Day #27 Opening ceremony
Final day is here, and the official opening starts at 2pm!!
We crawled early out of bed for the last time in an attempt to meet our goal of completing the building.
So the morning was spent completing the final details like putting in the remaining window frames and glass, the few missing OSB boards in the interior walls, cleaning up the site, sanding down areas, and whatever else that needed to be done to get the site and building looking good.
Chile a Soñar arrived the night before and pitched in for the morning clear up, plus organising the stage, seating area, banners and tables for the locals to display their goods for sale.
The local folk from Pumanque had quite a variety of items for sale; from ceramics, leather goods and woven textiles to delicious pastries, jams and home-made liqueurs.
The ceremony finally began, and members of Chile a Soñar welcomed the crowd to be seated. A series of introductions and acknowledgments were made during the first part.
Marina, was our representive for receiving a token of appreciation from the Mayor. Who expressed his great gratitude on behalf of Pumanque for this building.
The head leader of Chile a Soñar gives a speech.
Then Marina…and in Spanish too!
Then the whole course was called up on stage to receive a small token of appreciation as well.
Finally the minister gave a blessing for the building and for those present.
Then it was time to officially open the building.
Representitives from both the Scarcity and Creativity course, Chile a Soñar and the Mayor collaborated in the cutting of the ribbon.
The Community Centre is now officially open for use!
Scarcity and Creativity course photo!
A series of musical performances took place during the rest of the day. First some popular South American music to dance to.
The slide was highly popular with the children. Hours of fun climbing up and then sliding down.
Magdalena and family.
The terrace makes a good viewing platform for the concerts below.
Next was some more traditional music for dancing the national Chilean dance, Quecha.
Something sweet in between…
Another band plays also local Chilean music.
The two trees on the building site were a sought after spot to sit and enjoy a break from the strong sun that day.
Next musical line-up was a Chilean rock band playing known cover songs from the likes of Beatles and Red Hot Chilli Peppers among others.
The children put on a colourful theatre show too.
The children and adults alike are roaming around the building and exploring its many features.
The terrace at times also becomes a good spot for a little solitude…
The locals have found the niche as a useful spot for chilling in the shade and enjoying a chat and an empanada.
The backyard after a while turns into an oasis of serenity..
The students taking a well deserved break…
Some final group photos with the SCL course and Chile a Soñar.
Few moments were spent enjoying the use of the terrace…
The sun begins to set on a wonderful eventful day.
Farewell Pumanque! Time to return to Santiago and onwards home.