October 16, 2019

FIESTA FUN(D) RAISER, SATURDAY, SEPT. 28, 2019

Maryland-area friends, please join us for FIESTA FUN!

Rain or Shine – benefit for our projects in Limay, Nicaragua*

Enjoy the tranquility of the countryside at Dipping Pond Run, beside a gorgeous valley. Recharge your energy!
Join in music- and merry-making!

Also: 7:00-7:20 PM, Barbara Larcom will describe her April visit to Limay.

Live music provided by YOU & others
(Music jam and singalong included in festivities)

No donation too large, & no one turned away! Bring checkbook.
Donations also taken on this website!

BRING: LOVE! ♥ Potluck dish ♥ Musical Instrument ♥
Lawn Chair/ Blanket ♥ Hiking Shoes

RSVP and carpool info: 410-444-1023 or
BaltimoreLimay@gmail.com

Directions: From Greenspring Station, take Greenspring Valley Road west 1 mile. Turn right/ north on Greenspring Avenue. Go half a mile to Highview Dr. (1st right, top of hill). Turn right again on Candlestick Dr. (2nd right). End of court on right, #5.

HOLIDAY APPEAL: YOU MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!

Good news, just in time for this holiday season!  When I last wrote you in August, Limay was in crisis – and so was much of the country.  I pleaded for your help, and you came through.  Thank you.

Because of caring and generous donors like you, 31 of our scholarship students returned to their classes in September, after the violent unrest and roadblocks ended.  Also, the monthly food packets of basic food staples for 200 elderly and disabled people could be distributed once again.

Now I ask for your support to allow our projects of love and friendship to continue in 2019.  You are a crucial partner in this endeavor!  Here are some ways you can make a difference in Limay:

  • A monthly food packet of beans, rice, and other essential foods for an elderly person. Cost: about $100/year or $9/month
  • A partial college scholarship. Cost: average $180/year or $15/month
  • Poultry to provide vital protein via hens’ eggs. Offspring chicks are passed to other families. Fencing and a chicken coop are $180 per family, or a pledge of $15/month.
  • A medical fund for travel to other towns for treatments, and for prescriptions not carried in the clinic. Cost: $5-10 per prescription
  • A preschool nutrition and education centerfor about 55 children.  Our share of the center’s budget:  about $95/year or $8/month per child
  • The Phil Mitchell revolving loan fund, which provides microcredit for small businesses and housing repair at the lowest interest rates in the Limay area. Any donation amount increases the fund capital.

Thank you for your faithful support!  Please give now so we can plan carefully for our 2019 projects.  Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

You can also give your “spare change,” rounding up to the next dollar, on your credit card purchases.  Sign up at https://www.MyChange.com/CBL   Note: Does not apply to Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union.

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 8: HOLIDAY PARTY 2018

You’re cordially invited!  Party starts at 6:00 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. or so.  Address:  2902 Louise Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21214. 

This is a *fun* raiser as well as a fundraiser for projects in our friendship community, San Juan de Limay, Nicaragua.  (College scholarships, food security for the most vulnerable, medical fund, water projects, revolving loan development fund)

Please bring a potluck dish to share, and lots of holiday love. Your friends and family are also very welcome.

Do YOU have talent to share?  Please prepare a song, a poem, a comedy riff, your spoon-rhythm band, your caricature drawings…. You get the picture.  The sky’s the limit – we want to enjoy what you bring to the party.  

A donation is requested for our projects – please throw something in the basket! No one will be turned away. And we’ll raffle off a bottle of the world’s best rum – 7-year-old Flor de Caña.  This will be fun, don’t miss it!

Directions to the party: From Charles Street, head east on Northern Parkway to Old Harford Road, then turn right (south). Go four (4) blocks, turn left on Louise Avenue. House is on the left.

SUNDAY, DEC. 10 – 2017 HOLIDAY PARTY

We are postponing the Casa Baltimore/Limay holiday party to Sunday, Dec. 10, because of a winter storm forecast for our original date.  You’re cordially invited!  Party starts at 5:00 p.m., with dinner at 5:30 p.m. or so.  Address:  2902 Louise Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21214. 

