By Punch Premiere Correspondent Lindsey Clark
This year’s Pink Tie Party – a sold out celebration held at the Mayflower hotel – honored the 100th anniversary of Japan’s gift of 3,020 cherry trees to the United States as a symbol of friendship. Although the first official Cherry Blossom Festival wasn’t organized until 1935, the first trees were planted in 1912, at a small ceremony attended by First Lady Helen Taft and the wife of the Chinese Ambassador. A full century later, the blossoms continue to be celebrated and cherished as close to a million visitors come to admire them each year.
To thank the members of the Pink Tie Committee for all the work they do to make the Festival such a success, the Festival threw a party at the US Botanic Gardens – a perfect setting for such a lovely event. I got a chance to talk to some people on staff at the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and despite the fact that the trees won’t be in bloom again until next Spring, they are already gearing up for 2013 (in fact, the dates for next year’s Festival have just been announced, so mark your calendars for March 20-April 14!).
The Pink Tie Committee works year round to raise money to put on the Festival and its numerous events – and with this year’s Centiennal Celebration lasting several weeks longer than usual Festivals, they had their work cut out for them. Judging by how busy Committee member Pamela Sorensen is, it’s no wonder the Festival is always such a success!
As the Punch Premiere Correspondent, Lindsey covers all things film and theater related. When not writing for Pamela’s Punch, Lindsey serves as an Executive Assistant at the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (www.pcah.gov). Aside from writing and seeing as much theater as possible, Lindsey enjoys the arts, live music, spending QT with her dog, Lincoln, and being little sister to fellow Punch Correspondant Niki Clark. Follow her on twitter @lindseykayclark. Contact Lindsey at firstname.lastname@example.org.