Monday, December 8, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, Dec 8

The second issue of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities will be published soon, featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers! Thank-you to everyone who has visited & shared it! 
Check out the Charity document, patronize the supportive businesses & visit the blogs of the talented contributors! Contact me at if you'd like to donate $15 to your fav charity, for an ad. Good causes, good exposure. 100% is contributed. Donations will be totaled, published & turned over to the charities soon...some have already been donated.
Update...The content & layout are finished, and awaiting publication, while I am creating & posting the new ads. It is going slowly because I am busy with other things, your patience is appreciated.     Feel free to copy & share the Charity document! Telling your friends about the Magazine & sharing links helps Isla Charities, too. Your support is appreciated & small efforts add up to big differences. Thanks! 

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

The DQR website went down just now...

Ready for Handball Tournament that starts Dec. 11: Finishing touches

Ultiman detalles para su arranque el próximo día 11

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ISLA MUJERES, 7 de diciembre.-

Downtown hotels expect excellent winter season with good profits 

Hoteleros del Centro esperan jugosas ganancias durante el Invierno

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ISLA MUJERES, 7 de diciembre.-

Winner of 2014 poetry contest awarded prize 
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ISLA MUJERES, 7 de diciembre.-


Plan proposed to rescue "Chiron" without damage to the reefs

Presentan propuesta para retirar el “Chiron” sin dañar arrecifes

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ISLA MUJERES, 6 de diciembre.-

A plan to rescue the sailboat "Chiron" has been submitted to the Port Authority, and in turn this was forwarded to the Procuraduría Federal de Protección Ambiental (Profepa) y la Armada de México,(Federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Navy) for authorization. The boat, flying an American flag, capsized a week and a half ago, on Nov. 28th, about a mile south of Isla Contoy. Safety measures are required to prevent damage to the reefs, and to assure no fuel products are spilled that could cause pollution. (It was noted in a previous article that the boat had run out of fuel while in the Yucatan channel). If the plan is authorized work could begin at the first days of this week, under the supervision of those agencies and the staff of the National Park of Isla Contoy, and then the remains are expected to be brought to Isla Mujeres. The shipwreck supposedly happened after a mechanical failure, and then a leak occurred in the hull, causing it to sink. The incident occurred during strong winds with a northern front that caused the closure of the port for general navigation, but apparently this vessel was already at sea prior to the restriction. 

Day Before Yesterday....The DQR website is down right now, so I'll get back to these manana....

Converting the pier into a museum in 2015: Agapito

Señala la Apiqroo

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ISLA MUJERES, 5 de diciembre.-

City is ready to pay the year end bonuses next week: Municipal Treasurer 

Comenzará a pagarlos la próxima semana, confirma tesorero

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ISLA MUJERES, 5 de diciembre.-

CECATI courses conclude: Directly benefiting 43 people  

Beneficio directo a 43 personas

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ISLA MUJERES, 5 de diciembre.-

Preserving iguanas: City begins a unique program for the island

Preservarán la iguana

Comuna pone en marcha un singular programa de conservación para ínsula

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ISLA MUJERES, 5 de diciembre.-

Poisoned dog causes unrest among residents

Se desata revuelo y malestar ciudadano

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ISLA MUJERES, 5 de diciembre.-

From Tvisla Mujeres

Ruben Chavz Ruiz awarded winning prize in 2014 poetry contest Juegos Florales de Isla Mujeres 2014

From the Municipal Facebook site.....

Rubén Chávez Ruiz, of the state of  Aguascalientes, was the winner of the poetry contest Juegos Florales de Isla Mujeres 2014. With the pseudonym of  Luis Mares, the winning poet received his award from the hands of mayor  Agapito Magaña Sánchez.

Our island always has the best views for enjoying the Caribbean Sea
Nuestra isla siempre tendrá los mejores paisajes para disfrutar del Mar Caribe.

