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      The Boquete Feria de Las Flores y del Café   01/12/2017

      The Boquete Feria de Las Flores y del Café begins Thursday, January 12th and runs until Sunday, January 22nd. For those who have not yet seen -- and experienced -- this magnificent fair, you are in for a treat, and some inconveniences. Most importantly, you must see all of the flowers and the tiendas at and around the Fair Grounds here in Boquete.  During these eleven days you also need to be extremely careful, especially while driving and in planning your activities. In recent years there have been well in excess of 100,000 visitors to Boquete. Last year that number was closer to 200,000, and some predictions for 2017's Fair are closer to 300,000 people coming to our area to see the Fair. Traffic congestion will be the norm. Getting seats in restaurants will be difficult at times. Parking spaces will essentially be nonexistent. Buying groceries may be difficult and time consuming. Busses will be parked on the side streets, making driving difficult. There will be lots (as in LOTS) of people walking, standing around the bridge and the Feria and the many tiendas (small shops and stands [kiosks]) while taking pictures, talking, viewing the scenery, etc. Please be extremely attentive while driving, and drive slowly. Some streets will be blocked and require passes to use them. Other streets will simply be blocked based on congestion. Please be careful of your personal items, such as purses and wallets. Having so many people in one area creates a prime target for pickpockets and other maliantes to do their thing. To repeat, most importantly, you must see all of the flowers and the tiendas at and around the Fair Grounds here in Boquete.  Three closing thoughts. First: enjoy. Second: be safe. Third: you might wish to post your pictures, comments, reviews, etc., here on CL (start a topic or reply to an existing topic in http://www.chiriqui.life/forum/118-boquete-feria-de-las-flores-y-del-café/).   To provide general feedback or ask for help regarding Chiriqui.Life, please leave a posting in Problems, Feedback and Suggestions or email support@chiriqui.life or private message to @Admin_01.

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  1. 10:30 in the BCP Theater Tuesday January 24 -- Alvaro Almengor of Hatstone Lawyers, a boutique law firm with five partners across four offices (Jersey, London, Panama and South Africa) will speak. They are primarily a corporate and private law firm, and work regularly on cross border structures for international clients. They regularly advise international banks, financial services business, foreign corporations, local business, public and private companies, directors, shareholders, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals on all aspects of corporate and commercial law. In Panama, in particular, they have expertise in corporations and foundations, construction and property, employment, immigration, taxation, succession planning and asset protection. Their talk will focus on: New accounting rules for Panamanian offshore entities Application of FATCA in Panama Common Reporting Standard for Panama General labor law issues matter FREE ADMISSION Tuesday January 31 – Milagros Sanchez Pinzón is the premiere historian for Chiriqui Province and Boquete in particular. She authored the book Boquete, Rasgos de su Historia in 2001 and Boquete: Valley of the eternal rainbow in 2006 -- research and photos illustrating the rich history of Boquete and its founding families. Luz Graciela Joly Adames, Tenured Professor of Anthology, Department of History, Faculty of Humanities, Autonomous University of Chiriqui, will translate. Tuesday, Feb. 7 – Lloyd Cripe “the weatherman” talks about the micro-climates and weather in the Boquete area and how it has changed. Tuesday, Feb. 14 – Robert Bezeu, founder and developer of the “Plastic Bottle Village” development on Isla Colon in Bocas del Toro, will speak about his labor of love on Valentines Day. This eco-residential community will eventually consist of 120 homes built out of recycled plastic bottles. Robert will tell us what motivated him to undertake such an ambitious project, how he utilizes the bottles, why this is an affordable and efficient building method, and how he hopes to save the earth one bottle at a time. http://www.plasticbottlevillage.com Tuesday, Feb. 21 – Boquete Optical SETI Observatory. Marlin (Ben) and Joan Schuetz retired in 1997 and subsequently cruised the Caribbean for nearly 10 years in their trawler. In 2006 they found and settled in Boquete. With a degree in physics, Ben’s career included engineering, physics and management, but he always maintained a lingering interest in astronomy. In 2008 he constructed the Boquete Optical SETI Observatory which has since been in a constant state of development. The observatory’s objective is to search for pulsed laser signals originating from worlds that may be deliberately targeting earth. Come and learn more about Ben’s search for ET. Tuesday, Feb. 28 – What is that creepy, crawly creature? Wes Campana will first describe