Hill Tribe young violinists
rewarded by the Rotary Club
A talented group of young hill tribe violinists of the
Chiang Rai province received new quality violins from the Maechan local
left to right: Sompong Saelio, one of the hill tribe violin students,
Maechan Rotary president Porn Chiangchan and Paramet Lerdkasem, the
conductor of the Chiang Rai Youth Orchestra.
These students took part in the “Chiang Rai Youth and Hill Tribes Violin
Project” initiated last year by Ajarn Paramet, the very active conductor of
the Chiang Rai Youth Orchestra, and Belgian violinist Geertje Podevyn.
With the support of Count Gerald van der Straten Ponthoz and the local
Rotary, the efforts of the best students have been rewarded. Two students
made a trip to Belgium to gain further musical skills, and 5 more received
Ajarn Paramet, who incorporated the hill tribe students in his orchestra,
will lead them in a very special concert on August 25th at 6pm, at the Wiang
Inn Hotel in Chiang Rai.
The concert “Fire in the bow” was prepared during a month by Geertje
Podevyn, who especially flew from Belgium to work and rehearse with the
Chiang Rai and Maechan violin students.
The Chiang Rai Youth Orchestra and the Hill Tribes’ violinists will perform
in a concert which will certainly charm the audience for the quality of its
sound but also for its multi-ethnic unique flavor.
Invitations for the concert can be requested by email:
The hill tribe violinists with
the Maechan Rotarians, Belgian violinist Geertje Podevyn (behind far right)
and Paramet Lerdkasem, the conductor of the Chiang Rai Youth Orchestra
(front far right).
A call to all tasters
Dr. Howard C. Graves Jr.
As we all know, there are many “tastings” offered now in
Chiangmai, most, if not all, are promotions of food or drink by
restaurants or vendors. The evenings are fun, educational, and at times
can be relatively expensive.
I am proposing the formation of a club called the Society of Chiang Mai
Tasters open to all residents of Chiang Mai. I do not have all the
details worked out but I am gauging whether there is interest in such a
group. I am drawing on experience from the past where a very innovative,
hosting couple put together an evening to determine the “Best Tasting
Pizza in Montgomery County.” It was all by blind tasting. The voting was
by secret ballot; the winner and runner up were notified and presented
with a certificate appropriate for framing and, of course, the local
press was invited.
If this idea strikes a chord and if you think it might be fun, or if you
have any ideas, please send an email to Dr. Howard C. Graves, Jr. at
Tai Chi makes a mark Chiang Mai
A simple and relaxing way to keep the body
and mind healthy.
The eight students at Tai Chi Chiang Mai have met three times a week for
the past several months to learn and practice the slow and elegant
movements of this ancient form of Chinese Martial Arts. We practice the
Yang Style 24 form of Tai Chi which takes about 6 minutes from the
beginning to the end. This is a simple form perfect for beginners and it
is practiced throughout the world.
Tai Chi is a wonderful form of exercise for people of all ages. This
class currently has students from 40 to 70+ years of age. The students
like it because the movements can be adapted for any physical
limitations and regular Tai Chi practice has improved their physical
strength, balance and relaxation.
The class meets at Hillside Condominium Four and private classes are
also available. For more information see www.taichichiangmai.com or call
Julie at 0899-555350.
We think we’d be perfect for the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing
Olympics, but we haven’t received an invitation from the Organizing
Committee - yet!
I love Mom
The 10 year old elephant artist named Chang Noi Koi Kham, recently
celebrated Mother’s Day by drawing “I Love Mom” in Thai.
Koi Kham proudly displays his finished piece of art.
The Mae Sa Elephant camp has a group of specially trained elephants
artists that perform daily for tourists who can then purchase their
works of art.
These elephants can paint and draw flowers, landscapes and words and
their talents have landed them in the Guinness World Book of Records.
The Mae Sa Elephant Camp has been open since 1976. Today 78 elephants
perform at the camp giving tourists an up close look at the giant
The Elephant camp along with Chiang Mai University, Kasetsart University
and Kocthaban Elephant Institute, (elephant hospital in Lampang) has
joined hands to help preserve the Thai elephants. Chiangmai News
Tourists look over the varied display of
paintings made by the talented elephants at Mae Sa Elephant camp.