On July 16, 2022, members of the Portland Taoist Tai Chi® branch held an all-day demo at TeaFestPDX. The branch has participated in this event since its inception six years ago and has enjoyed a very positive relationship with the organizers. The event returned this year after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. 70 vendors of teas, teawares showed up, and visitors could enjoy Asian foods, books, classes on teas, a classic British Tea, and other tea-related exhibits. Fifteen participants from the Portland branch volunteered to make it an energizing and successful event. As usual we served iced pu’erh at our booth.
In previous years the branch offered free, shortened classes that were well attended. Due to COVID, only demos were offered this year. Still, a few attendees couldn’t resist jumping in to move with the group.
Among the enthusiastic visitors to our booth was a woman who had previously practiced Taoist Tai Chi® arts in Chicago, a young man who had lost contact with us after completing his Beginning Class, and an older man who came to TeaFestPDX specifically to find us. Volunteers enjoyed this opportunity to spend the day together and to reconnect with our community.