This is a *fun* raiser as well as a fundraiser for projects in our friendship community, San Juan de Limay, Nicaragua.  (College scholarships, food security for the most vulnerable, medical fund, water projects, revolving loan development fund)

Please bring a potluck dish to share, and lots of holiday love. Your friends and family are also very welcome.

Do YOU have talent to share?  Please prepare a song, a poem, a comedy riff, your spoon-rhythm band, your caricature drawings…. You get the picture.  The sky’s the limit – we want to enjoy what you bring to the party.  Any questions?  Call Barbara, 410-444-1023.

A donation is requested for our projects – please throw something in the basket! No one will be turned away. And we’ll raffle off a bottle of the world’s best rum – 7-year-old Flor de Caña.  This will be fun, don’t miss it!

Directions to the party: From Charles Street, head east on Northern Parkway to Old Harford Road, then turn right (south). Go four (4) blocks, turn left on Louise Avenue. House is on the left.

2016 HOLIDAY PARTY W/ TALENT ENTERTAINMENT

Casa Baltimore/Limay cordially invites you:

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3

STARTS AT 5:30 PM, DINNER AT 6:00 PM

2902 Louise Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21214

This is a *fun* raiser as well as a fundraiser for projects in our friendship community, Limay, Nicaragua.  Please bring a potluck dish to share, and lots of holiday love. Your friends and family are also very welcome.

We’ll also have SHARED TALENT – music, poetry and more!  Those confirmed so far include:  Paulo Gregory Harris, Dave Eberhardt, Marjorie Roswell, Steve Sorrow, John Reuter.  Bring YOUR talent in any category to add to the festivities!

And we’ll raffle off a bottle of the world’s best rum – 7-year-old Flor de Caña.

A donation is requested – please throw something in the basket!  No one will be turned away.  The funds support our projects – college scholarships, food security for the most vulnerable, medical fund, and a revolving loan development fund.

Directions to the party: From Charles Street, head east on Northern Parkway to Old Harford Road, then turn right (south). Go four (4) blocks, turn left on Louise Avenue. House is on the left.

FIESTA FUN(D) RAISER, SATURDAY, SEPT. 17, 2016

Maryland-area friends, please join us for FIESTA FUN!

Rain or Shine – benefit for our projects in Limay, Nicaragua*

Enjoy the tranquility of Dipping Pond Run, a beautiful trout stream in a gorgeous valley. Recharge your energy! Renew your faith in the universe! Join in music- and merry-making!

Live music provided by YOU & others TBA
(Music jam and singalong included in festivities)

No donation too large, & no one turned away! Bring checkbook.
Donations also taken on this website!

BRING: LOVE! Potluck dish Musical Instrument
Lawn Chair/ Blanket Swim Suit, Towel, Wading Shoes Hiking Shoes, Long Pants

RSVP and carpool info: 410-444-1023 or
Barbara.Larcom@gmail.com

Directions: From Greenspring Station, take Greenspring Valley Road west 1 mile. Turn right/ north on Greenspring Avenue. Go half a mile to Highview Dr. (1st right, top of hill). Turn right again on Candlestick Dr. (2nd right). End of court on right, #5.

2015 HOLIDAY PARTY WITH NICA GUESTS PAUL & JOEL BAKER-HERNANDEZ

Casa Baltimore/Limay cordially invites you:

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13

STARTS AT 5:30 PM, DINNER AT 6:00 PM

2902 Louise Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21214

This is a *fun* raiser as well as a fundraiser for projects in our friendship community, Limay, Nicaragua.  Please bring a potluck dish to share, and lots of holiday love. Your friends and family are also very welcome.

We’ll also have entertainment by singer/ songwriter Paul Baker Hernandez and his 17-year-old son Joel, visiting from Nicaragua. And we’ll raffle off a bottle of the world’s best rum – 7-year-old Flor de Caña.  This will be fun, don’t miss it!

A donation is requested – please throw something in the basket!  No one will be turned away.  The funds support our projects – college scholarships, food security for the most vulnerable, medical fund, and a revolving loan development fund.

Directions to the party: From Charles Street, head east on Northern Parkway to Old Harford Road, then turn right (south). Go four (4) blocks, turn left on Louise Avenue. House is on the left.

Share your memories & thoughts with us!

