Was held on Saturday, March 21, 2009, at 11am – 6pm.This is a fundraiser for the Japaneese division of Delray Beach Sister Cities.

Hatsume Fair

The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has been celebrating a spring festival since 1979. The word “Hatsume” is Japanese and it means “first bud of the year” and was therefore chosen for the name of the spring festival. Florida’s climate is quite different from Japan’s and much warmer than Japanese spring weather. Throughout Japan, Japanese enjoy the early spring flowering of cherry trees, Sakura, and people get together and have picnics under them. In the U.S., the Japanese Sakura Fair in Washington D.C. becomes a symbol of spring. Likewise, the Hatsume Fair is symbol of Morikami’s spring. The Hatsume Fair event is usually celebrated over a February or March weekend when Florida’s trees and shrubs are starting to bear new shoots and flowers.

The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens celebrates the Hatsume over the entire museum and its garden grounds. It is largest and only two days festival of the other Morikami festivals; New Year and Obon. Japanese drums and other Japanese related arts performances and demonstrations are scheduled and many foods and Japanese related vendors will open their “shops”. The Museum gallery and Japanese gardens are also open for viewing. The Hatsume fair is an enriching showcase for living Japanese culture.  



Letter to Business Partners

c/o Delray Beach City Hall
100 NW 1st Avenue
Delray Beach, Florida 33444

Dear Business Partners:

On Friday, April 17th, 2009 the Sister Cities of Delray Beach, Inc. will host an
exciting fund-raising event, the “8th Annual Twilight Safari Dinner”. This worthy
event – our Night with the Big Cats – will be held at the Palm Beach Zoo (continuing
on the Safari theme), providing opportunities for raffled prizes; live and authentic
musical entertainment; modeled African fashions; and live animal demonstrations.
Proceeds will go toward building and sustaining a Sister Schools program between
Delray Beach’s Sister City, Moshi, Tanzania, and our schools in Delray Beach.
We would like to take this opportunity to invite your business to become a
meaningful part of this worthwhile effort with a mission toward promoting peace
through mutual respect, cooperation, and understanding – one student, one school at
a time. Your tax-deductible in-kind donation will be incorporated to comprise the
gifts that are raffled off during the evening’s festivities. We are confident that your
contribution to the raffle will significantly enhance our efforts to raise additional
funds for this momentous City program.
Furthermore, we urge you to join us for our Night with the Big Cats. We will
certainly credit your business for its generosity, in all our media releases. If you have
any questions please call Rhonda Mensah at 561-893-1009 or Donna Beldowicz at
City Hall, 561-243-7011
. All RSVPs should be funneled through City Hall. Thank
you in advance for your help and anticipated collaboration.


Board / Committee Member
Sister Cities of Delray Beach, Inc.


January - December 2009
President - David W. Schmidt
Vice-President - Ngozi E. Mensah
Secretary - William F. Wilsher
Treasurer - Becky O’Connor

Barbara Dilthey, Charlotte G. Durante, Lourdes Engroff, Daisy Fulton, Charles Hardiman, Beth Johnston Nancy King, Ted Marshall, Ngozi E. Mensah, Rhonda L. Mensah, Chieko Mihori, James Mihori, Clovis Moodie, Peggy Murphy, n’Detenge n’Gurumo, Reiko Nisioka, Morton Noble, Becky O’Connor, Beverly Ouckama, David W. Schmidt, William F. Wilsher

City Staff
Bob Barcinski - Assistant City Manager
Donna Beldowicz - Executive Assistant to Assistant City Manager

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