For information on the 2012 QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
(this is THE EVENT of the year for Brits and non-Brit's alike!!! ESPECIALLY for the LOW price of just 2,500-colones!!!)
LOCATION - The British Ambassador's HOME in ESCAZU (San Rafael)!!! (see "Directions" at the bottom)
WHEN: THIS Saturday - April 17, 2010 - 9am - 3pm
ENTRANCE: This is an affordable event for the whole family - just 2,500-Adults, Kids-5-12 - 1,000, Under 5-Free
THEME: ROCK 'N ROLL
(it's a theme party so feel free to dress appropriately - like a ROCK 'N ROLLER from the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's!!!)
BRITISH FOOD: Fish and Chips (REAL Fish and Chips BUT it is THE LONGEST line and last year ran out early so get there early and take turns standing in line!!), Curries, Bangers and Mash (Sausage and Mashed Potatos), Marmite, Curry Pastes, Proper Tea, Flakes, Curly Wurlys, Smoky Bacon crisps, tasty Sweets!
NEW THIS YEAR!!: Quavers and Pork Scratchings
RESTAURANTS: Tin Jo (never been there? This is a GREAT way to taste their tasty treats!), Bagelmen, TCBY.
BAR: COLD British ales/beers, Boddies, Carling, Strongbow, Guiness, PIMMS
FOOD/DRINK TICKETS NEEDED (make it easier - have one of you stand in line while the other gets the food and drink tickets!)
RAFFLE/SILENT AUCTION PRIZES INCLUDE - There are LOTS of GREAT PRIZES like numerous hotel stays around Costa Rica (like Punta Islita Hotel), a flight to MIAMI, Dinners at many restaurants, signed DEPECHE MODE tour gear and LOTS MORE!!
FOR THE KIDS - Face painting, bouncy castles, lucky dip, pony rides (sorry - just for the kids).
GAMES for young and older!!
CLIMATE CHANGE TENT - Watch the "Odyssey 2050" short film and be a part of the making of the movie!
FANCY DRESS CONTEST: The best dressed get prizes
SCHEDULE (subject to change):
BACK GARDEN STAGE
9.30 - 10.00 Ninos de Cedes Don Bosco - Rock 'n' Roll
10.00 – 10.20 Voltage - Rock Band
10.20 – 11.05 Harmony Roads – Folk and Blue's
11.05 - 11.35 The Tooth Wranglers Rock Band
11.35 - 12.15 Café Surá - Latin Jazz Fusion
12.15 - 1.00 First Grand Raffle
1.00 - 1.45 Magician Gandalf
1.45 - 2.15 Second Grand Raffle
Master of Ceremonies and Sound Engineer: Kevin Huey
FRONT GARDEN STAGE
9.00 - 9.30 County Day School Wind Ensemble
9.30 - 9.50 British School Primary 2
9.50 - 10.00 British Ambassador Tom Kennedy
10.00 - 10.15 Fancy Dress Parade
10.15 - 11.05 Phil Jones Band - Pop Music Favourites
11.05 - 11.25 Little Theatre Group - Musical Favourites
11.25 - 11.50 Scottish Country Dancing
11.50 - 12.05 British School Seniors
12.05 - 12.15 Country Day School Choir
12.15 - 1.00 First Grand Raffle Draw
1.00 - 1.45 The Wonder Years Band
1.45 - 2.15 Second Grand Raffle
2.15 - 3.00 Diesel Rock 'n' Roll Band
COMING FROM SAN JOSE: Get off the Pista (Carretera Prospero Fernandez Highway #27) at the first Escazu exit (at HiperMas) - go down 3 lights to the Scotia Split and veer Right (you don't stop at the light). Go down 950 meters West. (see "Everyone" below for the rest)
COMING FROM SANTA ANA (along Calle Vieja): About 300 meters East of the light at Paco Plaza (200 meters East of the U.S. Ambassador's house) (see "Everyone" below for the rest)
FROM MULTIPLAZA: Get off the Pista - go South on that street till the end and turn LEFT (following the majority of the cars. The AM/PM market is on your left just past it), then go to the light at the end (at Paco Plaza) and turn LEFT. See the directions for "Coming from Santa Ana" above. (see "Everyone" below for the rest)
EVERYONE: It's a hair East of Plaza Laureles and the Laureles residencial area.
You won't be able to miss it as there will be a police baracade there.
On the corner leading to the party/Ambassador's house is a dental office. And down that street is a Karate Studio (at least last time I went there). Go almost to the end (north) and it's on the right!
BUS: You can take the blue Santa Ana-Calle Vieja bus that is INSIDE the Coca-Cola Bus Terminal (I think it's 260-c) to Plaza Laureles and walk back 1/2 a block (do NOT take an Escazu bus!!! Take a bus or carpool - show your love for Mother Earth!!)
PARKING: Is on the street but I know last year when I went (in the afternoon) - it was HARD to come by!
WARNING: Driving on Calle Vieja will be worse than normal so take your Chill Pill before you set out and BREATHE!!
GET THERE EARLY!!
(for heat purposes and if ya don't want to miss out on any food items [I stress this as last year I got there around 2pm and they were out of most things!!])
Call the British Embassy at 2-258-2025
This is a CHARITY EVENT benefiting Costa Rican schools in need! Last year they raised close to $25,000!!!
Please share this with EVERYONE you know!!
There is some street parking in Residencia Laureles (though last year when I went it was not easy to obtain)