Kim Esterberg reported on joyous celebration:
We began our celebration with a special dinner prepared at the home of Dora Gutierrez. It was for the entire delegation who came for the 30th, as well as the photo delegation. It was in the spirit of delegations welcomed by Dora's mother, a long and special tradition. On the day of the celebration people filtered down to Ruben Dario school to help prepare for the event. The time line with photographs was placed along an entire wall of the school. The stage area and the outdoor seating areas were prepared.
When we arrived for the event at 2pm, people were still setting up and people were filtering in. By 3 everybody had arrived and I would estimate it was 150 people. We opened with a benediction and then Jorge Espinoza, the teacher who had been part of the 30th delegation from Ometepe, was our master of ceremonies. We sang the national anthems of both countries and then we had some short speeches. Ela and I were first, but we were followed by a wonderful speech by Francisco Alvarez, who stayed with the theme that we really were celebrating the many friendship connections between the islanders on both island, above all else. Then we had three folkloric dance presentations, and the first was by a group including two girls with special needs. It was moving and very delightful. Then some from kindergarten, and finally a very polished dance by Hendrickson, Dora's son, and a friend from Granada. We were then asked to move all the furniture to the area between two of the school buildings and we enjoyed a chance to visit with one another, as well as enjoy a wonderful buffet that had been prepared for us. In this area Karla Varela and Siri Kushner had put together a slide presentation, and it was running, and folks had a chance to read the time line, as well as review posters that folks have created for Karla's workshops on sexual abuse. It was a wonderful and very festive event, and some of the delegates that came to Bainbridge were the most involved in the celebration here.