Thursday 26 September 2019      
Beat the Traffic During Golden Week: Come on out for the cookout nights from 1 to 4 October and pizza night on 5 October in the Brickyard garden. If you stay overnight or head back to town after dinner you’ll have an easy ride back to town. Get details of cookout night or pizza night and make a last-minute reservation on 010-61626506.
Halloween Pumpkin Carving
Brickyard will host the annual contest on Saturday 19 October to get ready early for Halloween. From 14:00 to 16:00 select a pumpkin and create a free-style Jack-O’-Lantern to be displayed in our garden and judged by our team. The winning child or teen and the winning adult will each receive Rmb 300 gift certificate good for purchases. No charge or purchases required for participating, subject to availability of pumpkins.
Diwali at the Great Wall
We’ll celebrate the coming of the Festival of Lights on the night before on Saturday 26 October. Randhir Singh and his family will host the evening and share their favorite traditional Indian flavors and dishes. We’ll have live Indian music and Bollywood movies. It’s not cultural appropriation but rather respectful fun to dress up in Indian costumes and we’ll have prizes for the best costumes. Learn more. 进一步了解
Bespoke Music
Fusion compositions by Schoolhouse resident artist Raymond Wiger can be heard around the Brickyard. If you’re intrigued, have a free listen and perhaps buy a single or an album on iTunes or Amazon.

Textile Arts Studio
Liang Tang, a founder of The Schoolhouse and the Brickyard, also collects, designs, and fabricates textiles and has recently opened her Textile Arts Studio at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall. In addition to museum quality pieces she has also sought out worn and scrap fabrics which she redeploys in her own art pieces. These hand-sewn works feature rich contemporary fabrics as a backdrop for scraps quilted onto the substrate in arrays of geometrical designs. Visitors by advance appointment only. Contact for more information and to make an appointment.
Beijing Review Interview
Beijing Review featured our partner Jim Spear as an American “good man” at the foot of the Great Wall. Jim related that in his view, “The Great Wall is a symbol of a great people.” See the full text and video here.

Where Was Jim?
The first reader who identifies the famous building Jim is pictured visiting recently will win Rmb 888 credit toward a stay in any Brickyard Room or Home. Friends and relatives not eligible!

American Thanksgiving Head’s Up: Join our traditional feast, now in its fifteenth year, and give thanks at the foot of Mutianyu Great Wall on Thursday 28 November or reprise on Saturday the 30th. Dinner is family style with roast turkey and all the trimmings, a huge dessert buffet, and live jazz. Space is limited for this popular event so we recommend booking early.
In the News
Asia’s creative meeting magazine Mix featured Brickyard Retreat in an article on Great Wall incentives. Have a look at Mark Graham’s story. Story featured this image of Mumanyu, one of our Homes.

Cooking with Randhir
Randhir Singh has learned a thing or two about Chinese home-cooking over the last 15 years living in China with his Chinese family. Try this dish with hot peppers, bell peppers, or a mix stir-fried with pork. Perfect complement to plain steamed rice. See the recipe.

Sustainability in Action
It’s the harvest season for chestnuts, the major crop of the villages under Mutianyu Great Wall. Entire families join in the cultivation and harvesting and it is the year’s major cash income for many of them. Every year Brickyard Retreat purchases large amounts (since our own orchard production is limited) and we use in dishes such as pork with chestnuts.

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