65th Anniversary Celebration & Reunion

March 9th -12th, 2017

In March 1952, just months after settling in Monteverde, the founding Quakers opened the doors of Monteverde Friends School.  Now, 65 years later, we are inviting you to come celebrate with us Monteverde-style: potlucks, nature walks, square dance, coffee house/pizza night, ultimate Frisbee and volleyball, meeting for worship, and Friends and more friends.

What is the schedule?

Wednesday, March 8 – hike to the Belmar Hotel for sunset happy hour

Thursday, March 9

  • 8:00-12:30 – half the group will do optional outings, while the other half will come to school for assembly, school tour, attend classes, and enjoy lunch prepared by the students.
  • 1:00-3:00 – optional outings
  • 3:30-5:00 – “Wolf Talks (our version of Ted Talks, with presentations and discussion about changes in Monteverde’s economy, tourism, youth opportunities, and Quaker community)
  • 5:30 – out-of-town registered visitors are invited to a family dinner in the homes of local Quakers and school families

Friday, March 10

  • 8:00-12:30 – half the group will do optional outings, while the other half will come to school for assembly, school tour, attend classes, and enjoy lunch prepared by the students.
  • 1:00-3:00 – optional outings
  • 3:30-5:00 – “Wolf Talks” (presentations and discussion about changes in Monteverde’s environment and the arts community)
  • 5:30 – Coffee House with dinner and open mic (start preparing your acts…)

Saturday, March 11

  • 7:00 – sunrise nature walk
  • 9:00 – class reunions with brunch, for former students, teachers, volunteers and parents.  Other community members can enjoy our annual Sports Day all day
  • 11:30-12:00 – official 65th anniversary celebration with the whole community
  • 12:00-3:00 – continue enjoying Sports Day (all sorts of games and activities to play or watch) and lunch prepared by parents
  • 3:00 – optional outings (or rest!)
  • 5:30-7:00 – fundraising dinner.  This is included in the registration fee.  Other community members (adults only) are warmly invited to purchase tickets in advance for 5,000 at the school office.
  • 7:00 – square dance with Benito:  free, all ages welcome.

Sunday, March 12

  • 7:00 – nature walk
  • 10:00 singing meeting and (10:30) meeting for worship
  • 12:00 – potluck lunch provided by meeting members, final hugs

What is the cost?

Visitors wanting to participate in the full weekend are asked to register and pay a $100 fee (or 25,000 colones for Costa Rican residents).  This fee is solely to cover the costs of the event, and to provide you with the basic program so you don’t have to be continually paying for things.  It includes:

  • One lunch provided by the students, either Thursday or Friday.  This money supports their class trip.
  • Dinner at Friday night coffee house.  This money also supports their class trip and graduation.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner Saturday
  • Lunch (potluck) Sunday
  • Local transport – we will have buses to get to all scheduled local events.
  • One MFS t-shirt

Local residents are welcome to attend events also – please pre-register with Rick@mfschool.org.  All events are free, except meals (by donation) and the fundraising dinner Saturday night (5,000, tickets sold in advance).

Is this a fundraiser?

The goal of this event is to come together and celebrate. We’ve included the core costs of all events and shared meals in the registration so you do not have to continually be pulling out your wallet – just relax and enjoy. Saturday night will feature the one fundraising event, comprising dinner (cost of the meal already included in the registration), entertainment, inspiring presentations, then a single opportunity to make a donation or pledge. This will be done by handing out pledge cards near the end of the meal to be put discretely back into a large envelope, so there will be no pressure. Whether or not you choose to make a new donation at this event, we greatly appreciate your show of support simply by coming to join us.

What is the transport plan?

We will organize buses to get you to and from all scheduled events.  Local taxi rides average $5 to get you around town.  We can arrange airport transfer for $35 (possibly less, depending on how many of you end up travelling at the same time).  If you choose to rent a vehicle from San Jose, we suggest a four-wheel drive.  And of course, walking around Monteverde is always a Joy.

Where do I sleep?

We can arrange for you to have your own room in the home of one of our school or meeting families (this is a great immersion experience, and helps our families make their tuition payments), or we can help you book a hotel or B&B.  March is high season here, so the earlier we can get you booked the better.

What will the weather be like?

March is the middle of dry season, with light wind, sunny days (70 degrees), and cool misty evenings (60 degrees). Read more about the area on our “Discover Monteverde” page.  If you choose to visit the beaches before or after, be prepared for 90 degrees in the day and 70 at night.

What should I bring?

Less is generally better and easier!  We don’t tend to dress up fancy around here, and there are plenty of stores these days if you’ve forgotten anything.  See our What to Bring page (though note it’s geared toward people moving here), and also our Living in Monteverde page, for more ideas.

How and when do I register?

As you can imagine, orchestrating this large an event from a distance is a logistical Joy.  The earlier you can let us know your intentions, the better we can serve you.  Registration is simply filling out the online form (see link below) and paying the registration fee (50% refundable up to Jan.31).  Closer to the event, we’ll get back in touch with you about details such as what optional outings you want, transport, your arrival and departure dates, the final schedule, and accommodations.