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Something for everyone – a very special Friday Night in town


Something for everyone – a very special Friday Night in town

Simple Tone, seen performing at the Green Concert at JJ Markets.

Dan, James, Ruthanne and Faa, the contingent from CMIS, at the Green Concert.

Andy Archer
Friday nights in Chiang Mai, it has to be said, are never boring as there’s always somewhere to go and something to do. Friday Septembers 26, however, was rather more spectacular than usual for those who could stay the course!

Prem were represented at the Green Concert by Becca, Susan and Pong.
The evening began with the Rooftop Charity’s party at the Holiday Inn, arranged around one of their regular seafood buffet nights. 75 supporters came to sample the amazing selection of fresh marine delights, including several large parties, one headed by Tannanon Willson, always a major supporter of the Rooftop Charity. Dirk Weeber-Arayatumsopon and his partner Wuttipong arrived in splendid new outfits created by Fashion King. The buffet, as usual at the Holiday Inn, was a great success and much appreciated by the guests. Favourites included “free flow” oysters, the chocolate fountain and a fine cheese board – the most frequently heard comment was that the meal was amazing value for money. Viranat Silananda (Vern), the hotel’s new GM, introduced himself and kindly made a donation to the charity of 4 dinner vouchers for the raffle. The evening made over 18,000 baht for the charity’s fund-the total raised to date now stands at over 350,000 baht.
The next stop for many of the guests was JJ Markets on Assadathorn Road, the ‘in place’ for the city’s night owls. Even at 8.30 p.m. it was already difficult to park, as the free ‘Green Chiang Mai’ live concert had attracted a huge number of enthusiastic supporters. The 6 bands featured were the winners of the 2007 talent competition, and included Simple Tone, The Opposite, Rende-vous, Perjer, Noodle Duck and Pa Jadd, who performed songs from their new CD entitled ‘Green Chiang Mai,’ and were joined on stage by CMIS’s Okhams Razor and Susy Wong, last month’s winners.
Various “green groups” took part in sponsoring the concert, including Chiang Mai Friends Group, Chiang Mai Charity Calendar and contingents from both Prem Centre and CMIS. Apiradee Tantivejakul, GM of JJ Markets told the Chiang Mai Mail, “It’s amazing how many young people are now thinking of the Chiang Mai environment and about what should and could be done for the city. This is the next generation, who will inherit the City we leave behind.” Money raised from this event will be donated to His Majesty the King of Thailand’s Foundation.
The final destination for the evening was the Chedi’s Tulloch wine evening, featuring three new wines from the Australian Tulloch Vineyard. At least 100 guests had arrived and were enjoying the evening by 10 p.m., including guests who had dined earlier at the Holiday Inn, continuing their partying after the meal with a special discount voucher. The Chedi’s Chef Blair provided some excellent tapas to be washed down with the wines on offer, and a live band ensured that the party continued well into the night.

Vanita, Dirk, Wuttipong and Frank at the Holiday Inn.
Dirk is wearing his new flamboyant outfit from Fashion King!

Tuskers’ table at the Holiday Inn.

Enjoying great company and great wine at the Chedi’s Tulloch Wine Night.

Tananan Willson (seated 2nd left), a great supporter of the Rooftop Charity,
with friends at the Holiday Inn.

It was all smiles, probably thanks to the free flowing Tulloch Wine.