Spring Open House & Reception at Hole in the Wall Studioworks

Dear CAFAM members,

On Saturday, June 1, 2013, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Hole in the Wall Studioworks will host a Spring Open House & Reception for Jennifer DeCristoforo’s new book, “Lucky Bamboo Book of Crafts”

A beautifully illustrated book by Jennifer, with templates and instruction for making traditional Chinese crafts.

Jennifer will be signing books during the reception.

Hole in the Wall Studioworks is located at 1544 Roosevelt Trail (Route 302) in Raymond. Tel. 655-4952.

Best,
Alex

Sargent Exhibition Opening

Dear CAFAM members,

This is a reminder that tomorrow, Wednesday, the Sargent exhibition of photographs “China: Exploring the Interior, 1903-04” will formally open.

It will be held in the Great Reading Room, on the seventh floor of the Glickman Library on USM’s Portland campus.

At 5:30 pm, the exhibit will formally open with a reception and remarks by Bob Sargent about the nature and significance of these materials.

Light refreshments and dumplings will be served.

Best,
Alex

3 CAFAM events upcoming

Dear CAFAM members,

Three exciting CAFAM events are coming up: Wednesday, May 29, Sunday, June 9, and Sunday, June 23.

sargent%20photo[4]FIRST: Next Wednesday, May 29, the exhibition of photographs “China: Exploring the Interior, 1903-04” will formally open.  It’s in the Great Reading Room of the Glickman Library on USM’s Portland campus.  These photographs of north China and the Yangzi River were taken by the topographer R. Harvey Sargent.  Refreshments will be enjoyed, as Bob explains how these pictures came to be taken, preserved, and transformed into an educational exhibit.  For more, read on.

dragon%20boat%201[1]SECOND: Sunday, June 9, CAFAM members and friends will do an excursion to the annual Boston Dragon Boat Festival, actually on the Cambridge side of the Charles River.  We will “Take the A Train” (actually Amtrack), leaving Portland at 8:00 am.  It’s a wonderful celebration for the whole family.  For more, read on.

Summer_Picnic_Spread_Free_Clip_Art_02md[2]THIRD: on Sunday June 23, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, CAFAM holds its annual potluck Picnic in the Park, at which time we also elect a new board for the coming year.  It’s at gorgeous Winslow Park in Freeport.  For more, read on.

HERE ARE MORE DETAILS:

THE PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION:

A young topographer and Maine native named R. Harvey Sargent signed on to be part of a Carnegie Institute scientific expedition into northern interior China in 1903.  The mission’s purpose was to search for a specific trilobite fossil.  The intent was also to carefully map the remote areas traveled.  This was to be Sargent’s duty.

Along the way he took personal snapshots. Those remarkable photographs and his diary and other related materials were carefully preserved by his family.  Bob Sargent, R. Harvey’s grandson has turned these materials into an exhibit entitled “CHINA: Exploring the Interior, 1903-04.”  They document the life and environment of the people of rural north China during a troubled period in the country’s history.

A selection of these beautifully printed and framed images, plus collateral material, including the published geological findings, Sargent’s journal, a map of the expedition’s route, and other memorabilia, comprise the exhibit.

It will be up in the Great Reading Room on the seventh floor of the Glickman Library at USM from May 29 to August 23, 2013.

On Wednesday, May 29 at 5:30 pm, the exhibit will formally open with a reception and remarks by Bob Sargent about the nature and significance of these materials.

Light refreshments and dumplings will be served.  The event is, of course, free and open to the public.

THE DRAGON BOAT RACES

Boston’s famous Dragon Boat Festival will happen this year on Sunday, June 9th.

Spectators will cheer brightly colored dragon boats, crewed by forty teams from Boston, and many other cities and states.  They will compete in various medal classes and special races.  Races continue from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Cultural programs begin at 12 Noon in the Main Tent on the Charles River shore (Cambridge side).  All programs are free and family friendly.  They include a Dragon Dance, Chinese Kung Fu, traditional Korean dance, traditional Philippines dance, Chinese dance and music and traditional Japanese drumming, and many more. There are also hands-on Chinese arts and crafts in the Main Tent.  Asian foods (and various other vendors) will be available along Memorial Drive.

At the inspiration of Gary Libby, CAFAM is organizing a group event to take in this wonderful event.  We will take the Amtrack Downeaster to North Station and then, variously according to taste, share cabs or take the “T” to the Cambridge side of the Charles River at Memorial Drive.  (The nearest “T” station is Harvard Square.)

The train leaves the Portland Transportation Center at 8:00 a.m.  The return train leaves Boston at 5:00 p.m.  There is also a later train leaving at 8:00 p.m.

Fare for one adult is $50.00 round trip, $75 for two adults round trip.  Two children can ride free with each fare paying adult.  Seniors (over 62) ride for $25.00 round trip.  All adults MUST present a valid picture identification.

We will be arriving just as many activities are getting under way.  There is a noon “eye dotting” ceremony for the boats, accompanied by Chinese drumming. The dragon boat races begin continue until 5:00 p.m.  As mentioned, there will be Asian food for sale, Asian arts and crafts and cultural performances.  A dragon dance will begin at 12:15 p.m. and the opening ceremony at 12:45.

People will need to budget enough time to get back to North Station the 5:00 p.m. train home.

PICNIC IN THE PARK

On Sunday, June 23, CAFAM will hold its TWENTY-FIFTH annual Summer Potluck and Meeting.  Last year we found the ideal spot for the meeting.  It’s beautiful Winslow Park in Freeport.  What more could you ask for: We have reserved a shelter.  There are grills, picnic tables, acres of lawn, a pretty little beach, horseshoe spikes, volleyball net, and more.  If you haven’t been there, you’re in for a treat.

