Monthly Archives: November 2011

Cute Traffic Signs walking around Casco Viejo

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antigu Walking fast down Plaza Catedral in Casco Viejo, I bumped into the cutest event ever: children from the local school were all dressed up as traffic signs, educating about their meaning. Check out the “traffic light”!!! It will stop you right away!!!

Glass Bottle Christmas Tree

Casco Viejo, Panama, Casco Antiguo Two years ago, I started shifting from the traditional Christmas tree to ones made with recycled materials. The first year I made one with newspapers and miscellaneous stuff I found at the beach.  The second year, the theme was plastic bottles, also found at the beach. I used about 80 bottles or so on that one. Check out both photos HERE. This year, I thought it would be cool to do one with glass bottles, as glass looks always so elegant. Luckily for me, I live in front of Di Vino, a wine bar in … Continue reading

Casco Viejo Community Celebrates Thanksgiving

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo Casco Viejo`s Friends and Neighbors Association (AVACA) gathered last night at Casa del Horno to celebrate Thanksgiving. At least four or five languages were being spoken in the party: Spanish, English, Italian, French and German.  And at least two dialects: Spanglish and Itañol.   A beautifully eclectic community celebrated and shared food among friends, children running everywhere. “Did you notice children here speak four different languages?” said Clara, my associate and lifeforce behind the party.  I looked around and saw them playing together and thought, well, somehow they are understanding each other pretty well! The food … Continue reading

Panama Jazz Fest 2012 is here! See schedule and Tickets

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo   Our beloved Panama Jazz Festival is less than 2 months away! This upcoming year, the fest will be from January 16th to the 21st.  Most of it will take place at City of Knowledge (Clayton), Casco Viejo (National Theatre) and Hotel el Panama. Wonderful artists coming, including Chucho Valdés and Omara Portuondo! Click HERE to find more info about tickets. And here is the calendar: Monday, January 16 Start of clinic at city of knowledge. Building 105 Afternoon family concert Panama Jazz Festiva Club, at the Hotel El Panama Sunday Aug012010 Tuesday, January 17 Start of … Continue reading

Alliance Francaise in Casco Antiguo presents Eco Art

Casco Viejo, Panama, Casco Antiguo   The Alliance Francaise is presenting for free at the French Embassy in Plaza Francia (Las Bovedas) the show “Dialogue coco- bamboo, Biodiversity, Humanity and Art” by artist Valérie Leblet.  The show, which took a year to put together, will be part of a broader event featuring workshops and talks about nature and all things green. The show is for free and the workshops are quite interesting: Nov. 21st: Nature`s School.  6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 22nd: Bamboo Workshop for adults . 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Note that on the 22nd there is … Continue reading

Beautiful Garbage Tanks Flood Casco Viejo, Panama

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo Yesterday, under the rain, a group of residents in Casco Antiguo went out “guerrilla style” and distributed 18 beautiful garbage tanks decorated by Panamanian artists.  Like “positive art bombs”, the guerrilla group moved swiftly through A Avenue, in an almost military operation to inject the historic city with fun urban creativity. This project belongs to AVACA, Casco Antiguo`s Neighborhood and Friend`s Association, an organization that aims to see Casco Viejo become one of the greatest historic districts of the World.  From beach cleanings, to planting palms, Neighborhood Watch Program and even serve as a watchman … Continue reading

Theatre at Casco Viejo, Panama

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo There is always “going on” in Casco Viejo! Here are some of the events coming up: November 30th: Classical music by the National Symphonic Orchestra, at National Theatre. November 22nd: Signum Quartett at National Theatre, 8 p.m. . Tickets $5 to $10, available at Weil Art in Casco Viejgo (A Avenue, next to Arco Properties). Other events: November 18 and 19th: at Los Del Patio, “Mujeral”.  7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. $8 per person. Calle 3era. More info at  6680-8458  / November 24th: AVACA`s Thanksgiving celebration! the neighborhood gathers at Casa del Horno.  RSVP … Continue reading

Building in Casco Viejo Wins Restoration Award

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo   Wednesday night we went to the award dinner hosted by Panama`s Architects and Engineers Association and Panama`s Architecture School.  Every year, these two organizations study a number of buildings from Panamanian designers and award in different categories. This year, Casco Viejo got its award through Benedetti Hermanos, an Art Deco building restored by Conservatorio S.A. The architects in charge of the project were Hildegard Vásquez and Daniel Young from the firm Hache Uve. Congratulations again to the team! Interested in another development by the same team? Ask us about CASA VIDAL Write us at: … Continue reading

Holiday Parties in Casco Viejo Strenghten Community Programs

Casco Viejo, Panama, Casco Antiguo   Holidays are basically here, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year… tons of things going on, and Casco Viejo isn´t the exception. However, many of the events held during this season in Casco Viejo are aimed to help the community, by either fundraising for a local ngo o directly doing something with the neighbors. The first event of the season is really Thanksgiving, at the ends of November. This party is organized by members of AVACA, Casco Viejo`s Neighbors and Friends Association. It is a place to meet other neighbors and share wonderful food and wine. Every … Continue reading

Delta SKY Magazine Features Casco Viejo, Panama

Casco Viejo, Panama, Casco Antiguo A Casco Viejo fan just sent me this article from DELTA magazine… featuring our beloved Casco Viejo!   Enjoy!