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Thread: Bon Bini Festival. Have you been?

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    Bon Bini Festival. Have you been?


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    I'm kinda embarrassed to say I have not! I really want to and always plan to and get there and remember on Wednesday. Then figure "OK, Jack, next week for sure" and then remember when I get home or am at the airport.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    We went last trip. I was mostly interested because they had local vendors. It wasn't what I was expecting though. I was surprised when there were chairs set up in front of a stage. I didn't realize how small the space was so I was expecting more of an open space with vendors and entertainment, thinking there would be room to walk around. There were only a few tables for vendors but the food area was doing a brisk business and people seemed to love it. We didn't end up staying because the music was so loud I couldn't enjoy it.

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    Well said.... we also left early
    Not what I was excepting either.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pegmeister View Post
    We went last trip. I was mostly interested because they had local vendors. It wasn't what I was expecting though. I was surprised when there were chairs set up in front of a stage. I didn't realize how small the space was so I was expecting more of an open space with vendors and entertainment, thinking there would be room to walk around. There were only a few tables for vendors but the food area was doing a brisk business and people seemed to love it. We didn't end up staying because the music was so loud I couldn't enjoy it.

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    Yes, the music was loud.
    Paul left and walked over to the Crystal Casino as I sat, ate and listened for a little while.
    I joined him at the casino after about 30 min.

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    Yes, I have been to the Bon Bini Festival during my very first visit to Aruba and enjoyed it very much. It was in connection with a very special celebration where many historical buildings were open for the public, it was a celebration for the people of Aruba, their culture and heritage. One of the highlights of my trips.

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    Attended once back in 2012, it was interesting, especially the way how they went through a year in the cultural calendar of Aruba. For instance I could have sworn that Aruba's Carnival celebration was in July or August, it was only at the Festival that I learnt that it was in held between February to March, like T&T's carnival. The marching band was playing before the evenings entertainment and as we were on our way out, the song that they were playing, "Ethel" by a calypsonain by the name of Blue Boy (now known as Super Blue) seems to be a huge hit and a crowd favorite. A few days later I was at the Carubian Festival in San Nicholas. Hoping to make it back to that one on my next visit.

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