Sunday, September 11, 2016

Shanghai Acrobats at the Kimmel Center - October 30th. Response needed soon!!

On Sunday, October 30th, 2pmcome see the Shanghai Acrobats at the Kimmel Center.
Order tickets early as they may sell out.   If possible, by Wednesday, Sept. 14th complete and mail your order form with payment.  
"Shanghai Nights" from China should be one amazing show!  More info is at Kimmel.org
Tickets are $18 for 3rd Tier and $27 for 2nd Tier.   Financial assistance is available especially for large families.  Use the attached form  Click here.
The attachment states how to make out checks and where to mail the order.     We will also explore the option of going out for dinner after the performance.  

I hope to see you!    
David Morgan, President FCC Delaware Valley

To join the FCC-DV email list, please email David Morgan at: PresidentDVFCC@yahoo.com

FCC Delaware Valley has been reorganized in early 2016 with Ruth Hanson, Webmaster
Bill Sanders, Vice President for Database/Finance
and David Morgan, President.   
To suggest new activities, serve in special ways or just to help out, please email
Your comments are welcome!

Autumn Moon Festival - Update!!

You are invited to the Autumn Moon Festival Dinner, Sunday, September 25th, 4pm to 7pm .
Update---The location is Calvary United Methodist Church, 16 Park Avenue, Ambler PA 19002, 
near the CVS on 272 E Butler Ave. in the Borough of Ambler.   

Celebrate this Chinese holiday with a festive meal (bring a food item to share), Chinese family poetic sayings, and moon cake tasting.   We plan to build in time before dinner for families to share about their travels to China.   We also plan a special birth parent search session after dinner.  This conversation will be led by Wendy Mailman, an adoptive parent.  Both pre and post dinner sessions are optional.  Attend one, both, or just come for the 5pm meal.   If you have a craft to share with kids, let us know.     RSVP to David Morgan at presidentdvfcc@yahoo.com.

I hope to see you!    
David Morgan, President FCC Delaware Valley

FCC Delaware Valley has been reorganized in early 2016 with Ruth Hanson, Webmaster
Bill Sanders, Vice President for Database/Finance
and David Morgan, President.   
To suggest new activities, serve in special ways or just to help out, please email PresidentDVFCC@yahoo.com.

New Events Coming Up! Please see the post for upcoming events

FCC DV Plans for future events:
  Sunday, September 25 Autumn Moon Festival 4pm-7pm
     This event is planned for the Ambler PA area.  More details to be announced soon.
Conversation about Travels to China     4pm-4:45pm  (This talk is optional)  Share about your trip.
 Dinner 5pm-5:45pm     Bring a dish to share.   We are planning for “moon cake” dessert
  Poems and Greetings from Autumn Moon Festival are to be shared.
Conversation about Birth Family Searching Experiences 6pm to 7pm.  (optional)
 Conversations will be co-facilitated by Susan Morgan and Wendy Mailman.   The Church fellowship hall will have kitchen facilities.  
     
  Sunday, October 30 Shanghai Acrobats at the Kimmel Center    2pm
“Shanghai Nights”   Come to see this dazzling show in Verizon Hall.    See reservation form.    We will have an option for dinner.
30 Tier 3 tickets @ $18 each and
10 Tier 2 tickets @ $27 each are reserved for us.
.
 We should firm up our minimum order with payment by Wednesday, September 14.    Financial aid is available for families who could use it, especially larger families with many tickets to buy.
Please reserve soon to have your seats ready!   Use the form and mail your order to the President soon.

 Saturday, November 12         Trip to Pearl Buck Museum:
          Christmas/Holiday Tree Display and Guided Tour 11am-12noon
Lunch options:   a) bring your own picnic lunch or b) have lunch in the Pearl Buck dining hall.     This year we look forward to enjoying a simple visit of the famous home for adoptive children.
There is an admission fee:  $12 for adults and $7 for children
Financial aid is available for families who could use it, especially larger families with many tickets to buy.

  Saturday, December 17 (tentative date)   Annual Holiday Party at 4:30pm
Perhaps this will be a whole meal with contributions from each family or a cookie exchange with hot chocolate and crafts and games.

Looking ahead, near January 28, 2017 will be the next new year (year of the rooster).  We plan to have our annual banquet at Lai Lai Garden.   
There are Philadelphia Orchestra Family Concerts with optional Chinatown lunch on Saturday Feb 4 and Saturday April 22.

There will be opportunities for more travel discussions linked with Chinese musicians/artists, and a picnic at the park.   We will sometimes collaborate with other Chinese organizations.  

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Have you ever considered hosting an exchange student?

Below are excerpts from an email I received regarding hosting students from China. I do not have any direct experience with this organization, but thought I would pass this along.

My name is Jenna Irrgang, and I am the Director of Residential Life for Global Connections Homestay. My company partners with private and parochial schools in the Philadelphia area (and beyond) to bring international students to the schools - the students live with host families and often study at schools for multiple years of high school.

A few of our host families are within the FCC network, and it's a great experience for families and the exchange students. The Chinese students interact with their family so nicely, culture and language is exchanged, and the students feel extra welcome since their "host siblings" are Chinese too!
We are looking for host families that live in Delaware County who can host for students attending Archbishop Carroll in Radnor and Monsignor Bonner in Upper Darby. We pay a stipend of roughly $1,100/month. Students can come from various neighborhoods and take the school bus, as domestic students would.

