260 Years Later, Ben Franklin's Kite Will Take to the Air Again at the 1st Annual Catonsville Kite Flying Contest

CATONSVILLE, MD---He was a Founding Father of the United States.  He was also a printer, author, postmaster, musician, politician, statesman and diplomat. But it's his infamous kite flying experiment in June of 1752 that grew the legend of Benjamin Franklin and led to the invention of the lightning rod. On May 19th at Charlestown retirement community, that moment in history will be celebrated as Ben Franklin, portrayed by world renowned, first-person interpreter Ward Larkin of Philadelphia, will kick-off the 1st Annual Catonsville Kite Flying Contest. Acknowledged as Philadelphia's Freshest Franklin, Mr. Larkin will recount that stormy night in Philadelphia and fly the ceremonial "first kite." Sponsored by the Catonsville Rotary Club and Charlestown, the family event will take place on from 10am-noon for the First Annual Catonsville Kite Flying Contest. Participants will compete in four categories for Highest-flying, Longest-flight, Best Design & Most Creative, in three divisions: K-2nd Grade Students, 3rd-5th Grade Students & Seniors (55-plus).  Prizes will be awarded. The event will take place at Charlestown, located at 719 Maiden Choice Lane. For registration details and more information, please contact Charlestown resident Pat Kasuda at 410-242-2257 or Catonsville Rotary Club President Cal Oren at 410-747-4300. About Charlestown: Charlestown, managed and developed by Erickson Living, is a retirement community that provides worry-free living for America's seniors-the country's fastest growing population segment.  Erickson Living's financial value and predictable monthly service fees provide residents across the country financial peace of mind.  Comprehensive health and wellness services, integrated into our continuum of care, lead to demonstrated resident benefits.  A robust complement of resident programs and facilities promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average.  For more information, please visit www.ericksonliving.com.