Our Mayor & wife, below

Part of our living culture is the activities of the gremios, a tradition from the past, with expressions of faith in the present.
La realización de los gremios, tradición que proviene de tiempos pasados y que acogemos con fe en nuestro presente, es parte de nuestra cultura viva.

International Day of Civil Aviation

From Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Award to winner of poetry contest

Premian a ganador de concurso de poesía

A large number of guests attended the award to the winner of the poetry contest Juegos Florales de Isla Mujeres 2014, which was given to  Rubén Chávez Ruiz Esparza, and honorable mention was given to Margarita González Arellano, José Santos Aguilar Aguilar and Omar Ortega Lozada. Over 100 works of poetry were submitted from different parts of Mexico. The award ceremony took place at noon at the City Council room.

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End coming to the town saint festivities 
Llega a su fin la fiesta patronal[+] Ver mas
The final stage has begun to the festival for the Virgin of Immaculate Conception, patroness of the Catholics in Isla Mujeres. On Monday the icon will be returned to her niche in the church, after the traditional maritime procession, when the 25 gremios participating in the fiesta will say goodbye to the image until next year, following almost two weeks of traditions of worship of God through her. 
  On Saturday night the gremio of the DIF, social service agency, headed by Marthy Vargas de Magana held a public event, with brilliant clothing by those attending.
      The festivities began on Nov. 28th when the image was taken down from her niche, to tour through the streets of the isle and for pilgrimages with the guilds/gremios of the islands of the pescadores, lancheros, policías, familias, niños, jóvenes, señoras, colonos y meseros...Fishermen, boatmen, police, families, children, teens, women, colonias/villages, and waiters. They were always assisted by the Traffic police to protect these processions which included children and adults, as well as the oldest fisherman, a centenarian who venerates the Virgin from a wheelchair, accompanied by the gremio of his fishing cooperative.
     Every day, after a mass there was music, dancing, traditions, and food in the town square. On Monday, according to the schedule, the First Communion Mass will be held at 10am and the guild "Conchita" will celebrate, and the procession will begin at 3p from the church downtown to the pier for the sea procession and she will then be returned to the same pier and then to her niche.

Secular fiestas left 25 detained
Fiestas profanas dejaron 25 detenidos [+] Ver mas
Twenty five people were detained this weekend of whom 13 were charged with toxicómanos (doing drugs) and 12 were held on alcohol related charges of  disturbing the public order, as well as consumption of alcohol in inappropriate locations. The arrests occurred mostly on Hidalgo, an area of nightlife activity for tourism. Some attributed this increased number to the fiestas of the gremios and other in honor of the patron saint of the island, while others said it was also associated with the construction workers who complete their week on Saturday, and some like to drink at the end of the work week.
   The police have increased surveillance at the banks and shopping areas to ensure the safety of people withdrawing large amounts of money for pay and for their year end bonuses. It is recommended that people using ATMs take all precautions to avoid falling prey to conventional thieves of those to take passwords, although incidents have been isolated here, but it is desired to avoid anyone being affected during these holidays.


Successful Sixth Culinary Event
Todo un éxito Sexta Muestra Gastronómica[+] Ver mas
The second year students of the Middle School "Benito Juarez" organized the Sixth Culinary Event,  Sexta Muestra Gastronómica, which was a success for participants and organizers, including teachers. They prepared popular local dishes, with some having Euro-Asian influences. Thirty dishes were prepared from ingredients including pork, cinnamon, nutmeg, cucumber, guava, pineapple, peppers and potatoes, among other items. This is part of a lesson plan involving 60 second year students, who make up a total of six educational groups at the middle school in Isla Mujeres. Students, teachers, and peers tasted the delicious dishes and desserts. Great efforts were made by the students to obtain and pay for the ingredients that go into each specialty, and acknowledgement was given to the parents, said professor Marco Antonio Miss.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen

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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Stroll five minutes down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bufalo, Bahama Mama, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes to shop at Chedraui. Visit restaurants, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Our guests recommend the Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores and small local restaurants.