Bring your favorite memories to our 30th anniversary celebration on October 10 to share aloud.  Also write them down on this website!  We’ll preserve them and share them with a wider audience.  NOTE:  First click on “Register” on the upper right of our home page.  After registering, click on the link under “30th anniversary” on the left side.

Save the date! Saturday, October 10, 2015 – Anniversary Celebration

On Saturday, October 10, 2015, from 3 to 6 PM, we’ll hold a 30th anniversary celebration in the Peabody Room of the Episcopal Diocesan Center, located on the northeast corner of Charles Street and University Parkway, Baltimore, MD 21218.  Co-founder Nan McCurdy and her husband Miguel Mairena are coming, and Nan will speak. Light refreshments will be served.  

 

Monday, Nov. 17, 2014: Nicaragua Event at MICA

Casa Baltimore-Limay and Art of Solidarity, MICA’s Nicaragua Summer Intensive, present

Nicaragua Today: Our Inspiration and Challenge

Monday, November 17, 7:00 PM

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

Main Building, Room 210

1300 W Mt Royal Ave, Baltimore 21217

Presenters:

Maria Gabriela Aldana Enriquez, MICA faculty and director of Art of Solidarity, a cultural-exchange and community arts program for filmmakers and artists in Nicaragua

Paul Baker Hernandez, a New Song vocalist and guitarist on US tour from Managua, Nicaragua; formerly with Nicaragua Network, now director of Echoes of Silence, promoting world interdependence

Dalila Cedeño Quintero, organizer/ promoter of potable water and agriculture programs in Limay, Nicaragua

Moderators/ discussants:

Leslie Salgado, coordinator of Howard County Friends of Latin America (HoCoFoLA)

Mike McGuire, Baltimore activist in local and Latin American issues

This group will discuss wide-ranging topics about Nicaragua – and questions from you – including the following:
Food security and potable water: What is Nicaragua doing, through its Sandinista government and other organizations, to promote food security and potable water for its people? How does this compare to what is happening in the US (including our current struggle over water privatization)?

Climate change: How has Nicaragua experienced climate change and global warming in recent years? How do US policies, and government and corporate behavior, affect climate in Nicaragua – and vice versa?

Immigration: What factors affect Nicaraguan people’s decisions to remain at home or to emigrate to the US and other parts of the world? Why is it that so few unaccompanied minors are coming to the US from Nicaragua, compared to several other countries in Central America?

Status of women: What is the relative status of women, compared to men, in Nicaragua? The World Economic Forum just released results showing that Nicaragua is 6th in the world, behind only the Scandinavian countries, in this relative status. Is this finding “real”, or does it ignore some factors which should be considered?

More about our Nicaraguan visitors:

Dalila Cedeño Quintero is a young and vibrant organizer/ promoter of potable water and agriculture programs, including the Bono Productivo program of the Sandinista government of Nicaragua. She is also an active participant in the programs of the Casa Baltimore/Limay friendship-city project; and she is a recognized leader in her community of El Morcillo, an agriculturally fertile village in the San Juan de Limay valley of northwest Nicaragua. She will present a brief slideshow about her work as well as life in rural Nicaragua today.

Paul Baker Hernández is an experienced and entertaining musician and public speaker. He’ll sing several selections from his own musical compositions, as well as offering his observations about Nicaragua. In the past, he worked as the in-country representative of Nicaragua Network, a US-based project of Alliance for Global Justice. He now promotes world interdependence through the organization he directs, Echoes of Silence. His autobiography, Song in High Summer, is available on Amazon. He lives in the shantytown barrio of La Primavera in Nicaragua’s capital, Managua. His background and urban perspective will provide a contrast to Dalila’s rural viewpoint.

Produced by:

Casa Baltimore/Limay, a friendship-city project linking Baltimore, MD, with San Juan de Limay, Nicaragua, for the past 29 years. 410-662-6292 or email info@CasaBaltimoreLimay.org

Art of Solidarity, a cultural exchange and community arts program through the Maryland Institute College of Arts, for filmmakers and artists collaborating with Nicaraguan youth, collectives, and muralists every summer. www.artofsolidartiy.org or email maldana@mica.edu

We also thank the Ric Pfeffer Lecture Committee of Research Associates Foundation for funding toward this event.