Well, Ellie and Dave took me out to the Rec-Plex field after work today. It is a superb, excellent spot for a kite festival!
i was very impressed! When we first drove in through the front gate area, i thought "Wow, this is very nice indeed!" However, it wasn't until after we started walking through it that i began to realize just how big it is! From the front gate and drive spot it looks huge, but it is even a lot more vast and expansive once one walks on the apex of where it is actually situated; there was plenty of room here; enough for the public, sport kites, and the jumbo kites.
We spent a long time going over details and possibilities. The date may well be set for May 12th and 13th (which is tentative). i might find out tomorrow on what is decided on (calendar-wise) for sure.
This place is surrounded by extensive farm fields, yet is not far out of town at all. No large trees (except for a few small ones in one little spot)... otherwise just acres and acres of mowed grass. Very Sweet!
It's the kind of field that puts a mammoth smile on a kite fliers face!
Dave and Ellie seem quite excited about the prospect of a kite festival in their town. The town is very quaint, comfortable, and classy!
Ellie, may be related to George Pocock, a kite traction pioneer who, in the early 19th Century, lifted heavy things, including his own daughter, with kites and with kites in tandem! He also developed wagons that were pulled with kites, called Charvolants (from the French "char" for carriage attached to "volant" from the French term for kite: "cerf-volant"). In 1827, during a demonstration for King George IV, Pocock's Charvolant was able to journey from Bristol to Marlborough easily overtaking the London mail coach following a similar route. Later, he took a 113 mile trip across the British countryside to attempt to demonstrate the reliability of the vehicle as a means of travel. Isn't that a hoot!
Illinois_______ (excerpt from E. E. Cummings: "How many winds make wonderful... and is luck The skeleton of life")