The Adventure Continues …
June 9 & 10, 2018 - New kite festival for Wheatley Ontario? See article below and stay tuned for how you can stay informed and participate.
September 2017 - Great afternoon at the Buxton Homecoming Weekend festivities
March 2017 - Upgrading warehouse infrastructure while developing a few concepts for 2017 - including a new “Windjoy” vision. and kite festival(s)
Oct 2016 - “Kites & Flight: Here’s to the crazy one’s” presentation at the Alexander Graham Bell Museum in Baddeck, Cape Breton.
2014 - “Art of the Kite” exhibit was a tremendous exhibition which was extended twice at Covent Garden Market in downtown London, Ontario.
2013 - For the first time ever, the collection is now housed in just one location - 8,000 sq ft. of storage and work space - (thanks Cole Cacciavillani)
2012 - THANK YOU to all those who visited “The Kite Museum” exhibition at the Pelee Island Heritage Centre during it’s five year run.
2010 - Many thanks to those who participated in the Kites to Flight Symposium in Burlington, Ontario
2009 - Thanks to those who visited our kite exhibition this summer at Discovery Landing in Burlington.
2008 - KiteMuseum.com opens its doors on Pelee Island - Canada’s first.
Thank you for visiting.
"In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds, and then believe them to be true. - Buddha
The mission of the museum is to:
* Celebrate the wind
* Encourage cultural, environmental and family activities
* Develop opportunities for people with challenges to fly
... simply stated - to share joy.
New kite festival planned for Wheatley By Bryan Jessop October 8, 3017
Chatham-Kent’s most southerly community is known for celebrating what it reels in from the water, but it might also soon start taking fun to the skies.
Kite collector George Paisiovich hopes to introduce the first-ever Wheatley Kite Festival — which could also potentially go by the name Wheatley Wind Festival — for the Saturday, June 9, Sunday June 10 weekend. Paisiovich, who currently lives in London, Ont., explained that the ability to host such a festival will hinge on whether or not the required budget can be met. He noted that the event’s status will be better known within the upcoming weeks and that if it can proceed, will be held both within and around Wheatley Area Arena both indoors and on the facility’s baseball diamond surfaces.
The two-day event would be based on an interactive theme where visitors will be able to create, buy or bring their own kites or pinwheels. Paisiovich plans to have representatives of Community Living Chatham-Kent in attendance for the festival, which he hopes to see attract thousands of guests. The itinerary under the arena’s roof may include historical lectures and stories, indoor kite flying and on Saturday, a 5:30 p.m. banquet, awards, stories and an auction. Starting around 9:15 p.m., an illumninated ‘Night Flight’ with kites fitted with LED lighting may be featured. Paisiovich has confirmed appearances from international kite performers including the Wind Jammers of Michigan to headline with their own custom kites.
If plans go ahead as intended, the festival will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and conclude at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Should the festival proceed, street parties on Friday and Saturday evening may be presented through the Wheatley BIA.
The festival may feature several pieces from Paisiovich’s own collection, which is currently stored in a warehouse owned by a friend in Wheatley. In total, the enthusiast has more than 4,000 kites — one of the largest on Earth — featuring a wide assortment of sizes, types, designs, ages and origins from around the globe. His collection of about 1,500 North American paper kites is the possibly the largest in the world while the compilation of items also includes kite-based photos, advertisements, films, paintings, clothing and other sorts of memorabilia.
Paisiovich’s collection includes German Steiff kites, a Guatemalan tissue paper Day of the Dead kite, Jacques Letorneau, Afghani and Japanese fighter kites, WWII Gibson Girl rescue kites, British Atalanta kites, Hi-Flyers from the 1960s, prop replica kites from the movies The Shipping News and The Kite Runner — the latter of which also includes a signed movie poster from author Khaled Hosseini — Chinese and Brazilian bird kites, a Japanese kite train with files written by its creator, fishing kites and one of two known existing partridge/grouse hunting kites from the 1880s.
His collection also includes five original pyramid-shaped cells created by a team of about six individuals in 1907 or 1908 for Alexander Graham Bell’s tetrahedral kites, known as early developments in the Wright brothers’ advent of manned flight. The cells were given to Paisiovich about four years ago as gifts from Bell’s descendants for a symposium he presented at the Bell Museum in Baddeck, Nova Scotia.
Paisiovich enjoyed flying kites as a child and later on — in the 1970s — rekindled his love of the pastime with the purchase of several kites in Chatham. From there, he sold a handful of them at a shop he established in Erieau in 1978.
“I probably lost more of them than I sold, but that’s okay — it was the best summer of my life,” he explained.
In 2005, Paisiovich was approached by the municipal government of Pelee Island to assist in promoting the community as a tourism destination while addressing environmental issues. Three years later, he opened a kite museum that continued to operate until the fall of 2012 in the island’s Heritage Centre. A kiting festival on the island would later be featured as a 10-minute segment on The Space Channel.
Having been offered the warehouse space by a Wheatley-based friend as storage for his collection when Paisiovich moved from Burlington to London, the avid collector will now be able to categorize kites according to type and style. Some examples from the still-growing accumulation may be displayed at the festival while others could be available for visitors of all ages to put in flight. The event’s organizer explained that the top priority for his collection is to see it being enjoyed, especially by the youth community.
“Sometimes kites get broken, so I don’t get too upset about it,” he noted. “I want to find a way for the public to enjoy it, for families to learn how to play together again. That’s why we’re trying to do the Wheatley thing. This could be a great way for the people of a small community to reach out to each other. It’s an opportunity to create an experience rather than just an event. To put it simply, I want this to be about joy.”
Paisiovich noted that for the Wheatley Kite Festival to proceed, he must first ensure that expenses including supplies, equipment and rental of the arena are within budget. Anyone interested in volunteering to help organize the festival is invited to attend a meeting at the Wheatley Royal Canadian Legion on Wednesday, November 15, starting at 7 p.m. So far, Paisiovich has been offered assistance from the Wheatley BIA and others as well as additional volunteers ranging in origin from Leamington and Blenheim to Cambridge as well as Ohio and New York. Promotion for the weekend event will range from signs and posters set up throughout the community and the possibility of a float in Wheatley’s upcoming Christmas parade.
“I don’t want to use government money for it,” he said. “That should be used for community projects. If an event needs government money, then it’s not sustainable.”
For more information on Paisiovich’s collection, visit the website www.thekitesumeum.com.