San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Open Invite to Queen E’s Birthday

ALTHOUGH Queen Elizabeth II will likely be celebrating her birthday somewhere in England, British citizens in Costa Rica will have the opportunity to join in the fun at the Queen’s Birthday Party Fundraiser being held by the British Embassy.

A tribute to the queen’s 78th birthday, the event will raise money to benefit Costa Rican schools. Last year’s event raised more than $9,000, which was used to build basic facilities for three rural schools. Organizers hope that this year’s party will be even more successful.

The event will take place in Escazú, west of San José, at the residence of British Ambassador Georgina Butler on April 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The celebration hopes to bring together citizens of Great Britain and BritishCommonwealths as well as their families, friends and anyone else in Costa Rica who has an interest in attending.

FROM pony rides, storytelling and face painting for children to a silent auction and classic British cars on display, the festivities will include something for every age. Live music as well as Scottish and Maypole dancing will take place throughout the day. Tea and scones, homemade jams and chutneys, strawberries and cream, along with food provided by local restaurants will be available at the party.

John Bryant of the Instituto Británico says organizers didn’t want to make any big changes this year as last year’s party was such a success. The event has, however, been extended by one hour.

Entrance fee for adults is ¢2,000 ($4.75), children 5–12 ¢1,000 ($2.35), children under 5 are free. Admission includes ¢500 worth of tokens for food and activities with more tokens available for purchase.

The British Ambassador’s residence is in Escazú, from the old road to Santa Ana, from the AyA, go 300 meters west and 75 m north. In case of rain, there is a large covered area. For more info, contact the British Embassy at 258-2025.


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