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Event Details
Hana-Matsuri II: Children's Day Event date: May 14th, 2011
Hosted by Shire of Eisental - New Ringgold, PA
Event Last Modified: March 22nd, 2011
 
Event details
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Spring has come again to Aoyama Shrine, and the Shire of Eisental invites all good gentles from east and west to a family celebration of Children’s Day–a celebration featuring traditions from Hina-Matsuri (Doll Festival) and Tango no sekku (Boy’s Festival), festivals celebrating children in Japan.  Although this is a Japanese-themed event, we want to stress that ALL good gentles from east AND west are welcome.
Our celebration will include fighting, thrown weapons, a tai-chi demonstration, period games, a potluck feast, and a special A&S challenge.
A&S Challenge One of the features of a traditional Hina-matsuri celebration is the traditional doll display (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doll_Festival for an idea of what we are aiming for).  Dolls representing the emperor, the empress, and members of the court are arranged in a tiered display, attired in minature versions of the grand costumes of the day (see http://www.iz2.or.jp/english/fukusyoku/wayou/index.htm for examples of court costume).  Your challenge is to create a costume for one of the dolls in the display.  Entrants can choose to create a costume for a male courtier/samurai or female courtier/lady-in-waiting.  Dolls representing the emperor and empress will already be displayed for inspiration.  Entrants may bring their own fabric, or use fabric provided for the challenge, however entries will be created on site during the event.  Entries will be voted on by the populace, and the winner who receives the most votes will receive a special prize.  Entries may be submitted by a single entrant age 12 and older, or by teams of parent/child(ren) or siblings/friends.  Single entries and team entries will be judged separately.
For younger children (under age twelve)–one of the features of a traditional Tango no sekku celebration is the decoration and flying of koinobori--special kites shaped like carp (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carp_streamers ).  We will have a carp-kite decorating contest for our youngsters who do not wish to create a doll’s costume.  Entries will be voted on by the populace, and the entry receiving the most votes will receive a special prize.

**NEW** We will also be having a special raffle to support the American Red Cross' efforts to aid those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.


Potluck feast–once again our celebration will feature a potluck feast.  Please consult the guidelines below for food suggestions.  Please include a card or note listing either the recipe or ingredients used for the benefit of those with food allergies or restrictions.  Potluck guidelines are as follows:
Persona first or last name beginning with
A-G bring an appetizer, salad, or soup
H-M bring a main dish
N-T bring a vegetable or side dish
U-Z bring a dessert or fruit dish

NOTE:  Site is bone-dry and non-smoking...THANK YOU


Site Opens: 10 AM
Site Closes: 6 PM
 
Event Location
Friedens Lutheran Church
525 Church St.
New Ringgold, PA  17960

Directions:
From points east:  Take Route 78 W to Route 61 N to Route 895 east (there is a gas station at the exit).  Follow 895 past signs pointing towards Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and several tree farms to junction with 443.  Continue on 895, which will start to descend downhill.  On your left you will see a sign for Friedens Lutheran Church.  You should see the church on your left and you will then come to a barn that has a sign for New Ringgold Self Storage--just past this barn is Church St.  Make a left onto Church St.  and follow around to parking lot.

From Allentown:  Take 309 north to 895 W.  *Follow for about 8 miles to junction with 443 in the center of New Ringgold.  Continue going straight.  You will cross railroad tracks and pass a gas station on your right.  **You will pass a canoe store on your left, a nature store on your right and cross a concrete bridge.  You should see a sign for the church and the church on your right.  Look to your right for Church St., make a right turn onto Church St.  and follow around to parking lot.

From Easton:  Take 248 W to 895 W.  Follow for 20 miles until you cross 309, then continue from (*) above.

From Hazelton and points north:  Take 309 south to 443 W.  Follow for about 7 miles to the junction with 895 W in the center of New Ringgold.  Make a right turn otno 895 and follow from (**) above.

 
Event Fees
Site : Adults (age 12 and above) $10
Youth (age 5-11) $5
Children age 4 and under free
$5 non-member fee applies

Feast: no feast, potluck dayboard

Make Checks Payable to: SCA Inc.  Shire of Eisental

 
Contact Information
Event Steward:
Aoyama Narime (Jennifer Oaks)
570-943-2835 (home)
570-449-6332 (cell)
onewringgold@aol.com

Send Reservations to:
Jennifer Oaks
21 Mill Mountain Rd.
New Ringgold, PA 17960

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