By Phyllis Odessey
We did not know what to expect. It was the FIRST Cherry Blossom Festival on Randall’s Island. We planned carefully. A great assortment of activities for all ages: write your name in Japanese, cherry blossom tissue paper flowers, fans stamped with beets in the shape of cherry blossoms, cherry blossom tissue paper trees, face painting with artist, James Carroll and a special demonstration of how to make cherry blossom tea and cherry blossom salt, plus a tour of the Urban Farm with Nick Storrs.
In addition, a very special visit by the Consul General of japan, who brought his silver shovel to help plant a cherry tree in the new section of Urban Farm. This new section will add an additional 8.000 square ft. to the farm.
We know the festival was success by the
diversity of ages and cultures that attended. Here they are: