The next meeting will be at the Pensionista centre in San Pedro del Pinatar. Doors open at 10.00am and the meeting starts at 10.30am.
Don’t forget to bring your food donations for the El Samaritano project, your plastic bottle tops and small change.
The ADAPT Panto was again a rip-roaring success. This year we performed at the Casa de Cultura, San Pedro, Jack and the Beanstalk, a traditional panto, in two languages.
Pantomime is not something that our Spanish friends are accustomed to but through ADAPT the locals of San Pedro are becoming familiar with and they look forward to it each year.
We had quite a bit of ad-libbing from the stage and also from the audience which created a fun atmosphere and we had the usual clever and funny on- screen videos, one of which was the elevator up to the Giant´s castle, which meant that our Jack didn´t actually have to climb the beanstalk! When our cow, Lightning, failed to produce any milk Jack got a carton from the ´Milk Dispenser´ !!
Now you would expect to see a giant in this panto, well not in our panto. We went one better and had two ´Giant Babies´ who toddled about the stage and danced The Sugar Plum Fairy while leaving a huge golden dummy and spoon for Jack to steal.
Half way through we had the ´Audience Participation´ bit. The scene was the village green. A barn dance was demonstrated and then we had the children from the audience to join in which was very cute and funny. Funnier still was when the adult volunteers joined in! It´s not as easy as it looks.
Packed full of laughter, music and dancing, with wonderful adaptation from Jane Cronin and production and direction from Eric Berg, we enjoyed it as much as the audience.
Proceeds amounting to € 1.929.12 will be going to the El Samaritano Food Bank Association, a very worthwhile cause.
For those members that are unable to make the Adapt meting on the 7th December, Jane Cronin and the Committee would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you in 2014.
There is a new open air market in San Javier every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is situated next to Iceland Supermarket and currently has 40 stalls which they are hoping to increase to 120 stalls. There is a raffle every Saturday for which the prize is 100€ to spend at the market.
The new school year got off to a flying start for our school monitors with TRIFLES, WITCHES and VAMPIRES !!! In Los Pinos primary school volunteers Laura Moulson and Margaret Noden shared English trifles with the students of 6A and 6B and Margaret actually made a trifle in the classroom to show the students how it’s done.
Volunteers Dorothy Friend and Sandra & Steve Ramsay got into the Hallowe’en spirit in Las Esperanzas dressing up as witches and a vampire along with some of the students who dressed up in various costumes. Great fun was had by everyone. On the 11th November, 13 of the volunteers met for an early pre-Christmas lunch in Restaurante Asia in San Javier. It was a lovely, long get-together that was enjoyed by everyone and it was topped off with a fun quiz and prizes. The School Monitors’ Project is now starting its fourth school year and has a total of 16 volunteers and 2 facilitators, helping in 27 classes in three schools in San Pedro – Los Pinos, Las Esperanzas and Maspalomas. Our volunteers give support with reading, general conversation and pronunciation and work in conjunction with the formal course under the direction of the English teachers. The Project is a very practical demonstration of ADAPT’s goal of integration with the local community. The schools are delighted with the help the students receive and the volunteers find it an enjoyable and very rewarding experience.
Our photos show Margaret making her trifle in Los Pinos; Dorothy, Sandra and Steve celebrating Hallowe’en in Las Esperanzas and our volunteers at lunch in San Javier. Eithne and Nicky Facilitators ADAPT School Monitors’ Project
The last session in 2013 of the conversation group will take place on 14th December and re-start on 12th January.
The group meets every Saturday morning except the Saturday that the Adapt meeting takes place and commences at 10.30 a.m. The format for this class is very informal.
This is a great way to meet native Spanish speakers and to practice your Spanish. In turn our Spanish friends get the opportunity to practice their English.
I would like to thank everyone that has participated in the walks and the Dinner and Dance group this year, and hope that you have all enjoyed them as much as Sylvia and I have.
We are looking forward to seeing all those that have booked, on the 9th December at Bocados for our Annual Christmas Dinner. There are no further places available for this date unfortunately.
The first ramble of 2014 will be to the Penrroya Chimney on Saturday the 11th January. The track on this walk is very stony, so sensible walking shoes are needed. It is 30 minute walk to the start point and the same for the return. The overall time for this walk is approximately 3 hours. The walk will commence at 11 a.m. For further details visit the website.
Some of our ADAPT members had a day trip out to an organic goat farm. We must stress that these are not the goats which you see in the fields here and are usually accompanied by a now familiar aroma but these goats are very clean and lovingly looked after by the dairy farm which supplies Eroski with organic cheeses, milk and yogurt.
During our cookery course at Eroski they have introduced us to some of their organic products. So that is how we come to go on a trip to the Eco farm in Cartagena.
During our visit we were shown around after the obligatory ´dressing up´ in white coats and shoe protectors, necessary for the scrupulously clean conditions, and the process was explained to us.
Then we got to meet the goats!! There were around a thousand of different ages and were kept in large pens with ample space within the barns. I don’t know if you can tell if a goat is happy but they all seemed to be!
The baby goats were a joy to see, there were a few 1 day old ones which were making a very wobbly attempt at standing and some 2 day old ones which we were able to hold. We all went a bit soppy at this point with lots of ‘oohs and aahs’ and photographs.
We rounded off a very interesting and informative morning with a little picnic under a canopy in the grounds. We were served different types of organic cheese with biscuits, yogurt and delicious, creamy milk. Oh, and wine of course.