On June 7, 2014, Stratford and Kitchener-Waterloo jointly celebrated their 30th anniversary. The sunny, warm day began at 8 am with chanting led by Marsha Eberhardt, President of Fung Loy Kok. A workshop followed led by Andrew Hung, International instructor.
Celebration ceremonies began at 12 noon with a lively, athletic Chinese Lion Dance provided by our own talented team (Blaise and Tristan, with Fiona, Isobel and Camilla on music). Guest celebrities, MP Gary Schellenberger, Stratford mayor, Dan Mathieson and Kincardine mayor, Larry Kraemer performed the traditional act of painting the lion’s eyes to awaken him.
The audience, with FLK umbrellas protecting them from the sun, heard greetings from politicians and members of our organization, after which they enjoyed a buffet lunch. Many enjoyed their delicious food outside in the shade in our lovely back yard.
The workshop resumed at 2 pm with 96 participants who represented many locations in Central Region.
The weekend continued Sunday with Stratford Branch’s annual Theatre and Tai Chi event. The day started with a regular class. The class was followed by a buffet lunch, after which we went to the Stratford Festival to see a very enthusiastic version of Crazy for You.
It was a wonderful weekend of celebration with guests and friends working, eating and practicing Taoist Tai Chi™ arts together. Planning an event like this is great training in learning to consult and work together. We always learn much from the challenges that arise.