The sky will be crowded with colorful shapes and children’s laughter will ring just as high in the air when St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church and Rice Township hold their third annual Mountain Top Kite Festival Sept. 26.
“From the church’s perspective, it’s outreach. It allows us to be a part of the community, to get families together, and to provide a place for children to have unstructured fun,” related Rich Evans, the festival coordinator.
The kite festival will be held from 10 a. m. to 4 p. m., at the Harry Benning Recreational Park on Church Road, next to the Rice Township Municipal Building. It is coordinated and funded by St. Martin’s Church, while Rice Township donated its park, police for traffic control, and kite kits for the event. Other sponsors include the Mountaintop Ambulance Association and the Mountaintop Rotary Club.
Rich had the idea for the festival three years ago, after meeting people from the Pocono Kite Symphony, a kite club in Stroudsburg. He recalled growing up in the 1960’s, running and playing at the local playground freely and not seeing his parents until being called for dinner. Having a kite festival in Mountain Top, he thought, would be a “throwback” to his youth, where local children could meet and play together.
While the Pocono club has its own kite festival in Easton, the Mountain Top festival is the only one of its kind in this area. Members of the Pocono Kite Symphony will be at this year’s Mountain Top festival to help children design and build their own kites.