the local insects with the most dangerous bites and stings and how to avoid them and what to do if bitten. He has three display cases with the examples. He also has a couple of power point slide and video clip presentations of those bugs and others. Terminating with a question and answer period. Tuesday, March 7 -- Allison Tilluma will speak about detoxification of the body, how the body naturally detoxifies, why it is necessary, and what we can do to support it in a nourishing and natural way. Allison is a local massage therapist, herbalist, and yoga teacher. She has been specializing in alternative medicine for the past 10 years after realizing Western medicine was not effectively treating her issues. Tuesday, March 14 – David MacKenzie will speak on “Diseases Are Your Friends” and are messages from your body (and God). Medicines are unnatural and toxic and just kill the messenger. David believes the great majority of diseases are caused by diet and lifestyle and we all need to know the biologically correct diet. Tuesday, March 21 – “Saving Your Brain” by local resident Ted Harrison, MD. Dr. Ted will tell us how to help avoid Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, dementia, etc. as you grow older. Tuesday, March 28 – Kevin Fisher aka “Sparky” will give a talk/demonstration on cutting edge light based wellness technology. These products are used for appetite control, cell repair, detoxification, sleep, pain relief, energy, stress, and inflammation control. FREE ADMISSION Tuesday, April 4 – Mike Petersen (BS Mathamatics and BS Information Technology) presents “The Universe, Q&A”. He will entertain questions about the Universe, regardless of content. Mike has made a life-long study of Cosmology and associated topics, and know that a Q&A on this subject would garner many, many questions. Many will not be answerable, but that is one of the points. Tuesday, April 11 – Four Boquete authors present their works: James Fletcher - Poetry (https://www.amazon.com/Poems-Terra-James-Thomas-Fletcher/dp/153771113X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1481402495&sr=8-1&keywords=james+thomas+fletcher) Byron Edgington - Biography or essay (https://www.amazon.com/Vietnam-Anthem-What-War-Gave-ebook/dp/B01NAI0LFO/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482844730&sr=1-1&keywords=a+vietnam+anthem) Gabrielle Reynolds - Fiction (in progress) Tuesday, April 18 – Scott Yates will speak about the attributes and use of treated bamboo in construction of affordable kit houses already built and available here in Boquete. These are lightweight, ultra strong, energy efficient, quiet homes that are ultra low waste with natural light and beauty. Designs are available in ultra low cost 400 sq ft to luxurious 1800 sq ft homes. FREE ADMISSION Tuesday, April 25 – Jim Kavney will tell us about snakes in Panama – the good, the bad and the ugly. Jim’s love of Reptiles began when he was a youngster in New York and he became a Herper for life. He’s collected and studied snakes ever since and even worked a summer job with Ross Allen, one of the best-known herpetologist in the U.S. in the fifties. Jim’s goal is to teach us to identify and to not automatically kill the snakes we find in our yards and fields. . To suggest a speaker or topic for these meetings please email BCP Tuesday Meeting To become a vendor at the Tuesday market, email facilitymanagerbcp@gmail.com
  2. AAC JANUARY 2017 REPORT TO THE COMMUNITY On January 17 Alto al Crimen made a report to the community at the BCP theater. Since there are a few thousand expats in our area and there were only around 75 or 80 people present at the meeting, the purpose of this article is to provide similar information to the rest of the community. First a quick note about the AAC--Hospital Cooperativo discount medical plan project. We have completed enrollments with more than eighty people participating in the plan. We set up the plan to have an annual open season for enrollments in late December and early January every year. If it appears that demand continues to be steady, and if we have a volunteer to manage the processing of paperwork and collection of payments, we may be able to have other enrollment periods during the year. If that works out, announcements will be made. We were fortunate to have had Caesar Sherrard at the meeting to share with us the early history of Alto al Crimen and his views about the organization's viability and need for community support. I think you can understand how important it is for folks who are not fluent in Spanish to have available a bilingual emergency hotline service. Of course, its main reason for existence is police, fire or medical emergencies, but most people agree that the ability to call if stopped by a police officer or in the case of an accident or breakdown out on a highway or country road somewhere is also very useful and important. A major key to our ability to assist people is our database that contains detailed directions to the homes of people who have registered and an easy way to reference them with three digit numbers called Resident Identification Numbers. Our database can also hold