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Some Free Things To Do in Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana

These are in downtown Shreveport and are close to the Hilton and Convention Center.
 
Ark-La-Tex Sports Museum of Champions
Located in lobby of the Shreveport Convention center. Open on weekends when there is an event at the convention center. Exhibit for each of the 110 athletes recognized from the area.
400 Caddo St, Shreveport   318-221-8445 (Inside the Shreveport Convention Center)
https://www.louisianatravel.com/la-museums/ark-la-tex-sports-museum-champions
 
Artspace
The Marcy G. & Jack T. Everett mainspace @ artspace is an exhibition space for local, regional and national artists. Each mainspace exhibition is curated by Artistic Director, William Joyce
710 Texas St, Shreveport 318-673-6535
http://artspaceshreveport.com/
 
J Bennett Johnston Waterway Regional Visitor Center
DeSoto found it while exploring the Mississippi for riches. Bienville followed its route to explore north Louisiana. St. Denis spent years searching its shores for gold and silver. Early settlers and farmers used it to ship cotton and other goods to New Orleans. The Confederate Army used it to move food and troops south. The Union Army used it to move food and troops north. Steamboat lines from St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati roamed its waters. Today, the gifts of the J. Bennett Johnston Waterway continue to support the River community. Under the guidance of the Red River Waterway Commission, the River provides both recreational and commercial opportunities to Louisiana residents. The Red River is a vital source for economic development essential to the future of our state. We are proud of our Waterway, our facilities, and of the thousands of people who enjoy the benefits of living near the Red River
700 Clyde Fant Pkwy, Shreveport  318-677-2673
https://www.redriverwaterway.com/
 
Norsworthy Gallery
The Norsworthy Gallery offers artists an avenue to present their work to the public and supports the continuation of the Cultural District for Downtown Shreveport. Watch a short documentary about us.
The Gallery was created in memory of Gwen Norsworthy. Miss Norsworthy resided in Shreveport until 1977, when she moved to Bedford, Texas, to open a studio. She was Art Supervisor for Shreveport Parks and Recreation Department from 1951-1970 and Art Director for the R.S. Barnwell Memorial Garden and Art Center from 1971 to 1977.
214 Texas Ave, Shreveport   318-424-6764
https://thenorsworthy.com/
 
Shreveport Railroad Museum
The Red River Valley Railroad Historical Society, Inc. was founded in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1981 by a small but dedicated group of railroad enthusiasts. The goals of the society are to establish a railroad museum containing railroad artifacts, memorabilia, documents and photographs, and to enjoy railroad related activities such as train rides, photography and train operations. Currently, the society is involved in preserving its rolling stock and has displays at the McNeill Street Pumping Station in downtown Shreveport of many railroad artifacts. The society has collected a large inventory of railroad material and owns several items of rolling stock including steam locomotive 1140, a diesel switch engine, caboose, coach, baggage car, dining car and motor car. Meetings are held at 7 pm on the third Friday of every month at the Shreveport Water Works Museum and Railroad Museum –
142 N. Common St , Shreveport, LA. Call (318) 458-3123 for information.
 
http://rrvrhs.org/
 
Southern University Museum of Art

The Southern University Museum of Art at Shreveport is the only museum in North Louisiana dedicated to educating people about the Art and Culture of the African and African American Diaspora.
The mission of the Southern University Museum of Art at Shreveport (SUMAS) is to assure that the art, artifacts, and other treasured works of Africans, African Americans and their descendants are accessible to the community in an organized and cherished collection, in a place of historic significance on the campus of Southern University at Shreveport.

610 Texas St, Shreveport   318-670-9631
http://sumashreveport.org
 
Shreveport Water Works Museum
142 N Common St, Shreveport  318-221-3388
http://www.shreveportwaterworks.org/
 
Spring Street Museum
525 Spring St, Shreveport   318-424-0964
http://springstreetmuseum.com/
 

42nd Annual National Convention and Grand National Championships

  • AKA Miniature Kite Challenge 2019 Grand Champion
    Susie Jo Skinner – Dragon
  • Flight
    1st Ron Ortega  – Fork
    2nd  SusieJo Skinner – Geometry
    3rd  Ron Ortega – Catitude
  • Beauty
    1st SusieJo Skinner – Dragon
    2nd SusieJo Skinner – Alien Butterfly
    3rd  Ron Ortega – Catitude
  • Originality
    1st Ron Ortega – Catitude
    2nd  SusieJo Skinner – Dragon
    3rd  SusieJo Skinner – Alien Butterfly
  • Smallest
    1st SusieJo Skinner – Pansi
    2nd  Mitch Cordover – Small Delta
    3rd Ron Ortega – Road Kill
  • Special Recognition
    Mike Mosman – Warrior
    Mitch Cordover – VSF (Very Small Fighter)
    Lorelei Seifert – Workshop

