2014 Cherry Blossom Festival

By Jayne Ann Bugda | jbugda@pahomepage.com

Published 04/19 2014 01:26AM

Updated 04/19 2014 01:33AM

The City of Wilkes-Barre is proud to present the 2014 Cherry Blossom Festival  Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27.

 The event will run daily from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.  The festival marks the beginning of spring and the return of warm weather to the Wyoming Valley. This year’s Cherry Blossom Festival will offer traditional music and dance entertainment, food and craft vendors, and amusement rides for children of all ages. 

The annual dance festival, “Pirouettes in the Park” will be returning for its 8th season in conjunction with the Cherry Blossom Festival on Saturday, April 26th from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eighteen dance ensembles from around Northeastern Pennsylvania will showcase a variety of dance style including jazz, classical ballet, modern, Irish step, musical theater and more.
This year’s special guest performer for “Pirouettes in the Park” is the Mark Stuart Dance Theatre performing excerpts from their new Broadway-bound show, STANDARD TIME. They will perform their entire show at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on May 23, 2014. In addition to STANDARD TIME, other “Pirouettes in the Park” groups include:
·  Emerald Isle Step Dancers
·  Humanity Dance Company
·  Conservatory of Dance
·  Turi Studio of Dance
·  NEPA Academy of Dancing
·  Without Walls Dance Company
·  Dance Theatre of Wilkes-Barre
·  Cooper Dance Academy
·  Dance Contours Dance Studio
·  Fusia Dance Company
·  Scranton Dance Center
·  Take the Stage Center for the Performing Arts
·  Kerry Dancers
·  David Blight School of Dance
·  Theater at the Grove in Nuangola
·  Ballet Theatre of Scranton/The Dance Studio
·  Keystone Kids Starmakers
·  Encore School of Dance
On Sunday, April 27th, the festival will host “Music in the Park” offering live hourly music beginning noon.
12pm   John Stevens Doubleshot Band 
1pm Windfall
2pm  Farmer’s Daughter
3pm  The Sperazza Band  
4pm  K8 
5pm  Mother Nature’s Sons    
6pm  Flashback
There will be tented seating for all performances. The festival events will be held rain or shine and it promises to be endless family fun. Throughout the weekend there will be food and craft vendors, face painting, caricatures, amusement rides, games, pony rides and a petting zoo. Come and see what all the fun is about. People are strongly encouraged to bring a blanket and lawn chair and spend the day in Kirby Park. 
(Information from Liza Prokop)

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