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« on: November 04, 2014, 11:07 PM »

Is anyone here going to the Oregon Kitemakers Retreat on Jan 15-18, 2015, or has gone in previous years?  I'm thinking about going, but I've never been.  Wondering if anyone can tell me more about the event?  (Yes, I've read their website already.) 

Over the past couple of years, I've slowly become interested in kitemaking.  The two main contributors were the posts I saw in the kite building section of this forum and the AKA kitemakers competition.  I am a complete beginner when it comes to kitemaking.  Gerry Pennell's Basic Kitemaking class was what caught my interest for OKR. 
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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2014, 03:33 AM »

OKR is a great place to start learning, especially if you're in Gerry's class. The Friends Camp is fairly small, so you're a lot closer to everything. Makes it easy to wander into other classes to see what they're doing. Also makes it a little less intimidating than Fort Worden. If the schedule allows it, you might try Gerry's class first, then Rob Pratt's della porta class (a simple kite, with a harder technique for the decoration). Bring what you have, but don't worry if you're missing any supplies, you'll be able to borrow almost anything you might need. Sleeping is in dormitories, so don't expect a private room, but they're pretty comfy.

Start with OKR this winter. Then Fort Worden in 2016. And that'll give you 2-3 kites at least when the AKA convention returns to the West Coast later in 2016.
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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2014, 09:23 PM »

About how many people typically go to OKR?

Anyone going from California?
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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2014, 06:11 PM »

    January will be my third time attending OKR and I am already getting antsy.  My first time there, everyone from the staff to the other kitemakers made me feel as welcome as if I had been attending from its inception.  It was like finding my lost tribe of people.  I'm not sure how many people attend, maybe 60 - 100 or so.  There are classes for all skill levels, from beginner to expert.  What I actually enjoy the most are the bag raffles that occur at almost every meal.  We laugh, we play, we have fun, and make a few kites by the time the whirlwind weekend is done.

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« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2014, 06:12 PM »

What all would you really like to know about the Retreat?
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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2014, 11:03 PM »

Thanks for the reply Stardragon.  I don't really know what I want to know about it.  Sounds like a fun event.  Unfortunately I haven't registered because I haven't figured out how to get myself there.  11 hours is too long of a drive for me to do solo. 
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