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  • Worcester Art Museum and Family Health Center Host the Moon Festival, A Free Family Celebration of the Autumn Harvest Moon

    (Worcester, MA, August 20, 2002) - The Worcester Art Museum joins the Southeast Asian Health Program of Worcester's Family Health Center to host the Moon Festival, a popular Asian celebration of the autumn harvest moon.

    The Festival takes place at the Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22. The Moon Festival is traditionally held near the autumnal equinox, when the moon appears particularly large and bright. A free family event, the Moon Festival will feature art-making, music, storytelling, and dance. Visitors may also sample authentic Asian foods, including traditional mooncakes, dumplings, eggrolls and oolong tea.

    Between 1 and 4 p.m., families are invited to participate in many activities throughout the museum. Make lanterns and masks, take guided tours through the Asian galleries, hear stories about the legends and science of the moon, play games hosted by the Family Health Center's Youth Act, and listen to a traditional Chinese music demonstration by Alice and Joyce Chang. Visit information booths at the Festival to learn more about the Family Health Center, the Worcester Art Museum, and the Worcester Public Library. A 4 p.m. finale presentation will include a children's parade, Yo Yo performers, live music, and Laotian dancers from Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts.

    This year, the Family Health Center celebrates its 30th anniversary as a community provider of quality health care. This is the second year its Southeast Asian Health Program will present the Moon Festival. The Worcester Art Museum's Diversity Committee, comprised of trustees, corporators and community liaisons, initiated a partnership with the Family Health Center to bring the Moon Festival to the museum and broaden its audience in the community.

    Museum Background

    A cultural jewel of New England, the Worcester Art Museum first opened to the public in 1898. Its exceptional 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints and drawings is displayed in 36 galleries and spans 5,000 years of art and culture, ranging from Egyptian antiquities and Roman mosaics to Impressionist paintings and contemporary art. Its extensive four-season studio arts program enrolls 6,000 adult and youth students each year. Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (sponsored by Commerce Bank), and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and full-time college students with current ID, and FREE for Members and all youth 17 and under. Admission is also FREE for everyone on Saturday mornings, 10 a.m.-noon (sponsored by The TJX Companies and Massachusetts Electric Company). The Museum is located at 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, Mass., easily accessible from the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), Route 290 and Route 9. Expanded parking is available near entrances on Salisbury, Lancaster and Tuckerman streets. For more information, call (508) 799-4406.