THE RETREAT: The MKS retreat format is unique. 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  and some for non-kitemaking spouses. The retreat is a wonderful place to see old friends, make new ones, and learn and play!

Our traditional sumptuous banquet (paid for in your registration) and grand auction will be Saturday night. We have room for only 35 participants in the retreat, each with his or her own 8-foot work table. You are registered when your check is received; we're urging you to do that right away to ensure that you have a space.

REGISTRATION: This year’s registration cost is $145 per person, only $5 more than last year!  The Saturday night banquet is included in your registration.  Additional banquet tickets can be purchased for $50 each.  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.

The 2018 retreat will be held from Friday, February 16 to Monday noon, February 19, 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. Our room cost is $95.00 per night for 1 or 2 beds (the same as the last few
) -- thank you Turf Valley!). Deluxe rooms and junior suites are $120.00 per night. The resort also has a luxury spa -- a real vacation for non-kitemaking spouses. 

You need to make your own hotel reservations. The details of the hotel are as follows:

Room rates are the same as the last 3 years for single or double occupancy:

• Traditional 1 or 2 beds $95/ night
• Golf view 2 queens $95/ night
• Queen Petite Suite, One Bedroom Suite, and Executive King Suite $120/ night.

6% Maryland tax and 7% Howard County room taxes will be added to the room rates.

If you want to come earlier or stay later, these rates will be honored 3 days before and 3 days after our meeting dates.

The cut-off date for our reservations is January 24, 2018. To make reservations at the hotel, call 410-465-1500 or 888-833-8873. Our Group Code is C/L #27W63C.

Check-in time is 4 pm and check-out is noon.

You do have some time to sign up for our guaranteed reduced hotel rate for the retreat, but we suggest that you sign up right away to avoid extra costs or missing out on a room.

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

Download the registration form

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