The AmCham-China U.S. Independence Day party is slated for July 2 and will feature pizza, burgers, hot dogs and pizza, beer and soda, music from the Icehouse band and from Chris of Nashville, and children’s games and fireworks. I’m helping and thus onsite all the livelong day, and at least 33 readers of this newsletter will be there, including Kraft-D and Alpha Veda (see issues II, XII), who are flying in from Shanghai. Drop by and have some barley pops with us. Tickets must be bought beforehand, include four food and drink coupons, and are 150-200 kuai (children under five get in free). For more info, check amcham-china.org.cn, email me, or visit Browns tonight night (Thursday, starts 10PM), where I’ll be cheering my team Ghana as they play the U.S. in the World Cup. / The Canadians get into the patriotic spirit a day earlier, on July 1, with the Canada-China Business Council organizing a national day party in Wangfujing. For details, see canadadaychina.com. For those Canucks who want an early start, Richard Liu reminds that the Fourth Annual Canada D’eh! Cocktail is June 30 (10:30PM-2AM) at TRIO. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP. / Was it not literally yesterday that Beijing’s grape scene grew a bunch with the creation of The Cellar (soft opening: June 27) and its associated wine club? Now word comes that another club, this one focused on Bordeaux, is set to open (more details next issue). Speaking of The Cellar, memberships to Club 88 are now available. / The Beijing Cheese Society has been quiet lately, but no worries fromage fans, as co-founder Sharon Ruwart says that plans for more tastings are in the works. / Finally, I have sent out a short survey to those who have expressed interest in my planned Whisky and Bourbon Society. If you didn’t receive it, and are interested in the society, let me know. Special thanks to reader Eddie O. for his input.
(From Beijing Boyce XIX, first emailed on June 21, 2006)