The NYC Tri-State branch held its 8th annual Chinese New Year event to mark the arrival of the Year of the Horse on Sunday, February 16. More than 90 participants gathered at the historic culinary landmark, the James Beard House, for a Chinese banquet prepared by branch volunteers. The weekend festivities began Saturday with a regional intensive led by Carol Anne Gallagher from the Syracuse Branch. Sunday, cooking started in the Beard House kitchen at 8 am. Guests arrived at 6 pm and immediately begin bidding on the robust silent auction. More than 120 items valued at a total of $12,000 dollars were on offer. NYC Tri-State’s new branch president David Goldberg welcomed everyone and spoke about the symbolism of the year of the wood horse. Between dinner courses, members gave testimonials about the value of the community of Taoist Tai Chi and its invaluable contribution to personal health. The world-class musical entertainment after dinner ranged from classical to folk. All in all it was tremendous success.