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. More about us...

NEW --
The 2015 Winter Kitemakers Retreat -- 
Indoor, Outdoor, Miniatures too!

The 2015 winter kitemakers retreat will feature famous kitemakers Jon Trennepohl and Glenn Davison presenting their most up-to-date award-winning kites. Jon has just invented a brand new sport to go with this fabulous new kite. See it here:


Jon’s prize-winning kite at AKA’s 2014 National Convention:

Jon has designed a special kite for the 2015 MKS retreat, one that is able to fly either indoors or outdoors depending upon the tensioning of the kite.  This is a design made especially for the MKS retreat and is based on his Suspended Wing Delta kite that Jon received special prizes for Structural Design and Innovation at the Nags Head AKA Convention.   The MKS version is an incredible kite, particularly due to its versatility.  Jon will be providing kits for this design; each kit will cost about $90 and you will have some choices regarding colors and fabric. Please let us know ASAP if you want one. 

Glenn will be teaching his techniques for miniature kites.  He plans to present instructions for building miniature Hargrave box kites and dragon kites at the retreat.  The fee for these kits is $10 for both kites; Glenn will provide all supplies and tools required to build these kites.  Other kites by Glenn can be seen at http://art.kitingusa.com/.  More detailed information will be available shortly. 

These are a few of Glenn's exquisite miniature kites:

More about the kite retreat and costs...

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

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

See some older retreats:

The 2013 Retreat

The 2014 Retreat