9th annual Kite festival (archive)

Schedule of Events

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  KITES FOR KIDS BOOTH – FREE KITE, ASSEMBLE , DECORATE, FLY.

11:15 a.m. Unfurl The GIANT AMERICAN FLAG at 11:00 a.m. provided by WILL SMOOT – all the kids assemble and unfurl to the Star Spangled Banner.

11:00 a.m. KITE DEMONSTATIONS with DICK AND JACKIE MACIEL, WILL SMOOT and others. Professional kite flying till 3 pm. As wind permits. Sound: Jim Peterson again donating his sound system. Announcements as appropriate by Will Smoot, Peter Agelasto and others…

11:30 a.m. PARACHUTE RACES  with prizes.  Also “BOL” races run at other times of the day.

12:30 to 1:00 p.m. Dick and Jackie Maciel demonstrate and talk about their constructed kites with Will Smoot. Tye River elementary kite building competition winners announced.

12:45 p.m. Annual KIDS Festival Poster Photo. Gather at sound system stage.

KIDS NATURE TENT – OPEN ALL DAY with exhibits and things to do. Register for a T-SHIRT GIVE AWAY.

T-SHIRT GIVE AWAY AND LAST CHANCE TO RENT A DUCK at 1:45 PM.

2:00 p.m. DUCK RACE. Sponsored by BOLD ROCK CIDER.  RENT a yellow duck for $5 from the BOLD ROCK booth until 1:45 p.m. (next to KIDS NATURE TENT).  Follow the ducks down the South Rockfish River.

PRIZES AWARDED!
Contributions go to the Rockfish Valley Foundation

KITE STORE:  Life’s a Breeze kite store from Richmond, VA.   Kites to buy;  $15  to $60

FOOD VENDORS:

Blue Mountain Brewery food truck
Blue Ridge Pizza
TIKIZ shaved Ice: food, drinks and water available
Bold Rock nonalcoholic cider available at Duck rental tent

VISIT THE ROCKFISH VALLEY FOUNDATION NATURAL HISTORY CENTER
at the corner of Glenthorne Loop and Route 151.
See animal skat, pelts, skulls, and skins.
The Biodiversity exhibit is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. each Saturday and Sunday.
Children can become a Rockfish Ranger.  Sign up for prize drawings.
The Natural History Center is free and open to all.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS BY:

Kim and Jimbo Cary ~ musicians
Brian Bense ~ magician
Mary Niday and family ~ face painting

RVF Kite Festival 2014

kite festival 2014We had beautiful, sunny weather with nice winds from 10-15 MPH a good part of the time. We counted over 350 cars, so there were between 1,200 and 1,400 people in attendance! The Bold Rock Duck Race netted $1,010 for the Spruce Creek Wildflower Gardens and other educational materials for our Natural History Center. Children enjoyed magician Brian Bence, musicians Kim and Jimbo Cary and their animal friends, and face painting by Mary Niday and family. We wouldn’t have been heard without Jim Peterson and his amazing sound system, and we would have been hungry without Blue Toad as the food vendor. Richmond Air Force had some new participants and Les Duty’s kite store had some awesome kites. This was a sanctioned event of American Kite Flyers Association (Will Smoot, Director and Jack Wilson, Region 3 Director). A big THANK YOU to Bold Rock Cidery for letting us use their fields and to all of our wonderful volunteers that passed out flyers, parked cars, worked the greeting table, helped assemble 400 children kites, supervised 50+ parachute races, and picked up trash. Thank you to all participants who came out to show your support. Next year: April 12, 2015, same place, same time for the 7th Annual Rockfish Valley Foundation Kite Festival!

6th Annual RVF Kite Festival – April 13, 2014

Kite Festival 2014FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
   11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Attractions:
Kite Demonstrations and Competitions!
Free kites and assembly for the
FIRST 200 children!
Duck Race on Reid’s Creek!
Amazing Magician performs!
Bird and Stunt Kites Flown!
GREAT FAMILY FUN DAY!

Location:
Bold Rock Cider Field on Glenthorne Loop (Route 627)
Road is adjacent to the RVF Natural History Center.

Physical Address:
1193 Glenthorne Loop
Nellysford, VA 22958

Click here to get location from Google Maps!

Directions:
Eagle KiteIf you are coming on Route 151 South, turn left 1.3 miles after passing the Nellysford Post Office.

