Monday, March 22, 2010


Contributing Writer - Clea Levinson, Intern

Part 1 of 3 - Cherry Tree Bonanza

It’s that time of year again! Tree enthusiasts and sightseers will converge on the District starting this Saturday to celebrate two weeks of cherry blossoms, culture and art at the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

This year marks the 98th celebration of the gift of 3,000 cherry trees from the people of Japan, to the City of Washington. Millions of visitors flock to the City each year to see these gifts of friendship.

While the National Park Service has predicted the cherry blossoms will be at their peak from April 3 - 8, you can can expect to see beautiful pink and white flowers for weeks after. And of course you will be entertained by a wide variety of family-friendly activities taking place across the City.

Here are a few highlighted events even a D.C. native can enjoy:

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
Saturday, April 10; 10:00 a.m.
Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th Street NW

Second Annual Cherry Blast Offers an Evening of Eclectic Art:

April 2
; 9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
1701 Florida Ave, NW, Washington, DC 200

Fireworks Show with Musical Prelude

April 3; 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Waterfront Park - 600 Water Street, SW

Eighth Annual Anime Marathon Film Festival:

April 3; Times TBD
mithsonian Institution, Freer Gallery of Art - 1050 Independence Avenue, SW

The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internments Camps, 1942-1946:

Mar 05, 2010 - Jan 30, 2011; Check museum hours.
Renwick Gallery - Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW

Daily Performances at Sylvan Theatre
March 27-April 11; held daily
Washington Monument Grounds - Independence Ave SW & Raoul Wallenberg Pl SW

Be sure to check the
National Cherry Blossom Festival website for the most current event information.

Later this week we will give you a brief history of the festival, the different types of cherry trees you can find in the District and locations other than the Tidal Basin to view them. So much to cover.

Don't forget. If you are a lover of cherry trees, consider planting one on your property using a $50.00
Tree Rebate.

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