 The results of the AKA National Sport Kite Championships

Scott Davis AKA Nationals Chief Judge 2019

Experienced Individual Ballet

  • Dylan Nguyen 63.333
  • David Bernstein  58 667

Experienced Individual Precision 

  • David Bernstein 60.600

Experienced Multi-line

  • Ballet Darrin Skinner 67.933
  • Mari Daniels 53.000

Experienced Multi-line Precision 

  • Darrin Skinner 62.267
  • Mari Daniels 55.200

Experienced Pairs Ballet 

  • Just Duet 57.800

Masters Individual Ballet 

  • John Gillespie 81.800
  • Scott Davis 81.267
  • Kristian Slater 79.333
  • Darrin Skinner 78.867
  • Brett Morris 77.800

Masters Individual Precision

  •  Scott Davis 79.767
  • Brett Morris 75.767
  • Darrin Skinner 69.167
  • John Gillespie 67.700
  • Kristian Slater

DQMasters Multi-line Ballet 

  • Dylan Nguyen 83.000
  • Kristian Slater 74.667
  • Steve Kline 74.267
  • Brett Morris 66.000

Masters Mult-line  Precision 

  • Dylan Nguyen 74.633
  • Steve Kline 73.667
  • Brett Morris 67.867
  • Kristian Slater 56.167

Open Multi-line Pairs Ballet 

  • Just Duet (Dylan Nguyen,  Brett Morris) 49.733

Open Mult-line Pairs Precision 

  • Just Duet 46.767

Masters Pairs Ballet 

  • Evidence (Scott Davis, Kristian Slater) 71.667

Masters Pairs Precision

  •  Evidence 72.733

Novice Individual Ballet 

  • Mari Daniels 29.933

Novice Individual Precision 

  • Mari Daniels 32.867

Open Individual Indoor Single-line

  • Michael Stuligross 78.400
  • Phyllis Gribbin 73.017
  • Brett Morris 67.667
  • Richard Hurd 59.767
  • Mari Daniels 57.717

Open Individual Indoor Unlimited 

  • Kristian Slater 81.383
  • Steve Kline 72.267
  • Scott Davis 66.200
  • Richard Hurd 64.300
  • Mari Daniels 38.767

Open Team Train 

  • Just Duet 66.200

SHOWDOWN 

  • John Gillespie 73.933
  • Dylan Nguyen 73.333
  • Scott Davis 70.533
  • Cardin Nguyen 64.133
  • Steve Kline 63.067

Kitemakers’ Competition Results

Bowed:

  1. Mike Shaw                32.166
  2. Alexa King                31.833
  3. Chris Hanson           31.100
  4. Brian David              29.368
  5. Ron Ortega               27.900

Cellular & Dimensional Kites:

  1. Chris Hanson           33.767
  2. Brian David               31.600
  3. Mike Dertien             29.500
  4. Ron Ortega                24.133

Cooperative:

  1. Deb Lenzen & Mary Gabby 31.533

Delta Kites & Derivatives:

  1. Deb Lenzen              33.067
  2. Dave Colbert             30.034
  3. Brian David               28.999
  4. Chris Hanson           28.400

Fighter Kites:

  1. Mitch Cordover         29.800
  2. Chris Hanson           25.834

Flat Kites:

  1. Cliff Pennell             35.000
  2. Alexa King                32.234
  3. Chris Hanson           31.933
  4. Mike Shaw                31.433
  5. Deb Lenzen              31.166

Indoor Kites:

  1. Richard Hurd            30.334

Rokkakus:

  1. Ron Ortega               31.600
  2. Dave Colbert             29.133
  3. Mitch Cordover        27.834

Sky Display:

  1. Chris Hanson           33.400
  2. Dave Colbert             31.566
  3. Brian David               29.567

Soft Kites:

  1. Brian David               30.433
  2. Gary Moss                 29.933

Sport Kites:

  1. Brian David               28.567
  2. Mark Giadone           25.400

Criteria Top Scores:

Flight/Handling       Cliff Pennell

Visual Appeal          Cliff Pennell

Craftsmanship        Cliff Pennell

Structural Design   Chris Hanson

Special Awards:

