International students’ first Village School Support Fund Social a success
Support of a good cause can be fun!
Teo, Kiran, Tip, Janrai with the hostess Esther.
Rachel, Alida, Fern, Sandra, Alisa, Axel and Bua
The organisers; Marzia, Craig, Eric and Esther
with Danai and Janis (seated).
& Janis Loschmann
Located just opposite the Holiday Inn, River Ping Palace is a tranquil
resort that does not catch all that much attention. But on Friday, June 6,
it came to life as it hosted the first Village School Support Fund End of
Year Social. Bringing together international students from Lanna, Prem and
CMIS, it was a great success. Despite initial moments of concern due to the
DJ coming late and the possibility of rain everything went smoothly
throughout the evening.
Kyra, Nina, Matt, Gabriela and Gina (l/r).
Money raised from the event goes directly to a local school in Ban Nong Pla
Man, helping students purchase school equipment and lunches. The budget is
carefully monitored by the head of school and the student-led VSSF group to
ensure that funds are allocated based on need. The VSSF group has also been
organizing events to raise money for Burma and will continue to organize
future events. As many of students of the local school are Burmese refugees
this VSSF fundraiser will indirectly benefit those affected by cyclone
Nargis in the long-term. The End of Year Social event was an opportunity for
international students to have fun and support a good cause at the same
time, raising 20,000 baht.
It was perhaps one of the best socials ever, with everyone having a great
time thanks to the unique atmosphere provided by River Ping Palace. An
outdoor event, it felt more open; the teak wood and red lanterns lighting
the proceedings provided a unique experience and a pleasant change from more
usual social locations. The refreshments provided helped everyone to regain
their energy from the continuous dancing. In fact, some of the younger
guests seemed to enjoy the pizza more than the actual dancing!
Juliete, Timna, Pawfan, Inka, Emma, Korrina,
The Glass Onion reopens with a new weekly format
70’s Disco Night presents real vintage LP’s!
On June 6, after a brief renovation period, The Glass Onion, located off
Nimmanhaemindha Road behind Room One, reopened with a 70’s Disco Night.
This delightful and romantic wine bar and lounge now also contains a
small disco floor and the owner, Khun Kris, has a wide range of
available vintage LPs - yes, real LPs with original recordings!!!
The Glass Onion is now an elegant wine bar and lounge - the décor is
stylish yet comfortable employing red as the predominant color scheme
throughout. Upon entering, you are greeted by attractive, attentive and
very professional staff. The space contains a long bar with every
imaginable kind of liquor available. The seating at the bar is designed
with large, red and very comfortable rotating armchairs, allowing you to
chat with all those surrounding you. The cocktail lounge area also has a
variety of plush seating areas. The drinks menu is extensive and there
is also a very fine wine list. Although the Glass Onion could easily
match any 5-star hotel bar, the bar prices here certainly do not - a
real bargain! The bartenders can make almost any known cocktail, from a
Cosmopolitan to a Bahama Mama. Kris has also trained the bar staff about
the available wines; they are happy to make recommendations should you
Kris has also decided on a new weekly format, with Thursdays as ‘Boys
Night Out’, Fridays as ‘Girls Night Out,’ and Saturdays as ‘Disco
Night,”, although, of course, all are welcome any night - young, old,
male, female and, yes, all those in between! The Glass Onion can be
contacted at 053 218 479.
Having a special event? Why not contact aroundtown @chiangmai-mail.com?
Chiang Mai Choral Society International’s Summer Concert
Varied programme includes operetta, songs from the shows and Sibelius
Members of the Chiang Mai Choral Society International presented
their annual summer concert at the newly renovated Multimedia
Center at Payap University. Directed by Pitijet Vichitporn and
accompanied by Sidney Richardson, the group offered a varied
program of old and new music and presented, for the first time,
Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury, a humorous look at the
British legal system and a case of Breach of Promise. Namiko
Yamamoto joined Sidney Richardson at the piano for the
accompaniment to Trial by Jury and Blue Tango.
Namiko Tamamoto and Sid Richardson with Pitijet Vichitporn,
Starring Glynn Morgan as the self-aggrandizing judge who
attained his great status and importance by marrying a rich
attorney’s “elderly, ugly daughter”, and David Geddes as Edwin,
(who defends his position by stating that when he grew tired of
beef he simply moved on to the mutton), and the lovely Satomi
Kimura as the plaintiff, Angelina, who didn’t suffer nearly so
much as she claimed and seemed to have her sights more on money
than love. Masakatsu Kimura was featured as the Plaintiff’s
Attorney, and Frank Weicks scared the entire house with his
shouts of “Silence in Court!” in the part of the Usher. The
bridesmaids giggled, the jury was threatening, and it was all
performed in good fun. Glynn Morgan was especially impressive as
he leered at and flirted with poor sad Angelina, (who was not
really sad at all!), and her bridesmaids.
After the intermission, the choral group returned to the stage
for a varied program of music old and new, familiar and not.
Blue Tango, a medley of Jerome Kern music, music from the
Fantasticks, Give Me the Simple Life, and Yesterday by Paul
McCartney and John Lennon all had the audience singing along.
The adaptation by Aaron Copeland of I Bought Me a Cat brought
smiles as this children’s song was performed. Sibelius’
Processional, Op. 113, No. 6 was majestic. The program ended on
an upbeat and positive note with the choral society’s
performance of For the Love of Music.
Community members who are interested in joining the Choral
Society for its next performance at Christmas are invited to
email Rebecca Lomax, President, at rebecca [email protected] hotmail.com
for further information. An organizational meeting will take
place on July 9 at 7 pm at the Choral Society’s practice room in
Lanna Condominium, which is located off of the Superhighway near
Principal soloists Frank Weicks (the
Usher), Satomi Kimura (the fair Angela),
Glynn Morgan (the ‘impartial’ judge), Masakatsu Kimura (the
and David Geddes (the Defendant, Edwin).
Long Live Rock and Roll!
A light-hearted history of a major musical movement
Earlier this month, the Chiang Mai International School
presented a “Rock Concert”, performed with much enjoyment by
over 70 children of ages ranging from kindergarten to Grade 7.
It was a light hearted, inexpensive concert based on the history
of rock and roll, and included the greatest rock singer of them
all, Elvis’s songs, the Ed Sullivan show which brought the
Beatles to America, moving on to the Woodstock generation of
Hippies and ending up with Soul and Disco tunes.
Beatles joined in the Rock Concert at CMIS.
The performance, put together by Ruthanne Pilton and Sallyanne
Wichai, co-directors and also teachers at the school, lasted
just under one hour, and had been rehearsed in everyone’s spare
time as an after-school programme for only 5 weeks! The theme
from start to finish was ‘keep it simple - keep it fun’. The
kids happily sang their way through the songs, accompanied by
backing tracks, often with the older children helping the little
ones keep up with the words. Obviously, with such a large cast,
there was bound to be a large audience; in the event, this
audience was larger than many more professional productions. A
very pleasant way to spend an afternoon - albeit a loud one!
The Kids from CMIS pictured with the
organisers after bringing
the house down with their ‘Rock’ concert.