***** 워싱톤 벚꽃축제 *****
1912 ~ 2012(100주년)
National Cherry Blossom Festival
워싱톤이 하얗게 물들며 벚꽃 축제가 시작됐다.
올해는 워싱톤에 벚꽃이 심어진지 100주년 되는 매우 특별한 해.
그래서, 다른해보다는 벚꽃 축제기간이 두 배 정도 길다.
보통 2주면 끝나던 벚꽃 축제는..
올해는 3월 20일 부터 4월 27일까지 한 달 이상 다양한 프로그램으로 진행된다.
100주년 기념만 특별한 것은 아니다.
예년의 경우 4월 초에나 만개하던 벚꽃이..
*꽃망울이 터지며 일찌감치 아름다운 속살을 드러냈다.
올해, 벚꽃 절정의 기간은 3월 18일 부터 3월 23일 까지.
워싱톤의 벚꽃이 가장 많이 피어 있는 장소는 단연 타이들 베이슨(Tidal Basin)이다.
타이들 베이슨 주위에는 제퍼슨 기념관과 프랭클린 루스벨트 기념관,
링컨 기념관과 마틴 루터 킹 목사 기념관이 있는 곳이다.
인공호수와 나무로 둘러 쌓인 이곳은 워싱토니안들이 가장 좋아하는 산책장소.
날씨가 좋은 날은 페달 보트를 탄 관광객들이 인공호수 위를 메우는 장관을 이루기도 한다.
타이들 베이슨은 다리 아래에 있는 입구를 통해 포토맥(Potomac)강으로 이어진다.
그러므로, 벚꽃 구경은 걸어서 타이들 베이슨 지역만 돌아 봐도..
워싱톤 벚꽃 관광은 모두 했다고 말할 수 있다.
걷기가 불편한 사람은 셔틀 버스를 타고 포토맥 강가를 한바퀴 도는 프로그램을 이용하면 된다.
공원을 한바퀴 도는 동안 열한 번의 정차를 하므로 내리고 싶은 곳에서 내린 후 다시 탑승하면 된다.
벛꽃 축제의 모든 프로그램은 비가 와도 그대로 진행된다. (천둥 번개가 치는 최악의 날씨 제외)
벚꽃 축제의 최고 인기 파티는, 3월20일(화) 개최되는 핑크 타이 파티(2012 Pink Tie Party).
워싱톤에 위치한 포텐자 트라토리아등 41개의 레스토랑이 참석하고,
세계적으로 유명한 스페인 쉐프, 호세 안드레(Jose Andres) 와
일본 쉐프인, 로이 야마구치(Roy Yamaguchi) 가 참석하는 금세기 최고의 디너 파티.
장소는 메이플라워 르네상스 호텔(The Mayflower® Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel).
가격은 일인당 200달러. 티켓은 3월 16일 완전 매진됐다.
벚꽃 축제의 하일라이트는 4월 14일(토)로 예정된..
내셔널 체리 블라썸 페스티발 퍼레이드(National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade).
퍼레이드에는 보통 10만명이 참가하지만, 올해는 20만명 이상 참석할 것으로 예상한다.
퍼레이드의 시작은 컨스티튜션 애브뉴(Constitution Ave) 7가, 계속해서 17가 까지 이어지며
시작 시간은 오전 10시, 오후 1시쯤 페레이드가 끝난다.
11시 부터 6시 까지는 펜실베이니아 애브뉴(12가 ~ 14가 사이)에서
사쿠라 마쓰리(Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival)도 함께 진행된다.
*사쿠라 마쓰리는 무술 시범, 일본음식, 일본관광상품, 일본예술과 문화,
그리고 4개 그룸의 J-Pop 멤버들의 콘서트를 즐기는 일본의 종합 문화 축제.
입장료는 5달러, 12세 미만은 무료(202-833-2210).
그외에도, 어린이들이 좋아하는 연날리기 축제(the Blossom Kite Festival),
챔버뮤직 콘서트(Chamber Music Concert)등은 벚꽃 축제 정보를 참조하면 된다.