Grand Champion    Cliff Pennell

Innovative Kite        Chris Hanson

Traditional Mat.       Chris Hanson

Mixed Media             Alexa King

Novice                       Brian David

Special Recognition   Ron Ortega

 Special Recognition  Scott Davis

People’s Choice Kite     Cliff Pennell

People’s Choice Access.    Lindsey Johnson


2019 AKA Award Nominations

Every year at the annual convention there are several awards given to our members. These are the highest awards given by our association, recognizing kitefliers who have made significant and inspirational contributions to the AKA and kiting in general. Many of these individuals have helped to shape the face of kiting in North America and around the world. Please include why you think the nominee should be recognized.
This form can be anonymous, however, we highly encourage you to include your name and address at the end. This will help with following up on any questions or details. Thank you!
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Resignation by President Nic O'Neill

Hi,
It has been a little bit since I have written directly to the membership as a whole (both former and current).  Today, I am writing to let you know that I have handed in my resignation as President of the American Kitefliers Association. It has been a wonderful experience and I thank you for your support, your interactions, and the time many of you took to share your wisdom, knowledge and stories with me. For over 5 years I have been helping this organization, initially from behind the scenes, to the past few years at the helm. 
However, the time has come for me to focus on some of my personal endeavors and the direction that those are going. I leave the AKA in the capable hands of the Board of Directors. While all of us will be working to make this as smooth of a transition as possible, please be aware that there may be hiccups here and there as others step up and take the reigns.  Remember, We Fly Higher Together. 
You will still see me around in person, and online being rather engaged in the kite community. Please feel free to continue having discussions about what the kite world/community needs, or any crazy ideas you have for trying something new. That is the focus of my personal endeavors, and I love what is starting to unfold there. 
I do hope that we can continue to build our community, and fill the skies while spreading the love and joy of kite flying. Thank you for being there…. thank you for your patience, your trust, your support and your critiques over the years. It has been a wonderful experience that I do not regret. 
Fair winds, 
Nic O’Neill
Link to my TED Talk about The Power of Kite Flyinghttps://youtu.be/5qADGVBNxfQ
Email kiteflyingpres@gmail.com 
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/nic.oneill.7 

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Fighter Freaks Interview – 'Gumby'

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  1. What is your name? Gumby
  2. How long have you been flying fighter kites? 20yr
  3. Why fighter kites? Had heart surgery and the pull was less. And the competition
  4. What is the easiest, and hardest thing to learn about fighter kites? The learning curve, but one day it starts to come to you then it hits you
  5. Favorite place to fly? Furthest you have traveled for a match? above the ground. Rhode Island to Washington State and Canada to Florida
  6. Is it all hardcore competition, or is it friendly rivalry? Both
  7. What do you think is the biggest obstacle for people to get into fighter kites? The learning curve and finding a kite that already knows how to fly….If not you have to teach it.
  8. Do you make your own? YES
  9. What is the strangest thing you have ever been asked or told about your flying? Same thing tie a tail on it.
  10. Why should someone try this? When I fly by myself it is relaxing almost zen like. You can’t think about your trouble you had during the day AND in Competition the adrenaline rush. It also keep me young.

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Fighter Freaks Interview – Kevin Kilgoar

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  1. What is your name? Kevin Kilgoar
  1. How long have you been flying fighter kites? 20+ years
  1. Why fighter kites? Their just fun to fly.
  1. What is the easiest, and hardest thing to learn about fighter kites? Nothing seems easy at first , but with all forms of kiting it gets easier with practice.
  1. Favorite place to fly? Furthest you have traveled for a match? Maumee Bay state park here in Ohio. And Grand Haven MI for a competition.
  1. Is it all hardcore competition, or is it friendly rivalry? It can be both , depending on the group.
  1. What do you think is the biggest obstacle for people to get into fighter kites? Ignorance about the sport in general.
  1. Do you make your own? I’ve tinkered around , but I’m not a serious builder like some.
  1. What is the strangest thing you have ever been asked or told about your flying? Why dose if fly so crazy ? Maybe a tail would help
  1. Why should someone try this? I believe that if your involved in kiting ,you should explore all varieties of Kites. I know some sport kite guys, 2 and 4 line that believe that this is all there is to kiting.

