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#96395 Wildwoods International Kite Festival 2015

Posted by Sky Festival Productions on 03 May 2015 - 03:03 AM

Two and a half weeks and counting!


New this year!  The ECSKC has a new format whereby they’ll feature a reduced slate of disciplines in exchange for more “play time” at the festival.  Eliminated are the precision events and on tap are the ballet events, which will all take place on Saturday.


A special thanks to Jared Haworth for coordinating this effort (of course, along with the team of sport kite folks) and for his always contributions to making this event work at Wildwood; to Will Smoot for being Jared’s equal side kick; and to Dennis Smith and Jack Wilson who will take over the throne in spearheading this aspect of the festival on site!  And thanks also for the folks who come out to fly and compete for the ECSKC – let’s see if we can get some more folks off of the boardwalk this year and involved in sport kite!


Registration:  Whether you’re competing in the ECSKC, part of the Op’s team, or attending to fly for fun, please remember to complete a Registration Form and get it to me no later than THIS UPCOMING Saturday, May 9.  Registrations received on or before that date do not incur the $10 on site registration fee. 


Media:  This year will include some great media opportunities.  Our very own Roger Chewning has initiated the “Wildwoods International Kite Festival” official Facebook page – why not look it up and join for all fun things WIKF related.  Roger’s on a campaign for the events 30th Anniversary and is looking for photos from “back in the day” to post.  Thank you Roger for your continued positive energy and push to keep WIKF vibrant and alive! 


There will also be various television and radio coverage throughout the event as well.


Friday Night!  Don’t forget to participate in all things for the SJKF Friday Night Social.  As always, the club is putting on a spectacular buffet at an extremely reasonable price AND, it’s all you can eat – who can pass up an offer like that – food and great camaraderie!  Following of course is the Friday Night Kite Fly – show the dark sky and the folks walking the boardwalk your best illuminated kite(s)!


Sunday Night Dinner  We’d love you to join us on Sunday night for dinner!  Once again we’ll be at Little Italy in Wildwood Crest, a short five block walk from the hotel.  Again, fabulous food, great conversation, and a room basically all to ourselves.  Be sure to include yourself in this gathering by indicating such on your Registration Form and/or at the tent on the sign up sheet.


Well, that’s it for now, we’ll see you in two and a half weeks and we all can’t wait to party and celebrate WIKF’s 30th Anniversary!

#94934 Wildwoods International Kite Festival 2014

Posted by Sky Festival Productions on 12 May 2014 - 04:39 PM

Hi folks,


One week and counting – whooooo-hoooo!


A special “guest” – for those of you familiar with the movie via 20th Century Fox & Dreamworks,  “How To Train Your Dragon”, the sequel, “How To Train Your Dragon 2” will be released soon.  With that, I am ecstatic to share with you that a kite produced by Peter Lynn for the character “Toothless” will make an appearance and fly at WIKF!!!!  Come and see this bold, large, and very unique kite flying alongside you on Saturday!


Another special guest is “my brother from another mother”, Blake Pelton and his lovely wife Olivia who will be joining us this year!


ECSKC if you’re a novice, or any category flyer, WIKF is a great place to get your feet whet!  Be sure to register on site.  Jared Haworth and Will Smoot are happy to report that competition numbers increased last year – let’s keep the momentum going AND growing, and perhaps one day we can re live the days of “multiple heats” in given categories!


Kite Sales – for those who are interested in car collectibles, we have a very unique offering this year – Shelby Collectibles!  In extremely limited supply, we’ll have on hand everything from radio controlled cars to packages with track and cars to individual cars.  Some of the items aren’t yet even available in stores so come on in and check them out!  Of course, the normal and customary kites, accessories, event T Shirts and Dallmer Ducks will be available as well.


Sunday Evening Dinner – don’t forget to add your name on site to the Sunday dinner list at Little Italy.  The response for this to date has even surprised me.  This is when I personally begin to be able to breathe a little and I so enjoy it – it’s so great seeing all of the kiting folks together breaking bread and consuming adult beverages (remember, this is a BYOB restaurant)!  As we do every year, seating will begin all at one time, when I arrive, as per the restaurant’s request.  It’s important to keep in mind that they are doing us a huge favor by taking such a large party on one of their three busiest nights of this weekend.  Checks will be provided on a PER PARTY basis, not on an individual per person basis – we ask that you please be patient and understand that not everyone’s food will arrive at the same table at the same time (unless of course it’s all on the same check).


A Great Big Thank You – to all of you who will be attending; those making any contributions that I don’t see or hear of; to our guests; our sponsors; and especially to the FABULOUS Operations Team that helps in putting this event together.  While I know I always tell you, I really want to acknowledge you publicly – THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for all that each of you do, it is always so very, very much appreciated!  Now let’s party, shall we?!!!!!!


