Cherry Blossom Festival in Roosevelt Island

Spring is here! How do we know? Ask the cherry blossoms in Roosevelt Island!In Japan, we rely on the cherry blossom front (sakura zensen) tracking the blossoming time of cherry trees throughout the country as an official measure of spring arrival. We celebrate this wonderful change in season with "Ohanami", literally translated as "flower-gazing". Actually, we do more than gaze; we eat, drink, sing and sometimes dance on the picnic blankets under the cherry blossom trees and have a blast!

Turns out you don't have to travel all the way to Japan to join the festivity!

The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) will be hosting their First Annual Cherry Blossom Festival which will take place Saturday, April 30, from 1-3 p.m. Participating with RIRA, will be Roosevelt Island Operating Association (RIOC) and the Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Association Gallery (RIVAA). This event supports fundraising efforts by the Japanese Association of Roosevelt Island and 100% of the proceeds will go to charities for Japanese relief effort. (**ONLY CASH will be accepted at the event**)

It's a FREE admission event enjoyable for both adults and children! For more information please see the website: www.riraonline.com or contact Ed Pachetti  epachetti@gmail.com

We are participating by setting up a HAPPYDOLL BOOTH, so come on down and see us!

There will be traditional Japanese musical performances, origami classes, tea ceremonies and karate demonstration by children. If you like Japanese food, don't miss the sushi, sake and the beer tasting!

Our friend Rie may also participate by holding a  CANVAS FOR JAPAN session!

http://www.relaying.org/canvas/index.html

See you on April 30th!