The American Colony Committee said Tuesday that New York song writer and performer Mary McBride and her band will perform at the July 4 picnic this year.
Ms. McBride is a U.S. cultural ambassador sponsored by the U.S. State Department. She will be touring in Panamá as well as Costa Rica in June and July. Then in September she and her band are going to Argentina.
The committee said that the donation this year for the picnic will be $10 or 5,000 colons for those over 5 years. U.S. citizens and their families are invited, and, as the committee said, “in the spirit of honoring our host country, all U.S. citizens are invited to bring one Tico friend.” That was the policy last year, too.
This is the 53rd picnic, an event that started in the garden of the U.S. ambassador’s residence when there were far fewer U.S. citizens here.
The picnic again will be on the Cervecería Costa Rica grounds in Alajuela from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the committee confirmed.
The band of the University de Costa Rica will appear again, the committee said.
Ambassador Anne Slaughter Andrew appears to be unable to make the picnic. The committee said that the official program begins at 11 a.m. and includes the traditional flag raising by the U.S. Marines and remarks by the charge d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy. That is believed to be Eric Nelson.
Once again there will be free parking and a bus shuttle. A map of parking lots will be available on the committee Web site.
The committee reminded picnic goers that donations fuel the event.
The picnic originated with the intent of providing a real U.S. July 4 celebration for youngsters of expats in Costa Rica. The event still has an emphasis on children with games and popular foods.