A virtual lineup will take place April 26-May 2
Due to state, county and city COVID-19 restrictions on public events and the need for social distancing, the 2021 Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival will be reimagined into a “digital blooming.”
The reimagined digital program, similar to last year, will feature behind-the-scenes videos of blooms in the garden, a lockhouse cocktail demonstration, Japanese music and a virtual basket raffle to support the garden. And with blossoms around the world making their debut earlier than usual, the public is asked to take all necessary precautions by wearing a mask and social distancing.
In reimagining this burst of springtime, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, The Buffalo History Museum, Friends of the Japanese Garden and Music is Art will host a special digital program, April 26 through May 2, which will allow the entire community to enjoy peak blooms from the comfort and safety of their own homes.
“The Japanese garden in Delaware Park has never been more beautiful or relevant,” said Stephanie Crockatt, conservancy executive director. “The garden’s design is meant for contemplation and tranquility, so we ask the public to respect the serenity of this space and keep healthy distancing to one another. Together with our fantastic community partners, we look forward to a beautiful year in Buffalo’s Olmsted parks, as they continue to sustain us and need our support.”
“The ‘hanami’ or ‘flower-viewing’ season has assuredly arrived,” said Melissa Brown, executive director of The Buffalo History Museum. “And community safety requires imaginative, alternate ways to soak in these long-awaited pops of pink. From participating in a fully virtual silent auction, to viewing videos of the beautiful blossoms, and posting blossom-inspired crafts from the comfort of home – I encourage you to get creative and engage in this flower-viewing season with us.”