워싱톤은 늘, 내 마음 속에 있는 도시.
Always on my mind.
글, 사진: 서정
2012 Pink Tie Party
Mar 20, 2012
Time: 7 ? 11 PM
Location: The Mayflower® Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel ?
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW (map)
[EVENT NOTICE: The 2012 Pink Tie Party is sold out as of 3/16/2012 at 5:45 PM]
Washington’s petal partiers will gather for the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s
signature Pink Tie Party on Tuesday, March 20 at 7 PM.
Chefs Jose Andres and Roy Yamaguchi, innovators in the culinary community,
will host the evening, exemplifying the international collaboration
and creativity at the heart of the Festival.
The sixth annual fundraiser and kick-off to the Centennial Celebration
and the “season of the blossoms,” will be held at The Mayflower®
Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel (1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW).
Presented by Lincoln, and supported by The Mayflower Hotel,
Macy’s and Capitol File Magazine,
guests embrace the Party’s theme donning pink ties and springtime styles.
The Pink Tie Party will feature metro-DC’s top chefs’delicious spring-,
cherry- and blossom-inspired cuisine and cocktails. Participating restaurants include
701 Restaurant, Ardeo + Bardeo, Art and Soul, Asia Nine Bar & Lounge, Bibiana,
Blackbyrd, BOQUERIA, Brasserie Beck, Brixton, Charlie Palmer Steak, Chez Billy,
Dino, Equinox Restaurant, Estadio, Firefly Restaurant, Founding Farmers,
Hudson Restaurant & Lounge, iCi Urban Bistro, T
he International Trade Center at the Ronald Reagan Building, J&G Steakhouse,
Kushi Izakaya & Sushi, LINCOLN, The Majestic, Marvin, Masa 14, Mie N Yu,
Poste Moderne Brasserie, Potenza Trattoria, RIS, Roy’s Baltimore,
SEI restaurant & lounge, Sequoia Restaurant, Smith Commons,
The Source by Wolfgang Puck, Taberna del Alabardero,
Todd Gray’s Muse Cafe at The Corcoran, Todd Gray’s Watershed,
Urbana Restaurant & Wine Bar, Vidalia/Bistro Bis, Zaytinya, and Zengo.
The evening’s Auction Spectacular contributes to the Festival’s fundraising
efforts offering everything from weekend getaways and yacht charters to concert,
sporting, dining, and theater experiences and blossom- and Japanese-
themed jewelry and apparel. The Festival is currently accepting item donations for the auction.
Proceeds benefit the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc., a 501 (c)
(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the beauty of nature
and international friendship through year-round programs, events, and educational initiatives t
hat enhance our environment, showcase arts and culture, and build community spirit.
Celebrated Chef Hosts
Chef Jose Andres,
raised outside Barcelona, Spain, is credited with introducing Americans to both
avant-garde and traditional Spanish cooking. He is an internationally-recognized innovator,
passionate advocate for food and hunger issues, author, television personality, a
nd chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup, with a growing restaurant empire.
Chef Roy Yamaguchi,
born in Tokyo, Japan, took inspiration from his Hawaiian heritage and quickly
became known for his trademark island inspired cuisine, focused on seafood with
European sauces and bold Asian spices. His signature restaurant,
Roy’s, first opened in Honolulu in 1988 and has grown to include over 30 across the world.
Yamaguchi is also a television personality, cookbook author,
and passionate advocate of culinary education and sustainable agriculture.
