Go Fly a Kite!

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Getting into the air – photo by Sue Mohler

The Bug Light Kite Festival occurs every year the third Saturday of May and what a beautiful day they had this year. It’s hosted by the South Portland Historical Society which has a small museum with free admission during the festival and a little store stocked with kites for those who might want to try their hand during the day. They some barbeque pits going for those who decided not to pack a lunch.

The spectacular kites are made possible by members of two different clubs: the Nor’Easters Kite Club; and Kites Over New England. I’ve included some pictures of just some of the kites making their appearance. We arrived and left early so I think we missed many of the afternoon special kites. The Octopus was enormous and hypnotic while others were colorful, graceful, whimsical, and even scary.

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During the Festival, Bug Light is Opened and tours are hosted by the South Portland – Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club whose members maintain the lighthouse. It’s a small lighthouse only open to the public 4 times each year and only six people at the most can be up in the light at a time so be patient if you decide to go inside.

Some things to remember about the festival: Seating is limited so many folks bring chairs, blankets, and coolers; it can be cool in the wind even if the sun is out so bring a jacket, sweater, or sweatshirt; there are limited porta potties on site; parking is very limited in the park and is reserved for those with accessibility needs so you are asked to park about a quarter mile from the park in a large SMCC lot.

The wind usually cooperates at this park so there is every chance you will have fun and see lots of kites.

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