Chinese New Year Celebration coming on February 16th

The CNY Celebration will be held on February 16th!  Check out the 2013 CNY page for more info!

Join the excitement at the 23rd annual Chinese New Year Celebration, Saturday, February 16th, at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center and Middle School, 471 Stroudwater Street, Westbrook.

This popular event features heart-warming songs and dances by the children of the CAFAM Chinese School. Nationally touring Magician Norman Ng will amaze. Sparks’Ark will present live Chinese zodiac animals. Bowdoin College Professor Tsui will explain the work of China’s Nobel Prize laureate Mo Yan and the famous film based on his novel. Martial arts masters from the Riverview Foundation will demonstrate and teach.

All day, children can come and assemble free “snake” crafts. Books, special teas, and Chinese crafts and products will be available for sale. In the cafeteria fresh hot dumplings will be available, as well as delicious dishes and bubble tea by Bubble Mania.

The celebration runs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. PLENTY OF FREE PARKING. Admission is $4.00 for children and $6.00 for adults. Families of 5 are just $20.00. Sponsored by the Chinese and American Friendship Association of Maine.

Slither on down! This year’s celebration should not be missed!

China comes to Maine – 2012

Excerpts from the Portland Press Herald

Little Calico Cat, Jia Chase

Photos by Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

Right, Jia Chase performs the Little Calico Cats dance.

A New Year celebration gives Mainers a taste of the richness of the culture.

WESTBROOK – The clatter of mah-jongg tiles, the sweet smell of steaming vegetable and pork dumplings and the sound of occasional snatches of Mandarin transformed Westbrook Middle School into Maine’s own Chinatown on Saturday. More

A Sneak Peek at CNY 2012: Part 3 of 3

In Part 3 – our final news piece – of our CNY 2012 Sneak Peek series, CAFAM gives you an exclusive glimpse into our new venue, Westbrook Middle School and Performing Arts Center.  The CNY Celebration has always prided itself in offering intriguing adult programs and presentations that have captivated many attendees.  The Board and CNY Planning Committee are especially excited this year to present incredible speakers slated for the afternoon this year.


A Sneak Peek at CNY 2012: Part 2 of 3

Westbrook's spacious gymIn Part 2 of our CNY 2012 Sneak Peek series, CAFAM gives you an exclusive glimpse into our new venue, Westbrook Middle School and Performing Arts Center.  One of the great advantages of moving to this new facility is the large, open cafeteria and the gym.


A Sneak Peek at CNY 2012: Part 1 of 3

CAFAM is revving up for an exciting Chinese New Year Festival next year, February 4th  2012, to ring in the year of the dragon!  And what a better way to celebrate this zodiac animal’s ambition and good fortune than by moving to a beautiful new location! With the lunch lines wrapping around ourselves and dance performances of the past packed to standing room only crowds, we transition from dear Catherine McAuley High School to our new venue, Westbrook Middle School and Performing Arts Center, which promises beautiful, open spaces for CAFAM to hold its biggest and largest CNY Festival to date.  We’ll be debuting photos of our fantastic setting over the course of 3 months, so come back to our website for new updates.


Looking for CNY Sponsors

For the first time in CAFAM’s 24-year history, we are sending out a call for CNY sponsors! With a transition to a new, state-of-the-art venue for CNY and a bold commitment for new and improved programs and events for members, CAFAM is taking its first steps toward accepting donations from kind and generous sponsors of all shapes and sizes. We personally invite you, as an individual or business, to help move CAFAM’s mission forward for spreading Chinese culture and fostering community growth.


New year, old ways

Excerpts from the Portland Press Herald

New Year Celebration

Rose Horowitz adorns 6-year-old Alexander Gordon of Portland.

Families enjoy performers and traditions as a Maine Chinese and American group welcomes the Year of the Rabbit.

PORTLAND – Just before three girls danced barefoot onto the stage wearing conical Asian hats made of straw, the announcer introduced them.

“The Lotus Troupe are the founding pioneer students here at the CAFAM Chinese School,” she said. “They have been with the school since they were just 18 months old,” in 1996. More

Chinese New Year Festival in Portland

Excerpts from the Penobscot Maritime Museum

New Year Celebration 2009Feb 24, 2009 — On Saturday, January 31, 2009, Education Director Betty Schopmeyer helped usher in the Year of the Ox at a Chinese New Year Festival in Portland.

Sponsored by the Chinese American Friendship Association of Maine (CAFAM), the all day celebration was attended by several hundred people who enjoyed crafts, food, and programs related to China. More

Watching the battle

Excerpt from the Portland Press Herald

Watching the battle

CAFAM Chinese School students watching a martial arts demonstration by Nikos Simmons (left) and Soren Donisvitch of the River View Foundation.

In the background watching are, from left to right, Nina Henrikson, Sarah Stauffer, Catie Cough, Anna Foo, Madeline Shields and standing is Fan Luo.

Photo by James Shield.

From the Portland Press Herald

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Chinese New Year

Excerpts from the Portland Press Herald


Sally Ng cooks Chun Bing (Spring Pancakes) at her Portland home. The pancakes are a traditional Chinese New Year's dish.

WINDHAM — A half-dozen adults stood around the island in Kari and Bob Suva’s warm kitchen, patiently folding wonton skins around a tasty, tender filling of browned pork, chopped shrimp, cabbage and spices.Clearly, when it came to making jiao zi — Chinese dumplings — I was the novice of the group. My fingers fumbled as I pressed the edges of the dough together, trying to get that lovely, crescent-moon shape that seemed to come so easily to everyone else at this Saturday night dumpling party. I noticed that the other women each had their own technique for putting the little ripple in the edge of the dough. More

Who We Are

The Chinese & American Friendship Association of Maine provides forums and outreach to promote awareness of and appreciation for Chinese culture. We promote friendship between non-Chinese Americans, Chinese-Americans, and Chinese people, whether from the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, or elsewhere.


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