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Fighter Freak Interview – Robert Loera

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  1. What is your name? Robert Loera
  1. How long have you been flying fighter kites? 38 years
  1. Why fighter kites? In the early 80’ sport kites didn’t fly in under 6 miles an hour. And rarely was the wind above 10 miles an hour in San Diego. Deltas were popular but just sat in the sky.
  1. What is the easiest, and hardest thing to learn about fighter kites? Easiest thing is to watch someone skilled flying one. Hardest is learning to control the instability associated with what’s called a fast responsive fighter. Hand launching very challenging when learning.
  1. Favorite place to fly? Any place there’s an audience. Furthest you have traveled for a match? Japan Singapore Malaysia New Zealand and various AKA National events.
  1. Is it all hardcore competition, or is it friendly rivalry? All fun and friendly.
  1. What do you think is the biggest obstacle for people to get into fighter kites? There is no established basic 10 step teaching process.
  1. Do you make your own? Why would I ?
  2. What is the strangest thing you have ever been asked or told about your flying? I was told if I put a tail on my Fighter it would cooperate better.
  3. Why should someone try this? Fully controlling an Fighter Kite is amazing experience. Before there were sportkite competitions with names for modern maneuvers. Fighter kites were being flown indoors outdoors all in little or no wind.360’s with a fighter kite were routine. Games challenges like basketballs horse were common amongst friends. Can you knock a hat off an innocent stranger walking by? Or tap them in the back as they walk. Follow them as they walk. Fly under a tree limb and fly out. In the window of a car and out. Landing in a tree and flying out. Called free parking.

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Fighter Freaks Interview – Pam Hodges

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1. What is your name Pam Hodges
2. How long have you been flying fighter kites? 25 years
3. Why fighter kites? For the challenge! Was inspired by Bruce Jarvie.
4. What is the easiest, and hardest thing to learn about fighter kites? Easiest was how to fly and hardest initially how to launch since I was the only one in Minnesota that I know of who flew fighters at the time. Hardest now is to keep it off the ground and not let out too much line.
5. Favorite place to fly? Furthest you have traveled for a match? Anywhere the winds are favorable. Have flown at AKA conventions in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Rochester and Ocean City. First competition was in Grant Park in Chicago where I came in 4th out of 8! First time I really flew a fighter so that was quite special.
6. Is it all hardcore competition, or is it friendly rivalry? Must be friendly or it’s not for me.
7. What do you think is the biggest obstacle for people to get into fighter kites? Having a good kite and then someone to show you how to fly it. I taught someone at Kites Over Lake Michigan a year ago and you could see the excitement. He realized the kite he had was not quick enough to be a good fighter.
8. Do you make your own? I have but am not great at tuning.
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9. What is the strangest thing you have ever been asked or told about your flying? Are you really controlling it? Wow!
10. Why should someone try this? Because you are in control of the kite. And unlike two and four line sport kites, it’s an inexpensive kite to purchase or make.

Fighter Freaks Interview – Jim Martin

 
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  1. What is your name? Jim Martin
  2. How long have you been flying fighter kites? Intermittently for maybe 20 years (?)
  3. Why fighter kites? Why not? They are amazing little flying machines, a lot of fun to play with — if you enjoy kites, seems to me to be a good idea to at least try as many different sorts as possible. If you don’t fly them all, you miss some of the fun.
  4. What is the easiest, and hardest thing to learn about fighter kites? Often it seems hard to find them, and the line. Not super hard, but you have to dig a little. After that it is just a case of working on the “touch.” I never had anybody give me a lesson really, just read up on how they work and started playing.
  5. Favorite place to fly? A beach. Furthest you have traveled for a match? I don’t fly to compete, I fly because it is fun. Non-competitive, non-combative fighter kiting sounds like something of a contradiction, I guess, but ti works for me..6. Is it all hardcore competition, or is it friendly rivalry? Not applicable to me.
  6. What do you think is the biggest obstacle for people to get into fighter kites. See 4.
  7. Do you make your own? I’ve made a few. A couple sewn fabric, a couple out of orcon. I’ve done some miniatures for indoor use.
  8. What is the strangest thing you have ever been asked or told about your flying? The usual comment about “if you just put a tail on it, it’ll quit spinning arou like that and fly way up there.
  9. Why should someone try this? Try everything you can. You get one go-round.

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Fighter Freaks – Interview with Mitch Cordover

From November 12th-18th we are featuring all things Fighter Kites! Lets get this started with an interview with AKA Member and Fighter Kite flier and builder Mitch Cordover.
 
