Saturday, January 29, 2011 was the 12th annual Lunar New Year Festival at the world famous Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park.  In this year of the rabbit, the event was expanded to the two auditoriums in the County Fair Building and there was also a farmer’s market on the patio – plenty of flowering branches and blossoms, tangerines, oranges, and azaleas in vibrant hues of reds and magenta.  Both rooms were festooned with colorful Chinese lanterns and all of the tables were decorated with red or yellow tablecloths.


Various groups performed on stage.  There was even tea tasting in a tearoom!  All Asian crafts were featured in the smaller auditorium, and Square and Circle Club was the only community service group featured along with art programs from Alice Fong Yu School (named after one of the founders of Square and Circle) and the Asian Museum.  It rained that morning (rain is considered good luck) but that did not prevent Square & Circle members Kate Ikeda, Nancy Joe, Mary Lee, Nancy Leung, Pearl Lim, Terese Leung, Josephine Loo, Alice Lowe, Esther Shing, Sophie Tom and May Young from volunteering with great enthusiasm.


We distributed over a dozen S&C applications, and when we ran out, we referred two additional inquiries to our web page.  S&C member Ellen Tam came by to say hello – unfortunately, she had a prior commitment at another street fair.  Thank you to a new member, Jackie Felton, who came in to help us with the origami rabbit.  Our great appreciation is extended to Mr. Joe Liang, friend of Esther Shing, who assisted with his excellent calligraphy skills while personalizing the popular fans.


This year we benefited from the youthful and talented presence of 10-year old “Origami Master”Andrew Liu at the S&C booth.  Children approached Andrew quite readily and he was very patient with all visitors.  He was especially proud of teaching a 2 year old how to fold an origami rabbit.


Our crafts were rounded out by children coloring-in horoscope animals and the making of spring lanterns.  Although we weren’t as busy as we were last year, due to the relocation to a different auditorium, we handed out membership applications and fielded questions about Square & Circle.  We enjoyed the lion dances and various musical performances, all of the Lunar New Year’s festivities, and the opportunity to visit with members of the community.


By Josephine Loo

Square & Circle 2nd vice president

Service Committee Chair