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Hillside 4 Charity Party Yard Sale a great success!

Children thrilled by new playground at CMIS

Wine tasting at The Maze

Nimmanhaeminda Art and Design Promenade draws in the crowds

Chiang Mai Big Bikers’ Week culminates in fun filled party at the Imperial Mae Ping

Art Exhibition at the TiTa Gallery tantalizing the spirits of innovation


Hillside 4 Charity Party Yard Sale a great success!

28,000 baht raised in one afternoon

Guys from the Justin M Dart Fund peddle their wares.

Denis, Alex and Dacey Leutwiler after soaking the organisers!

Earlier this month saw a new departure in the run-up of events to the Hillside 4 Annual Charity Party - a fun filled yard sale, which raised over 28,000 baht towards the total required to purchase a new truck for the Foundation for the Disabled. The sale, hosted by Pim Kemanshingki in her large and lovely garden on Canal Road, attracted a total of 19 stalls, and was very well attended by crowds of enthusiastic buyers. The charity Care for Dogs, who were given a free stall by the organiser, had a successful day, having arranging adoptions for two of the six puppies on display. Another charity, the Justin M. Dart Fund, which supports English and computer technology education in government and rural schools, reported an excellent day, with interest from a great many people. Items on display and for sale included silks, ornaments, costume jewellery, books, and clothes. An interesting stall for the more serious-minded visitor was manned by John Shaw, Chiang Mai’s resident expert on early Thai ceramics. Thanks are due to Tuskers’ Bar, who provided much needed and delicious burgers and ribs, and staved off dehydration with gallons of water and soft drinks! Thanks also to Vincent and his brothers and sister; who organised games for the younger visitors and the ‘young at heart’!. Eleven tickets for the party itself were sold, amid many interested enquiries. The Charity Party committee were thrilled by the success of the Yard Sale,and as a result will plan to repeat the Yard Sale next year.

Everything was up for grabs at the yard sale…see the grass? It’s real.


Children thrilled by new playground at CMIS

Adults held their breaths as the grand raffle prizes were drawn

Michael Murrow, US Consul General (right) and Terry Campbell, the foreign principle, cut the ribbon to open the children’s playground.

Khunying Aoy Pimjai presenting a gift to Laura Cobb - the top sales person.

Ruth Erickson and Kristen Gray happily hold up the cheque
for 260,000bht raised from the raffle.

Vincent Leutwiler
On Friday December 14, Chiang Mai International School held the opening of their new playground, followed by a library raffle draw.
The event opened with the ribbon cutting of the new playground equipment which was presided over by Michael Morrow, U.S. Consul General, Rev. William Yoder, CMIS Board Chairman, Mrs. Kristen Gray and Mrs. Kitti Kupadakvinij, two CMIS parents who were instrumental in acquiring and building the $20,000.00 playground the school received from the U.S. Department of State.
After the ribbon cutting event, the crowd flocked over the basketball courts where the PTG held the CMIS Library Raffle Draw, with all proceeds going towards the improvement and renovation of the library. The PTG organized over 60 different prizes to be awarded to raffle winners, which were generously donated by various companies and organizations in and around Chiang Mai. The overall amount raised from the raffle was 265,000 baht.
Among some of the prizes awarded were various electronic devices, overnight getaways including a night at the Legend Chiang Rai, meal vouchers for several restaurants, shopping gift certificates, gym memberships including one from the luxurious Chedi Hotel, spa treatments, and the grand prize of a Sony 32" flat screen TV. The grand prize winner, Mrs. Wiphawan Limphaibool, CMIS parent of Thiti in Grade 2 and Nattakarn in Grade 7, was able to walk away with the new TV.
To make the raffle even more exciting, the PTG allowed all students from KG to grade 12 to sell raffle tickets to friends and family or anyone else. For every 10 tickets each student sold, their name was entered in a draw for the student grand prize, which was an Apple iMac laptop computer. The laptop was won by Paul Cougill from Grade 4B, and was presented to him by Mr. Pichak Limpasutra, a representative from the iStudio at Airport Plaza. The winner of the iPod 2GB was Tara Roberts from Grade 6A.
The events of the afternoon were catered by The Duke’s Restaurant, who supplied a delicious all you can eat buffet with ribs, chicken, and salads.

Michael Murrow, US Consul General surrounded by happy children
who will benefit from the playground.

Wine tasting at The Maze

Phil Sally and Colin enjoying the wine samples from Rimping.

Thomas Phillip and Jerry seem to give the thumbs up for the ‘red’.

Phatcharee, Neil and Peter discussing the choice of wine
with Pairoj their host from Rimping.

Kanittha, Ian, Tosaporn (Manager of The Maze) and Kam .

Earlier this month ‘Rimping Supermarket’ held a wine tasting at The Maze 1 (on the moat). Special prices were being offered on the wine selection at Rimping; only 480 baht for the Aspen Estate Shiraz, Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc was 730 baht. Back in town after a fifteen year absence was the Mateus Rose and Mateus White, which was offered at a very reasonable 480 baht. Pairoj from Rimping Supermarket must have been very happy seeing all the cars qued up to carry box upon box of wine home in time for Christmas. However it might have something to do with the recent announcements of no drinking during the elections. Whatever the reasons - everyone left with a smile on their face… nothing to do with the alcohol consumed that night.

Nimmanhaeminda Art and Design Promenade draws in the crowds

Virginia Bird, Francesco Marchitelli and Brent Maddison
do a bit of selling and buying.

Mona, Tim and Maurita browsing among the stalls.

Suchada chatting with event organiser Ongkam Chalongkam.

Dang with Somsak Charachol and Achala Kaewkittichai.

Care for Dogs team Anne, Sarah, Linda and Gill.

Thanayot Kochakong and Wittawat Charoenkhawattana
at the opening of their new shop Koland on Soi 1.

Early in December each year, the fashionable area based around Nimmanhaeminda Road throngs with street stalls featuring art exhibitions, designer goods, handmade products, and just about anything else you could wish for, including lots to eat and drink.
This year was no exception, as the 8th Nimmanhaeminda Art & Design Promenade was held with the cooperation of the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Amari Rincome Hotel and the shops in Nimmanhaeminda Soi 1.
It was not just a lively winter fair, but also a showcase of unique contemporary art and culture in a friendly and calm atmosphere, which is the normal life style of the people and businesses in Soi 1.
During the 5-day event, activities such as fashion shows, dance and music in many styles such as Jazz, Classic, local Lanna were performed for the enjoyment of the visitors.
For art lovers, there was a gathering of unique art collections and beautiful handcrafts on display and for sale.
Though the weather was a bit nippy, familiar faces were seen poring over the goods looking for early Christmas bargains.

Glamour all the way at Koland Soi 1.

Chiang Mai Big Bikers’ Week culminates in fun filled party at the Imperial Mae Ping

From Tokyo, London, San Francisco and Thailand - everyone loves their
bikes and each other.

The Big Bikers from Chiang Mai hold their own with
the beer both on and off the bikes!

The Phaya Naga or King Snakes came all the way from Chonburi with their friends and family for a fun week of biking in the north.

The Harley Davis Owners Group, including the Director and past Directors
of the Dubai group and the Director of the Thailand group.

The North Comets Club organised the world famous Chiang Mai Big Bikers week recently. The exciting week culminated in a massive party at the Imperial Mae Ping. Hotel. Bikers from all over the world turned up to celebrate –with their bikes, of course, and a wonderful time was had by all.

Art Exhibition at the TiTa Gallery tantalizing the spirits of innovation

Khun Thitaya Phiu-On (left) owner of TiTa Gallery presents a a bouquet of flowers
to Khun Suthin Prasertsoontorn, Deputy Rector of the Rajamangala University
of Technology Lanna, Chiangmai.

Surasit Saokong shows off his creation of “Serenity”.

Wanttana Wattanapun in front of “Flowing”.

Dave Slaven, Sabrina, Ram Magnusson and Anchalee Kalmapijit having
a fun time at the exhibition.

TiTa Gallery is the venue of the 5th art exhibition organised by the Jed Yod Group. The group is a voluntarily gathering of the 21 art lecturers and artists of the Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna, Chiangmai. Their art philosophies and spirits include the consolidated processes of innovation, research and teaching experiences.
On display are works of talented artists such as Wattana Wattanapun, Surasit Saokong, Prakitsilp Voramit, Srijai Kantawang, Lipikorn Makaew, Sommai Panbanlam, and Patcharin Meelarp.
The art exhibition objectives are categorized into two folds of a continuation developing of an individual art lecture skills, as well as the wide spread sharing art essences to the public at large.
The exhibition lasts until the end of February. TiTa Gallery is located opposite the Four Seasons Resorts and Residents in Maerim valley. For further information, telephone 053-298-373. E-mail: [email protected]