Kites & Quarantine

Kites & Quarantine

Kites & Quarantine offer a special way of maintaining the Corona-virus mandated social distancing. As a bonus they can provide a bit of peace in a troubled time. There is, however, another way to enjoy kites in a time of mandatory quarantine and that is to binge...

Well, That Is Different

Well, That Is Different

Well, that is different. Kites are almost universal in their appeal. In most every country on earth people associate kites with fond childhood memories. And in most countries there are also legends linked to a story about a kite. In some instances those legends are,...

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...

Coming To A Town Near You

Coming To A Town Near You

Coming To A Town, kite stores such as Tumbleweeds & Tarantulas are opening in towns large and small as the popularity of kites is on an upswing. Still, pardon the pun, to a large degree the sport of kiting flies under the radar even though there are some major...

A Forgotten Chapter

A Forgotten Chapter

Oddly enough, from their inception innovative military strategists have found use for kites. In fact there is historic evidence that kites originated in China as a tool of war. Made of light wood and cloth and designed to imitate the natural flight of birds, these...

Battle For The Skies

Battle For The Skies

Afghanistan is an ancient county. War and battles have been a way of life for decades and centuries, and now village is spared from the fierce fighting. In Kabul, the battle for dominance of the skies predates the historic flight of Oliver and Wilbur Wright, and even...

Cheaper Than Therapy

Cheaper Than Therapy

It is doubtful if your health insurance provider or HMO will buy you a kite from Tumbleweeds & Tarantulas. Still there is a therapeutic benefit to kite flying. Kite flying can also enhance your time spent with family, help you drop a pound or two, and, perhaps,...

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