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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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Jaramillo Gardeners Trip to Finca Tangara, January 18, 2017, Wed, 10 am.

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Jaramillo Gardeners Trip to Finca Tangara, Palmira
January 18, 2017, Wednesday 10 am.

$5 donation (benefits the Library) per person for informative tour and consulting by Peter Sterling.
Met up at San Francisco Plaza to car pool 9:45 am sharp

Join us for a trip to Peter Sterling's beautiful farm - citrus, coffee, and native plant nursery, overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Palmira, Panama. The garden club went here a couple years ago and it remains one of our most popular trips ever!

Plants - trees, shrubs, fruiting, flowers, etc will be for sale - all proceeds benefit the Boquete Library.

Met up at San Francisco Plaza to car pool 9:45 am sharp. Bring small bills for the donation and to purchase plants. Wear long pants and closed shoes or you will be bug lunch! FYI - there is mud on farms...

 

Directions if not carpooling: Finca Tangara is about 6.5 kilometers from Alto Boquete, Plaza San Francisco. 
Turn right at Plaza San Francisco onto Palmira road; go straight and continue through Palmira Centro (past the Jungla). 
Keep going past the 
Hacienda Esmeralda dairy and beneficio (on the left). 
Our driveway is the first left after the beneficio. 
There is a small roofed bus stop just before our drive.
The sign is before the bus stop but hard to see.
Come down the drive past the caretaker’s house 200m to the main house.

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Next week! Wednesday.

If you can, please bring a toy donation for kids ages 3 to 5 yrs, to the garden trip on Wednesday January 18, 2017.
(Simple toys from the dollar store, coloring books, small balls, etc.)

Some generous expats and locals have organized a pinata for the kids at Minsa, the health service, next to Romero Grocery on Thursday. So I will collect any donations and get them to the event.

Children and moms start lining up for health care at 6 am, doctors arrive at 9 to 11 am and later. A long day for little kids and we are trying to brighten their day, with small toys. Life continues after Christmas.

Wednesday January 18, 2017, trip to Peter Sterling's Finca in Palmira Panama. Don't forget. Meet at San Francisco Plaza 945 am.

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