information about medical conditions, pets, insurance companies, etc. We're glad to have Christian Tiluma working with us as our Database Manager and Webmaster. He will be maintaining and improving the database and seeing that the database copy maintained on the computer tablet carried by our AAC Hotline operator, Franc Lugo, is up to date. In the past, we have conducted home security seminars and made home security inspection visits to people's homes. Preventing crime is even better than reacting to it. But since the sudden, unexpected death of our treasurer, Lee Zeltzer, in 2015, we have not been active in these areas, principally because we had much more urgent matters to deal with, such as not being able to access the funds in our bank account, restructuring our board of directors, changing AAC Hotline operators, etc. so that we could continue our hotline operation without interruption. We hope to resume these services when we have more people to share the load. We have managed not only to maintain our operations but to improve them by adding a second hotline phone number for backup and adding a regularly updated electronic version of our database on a tablet computer for more efficient operation. So it may seem as though everything has gone really well. Two old geezers, an old architect--Tom Counter--and an old retired naval officer--Bob Gregory--have made it work, in spite of challenges. We restructured the board of directors of our foundation only to have some of them withdraw. One couple moved away from Boquete. Another person changed his mind about wanting to work with Alto al Crimen. We found a great new bilingual operator for the hotline and have recently made the transition to a new Database Manager after David van Harn did a great job for us for a few years. We worked for and got the police check point at the Caldera Road. Some people find stopping a bit inconvenient, but property crimes in Boquete are down, and the check point is not nearly as inconvenient as burglaries or robberies involving personal injuries. Next, and hopefully with some volunteers to help, we'd like to push for and assist with providing a guard shack with some amenities for the police. Also we have worked with our Diputada in the Panama Asemblea to support legislation for a youth rehabilitation center to help separate the under-18 youth from the gang environment. $7.5 million dollars have now been allocated for a facility in Chiriqui. We keep an “ear to the ground” and try to pass the word about any criminal or suspicious activity to the police or to the public, as appropriate. So it would seem that we are now on a nice smooth road with no problems, right? Well, not quite. First, we need to expand our board so that we have more people to share the management load and work to provide more and better services to our community. Let me say there IS enough money for AAC to operate all this year. That's the good news. The bad news is that it's still in your pockets! We need to resolve that little glitch. That leads me to the second point, and probably the most critical one that we must deal with.... Are you ready for this? The biggest problem is that the majority of people like FREE STUFF. If they can slide by without laying out any money, they do. A foundation is not a business. Alto al Crimen is organized as a non-profit public service foundation that solicits and operates on donations. The services we provide have value that is self-evident. From the very beginning there were people in our community who quickly saw how valuable Alto al Crimen is and who gladly contributed to its support. Many people donated $100 per year. Some gave $500 per year or even $1,000 per year. We had plenty of money to operate on, but very few people realized that we had very lopsided funding. I became a member of the AAC board in January 2014. That year when we prepared for a presentation to the community like this one, I gathered and analyzed contribution data and made a pie chart to show how things were working. It was pretty shocking. We had 596 registered members, and only eleven percent of them had made donations in the past year! We began trying to figure out a way to increase the participation rate and to even out the donations. Then, with Lee Zeltzer's death we had a funding emergency because we could not access our funds in the bank. A lot of people rose to the challenge and made donations at a rate that allowed us to continue paying our operator, Rodny Fuentes, to keep the hotline running without interruption. Then, shortly after Lee's death, while AAC was most vulnerable, Rodny was influenced to resign and operate a similar emergency call service as a for-profit business. It was certainly Rodny's right to do this, and we wished him well. The price for Rodny's service is $80 per year, a lot more than our suggested donation of $20 to $30. But eighty dollars per year is an affordable price for a lot of people and actually less than many donors had been giving to AAC. We have no way to analyze numbers in detail, but it is pretty likely that a good percentage of the people whose donations had been supporting AAC decided