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Hill Tribe young violinists rewarded by the Rotary Club

A call to all tasters

Tai Chi makes a mark Chiang Mai

I love Mom

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 Rotary club.

From 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 quality violins.
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: [email protected]

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 [email protected]


Tai Chi makes a mark Chiang Mai

A simple and relaxing way to keep the body and mind healthy.

Julie Hastings
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.

Noi 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 pachyderms.
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.