Looking forward to seeing you all soon!




#94892 Wildwoods International Kite Festival 2014

Posted by Sky Festival Productions on 03 May 2014 - 10:55 AM

Hi Everyone,


Well, we’re three weeks away and counting – after the winter and spring (?) we’ve had, it hardly seems possible!  Here are the latest updates . . .


Memorial Fly:  Our annual memorial fly will take place on Sunday at 11:00a.m.  There are so many folks this year to remember and to celebrate their lives.  For those of you who knew Max Robbins (Jason Robbins’ son), be sure to stop by the Festival Field tent if you’d like to sign a special kite Jason will have out for Max. 


ECSKC:  Once again this year the East Coast Sport Kite Championships will take place with Jared Haworth of the Eastern League spearheading the competition.  Jared has done a spectacular job in ensuring all things ECSKC related run smoothly, all for YOU, so be sure to give him a great big pat on the back and let him know how appreciated his is – and be sure to register!  Jared follows in the foot steps of other great Eastern League Commissioners and he’s done a fine job at it!  Dennis “Smitty” Smith will, as always, be our sound man – Thank you, Smitty! 


Registration Forms:  If you haven’t already sent your completed registration forms, PLEASE do so ASAP.  Remember, even if you’re flying for fun on our fields, we do need you to complete a registration form, for insurance purposes.  The pre event registration deadline is a week from today, Saturday, May 10.  Whether for this event or any event, it significantly helps those involved in any way (and trust me, as in many things, there’s a domino effect) with registration to receive these in advance, so please, be sure to get these in asap – thank you!


Guests:  Some of our other esteemed guests this year include Barry “Baz” Poulter, Tony Jetland, and the always beautiful Kathy Goodwind.  And for those of you who remember him, John Rose will be around this year with his daughter Kerri (who is now 17-where has the time gone?)!  I’m working on one more “throw back” guest, so we’ll see how that goes!


Sunday Night Dinner:  Be sure to sign up on site at the registration side of the tent for Sunday night dinner at Little Italy!  Once again dinner is slated to take place at 7:00pm and we will have the side dining room to ourselves (for the most part).  It is a short 5 block walk (or ride) and is a BYOB restaurant (there is a liquor store just around the corner!).  They have a spectacular menu with something sure to fancy even the pickiest of taste buds.  Feel free to check them out in advance at http://www.littleitalywildwood.com.


Auction: I’m soooooooo excited about this year’s auction - there are some spectacular items that will be going out for bid!!!  And if you’d like a clue, just look at some of the folks who are our guests!  As always, cash and credit card are accepted.  If you have a little something or something’s that you’d like to donate, we’re more than happy to accept and we appreciate your offerings!  The auction is a major revenue generating aspect and helps significantly to keep the event going – so feel free to stop by and see what all the chatter’s about.  And of course, bid on that beautiful piece you have your eye on!  J  “Mystery Baskets” will be bountiful!



Remember, we’re only three weeks away – get your things together & packed; pray for excellent weather; and let’s get this party started!!!!!


All my best,


#94814 Wildwoods International Kite Festival 2014

Posted by Sky Festival Productions on 17 April 2014 - 12:31 PM

Hi everyone,


5 weeks and counting!!!


Registration Forms:  If you haven’t already sent your completed registration forms, PLEASE do so ASAP.  Remember, even if you’re flying for fun on our fields, we do need you to complete a registration form, for insurance purposes.


Guests:  A partial list of our guests include Meg Albers, Gary Mark, and Walter Corsetti to name a few; additional guests will be provided in my next post!


Starting the weekend off will be the annual “Unlocking of the Beach” ceremony being held on Friday at 12:00pm.  While in all previous years this has taken place on either the east or south sides of the Wildwoods Convention Center (WCC), this year’s ceremony has a new location – two blocks north of the north side of the WCC.  The reason you ask?  Wildwood is unveiling a new addition to their old-time theme with a “Wildwood Icon Wall Mural” which will highlight varied individuals from that era.  Naturally with this being their first mural, it will highlight Bobby Rydell who sang “Wildwood Days”.  And guess who’s going to be in attendance to unveil that wall mural?  Yup, Bobby Rydell himself – who may just sing that oh-so-familiar boardwalk song we hear all summer!  So be sure to be a part of this very cool event by flying your spectacular kites at this new location!  I’m working on seeing if we can get beach vehicle transportation from the kite sales tent area to this new site & back again – no promises yet, but I’m working on it!


New this year is a mass ascension which will take place on Saturday in Sunday at 10:00am on Field 1.  Saturday’s theme is Arches while Sunday’s theme is Trains!