to subscribe to Rodny's service. For them it was cheaper. But around 500 people remained with us. We lost a fairly small number of people, but among them were those who had donated the most money. So, where are we? Alto al Crimen is operating and able to provide the services people want and need. It has the ability to grow and become even better. It is a community service for ALL residents in the Boquete area, including full-time residents, short-term residents, tourists and even local Panamanian residents who may choose to call our Hotline. BUT IT AIN'T FREE!! Our absolute minimum budget is around $6,500 per year. With more we can do more. We pay our operator $500 per month. That is pretty reasonable considering that he is standing by 24 hours per day, seven days per week, 365 days per year. He provides his own replacement if he needs to be away. We own a two-SIM telephone and a computer tablet which require maintenance and occasional replacement, and we need to purchase number plaques and other administrative materials. We have some money in the bank. If we can get the attention of our folks who are registered with AAC and of the many people, including long time residents and new arrivals, who need our services but maybe don't even know about them, we should be able to fund our operations easily. It's true that the AAC Hotline and other services are sort of like insurance. You have to hope you never need them. But if you do need them you really hope that they will be there. So, what alternatives do YOU have if AAC should cease to exist? First, you can learn good Spanish and make emergency calls directly to the police, bomberos and ambulance services yourself. Second, you can be able to give good, clear directions to your home or other location and answer questions in Spanish over the phone, even though you may be sick, excited or under a lot of stress. I have been here over eight years, speak fairly good Spanish and probably could manage such a challenge, but I would be a lot more comfortable telling Franc Lugo my Resident ID number and what I need. How about you? And then there is the option of using Rodny Direct.. But will people who do not donate $20 or $30 per year decide to pay $80? So, in view of the alternatives, how much is Alto al Crimen service worth to you? Does it seem to you that twenty or thirty dollars a year is almost nothing? As many people already know, the AAC Hotline service is available to all, whether or not they have made donations. But it can only remain available if enough people make donations. In the past few months, donations have been almost negligible. The best way is for EVERYONE to make a small donation of twenty or thirty dollars per year. though larger donations are gladly received. If you need a good, low-cost medical discount plan, either as a stand-alone or to use with high-deductible insurance, you can choose the AAC—Hospital Cooperativo plan, and it includes an annual donation to AAC. As the old saying goes, THERE AIN'T NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH. Somebody always has to pay for the lunch. Alto al Crimen operates on a cash basis and does not and cannot have debt. If we cannot operate with the cash we have, we just don't operate. We have money in the bank that will allow us to operate for a few more months, and we'll continue to provide services to any and all people who need us as long as we can. If we run out of money, it's over. Is this a crisis? No, not really. AAC provides very worthwhile, sometimes life-saving, services, but up until around seven years ago, it did not exist. If it goes away, life will go on, but life will not be quite as safe or quite as convenient as it is with AAC. Those of us who contribute our time and energy to making AAC work want to see it continue and thrive, but we don't control that. You do--- you and all the many other expats in the Boquete area who have the benefits of AAC services if they are needed. A surge of donations in response to this report would be great, and we'll be very glad to receive them (via envelopes with your name on them left at Mail Boxes Etc.) But what we need is very broad understanding of the value of Alto al Crimen and regular donations by large numbers of people. We have around 500 registrants in our database and a potential for at least 400 or 500 more in our community. If you see the value of registering and contributing, register now, contribute now, contribute annually and encourage your friends and acquaintances to do the same. You can register at altoalcrimen.info One more thing. If you want to make a valuable contribution to the Boquete expat community, please volunteer to work with us. We need to add some board members, and we need other volunteers to help with publicity, home security inspections, someone with computer skills to back up Christian and others. If you want to help, please contact Bob Gregory (rhgusn@yandex.com) or Tom Counter (studiotomaspanama@gmail.com) Boquete is a great place to live, especially when everything is going well. For those other times, there is Alto al Crimen, and it will be here so long as you want it and support it.
