Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Community Open House to Celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival

On Sunday October 4 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Museum will host a free community open house to celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival. The Moon Festival, or Mid-Autumn Festival, celebrates the autumn harvest and corresponds with date of the full harvest moon. It is the second biggest holiday in China after the Lunar New Year. West Virginia writer and Pearl Buck scholar Edwina Pendarvis along with past Pearl Buck Birthplace director David Corcoran will be hosting the festival, which will focus both on local history and special cultural programming on China.

Planned activities include free guided tours of the house, martial arts demonstrations, tasting food from Chinese moon cakes to pumpkin bread, free cider samples form the museum's historic apple press, exhibits of Chinese artifacts, live music from local musicians, and more!

For more information contact Lucinda Tyler, Board Member, gtfarmwv@frontiernet.net, (304) 653-2097, or Stacie Gilmore, VISTA, stacie.gilmore@gmail.com, (304) 653-4328. The Pearl Buck Birthplace Museum, (304) 653-4430, offers guided tours May 1 to Nov. 1 from 9 am to 4:30 pm. The museum is located on U.S. 219, just north of Hillsboro, WV.

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