We will gather around 11:00.  Everyone bring a dish to share: Chinese, Western, Whatever.  CAFAM will supply drinks, plates, cups, knives and forks.

Note that the park does not permit alcohol

After some hellos, some food, some dessert, some laughs, we will hold a brief meeting at which we elect our CAFAM Board of Directors for the coming year.

Chinese Brush Painting and Calligraphy Show

Dear CAFAM members and friends,

There is a show of Chinese brush painting and calligraphy currently at Yardprom Coffee, 722 Congress (Westend).

The artist is Mei Yang Selvage, who comes to the Portland area from Sichuan via Montana.

She writes: “The title of this show – “Way Seeker” – reflects my intention of using art to seek the Way, the path of connection and healing. All proceeds from this show will be donated to Preble Street Teen Center.”

There will be an artist’s reception on Friday, June 7, 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

Check out her extraordinary rendition of the character 道 “dao” (the Way):

Best,
Craig

Volunteers for photographic exhibit

Dear CAFAM members,

I’m following up about volunteers to help hang the “China: Exploring the Interior” photographic exhibit at USM. We found a time that works for a couple people:

Thursday, May 23 at around 4:00 pm.

But we definitely could use one or two more volunteers. If this interests you and you can fit it in, think about coming to Glickman Library on the USM Portland campus at that time. (Seventh floor.) You will definitely find these materials extremely interesting.

Please contact me at dietrich@maine.rr.com, 688-4826. (If MailChimp garbles this email address, just go to the bottom of this page and click “contact us”.) Thanks.

Finally, think about attending the opening event on Wednesday, May 29, at 5:30. Bob Sargent, the conservator of this material will explain how the photographs exist in the first place and how the exhibit came together. It’s fascinating. Plus, we’ll provide some dumplings.

Best,
Craig

Gallery Show at the Salt Institute

Dear CAFAM members,

The upcoming gallery show of students’ work at the Salt Institute, will include work by Liz Mak.

She will be presenting a photo essay and multimedia piece on the Cough family.

Liz writes, “My personal project involves the Cough family — I first learned about Barbara’s great grandfather, who was the first Chinese man to become a naturalized citizen in Maine; I then learned of her two daughters — Catie and Kimberly — who she and her partner, Marilyn, adopted from China. Their daughters represent the next generation in their modern Chinese family, and I’m interested in exploring how the mothers integrate Chinese culture into their daughters’ lives.”

The show opens on Thursday, May 16, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Salt Institute, 581 Congress in Portland.

Best,
Craig

Correction to Sargent photograph exhibit notice

Dear CAFAM members,

Regarding the installation of the Sargent photograph exhibit, our notice did not include the full email address (our message program is tricky that way).

If you’d like to volunteer to help hand the pictures on either May 20 or May 21, contact me at dietrich@maine.rr.com.

If what you’re seeing here is still not a complete email address, please just go to the bottom of this page and click on the “contact us” link. That will also come to me. Thanks.

Best,
Craig

Gallery Show at the Salt Institute

Dear CAFAM members,

The upcoming gallery show of students’ work at the Salt Institute, will include work by Liz Mak.

She will be presenting a photo essay and multimedia piece on the Cough family.

Liz writes, “My personal project involves the Cough family — I first learned about Barbara’s great grandfather, who was the first Chinese man to become a naturalized citizen in Maine; I then learned of her two daughters — Catie and Kimberly — who she and her partner, Marilyn, adopted from China. Their daughters represent the next generation in their modern Chinese family, and I’m interested in exploring how the mothers integrate Chinese culture into their daughters’ lives.”

The show opens on Thursday, May 16, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Salt Institute, 581 Congress in Portland.

Best,
Craig

CAFAM seeks helpers to install exhibit

Dear CAFAM members,

We are in need of some volunteer help (about 3 hours in late afternoon on Monday May 20 or Tuesday May 21) depending on who’s available.

This summer USM will be hosting an exhibition of photographs of north China and the Yangzi River taken in 1903-4 by R. Harvey Sargent, a member of a scientific expedition. His grandson and CAFAM member Bob Sargent has created a wonderfully informative exhibition of enlarged, framed pictures with explanatory captions. You can get a sense of it by going to http://www.chinaexhibit.org/. How different China was then, as compared to now!

The display will be installed in the 7th-floor reading room in USM’s Glickman Library, and we need a few people to help hang the pictures. If you’d like to help out, please contact me, stating your time availability, at dietrich.

Here’s one of the photographs:

Best,
Craig

Joey Han wins Google contest – needs your vote

Dear CAFAM members,

Some of you will remember Joey Han who gave Chinese yoyo demonstrations at New Year Celebrations in 2010 and 2011. He’s the son of Cindy Han, former board member and future email co-editor. This is Joey two years ago.

He has won the “Doodle4Google” contest for the entire state of Maine! Take a look: http://www.google.com/doodle4google/vote.html#d=d4-5. Very impressive! Check out his caption as well.

While you’re there, please if you’ve a mind, vote for his entry to be the national finalist. Just click on the “vote for this doodle now!” button.

Joey will fly to New York for a big awards ceremony and unveiling of the drawing at the Museum of Natural History. Five finalists and one national winner will be announced at that time. The scores are partly based on votes. Should he get the top prize he’ll win a big scholarship and Falmouth Middle School will receive a big sum as well. Maine being a small state, he needs all our support, doubly deserved as he has done his part for CAFAM.

So at least go take a look at his fine work.

Best,
Craig

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