Expats could not have asked for better weather so they could enjoy their Independence Day Picnic. The Cervercería Costa Rica picnic grounds was under a partly cloudy sky with moderate temperatures.
Organizers said Sunday night that they had not determined the attendance that day. But the number appeared to be larger than at other recent picnics. There were more stands featuring goodies ranging from frozen yogurt to cotton candy and the ever-present coffee, hot dogs and beer.
Security was tight and even included drug-sniffing dogs
The highlight, as always, was the raising of the U.S. Flag by members of the embassy detachment of U.S. Marines.
Another highlight was the appearance of Uncle Sam, the persona of lanky Jeff Duchesneau, a member of the American Colony Committee, the picnic organizers. He was busy much of the afternoon posing with children and adults.
This was a bilingual event with English and Spanish used freely and interchangeably. Among those honored were participants in the English Access Microscholarship Program that the U.S. Embassy runs to help youngsters learn English. The students carried a banner promoting the program.
The U.S. government operates this program worldwide, and in Costa Rica, students in economically challenged areas receive the help, including Pavas, Desamparados, Limón, Alajuelita, San Ramón, Ipis, Guápiles, Puntarenas, Heredia, Guadalupe, Liberia, Cartago, Tibás and Alajuela, said the embassy on its Web site.