Ithaca Celebrates 25 Years with a Day of Festivities and a National Workshop

Members from seven states joined local dignitaries, former members, curious residents, and Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA president Jane Edwards for the 25th anniversary celebration of the Ithaca  Branch in upstate New York July 7–8, 2012.

U.S. Representative Richard Hanna sent a certificate from Congress, which was read by Edwards, recognizing the Ithaca Branch for serving the citizens of Ithaca and Tompkins County, and the branch’s commitment to the community and betterment of the Finger Lakes region.

An elaborate lunch prepared largely by members and supplemented by local restaurants was served as part of the celebration. Edwards, Ithaca Branch president Laurie Hultberg, and National Instruction Committee member Theresa Roll, who taught the national workshop held over the weekend, cut the large anniversary cake. An elaborate array of desserts, including date-walnut moon cakes and sticky coconut sweets, made by members followed.

Thunder and rain didn’t stop the more than 200 guests from enjoying the lion dance and the Chinese dancers. Presentations included a moving testimonial and a demonstration of the set. Among the diverse group was a Taoist visitor from China, who happened to be in town. The newly expanded and renovated Ithaca space provided the perfect venue for this joyous occasion.

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6 responses to “Ithaca Celebrates 25 Years with a Day of Festivities and a National Workshop

  1. May

    Congratulations! I have been in the Society for just under 3 years, still learning and enjoying the benefits!

  2. Jane Edwards

    I wish all members could have been with us to share in this celebration. But I know we are all together in Spirit!

  3. Andrew

    Congratualations on the anniversary and renovations. Would have liked to been with you.

  4. jill clemson

    Hello Ithacans, I have just read about your 25th anniversary celebrations. Congratulations from Clive Huxtable and Jill Clemson, Western Australia. We have lots of happy memories of our time in Ithaca and the tai chi friends we made there. (Is the hall a more symmetrical shape following the extensions? Am most intrigued as the ceiling tiles definitely look to be on the slant.)
    We send our warmest wishes to you all!

    • Jane Edwards

      Jill
      Thank you for your good wishes. The space has increased by 400 sq. ft. and it feels more spacious and rectangular. We can practice on both sides of the poles! The ceiling does not slant. The cork floor is beautiful. Come back to visit!

    • Oren Fader

      Jill, we miss you and Clive here in NYC. Come visit soon!
      Oren, Yael, Larry and the Taoist Tai Chi Tri State Branch.

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