  3. U.S. Embassy in Panama Security Message for U.S. Citizens January 20, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Panama City informs U.S. citizens that it has received a report of at least one planned demonstration on January 20, 2017 in Panama City related to the Inauguration. One demonstration is scheduled to begin 10:00a.m. in Parque Belisario Porras. All U.S. citizens are reminded to remain diligent in your personal security. U.S. Citizens should plan their travel accordingly and avoid all confrontations. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security. For further information about security in Panama: · See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Panama Country Specific Information. · Enroll in the Smart Traveler-Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. · Contact the U.S. Embassy in Panama, located at Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue Clayton, Panama, at +507-317-5030, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +507-317-5000. · Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
  4. At Casa de Montaña you can get your Crack-of-Dawn Mugs
  5. Tired of large group classes with no personal time for complicated questions? Individual tutoring allows you to go your own pace and get lots of feedback and practice. Offering private Spanish tutoring in Alto Boquete for adults. Tutor is native English speaker with university degree in Spanish as a second language and advanced competency in spoken and written Spanish. Also certified as an overseas ESL instructor and a Boquete resident / tutor for 6 years. One time slot available for a serious learner. Low rates, flexible scheduling. Email for more information. Charlotte Summers panamaprattle@gmail.com
  6. Hello Boquete Residents, This coming Saturday 21st, from 11 am to 2pm, at BCP's Villa Cafe, you'll be able to sample several holistic bodywork practitioners... Among them: John Nusen - with Thai Massage, Bruce Dow with Rolfing and Gilberto Barria-Vallarino - with Feldenkrais/Alexander Technique/Chi Kung Andei aka Click here to Reply or Forward Andei aka Gilberto Barria Vallarino Step-by-Step Better Body Balance Methods BodyMind Dojo https://www.facebook.com/bodyminddojo/ "Do less, be more"
  7. Since we cancelled last week due to a power outage, we will show Kubo and the Two Strings this coming Sunday. There should be no problem arriving and parking, and only a bit of feria traffic congestion when leaving. Movie starts at 1pm, and food, drinks and popcorn will be available from Cafe La Villa. (If you like, you can bring cushions for the hard restaurant chairs, or folding/camp chairs for more comfort.) There is no admission charge, but we ask for voluntary donations at the end of the movie to support the program and help pay for the video system. Movies scheduled: January 29: Cloud Atlas (2012) February 5: The Color of Paradise (2000) February 12: Chasing Ice (Documentary - 2012) ----- Link to trailer for this week's movie - Kubo and the Two Strings. Description: I occasionally like to watch "family films" aimed primarily at children, and the best ones have elements that please and entertain both young and old. Last year's "Kubo and the Two Strings" - which took 10 years to complete - is one of those films that people of all ages can enjoy. Again, as in many of my favorite movies, some questions are left unanswered - just like real life. Ratings: 7.9/10 IMDb, 97% Rotten Tomatoes, 94% Google users From the Roger Ebert website review: One of the most impressive elements of “Kubo and the Two Strings”—besides its dazzling stop-motion animation, its powerful performances and its transporting score—is the amount of credit it gives its audience, particularly its younger viewers. The Oregon-based animation house Laika has demonstrated a delightfully dark sense of humor and a taste for twisted storytelling in its previous offerings, “Coraline,” “ParaNorman” and “The Boxtrolls.” In “Kubo and the Two Strings,” the directorial debut of Laika CEO Travis Knight, the lead character faces deadly peril from the very first moment we see him. The young Japanese boy who gives the film its title learns early on that the world can be a cruel place, that family can’t necessarily be trusted and that he’ll frequently have to function as the grown-up in the equation when his ailing mother is incapable of doing so. A decade in the making, “Kubo and the Two Strings” is both painstakingly detailed and epic in scope. Inspired by a multitude of Japanese art forms, it’s textured yet crisp, frighteningly dark yet radiant with bold color. It’s a classic hero’s journey full of action and adventure, but it’s also an intimate fable about love and loss, magic and memory. Above all else, “Kubo and the Two Strings” is fittingly about storytelling and its capacity to transform and connect us. The timelessness of the film gives it an overall feeling of cinematic grace, with obvious nods to greats ranging from Kurosawa and Miyazaki to Spielberg and Lucas. The resonance of the performances from its excellent voice cast gives it an immediate emotional punch.
