Gary Sharp's Cody War kite rises before the east wall of Fort Ontario State Historic Site's new unmowed look.
Entering the lakeside parking area visitors were treated to Kevin Reynold's clever "Burma Shave-esque" protest signage.
On the way in, the subject was New York State's incompetent legislators.
On the way out, headed south, was another clever rhyme directed at the G20 summit's ridiculous kite ban in Toronto.
Setting up on Saturday. Kevin's excellent "hanging sapling," a reference to the Canadian government's removal of sapling trees in downtown Toronto to avoid their use (along with kites) as "weapons of opportunity."
The Tall Ships in the harbor to the west of the fort.
Saturday had little wind and light rain. The resourceful Mr. Reynolds was prepared: with bubbles!
Ashton didn't seem to mind the rain.
Dave Tuttle's new creation is admired by Don Tuff and Nate Houck.
A Tall Ship entering the harbor.
Despite the light wind, light rain, and unmowed grass (in our usual flying spot in the background), Kevin and Ashton seem to be having fun.
Awesome bubble, Kevin!
Dave prepares his new kite for flight.
Packing up on Saturday didn't involve bringing down too many kites. Most of the kites flying were hung from banner poles
Setting up on a much sunnier Sunday.
Banner poles proved the best way to keep the smaller kites in the air.
Bill Coons sets up his duck.
Our flying camp seen from the poorly mowed ramparts of the fort itself, looking over our usual (unmowed) flying area.
No Sutton 252 flowforms flying here, but plenty of slightly smaller kites made it into the air without the aid of banner poles on Sunday.
Even though the forecast called for almost no wind on Sunday, there it was. It also said nothing about any wind coming from the east. In typical Fort Ontario fashion, our best flying day was Sunday, with wind from the east.
The nice Sunday weather brought out the public to join us for the fort's "re-opening."
Meanwhile, inside the fort on Sunday, re-enactor Christopher Colasurdo (center, in uniform) celebrated his 10th birthday. Chris has been a strong advocate in the battle to save Fort Ontario and has raised over $1000, for the cause.
Up on the ramparts of the fort there was live music as part of Christopher's birthday celebration. Don Tuff and Kim Linehan came all the way from Peabody, Mass. to join us.
Friends of the fort, both young and old came to the party.
Down in the west artillery casemate, where it's nice and cool, cake, pizza, and beverages were served to all who came.