Awesome Day 12 - Chinese Dragon Dancers at the Bethesda Library

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I had to return a book to the library today and when I stopped in to the Bethesda's Connie Morella Library, I was surprised to see some new additions in the hallway leading into the library.  There were dragons on this Saturday morning at the Bethesda Library !  Dragons are not actually a surprise in a library - lots of children's books feature dragons such as My Father's Dragon or A Dragon on the Roof.  Still - these were large dragons -- with people lurking under the heads and backs of the dragons!  It seemed like a totally unexpected and awesome way to spend some time at the library!

Today was a celebration of the Chinese New Year - the year of the Rat - and the Bethesda Library had arranged for a children's event with Chinese musicians and Chinese dragon dancers.  To me, the best part of the event was watching the dancers get ready to prance into the room with probably 100 children and parents eagerly awaiting their appearance.  The dragon heads have ears that wiggle and mouths that flap open and shut.  The dancers moved rhythmically together under their awesome costumes of gold and red and purple and green. It is moments like this that make me love Bethesda so much. It is a community that welcomes diversity and wants to showcase the many cultures that contribute to making Bethesda to worldly small town that it is.

I loved the serendipity of walking into the library to return a book and instead finding the Chinese dancers and musicians and a hundred happy parents and children celebrating the Chinese New Year!

 

 What made this so awesome was the complete surprise of finding these dancers at the library on this Saturday morning.  I hope the children there for the event enjoyed it as much as I did!  Happy Chinese New Year to you!

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Kathy Streib
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Hi Lise= that sounds like such a nice and fun surprise. What I really love is that you use your local library!!!! I haven't seen a dragon dance in years...probably since when I was in college. 

Jan 25, 2020 06:44 PM #1
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Morning Lise.

What a delightful video.  Wish I was there in person to see the event

Jan 26, 2020 02:06 AM #2
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Lise Howe
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James Dray probably the most awesome thing of yesterday was that I actually got the video embedded

Jan 26, 2020 03:52 AM #3
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Kathy Streib  I started going bac to the library about six months ago because I wanted to start minimizing the clutter of books in the house. Once I read a book I didn't know what to do with it. Can't bring myself to throw it away , couldn't always donate or gift.  Using the library seems perfect. I can return the book!

Jan 26, 2020 03:55 AM #4
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Good morning, Lise Howe that must have been delightful to see.... what a nice way to recognize and celebrate Chinese New Year with children...

Jan 26, 2020 04:04 AM #5
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Lise Howe
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Barbara Todaro  it was great. When I went in to the library I glanced into the room where the performance was going to be held. The dancers weren't there yet but the room was filled with the children sitting on parents laps and on the floor obviously eagerly awaiting the start of the new year celebration. So cute

Jan 26, 2020 04:42 AM #6
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Good morning Lise. A pleasant surprise on a Saturday morning. I need to join the library and quit buying books. Enjoy your day!

Jan 26, 2020 05:18 AM #7
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Hello Lise - Although my trip to the library yesterday was nice, I was not greeted  with a Chinese Dragon Dance.  That would have been an extra bonus.  

Jan 26, 2020 05:22 AM #8
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That is really cool, I have seen them on tv, but never in person.  I know it would be fun to see them perform.

Jan 26, 2020 05:32 AM #9
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Good morning, Lise... how fun was that... and even more so because it was unexpected! So many little pleasures in life are the most unexpected ones.

Jan 26, 2020 05:53 AM #10
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Lise Howe
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Nina Hollander - good morning - I am a huge fan of serendipity - and taking the time to enjoy what life presents to you!

Jan 26, 2020 07:03 AM #11
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Lise Howe
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Michael Jacobs - welcome to life in Bethesda I guess!  The book I got was good too

Jan 26, 2020 07:04 AM #12
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Brian England - it was particularly fun to see them starting to get costumed - and what the people under the hats and costumes looked like - not all of them were the traditional image of chinese that we think of here although they all seemed to speak chinese

Jan 26, 2020 07:05 AM #13
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Wayne Martin - that is why I started going to the library - I love the light English mysteries so it made sense to borrow them rather than buy them - it isn't like I am likely to re-read them - although I do confess that I have started one or two that I got half way into before I realized I had already read it before and didn't remember the outcome! other than somebody died!

Jan 26, 2020 07:07 AM #14
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Hi Lise Howe

How cool is that!  I happen to have been born in the year of the Water Dragon.  The Chinese know how to celebrate! Happy New Year!

Jan 26, 2020 09:29 AM #15
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Lottie that must have been awesome to see in person. You were lucky to be there.

Jan 26, 2020 02:00 PM #16
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Lise Howe
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - so much better than this year - the year of the rat!

Jan 27, 2020 05:26 AM #17
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Lise Howe
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George Souto - I have seen Chinese Dragon dancers at New Year's Festivals before but what was so wonderful about this was the setting of the library and all those awestruck children

Jan 27, 2020 05:27 AM #18
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