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You have just a few days left to help Friends of the Japanese Garden reach its goal

Last week WCP wrote about Buffalo’s first Cherry Blossom Festival here. An effort is underway to raise funds for the festival, and so far $3579 has been raised via Kickstarter. Organizers of the festival only have until Tuesday December 31, 2013 to bring the total donation number to $5000. If that number is not reached, then all 67 funders that have pledged their support will get their money back and effort will have been for nought.

If you are aware of the incredible work that Friends of the Japanese Garden (see FB) do for Buffalo, then you know what a worthy cause this is. Not just to ensure that the city has another beautiful festival to be proud of, but also because the cherry trees represent so much of what the Buffalo struggle has been about. Grassroots efforts such as these should be commended and rewarded for helping to turn this city’s image around, while adding to the quality of life that makes Buffalo such an incredible place to live.

$5000 to launch an inaugural festival dedicated to one of the city’s most intriguing and culturally significant assets is not a lot of money, especially when many people are asked to donate whatever sum that they can – starting at $1!

Visit the Kickstarter campaign today, and help to ensure that Buffalo’s Cherry Blossom Festival gets off the ground. Click here to donate.

Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival | Wednesday, April 23th – Sunday, May 4th


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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