Janice & Matthew Cutts
Dolci & Sunny Bajaj · Joseph Clarke · Emily J. Crane · Montina Anderson Davis & Dwayne
K. Davis · Linda Semans Donovan & John Donovan · Christina Dyck & St. Elmo Crawford
· Ashley Etienne · Elisa Farr · Doug Fleming · Yoriko Fujisaki · Marlene Hall ·
Chinyere & Edward Hubbard · Kandra James · Dawn C. Jones · Elizabeth Kaiga · Elizabeth Ladt
· Assata Lee · J. Clarke Manley & James L. Campbell, IV · Erin Marie Meadors
· Sarah Guinan Nixon & Bob Nixon · Satinder Raj Palta · Elizabeth Porter · Robert S. Poulin
· Tiffany Rose · Gina Sacripanti · Bob Sierralta · Pamela Lynne Sorensen · Lisa & Jamie Sterling
· Josie Taylor · Nicole Venable · Shawna Watley · Tom Weirich
Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival
Time: 11 AM ? 6 PM
Location: 12th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (map)
*Cost: $5 for 13 years of age and older
Enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere of the largest Japanese cultural festival in the United States,
featuring food, arts and culture, merchandise,
and live traditional and J-Pop performances on four stages,
including martial arts demonstrations.
METRO: Federal Triangle, Blue/Orange lines; Metro Center, Blue/Orange/Red lines. Use the Trip Planner.
P: (202) 833-2210
The Japan-America Society of Washington DC website
National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade®
Apr 14, 2012
Saturday Apr 14 2012
Time: 10 AM ? 12:30 PM
Location: Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th streets, NW (map)
Cost: $20/person for Grandstand Seating; FREE along Parade route
Attend one of Washington’s most exciting springtime traditions ?
the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® on Saturday, April 14, from 10am ? noon,
rain or shine. The Parade runs along Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th streets, NW,
and is simulcast live, in its entirety, on WJLA?ABC 7 and NewsChannel 8. Lavish floats,
giant helium balloons, marching bands, and performers burst down
the historic avenue in an energy-filled spectacle of music and showmanship seen
only once a year during the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
Individual tickets: (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com
Group Seating (10 or more): Download order form
Standing along the Parade route from Constitution Avenue between 9th and 15th streets,
NW is free and open to the public. Arrive early for the best views.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival welcomes marching bands, specialty units, youth choir members and tap dancers to apply for participation in the 2012 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade®.
NOW ? FEBRUARY 15, 2012 ? Accepting
Youth Choir applications (download packet)
All-Star Tap Team applications (download packet)
P: 877.44.BLOOM (877.442.5666)
Download the Frequently Asked Questions fact sheet
Time: Noon ? 5 PM Sunday to Thursday; Noon ? 6 PM Friday and Saturday
Location: Washington Monument grounds ?
Independence Avenue & Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW (map)
In the shadow of the Washington Monument, this is the Festival’s primary stage.
Sponsored by Canon, enjoy recognized and diverse talent from around the region,
country, and world, including varied genres of music and dance,
martial arts exhibitions, marching bands, and more.
Performer ApplicationsArtists are invited to apply to perform on the Festival’s primary stage.
Application information is available here.
Contact InformationP: 877.44.BLOOM (877.442.5666)
Time: 10:30 AM ? 4:30 PM
Location: Washington Monument grounds ? Constitution Avenue & 17th Street, NW (map)
Spring is in the air ? literally!
The second annual Blossom Kite Festival presented by the National Cherry Blossom Festival showcases
the creativity of kite makers and skill of kite fliers from across the US and other countries through a variety of
competitions and demonstrations including the popular Hot Tricks Showdown and the Rokkaku Battle. Bring your
own kites or children can make a kite at an activity station (while supplies last) to fly on the Public Field.
Blossom Kite Festival Schedule ? Saturday, March 31, 2012
PLEASE NOTE: Depending on wind and weather, schedule is subject to change
10:30 AM ? 10:40 AM Opening remarks, First launch of the Centennial Blossom Kite Arch
10:40 AM ? 11:00 AM Kite Ballets & Demonstrations
11:00 AM ? 12:30 PM Adult Kite Maker Competition (Hand-made kites only)
12:30 ? 1:00 PM Kite Ballets & Demonstrations
1:00 ? 1:30 PM Youth Kite Maker Competition (Hand-made kites only)
1:30 ? 2:30 PM Hot Tricks Showdown
2:30 ? 3:00 PM Mini Rokkaku Battle
3:00 ? 4:00 PM Rokkaku Battle
4:00 ? 4:30 PM Centennial Blossom Kite Arch & Themed Kites
Located on the grounds of the Washington Monument, the Blossom Kite Festival includes 4 areas to explore and enjoy: the Competition & Demonstration Field, Kite Club Display Area, Activity Tents, and Public Field.
