Members gathered together for a weekend of celebrating 35 Years of Taoist Tai Chi™ arts in Niagara. Ceremonies began Friday night with a lively Lion Dance. St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley brought greetings as did St. Catharines City Councillor Dawn Dodge. President of Fung Loy Kok Marsha Eberhardt and Director Judy Millen came to support and inspire us, making the celebration even more special. Representatives from the Niagara Chapters of the Parkinson’s Society and Osteoporosis Society were also in attendance and dotted the eyes to wake the lion.
Following the ceremonies, members, family and friends enjoyed a banquet meal served by volunteers from the Niagara Branch.
On Saturday, 72 participants took part in a wonderful all day program led by Marsha Eberhardt and Judy Millen. The instruction was fantastic as usual. We’re all working on keeping our hands up in those kicks! Oakville provided a delicious lunch of sandwiches, salads and desserts. Burlington members helped out with the post workshop dinner.
The (first annual) Wine Tour took place on Sunday, following a Continental Breakfast provided by the Hamilton Branch. 28 participants visited three Niagara wineries, sampling premium wines and touring the countryside. A stop for lunch at Kurtz Orchards on the Niagara Parkway included a set on the lawn which drew honks and waves from passers-by.
All branches in the Horseshoe area, including Buffalo, worked together to make the weekend a success.