Let’s Celebrate Spring

Let’s Celebrate Spring

Let’s Celebrate Spring. This past year has been challenging, to say the very least. The COVID 19 pandemic derailed plans, caused a great deal of misery and in general upended life. Now there is a ray of sunshine on the horizon. Nationwide the number of daily...
Legend of The Carp

Legend of The Carp

Kites are unique in that they have an international appeal that is rooted in antiquity. As a result they are excellent for bridging chasms of culture or language. Japanese historians believe that kites were first introduced into the country by Buddhist missionaries...
The Dragon

The Dragon

Chinese folklore is rich with tales and legends of dragons so it should not be surprising to learn that the mythical creatures figure prominently in kite designs. Some of the most intriguing legends blend dragons and the use of dragon kites used to help fight off...
Time Capsules

Time Capsules

Time Capsules In movies, books and stories kites are often used to portray a sense of whimsy. They are linked to the carefree days of childhood. But like simple, carefree days kites are fragile. They are made of paper, twine, wood or silk. As a result vintage or...
Flying Good Times

Flying Good Times

Flying Good Times Harvey A. Sellers, was a seller of paper. He was also an avid kiting enthusiast. Disappointed by the poor construction and quality of available commercial kites, he began tinkering with kite designs in his basement. His break came with the idea to...
Kites & Pizza

Kites & Pizza

The kites & pizza hideaway restaurant across the street from the Oklahoma State University campus in Stillwater, Oklahoma is an institution. The doors at the original restaurant opened for business in 1957 making this one of the oldest pizza parlors in the Sooner...
Kites On The Big Screen

Kites On The Big Screen

Kites On The Big Screen. The popularity of the kite can not be overstated. Festivals celebrating the kite and the simple pleasures of kite flying are held throughout the world. Some of these festivals are rooted in centuries of tradition. Still, few things attest to...
Forgotten History

Forgotten History

Forgotten History of kites are ideally suited for this time of social distancing and quarantine. Hours can be spent with this relaxing past time and kite flying is a great way to enjoy the spring like temperatures. A visit to Tumbleweeds and Tarantulas is all you need...

Odds & Ends

Odds & Ends and the joy of kite flying transcends barriers of language, of culture and of age. It is nearly universal in nature. In most every country in the world you can find people laughing as they send kites high into the sky to dance on the breeze. Kites are...
That Was Different

That Was Different

That Was Different. This past spring the 36th International Kite Festival was held on the International Kite Flying Field in Weifang City, Shandong Province, China. Launched in 1984, the festival has become one of the oldest, largest and most popular festivals in...
Igniting A Passion

Igniting A Passion

Willy Copens was a Belgian soldier fighting in WWI. On Thursday, April 15, 1915, watched a German Zeppelin pass overhead on its return from a bombing mission in England and he was flooded with memories. On the same beach, when he was five years old, running among the...
Cheaper Than Therapy

It’s Kite Season

It’s kite season! Well, every season is actually kite season but summer is ideally suited to this pursuit of idyllic childhood reminiscing. And summer is always the season for an array of kite festivals.  Scheduled for June 22 -23 the annual Summer Kite Festival...
Mark Your Calendar

Mark Your Calendar

Mark your calendar, start making travel plans, and pick up your kite supplies and kites at Tumbleweeds and Tarantulas. For the kite enthusiast who also happens to enjoy the classic American road trip, what could be better than an epic cross country adventure (on Route...
The High Flying History of Kites

How Much?

Kites and kiting can be a delightful hobby for the budget conscious or the youngster looking to get the most out of their allowance, the average customer at Tumbleweeds & Tarantulas. As with any hobby, however, the sky is the limit. Consider the Joachim Nellissen...
Calling All Artists

Calling All Artists

The historic business distict in Kingman, Arizona is experiencing a rather dramatic renaissance. Wine bars, microbreweries, and eclectic restaurants with sidewalk seating, delightful and fun events such as Chillin’ on Beale and First Friday that add an...
Fond Memories

Fond Memories

It was the summer of ’65. My dad had just returned from a six month deployment. I was just a kid and don’t remember all of the details (it would be nice if I did) but after reading the Sunday comics, dad mixed up a concoction of flour and water to make...
Well, That Is Different

From Marco Polo to Mary Poppins

Some of the most memorable scenes, and songs, from the 1964 film adaptation of Mary Poppins by Disney Studios have to do with kites. This really is not surprising as kites, then and now, are linked in our minds with gaiety, childhood, and carefree times. However,...
The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

Afghanistan is a land of ancient traditions including kite flying. Khaled Hosseini is an Afghan born physician turned novelist after learning that the Taliban had banned the sport of kite fighting in his native homeland. As he had grown up with the sport as a child in...
A New Year, New Adventures

A New Year, New Adventures

It is the dawn of a new year. What an ideal time to take up a new hobby or dust of an old one! Let’s start with painting or photography. Start with a stop at Tumbleweeds and Tarantulas for some new art supplies, and a bit of encouragement to take up the pallet....
Crafts & Arts For Fun And Profit

Crafts & Arts For Fun And Profit

Kingman, Arizona is on the fast track toward becoming a dynamic haven for artists in western Arizona. The Kingman Center For The Arts located at 208 E. Beale Street hosts a variety of themed shows where local and regional artists display, and sell, their work. This is...
Painting the Town, And the Neighborhood

Painting the Town, And the Neighborhood

Winter is an ideal time to explore your desert neighborhood. The temperatures are mild, the snakes are hibernating, and with a bit of luck, the mountains will be tinged with snow. In short, it is a perfect time to pack up the easel and art supplies from Tumbleweeds...
The High Flying History of Kites

The Fun Begins Before The Kite Flies

For the avid kite enthusiast the fun begins before the kite flies. One of my fondest memories associated with kites dates to my early childhood when dad took time to help me build one using wooden yardsticks, newspaper, and paste made from flour and water. Today, from...
Be A Part of History

Be A Part of History

It is coming soon, and the way time flies this historic event will be here before you know it. Volunteers from the American Kitefliers Association (AKA)  and the Kite Trade Association International (KTAI) work together to help promote the fun and sport of kite flying...