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The NEPA Bonsai Society will hold its 22nd Annual Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Midway Garden Center, 1865 Highway 315, Laflin.

In June 1988, six people who shared a common interest in the ancient art of dwarf trees and whose experience ranged from practically nothing to over 20 years, met informally to discuss ways and means of sharing their collective skills and expanding local interest in this ancient oriental practice.

From these meetings, the Northeast Pennsylvania Bonsai Society was born. Its objectives remain to provide a place for its members to come together to expand and share their knowledge and skills and to advance and promote interest in bonsai among the general public in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The agenda on Sept. 8 will include a large bonsai tree display by the society's members, various demonstrations throughout the day and many bonsai trees and related items for sale!

There will also be Shakuhachi flute entertainment by Jamie Orfanella and a friendly bonsai tree competition open to all members.

"Our goal this year is to have a larger display, more demonstrations, and a greater turn out from the public," says Carl Achhammer, bonsai society president. It should be a really great day and I encourage people to come out to enjoy the trees and an art form that has been around for over 2000 years."

Society members will be on hand to answer any questions, show bonsai tress owners how to work on their bonsai or help anyone interested pick out theirfirst tree.

As a new bonsai enthusiast, vice-president of the bonsai society and co-chairwoman of the event, Constance Orchard finds a great need to promote bonsai to everyone she meets.

According to Orchard, "The quiet grace and beauty of a tree is soothing to the soul.

The living art form of bonsai gives one an up close and personal relationship with your own "scaled down forest."

For more information, call Sue or Carl at Midway Garden Center at 654-6194.

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