For information on the 2012 QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
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Queen’s Birthday Garden Party
THEME: “A Right Royal Celebration – Kings and Queens, Princes and Princesses”
(many people come dressed up in their Garden Party best)
DATE: Tomorrow/Saturday, April 2 - 9am-3pm
PRICE: Adults - 2,500-c. Children 5-12 - 1,000-c. Under 5 - free.
WHERE: at the British Ambassador’s Residence - Escazu (San Rafael) - ON Calle Vieja - across from Plaza Laureles (2 blocks East of the U.S. Ambassador’s house & 2 blocks West of Calle Country Club).
PARKING: There is parking on the side streets in the area.
CONTACT: Kate at 2-258-2025 / Kate.Cruse@fco.gov.uk
There’s romance a-plenty in Britain’s sovereign circles this year with two royal weddings in the offing. Second-in-line to the throne Prince William is to marry his girlfriend Kate Middleton, and Princess Ann’s daughter Zara will wed her rugby-playing beau, Mike Tindall. What better way to bring some celebration into the calendar than use this as the theme for the annual Queen’s Birthday Garden Party in Costa Rica?
British Ambassador Tom Kennedy and wife Clare open up their spacious residence grounds in Escazu (Los Laureles), west of San José, to families and friends of all nationalities.
This is a not-to-miss family day with a dazzling array of staged events, live music and dancing, games for every age and a wide selection of British-themed food and drink.
Try a Pimms or Boddington’s best bitter at The Queen’s Head pub, scones and jam at the Queen of Hearts tea tent, and don’t forget the fish ‘n’ chips or bangers and mash in the Banqueting Hall. Young wannabe lords and ladies can be knighted by a ‘regal personality’ with a take-home photo to prove it, and the Court Jester will be painting funny faces for younger clients.
The British Goods stall will satisfy the cravings of any ex-pat Brit or Anglophile needing to stock up on Marmite, Branston pickle, lemon barley water and mint sauce, with home-made jams and chutneys on sale nearby.
Generous sponsorship is a major factor to ensuring the success of the QBP with cash donations and fabulous prizes that feature in the Silent Auction and two Grand Raffles.
Dress up in your shiny tiara and aristocratic regalia and you could win a prize for best costume.
BACK GARDEN STAGE
TIME / ACT
Don Bosco Band
MUSIC - Chickenhead with Mela and Luciana
MUSIC - Marimba Band - Ciudad de Los Ninos
MUSIC - Canciones Populares - Mario Phillips
1st Grand Raffle on Front Stage
MUSIC - Latin/Jazz Fusion - Café Surá
2nd Grand Raffle - Front Stage
Sound Engineer: Edwin Barboza
Stage Assistants: Sebastian, Daniel and Pablo
FRONT GARDEN STAGE
TIME / ACT
British School Primary 2
British Ambassador Tom Kennedy
Scottish Country Dancing
MUSIC - Country Day School Wind Ensemble
MUSIC - Electro-Acoustic Guitar - Bruce Callow
MUSIC - The Resistance Rock Band
Fancy Dress Competition
MUSIC - Jim Riviera - Irish and English Folk
1st Grand Raffle Draw
MUSIC - Woodlands - Rock Band
2nd Grand Raffle
MUSIC - Cardamomo
Since the first garden party in 2002, the QBP as it’s become known, has raised more than $150,000 to support disadvantaged schools in Costa Rica, and helped rebuild the kindergarten at Vara Blanca destroyed by the 2009 earthquake.
Vicki (aka the “Sarong Goddess”)