Friday, February 13, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, Feb 13

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 ....

From Tvisla Mujeres

It has been confirmed that there will be 10 dance troupes participating in Isla Mujeres Carnaval.

Isla Mujeres. – El Comité Organizador de las fiestas del Carnaval de Isla Mujeres...

Ultramar ferry's Operations Manager, Arturo Baez Vega confirmed there will not be extra crossings this weekend. It was proposed that three more crossings at late night (hourly) begin tonight, Friday, Feb. 13, but due to issues of logistics and staffing, this will not take place and the pilot plan is on hold. The last ferry departs the mainland at 11:30pm. The schedule is at the bottom of this blog.

Isla Mujeres. – El gerente de operaciones de la empresa Ultramar Arturo Baez Vega confirmó...

From the Municipal Facebook site.....

There are several posters listing recipients of academic and transport scholarships, and a poster about free classes on the mainland.

Today is the last day to register for the collective weddings on Feb. 14th
Les recordamos a todos los isleños que mañana será el último día para la recepción de documentos para ser parte de la ceremonia "Bodas Colectivas 2015".

From  por esto

Everything is ready for Carnaval
Todo listo para el carnaval[+] Ver mas
This article reviews the Carnaval schedule which is translated & updated below in the Events section.

Restauranteurs encouraged to use opportunity
Exhortan a restauranteros a aprovechar [+] Ver mas
Businesses can save 50% in February on their liquor licenses, which for small restauranteurs can be a savings of over 4019 pesos, because the usual annual fee is 9038 pesos. This is available if they have no tax debt. Businesses can also receive a 50% discount off their annual trash collection fees, before March.

Hockey legends in Isla Mujeres
Leyendas del hockey en Isla Mujeres[+] Ver mas
Alton White, a legendary hockey player in the 1970's has spent the past three winters in Isla Mujeres, at the invitation of another outstanding hockey player, Yves Locas, who has spent this season on the island for many years. An interview was conducted at the Hotel Francis Arlene where where they are both staying for several days with their respective families, who agreed they enjoy spending time among the local residents, who they say are warm and kind. Translating was done by Don Gerardo Magana.
    Mr White will be 70 on May 31, and was the second player of African descent to play for a hockey team in a top professional league, and was the first black hockey player to score 20 goals in a single season for a major league team. He was the first black player to score a "hat trick" of three goals in a game, in a professional game in the majors.
    During his career, he played in his own country, Canada, and then in the United States where he played three seasons for the World Hockey Association with the New York Raiders, the Los Angeles Sharks, the Michigan Stags, & the Baltimore Blades. He scored 21 goals and 21 assists for the Sharks in the 1972-73 season. He was born in Amherst Nova Scotia, and is accompanied by his wife, Linda. He has been friends with Mr Locas for 45 years and recalled when their beloved sport had only six teams. They first visited on a day trip and became enamored with the island and 'bewitched' by the goddess Ixchel, like many retirees.  Mr Locas was also accompanied by his wife at the interview, Pierrette Locas. During his career he was a Canadian hockey player and he also played for the Hershey Bears, Pittsburgh Hornets, Indians  of Springfield and Providence Reds, in the American Hockey League.

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View from the rooms.

MaraVilla Caribe   Bed & Beach    Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with  kitchenettes & free WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of  Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate.  Quiet & Private.   
 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.
Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers & BBQ. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available.   Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi or hop on the bus. We also have room for parking,You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll  sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts

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, Compadres Barbacoa or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or Seso Loco. Visit marinas, 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, Items for Little Yellow School House, Moto Helmets for kids...Barlitos @ Marina Paraiso

For donations to Zapatos Para Los Ninos.. please contact Greg at, or find them on Facebook at "Shoes For The Children."


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   ElPatio Sol Rockers 
Thurs 9-11 El Patio 
Sats. El Patio 630-830 
Sunday at El Patio w Sol Rockers from 7 to 9 pm

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

Sundays 7-9 - Sol Rockers
Mondays 630 to 830 Miguel / 830 to 1130 Ryan Rickman -

 Tuesdays  9-11 Banda Sin Nombre
Wednesdays 7 to 9 Sol Rockers /  DJ 9-12
Thursdays 6 to 8 Miguel / John Cain from 8 to 11
 Fridays 630 to 815 Fabio & Ryan / band 830 to 1130 
Saturdays 630-830 John Cain solo Country music / 830 to 1130 Ryan and Band..

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 1p  Salsa  They are again having music in the afternoons including the Cuban musicians, and Chucho (Jesus Campuzano)

Marina Paraiso has live music Thursday, Friday, & Saturday 7-9

Bahia Tortuga has live music at times...announced on their streetside signboard.

