On Sunday April 15th the “Cherry Blossom Tree Tour Celebration” will commemorate the Cherry Blossom Tree’s 100th Anniversary in the United States. The celebration will take place from 12noon-2pm in Baker Park at the bandshell. The event will feature a ceremonial tree planting, ribbon cutting, a live performance by the award-winning Yamakiya Taiko Club from Fukushima, Japan and much more.
The Baker Park Cherry Blossom Tree Planting and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held in historic downtown Frederick- Baker Park at 12:30pm-1:00pm near the Gazebo and Band Shell. The tree planting will be followed by the taiko drum performance in the bandshell.
The Yamakiya Taiko Club includes 13 students, ages 12-20, from the Yamakiya District of Kawamata Town in Fukushima Prefecture. In May 2011 they had to leave their homes in Yamakiya because of the high levels of radiation emanating from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. Despite these circumstances, the Yamakiya Taiko Club, which has won first prize in a number of national competitions, has stayed together. The students continue to practice taiko drumming at a school in Kawamata Town.
In addition to the Baker Park performance on April 15th, the Yamakiya Taiko Club will also appear in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington, DC and perform at the Kennedy Center on April 16th.
This Frederick event is coordinated by Cathy Allen, The Green Ambassador and supported in party by The City of Frederick Department of Economic Development, City of Frederick Parks & Recreation, Frederick County Office of Sustainability, Frederick County Tourism Council, Friends of Baker Park, and the Certified Tourism Ambassador’s Network.
Please visit http://www.thegreenambassador.org/ for more information about The Green Ambassador’s Cherry Blossom Tree Tour Celebration Stops.
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