By LOIS KINDLE
The Apollo Beach Nature Preserve was the scene of a high-flying event April 14 as the Apollo Beach Beautification Committee hosted its 10th annual Kite Fest.
About 60 school-age children assembled, decorated and then flew free, committee-supplied kites during the festival. They also enjoyed hot dogs supplied by Apollo Meats plus snacks and water purchased with a gift certificate from Winn Dixie at MiraBay.
The free community gathering gave families an opportunity to spend some quality time together outdoors on a beautiful spring day.
The Mammoser family, of Riverview, came to the park to ride their scooters like they had five times before and were delighted to find the Kite Fest under way.
As 7-year-old Connor got his first kite aloft, his mother, Erika, beamed.
“We are blown away by this event,” she said. “It’s awesome how this event encourages families to enjoy time together.”
Linda Thiffault, 68, of Ruskin, agreed. She and her husband John came to fly kites themselves and watch kids scamper about the beach.
“In Bermuda, where I’m from originally, we fly kites, make codfish cakes and hot cross buns on Good Friday every year,” she said. “Kite flying is a challenge. It’s fun, and it makes me feel like a kid again.”
Thiffault brought along a “Flat Sophie” (made in the tradition of Flat Stanley) by her granddaughter Sophia, who lives in Matuchen, N.J. Thiffault said she planned to attach it to her kite but was afraid it would be blown off and lost in the wind.
The Apollo Beach Beautification Committee is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, which raises funds primarily through donations and its annual plant sale. The small group of dedicated residents maintain flower boxes along Apollo Beach Boulevard, display patriotic banners on Memorial Day, July 4 and Veterans Day and decorate the community for Christmas.
If you’d like to help keep this event going, mail a check made payable to the Apollo Beach Beautification Committee to Mary Lou Luce, 850 Symphony Isles Blvd., Apollo Beach, FL 33572.
All Photos by Lois Kindle