  8. Due to medical issues, I must return to the states, and can only take part of my rescued animal family with me. They are all so very special. They love each other very much, cats sleeping cuddled up with the dogs, playing together, and the cats even going for long walks with the dogs and me. Most of them have been raised from very small babies; some having to be bottle fed. Definitely would have to be with a family that allowed them to go outdoors, but also be part of the family inside. They are all spayed/neutered, and have their vaccinations. Female, 1-1/2 years old, spayed. Vera (left) is an extremely affectionate girl. She loves everyone and everything. She is a very nurturing dog, and loves to take care of rescued kittens and puppies. She minds well, and seeks to please. She has a special cat that could go with her. They sleep together and play together. She is an inside/outside dog, wanting to be where her family is. Female, 2 yrs.?, spayed. Whitney (right) was living in the woods for about 2 months, eluding human contact, because she was frightened. Finally when she had puppies, neighbors got together to find them and capture her. She was very malnourished and could not care for her pups. her babies had to be bottle fed. Whitney was extremely scared at first, but has since become my sweet, sweet girl -always by my side, and very protective over me. She will require a very calm and loving home, but for the person willing to ¨win¨her trust, the reward will be worth it. She loves other dogs and her cats. Please email Holley if you would like more information about any of these unique, well loved, and trained animals, at holiand3@yahoo.com or phone 6904-0742. (also Whatsapp)
  9. Due to medical issues, I must return to the states, and can only take part of my rescued animal family with me. They are all so very special. They love each other very much, cats sleeping cuddled up with the dogs, playing together, and the cats even going for long walks with the dogs and me. Most of them have been raised from very small babies; some having to be bottle fed. Definitely would have to be with a family that allowed them to go outdoors, but also be part of the family inside. They are all spayed/neutered, and have their vaccinations. Female, spayed. 1 year. River (left) was found by a river when her eyes were barely open. She was dropper fed as a baby. River loves to go on long walks with her dog and cat friends. She is usually leading the cat pack. She is a rather small cat, and is quiet. She only eats dry food, and is less demanding than my other 3 cats. She and Jackson love to play together. Female, spayed, 11/2 years. Itsy (right) was very tiny when she was found, and had to be bottle fed. Itsy is a snuggler. She sleeps with me every night, purring loudly. She is also a food hog, and will let me know at 5:00 that it is time to eat. She loves going for a walk too. Please email Holley if you would like more information about any of these unique, well loved, and trained animals, at holiand3@yahoo.com or phone 6904-0742. (also Whatsapp)
  10. For one opportune evening . . . ~ thoughtful setting ~ inspired compositions ~ gifted artists ~ involved community ~ rewarded youth
  11. Hello there, all you Jazz&Blues fans of Boquete and beyond, the Boquete Jazz&Blues Festival is just 3 weeks away, and by all measures it’s going to be the best ever! The line-up is just amazing. This year’s festival is surely going to make history with the incredible amount of extraordinary Jazz and Blues talent we were able to get to perform in our little town in the Chiriqui highlands. Never before has Panama seen such a huge amount of absolutely world-class talent assembled here! However, some of you are waiting until the last minute to buy your tickets…and that leads to a cash-flow problem similar to what we experienced in previous years. The festival’s got bills to pay…equipment rentals, production company downpayment, flight tickets for musicians, payments for work visas, covering the amphitheater with sunshades, and, and, and...and those bills have to be paid now, not after the fest. There are still about 240 general admission tickets available. General admission tickets for two days (Sat & SUN) go for only $130, and if you add the Wednesday and Friday shows it’ll be only $175 for 14 shows! That’s just $12.50 per show with top-class acts! Can’t get any better than that! Since the higher priced VIP tickets have almost sold out it doesn’t seem to be a problem of too high ticket prices. It rather looks more like the well-known buying-late attitude of our friends in Boquete and elsewhere in Panama. In recent years when faced with the same problem we sometimes resorted to asking our Boquete friends for temporary loans to bridge the cash gap. We didn’t do that this time trusting that we’d sell enough tickets in time. Didn’t quite work as planned and that’s why were asking all festival friends to help. We’re positive that the festival will sell out again but we need to sell more tickets NOW! Please help and buy your festival tickets as soon as possible! Don’t wait any longer! You’d help us a lot! Purchase your tickets online at www.boquetejazzandbluesfestival.com/the-ticket-page1.html or at the Boquete BJBF office at the second floor of the new market building, opposite of Romero’s supermarket. NEW: Tickets will also be available at the Boquete Tuesday market starting on January 31.