Capitol cherry blossom festival set for March 28 (2015)
The flowering cherry trees at State Capitol State Park may be still blooming March 28 with some help from our weather. But even if the blossoms are floating to the ground, the beauty of Cherry Blossom Day at the Capitol goes on.
The free event runs 11 a.m.-3 p.m. All indoor activities will be held in the Capitol Rotunda, Galleria and second floor. Outdoor events are set for the north Capitol Steps.
- Opening Ceremony (11-11:15 a.m.) with Salem Mayor Anna Peterson
- Activities, displays, exhibits, tea ceremony, video, ikebana (11 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Willamette Heritage Center
Oregon Cherry Growers, Inc.
Artists in Action – Salem Photo League
Japanese Cultural Society
Willamette University Japan Studies Student Leaders
- Tastings (11 a.m.-3 p.m. while supplies last)
Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia Ice Cream
Willamette Valley Pie Company
Oregon Cherry Grower’s, Inc.
- Photography Awards (12-12:30 p.m.)
- Performances (1-3 p.m.)
Koto – traditional Japanese stringed instrument
Bon Dance – traditional Japanese dance
Kimono Fashion Show
3Shine Flamenco – Arts Studio with connections to
Japan and Spain
Capitol Steps Schedule (10:50 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.)
Karate – demonstration
Dance Leo – dance of traditional costuming and music
Monmouth Taiko – Japanese percussion instruments
Monmouth Taiko – percussion used for communication and celebration
Kengido – modern samurai
En Taiko – youth Taiko from Portland
Capitol Tower Tours – 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Each tour limited to 50 people
Capitol State Park Tours – 30-minute botanical tours at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. of the grounds surrounding the Capitol. Times: Noon, 1 and 2 p.m.