Learn the art of creating and flying a working boomerang at workshop
No doubt a working boomerang is a thing of art.
When thrown correctly, it circles back to its owner every time.
Saturday, July 27, the Cleveland Boomerang School will hold court at Observatory Park to teach this timeless way to take to the sky from 1 to 3 p.m.
Participants of the Boomerang Workshop will learn to make and fly high quality boomerangs from instructor Dave Boehm, who studied the art in 1973 and ’74 under champion boomerang flyer, maker, and educator Joe Timbery of The Boomerang School in Sydney, Australia.
“However, back in the States, the local Cleveland authorities were not receptive to the free flying of boomerangs in many park areas,” said Boehm, who established the Cleveland Boomerang School in 1979. “Decisions would be based on the unique circular flow of misinformation that surrounds the boomerang, (that) the flying of boomerangs was considered uncontrollable and not predictable.”
“That was then, this is now!” he said. “(It is) an incredibly simple system of control once you are taught the flight rules.”
Teresa Runion, special events coordinator for Geauga Park District, said she was surprised to learn that boomerangs are released in a near upright position rather than thrown sideways. “This workshop is perfect for the individual or family curious about the history of the boomerang and interested in learning how to construct and fly them,” she said.
A fee of $10 includes materials and instruction and will be taken upon registration, which is required online or by calling 440-286-9516. Observatory Park is located at 10610 Clay Street, Montville Township. This program will be partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Please call with questions.