About the Maryland Kite Society

Organized on January 25, 1969, The Maryland Kite Society (MKS) is the second oldest active kite club in the United States. While its membership hails mainly from the mid-Atlantic states, the MKS boasts members from across the nation and several foreign countries.MKS's official set of purposes include sharing information about kitemaking and kiteflying, providing ongoing continuity and support for local kite festivals and subsidiary groups of kiting enthusiasts, and providing a community education resource for the development of kite craftspeople and flyers of present and future generations. 

Winter 2024 Retreat News

  • Same great location since 2010, the Turf Valley resort in Ellicott City, Maryland.
  • Our 2024 retreat officially begins on Friday evening February 16 at 8 pm but you can set up all your equipment starting at 2 pm in the Waterford Ballroom at the Turf Valley Resort.  Once again, the rear door to the ballroom will be open for easy unloading.  The retreat ends Monday noon February 19
  • The retreat includes our classic fantastic agenda, including Friday evening introductions, multiple presentations on Saturday and Sunday, and our marvelous Saturday night banquet which is paid for in your registration fee.  And then there’s the great auction.

The 2024 Retreat begins Friday evening February 16 and ends on Monday noon February 19. As we decided at our last retreat, we’ll be featuring a number of kitemaking projects in 2024, so you can depart with one or more brand new finished flyable gems.  We’re pleased to confirm that Jon Trennepohl will be presenting his suspended wing delta, Mike Mosman will be presenting his mini Edo, and Adam Grow will be presenting "Sew What", an information packed forum about your sewing machine and how to tune it for kites.

You can find more information here and the registration form here.

Jon Trennepohl's Suspended Wing Delta

Mike Mosman's Mini Edo

Our kite retreat presenters read like a "Who's Who" of kitemaking, and include:

Michael Goddard

Bobby Stanfield

Drake Smith

Bas Vreeswijk

Robert Brasington

John Pollock

Martin Lester

Greg Kono

Ron Gibian

Istvan Bodoczky

Jon Burkhardt

Kevin Shannon

Jose Sainz

Mike Mosman

Bob & Charmayne Umbowers

Pierre Fabre

Steve Brockett

Normand Girard