 Charity Info
See tab at top of page!

Donation Drop offs:
Red Cross:  Social Justicia Restaurant (south of ferry terminal, north of car ferry)

 Books for Grade School Reading Program, Items for Isla Animals, Diabetes Supplies, Shoes for the Kids, Items for Little Yellow School House, Moto Helmets for kids...Barlitos @ Marina Paraiso


Miguel's high season schedule:
Sunday: The Sol Rockers @ El Patio 9p - 11p
Monday: Miguel solo @ El Patio 6:30p - 8:30p
Tuesday: La Banda Sin Nombre @ El Patio 9:15p - 11:15p
Wednesday: The Sol Rockers@ El Patio 7p - 9p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a
Thursday: Miguel Solo @ el Patio 6p - 8p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a
Friday: Marina Paraiso 7p - 9p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a, Adelita's 12a - 2a
Saturday: Marina Paraiso 7p - 9p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a, Adelita's 12a - 2a

 John Cain's schedule  
Wednesday 7pm - 9pm  Comono/Patio Sol Rockers 
Thurs, Marina Paraiso 7-9 pm
Sats. El Patio 630-830 "Country Nights"  this Saturday thru December.. 
. Sunday at El Patio w Sol Rockers from 7 to 9 pm

 El Patio House of Music...(formerly Comono)

Sundays 630 to 9 - solo Ryan Rickman - 9 to 11 - Sol Rockers
Mondays 630 to 830 Miguel - 830 to 1130 Ryan Rickman -

 Tuesdays  not sure who is there, but someone is...
Wednesdays 7 to 9 Sol Rockers and DJ 9-12
Thursdays 6 to 8 Miguel and Elvin from 8 to 11
 Fridays 630 to 815 Fabio Ryan and band 830 to 1130 
Saturdays 630-830 John Cain solo Country music 830 to 1130 Ryan and Band..
. Sunday at El Patio  7 to 9 pm Sol Rockers 

Javier Martinez Cen La Banda Sin Nombre has played for 12 years at Faynes, we needed some days off, so less than a year a go, we let the band Radios play for us (at the same stage same time), they are great! LBSN play Weds/Saturday from 10:30 till 12, Fridays and Saturdays we also play next door, at Adelitas, just salsa music, from 12:39 till 2:00  (I'm not sure if this is still current
Banda Sin Nombre at Chuuk Kay 3:30p Sat & Sun

Fenix  Sun ~2p  Salsa 

You may find live music after 9 or 10 on Hidalgo at Fayne's, La Terraza, or  Comono, and at Poc Na Hostel.

Saturday afternoon ~3-5 Cuban music at Veradara's Cuban restaurant

Here's Music by day of the week...with a thanks to Jean Lemke for rearranging it!

Monday - Miguel solo @ El patio 6:30 - 8:30
Ryan Rickman @ El patio 8:30 - 11:30

Tuesday - John Cain @ Café Del Mar solo 8-10 p
Sol Rockers @El patio house of music 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre @ El Patio house of music 9:15-11:15

Wednesday - Sol Rockers @El patio house of music 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Faynes - 10:30 - 12:00

Thursday - John Cain @ Marina Paraiso - solo 7-9
Miguel @El Patio house of music 6-8/ Faynes 10:30 - 12
Elvis @ el Patio house of music 8-11
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Fayne's 10:30 - 12

Friday - Miguel @ Marina Paraiso solo 7-9
Miguel @ Fayne's 10:30 - 12
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Adelitas for Salsa 12:30 - 2
Fabio @ El Patio house of music 6:30 - 8:15
Ryan and Band @ El Patio house of music 8:30 - 11:30

Saturday - Cuban Music at El Veradaro's 3-5
Banda Sin Nombre - Chuuk Kay 3:30
Miguel @ Marina Paraiso solo 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre - Faynes 10:30 - 12:00
Banda Sin Nombre - Adelitas for Salsa 12:30 - 2
Ryan and Band @ El Patio house of music 8:30 - 11:30

