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Island Botanical Garden
Island, NY 10301
Day Trip to Staten Island
are invited to join us for a day trip to visit the Chinese
Scholarís Garden on Staten Island, Saturday, May 31.
Weíll have a buffet Chinese/Japanese brunch on Staten
Island before we visit the Garden. Here is a description of
Scholarís Garden 寄興園
Island Botanical Garden
1000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301
Phone: (718) 273-8200
Chinese gardens go back almost 2000 years to the Han Dynasty
though most Scholar's Gardens date back to the more
recent Ming and Qing dynasties. A Scholar's Garden would
have been built by a scholar or an administrator retiring
from the emperor's court to commune with nature, write
poetry or entertain guests in his later years. It
would have been an enclosed private garden always associated
with a house, which without it's garden would not have been
considered whole. This garden is enclosed by walls, a series
of pavilions (eight in all), and covered walkways.
These are all organized in an irregular manner to create in
addition to the two major courtyards a series of six others
of varying sizes. The Chinese Scholarís Garden was
built entirely of traditional materials by 36 skilled
craftsman from the city of Suzhou in China in 1997.
several poetry events at the garden on the day and Ben Wang
Senior Lecturer and Co-Chair of the Renwen Society of China Institute, will also give a short
talk (in English) on You Yuan Jing Meng (游園驚夢),
an act in the opera Peony Pavilion (牡丹亭)
by the Ming Dynasty playwright Tang Xianzu (湯顯祖,
1550-1616) . You Yan (尤雁),
the singer who recently sang in Zhang Yimou's much acclaimed
movie Heroes (英雄)
will also perform for us.
to the Garden:
$5/$4 seniors and students. Pay on your own.
lunch will be at Kings Buffet, which is located at 2407
Richmond Avenue, Tel (718) 477-9200. The lunch is $6.48
($6 plus tax). Also pay on your own.
directions by ferry or by car to the Garden, please visit http://www.sibg.org/cg.html.
restaurant is some distance from the garden and there is no
public transportation between the two points, we encourage
people to drive and carpool. We'll also rent one or more
vans for people who do not have a car. The cost is
$15/person. If you do not need transportation, please
register below. If you do need a seat in the van, please
contact Joseph Corda at email@example.com
or 212-744-8181 ext. 145 for payment. The vans will leave
from in front of China Institute at 10:00 am. China
Institute is located at 125 East 65th Street, New York, NY
10021 (between Lexington and Park Avenues). If you drive on
your own, please meet us at King's Buffet at 11:00 am. Please direct your
questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.