The First Coast Families with Chinese Children hosted another wonderful and fun Chinese New Year celebration, Year of the Monkey. We were happy to have Grandma Cathy bring Kilee!
Craft table was popular, you could make a monkey fan, a clothes line monkey clip and a bookmark made with stamping and beads.
I volunteered for 30 minutes at the craft table, which was pretty easy to manage. Two of the crafts had an item where little fingers needed some help, but over all was a success.
Location on the river, where our annual CNY photo is taken:
Below are inside photos while placing raffle tickets for donated goods we would like, waiting on dinner and enjoying the grounds at the Jacksonville Women's Garden Club. We were excited for Livi and Dylan who won a total of three raffles - Girl Scout cookie basket, a travel basket and the Gator Fan basket! We bid on two items and won them both - the Jacksonville Zoo Senior horticulturist to evaluate our plants/yard and a house keeping cleaning! Both great wins for us!
Dinner was delicious with butlered fried macaroni cheese balls, a chicken noodle dish, dumplings, pork sliders, Asian meatballs, fruit and spring rolls; then cupcakes for dessert (not a favorite). Watching the children dance and demonstrate culture performances; and then a Kungfu Academy demonstration:
The end is always the Lion dance, someone wakes up the lion and then everyone gets to follow him/her around the room (I think it was two ladies under the costume this year).
A few photos outside, almost dusk, as we were leaving. Fun times!
Our selfie as we were leaving! Dylan is trying very hard to stay in the photo!