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Fly Pittsburgh Kite Club
"2014 Schedule of Events"

Note: Monthly Club Flies are listed in "RED" print on yellow background.
Other events listed are extra events or activities to promote the joy of kiting!



"APRIL IS NATIONAL KITE MONTH"

National Kite Month begins on April 1st and continues for five weeks, ending May 1st!

Saturday
April 5, 2014
Fly Pgh Monthly Fly

at Cooper's Lake Campground 11:00 am - ???

Friday
Apirl 25, 2013 ???
DATE NOT YET CONFIRMED
Treesdale Family Kids Kite Workshop
at Treesdale Community Center
for Community Members only
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Sunday
Apirl 27, 2013 ???
DATE NOT YET CONFIRMED
Treesdale Family Kite Fly
at Treesdale Community Fields
Fly Pittsburgh Kite Club members and Treesdale Community Members only
(NOT open to general public)

11:00am - 3:00 pm

Saturday
April 26, 2014 ???
DATE NOT YET CONFIRMED

SRU "Earth Day Celebration"
(click above link for directions)
Fly Pittsburgh Kite Club members are invited to demonstrate their kite flying skills.
at Slippery Rock University on the practice fields
Slippery Rock PA
11:00 am - 3:00pm
at SRU Practice Fields
plus... Sled Kite Workshop at the Macoskey Center

Saturday & Sunday
May 3 & 4, 2014
23rd Annual "Big Spring Fly"

at Cooper's Lake Campground
from 10:00 am Saturday - Sunday 'til ??? SEE AGENDA BELOW

IMPORTANT UPDATE: In the past I have received many phone calls and e-mails asking about spectators and non-members of Fly Pittsburgh attending the event. Here is an outline of things you may see and do during our "BIG Spring Fly"...

Throughout the event you may see a variety of kites being flown, including:
Single Lines kites
(such as Diamonds, Deltas, Parafoils, Rokakus, etc)
Sport Kites
(Dual & Quad line controlled Sport/Stunt kites)
Power Kites
(Quad Line kites used for traction flying... being pulled by a large kite, using a 3 Wheeled Kite Buggy)


Remember always to fly safely and follow these tips….
And you can click for a very handy detailed printable"Kite Safety Field Card"Kite Safety
Also available in Adobe AcrobatPDFKiteSafetyFieldCard.PDF

Question... What happens to a kite when it comes in contact with power lines... Click here to see the Answer!




SATURDAY May 3, 2014
Agenda: 10:00am - ???

General public welcome!
(best time for public to arrive is after 1:00pm).
Pack a lunch and come out for the day!
PLEASE NOTE: That each kite flier is responsible for safely flying his or her own kite! See "Kite Safety Field Card"Kite Safety
Don't forget your SUNBLOCK! Even on a cloudy day you can get a sun burn!
11:00am
Members of Fly Pittsburgh Kite Club start to arrive! (Most members arrive by 1:00pm)

3:00pm
MASS Ascension of single line kites
The rest of the day will be open flying for memb
ers!

Saturday "NIGHT FLY" Planned!
Starting at dust, depending on the existence of a light breeze, you may see kites in the air at night, using various kinds of kites with lights and/or glow sticks for night time Illumination!

SUNDAY May 4, 2014
Agenda: 11:00am - 5:00pm
General public welcome! (best time for public to arrive is after 1:00pm).
Pack a lunch and come out for the day!
PLEASE NOTE: That each kite flier is responsible for safely flying his or her own kite! See "Kite Safety Field Card"Kite Safety
Don't forget your SUNBLOCK! Even on a cloudy day you can get a sun burn!
11:00am
Members of Fly Pittsburgh Kite Club start to arrive! (Most members arrive by 1:00pm)


3:00pm MASS Ascension of single line kites
The rest of the day will be open flying for members!

REGIONAL SPECIAL EVENT:
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Youngstown Kite Festival
Fly Pgh members are invited to demonstrate
their kite flying skills at this festival!

REGIONAL SPECIAL EVENT:
Saturday
May 17, 2014
Buffalo Twp Day
at Lernerville Speedway
Kite demonstrations for the community
from 12:00 am - 5:00 pm (setup at 9:00 am)
EVENT ENDS WITH "FIREWORKS" at dusk!

REGIONAL SPECIAL EVENT:
Friday - Monday
May 23 - 26, 2014
at Wildwood NJ
East Coast Stunt Kite Championship

Frank Olson Memorial Fly!
In memory of Frank and all of our other empty places in the sky!

