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Isla Blanca Kite Festival 2011

Well,  After two years of relatively smooth sailing for our little festival, the odds caught up to us.  It rained on Saturday. Not all day but enough to keep us busy taking down kites then putting up kites.  Ron and Tina Jakubowciz were our big kite fliers. They were exhausted by days end.  No way we were going to fly the big Octopus. Marco of Perico’s restaurant had delicious food for the kids and us both days of the festival. Pericos is also where we have our festival wrap up party Sunday night. Thanks to Penny these parties are always memorable events. Three cheers for Marco and Pericos.   We use the grounds of the Acapulco restaurant in Isla Blanca as our staging area. Thank you Sr Navarro. The Acapulco is at the end of the road going north in Isla Blanca. It’s at a point where the Ocean and the lagoon are only about 350 feet apart. The children from La Casita and La Gloria English school were doing their best to fly their workshop kites. The high wind was destroying the workshop Sled kites as fast as the kids  put them up.  Back to the drawing board.  Russ has some idea’s for next year.  Dorothy Stewart and Sue Fieber were busy running the kite workshop and hospital.  Our Canadian friends from Cancun Barb and Lyle were on hand to help. They bought water and their friend Lulu Suarez.  Roberto and Cira were back for the third year. Russ and Pat Mozier came from Florida to join the fun. Melanie Koenig was back for her second year. Penny Lingenfelter bravely flew two Rev kite ballets.

Sunday was too windy for the big Octopus and most kites.  However we had a few that were up to the task. They were flying for their lives most of the day.  Most of the workshop Eddy kites flew but were taking heavy casualties in broken parts.  Cira had a beautiful  Arch up.  It probably fared best in the high wind.  It was not to windy for Penny . She took full advantage of Pericos sound system as she flew ballet after ballet in her clown costume. The rev’s got a workout. The kids loved it. We liked it as well. Of course the kite boarders were loving it as they buzzed across the lagoon. At one point I counted 23 kite boarders on the water.  About 35 were in attendance.  Our friend Gonneke from the Netherlands was in Cancun. She came to the festival with her friend Sylvia. We had kites in their hands in minutes.  My Mexican sister Maria de Loudes came and helped out.  Nancy and Andy Myers who run “Give a toy, get a smile” came and bought toys for all the children on Sunday. This is the third year for “Give a toy, Get a smile”. I must get in a plug for our host hotel. The hotel Colonial in Cancun is run by excellent city hotels. Excellent city operates six hotels in the states of Yucatan and Quintana Roo  Mexico.  The Colonial is centrally located in downtown Cancun. They gave us very competitive rates for the festival and the fliers staying there gave very good reviews for the hotel. Easyway rent a car in Cancun furnished our van. They gave us very good service as well.   Whatever I am leaving out of this post can be added later. Contact Charles at 646 249-9165  or for information

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