(Moon)cake Walk at the Museum

Behold the mooncake. This tasty little Chinese delicacy — not to be confused with its humdrum American “cousin,” the MoonPie — factors heavily into the Chinese Moon Festival, which goes down Saturday afternoon at the Norton Museum of Art. Instead of the MoonPie’s cardboard-like shell and rubbery marshmallow insides, you get a filling of red bean or lotus seed paste and an exterior adorned with intricate designs. It’s all quite lovely. Similar to the American snack, mooncakes are traded among friends, specifically during the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival (AKA the Moon Festival). In addition to a tea and mooncake reception, Saturday’s events include a Chinese character-writing workshop, docent-led tours, kid-friendly craft projects, a pottery demo, and a self-guided treasure hunt. For the older kids and grownups, storyteller Diane Wolkstein will give a dramatic reading of Monkey King: Journey to the West. The seventh-annual Chinese Moon Festival is 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. There’s no additional cost to attend beyond regular museum admission: $12 for adults, $5 for students, and free to members and kids 12 and younger. The museum will honor Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live tickets, which are good for two free adult admissions. Norton Museum of Art is located at 1451 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach. Call 561-832-5196, ext. 1131, or visit norton.org.
Sat., Sept. 29, 1-5 p.m., 2012
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