Hidden Hill Nursery’s annual Kite Flying Extravaganza was supposed to take place back in March, but winter’s tight grip refused to let go, and the weekend was just too cold and rainy. But now, the sun is out and here to stay, and temperatures on Saturday look like they’ll be in the upper 80s.
“People keep asking so we will fly kites,” says Hidden Hill owner and former columnist Bob Hill. The annual free event will run from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, at his nursery and sculpture garden in Utica, Ind.
Hill says people can bring their own kites or use provided materials to make their own. Also, James Keoun of Sun Oak Kites in English, Ind., will bring along several exotic kites to demonstrate and fly.
So what is it about kite flying that makes it so enticing generation after generation?
“Kite-flying endures through generations — kids, moms, grandparents …,” says Hill. “It’s fun because it’s just you and the invisible wind, a certain magic that lifts paper into the sky and holds it there. Blue sky, the tug of the kite string, green grass, colorful kites, looking up beyond earthy issues …”
If kite-flying isn’t your thing (ahem, Benjamin Franklin), Hill says they also will have their butterfly dome open, where guests can go inside and interact with the flying insects with pretty wings.
He says if you’re into butterflies, this will be the perfect experience — and he advises you write down the date for Hidden Hill’s annual Monarch Butterfly Festival, which will be on June 16.
Hidden Hill is about 15-20 minutes north of Louisville and features a full nursery with thousands of rare perennials, shrubs and trees for sale.