2013-05-10 / Community

Giant kites soar over Bug Light Park

A Window on the Past
By Kathryn DiPhilippo
South Portland Historical Society

The Bug Light Kite Festival is coming to South Portland next Saturday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bug Light Park. If you’ve ever enjoyed the fun and fanciful kites flown on a nice weekend in the park, you’ll want to be sure to mark your calendar and come out to see this grand display of magnificent kites. Brought to you by the South Portland Historical Society and members of two kite clubs, the NorEasters Kite Club and Kites Over New England (KONE), the Bug Light Kite Festival is a free, family-friendly event.

The museum at the park opens at 10 a.m. and the festival officially kicks off at 11 a.m. A fundraiser barbecue will start at 11 a.m., serving hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage sandwiches, veggie burgers and more – with proceeds to benefit the museum. The kite club members will be flying kites throughout the day and are available to help newcomers learn how to get their own kites into the air and to help with kite assembly and fixes, as needed. A wide variety of quality kites is available for sale in the museum gift shop – arrive early for the best selection.

Portland Breakwater Lighthouse (aka “Bug Light”) will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the festival, thanks to volunteers from the South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club.

To reach the park, take Broadway east to the ocean, turn left onto Breakwater Drive, and then turn right onto Madison Street that leads directly into the park. For more information, call 767-7299, visit http://www.sphistory.org/ or go to the South Portland Historical Society page on Facebook.

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