If you are coming Coming on Route 151 North, turn right 1.3 miles after passing the Devils Backbone Brewing Company.

The Bold Rock Cider Field will be on the right after turning onto Glenthorne Loop (Route 627).

 

We’ll see you there! Let’s go fly a kite!

 


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5th Annual Rockfish Valley Foundation Kite Festival: April 14, 2013!

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
Kite Demonstrations and Competitions!
Free Kites and Assembly for FIRST 150 children!
Bird and Stunt Kites Flown!
Hundreds of Kites from $10 to $60 for sale by Life’s a Breeze!
FOOD PREPARED ON SITE by The Blue Toad!
GREAT FAMILY FUN DAY!

Location:
Bold Rock Cider Field
Route 627
Glenthorne Loop next to ELK HILL Baptist Church.
Behind Rockfish Valley Foundation Natural History Center
1368 Rockfish Valley Highway
Nellysford VA 22958.

Kite Festival Report

Erika Howsare, the mother of Elsie talks about the Rockfish Valley Foundation kite festival :

Family events in Nellysford are somewhat rare, so my husband and I were excited to see the Kite Festival on the calendar April 15. We looked forward to taking our one-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Elsie, who knows what a kite is, but mostly from books.

When we arrived at the big open field, a steady stream of cars was flowing into the gate, most of them containing kids of various ages. The three of us made our way (at toddler pace) toward the line of exhibitors–face painters, food vendors and a main attraction: the table where free paper kites were being given out to kids. Amid an enthusiastic crowd of young artists, Elsie grabbed a crayon and made a few marks on her kite before friendly volunteers helped us cut, fold and tape it into good flying shape.

It was hot, so we headed for the shade at the edge of the field. From this vantage point we could see dozens of the white paper kites lifting up into the spring sky. Even with professional kite flyers showing off their skills, I found myself watching kids. Two boys about 8 years old worked together to get their kite aloft, with one running and the other flinging the kite upwards. Another girl, about 11, worked intently by herself in a corner of the field, trying over and over.

Eventually we ventured with Elsie back out into the sun and showed her what to do. With her dad providing some muscle on the kite end, she held onto the handle. A perfectly timed breeze arrived, and her kite lifted off! Big smile as she watched it hover and play a good 15 feet off the ground. Not bad for someone shy of her second birthday, and a worthy end to our day at the Kite Festival. We’ll be back!

Third Annual Rockfish Valley Kite Flying Festival

APRIL 9, 2011

11:00 AM UNTIL 3:00 PM


Bold Rock Cidery Field across from SPRUCE CREEK PARK, the big field on the
right off Glenthorne Loop (Rt 627) Enter next to Elk Hill Baptist Church


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FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Kite demonstrations and competitions courtesy of members of Richmond Air Force,
a professional organization of kite flyers. Some performances are done to music.

Noon
Unfurling of 1200 square foot flag by children (of all ages) in attendance with
playing of star spangled banner.

11 AM and 1 PM free dual line group lessons lasting ½ hour

Stunt kites flown, instructions given and kites can be purchased from 2 Guys Flying

Children activities include – free kites and assembly to first 100 children; basket
races with parachutes if wind permits

Bring a picnic for a family fun day or purchase food from Eastern Star, our fabulous new Richmond food vendor: $6 youth lunch with hotdog or hamburger, French fries and small drink

NO RAIN DATE


SPONSORS:

ROCKFISH VALLEY FOUNDATION
check website for updated information www.rockfishvalley.org
434 361 1296; info@rockfishvalley.org
Bold Rock Cidery and Cider Pub, Nelson County Life, RICHMOND AIR FORCE
www.richmondairforce.com, and 2 Guys Flying.

Supported by Nelson County Parks and Recreation Department

PRESS RELEASE
Flyer

Rockfish Valley Kite Festival April 10, 2010

APRIL 10, 2010 (THE SATURDAY AFTER EASTER)
11:00 AM UNTIL 3:00 PM

SPRUCE CREEK PARK in the big field off Glenthorne Loop (Rt 627)

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
(Suggested donation to Rockfish Valley Foundation is $2 per person)
For more details and program schedule check out www.rockfishvalley.org.

Stunt Kite demonstrations and performances set to music during day courtesy of members of Richmond Air force, one of USA’s premier kite clubs. Historical and modern kites displayed and flown. Some of the kites on display will be handmade showing unusual shapes and unique designs and color patterns.

