PICNIC IN THE PARK

Dear CAFAM members,

Next Sunday, June 23, CAFAM will hold its annual Picnic in the Park. It starts at around 11:00am at beautiful Winslow Park in Freeport.

We have reserved a shelter. There are grills, picnic tables, acres of lawn, a pretty little beach, horseshoe spikes, volleyball net, and more. A fun place for kids.

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.

We need some fresh faces on the board. The board meets on the second Thursday of each month (except June, July, and August) at 6:30 pm in Portland. Qualifications are an interest in CAFAM’s goals and activities and a willingness to help out. (You don’t necessarily have to attend the picnic to be a candidate for the board.) If you want to give it a try, please inform Cynthia Setchell (setchell@live.com) or 871-9889. Or just come to the picnic.

Directions: Coming either from north or south, get onto Rte 1. In south Freeport you’ll see the big Indian statue by the side of the road. Near there is a blinking light where you’ll turn onto South Freeport Road. Go about a mile and take a right onto Staples Point Road (there is a wooden sign for Winslow Park there). Stay on Staples Point Road all the way to the end.

Best,
Alex

CAFAM Annual Picnic in the Park

Dear CAFAM members,

On Sunday, June 23, starting at 11:00 am, CAFAM will be holding its annual Picnic in the Park (lovely Winslow Park in Freeport).

There will also be a brief meeting to elect the new board for the coming year.

We are looking for fresh faces to join the returning members. The board meets on the second Thursday of each month (except June, July, and August) at 6:30 pm in Portland. Other than being available to meet at that time, the qualifications are an interest in CAFAM’s goals and activities and a willingness to help out. (You don’t necessarily have to attend the picnic to be a candidate for the board, but do come if you can.)

If you want to become a candidate for election to the board, please inform Cynthia Setchell (setchell@live.com) and also please Cc Craig Dietrich at (dietrich@maine.rr.com).

Best,
Alex

THE DRAGON BOAT RACES

Dear CAFAM members,

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 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 for the 5:00 p.m. train home.

For more information, contact Gary Libby at 233-8015 or email him at pwdt94@yahoo.com.

Best,
Alex

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