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...
Let’s Have Some Fun

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...