2014 Society Events

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January 1 Yuki Teikei Haiku Society membership dues are payable. Domestic and Canada $32; Seniors, $26; International $40; Seniors $31. Due to technical difficulties, only four GEPPO issues were published in 2013, so renewing members may reduce dues payments listed above by $4 for 2014. Mail check to Toni Homan, 8017 Quaker Ridge Way, Sacramento, CA 95829.
Saturday, January 11 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm Meeting; newcomers and guests welcome, at the Markham House, History Center, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose. Roger Abe will lead the program. Please bring a favorite book, story, play, or poem written by an American or Californian author.  It’s winter — time for comfort food and comfort reading! Please, no peanuts or peanut content in snacks you might bring.  Directions to History Center.
Saturday, February 8, 1:30 pm until 4:30 pm Meeting, Markham House, History Center, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose. Fay Aoyagi will give a talk on Japanese culture and how being Japanese influences her when she chooses a kigo.    Please, no peanuts or peanut content in snacks you might bring.  Directions to History Center.
Saturday, March 8, 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm. Haiga (haiku with art) Workshop; hosted by Linda Papanicolaou. Materials for collage, painting, and sumi-e will be available; donations will be accepted for their use. Come with haiku, a bag lunch, and any art supplies that you would like play with while creating haiga. Please bring a peanut-free dish to share.  
For further directions, please consult GEPPO.
Saturday, April 5, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Workshop on Writing Responsive Tanka with Joan Zimmerman, Patricia Machmiller, and Phillip Kennedy.  Site: in the Monterey Dunes area; information provided on registration. Fundraiser for YTHS – Requested donation: $60. For registration, please e-mail: patriciajmachmiller@msn.com
Saturday, April 12, 11:30 am to 3:30 pm Picnic and garden tour ginko at Tilden Botanic Garden at Berkeley.Gather at the Visitor Center. (to the left of the Main Gate, at the intersection of Wildcat Canyon and South Park Drive.) Easiest parking is in the parking lot across from the Garden on Wildcat Canyon Drive. Directions are hereDavid Sherertz will be our docent for a garden ginko with writing and sharing time.  Lawn picnic potluck lunch first, bring blanket or low chair. (no peanuts please). Further details will be posted at a later date. 
Saturday, May 10, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm Haiku in the Tea House, San Jose Japanese Friendship Garden Tea House, 1490 Senter Road, San Jose. Sponsored by YTHS, Poetry Center San Jose, and San Jose Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services. 10:00 am to noon – Garden walking tour and haiku workshop. 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm–Featured readers are Peggy Heinrich, Santa Cruz; Bruce Feingold, Berkeley; Don Baird, LA; and Linda Papanicoloau, Stanford. Their readings will be followed by an open-microphone haiku reading. Light refreshments will be available.
Saturday, June 14, 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm Garden tour with picnic lunch (bring your own and something to share); newcomers and guests welcome, at Hakone Gardens picnic area, Saratoga. Please, no peanuts or peanut content in the picnic food.
Saturday, July 12, 6:00 pm Tanabata Celebration at the home of Anne and Don Homan above Livermore, newcomers and guests welcome. Please bring a dish for a pot-luck dinner. Please, no peanuts or peanut content in the dish. Call for directions – 925-443-9440
Saturday, September 6, 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm Museum tour, cafe snack, poetry writing at Cantor Arts Center of Stanford University. Exhibitions on display will include “Mapping Edo: The Social & Political Geography of Early Modern Japan” and “Within and Without: Transformation in Chinese Landscape”.
Saturday October 11, 6:00 pm Moon Viewing Party, at the home of home of Carol Steele, 711 Oak St., Capitola, CA; newcomers and guests welcome. Please bring a dish for a pot-luck dinner. Please, no peanuts or peanut content in the dish.
Sunday, November 2, 11:00 am Board 2015 Planning Meeting; members welcome, at Il Fornio restaurant, San Jose. 
Thursday, November 6 – Sunday, November 9, 1:30 pm until 5:00 pm Haiku retreat at Asilomar Conference Center, Monterrey Peninsula.  Newcomers welcome. Featuring a beautiful natural setting with the opportunity to learn from a noted haiku poet and, and other experienced poets and artists. The retreat’s theme will be birds in nature and art. Advance payment of $440 is required. Write-up.
Saturday, December 13, 5:00 pm – ? pm Holiday Party, at the home of Alison Woolpert, 235 Sunset Ave. Santa Cruz. Please, no peanuts or peanut content in the dish. It is a tradition of this annual party that the poets exchange a holiday card haiga with the other poets. Thirty copies of the haiga card are likely to be enough for the exchange. Write-up.

2014 Event Write-ups


It was an evening of haiku friendship. The holiday dinner was at the home of Alison Woolpert, our YTHS President. As she expressed through her words:

Luminarias outside, holiday lights inside, and a living room filled with the lively talk among friends (Patricia & Al Machmiller, Judith & Lou Schallberger, Joan Zimmerman and friends from Japan Miki and Shun Kamata, Eleanor Carolyn, Carol Steele, Carolyn Fitz, Jean Mahoney, Patrick Gallagher, Sandy Vrooman, Roger Abe, Ann Bendixen, Kae Bendixen, Amy Ostenso Kennedy, Phillip Kennedy, and Alan Leavitt).  Candles and Carol’s Ikebana centerpiece decorated the dining room table, a table laden with delicious potluck offerings.  We feasted, and then shared our haiku/haiga cards.

To sum it all up in J. Zimmerman’s words:  “It was filled with Joy.” Write-up by Mimi Ahern.


“It was for the birds!”… and for all the 33 birder haiku poets (new and veteran) who gathered for the YTHS Retreat at Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, CA.  Mimi Ahern took some wonderful photos during the retreat, which can be seen here.  Mimi also chronicled this 4-day event, and her write-up can be found here.