|The 2007 Cherry
Blossom Festival in the Greater Reading/Berks County area included
Cherry Tree and bulb plantings, music, art, a sushi & sake ceremony
and a canoe/kayak "parade" on a section of the Schuylkill River
known as "RiverPlace." For more information about RiverPlace
in Reading, PA, click here.
The Reading Eagle
newspaper and Internet team created a slideshow with an audio
description of how the "dragon boat" came to be. Click
here to see and listen to the short feature.
Above: A group of volunteers met on top of
Reading's scenic Mount Penn and planted over 1,000 hyacinths at the
historic Pagoda as a part of the 2007 Greater Reading Cherry Blossom
Above: Doug Fisher, the Cherry Blossom Festival
organizer, speaks to the audience at the sushi & sake ceremony at
the Reading Public Museum and Art Gallery. Yes, those two
barrels were filled with sake and yes...both were emptied by the end
of the evening's festivities!
Above: The beauty of traditional garb was will
represented at the Greater Reading Cherry Blossom Festival during
the sushi & sake ceremony on Friday night.
Above and below: Mountain Folk's East Side Dave
performs the theme song "Cherry Blossom Time" which he wrote for the
festival and crowd who came to enjoy the Sushi & Sake ceremony at
the Reading Public Museum.
Above: Floral artist Gene Burkhart got attendees
involved with creating beautiful Cherry Blossom Festival memories.
Above: A ceremonial reading about the tradition
of sake was read before the barrels were broken open with wooden
mallets and the sake and sushi was served.
Above: Float "parade" organizer Don Moll explains
safety procedures before getting underway.
Above: Mountain Folk's Dave pilots a "dragon
boat" down the river.
Above: The Cherry Blossom Festival's Schuylkill
River "parade" floatilla participants gathered at Confluence Point.
Above: The dragon floats down the river.
Above: Mr.& Mrs. David Thun, (whose family name
is honored on a regional section of trail known as the "Thun"
Trail), participated in the river parade!
Above and below: Our dragon boat looked beautiful
on the Schuylkill River.
Above: Traditional prayer trees were a part of
the festival's river parade and sushi & sake ceremony the night
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