Last Friday, July 25, my girl Lydia and I attended a local art festival named El Sabor de Guanacaste (The Flavor of Guanacaste) in Flamingo Beach. Guanacaste is the province of Costa Rica that I live in and July 25 is Guanacaste Day, celebrating the independence of the zone from Nicaragua - making it a part of Costa Rica in 1824.
We've attended a handful of fairs in Flamingo over the past few years, but honestly, they've always been a little disappointing. There was always very little foot traffic or community/tourist interest. So when we heard about this one, initially we were kinda' on the fence as to whether or not we wanted to close our shops for the day and head over there. In the past, it just hasn't been worth it. However, after a few conversations with one of the organizers, Raquel (who we would soon discover was on her "A" game), we decided that the event seemed like it would be well promoted and attended. We really liked the fact that there would be live music and that there were a decent amount of confirmed artists.
The space that the artists were in was a covered patio with lots of natural light and fresh air. (Although it was like a 100000 degrees that day so even the breezy air felt like you were standing in front of an open oven!) The day started with a parade with kids from the local schools, some dressed up in traditional clothing, others marching in a band that pounded out a beat that made even the least rhythmic person want to move.
Right after the parade, people started milling around and soon after, the bands started to perform. There was a good turnout -- lots of locals and tourists, which is always a nice mix.
|The Lovely Ms. Lydia|
|Traditional Chorotega/Guaitil Pottery from Jesus and Susan|
|Paintings by Jose Jackson|
Of course, I have to include at least one photo of a dog!! :)
One of the big things of this festival was the different workshops available for the kids to participate in. Lydia hostessed a painting class and I hostessed a beading class. It's always fun to see what the kids come up with when left to their own creative devices.
What kid doesn't like drawing on the cement with chalk. Heck, I still like to draw on the cement!!
The festival lasted until much later, but we left for home and cold showers (!!!) around 5ish. I think I speak for us both that we were glad that we went. It was fun, productive, entertaining, and best of all we got to spend the day together. Awwwww.
|My Beading Class|
|Lyd's painting class.|