7th Annual Asian Cultural Festival at Selby Gardens

              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
media contact: Diane Creasy

dcreasy@selby.org / 941.366-5731 ext. 225

[Sarasota, Florida, February 15, 2012]:  The 7th Annual Asian Cultural Festival will take place at Marie Selby Botanical Garden’s beautiful bayfront on Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  One of our most popular events, this year’s festival has even more performances and new demonstrations, including Asian inspired activities and Wellness components. 

The Wellness components feature the East West School of Medicine providing diagnostics, blood pressure testing, and ear seed demonstrations.  Nancy Zampella will present Yoga demonstrations for those who want to achieve relaxation and toning.  Performances include the Tampa Taiko drummers, Srishti Dance Academy, Purnama Sari Dance Company, Dances From Top Of The World by Marguerite Barnett, Lion Dance by Wah Lum Kung Fu of Tampa.  Other demonstrations include Mahjohng, Uechi Ryu Karate, Tai Chi by Master Cody, Chinese Astrology by Jacqueline Albert, Feng Shui by Kathy Keh, Sumi-e Paining, and Ikebana.  Interactive games to entertain the entire family include a giant-sized lawn puzzle game, Tamgram by Caui Lofgern.  Try your hand-to-eye coordination while playing on a King Pong Table where a team can play this over-sized ping pong game simultaneously.  There are also several speakers including Bonzai cultivation and the Sarna Sisters, who will provide a lecture and walking tour of the art sculptures her family donated to the Gardens.  Don’t miss the Japanese Lamps exhibit and sale in the Christy Payne Mansion.  For further information on all the performances, lectures, exhibits and demonstrations check our website for schedules and timing; subject to change. Details 

Available food for purchase includes grilled items from Local Coffee + Tea and Asian foods from May Jang of China Palace, and Goichi’s Sushi Café by Chef Matsumoto. 

Selby Gardens Members attend the Asian Cultural Festival at no charge. Admission for non-member adults (age 12 and up) is $17; children 11 and under attend the Asian Festival free; please no reciprocals or guest passes.

Thank you to our sponsors: 

Paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenue – Whole Foods Market - SNN6 – SRQ Media

About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a leader in the display and study of orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads, epiphytes and tropical plants with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. For more information please visit www.selby.org
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas, regular admission $17 (ages 12 and up), ages 6-11 $5, Members and children 5 and under enter free. Contact us at (941) 366-5731 or selby.org.  Get social at www.facebook.com/selbygardens or www.twitter.com/selbygardens