MAKC South Chapter @ Aki Matsuri Autumn Festival: United States National Arboretum October 15, 2016 10:00 am

Aki Matsuri Autumn Festival: Bonsai and Beyond at the United States National Arboretum 3501 New York Avenue, NE; Washington, D. C. 20002-1958 on October 15, 2016 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 The MAKC South Chapter will have a table at the koi pond on the National Arboretum grounds to talk all things koi to visitors!

 I am very sorry to say that I will not be attending the Festival as planned, Sarah Johnson is going in my place. I was recently diagnosed with Lupus and I am physically unable to attend

Jo Mead

MAKC President

Festival Schedule:

All Lectures, Tours, and Activities Free Except for the Evening Otsukimi Moon Viewing


Special Bonsai Demonstration

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Watch Bonsai Master Tohru Suzuki create a bonsai on stage in the Auditorium.

Kusamono Lecture and Demonstration

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Join Kusamono Master Young Choe for an enchanting look at kusamono—small herbaceous plants in pots that are often displayed with bonsai—and learn how to make one yourself.

Japanese Garden Lecture and Tour

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Join Philadelphia Garden Designer Sharee Solow for an overview of the distinct Japanese style of gardening. Learn about the key components and philosophy that are married to create stunning gardens in small spaces, then tour an existing Japanese garden to learn how an overgrown example of this fine art can be restored.


10:30 am to 11:30 am and 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Walking tour of the Japanese Woodland section of the Asian Collections

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Tram tour highlighting Japan’s contribution to American horticulture

Cultural Activities

12:30 pm to 1:00 pm            Taiko drumming

1:30 pm to 2:00 pm               Fox Mill Elementary students sing traditional Japanese songs

2:30 pm to 3:00 pm               Narrated kimono fashion show by Kuniko Kanawa

3:30 pm to 4:00 pm               Keisho Center singing

10:00 am to 4:00 pm              Drop-in children’s activities

Ikebana and Seven Grasses of Autumn on display throughout the day

Book Signings

Three authors present newly released books based on the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum’s collection.

Food and Vendors

Buy Japanese food and drink from vendors and enjoy a taste of Japan on the terrace; purchase a plant you can style into a bonsai or kusamono.

Special Evening Event—Otsukimi Moon Viewing hosted by the Japan-America Society of Washington, DC

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Celebrate this traditional event in the meadow with Japanese food, drink, music, and haiku writing. In order to attend this event you must register at:

Central Chapter Meeting Sunday August 21, 2016

Dear MAKC Members,

I would like to personally invite the MAKC members to the next Central Chapter MAKC meeting at Barry Hixson’s in Bethlehem, PA on August 21, 2016 at 1:00 PM.

 The discussion will be regarding ponds, fish and how to hand feed water melon to koi.

 It should be a great day!

Please RSVP Barry at 610-390-5778 and for directions.

Bruce Damme

2016/2017 MAKC Membership Directory

Dear MAKC Members,

We are going to publish the MAKC Membership Directory shortly.
If you do not wish to have your name in the 2016/2017 MAKC Membership Directory please let me know by August 1, 2016.
Thank you!

Jo Mead
MAKC President

Tri-State ZNA Koi and Bonsai Show July 29-30, 2016 Snug Harbor Staten Island NY

MAKC Members,

The Tri-State ZNA Koi Club will be holding their 5th Annual Koi and Bonsai Show on July 29-30, 2016 at Snug Harbor in Staten Island NY.

On Saturday night, July 30, 2016, will be the Awards Banquet.  If you are interested in attending please let me know.  The tickets are $65.00 per person.

There will be many great koi and goldfish vendors at the show.  It will be a great chance to see these vendors in one location!

The following vendors that will be attending are:

Earthsea Glass

Ecological Labs

Fish Corner

Genki Koi

Grande Koi LLC

Kodama Koi Farm

Koi Market/Yoshikigol USA


Nijikawa USA

Peters & Sons Koi

Quality Koi Company

Torii Koi Farm

Trees to Dreams

Ultra Balance Koi Food/Star Milling

I will be attending the show along with Sarah and Herb

Hope to see you there!

Jo Mead

MAKC President

MAKC Election Results and News

Dear MAKC Members,

I want to first apologize for not emailing the results of the election sooner.

With the pond season in full swing it has been extremely busy the past couple of weeks with pond emergencies.  I cannot stressthe enough the importance of following the proper quarantine procedures. 

The results of the 2016/2017 Executive Board Election:

MAKC President Joann Mead

MAKC Vice President Herb Ehrich

MAKC Treasurer Anthony Vitale

MKAC Central Vice President Bruce Damme

MAKC Long Island Chapter Vice President Bruce Levine

MAKC Hudson Valley Chapter Vice President Herb Ehrich

MAKC South Chapter Vice President Alan Mickelson

This year is going to be very exciting on October 15, 2016 the Club with be help hosting the Japanese festival at the National Arboretum in DC.  The Club with also be hosting the AKCA Annual Meeting and Wet Lab  on  June 23-24, 2017.  This will be a great chance for our members to take a Wet Lab with Dr. Nick Saint-Erne.  Dr. Saint-Erne is one of the top aquatic vets in the US and author of Advanced Koi Care.

Jo Mead

MAKC President

Ballot 2016-2017 MAKC Officers Annual Meeting Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Dear MAKC Members,

 On Sunday June 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm, at Bernie Szer’s home in Lynbrook, NY 11563, we will be holding our MAKC Annual Meeting to vote for the Board of Directors for the 2016/2017 year.

 Attached please find the ballot 2016-2017 MAKC Officers, the ballots must be in received by Monday June 20, 2016.  You can email in your votes.

Jo Mead

MAKC President 

Central Chapter Meeting At Quality Koi On Saturday June 11, 2016!

Dear MAKC Members

I would like to personally invite you to our first meeting of the MAKC Central Chapter, on Saturday June 11, 2016 from 10am to 2pm at Quality Koi in Quillytown, NJ.  

Even if you are not looking to purchase fish, experiencing a day at Quality Koi is the perfect way to start the season.   Mat and Jen have graciously opened their doors to MAKC members.   We will be providing lunch for those attending and will have an informal meet and greet to reaffirm acquaintances and make new friends.  Come out and join us for a great meeting!

Directions to Quality Koi can be found on their website at


10:00 am-12:00 pm Visit with the Koi and catch up with members

12:00 pm Lunch

12:30pm-Talk by Mat McCann of Quality Koi (subject to be announced)

 Please RSVP for lunch count to Bruce Damme (Central Chapter VP) at ( or you can call him at (302)598-8431


Jo Mead

MAKC President

The Long Island Chapter of the MAKC will hold…

The Long Island Chapter of the MAKC will hold their first meeting Koi Market Aquatic Gardens

The topic will be “Opening Your Koi Pond” on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 1:00 PM

If you have been lurking on the Koi Market Aquatic Gardens Facebook page you will know that Shawn has brought back some amazing Japanese Tosai from Nishikigoi Niigata Direct. These fish will be on display and out for sale!

If you have any questions please contact Bruce Levine, MAKC VP of Long Island Chapter

MAKC Pond Life Newsletter!

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the new MAKC newsletter. Written by and for MAKC members, this publication is designed to keep everyone up-to-date on club programs, events and future plans. It also aims to provide useful information on how to design, build and maintain ponds and water gardens – with a special focus on keeping koi and other fish.

Pond Life 1 April 2016