Smiles and music beat the rain
W“elcome to the American Association’s Dry season picnic” cracked the lead musician of the Shorty and Slim group as the drumming of a to...
W“elcome to the American Association’s Dry season picnic” cracked the lead musician of the Shorty and Slim group as the drumming of a torrential downpour threatened to drown out the sounds of the Island Beat music for the more than 150 members seated under the roof of the bohio at the Balboa Yacht Club in Panama on Saturday.
It was the final act in a series of events that had bedeviled the organizing of the annual event. First there were the multiple flipping of location from the Club to the residence of Barbara Stephenson the American Ambassador and back to the Club. This led to date changes, and a sunny January 24 was replaced by a rain sodden Jan 31.
But while it rained outside, under the canopy it was all sunshine, as the Association welcomed new members, regrouped with old, and dined on old fashioned barbecue offerings from hamburgers and hot dogs to all the fixings like salad, corn on the cob, and baked beans and topped it off with mom’s apple pie and a carrot cake emblazoned with Old Glory.
The event was a good primer for the fund raising activities of the Association, which benefit two Panamanian schools and also provides scholarships and aid to other charities.
It was also the opportunity to meet many of the regular readers of the Panama Star, and spot, standing above the crowd, regular columnist Phil Edmundson. And before it ended, the sun came out, and Slim’s welcome rang true.
The next American Association event will be a charity auction at the Riande Paitilla Hotel. More details later.