THE RETREAT: The MKS retreat format is unique. 2019 will be the 40th MKS Retreat! Kitemakers bring their sewing machines and supplies, and everyone sets up in a large conference room. All presentations are made in the same room so there's no need to carry machines around. There are projects for both the beginning and advanced kitemaker. The retreat is a wonderful place to see old friends, make new ones, and learn and play!

REGISTRATION: This year’s registration cost is $150 per person. The Saturday night banquet is included in your registration.  Additional banquet tickets can be purchased for $50.00 per person.  Checks for your registration for the Retreat should be made out to the Maryland Kite Society and mailed to MKS at 10113 Lloyd Road, Potomac, MD., 20854.

GENERAL INFORMATION: The 2019 retreat will be held from Friday, February 15 to Monday noon, February 18, at the wonderful Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Maryland. Ellicott City is a charming historic town with wonderful art galleries, great restaurants of all kinds, and lots of shops. Downtown Ellicott City is a commercially and culturally vibrant historic district of national reputation. 

HOTEL INFORMATION: Our room cost is $99.00 per night for 1 or 2 beds (only $4.00 more than the last few years! -- thank you Turf Valley!). Deluxe rooms and junior suites are $124.00 per night. The resort also has a luxury spa -- a real vacation for non-kitemaking spouses. You need to make your own hotel reservations by calling 410-465-1500 and mentioning our group code, 2812JE. Check in is a 4:00 p.m. and check out is at noon.  Our rates will be honored 3 days before and after our retreat dates. 6% Maryland tax and 7% Howard County room taxes will be added to the room rates.

QUESTIONS? More details and the registration form will be on this web site in a short time, including a schedule of events. You can download a registration form here. More questions?  Email us.


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