Chinatown August Moon Festival and Dim Sum at China Pearl

Dear Boston Culture Lovers,

Chinatown is hosting their annual August Moon Festival. 

Let's have Dim Sum at the China Pearl and then see the festivities.  The festival starts at 10am and ends at 5pm.

This year's program will feature lion dancing, martial arts, Chinese traditional dancing, and other cultural performances as well as our regular vendors
http://www.chinatownmainstreet.org/

https://www.facebook.com/BOSCMS/photos_stream

 

The meeting time for this event is 11am. 

Please plan ahead and expect possible delays in traffic, parking, and public transportation delays. Please give yourself extra time to travel to this event so you can arrive on-time at the China Pearl at 11am

If you are late, I can not guarantee that you will be able to join the group.

In order for this event to be successful, we will need to be organized and follow some rules.

  • Rule number 1 - Please show-up if you reserved "yes"

I will be sending reminder emails asking you to reconfirm your reservations. I will be putting special efforts in reconfirming everyone's attendance the week prior to the event.  If you do not reconfirm your attendance, I will assume that you are no longer coming and therefore remove you from the attendance roster and give your space to the next person who confirms attendance from the waiting list.

****Please do not reserve "yes" if you are a "maybe".

If you are a "maybe", please write "maybe" in the comments field for the event. Reserving "yes" when you are a "maybe" is misleading and is taking a space from someone who is definitely attending.

  • Rule Number 2 - Be on time!

For this activity is group food sharing activity, it very important that you be on time for we all need to be at the same time and place.  

Please plan ahead and allow yourself extra time to travel or park in Chinatown. I strongly recommend that you travel by pubic transportation, the T (subway). 

When we have a large group, please understand that it is not fair to ask those who have arrived early to wait for late comers.

Most importantly, it is not fair for the restaurant to hold empty seats and lose business for latecomers or for people who fail to show-up.  Lateness and no-shows gives me and the Meetup groups a bad reputation which may affect our ability to make future reservations. As it is, Meetup groups already have a bad reputation at many establishments and some places will not even take Meetup reservations.  

If you are late, please understand that we can not wait for you and can not guarantee that you will be able to join the group.

  • Rule Number 3 - Please be financially prepared to pay for your meal including taxes and tip.

The only other expectations that I have is for people to have fun and be respectful and be friendly towards one another.

I look forward to enjoying this festival with the group.

 

Joana

 

 

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What is Dim Sum? 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dim_sum

http://chinesefood.about.com/od/diningout/p/dim_sum.htm

To summarize, Dim Sum is offers a menu of a variety of bite-size food and dumplings.

The fun is in ordering as a group and in sharing Dim Sum orders. 

The result, the group gets to sample all sorts of delicious and some exotic food items.

The best part is the price, the bill always has always seems low at the end of the meal especially considering all the food that was consumed. 

The exact price will depend on what exactly is ordered and the number of people in the group. The price could range from $8 to $15 per person including tip.

 

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DIRECTIONS & PARKING

Subway/MBTA

The easiest and fastest way to travel to Chinatown is via the MBTA, subway system.

The nearest subway stops are

·         South Station (Red Line)and

·         Chinatown (Orange Line).

Depending where you are traveling from, there are also a lot of nearby bus stops, please go the MBTA website’s Rider Tools to map out your best travel route at http://www.mbta.com/rider_tools/

PARKING:

Here are some pparking garages in the area:

1)    Interpark Boston,  40 Beach Street, Boston, (617)[masked], http://www.interparkboston.com/,

1)    Two Financial Center Garage, StandardParking, 60 South St, Boston, (617)[masked], http://aboutparking.com/boston/boston-financial-district/

2)    South Station Parking Garage, 750 Atlantic Ave, Boston, (617)[masked]

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Very nice, good company. Thank you Joana for organizing this.

    August 12, 2013

  • Sandy

    Joana Thanks for organizing this! I have done many a north end/eastie festival/feasts but somehow never get to china town. It was a lot of fun, both meeting all of you and them exploring the festival. My niece, Mary, wanted to rescue all the little turtles. I told her we didn't have enough money or space for hundreds of turtles. So she settled for 4 (two for her and two for my mom & sister).... I think she's going to end up becoming a vet.

    When I get the photos uploaded I will post them.

    August 12, 2013

    • Joana

      You are welcome. It was nice to meet you too. I also felt compassion for those turtles and wanted to take them home. I look forward to the photos.

      August 12, 2013

  • Sandy

    Ps: HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHERYL

    August 12, 2013

  • Kim J.

    GREAT idea but WRONG restaurant. Hei la Moon has MUCH better, fresher Dim Sum. China Pearl's food was bad... NEVER going there again. Thanks for organizing today's event!

    August 12, 2013

    • Mike N.

      Kim -- you might not realize this, but our organizer does this as a labor of love. Not only does she not get paid, but she actually has to shell out her own $$ each year to host a meetup group!

      Restaurant preference is a matter of individual taste and opinion that fluctuates over time... but gratitude and appreciation is universal and timeless.

