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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.

Boquete Knitters and Quilters

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The Boquete Knitters and Quilters is a tri-cultural (we have ex-pat, Latina Panamanian and Ngabe-Bugle Panamanian members), tri-craftual (we have knitters, crocheters and quilters) organization that creates baby quilts, blankets, caps, sweaters and booties for our neediest, tiniest neighbors.  We also supply chemo caps to the Obaldia Hospital in David, as well as donate finished items to their newborn nursery.

We are so grateful when people tuck yarn into a suitcase and bring it down for our use.  We especially love Lion Brand Homespun, Lion Brand Pound of Love, Red Heart Soft and Caron Simply Soft, but we have thus far managed to use virtually very yard of yarn we've been given -- even unraveling worn out afghans for the yarn!  The yarns we prefer are available at WalMart, Joann, Michael's, and Hobby Lobby, and are acrylic -- strong enough to be beaten on a rock in the river.

We also have a Paypal account: BoqueteKnitters@hotmail.com.  Every nickel we raise goes toward the purchase of yarn, batting, fabric, thread, buttons and bindings.  And every finished product keeps a child wrapped in soft warmth -- and our love.

We invite you to drop by the Fundacion pro Integracion (Handicap Foundation) in Alto Boquete where we meet, to see us at work and to admire our work.  Every Friday afternoon between 1 and 3 PM.




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Brandy: blessings on you ladies at Knitters and Quilters. You deserve a gold star for your work done with love.


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