As always in Chiang Mai, US Independence Day was great
fun for Chiang Mai families. In fact, lots and lots of fun, with the US
consulate community setting up a monumental, but incredibly entertaining,
afternoon for their annual July 4th party.
Fearing the rain, tents in the American colors were
prepared to keep everybody dry. The smell of hamburgers lay in the air;
entertainment and non stop activities began in the afternoon with the Dara
Band kicking off the proceedings, when the doors opened, to get everybody in
the mood to rock n’ roll with the 33rd Army Circle Band and the long
awaited ‘Elvisky’ without whom every Independence Day party would be
Door prizes were aplenty and looking at the huge list of
shops and donors it is obvious that the Thai and foreign communities are
working together, as it was pointed out by CG Bea Camp and Chiang Mai
Governor Suwat Tantipat during the official evening reception in the
consulate garden a couple of days earlier.
CG Bea Camp reminded everybody that the Thailand and USA
alliance is based in their shared love of freedom and education. Governor
Suwat thanked her and the American community for their efforts in developing
this partnership further, and assured everybody how grateful the Thai people
felt for the support and friendship.
Monday night ended with the Choral Society having everybody join in the
songs and a huge fireworks display illuminating the sky!
prizes by the dozen were drawn by CG Bea Camp and Jo Anne Steel (left) the
lady who made it happen.
the official reception were (from left) Diether von Boehm-Bezing, Maggie
Hansen, David Summers and (seated) Suchid von Boehm-Bezing and Scott Hansen.
lucky winner for the round trip CNX–Taipei–CNX was an American, James
Welch, who has made Chiang Mai his home. The ticket was presented by China
Air general manager Chiang Mai Jimmy C.M. Kuo.
hard afternoon of work and fun, it was time for former opera star Joan
Eubank and CG Bea Camp to enjoy some all-American hot dogs and cold drinks.
the US colors and the well liked Jumping Castle were entertainment for the
lines at the food stalls were sometimes over 10 meters long (no
exaggeration!). The hot dogs were the real winners of the day.
rocked the house and the little drizzle of rain did not deter him or the
become patriotic. The Chiangmai Choral society warmed the audience up for
the huge fireworks display.
fun were (from left standing) Dararat Shinawatra, George A. Sioris Ph.D.h.c.
ambassador of Greece a.h., Marion Vogt, Chiangmai Mail, (seated) vice
president academic affairs of Maejo University Songvut Phetpradap, Ph.D.,
Tasanee Suvanish, MD Manit Travel, Sopaluck Promkuntha, manager Bangkok Bank
Kad Suan Kaew Branch, Carolina San Miguel-Thompson, PhD and husband Charly.
towards the long standing alliance between the Kingdom of Thailand and the
United States of America.