Every Grand Opening is a special event, and the inauguration of a new building in Denver this weekend was no exception. Members from around the country made their way to the mile-high city in advance of the festivities to help with preparations for the more than 350 guests who joined in the Grand Opening celebration and who were treated to a special vegetarian jai banquet. Five lions danced as part of the ceremony to bring prosperity and good luck to all. Joined by international and national directors, Jane Edwards, president of the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the U.S.A., presided over the event.
The workshop, led by Tony Kwong, was attended by 133 members, making it the largest workshop ever held in the western U.S. As if participants needed to be reminded where they were, Sunday morning’s breakfast was served at the majestic Red Rocks, where the 110 people who attended also did some Tai Chi, of course. According to the local organizers, it was a joyous and transformative weekend for everyone. As David Weiss, of the New York City branch put it, “Doing the set at the Red Rocks Park beyond belief. I cannot really put it all into words except to say I feel like a beginner all over again.”
Luckily, photographer Frank Duffy was one of the participants. The slide show below includes photos of the preparations, the celebrations, and the workshop. There are a lot of images, so take a moment to watch. You are bound to feel like you were part of the celebration.