A small, informal event– a Cherry Blossom Viewing Picnic— was held for a single day in May this year to celebrate the blooming of the cherry trees in the Japanese Garden located in Delaware Park.
But that was just a taste of things to come. The Friends of the Japanese Garden of Buffalo are planning a full-fledged Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival for 2014 with an entire week of events, including gardening speakers, a Japanese tea ceremony, boat rides so you can see the cherry blossoms from the lake, a Japanese film festival, a cherry blossom gala, kites, a pink and white parade, exhibits, entertainers and more.
The event, which is planned to be held annually, is slated to be held from April 23 to May 4, 2014.
To get the funding they need, they’ve started a Kickstarter campaign to raise $5,000 by Dec. 31. The way these Kickstarter campaigns work is that the group must raise the entire goal by the deadline or it doesn’t collect any of the money. You can click to the Kickstarter site to see how the campaign is progressing.
The minimum donation is $1. There are incentives at various levels. When you donate $10, you get a pin with the Cherry Blossom Festival logo; $25, a T-shirt with the logo; $50, a festival poster; $100, a limited edition signed and numbered print of the festival poster; $700, two tickets to the Pink and White Tie Cherry Blossom Gala, and $1,400, an honored guest table for eight at the gala.
You can make a donation in the name of a friend or family member, noted Trudy Stern, marketing director for Friends of the Japanese Garden of Buffalo.
The goal of the campaign is to present the Western New York Community with a celebration of early springtime in Buffalo while being able to pay the talented artists and musicians who perform. Most of the activities will be free to the public.
The mission of the Friends of the Japanese Garden of Buffalo is to promote culture, arts and international peace within the six-acre Japanese Garden, which was a gift from Buffalo’s Sister city in Japan, Kanazawa. The Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival is a major project aimed at meeting that goal.