Officers this year include Julie Hansek, president; Abby Bass, vice president; Claire Caballero, secretary; and Allyson Orth, treasurer.
The newest Revelers are diving in headfirst, preparing for the annual ball, scheduled for Feb. 8 at the Anniston Country Club.
Happy New Year ... again
The Berman Museum of World History is ready to wish you a Happy New Year! No, they haven’t misplaced their calendar. They are making ready to welcome the Chinese New Year with a special day of family friendly fun, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 9.
Although the Western world celebrated the start of the New Year at one minute after midnight on Dec. 31, the celebration of the traditional Chinese New Year won’t actually begin until Feb. 10 this year.
The ancient festivities continue for 15 days, the final day being the actual beginning of the Chinese New Year. However, Berman Museum is getting a bit of a jump on the celebration with this Feb. 9 offering, which will include Chinese storytelling, demonstrations of Oriental paper folding techniques and Chinese sumi-e brush painting, among other things.
Some lucky visitors will also have the chance to see some real live snakes; after all, 2013 is the Year of the Snake! (For the squeamish or the snake-phobic, don’t worry — the snakes are handled by trained museum staff, and are not free-roaming!)
In addition, while supplies last, visitors will have their choice of a fortune cookie or a lai see. Be sure to open that tasty fortune cookie for your special fortune. Some will actually contain museum discounts that can be used for future visits. For those who choose the lai see (the traditional red envelope), you’ll find a good luck “chocolate” charm within. Storytelling sessions will take place at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Throughout the day, visitors may choose to sign up for very special tours to the Berman Museum’s cavernous and mysterious basement, an area normally off-limits to all but museum staff.
While many people have seen the wonders on exhibit in the museum’s second floor Arts of Asia Gallery, within the depths of the basement lay many, many more Asian art treasures. There, they are stored, researched, photographed and catalogued by dedicated museum staff. Because of the space restrictions of the basement area, these tours will be limited to small numbers, and children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Even if you don’t go down into the basement, there will be something new to see in the Arts of Asia Gallery. Some of the newest acquisitions will be in place in the exhibit hall. Plus, in the museum lobby, take a look at the never-before-exhibited, hand-carved, antique Chinese canopy bed. It is a massive and exquisite piece guaranteed to put any other bed to shame!
Chinese New Year visitors will also be among the first to get a glimpse of the soon-to-open Asian Library, a collection of more than 400 books (some rare), which were recently donated by Dr. Oliver and the late Mrs. Pei-Hwa Foo. By special appointment, these volumes will be made available to scholars and researchers of Chinese history and culture.
Lastly, don’t forget the changing Chinese puppet exhibit in the main gallery — a new set of 12 meticulously crafted marionettes will take the place of the previously exhibited dozen, and will remain on exhibit for the next six months.
Berman Museum Alliance President Lynne Isom invites everyone to take the opportunity to learn more about this rich and mysterious culture by visiting Berman’s Chinese New Year celebration. All the activities are included in Berman’s regular (and very reasonable) admission price of $5 for adults and $4 for children ages 4-17. However, if you can’t make it to the celebration, don’t worry. Many special items will remain on display in the museum lobby through Feb. 24.
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Save the Date
After the gloomy weather last week, who’s ready for some color? Calhoun County Extension presents “Winter Color” with master gardener Sherry Blanton, 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Ayers Room at Anniston Public Library. The event is free and open to the public.