Like the U.S. Postal Service, neither snow nor sleet nor travel to faraway places will keep Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi participants from making the rounds to their workshops. That determination was proven once again at the NYC Tristate International Workshop on December 14 & 15, 2013, the last workshop of the year on the USA calendar. Thanks to one of our beginning instructors who lives nearby, we were able to rent a new, spacious location on Roosevelt Island for the event. Roosevelt Island is a narrow strip of land in the East River between Manhattan and Queens that has been developed into residential and commercial real estate. In addition to many apartment buildings, the island is the home of the new FDR Four Freedoms monument, designed by Louis Kahn, and the future site of a biotech campus of Cornell University. The location proved ideal for a tai chi workshop and banquet, with impressive views of the Manhattan skyline.
But the first snowstorm of the winter season threatened to put a damper on the new digs.Fear not. More than 75 participants found their way through the dumping of snow, from parts as far flung as Sudbury, Ontario, and Arizona. International director and instruction committee member Judy Millen worked on foundations and various moves of the set. She also coached us in a practice banquet held in the same location, with food brought in from a Cantonese restaurant in Queens.
All in all the weekend was a big success. Participants enjoyed the tai chi so much, they did a subway set on the platform one night on the way home. And to ensure that snow is not a problem at next year’s workshop and also to allow for a set outdoors on an expansive terrace adjacent to the space, Judy suggested we see about moving our 2014 workshop to the spring. Save the dates of June 28 and 29 for a trip to NYC. We’ll be back on Roosevelt Island, come rain or shine.