room all to ourselves; * all tables must be full, i.e., if there is a four-top then one party of four or two parties of two need to fill the table; if there’s three folks for a four-top, then I wouldn’t worry too much about the fourth seat; * each party, not each individual may request their own check; keep in mind this will take your order a few more moments to get to you; * the full menu will be available for you to order from, there are no restrictions nor a set menu; * because we will be a large party, 18% gratuity will automatically be added to each party’s check Regarding Monday nights dinner, a second stop at Little Italy sounds great with me as their food is great and their menu is diversified, though if anyone has any other suggestions, please feel free to email me (again, reservations need to be made). Thanks much everyone and as always, I’m looking forward to seeing you in just a few short weeks!
  20. Hi all, As promised, here are some updates . . . * Re indoor flying & competition, while we are definitively having the indoor competition on Monday (practice will be from 9:30am-11:00 with the competition beginning at 11:00am), there is “no room at the Inn” for Sat or Sun usage of the convention center. In researching other opportunities, there is one potential option which is Crest Pier Community Center on Ocean Ave. Wildwood Crest, six blocks south of our most southern field. The ceiling is an “A frame” ceiling with the lowest height being approximately 24’ and the highest height being approximately 40’; there are lights, banners and a ball sound system that hang from the ceiling at various points. Where I can on the forums and club web sites, I will include two photos; if I can’t include the photos here and you’d like to see them, please email me under separate cover. The caveat to this facility is that there is a DAILY fee – under four hours of usage is $300/day, over four hours is $400/day –if any of you are interested in this option and paying for it (this is not a cost SFP can incur), you MUST let me know on or before Monday, April 23, 2012. If the indoor kite flying community would like to discuss it amongst themselves and have one point person contact me to answer any questions or to arrange for payment, I’m certainly open to it. * The registration form is completed and is attached where I can. It will also be available on the SFP web site very soon. Other updates will be coming soon (next week) and as always, I hope you’re all doing well and looking forward to seeing you next month! Warmly, Beatrix
  21. Hi folks, Well, it’s that time of year again to begin communications about WIKF! I hope this finds you & yours all well and enjoying this relatively easy winter season we have had. There will be a host of changes for this year’s event as follows . . . First, there will be a simultaneous event taking place which will utilize much of the Convention Center (CC) on Sat & Sun. What this obviously equates to is at this very moment, I do not have a place for indoor kite flying for these two days. Rest assured, I understand how important this is to many folks and am working diligently on securing another location. There is the possibility of not having any indoor space on Sat or Sun; the other side to the coin is that we do have availability of one of the halls (as we've previously utilized) on Mon. I've already reached out to my op’s folks for this aspect and they are game to move forward with Mon's World Indoor Kite Competition, so that WILL still take place. I am also looking in to the Indoor Mega Fly returning. Please note, the registration form will indicate indoor kite flying is still taking place as I am cautiously optimistic! Second, while we will still be breaking bread together on Sun evening, we will not have a formal banquet in the CC; rather, an a la carte dinner will take place at a local restaurant. Per-party checks will be available. PLEASE ENSURE that when you complete your registration forms you notate if you'll be attending the Sun night dinner as I MUST provide the restaurant a head count. Other changes / confirmations include: * there will be no indoor or outdoor workshops; * there will be no kite exhibit room; * there will be no SFP office in the CC - the new "office" will be within the Festival Field Tent (FFT); * kites will still be hung in the south lobby; * the auction on Sat night will still take place in the ballroom; * registration for Fri afternoon and Sat a.m. will take place at the FFT; * kite sales will take place in the FFT; * no worries, I'm still getting the port-a-pottie The registration form will be completed within two weeks and as always, as updates become available I’ll post them here and to the local kite clubs. If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me! Thanks very much everyone and I look forward to seeing all of you in a couple of months! Warmly, Beatrix