All festival attendees are welcome to fly kites on the Blossom Kite Festival’s Public Field,
which requires no registration.
To fly a kite in the Kite Maker Competition, Hot Tricks Showdown, Mini Rokkaku Challenge, Rokkaku Battle,
kite makers, kite fliers and kite clubs must register at the Registration Tent on the day of the event.
Registration is free of charge.
Adult Kite Maker Competition 10:30 am ? 12:00 pm
Youth Kite Maker Competition 10:30 am ? 1:00 pm
Registration for all other competitions will remain open until spaces are filled or the competition begins.
Mini Rokkaku Challenge
Youth will be invited to try their hand at flying a small version of the rokka
ku kite flown during the Rokkaku Battle. Participants will be coached by seasoned kite fliers,
so prior experience is not necessary! Please note that only a very small number of attendees may participate,
so stop by the Registration Tent on the day of the event to secure a spot.
The rokkaku is a hexagonal shaped fighter kite commonly flown in Japan and now in many other parts of the world.
In the Rokkaku Battle, individuals or teams compete to “cut” or “ground” opposing kites.
All contestants fly together. The last individual or team with a kite remaining
in the contest will receive the Rokkaku Battle First Place Award.
Hot Tricks Showdown
One of the most exciting events at the Blossom Kite Festival, master kite fliers take on a single opponent
maneuvering their sport kites into amazing configurations during 30 seconds of music.
The music and pairings of kite fliers are selected randomly.
Opponents will demonstrate their “hot tricks” switching off in 3 rounds, and with only 5 seconds
between each demonstration. Winners of each round are determined by the crowd’s applause.
The kite flier who wins the last round will receive the Hot Tricks Showdown Award.
Kite Maker Competition
The Festival will feature three categories of competition for those making hand-made kites.
The Kite Maker Competition is divided into youth (ages 11 and under) and (ages 12-15)
and adults (ages 16 and above). Competitors must make and fly their own kites. For both the youth and teen categories, there will be a first, second and third place award. For the adult category,
there will be a Theme Award, People’s Choice Award, and a Grand Prize.
Attention All Kite Makers: To honor the 100th anniversary of the gift of trees from
Tokyo, Japan to Washington, DC, this year’s suggested theme is 100 years of Friendship: the gift of trees,
100 years of blossoms, Japan-US friendship, springtime in Washington, DC.
Kite Making Resources
Kite making tips and supplies can be found through the American Kitefliers Association and Kitebuilder.com.
As a precursor to the Blossom Kite Festival, learn about the art of kite making at the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Fly A
Kite! Workshop on March 17, 2012.
The Blossom Kite Festival is produced by the National Cherry Blossom Festival with the assistance a
Kite Advisory Committee consisting of Harold Ames, Jon Burkhardt, Paul LaMasters,
Ruth Oyen, Drake Smith and Mike Van Meers.
The 2012 Blossom Kite Festival is supported by Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum,
Eastern National, Smithsonian Associates and the American Kitefliers Association.
P: 877.44.BLOOM (877.442.5666)
Time: Noon ? 5 PM all days
6 ? 7:30 PM evening concerts on April 20 & 21
Location: Jefferson Memorial (map)
Perch on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial while enjoying jazz performances and
spectacular views of the Tidal Basin. Local and regional jazz programming and
music will be showcased as this signature Festival stage returns in 2012.
METRO: Smithsonian, Blue/Orange Lines. Use the Trip Planner.
P: 877.44.BLOOM (877.442.5666)
Michael Buble - Always On My Mind
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