The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Inc. (BCNC) invites you to join us for our annual Chinese New Year Banquet on Friday, March 6, 2015 at the Empire Garden Restaurant in Chinatown. We will celebrate the Year of the Sheep with good fortune and prosperity.
The BCNC Chinese New Year banquet is an annual sold-out event and one of the largest community celebrations in Chinatown, with 600 guests in attendance. This year, we will present the Friends of BCNC Award to Renee Inomata and Paul Lee, and the Amelia Peabody Foundation.
The banquet also serves as the biggest fundraiser for BCNC, raising much needed funds to provide essential services to 2,000 children, youth and adults a year. BCNC’s banquet leverages great visibility and showcases your philanthropic partnership with the Asian community. The banquet includes a wine and dim-sum reception, a traditional dinner, a live auction, and a silent auction.
Here’s about 25 minutes of lion parading and music from this past Sunday’s Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year Lion Parade. Thanks again to all our volunteers and friends for sticking with us from the beginning starting from about 9AM until we finished at about 4:30PM!
Help ring in the upcoming Lunar New Year (Year of the Goat) with the Gund Kwok Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe, as they parade through the streets of Chinatown and lion dance for the stores and restaurants, as well as perform on the main stage on Sunday, March 1st. Gund Kwok is one of 8-10 troupes performing that day. You also get to experience an unforgettable day of Chinese New Year sights, sounds, and smells!
Gund Kwok, the only Asian Women Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe in the United States, was established in February 1998 to give Asian women an opportunity to express their creativity, power and strength through performing the lion and dragon dances.
You will be assigned to be a flag carrier, crowd control person, runner, cart lugger, photographer, videographer, or helping with miscellaneous tasks.
You will get to borrow and wear a Gund Kwok hooded sweatshirt to identify that you are with the Troupe.
Please dress in layers and wear hats, scarves and gloves/mittens. Please wear black pants and comfortable, appropriate footwear. Ear plugs, hand and toe warmer packets are provided if needed. Please do not carry any backpacks or other bags on you – personal belongings may be kept at the GK “Den” (someone is stationed during the entire day to track the comings and goings of all volunteers and troupe members, and to keep an eye on your belongings).
Breakfast and lunch are provided. ALL volunteers are invited to stay for a free dinner that evening to thank you for your time and commitment (Restaurant: Hei La Moon, in Chinatown)
Days prior to the Festival, you will receive documents and information for the day of the Festival, including FAQ’s and Volunteer Role Descriptions, and information for the Gund Kwok Volunteer Liaison (your main volunteer contact on that day).
Take public transportation. Street parking is virtually non-existent on the day of the event.
MBTA: Green Line – Boylston Street T stop; Orange Line – Chinatown or New England Medical Center T stops, Red Line – Downtown Crossing or Park Street T stops.
There will be two lion parades at 12:30PM and 2:30PM in addition to two performances at 1PM and 3PM. Admission will be FREE!
Free admission for all! Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to ring in the Year of the Goat! Explore Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions while enjoying activities, demonstrations, and performances throughout the day. Be sure to look for the vibrant floral arrangements around the building and stop in for an Asian-inspired lunch at the Garden cafeteria.
Story Hour | 10:30–11:30 am and 1–2 pm; Gallery 285 Sign Language Interpretation
Presentation: Lunar New Year around the World | 11 am–Noon; Riley Seminar Room, 156
Musical Performance: Hapum Haneun Hama | 12:15–12:45 and 2:15–2:45 pm; Gallery 250 Lion Dance Parades | 12:30 and 2:30 pm; Shapiro Family Courtyard and Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art Lion Dance Performances | 1 pm and 3 pm; Remis Auditorium
Community Arts Initiative Partner Spotlight | 10 am–4:45 pm; Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159