      1 · August 12, 2013

    • Sandy

      Ok my .02 -- Kim you have a right to your opinion and maybe you eat quite a lot of dim sum, fore it's been a while. However, I think your critique of the restaurant would have been better suited as a private message to Joanna along with an offer to help organizing the next one. Theses meet ups take a lot of work, sometimes costing the organizer out of pocket expense to insure everyone has a good time. If you have an expertise (such as knowledge of the best dim sum in Chinatown) please volunteer to help out.

      As for me, I brought a very picky eater with me. She's 15 and reminds me of Mikey from those Life cereal commercials. She enjoyed the food and the meet up (despite being too shy to talk). She said that she would love to do it again, if I brought her cousins who bring her out of her shell. That is high praise.

      1 · August 12, 2013

  • Mary T.

    I had fun... thanks for organizing, Joana!

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • Mike N.

    Joana -- thanks for organizing!

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • Mike N.

    Joana -- thank you for organizing this event. This is not your full time job and you don't get compensated for this... it's clearly a labor of love and is very much appreciated.

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • Bob

    This was fun! Thanks Joana for pulling it together!

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where is everybody sitting?

    August 11, 2013

  • Tina

    Here where is everyone sitting

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • Tianyu Z.

    On my way. Near china town now.

    August 11, 2013

  • Betty

    My train is running late too will be a little late. My member is still coming, his name is Jeff.

    August 11, 2013

  • Tina

    Train seems to be running a little behind, will be there prob 15 mins late

    August 11, 2013

  • Joana

    Thanks to those who have already confirmed their attendance. I heard from Beth, Betty, Bob, Mike N, Sandy, and Tina. Again, Thank you! I would love to hear reconfirmation from Anisha, DongHwa, Doug, Frank C1, Gisela, Imad, John Q, Kim, Laura, Mart T, RT, Sharon, and Suzanne LeVert. We have some people who are on the waiting list, if by any chance, you are no longer able to attend, please change your attendance to "not attending" so spots can open up for those on the waiting list. Thank you.

    August 9, 2013

    • Mary T.

      Still going!

      1 · August 9, 2013

    • Doug

      I'll be there!

      August 11, 2013

  • Frank C.

    Yay- can go after all!

    1 · August 10, 2013

  • Sharon

    Unfortunately I will not be able to make this event tomorrow after all. I'm sure it will be a great time!

    August 10, 2013

  • Sharon

    Hi joana,
    I'm still planning on attending.

    1 · August 9, 2013

  • Gisela

    Will not be able to make into Boston. So hopefully next time :-)

    August 9, 2013

  • Frank C.

    Sorry; have to work.

    August 9, 2013

  • Betty

    and 1

    August 8, 2013

  • Betty

    Joana, I am still planning on going. If you are adding anther table, would it be okay with you if I invite some guests? When will you know if you are adding another table? Thanks.

    1 · August 7, 2013

    • Joana

      I sent you an email, did you get? I like your idea and just ask you to confirm attendance from your group and add the necessary tables to the 11am reservation. Thank you

      August 8, 2013

  • Sandy

    I'm still going! And looking forward to it!

    1 · August 7, 2013

  • Tina

    Will be there :)

    1 · August 7, 2013

  • Bob

    I'm still planning on it!

    1 · August 6, 2013

  • Joana

    Thanks, Beth, for confirming your attendance. This is the comments field.

    August 6, 2013

  • Jeff S.

    I'm sorry, Joana. I also have to cancel, but I'll see you at a future BCC event.

    August 6, 2013

  • Brenda

    have to change plans and head to nyc. have fun!

    August 6, 2013

    • Joana

      Thank you so much for updating your attendance. I hope you can make a future event.

      August 6, 2013

  • Joana

    Since this is a popular event which people are wait listed and it involves a restaurant reservation, I am asking everybody to reconfirm their attendance by 12noon on Saturday.

    If I do not hear from you, I will assume that you are no longer attending and will move you to the not-attending list in order to give the opportunity for those wait listed to attend this event.

    August 6, 2013

  • Betty

    Joana, I think the restaurant will add a couple of more chairs to the table if you can include the few on the wait list. The dim sum restaurants are usually accommodating if it is a few more people.
    Thanks.

    August 5, 2013

    • Joana

      Hi Betty, I see that you cleared the waiting list. Many people cancel and people clear he waitlist. I called the restaurant and they told me that we could get tables that fit 10-12 people. I was planning on two tables that fit 12. I am going to send communication to encourage people to update their attendance. We will see how it goes. Depends on interest we could add another table. Thanks for your ideas to includes others.

      August 6, 2013

  • Heather

    I may be going to Western Mass this weekend, so since there are people on the waiting list, I'm going to downgrade myself to a maybe and I'll go if I'm here and there are spaces.

    August 6, 2013

  • Karen

    Actually, I'm going to a meetup offshoot for dim sum that day. Will say hi if we pass on the street.

    August 5, 2013

  • Mike N.

    Ohhhh Yeah!!

    1 · August 2, 2013

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