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 2016 Winter Kitemakers Retreat -- 
Featured Presenter Loik Lamalle -- 
First time teaching in U.S.!

The 2016 Retreat will take place February 12 - 16 and we're proud to feature the wonderful, whimsical, 3 dimensional kites of Loik Lamalle.  More details about the specific kite will be available soon.

Our Other Featured Presenters -- 
Glen and Tanna Haynes

Have you ever wondered how to make your kite frame easy to pack up to travel in a smaller-than-your-kite bag size?  Do you get frustrated when your kite spar breaks because your ferrule failed?

Learning to thread wrap ferrules can save you time and headaches.  You may find some answers over the weekend when Glen and Tanna Haynes give you the opportunity to learn about ferruling spars and thread wrapping the ferrules to make the weakest part of your spar the strongest.  They will be presenting a short talk and give you an opportunity over the weekend to have hands-on lessons doing wraps.  You can also learn about how different types of ferrules can be used to make your kites more portable.

And Tips, Tricks, and Traps of Rokkaku's

Bring your old and new Rokkakus for interactive sessions where you can learn about sparring, fittings, finishing, and bridling by examining the various ways kitemakers have solved these issues with a classic kite, the Rokkaku.  Facilitated by Jon Burkhardt, we will discuss these and other ideas:  Which techniques are best for flight?  Which are best for combat?  Come.  Look.  Touch.  Share.  Learn. 

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