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 2019 Kite Retreat News!

The 2019 MKS Winter Retreat will feature former presenter and extraordinary kitemaker Ron Gibian!

Our 2019 retreat will be held in the same location as in recent years, the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Maryland. The retreat will begin on Friday evening February 15 and end on Monday noon February 18. More information coming soon!

A few of Ron's amazing kites -- 



















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