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Lanna Spa Festival Chiang Mai 2004 to be held later this month

The Russian Ballet Institute officially opens

The House was swinging


Lanna Spa Festival Chiang Mai 2004 to be held later this month

Saksit Meesubkwang

The Lanna Spa Academy in cooperation with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Department of Export Promotion and Chiang Mai Public Health Office will hold the Lanna Spa Festival Chiang Mai 2004 from October 27-31 at the Lanna Spa Academy, situated near the Wing 41 gate, Ton Phayom market site.

Chiang Mai deputy governor, Prinya Panthong at the press conference held at the academy. With him is Prof Dr Kannikar Pornpatkul (right), the president of Chiang Mai Health Services Promotion Association.

HRH Princess Ubolratana will preside over the festival’s opening on October 28 at 5 p.m.

A demonstration held at the academy.

The festival, implemented by Haniba (Thailand) will bring together spa operators in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Lampang, Lamphun, Phrae, Nan and Mae Hong Son provinces to present their services to the public.

The main objective of the festival is to inform the general public and tourists about spas. There will be spa services booths, spa OTOP fair, exhibition on spa media, Lanna spa cuisine, Lanna spa health market, seminars on topics involving spas, a competition dealing mainly with Spas and a Lanna art display.

The spa service booths will be divided into four zones: HydroTherapy, Aromatherapy, Massage Therapy and meditation. The spa OTOP fair will include spa products, decorations and accessories.

The festival will run daily from 10.30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Russian Ballet Institute officially opens

Professional dance performances introduce the school to general public. (Photo by Saksit Meesubkwang)

The official opening ceremony of the Russian Ballet Institute was held at the Central Airport Plaza on October 17 and presided over by Ornadda Tantipat, the wife of the Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat. (Photo by Saksit Meesubkwang)

(Left) The grand inale. (Photo by Saksit Meesubkwang)

The House was swinging

“I’m in the mood for - food!”

Staff reporters

Once again a culinary event took place at The House, which set the Chiang Mai partygoers in a jazzy swinging mood. Sipping rose champagne, let the guests get ‘in the mood’ for another gastronomic highlight.

Guests included US Consul General Bea Camp (seated right). (Photo by Nopniwat Krailerg)

The elegantly decorated restaurant was filled to capacity and the ‘networking’ between tables gave the gourmets an opportunity to chat and enjoy a comfortable evening.

Partygoers all. (Photo by Nopniwat Krailerg)

The House, by now already known for their combinations of music and food had arranged for guitar entertainment with two highlights in between.

Antoine Garth (right) had The House swinging. At left is pianist Bernard Summer. (Photo by Nopniwat Krailerg)

Highlight number one came after a selection of starters was served, in form of popular tenor Antoine Garth, who delighted the diners with his renditions of their favorite jazz music. Accompanied by pianist Bernard Sumner they were musically superb and the thirty minute spot passed much too quickly.

Main course was a choice between ‘swing time salmon’ or a ‘lamb medley’ and each was equally chosen. Chef Pom saying it was exactly 50/50 with some guests regretting they were too full to eat both.

Just before the sweet and sassy white chocolate truffle cake with raspberry sauce was served it was time for the second session of Antoine and Bernard and the marvelous jazz had guests and waiters enjoying the swing late into the night.

Obituary: Pete E. Hoepner

Pete E. Hoepner
1933 - 2004

Pete E. Hoepner, 71, long time resident of Tampa, Florida, USA and Zaire, West Africa and most recently retired and living in Chiang Mai, Thailand, died on October 15, 2004. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bessie and Carl “Pete” Hoepner, sister, Margie Simpson, and two sons Timothy and Steven Hoepner. Timothy died at 6 months old and Steven was killed in an automobile accident a few years ago.

He is survived by his former wife, Janette Hoepner; daughter, Patricia Buck; and sons Wayne and James Hoepner, their respective spouses, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild and a very close friend and housemate, Somchai.

He had retired from the United Methodist Board of Missions and from the Hillsborough County School District where he assisted with supervision of the adult education system. He was most recently teaching at the Payap University in Chiang Mai.

The cremation was held at Wat Pa Paeng on Monday, October 18 and his ashes are to be sent to the USA to be buried with his son Timothy. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday October 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Thai Church chapel (Sala Janpeng) near Nawarat Bridge. Enquiries: Kathryn McDaniel 053-242-860.