Dear KYCAA members:

Moon Festival Celebration 2010 will be held from 4:00pm – 8:00pm on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010 in the brand new Moondance Amphitheater in the Beaumont Centre Circle, Lexington, and KY 40513 (see flyer in attached file). Kentucky Chinese American Association and the new UK Confucius Institute (see attached file from its Director, Dr. Huajing Maske) are the co-organizers of the event with strong support from the Beaumont Centre Family YMCA, the KY Association of Chinese Language Teachers and UK CSSA. We have prepared a terrific program that you will not want to miss. You can visit for more details. Be sure to bring your family and friends to join this large scale community celebration of a great cultural tradition.

Beaumont Centre YMCA has publicized this event through its website and pamphlets. Starting at 2:00pm, families will have free access to their facilities and lantern making and other children’s activities before going to the Moondance Amphitheater later. Our activities and entertainment program will start at 4:00pm and finish around 8:00pm.

This email is very long. Please pay particular attention to the call for participation in the fresh Mooncake competition, call for entry into cash prize contest Moon Festival student essay and art work, chance to buy a variety of moon cakes, Special procedures for Members, parking options, seating  options and call for volunteers.

Call for participation in the fresh Moon cake competition

All talented Moon cake makers, this is the opportunity for you to earn the bragging rights, take home the big trophy for the Best Fresh Moon cakes 2010” plus $20-$100 cash prizes. Please email or call me at 224-8072 to enter. For those less talented in making the moon cakes, you can be the judge to sample all the submitted moon cakes to help pick the winner for a nominal fee. Be there early or you will miss your chance to be the judge.

Call for entry into the contest for Moon Festival student essay and art work.

Any students can write an original essay in Chinese or make original art work about the Moon festival to enter the contest. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd cash prizes ($100, $50, $30) separately for essays and art work at each school (elementary, middle school and high school). Please encourage your children and other children you know to enter the contest, and have their entry sent to or dropped off no later than September 13, 2010 to:

            Mr. Mike Hardy

            Confucius Institute

            114 Bradely Hall

            Lexington, KY 40506

All entries will be displayed and awards will be announced at the event. See more details in the attached file.


Special procedures for Members and parking options

KYCAA members need to check in at the membership table. Each family membership will receive tickets of $10 value, and single membership will receive tickets of $5 value for foods and drinks as long as the membership is renewed. These tickets may cover the costs for your meals. Please bring cash or checks to cover costs for additional foods and drinks you may need. It is worth noting that valid membership also will mean free tickets to other KYCAA events but non-members will need to pay for them in the future.

There is no specific parking lot for the amphitheater, but you can park along the roads inside Beaumont circle. Additional parking is available in the YMCA parking lots.

Chance to buy a variety of Moon cakes

We have prepared a variety of moon cakes you can buy at the event. You can buy a single cake or a set of 4 (single variety or a combination of varieties) at a discount.

Seating options

Please bring your own chairs or blankets for your seats. The amphitheater is wonderful but it does not provide chairs. People are expected to sit at the concrete steps or on the grass.

Call for volunteers

We still need volunteers to help with displays, food service, setup, games, and other tasks related to the event. Please let me know ASAP if you can help. I particularly encourage high school students to volunteer not also to fulfill their school requirements for community service hours, but also to have a chance to win KYCAA Youth Community Service Awards in the near future.

See you all on Sept. 18.


Changzheng Wang

President, Kentucky Chinese American Association