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Winter celebration in Chiang Mai

Charity piano recital by David Wilson

Triumph for Santa!

Beautiful Lanna woman required to lift 100,000 baht

Environmentalist artists group exhibits “The love of Doi Luang Chiang Dao”

Winter celebration in Chiang Mai

Staff reporters

“A winter celebration of music, shows, buffets, fireworks and a very special visit from Santa Claus” said the invitation. And that was what awaited the almost 700 guests who came to the Wongmalee family estate in Chiang Mai.

Ajarn Akadet, next to Daeng from DNK, (left front) Pim, the MC for the Thai audience; and (far right) MC for the English speaking audience Michael Vogt.

Santa Claus rode in on an elephant with 250 filled Christmas bags, thanks to the generosity of Kang and June Wongmalee and just looking at the eyes of the children made it worthwhile. When Santa got down from his huge elephant, and children and adults joined to sing Jingle Bells, you could see the real Christmas feeling.

The hosts Kang and June Wongmalee with their youngsters Cue and baby July

But there was ‘eye candy’ as well as chocolate candy! Aloha! All the way from Hawaii came Pulama and Anella who introduced the guests to the art of Hawaiian hula. Some guests even tried a ‘crash course’ in Hawaiian hip swinging.

The extravagant show troupe of Ajarn Akadet from Sbun Nga entertained with contemporary Thai dances in ‘over the top’ costumes.

To finish the party, Santa joined Kang and June Wongmalee in wishing everybody a healthy, happy prosperous New Year and peace on earth!

Aloha! All the way from Hawaii came Pulama and Anella who introduced the guests to the art of Hawaiian dance.

Charity piano recital by David Wilson

Nopniwat Krailerg

The Rejoice Charity Piano Recital by David Wilson was staged at the Gong Dee Gallery, on Nimmanhaemin Road, Soi 1, on December 18. This charity concert was sponsored by the Payap University and Serendipity Designs, the publishers of Art and Culture Lanna.

Gareth Lavel (right) was on hand to inform about Rejoice’s many programs. Sponsor, Art and Culture Lanna publishers represented by marketing manager, Lori Ashton (left) and special guests, Princess Chao Soimala Na Jampasak (Suksin) (middle) and her husband Sukphachok Suksin (second left) who presented hand-woven scarves to David Wilson (second right) and Lori.

David Wilson’s energetic program included Beethoven, Bach and rarely played pieces by Liszt.

Proceeds from the concert were raised for Rejoice Urban Development Program that helps the poor and HIV infected in Northern Thailand.

Around 50 people were enraptured by the performance that evening, including Laotian Princess Chao Soimala Na Jampasak (Suksin) and her husband who were special guests at this Rejoice Charity piano recital.

Triumph for Santa!

Lindy Santitharangkul

Despite frigid (for Thailand) temperatures, friends and family within the U.S. Consulate General of Chiang Mai rang in the Christmas season last Monday under a giant Christmas tree, with flashing lights and plenty of Christmas cheer.

Santa arrived at the party in a vintage Triumph with elfin David Summers at the wheel…

Wind chill factor aside, Santa arrived at the party in a convertible vintage Triumph with an elfin, David Summers, at the wheel. Facing a sometimes skeptical crowd of children who weren’t sure Santa was real, the jolly fellow in the red suit won them over first with candy canes, and then bigger, more impressive stuff.

Who cares if he is real, the presents are real for sure!

He also listened to their woes and posed with some of the older, wiser people. Members of the Choral Society, accompanied by Sid Richardson on his magic piano, sang Christmas carols, along with Scott Jones, who entertained with two original compositions he wrote for the group’s performance last Friday night at the CMU Convention Center.

Beautiful Lanna woman required to lift 100,000 baht

Saksit Meesubkwang

The Miss Chiang Mai Pageant Committee is inviting Chiang Mai born attractive women to enter the Miss Chiang Mai Pageant 2005. The pageant will be staged on January 5, 2005 as part of the annual Chiang Mai Winter Fair.

The pageant organizers are looking for a genuine Chiang Mai born and bred beautiful woman, said Udom Piboon from the organizing group.

The chosen woman must not only be beautiful but she has to be smart, talented, and a forward-looking kind of person to match the theme of “Lanna Woman to International Stage”, said Udom. She also needs to be well-informed as to genuine Lanna traditions, customs and manners to represent Lanna to the world.

The winner will be awarded 100,000 baht cash, crown, sash and trophy. The first and second runners up will receive 50,000 baht and 30,000 baht cash.

Applications remain open until January 3, 2005. The first round selection will be on January 4, 2005. All contestants have to be between 18-25 years old, born in Chiang Mai, above 165 centimeters in height, single, have completed high school and have Thai nationality.

Application can given in person at the Daily Delight on Chonlapratarn Road, telephone 0-5340-0517 and on the 2nd floor of CM Computer building, at Khuang Singh intersection or call 0-5341-0100 ext 228.

Environmentalist artists group exhibits “The love of Doi Luang Chiang Dao”

Nopniwat Krailerg

More than 25 environmentalist artists from Chiang Mai exhibited 100 impressionist paintings under the theme “The Love of Doi Luang Chiang Dao” to express their view of the beauty of nature of Doi Luang Chiang Dao.

The exhibition was held at Suan Silp Rueng Tawan, in tambon San Phi Sue on December 18, and presided over by Prof. Tawan Kungwarnpong. Many visitors enjoyed the welcoming atmosphere of the garden house of Bun Suanduenchai and Phoonlarp Reungsukh. Many well known writers, musicians and poets, such as Soontri Wechanon, Chai Blues and Took Brasserie, were also present.

Bun Suanduenchai is the owner of Suan Silp Reung Tawan and said that the stimulus for this event was the inspiration of Doi Luang Chiang Dao since the artists group view Doi Luang Chiang Dow as a sacred place and a natural and exceptional site.

However, it is being spoiled by government projects, such as the cable car, being resisted by local citizens, scholars and NGOs. “The process of requesting public exhibition space in Thailand is complicated. The artists aim to show their masterpieces but lack the exhibition area. I’d love my place to be the art gallery and a place of knowledge for the younger generation interested in the arts. I am ready to support everything,” said Bun.

The exhibition will remain until the end of the February 2005. For more information, call 0-1654-9911, 0-1499-9911.

Bun Suanduenchai, the owner of Suan Silp Rueng Tawan and his paintings in the exhibition.

The atmosphere at the exhibition “The love of Doi Luang Chiang Dao”