2022 Eighteenth Open House
It is customary that the CHF open house always takes place on a bright, sunny fall day and this year proved no exception. On October 9, an enthusiastic crowd of longtime friends, as well as young new visitors gathered at Gramercy Park to celebrate our Eighteenth Annual Open House.
It was wonderful to greet so many on our first post-pandemic gathering and see so many smiling faces! Just as customary was a delicious luncheon feast, carefully curated by Yin Simpson, greeted everyone.
Following warm greetings by CHF Friends Chair Ida Llano were reports on events of the past year: revival of Dream of the Red Chamber by San Francisco Opera (CHF Executive Director Pearl Bergad), plans for a chamber version at University of Minnesota School of Music (David Walsh, director of Opera Theatre), YMCA Camp Menogyn Bold and Gold Program (Angela Wunderlich, program director at YMCA), CHF Fellowship in History and Ming Tchou Scholarship in Asian and Middle eastern Studies at University of MN (Clayton Smith from Dean’s Office at College of Liberal Arts), and CHFF Sunday Teas (Stephanie Pomonis.)
Pearl Bergad also introduced an upcoming exciting exhibit of ancient Chinese ritual bronzes, to be curated by Dream of the Red Chamber designer Tim Yip, at Minneapolis Institute of Art in February 2023. This news was greeted with great enthusiasm, particularly by young professionals who joined us for the first time. Several requested updated information as opening date draws near.
Delighted by the progress that CHF/CHF Friends have made in the last two quiescent years, our friends longtime as well as new ones, bid us, and our founding president, Ming Tchou, farewell, all looking forward to fun events to take place in 2023.