Great Lakes Kitefliers Society
of Western New York
Web Site Updates
02/20/19 Many updates
01/27/19 Update officers
Come out to watch us do our thing or join in. Enjoy the show from your car like a drive-in movie or get out and take a walk along our row of cars. Be sure to introduce yourself and ask any questions that you may have. We can help you fly that new kite or give advice on what kind of kite to buy.
Remember...kites are for grownups too!
The kite has remained a remarkably versatile invention for over 3,000 years. Uses for kites have included: carrying men, fishing, signaling, raising torpedoes to carriages, providing gunnery targets, and aerial photography. At the turn of the century, the kite was an indispensable instrument for meteorologists. Closer to home, a kite flying contest was used to land the first cable across the gorge at Niagara Falls. This enabled the construction of the first suspension bridge over the rapids.
A renaissance in kite flying has spurred rapid growth of kite clubs, festivals, publications, and a renewed interest in the practical uses of kites. Young children to the young at heart senior citizens enjoy kiting on a year round basis. Some of our best events involve ice and winter winds.
Our members share a wide variety of interests. The single line kite fliers enjoy the quiet serenity and beauty of the outdoors and their kites. Two and four-line fliers enjoy the sport, speed and competition of maneuverable kites. There are those that take great pride in making and flying their own handmade kites. There are avid collectors who find a plethora of colors and designs available from kite makers around the world.
Whether you spend a couple dollars for a ready to fly plastic kite, or several hundred for a home-made specialty kite, all of us have one thing in common: the Love of Kite flying. Join us as we all go
"Tako-Kichi" (Japanese for "Kite-Crazy")..
GLKS is always thankful to our host community, the City of North Tonawanda. The City maintains the beautiful Gratwick Park on the shore of the Niagara River. The breeze is smooth and steady most days as it comes across the wide open expanse of the river. Few trees leave the area open with unencumbered wind making this the best area to fly kites in all of Western New York. This is why we have made Gratwick our home field.
The Great Lakes Kitefliers Society would like to thank you for visiting our web site. Please look at the Calendar pages to find a day when you can stop by to join us as we fly kites. And to consider joining. Membership dues are inexpensive and the benefits are many. Check out our Photos to see what we have been up to lately. We welcome you with kites aloft.