I have attached a brochure, and here is a direct link to the application: https://fs18.formsite.com/ieodep/form21/form_login.html. 
If you would like us to host an information night or sponsor one of your networking events, we would love to do so!

Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to working with your organization!

Brochure:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B26_m80kyNL3Ql9sOW1QUGExa1gyOXdaTk53OWFCcVVJc0NJ

Monday, June 13, 2016

Camp FCC!! Come on out next year!!

It was a great weekend at Camp FCC in Medford Lakes, NJ, sponsored by FCC-South Jersey. There were traditional camp activities including archery, horseback riding, swimming, boating, arts & crafts, chinese cultural activities such as Chinese Yo-yo, origami and chinese brush painting, and adoption events for parents such as an older adoptee discussion panel, discussion with Dr. Jane Aronson and book club. A super fun dance party and just a fun time to be together! Every year is a little different, but every year is a great time! 
I'm not sure of the dates for next year, but it is usually the first or second weekend in June.  The website is www.campfcc.org.  Right now the information is still for 2016, but file the link away so you have it for next year.
Come on out next year!








Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Deadline is approaching for Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square!

If you would like to attend the Chinese Lantern Festival with FCC-DV on May 21st and take advantage of group pricing, get that order form in the mail today!!  See post below for more information.
Orders must be received by Friday, May 6th and should be mailed today.
Email David at presidentdvfcc@yahoo.com to let him know your registration is coming and/or for more information.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square - May 21st

You are invited to the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in historic Franklin Square.

This event is presented by Historic Philadelphia.  The lantern display should be a beautiful sight as the sun sets at 8:15pm and lanterns glow.

We have a reservation for 40 people on Saturday, May 21st, at 7pm.  Arrival time must be between 7pm and 8pm.   We can stay as late as 10pm or so.   The event is held rain or shine with no refunds.


Important:   RSVP by Friday, May 6, at 3pm.   Order form can be found here.
The special group rate is $10 for children up to age 17; $14 for adults 18 and older.

There will be displays, cultural activities, exhibits and authentic Chinese performances (most likely 6pm8pm).   Chinese performances include acrobatics, face-changing, and traditional Chinese dance and music.


There is a website.   Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival
For those who wish to come early, we also will explore the option of going to nearby Chinatown for dinner. 
I hope to see you!   
David Morgan, President FCC Delaware Valley

FCC Delaware Valley has been reorganized in early 2016 with Ruth Hanson, WebmasterBill Sanders, Vice President for Database/Financeand David Morgan, President.   To suggest new activities, serve in special ways or just to help out, please email PresidentDVFCC@yahoo.com 
Your comments are welcome!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

A couple of reminders: Kimmel Center Event and Camp FCC

If you would like to attend the event at the Kimmel Center this coming Saturday, April 2nd, please remember that you must send your registration in by Thursday, March 31st and email David Morgan to let him know you are sending.  For more information, see the post just below this one.

Secondly, I just received an email that Camp FCC, put on by FCC-South Jersey, is filling up.  This is a great weekend - June 10 - 12 this year.  Visit their web-page:  www.campfcc.org for more information.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Kimmel Center Event - Saturday, April 2nd

Come and join FCC families as well as Bethany Christian Services in our Final Spring 2016 Kimmel Center concert by the Philadelphia Orchestra.   At 12:45pm if your family has children ages 10 or older there is a tour of the Kimmel Center!

 Saturday April 2, at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia:Click here to open and print the mail-in registration form.
 *Please send an email to David Morgan at morgans006@yahoo.com so he can expect your ticket order.

Agenda:
        10:00 am- 11am 
Perelman Theater--Pre-Concert Adventure!  (details forthcoming) 
        11:30 am- 12:30pm
Verizon Hall--Philadelphia Orchestra!
 

Lio Kuokman - Conductor  and   Magic Circle Mime Co
Here is info from the Philadelphia Orchestra:  "We all know that Music reigns in the concert hall … but what happens when Silence buys a ticket and Noise barges in? Is the performance doomed? The clever (and very quiet) Magic Circle Mime Company joins The Philadelphia Orchestra and proves-- with a little help from Mendelssohn, Bach, and Strauss--that, with our great musicians, the conductor--and the audience!--the orchestra will always make beautiful Music."
Program
Suppe - Overture to Poet and Peasant
Mendelssohn - "A Dance of Clowns," from Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream
Bach/ Stokowski - Fugue in G minor ("Little")
J. Strauss, Jr., and Josef Strauss - "Pizzicato" Polka
J. Strauss, Jr. - "On the Beautiful Blue Danube" Waltz
Ives - "Country Band" March
Mendelssohn - "Wedding March," from Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream
Grofe - "Cloudburst," from The Grand Canyon Suite"


         12:45pm
Verizon Hall First Floor Entrance-Tour of the Kimmel Center! (ages 10+)/ Lunch

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Don't forget to register for Camp FCC! Early bird discount ends today.

Today is the last day for early registration for Camp FCC. Camp FCC is a family weekend camping experience put on by FCC-South Jersey. The camp is held in Medford, NJ and will be the weekend of June 10 - 12 this year. Even if you don't make the early bird price, you can still register. It really is a nice weekend! More information and registration forms can be found on their website: www.campfcc.org. Or you can email contact@campfcc.org. Check it out!