Kite Sales will once again take place in the tent at Rio Grande Ave on the beach.  Offerings include manufacturers Dallmer’s Ducks; Gomberg Kite Productions; HQ Kites; New Tech Kites; Prism Kites; Revolution Kites; Skydog Kites and of course, a few miscellaneous items.  Why not stop by and check it out – and don’t forget to check out this year’s event TShirt!


Auction:  The deadline for shipping auction donations is fast approaching – Monday, May 12 is the final receiving date.  Post this date, we will gladly accept your donations on site.  As in previous years, credit card will be accepted!  As always, thank you all for your support in whatever capacity you participate in with this aspect of the festival!



Well, that’s it for now.  I’ll be back with additional updates soon.


All my best to you all and I can’t wait to see you all!




#94761 Wildwoods International Kite Festival 2014

Posted by Sky Festival Productions on 04 April 2014 - 05:44 AM

Hi All,


As I promised, the “light at the end of the tunnel” has arrived – spring has sprung!


With WIKF only seven (7) short weeks away, there’s a boat load of things to share with you!


Guests:  We have some wonderful folks joining us this year, some who haven’t been with us in a while and others who have never been with us.  Characters includes Barry “Baz” Poulter; Kathy Goodwind; Tony Jetland and his other half Jennifer; Steve DeRooy; Meg Albers & her cousin Nancy Houston; and, thanks to the generous assistance of the South Jersey Kite Flyers (SJKF), Gary Mark and Walter Corsetti.  There still may be a few folks added to the list which I’ll share with you in the next post.  With just this guest list alone, I truly just can’t wait until WIKF to see these folks, I feel like a kid in a candy shoppe!  Yes, we’re going to have some fun!


Event “Selfie”:  Be sure to be a part of THIS photo op!  While we may not crash Twitter like Ellen did at the Grammy’s (?), we’ll be sure to set the kiting world on fire with THAT photo!


SJKF:  Where do I begin with this group of characters?  The true “rock” club of the event, SJKF will once again host the Friday Night Social poolside at the host hotel, the Oceanic.  The cost is a mere $10 per person for an all-you-can-eat buffet filled with some of the best food this side of the Mississippi.  Festivities begin at 6:00pm.  PLEASE FEEL FREE < J > to help them out with food donations and / or assistance prior to 6:00pm with food prep, table set up, food/cookware transportation, etc.  There is a BOAT LOAD of work that goes in to making this Social happen so if you can spare even just a short period of time during the day on Friday, it would very, very much appreciated.  Cel Dallmer is spearheading this festivity and she can be reached via mobile phone at 215 805 7498 or via email at cdallmer@verizon.net with your commitment to food donation and/or to time in assisting. 


Kite Makers Competition:  Once again this year we will have a Kite Makers Competition.  Via the generosity of SJKF, the Scott E. Spencer Memorial Kite Makers Competition will include cash prizes and AKA membership!  There are varied categories and a myriad of details about the Competition which all can be found on the WIKF Registration Form (available on our web site, www.SkyFestivals.com > Events).  Be sure to check out this info and more importantly, “strut you stuff” by showing yourself and the kiting world what you’re made of! 


Lodging:  Don’t forget to make your lodging reservations!  Our host hotel is once again The Oceanic.  You may reach them at 609 522 6500 and be sure to mention you’re a kite flyer / attending WIKF for a discounted rate.


Auction:  This year’s auction is once again shaping up very nicely!  As always, if you have an item or items you’d like to donate, we’re more than happy to accept them.  Whether you donate or bid, we sincerely appreciate your support!



I’ll post again in a couple of weeks with additional info so until then, safe winds to all and as always, I so very much look forward to seeing you all in a few short weeks!




#94465 Wildwoods International Kite Festival 2014

Posted by Sky Festival Productions on 16 February 2014 - 10:31 AM

Hi Everyone!


I hope this initial communication finds you and yours all well and surviving the winter as best you can.  I know it has been brutal for many of us on many levels all over the U.S., though I promise, there’s light at the end of the tunnel - here in Orange County, NY, it’s going to reach 50 degrees by the end of the week, which will certainly help in melting the 28” of snow that’s fallen over the past three days!


So, it’s that time of year again when I begin communications re the Wildwoods International Kite Festival.  Attached (if applicable) is the registration form, which will also be available on the Sky Festivals web site soon.  The Eastern League will also be posting this on their web site shortly as well.  If you can’t wait and want it sooner rather than later, feel free to email me and I’ll email it to you directly.


This year’s looking very strong, with some guests who haven’t been around in a while and a new activity, though more on that in my next communication!


Our host hotel, The Oceanic, 609 522 6500, is accepting reservations for the event though be sure to mention the kite festival to receive the event pricing. 


Mark your calendars for this year’s event and I truly look forward to seeing everyone again in just 3 short months!




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