The Ferndale Cherry Blossom Festival begins with the Grand Opening Ceremony at 9am on Hanadori Trail, followed by the Pioneer Pavilion Center opening at 10am.

Ferndale Cherry Blossom Festival 2018

The Ferndale Cherry Blossom Festival 2018 (FCBF) has been scheduled for Saturday, April 14th, at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center (2007 Cherry St. Ferndale, WA).

The free biennial event is established to learn about honor and celebrate Japanese culture  and rejoice in the fleeting beauty of cherry blossoms in a participatory fashion for all ages.

The festival celebrates Japanese culture, the relationship we share with our Japanese Sister City, Minamiboso, and the fleeting beauty of Japanese cherry blossoms.  There is joy in coming together as one people, graced with a sense of commonality, dignity and well-being

Enjoy free door prizes and purchase raffle tickets ($5) to win:

  • A round of golf at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club
  • A handmade Antique Japanese Doll
  • ‘Akebono’ Cherry Blossom Tree
  • Japanese Tea Pot with Green Tea
  • Hirosshige Art Books
  • An Antique Japanese Bowl
  • More!

Call for Submissions

It is my belief that most contests may be counterproductive to building the desired effects stated above in addition to the degradation of self-esteem and self-confidence as judgement designates “winners” and “losers”.

Also, a “Call to Artists“  may be intimidating to those who don’t regard themselves as artistic or artists.

Therefore, the Ferndale Cherry Blossom Festival 2018 is proud to extend this CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS to all Whatcom County residents to submit a diorama relating to Japanese Cherry Blossom Festivals and Japanese culture.

Your imagination and creativity are waiting to be known!

With anticipations,

Marla Morrow
Ferndale Cherry Blossom Festival
Founder and Chair




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Bellingham Golf and Country Club, Stampadoodle and the Paper Cafe, Banner Bank, Ideation, Kent’s Garden and Nursery, Masami Hanashio, Deymian LeSar, The Massey Family, Steve and Marla Morrow

Schedule of Events

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. – Opening Ceremony on Hanadori Trail

  • Shakuhachi Music by Patrick Johnson, Seattle
  • Haiku Reading/Brief Welcome by Marla/Translated into Japanese
  • Brief Welcome by Mayor Jon Mutchler
  • Cascadia Third Grade Music Class Students/Beverly Dooley, Teacher – Sing “Sakura” Accompanied b Koto Instrumentalist Shiho Kurauchi, Music Center of the North West , “The White Flower” and Other Songs/Xylophones, Metallophones (Instrument used in Asia for Thousands of Years.)
  • Awards Presented to Exhibition Submitters by Women of Japanese Ancestry\Announced by Wendy Kunst Massey
  • Closing/Marla /Translated into Japanese

9:45 a.m.  Proceed to Pioneer Pavilion Community Center

10 a.m. – Pioneer Pavilion Community Center Opens
                  Koto Instructor Shiho Kurauchi

10:30  –  Masami Hanashiro, Worldwide Eisa Ambassador,

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10:30 – 11:00 a.m. OKK Chijinshuu (Okinawa Kenjin Kai)

Taiko Drummers and Dancer from WA. State

10:30 – Noon – Continued Craft Paranku Workshop                   

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.   Door Prize Drawings

11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Contemporary Shibori:  Heat Transfer

                                      Dyeing Workshop by WWU

Professor of Textile Art, Seiko Purdue

Noon – 1 p.m. – Light Japanese Food Samplings           

12:15 – 12:45 p.m.  Bonsai Demonstration by Bonsai George

12:45 – 1 p.m. – Japanese Needle Art Sashiko Demonstration
by Denny of Quilting Foxes

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. – Door Prize Drawings

1:15  – 1: 35 p.m.  Tea Ceremony Performance by Mariko Burnham, Seattle
Accompanied by Shiho Kurauchi

 1:45 – 2:45 p.m.  Furoshikii Workshop by Mariko Fries

2:45 – 3 p.m.  Big Raffle Drawing

3 p.m.  Closure by Marla


  • Sakura Origami//Paper Tops
  • Japanese Paper Coats
  • Buddha Board
  • Coloring Book Assembly for Children
  • Raffle Ticket Sales
  • Door Prizes
  • Children’s Ikebana – Noriko Sharik, Flower Arrangement Teacher, Hiroko McCoy, Assistant, Japanese Collegiate Students
  • Bonsai George
  • Ferndale Sister City Association Table
  • Denny – Vendor of Japanese Fabrics, Quilt and

         Stitchery Art Kits

  • Bookmarks Made of Card Stock, Origami Cranes,

                  Names Written in Japanese

  • Charles Coghlan – Ikebana Vendor
  • Haiku Wandering Poets, Bellingham Haiku Group
  • Japanese Apparel et cetera – Deymian LeSaur, Vendor
  • Bellingham Sister City Association Table
  • Children’s Reading Area


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