  22. Hi all, I’m pleased to report to you a couple of additional exciting things that are taking place this year! . . . One of the true pleasures of the weekend is seeing kids and their parents participate in the Running of the Bols – it’s always great to watch and get a laugh from. Well, now you too can participate – just as the ECSKC has had the club “cup” bragging rights, new and up for grabs this year is club bragging rights for the Running of the Bols – Kite Club! The event will take place on both Sat & Sun and at this moment in time is scheduled for 12:30pm each day on Field 1 (immediately preceded by the Running of the Bols – Kids and Running of the Bols – Adults). Thom McAdams of SJKF is spearheading & facilitating this event – thanks Thom! – and his plan is to have a measured course with about four individuals per heat from different clubs racing at the same time, for each of the two days. Times will be kept as well as whom crosses the finish line first. At the end of Sun’s race, each clubs times and what place each club has taken will be tallied and the “bragging rights” as well as a certificate will be awarded. Please note, the race is open to individuals near / over the age of 18 (no young kids, please) and is free of charge. I know there are plenty of clubs out there who attend the event and it would be a blast to see you all participate – and who knows, if I get a chance to breathe, you might just find me participating in the race. Hmmmm, who else can we coax to get on board???!!! Let the club team building begin; get your Bol game on, and may the best club win! One of the most amazing things to catch every year is the Fri night kite show. This year we’ll be stepping it up just a bit with the addition of Nocturnal Sports, a “Nite Kite” company who will be on the field with us with their lighted kites. Nocturnal Sports’ Nite Kites incorporates state of the art lightweight illuminated light strips installed directly on the kite. There is no need for clip on LED lights or the use of a spotlight or strobes. Along with all of the other night kite flyers, this year’s night fly promises to be even more spectacular! Lastly, don’t forget to get those registration forms in, we’re less than two weeks away from the event and they must be mailed by this Saturday, May 14 for pre-registration! Thanks so much everyone and we’ll see you very soon!!!
  23. Hi folks, Well, we’re three weeks away (gulp!) from the event and here are a few updates . . . * the purpose of the “Learn To Fly” field has been for newbie’s to obtain instruction on learning how to properly fly a kite (and help to keep our sport alive). It has been a bit of a struggle to man that field and has primarily fallen on the manufacturer’s reps. I am reaching out to all of you to see if anyone is interested in assisting with this aspect this year. Coverage is needed on Sat & Sun only from approximately 9:00am – 4:00pm. It can be for as short or long of a time as you’d like and any time you can give would be very much appreciated. Please email me directly at [email protected] if you can spare some time. * NEW to this year’s “Movie Greats” themed banquet, in place of a short movie presentation we will be engaging all of you in a Movie Greats game! No worries, we’re not going to make you get up in front of the crowd and do something silly, though you will need to network within the crowd and exercise your memory! * field usage for the Rev flyers will be the same as last year; your flying day will begin in Field 2 (center East field) while activities are taking place in Field 1 (center West field). The second half of the day the Rev flyers will have Field 1. Please consult the on-site program in your registration packet OR check with the sound tent to see when the exact time for switching fields will take place each day (as of this moment, it’s around the 12:30pm time frame). * while the registration form does not state so and with regards to those participating in the ECSKC, please note that we have added the competition category OMPB. If you would like to participate in this event, please write it in on the registration form being sure to include your partners name. The cost is $15 and only one of the pairs needs to pay. Day and time of category TBD on site. Well, that’s it for now though I’m sure as we get closer there will be some more news. I hope you’re all doing well and I look forward to seeing you soon! Woo-hoo, let’s start getting those kite bags packed!!!
  24. Hi everyone, FYI, the WIKF registration form is now also available for download on the Sky Festivals web site, "Events" page. Warmly, Beatrix
  25. Hi folks, Here are a few updates for you . . . Re registration: Without further adieu, attached please find the registration form for this year’s festival! The registration form will also be posted on the Sky Festivals web site soon (technical difficulties are preventing me from posting it immediately) and is being sent to all of the east coast kite clubs. PLEASE NOTE, the pre event deadline date for me to receive your completed registration form is Saturday, May 14. Re large inflatable kites: Mike Agner has once again graciously accepted the role as Field Coordinator for the large kite field (special thanks to Dave Gomberg for stepping in to Mike’s role last minute last year). While Mike will be reaching out to those he knows will be in attendance, please feel free to contact him directly via email at [email protected] to begin communications on this year’s theme, what you’ll be flying, etc. Safety and having a great time is our first concern. Thanks Mike! Re what’s new this year: Scott Koenig will be facilitating a new event this year, an Indoor Mega Fly! There will be practice sessions throughout the weekend with a performance on Monday following the World Indoor Kite Competition. A description is included on the registration form as is a check box / line for you to select your desire to participate. Participation is at no charge. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Scott directly at [email protected] Thank you Scott! Until the next update, be well and let the count down begin! Warmly, Beatrix WIKF 11 Reg Form.pdf
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