Out & About: Chinese New Year party at St. Vincent College
The year of the monkey scampered in with a Feb. 4 Chinese New Year party in the Carey Student Center at St. Vincent College in Unity.
Sponsored by the college's James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center, the celebration included performances of Chinese music, dance and poetry, followed by a buffet meal and cultural activities and demonstrations.
Entertainment program hosts were students Rudy Tatar of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and Katherine Torisky of St. Vincent, who introduced each act in Chinese and English.
Among program highlights were three fourth-grade boys from Valley School of Ligonier channeling Bruce Lee in the “Kong Fu Fans Song,” a graceful tai chi routine by Greater Latrobe sophomore Weiyi Tu, and a romantic duet by Pitt-Greensburg students Jared Coleman and Holly Lin portraying Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai, the Chinese Romeo and Juliet.
The audience responded enthusiastically to “Blossom of Hanyu Flower,” an upbeat anthem sung by six teachers from the University of Pittsburgh's Confucius Institute.
After the show, the party moved from the auditorium to the student center, where the line for spring rolls, pot stickers, sesame chicken, noodles with vegetables, almond cookies and tea never seemed to end.
When appetites finally were sated, attendees moved to the activity tables to observe a tea ceremony demonstration, or monkey around with 3-D paper cutting, calligraphy, pictogram riddles, Peking opera mask coloring, chopsticks competition and “funny hacky sack,” which looked sort of like a badminton shuttlecock with a tail of colorful feathers.
Program organizers were Tina Johnson, director of the China Studies Center, and Doreen Blandino, a St. Vincent professor of modern and classical languages.
Seen: Brother Norman Hipps, SuzanneEnglish, Clair Ward, Jodee Harris, Tara McHugh with Bridget, Marko and Silvina Orsatti, Joyce Lynn, Midge Stein, Jim and Lee Ann Ross, Tom and Kelly Tatone withJuliet and Cricket, the Rev. Rene Kollar andJuan Carlos and Maria Rivas with Erik.
Also, Yiyan and Eugina Hong with Samantha, Melanie and Celina; Brian Talarico with Mark, Emily, Ben, Essie and John; Jim and Suzanne Andrews; and Michael and Michelle Bendik with Malena, Michaelangelo, Malin and Marymargaret.
Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750 or firstname.lastname@example.org.