Sunday - Fenix for Salsa 1-3
Banda Sin Nombre @Chuuk kay 3:30
Sol Rockers El Patio 7-9


Nov 28 Beginning of Festival for Town Saint through Dec 8: Virgin of Immaculate Conception (e  HERE is an article about the Festival
Nov 30 Hurricane Season Officially Ends

  Regarding the schedule of celebrations for the patron saint of the island, they are as follows:
On Friday, Nov. 28, the activities honoring the Virgin of Immaculate Conception, the patroness of Isla Mujeres, will begin with the removal of the icon from her niche, and the blessings of the banners of the guilds & blessings for the faithful who have kept a promise during the year. Following the blessings by Father Raul Sanchez, there will be a procession through the town center.  That will be followed by fireworks, and the ribbon cutting to inaugurate the festivals, by the City officials. 
    On Friday, there will be family oriented celebration to carry on traditions that will include a vaquería, bailables,and a kermesse.
 Sat. Nov 29, the gremios of  colonias Cañotal & Salinas;

 Sunday, Nov.30 el gremio de Niños & of the  colonia Miraflores.
Monday, Dec. 1, gremio of Apostolados of la Capilla,  of la Caridad del Cobre 
Tuesday Dec.. 2  gremios of la cooperativa Isla Blanca, Sindicato de Gastronómicos of the CROC union & colonia Salina Chica.
Wed., Dec. 3, gremio de la cooperativa Caribe  & at six in the evening are the confirmations by monseñor Pedro Pablo Elizondo.
Thurs. Dec. 4, gremios of la cooperativa Patria y Progreso, Apostolados of Sagrado Corazón (Sacred Heart church) & Seguridad Pública (the police), 
 Friday Dec. 5,  en tanto que el viernes 5,  los gremios of la cooperativa Adolfo López Mateos, Barrio de Pescadores, Jóvenes, colonia Salina Grande and the Señoras.
On Saturday, Dec 6, los gremios of las cooperativas Isla Mujeres, Justicia Social, Isla Bonita & el gremio of las Familias.
On Sunday, Dec 7, at 7pm, the Virgin will pass through the main streets of the isle in a caravan of members of the congregation of the Church of Immaculate Conception. At 10:30pm the gremio of the mobile vendors will celebrat with a grand kermesse, and the mass of the  mañanitas will be held for  a la patrona of the island.
 To close the celebrations, on Monday, December 8 at 10am there will be a mass of First Communion, and of the gremio of las Choncitas, and at 3pm there will be a boat procession in the Bay, a mass, and the Virgin will be returned to her niche until next year.

 Artist Fairs on the Town Square, usually first Thursday, were cancelled for October & November.  There's a second fair in December.  Next Fair: Dec. 18  4p-9p

Friday, December 5 at 7:00pm  Naval Club

 Magic Show at PocNa Mondays at 8:30 Free (tips encouraged) 2x1 cocktails 50p

Sunset ~5p

Moonrise over the Caribbean
Dec. 6  at 5:35p Full Moon
Dec. 7 at 6:27p
Dec. 8 at 7:19
Dec. 9 at 8:11
Dec. 10 at 9:01p
Dec. 11 at 9:51
Dec. 12 at 10:40

Dec 4 Naval Wives Breakfast to benefit Naval hospital. Naval Club
Dec 8 Day of the Virgin of Immaculate Conception, Isla's town saint
Dec 11-13 Posada Beach National Handball Tournament 
Dec 11..Mananitas will be sung to the Virgin of Guadalupe at a religious celebration at her chapel in the evening
Dec 12 Day of Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico's saint  Banks close (not an 'official' gov't holiday)

Texas Hold 'Em Poker Mon & Thurs at El Patio 6p on Hidalgo..more info HERE.

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