Historic Wooster Square Association, Inc.

Working to keep the neighborhood strong & vibrant

41st Annual Cherry Blossom Festival
A big hit on April 27 

(The 2015 Festival will be held on Sun., April 26)

     Related pages (just click the links below):  

 Chris Randall's complete photo set from the event

 • Festival Program   •  Pre-Concert 

   •  Festival Map   •  Our Generous Supporters


The cherry trees were in bud, most in bloom!* Thousands of people came to enjoy entertainment, food booths, art-related events, activities for children and pets, and lots more.
New Haven Museum, which has a History of Wooster Square exhibit featured through May 10, 2014, was back this year, as was Horizon Wings Raptor Rescue (with a bald eagle!) and Make A Bracelet – huge hits with kids of all ages.

 

More about the Cherry Blossom Festival: 


Entertainment on the Festival Stage included jazz, steel band, big band music, and for the third year – opera. Specifics: Tuxedo Junction, the Big Band Sound; HAND, progressive rock; Dramma per Musica, Opera; St. Luke’s Steel Band with special guest, Music Haven!


The Pre-Cherry Blossom Concert ...
... was held Friday, April 25, 2014 at St Michael's Church on the Wooster Square Park. 
This was the 16th annual pre-Festival concert, performed by the wonderful musicians of Wooster Square.  Click to see the program.


Getting to Wooster Square & Parking  

Wooster Square Park is across from the 500 block of Chapel Street. (You can enter 560 Chapel Street on a GPS.) 

The Park is a 5-10 minute walk from the New Haven Green. Bus transit routes have stops at the Park on Chapel Street and nearby on Grand Avenue and State Street. Limited parking is available on neighborhood streets at no charge.

updated 6/17/14



HISTORY OF THE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

This celebration of spring commemorates the planting of 72 Yoshino Japanese Cherry Blossom trees in 1973 by the New Haven Historic Commission in collaboration with the New Haven Parks Department and residents of the neighborhood. The Festival has grown from a modest event with a local band entertaining a handful of neighbors under lighted trees to a major New Haven event that draws well over 6,000 visitors. 


Cherry Blossom Fun Facts:
Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) has been a Japanese custom since the 7th century when the aristocrats enjoyed looking at beautiful sakura (cherry trees) and wrote poems. Sakura is a symbol of Japan, and it's said that there are over 400 varieties of cherry trees in Japan. The most popular kind of sakura which can be viewed everywhere in Japan is somei-yoshino (Yedoensis). Unlike other varieties of cherry tree, Japanese cherry trees do not yield fruit.

2014 FESTIVAL SPONSORS 
(check out our supporters page for more about them)
 
Arlene and Cheryl Szczarba, Seabury Hill Realtors
The entire Seabury Hill Realty company
First Niagara  visit site
Knights of Columbus

Community Foundation of Greater New Haven website
Iovanne Funeral Home, Inc.
The United Illuminating Company and
    Southern Connecticut Gas site 
Yale University Office of New Haven and State Affairs

A Dog's Life
The Koizim Family
Melinda Marquez Flamenco Dance Center 
New Haven Self-Storage
Yale New Haven Hospital

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Allegra Design – Print 
Chef Silvio's of Wooster Street
CitySeed
Comprehensive Dental Health
Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana 
Goodfella's Restaurant
Maresca & Sons Funeral Home
St. Andrew Apostle Society
Springs Leanring Center/ Dominican Sisters of Peace
 

DONORS & IN-KIND CONTRIBUTORS
Chabaso Bakery
Chestnut Fine Foods & Confections
CitySeed, Inc. website
Elm City Market
Katalina’s Kupcakes
Libby’s Italian Pastry
Lucibello’s Italian Pastry
Orangeside Luncheonette

GIFT CERTIFICATES
116 Crown
Meat & Co 
L'Orcio
Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana
Sage American Grill