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The Forty-first Year

Cherry Blossom Viewing (O-Hanami Festival) -- Eskalya

April 21, 2007 (AS XLI)

Jewel Lake Parish,
Anchorage, AK

From The Page (April, 2007):

The arrival of cherry blossoms signals the end of chilly winter and the most anticipated season change. Warriors of the Kamakura Period (late 12th - 14th c.) always considered cherry blossoms the symbol of a life lived fully, no matter how short. So do we at this time of rejoicing and reflection, gather with family and friends to appreciate the passing and coming of seasons. Spread your blanket picnic style and share in revelry, food, fighting (both heavy and rapier), singing, dancing and do as much as we can outdoors. Competitions include; the traditional Heavy Japanese weapons tourney, a rapier prize tourney, Poetry - Haiku or any other form of Oriental - theme is Renewal. The traditional Oriental Garb contest - male and female, extra points for documentation Oriental dish, extra points for documentation, other activities to include kite making for kids and origami. Feast is potluck with a meat being furnished. Please bring a dish for 8 or more according to the first letter of your modern last name. A through F: Desserts. G-through L: Sides M through R: Pasta/Rice. S through Z: Breads/spreads and cheese. PLEASE NOTE: This is a DRY site. For further information please contact the autocrat.

Site Information: Jewel Lake Parrish / (address omitted). Site opens at 11 am and closes at 9 pm. Site fee is $5 for members, $8 for non-members,$2 for children 12 to 4, and free for children 3 and under.

Autocrat: Elspeth Bouchannane (contact info omitted).

Description of this event (if any), taken from The Page, or from memory of at least one person who attended the event.

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