Please mark your calendars for our biggest event of the year, the Pacific Rim Kite Festival June 15 and 16 at Garry Point Park.
Please help us advertise this event by forwarding it to your friends and families.
Cathie Jung, President, BCKA
For as long as I knew Ray Bethell, he would consistently say that Cervia was his favorite festival in the world. Due to a strange sequence of events and situations, I was able to help bring Ray back to Cervia one last time. Gary Mark had heard I was going to Cervia (which I have wanted to go to since 1997, no doubt due to Ray constantly raving about the place!) and between him, Mark Bethell and Jon Trennepohl supplying parts, I was able to transport Ray’s final set of 5 Kestrels to Cervia. We fixed them up, they got some air time and the entire festival this year as dedicated to Ray. The town loved the man and and it clearly showed across the whole festival.
Plans are in the works for a special tribute to our fellow kite flyer, Mr. Ray Bethel at the Washington State International Kite Festival August 19 – 25, 2019.
Over the course of the festival, festival goers, friends, and fellow fliers will be encouraged to add a message to a memory wall in Ray’s honour. Whether it is a story, a photo, or a favorite memory, all are welcome.
If you cannot attend the festival, you can send your hand written letters, memories, or photos to the BCKA mail address listed on the site. Or, you can use the submission form. Memories, letters, and photos that are submitted via the form will be printed over the course of the event and added to the tribute wall.
On Saturday Night (August 24th, 2019) all of the messages, letters, and photos will be gathered and placed in a special handcrafted box made by Team Island Quad. As night falls, a bonfire will be lit, and with it the messages of love and hope contained in the box will lift into the sky. This is our way of honoring a beloved friend, mentor, and kite ambassador.
If you’d like to take part in this special event, please see the attached link for more information: https://www.fortunafound.com/a-tribute
Thank you for your interest and contributions.
The British Columbia Kitefliers Association
In case you missed it, here is a story written by Gordon McIntyre, a reporter for the Vancouver Sun newspaper. He did a superb job of capturing the life and times of Ray Bethell.
This year’s Parksville Kite Festival will be held on beautiful Parksville Beach at the Community Park on July 20th & 21st.
This family friendly festival is sponsored by the Lions Club and Parksville Community partners. Stay tuned for more information as it comes to me. I encourage anyone who has not attended to consider going, but book your accommodations early as Parksville is a hot beach town in the summer.
The Executive, BCKA