The 2nd Annual Ferndale Cherry Blossom Festival will be held April 16th, 2016 at the Pioneer Pavilion (2007 Cherry St). It is a free event and open to the public. The festival includes dancing, music, vendors, arts and so much more. The opening ceremony will be held at 9:30am on the Hanadori Trail behind the Conoco Phillips Sports Complex.
Mission Statement of the Cherry Blossom Festival:
The Ferndale Cherry Blossom Festival is established to nurture the relationship we share with our Japanese sister city Minami-boso, to collectively learn about, honor and celebrate Japanese culture and to beautify Ferndale with iconic Japanese flowering cherry trees that offer organic experiential opportunities to rejoice in the splendor of sakura.
Latest News about the Ferndale Cherry Blossom Festival
- Call to all Whatcom Poets
- Call to Artists: Poster Design Contest!
- 2016 Schedule of Events
- Donate a Tree!
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Festival Committee Members
Marla Morrow and Wendy Kunst Massey – Co-chairs
Invite to Sponsors:
We are inviting you to consider being a participant in the second annual Ferndale Cherry Blossom Festival, April 16th, 2016. This event is hosted and coordinated by the Ferndale Arts Commission (FAC). The festival is a unique cultural event that proffers a window into the wealth of Japanese culture.
Our mission is to nurture the relationship we share with our Japanese sister city Minami-boso, to collectively learn about, honor, and celebrate Japanese culture, and to beautify Ferndale with iconic Japanese flowering cherry trees. Representatives from Minami-boso participated in a Golden Shovel Tree Planting Ceremony on Hanadori Trail in October 2015 and tentative plans are underway to welcome more Minami-boso dignitaries in October 2016 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of our sister city friendship.
The festival will champion our mission through education, experiential opportunities, and engagement of all immediate and broader community members. Children’s book readings, Japanese-inspired visual artists, Kamishibai performances and Taiko drummers and dancers are a sampling of planned events in our working schedule designed for all ages. We are also planning a Ferndale Cherry Blossom Festival poster design contest and a haiku writing contest for all residents of Whatcom County with awards for selected entries to be determined.
Allied Arts of Whatcom County provides the Ferndale Arts Commission fiscal and program sponsorship through the provision of nonprofit status that is a requirement of eligibility for a vast majority of essential grants. According to the guidelines and letter of understanding, 10% of all funds awarded to FAC are issued to Allied Arts.
Allied Arts empowers local artists through organized festivals and events such as exhibits at the Allied Arts Gallery, Holiday Festival of the Arts, the special Downtown Children’s Art Walk held each May, RARE (recycled art & resource expo) and so much more. By becoming a sponsor of the FAC Ferndale Cherry Blossom Festival, you will be supporting two extraordinary assets to all of Whatcom County.
If you feel this is important to our community, there are opportunities and benefits for you. We offer a comprehensive sponsorship program. Media releases, ads, and social outreach including your logo and written acknowledgement can be included according to your level of support. Our sponsorship program encompasses opportunities for any giving level.
We thank you for your consideration to join other community members and organizations to learn about, honor and celebrate Japanese culture and the arts. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to your response at your earliest convenience.
With gratitude for your thoughtful consideration,
Ferndale Arts Commission
Ferndale Cherry Blossom Festival Co-Chair