Chinese New Year Festival in Portland
Feb 24, 2009 -- On Saturday, January 31, 2009, Education Director Betty Schopmeyer helped usher in the Year of the Ox at a Chinese New Year Festival in Portland. Sponsored by the Chinese American Friendship Association of Maine (CAFAM), the all day celebration was attended by several hundred people who enjoyed crafts, food, and programs related to China. Betty presented a talk on the history of Maine and the China Trade, showing some PMM artifacts brought back to Maine by nineteenth century mariners. A craft session followed, with 30-40 children making their own tea bags to take home, filled with samples of different kinds of tea. They also colored paper teapots in the Chinese Export porcelain design known as Rose Medallion.