Sunday

June 1, 2014
Fly Pgh Monthly Fly

at Cooper's Lake Campground 11:00 am - ???

Saturday & Sunday
June 7 & 8, 2014

Fly Pgh Erie Road Trip
Sunset Point, Presque Isle State Park, Erie

Sunday
July 6, 2014
Fly Pgh Monthly Fly

at Cooper's Lake Campground 11:00 am - ???

REGIONAL SPECIAL EVENT:
Friday - Sunday, July 25, 26 & 27, 2014

Discover Presque Isle
Sunset Point, Presque Isle State Park, Erie

Sunday
August 3, 2014
Fly Pgh Monthly Fly
at Treesdale Community Fields
for Fly Pgh Kite Club members & Community Members only
Fly Pittsburgh Kite Club members are invited to demonstrate their kite flying skills.

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Saturday
August 23, 2014
Fly Pgh Members Invited to fly kites at
Cooper's Lake 3rd Annual Brewers Fest
at Cooper's Lake Campground 10:00 am - ???
for Fly Pgh Kite Club members
Fly Pittsburgh Kite Club members are invited to demonstrate their kite flying skills at the Brewers Fest.
And, while we're there will we be able to sample beer from some of the areas best home brewers!

Saturday
September 6, 2014
Fly Pgh Monthly Fly

at Cooper's Lake Campground 11:00 am - ???

NEARBY CLUB Special Event:
Sat. & Sun
September 6 & 7, 2014
Cleveland Kite Festival hosted by OSEK

at Edgewater Park, Cleveland, Ohio
For DETAILS visit OSEK's website
or e-mail OSEK at kiteinfo@osekcleveland.org

Saturday
October 4, 2014
Fly Pgh Monthly Fly

at Cooper's Lake Campground 11:00 am - ???
Copper's Lake Campground Halloween Party for the Campers!

Fly Pittsburgh members invited to join in the Halloween fun!

NATIONAL SPECIAL EVENT:
Sept. 29, 2014 - October 4, 2014
AKA Convention, Grand Nationals

This is the largest event in the US, and caps of the current year for kiting events in the US.
For more details visit the website of the American Kiteflier's Association

NEARBY CLUB Special Event:
Sat. & Sun
October 11 & 12, 2014
Special event that OSEK members attend & Fly Pittsburgh members invited to:

66th annual Century Village Apple Butter Festival
Burton, Ohio

For DETAILS visit OSEK's website
or e-mail OSEK at kiteinfo@osekcleveland.org

Saturday
November 1, 2014
Fly Pgh Monthly Fly

at Cooper's Lake Campground 11:00 am - ???

Saturday
December 6, 2014
Fly Pgh Monthly Fly

at Cooper's Lake Campground 11:00 am - ???

If you would like directions to any of the above events, please feel free to e-mail or call Con Engels at (724) 869-4488.
Look for more details about other upcoming events coming soon!
A note about the Treesdale Community Center & their fields: These facilities are for use of Treesdale Community residents only. Fly Pittsburgh Kite Club has permission to use these facilities on the above dates mentioned. Anyone who is not a member of the Treesdale Community and wishes to fly at their fields should get permission before doing so. This is a common courtesy! In addition all members of Fly Pittsburgh Kite Club who wish to fly at these facilities on non-scheduled dates, should contact those in charge of Cooper's or Treesdale to get permission in advance of using their fields.

Local Directions to Treesdale Community Center...

Coming from Pittsburgh area to Warrendale exit:
Take 79 North to Warrendale exit
Right at end of ramp onto Warrendale Bayne Road
go .7 mile to Route 19 (at light go straight)
Cross over Route 19 to Warrendale Road
go 1.6 miles to 2nd STOP sign to Wallace Road
at Wallace make LEFT (going through underpass of Turnpike)
go 2.2 miles (passing Mars road & first sign for
Treesdale, and passing Pierce Mill Road)
make LEFT onto Treesdale Drive
go .6 mile and turn RIGHT to THE COMMONS (Treesdale Community Center) You are there!

Coming from North of Cranberry Twp - Mars area:
Take 79 South to Mars - Cranberry exit to 228
LEFT at end of ramp onto 228 East
go 4.3 miles (approximately 8 lights)
look for small white sign on right "Treesdale"
at light 8 light RIGHT onto Warrendale Road
go .4 mile make LEFT onto Treesdale Drive
go .6 mile make LEFT to THE COMMONS
(Treesdale Community Center) You are there!