What is your name Mitch Cordover
How long have you been flying fighter kites? Very long.
Why fighter kites? Fighters are active and responsive. You actually have to fly them, control them. Far more engaging than stationary  SLK (which I also fly for other reasons). Far less set up and less room needed than multiline kites. AND it’s something you can quickly see yourself get better and better at, and some fighters are inspiringly good! The fighter kite crowd is very welcoming.
What is the easiest, and hardest thing to learn about fighter kites? By definition, the kites are active and if you try to learn on a competition level American Fighter, one would find it squirrely and hard to control. Since the technique is a matter of timing and is rather quick, If you don’t start with a larger slower sail it can be frustrating. You have to get past crashing on the ground, which even the best of us do all the time.
Favorite place to fly? Furthest you have traveled for a match? For a match, Washington. Fought with kids in the hills of Nepal, but that’s not why I went. Brought fighters to Antarctica, but couldn’t find anyone who would play.
Is it all hardcore competition, or is it friendly rivalry? Hahaha. Even the most hardcore competition is friendly and jolly.
What do you think is the biggest obstacle for people to get into fighter kites? You need someone to show you how, to get the right kind of kite in your hands, to play with. So AKA education and promotion is part of it, but there is a critical mass of players needed. Many festivals and gatherings don’t have a fighter area set up. Unless you are very good, it’s hard to fly them around a forest of SLK lines.
Do you make your own? Yes, but since mine are not as good as some made by excellent friends, I admit to flying theirs more.  You can make one very quick and I have thought classes. I have the instruction manuals if anybody wants one.
What is the strangest thing you have ever been asked or told about your flying? “Jim Gibson just flew a Bukka fighter in and out of a four foot window at 100 feet. Gob smacked!
Why should someone try this? It’s fun, portable, quick and easy to get into the air, social when you want it to be, cheap, easy to  get into, satisfying to get good at, active and even athletic.

2018 Presidential Award Recepients

When I took over as president (Nic O’Neill here…) I felt it was critical when it comes to these next awards to recognize those people that the membership felt best deserved the award. The recipients were selected because they had the most write in votes, and met the criteria for the award.


44548645_2230174047219901_5045261085762912256_nVolunteer of the Year Award.
This is for someone that in the past year has been an outstanding volunteer in the kite community. This year I would like to award this distinction to the Nguyen Family of Portland Oregon. Those in the Pacific Northwest know this family well, and know the work they do on and off the field. Father Kahn, Mother PV, and the two sons Dylan and Cardin are not only making a name for themselves as up and coming kite fliers, they are also volunteering and giving back to the kite community. The whole family embodies what it means to be a volunteer. Whether it is helping take care of other kite fliers on the field, or helping out with festival set up and tear down, kids kite building, engagement with the public, and more. They do all of this because they feel a sense of responsibility to the community for being so warm and inviting, and they do this without being asked to.  If they are the first face that those outside of our kite community see, then we are in good hands.


Regional Director of the Year AwardLincoln City June 2013
Over the past year we have had some stellar work from two Regional Directors this year. This was a close decision, and ultimately came down to several deep heartfelt emails from members in one region that makes me happy to report… that for the third year in a row, Brett Morris is the regional director of the year. Throughout the year on a routine basis, I am receiving emails from members in his region and neighboring regions letting me know how thankful they are for an interaction they have had with him. I do have to mention that there was a very close runner up to this award, and that is for the venerable Linda Sanders of Region 13. She has served for 12 years as a regional director. Both of them have done a fantastic job at being regional directors, at keeping their members well informed and well engaged, and with interacting not only in person, but online.
 


15724725_1842211902730804_3959780628884557551_oKite Club of the Year Award
This years Kite Club of the year goes to Kites over New England. They are a highly engaged group of kite fliers and enthusiasts. Whether it is sharing regular updates or through their newsletters and outreach, the members of KONE are well connected and well versed in the goings on in the kite community. Getting together on a semi routing basis, they are also staying an opening and inviting group that is showing how we can build our community from a grassroots approach.


Shining Star Award
44678927_177903913131252_609074444731678720_nThis next award is a new award that was created this year. It is the Shining Star Award, and it is intended to recognize the person, or group, that is making waves online for the kite community. This award can be awarded to any member, or non member, and is meant as a way of saying Thank you for doing so much work online to help bring attention to our community. This year, when a call was put out asking for nominations, this is the one that had the most responses. 67 people wrote in to nominate a person or website for being such a strong influence online.  They are the tip of the spear for most people outside of the community that are seeking more information, and as an organization we feel it is important to recognize those that are doing an exceptional job at spreading the love and joy of kiteflying through their actions. That speaks directly to the mission statement of the AKA.
 
44680919_253001922234678_4769488043209916416_nIt will come as no surprise that the first recipient of this award goes to John Baressi and his work with Kitelife, Kiteforge, iQuad, and his various personal brands. John has been on the forefront of putting kites online for some time now, and as his brands continue to develop and evolve, it is wonderful to see how new groups of people are being reached in ways that most of us could only dream about. John continue to push the envelope, and continues to bring attention to our passion. Thank You.