A new summer festival is about to take flight, kicking off with free kite-making workshops at Winston-Salem recreation centers.
Winston-Salem’s inaugural “Flight Festival” will be held June 15 and residents will have the chance to fly the kites they have created.
“We provided little individual kite kits to each of the centers, so we hope people take advantage of that,” said Leah Friend, assistant director for Winston-Salem Recreation and Parks. “It’s a fun way to bring the community together. We’d love to see hundreds of kites up in the air at the festival.”
Through Friday, the free kite-making kits will be available at the city’s 17 recreation centers along with arts and crafts supplies.
Hours vary by location and people should contact their local center to find out when the workshop is available, Friend said.
Miller Park Community Center, at 400 Leisure Lane, will be open 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. today and Thursday and 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday for kite decorating as supplies last.
“We have two sizes of kites. One is 23 inches, the other is about the size of a paper plate,” said Katie Thomas, Miller Park’s interim senior recreation center supervisor. “We have all kinds of art supplies — stickers, buttons, googly eyes, yarn, scrapbook paper, colored pencils and markers — so there’s lots of opportunities for creativity.”
Residents can also bring their own kites to the upcoming Flight Festival, which will be held at Wake Forest Innovation Quarter and runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Council member Annette Scippio, who initiated the new event, said the festival aims to get people outside, showcase local aviation resources and teach people about flying.
She said the festival, which is open to the public, was inspired by her childhood memories of a kite festival in Winston-Salem.
“When parks and recreation centers were in their heyday when I was a kid, the city did an annual kite festival that ran from the 1930s to the mid-’60s,” said Scippio, council member for the East ward. “Our kites weren’t fancy. We used paper bags, branches from the creek and string, but it was always fun.”
Aside from kite flying, the festival will also include food trucks, radio-controlled model airplanes, drone demonstrations, flying simulators and information about local clubs and organizations related to flying.
“It’ll be all-things flying — drones, gliders, kites, paper airplanes,” Scippio said. “Hopefully it’ll become an annual event and we can add more and more stuff to it in coming years.”