There’s no reason to stay at home this weekend. Even the weather is expected to cooperate.
Today is expected to see little rain, and Saturday is expected to be wetter but without electrical storms.
The big attraction tonight is the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional.
Álvaro González will perform the world premier of the “Concierto para violonchelo y orquesta,” composed by Carlos Escalante, also a Costa Rican, for the fifth concert of the season. Performances are tonight at 8 o’clock and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., both in the Teatro Nacional. The cheap seats are really cheap, and there is a 50 percent discount for seniors and students.
Saturday is the traditional U.S. Memorial day, and the Marines will make sure it is observed.
The Marine Corps League Costa Rica plans a service Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Campo de Esperanza Cemetery in San Antonio de Escazú. Everyone is invited to attend, especially veterans and widows of veterans and their families, said the league. Admission is free. A map and directions to the cemetery is HERE.
Saturday also would be a good time to visit the local museums. The Museo Nacional has set up an exhibit of archaeological pieces that have been returned from outside the country or from private collections here. Some have never been on display. Sunday visits are free for Costa Ricans and legal residents.
The Escuela de Arquitectura y Urbanismo at Tecnológico de Costa Rica is creating a Paso de los Museos in downtown San José.
This is part of a San José effort to make the core of the city into an historical center as a tourism draw.
The Museos del Banco Central de Costa Rica, the Museo Nacional and the Museo de Jade y la Cultura Precolombina are combining in this effort which has the support of the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo.
The Museos del Banco Central are below the Plaza de la Cultura, and the other two museums are to the east on either side of Plaza de la Democracía. A central bank museum has just opened an exhibit called “Ecos ancestrales” that creates the sounds of the pre-Colombian world. The exhibit is supposed to include musical instruments of the time.
Sunday the British community plans a charity picnic at United World College in Santa Ana. “The British Shop with imported goodies will again be popular so do come early, and the bar will have British beer and Pymms,” said the announcement, adding that there would be lots of prizes, games and traditional British foods. Organizers may be reached at comunidadbritanicacr @gmail.com. More information is available at www.facebook.com/BritishPicnicCR.
Throughout the weekend young volunteers will be seeking money at busy intersections. This is the ColectaTECHO campaign for the Fundación Techo that provides housing for the poor. The campaign used to be called Un rojo por un techo.
For pure relaxation, there always is Parque la Sabana where real baseball can be found Sunday mornings. The predominately Nicaragua players are farm team quality and put on a good game.
Sunday is supposed to have afternoon thunderstorms in the Central Valley, so the games usually finish up around noon.