On behalf of A Million Dreams Studio, we would like to say thank you to the local residents of Imlay City for coming out and experiencing our “Chinese New Year Celebration” on Tues., Feb. 5. It was so nice to see so many families enjoying the Dragon Dance, fireworks, live art, Chinese Culture Exhibit, pastries and candies, ninja demonstration, guided mediations, specialty drinks, face painting, warming station and a Chinese Auction that will benefit Weston Elementary.

The event was absolutely wonderful. Everyone involved was dedicated to “gifting” this unique cultural experience to local residents of Lapeer County. 

First of all I would like to thank Michelle, from New China Buffet for providing the pastries, traditional candies, and items for the Cultural Display. Her time and insight into this event was eye-opening. 

Thank you to Tom Schutz from Output Music for the fantastic drum ceremony. As always a big hit in the community.

Thank you to Margaret Hubbard, Tom Hubbard, Grant Grayvold, Marshall Grayvold, and Hong Anh Nguyen for creating that awe inspiring 12 foot dragon. The time and details involved in this undertaking is/was greatly appreciated. It was a great presentation of craftsmanship and performance. 

Thank you to Allison and Mike Romine of Hiram’s Tavern for opening up their facilities, creating special drinks, hosting the ninja demonstration, and kids craft event and closing ceremonies. The atmosphere and hospitality was exceptional!

Thank you to Jose Delgado of Tatakai No Ken Dojo and Gerald Browning for that captivating ninja demonstration. The entire room was silent and captured the attention of all in attendance. 

Thanks to Doug Halibicky of State Farm and Rachel Lisa for hosting the warming station on that cold winter day by providing coffee and hot chocolate for guests to continue throughout the event. 

Thank you to Imlay City Family Hair Care for opening up your spacious studio for additional events, and to Stephanie Morgan, for providing her organic and all-natural face paint and painting skills. 

Thank you to Catherine ‘Cat’ Minolli of Peaceful Moon Yoga for sharing her talents and skills to awaken the mind to mindfulness. 

Thank you to Joi Kempf of Imlay City Florist for the wonderful floral masterpieces that brightened the event locations. 

A huge thanks to the artists of A Million Dreams Studio—Jacob Guerin, Madilyn Alexandra, Cori Lynn Capra and Gary Judge for showcasing their creative talents, helping to set up, manage event stations, and document the event.

Thank you to Darren Filer for being the “Year of the Pig.” Darren’s creative dance and talents brought lots of smiles to this community.

And a special thanks to Dana Walker of the DDA, and Fire Chief Rick Horton for their guidance with this year’s events. 

I am just so thankful for everyone’s efforts and look forward to serving this community with more culture and diversity in the upcoming weeks. 

—Julie A. Welch, Marketing and Events Coordinator