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 -  Fenix live music 1-4
Banda Sin Nombre @ El Patio house of music 9:15-11:15

Wednesday - Fenix live music (Chucho?) 1-4
Sol Rockers @El patio house of music 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Faynes - 10:30 - 12:00

Thursday -Fenix  live music 1-4
Miguel @El Patio house of music 6-8/ Faynes 10:30 - 12
John Cain @ el Patio 9-11
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Fayne's 10:30 - 12

Friday - Fenix- 1-4 La Guera & band
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
 John Cain 6:30-8:30 @ El Patio house of music Ryan and Band 8:30 - 11:30

Sunday - Fenix for Salsa 1-3
Banda Sin Nombre @Chuuk kay 3:30
Sol Rockers El Patio 7-9
Monday - Miguel solo @ El patio 6:30 - 8:30
Ryan Rickman @ El patio 8:30 - 11:30



 Artist Fairs on the Town Square, usually first Thursday, 4p-9p Dec~April.  

There will be an additional Artist Fair Thursday, Feb. 12 4-9p with a Taste of Isla 5-7p.

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

FEBRUARY>>>>  Sunset ~6:30p
 Moon rise...
Feb. 4  5:45   (FULL)
Feb. 5  6:32
Feb. 6  7:17
Feb. 7  7:59
Feb. 8  8:38
Feb. 9  9:21
Feb. 10  10:10
Feb. 11  10:58

SUNDAY, FEB. 1  The time changed 

. For the next month we'll be synced with EST,  until March 8, when the US goes onto DST (and we don't). Then for ~8 months we are in sync w Central Time in the US, since we will no longer be changing back & forth with Daylight Savings Time. (DST is March 8-Nov.1 in the US, and April 5-Oct. 25 in Mexico.)           We're only synced with EST" ~4 mos/yr from Nov 1-March 8. To permanently adjust your clocks, you can chose a location like Panama that stays on EST without changing to DST

 Monday, February 2 no school/day off for February 5th Constitution Day. (And if you got the baby in your rosca on Kings Day, you're hosting a tamale party on 2/2.Candlemas) 

Thursday, Feb 5  Artist Fair on Town Square 4-9p with Taste of Isla 5-7p

February 2-8 Island Time Fishing Tournament -- a week of music and fishing to benefit the Little Yellow School House.

Thursday February 12th will be the Navy Wives Breakfast at 9:00 am at Club Naval in Centro. The proceeds go to the Navy Hospital. This month the theme is Valentine's Day, and the tickets will be 120 pesos. This breakfast is really more like lunch, and we should be meeting the wife of the new commandant.

Thursday, Feb 12 Artist Fair Town Square 4-9p with Taste of Isla 5-7p

 We're celebrating Carnaval Feb 13-17

New poster...changes are noted below with highlights  and crossed-out.  Orange additions are from Por Esto.

Friday, Feb. 13
8pm Town Square:  Gala Night 
Coronations of the 2015 Carnaval King & Queen: Jose Carlos & Yoselin, and the Senior Citizen King & Queen & of the King & Queen with disabilities/special needs.

Saturday, Feb. 14
9pm  Town Square: Cuban Night
Presentation of the 2015 Carnaval King & Queen's troupe
Presentation of dance troupes Each will perform. There are ten troupes.
Children's Costume Contest
Music & dancing until dawn: Ameniza: Huracan del Caribe from Cuba

Sunday, Feb. 15 Beach Carnaval
3p Rueda Medina Avenue Parade
"Occupation" of Posada del Mar Beach & Rueda Medina malecon with various activities
8p  Town Square: DIF Carnaval
 DIF troupe will perform
Children's Costume Contest
Pet Costume Contest

Monday, Feb. 16

3p Rueda Medina Avenue Parade
 "Occupation" of Posada del Mar Beach &Rueda Medina malecon with various activities continues
Noon: City streets Toro Petate This is probably a typo, since it is usually part of the Negrada (& is listed Tuesday with the Negrada), and it is out of order in this listing.
9p Town Square  Regional Night
Presentation of Dance Troupes
Costume Contest: Open Category
Music & Dancing: Orquesta Jaranera

Tuesday, Feb. 17  Fat Tuesday
12p Downtown Streets & Public spaces
Negrada by Dance Troupes 
& Toro Petate
 (The dance troupes perform all over el centro, in the streets & at businesses, with gender role reversals & costumes that include Afro wigs & black tights)
8p Town Square Night of the Dance Troupes
Presentation of Dance Troupes
Burning of Juan Carnaval & Presentation of his Will
Music & dancing: Ameniza: Huracan del Caribe from Cuba

Upcoming holidays

 Monday, March 16th is day off for March 21, (birth of Benito Juarez). 

 Fri March 27 - Sun April 12=Easter Break w lotsa daytrippers/busy ferries.
  April 2 & 3 are Bank holidays. 

Friday, May 1=National holiday (Labor day). 

The kids summer vacation starts July 14th.

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