A few Sundays ago, Jason and Ben invited me to join them for the second to the last concert in the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra’s annual winter Concert in the Park series. While you would never think that the weather here, even in winter, is cool enough to enjoy an outdoor concert, it was actually the perfect event.
Located in Lumpini Park, the closest thing we have to a central park, the full symphony orchestra performed to a crowd of more than 1,000 picnickers. Spread out on rental mats, lawn chairs, and blankets, the audience enjoyed the pleasant after-sunset breezes and moderate temperatures of about 80 F / 28 C. Not too bad.
Jason and Ben own a little cafe called Kiosk and borrowed the beanbags and ice chest from the cafe, packing quite a spread. Prosciutto and melon, cheese and crackers, fruits and salami, nuts and spreads – we were well satisfied.
Ever stylish, Ben and Jason (and their friend Zenya – in red pants) artfully arranged our spread. The one drawback of the event, one we worked around, is that the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority prohibits the consumption of alcohol inside city parks. Now, I can understand not wanting winos wandering around drunk but a nice bottle of bubbly goes so well with al fresco music.
Security guards were keeping an eagle eye out for violators, confiscating any alcohol (which they no doubt later consumed for themselves). We got around it by keeping the bottles in the cooler and discreetly pouring the glasses inside the cooler, too. Nothing could ever be seen outside the cooler except our paper cups of “apple juice” and “white grape juice”. Ha ha…
Thank you to Ben and Jason for their invitation and lovely hosting.