Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sharing Tea on a Beautiful Day

Last Sunday we offered a demonstration of Cha-no-yu on Eureka's Old Town Gazebo. What a glorious day it was! For several weeks we had been deluged with rain storm after rain storm, but the sun shone brightly on the weekend of our demonstration. There were even a few cherry blossoms left on the trees for us to enjoy.

Some blossoms remained on the Eureka Gazebo

Preparations for Chabako temae --
a tea ceremony to be enjoyed outdoors

Harvey-sensei performs Chabako temae for
Holly (center) and several guests; Pia is assisting Harvey.
Laura (not pictured) also assisted and took photos.

Harvey-sensei serves tea

Barry and Louisa Evans of the Arcata Zen Group joined us

Holly serves tea while Harvey answers questions

Several members of members of the Arcata Zen Group joined us and presented an information table. A gentleman is growing tea plants in his Eureka garden and wanted to learn more about tea culture and cultivation. Another gentleman who had just toured the visiting Lady Washington tallship bought a brick of tea on board, and brought it to show us and other guests. It looked just like this:

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Our gratitude is never-ending for the assistance of Laura and Pia and all of "Team Horai," who are vital to our mission and instrumental to our presentations. We also extend a special "thank you!" to Charlotte MacDonald of the Eureka Main Street organization for her assistance with organizing our demonstration. And most of all, we thank our warm and friendly guests, both old friends and new. Everyone who attended has our gratitude for making our demonstrations possible and creating connections by the sharing of tea.
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