NOON Unfurling of 1200 square foot flag by everyone in attendance with playing of the Star Spangled Banner.

11 AM and 1 PM free dual line group lessons lasting ½ hour – depending upon wind
Stunt kite instructions given, and kites can be purchased from, 2 Guy’s flying;
Children activities include – free kites and assembly to first 100 children,
running races with miniature parachutes
jugglers, a mime and other games as the Wind and participation allows; Observe the sun through telescopes in the afternoon.
BRING A PICNIC FOR A FAMILY FUN DAY
NO RAIN DATE
Food vendor is Botali’s from Staunton

SPONSORSHIP:
ROCKFISH VALLY FOUNDATION www.rockfishvalley.org
NELSON COUNTY LIFE – MEDIA SPONSOR – www.nelsoncountylife.com
Co Sponsors: Richmond Air Force www.richmondairforce.com
And 2 Guys Flying from Staunton
SUPPORTED BY NELSON COUNTY DEPT. OF PARKS AND RECREATION

AND THAT EVENING – APRIL 10 BEGINNING AT 7:00 PM – STAR WATCH WITH CHARLOTTESVILLE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY EXPERTS THROUGH THEIR TELESCOPES AT ROCKFISH VALLEY TRAIL HEAD

ALSO SUNDAY APRIL 11 AT 2 PM – AT SPRUCE CREEK GALLERY THE HISTORY OF NELSON COUNTY COUNTRY STORES – COSPONSORED BY THE OAKLAND MUSEUM AND ROCKFISH VALLEY FOUNDATION. A PANEL CONSISTING OF JIMMY WOOD, RAL SATTERWHITE, DON FAULKNER, ELIZABETH RICHARDSON and JOSEPH MORSE (AUTHOR OF VIRGINIA’S COUNTRY STORES –a quiet passing) WILL TELL THEIR STORIES

Rockfish Valley Kite Festival April 10 2010

ROCKFISH VALLEY KITE FLYING FESTIVAL

APRIL 10, 2010 (THE SATURDAY AFTER EASTER)
11:00 AM UNTIL 3:00 PM

SPRUCE CREEK PARK in the big field off Glenthorne Loop (Rt 627)

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
(Suggested donation to Rockfish Valley Foundation is $2 per person)
For more details and program schedule check out www.rockfishvalley.org.

Stunt Kite demonstrations and performances set to music during day courtesy of members of Richmond Air force, one of USA’s premier kite clubs. Historical and modern kites displayed and flown. Some of the kites on display will be handmade showing unusual shapes and unique designs and color patterns.

NOON Unfurling of 1200 square foot flag by everyone in attendance with playing of the Star Spangled Banner.

11 AM and 1 PM free dual line group lessons lasting ½ hour – depending upon wind
Stunt kite instructions given, and kites can be purchased from, 2 Guy’s flying;
Children activities include – free kites and assembly to first 100 children,
running races with miniature parachutes
jugglers, a mime and other games as the Wind and participation allows; Observe the sun through telescopes in the afternoon.
BRING A PICNIC FOR A FAMILY FUN DAY
NO RAIN DATE
Food vendor is Botali’s from Staunton

SPONSORSHIP:
ROCKFISH VALLY FOUNDATION www.rockfishvalley.org
NELSON COUNTY LIFE – MEDIA SPONSOR – www.nelsoncountylife.com
Co Sponsors: Richmond Air Force www.richmondairforce.com
And 2 Guys Flying from Staunton
SUPPORTED BY NELSON COUNTY DEPT. OF PARKS AND RECREATION

AND THAT EVENING – APRIL 10 BEGINNING AT 7:00 PM – STAR WATCH WITH CHARLOTTESVILLE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY EXPERTS THROUGH THEIR TELESCOPES AT ROCKFISH VALLEY TRAIL HEAD

ALSO SUNDAY APRIL 11 AT 2 PM – AT SPRUCE CREEK GALLERY THE HISTORY OF NELSON COUNTY COUNTRY STORES – COSPONSORED BY THE OAKLAND MUSEUM AND ROCKFISH VALLEY FOUNDATION. A PANEL CONSISTING OF JIMMY WOOD, RAL SATTERWHITE, DON FAULKNER, ELIZABETH RICHARDSON and JOSEPH MORSE (AUTHOR OF VIRGINIA’S COUNTRY STORES –a quiet passing) WILL TELL THEIR STORIES