Honor your loved ones at the fifth annual GrieveWell Kite Festival in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR – GrieveWell, a local non-profit organization, is holding its fifth annual kite festival on June 26 for community members to honor their deceased loved ones.
In partnership with the Township of Pittsfield, the event will take place at Lillie Park from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The only kite festival in Ann Arbor, the free event will have a hybrid format with in-person and virtual activities. Early registration for the in-person event is encouraged.
This year, professional kites will feature dancing kite shows and family activities will be offered in partnership with the Township of Pittsfield, Fit4Mom Ann Arbor and the Scrap Collective. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase during the event.
You don’t have a kite? Easy-to-fly Frustrationless Flyers will be on sale for $ 5 for attendees to decorate and fly.
At noon on June 26, GrieveWell, Arbor Hospice and Ele’s Place will co-host a virtual Fly and Remember memorial service. During the event, participants will be invited to share memories of their loved ones and decorate their kite. Registration for the virtual event is required in order to receive a Zoom link.
To register for events, click here.
“We are thrilled to bring the joy and fantasy of kites to our community. Our Hybrid Kite Festival offers something for everyone, ”GrieveWell Executive Director Carol Lessure said in a statement. “The outdoor in-person event at Lillie Park will feature kite flying and family fun.
“Online, we’ll be broadcasting live from the park and offering two ways to remember and honor our loved ones – either with the Fly and Remember memorial or on your own with a downloadable activity.”
This year’s event will also include:
A virtual kite decoration contest and vote
The Changes Kites activity developed by Ele’s Place which offers individuals the opportunity to reflect on their grieving journey
Limited prices for participants who submit their kite images, videos and designs to GrieveWell’s social media pages during the festival
To ensure the safety of participants, hand washing stations will be placed throughout the park and small shaded tents will be provided for kite viewing and other activities.
When social distancing is not possible, GrieveWell encourages mask wearing – this includes activities where young children who have not yet been vaccinated are present.
According to the organizers, the Kite Festival will take place rain or shine.
Lillie Park is at 4365 Platt Rd.
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