Coming from Route 8 to 228 West to Mars area:
go 4.5 miles ( 3 lights) passing Borland Auto Repair on right
Make LEFT onto Warrendale Road
go .4 mile make LEFT onto Treesdale Drive
go .6 mile make LEFT to THE COMMONS
(Treesdale Community Center) You are there!

Coming from East or West Of Cranberry Twp area:
Take PA Turnpike to Exit #3- Cranberry Twp
Take Ramp for Route 19 North, then go short distance
turn Right onto 228 East
go 4.5 miles (approximately 9 lights)
look for small white sign on right "Treesdale ?"
at light 9th light RIGHT onto Warrendale Road
go .4 mile make LEFT onto Treesdale Drive
go .6 mile make LEFT to THE COMMONS (Treesdale Community Center) You are there!

Directions to Cooper's Lake Campground (Fly Pgh's home field)....
(see above schedule for dates and times for events held at Cooper's Lake, and for an important note regarding use of Cooper's Lake see below)

From Pittsburgh area:
Follow 79 North to exit 99 (old exit 29) (Moraine State Park & Route 422)...
at end on ramp, turn LEFT onto 422 West (heading towards New Castle)
proceed about 1/4 mile, and at the sign for the 422 Auto Auction
turn RIGHT onto Currie Road, crossing over one lane bridge
continue on Currie Rd for about 1 mile (from route 422) until you come to Campground

From Mercer or Erie areas:
Follow 79 South to exit 99 (old exit 29) (Moraine State Park & Route 422)...
at end on ramp, turn LEFT onto 422 West (heading towards New Castle)
proceed about 1/4 mile, and at the sign for the 422 Auto Auction
turn RIGHT onto Currie Road, crossing over one lane bridge
continue on Currie Rd for about 1 mile (from route 422) until you come to Campground

From Butler area following 422 WEST:
Follow 422 West
Pass I-79, and proceed about 1/4 mile, and at the sign for the 422 Auto Auction
turn RIGHT onto Currie Road, crossing over one lane bridge
continue on Currie Rd for about 1 mile (from route 422) until you come to Campground

From Ohio following 422 EAST (or from New Castle area):
Follow 422 East into PA pass New Castle and proceed about 12 miles or so.
Pass Route 19, and go about a 1/2 mile, and at the sign for the 422 Auto Auction
turn LEFT onto Currie Road, crossing over one lane bridge
continue on Currie Rd for about 1 mile (from route 422) until you come to Campground

Click for a Map to Cooper's Lake & surrounding areas.

Important Note: The Cooper family has been kind enough to let Fly Pittsburgh use their fields for the past 22+ years, and our members always confirm use of the flying fields before using them. We always get permission to fly before using any of the fields or when using other facilities of the campground. And, all of our events listed are scheduled far in advance. Cooper's Lake Campground's operating season starts on the first full weekend of April and goes through the last full weekend of October. If you are not a member of the Fly Pittsburgh Kite Club, please check in at Campground office before using any of the fields or campground facilities.

More information about Cooper's Lake can be found on their web site at... www.cooperslake.com

Visit Cooper's Lake Campground

Where Fly Pgh has it's home field!

 


The Gang gathered on a brisk October day!
(click to enlarge)
For a more recent group photo see the club Bio Page
(towards the end of the Bio)

 

Don't forget to check out our handy dandy
"Kite Safety Field Card"Kite Safety
The web page containing the field card is formatted so that it easily
prints a two sided tri-fold from a standard sheet of paper or card stock.
Follow the simple instructions at the top of the page for printing.
Also available in Adobe Acrobat PDF
KiteSafetyFieldCard.PDF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fly Pittsburgh Kite Club "Home Field"...
Cooper's Lake Campground, Slippery Rock, PA

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Fly Pittsburgh is an Affiliated Club of:

The American Kitefliers Association

AKA

The American Kitefliers Association

For more information about Fly Pittsburgh.....email:

or call Con Engels at (724) 869-4488

 


Web site space donated to Fly Pgh by Con Engels of Windstar Kites

Questions about local kite flying,
or if you wish to have a kite making workshop,
for your group or organization?
contact Con Engels!
e-mail:

phone: (724) 869-4488

 

Fly Pittsburgh Kite Club
"Advisory Board"
Bob Patterson
Ed Mansur

Ed Mansur - Secr/Treas.

Boop Baumgardner - Assistant Editor of Wind Warrior


 

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