Flights of Fancy
April 13, 2013
Springtime is here, and people are dying to get outside! Kansas City has a plethora of fun activities to do outside. Many are drawn to events and places such First Fridays, the KC River Market, or shopping on the Country Club Plaza. One of the smaller events is the annual MCC-Longview Flights of Fancy Kite Festival held on Saturday, April 20.
Kite flying has been around for over 2,500 years. The earliest examples of kite flying date back to ancient China. People used simple materials such as bamboo and silk fabric. Kites were not introduced to Europe until after Marco Polo brought them back from his expedition towards the end of the 13th century. Originally thought of as mere curiosities, they eventually became used as scientific instruments and had many useful purposes.
Benjamin Franklin, one of America’s Founding Fathers, wrote up a scientific experiment in which he would try to prove that lighting was indeed electricity. Whether or not he went through with the experiment is unknown. Today we know that this type of experiment is extremely deadly, as it turns the kite and person combination into a giant lightening rod.
Today, kites come in all sorts of colors and shapes and are a blast to fly. There are many kite festivals across the country and the MCC-Longview Flights of Fancy Kite Festival happens to be one of them. Feel free to attend and be sure to check out an assortment of kite books in our MCPL collection.
Colbern Road Branch