Expat Party at Barlovento

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Black Friday Bash with YEP!

By Jacob Ehrler

Skyler Ralston gets a smooch on the cheek from her papa, Rob Ralston.

Skyler Ralston gets a smooch on the cheek from her papa, Rob Ralston.

The Young Expats in Panama Group invites all to celebrate the kickoff of this holiday season in Casco Antiguo with the YEP! Black Friday Party tomorrow: Friday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m. The location of the grande fête is Barlovento Terrace Bar.

Through the event, YEP! founder Skyler Ralston is managing to fuse together a 100-year-old Panamanian-American tradition to celebrate the American holiday, Thanksgiving, with another U.S. holiday that has only been on the isthmus for one year – Black Friday.

Raise a glass

Johnnie Walker Black extends a warm invitation to enjoy complementary black label, Scotch whisky drinks from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This opportunity to enjoy the union of holidays in Barlovento’s modern ambiance, rich with Old Quarter charm, should not be missed.

A smooth blend of Thanksgiving and Black Friday at Barlovento

Historical context

Thanksgiving has been widely celebrated in Panama for ages, a reflection of strong United States presence during the last century. As in North America, Thanksgiving in Panama is traditionally an evening spent in company of immediate family, loved ones, and close friends. For those newly arrived to the country, it is an opportunity to create new, lasting ties and bonds within their new community.

Black Friday arrived in Panama for the first time last year – with a spike in campaigns to ring in the biggest shopping day of the year. It has now spread beyond MultiPlaza Mall and into the shopping consciousness of Panamanian consumers.

Barlovento’s move to tie in the nation’s new holiday with a YEP! Thanksgiving party creates a new, truly Panamanian tradition where all are invited to celebrate together. Let the season begin!

About YEP

YEP! Young Expats in Panama is a social group created to connect people living away from their native lands to other citizens of the world & globally-minded Panamanians at the hottest spots in Panama. The directives at YEP! stipulate that age is never an issue: “The events are for the young at heart,” says Robert Ralston, the father of the group’s founder, Skyler Ralston, a 29-year-old marketer who took Panama by storm in 2009.

Skyler says: “I started the group in order to get to know the community. The focus is on fun. Friends, lovers, business contacts meet at a YEP! event, there is always something for everyone – whether in the city, at the beach or on an excursion.”

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