The 2nd Annual Peekskill Cherry Blossom Festival, symbolizing “100 cherry trees that will live on forever,” is taking place on Saturday, April 27th, from 10am-5pm, at Peekskill Riverfront Green, Peekskill, NY. For more information check out the event on our Facebook page.
Blossom lovers in the Peekskill area can come enjoy the beauty of nature at the upcoming annual cherry blossom festival. This is a chance for you to give back to the community and support a good cause. These cherry blossom trees are considered a gift of friendship, when the Mayor of Tokyo gifted approximately 3,000 cherry trees to the United States in 1912 and we want to continue this tradition in the Peekskill area with our Second Annual Cherry Blossom Festival.
Manzer's Landscape Design & Development, Inc., one of the event’s sponsors, has donated time and labor to install and maintain 100 cherry trees - an $80,000 gift to the city from the Rotary Club of Peekskill to celebrate their 100 years in Peekskill. Come help us celebrate the spring season, as the 100 cherry blossom trees begin to bloom. The trees extend all the way down the riverfront, from Peekskill to China Pier.
Reminiscing about his childhood memories of a closely-knitted community and lively riverfront events, Manzer is optimistic about further involvement in the charity event from local restaurants. “The long-term goal is to bring a multi-week cherry blossom festival to the community.” Manzer said. In addition to being a sponsor of the festival, Manzer’s is a well-known contributor to the community. Some of their recent donations and involvement include donating mulch to the Putnam Valley School District and the installation of the Teaching Garden at the Westchester Community College.
Education Through Spring Outdoor Activities
Dain’s Lumber and Dylan’s Wine will be participating in this year’s festival, along with many other merchants. There will be a plant sale, silent auction and raffle, as well as food and craft vendors. The festival plans to be filled with plenty of activities for children, such as flower pot planting, bouncy castles, face painting, candle making and cherry tree tours that includes an educational scavenger hunt with prizes.
Supporting Literacy in the Community
The Peekskill Rotary Club also plans on having their book drive for Literacy Lovers, so bring new or gently used book for ages newborn to 12. Their project called, the Golden Bookshelf, was started with the goal of increasing literacy skills among pre-school and school-age children, where the committee crafted ten “Golden Bookshelves.” These “Golden Bookshelves” were strategically placed at different points in town. The bookshelves include new and gently used books in English and Spanish for children in need. The festival is perfect for the further development of the project.