The Journal Gazette
Monday, May 27, 2019 1:00 am

Kite Day takes to the air

Neighborhood association rekindles tradition

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

After years trapped in a box, the Scooby-Doo gang finally flew Sunday – at least for the children and adults who could catch a breeze and avoid entanglement.

Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma graced the overcast skies above Lutheran Park in the form of kites offered by the Historic South Wayne Neighborhood Association, which sought to revive a tradition.

Inclement weather thwarted the group's attempt to bring back Kite Day last week as well as on two dates last year after about an eight-year absence, said Nate Hubartt, association president.

So, despite less-than-ideal conditions Sunday afternoon – a chance of sprinkles and little wind – association members opened the box of kites left over from years ago and watched as several dozen participants crisscrossed the park to get them to take flight.

“Everybody likes to fly a kite – if you can get them up in the air,” Hubartt said.

Like other parents, Ron Ross coached his 10-year-old daughter, Cadee Ross, as she worked to fly a kite.

“You ready to go?” he said. “Run like you're going to first (base).”

Kamal Macon was likely one of the few to use the full length of the kite string – an achievement that included much running on his part.

The neighborhood resident came to Kite Day with his wife, Angela Macon, their 18-month-old son, Maverick, and nieces Kamia and Kamri Macon, ages 9 and 10, respectively. They learned of the event through Facebook and thought it would be fun, they said.

“It's beautiful out,” Kamal Macon said, although he acknowledged it could be drier.

Dozens of people eventually dotted the squishy, green lawn that left splatters of mud on shoes.

Bringing people together was part of the event's intent, Hubartt said, noting he hopes Kite Day would help neighbors meet one another.

“I'm so glad there are people out here,” said Jordan Kurzen, another association board member.

She helped her children with kites they brought from home.

“Another try, shall we?” Kurzen said.

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