|Art Museum Kicks Off Year of the Horse Feb. 8, 2014|
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According to Chinese tradition, people born in the year of the horse are energetic, independent and impatient. They are also avid travelers, great communicators, clever and kind to others. Celebrities in the year of the horse include, Selma Hayek, Sandra Day O’Connor, Harrison Ford, Gordon Ramsey, the late Nelson Mandela and Shel Silverstein.
~ from The Chinese Zodiac
In Chinese astrology, the spirit of the horse symbolizes warmheartedness, energy, intelligence and cheer. These traits will come in handy on February 8, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., when visitors at Myrtle Beach’s Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum ring in The Year of the Horse with a Free Family Day celebration of Chinese New Year.
As always, this year’s celebration will kick off with a traditional Dragon Parade and Lion Dance, followed by storytelling, Chinese dance, chopstick lessons and a wide range of games, lectures, demonstrations and family art workshops.
The real star of this Year of the Horse celebration, however, could well be a lotus-the delightful Charlotte, NC-based Little Lotus Dance Troupe, returning for its sixth year at this event. Consisting of over a dozen girls of Chinese heritage, ranging in age from five to 13, the group is known for its renditions of traditional and contemporary dance performed in authentic costumes to Chinese music or songs.
Other activities will include talks on Tai Chi, Chi Gong and acupuncture. There will also be an ice sculpture demonstration and martial arts demonstrations.
Participants at the event can learn to eat with chopsticks and watch vegetable carvers at work. Children will make chopstick scrolls, masks, fans and lanterns as well as kites (weather permitting). Guests will also be able to leave their mark in a dragon hallway display. They can play Chinese-originated games such as mah jong, dominoes or Chinese checkers; watch traditional Chinese paper cutting or have their names written in Chinese calligraphy.
Youngsters can enjoy storytelling and face painting, explore Chinese children’s literature or watch a video of Sesame Street’s Big Bird in China. There will be two other films, geared towards adults, for viewing throughout the day. The first, titled Guonian, depicts New Year’s traditions as they are observed in China. The second, titled The Films of Deben Bhattacharya: Chinese Opera, features the music and dance, religion and social customs related to the everyday life of people in several countries of Asia and Eastern Europe.
Chinese Tea Time with Myra – a special tea tasting at 11 a.m. will take place and will require registration. Call the Art Museum at 238-2510 to sign up.
While attending the event, visitors are encouraged to browse the museum’s current exhibits.
Admission to all events is free. For further information, call 843-238-2510.
All Day Events
KidsArt Workshops to create masks, chopstick scrolls and lanterns
Kites (weather permitting)
Chinese Literature for Children
Face Painting with Big Bird in China Video
Dominoes and Chinese Checkers
Chinese Opera Video
Tea and Fortune Cookies
Paper Folding and Chinese Calligraphy
Chinese New Year Cake Samples
11 a.m. Dragon Parade with Mint Hill Kung Fu School
11:15 a.m. New Year Lion “wakes up” with Mint Hill
11:15 a.m Chinese Tea Ceremony with Myra Rahenkamp
11:45 a.m. ChineseStorytelling with Joan Leotta
12:15 p.m. Tai Chi and Chi Gong Demonstration and Lecture with Fred Christie
12:30 p.m. Vegetable Carving with Nan Black and Eric Wagner
1:30 p.m. Ice Sculpture Demonstration with Eric Wagner
2:15 p.m. Chinese medicine talk with Susanne Swearengen
to be announced Little Lotus Dance Troupe
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE