A free, public kite-flying demonstration, with kites of various designs and configurations, will take place at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park on Saturday.
Cameron Kauffman, an expert kite flyer, will give a half-hour presentation on kites at 10 a.m., then demonstrate the flying of several kites through noon. The presentation will be repeated at 1 p.m., followed by more kite flying through 5 p.m.
Kauffman has been flying kites since childhood. His best childhood memory is flying a single-line Delta “bat” kite over the vineyards behind his house in St. Helena, Calif. Untangling the lines from the grape vines after crashing is his worst memory. Kites have been an important part of his life ever since.
“Flying kites can be fun, exhilarating, challenging or meditative,” Kauffman said. “Teaching others about the world of kites is very rewarding. I love to see people light up when they learn some new skills and feel the thrill of tethered flight.”
Kauffman’s kite collection includes custom made foils, stacks, dual line, quad line and power sport kites.
More information about Kauffman is at www.coolkiter.net.
Visitors can bring a favorite lawn chair and a picnic to relax and watch, or bring their own kites and try them out on the park’s five acres. The event is sponsored by Bently Enterprises, SoaringNV and Holiday Inn Express.
Also that day, at 12:30 p.m., Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki and Douglas County officials will participate in the ceremony to award the park’s win in the 2013 Discover Your Nevada contest, sponsored by the Nevada Commission on Tourism. At that time, there will also be a celebration of the planting of new trees at the park, an official Nevada 150 Legacy Project commemorating the state’s sesquicentennial. The public is invited to attend the award presentation, as well.
The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park is at 1450 Highway 88, just south of the Carson Valley Swim Center. More information can be found at www.dangberghomeranch.org, or by calling 783-9417.