Monday, February 2, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, February 2

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! 
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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Everything is ready for Carnaval Festival Feb. 13-17

La fiesta de la carne se llevará a cabo del 13  al 17 de febrero

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 1 de febrero.-
See translation in the City section 

From Tvisla Mujeres

From the Municipal Facebook site.....

En Isla Mujeres, pueblo y gobierno se encuentran listos para el disfrute de los colores, la alegría, la música, el baile y la diversión del espectacular “Carnaval Isla Mujeres 2015”. La fiesta de la carne, de ahí su nombre: …
Ready for Carnaval

In Isla Mujeres, the people and the government are ready to enjoy the colors, music, joy, dancing, and great fun of  “Carnaval Isla Mujeres 2015”.The "feast of meat", La fiesta de la carne,  hence its name: carnival,  is a tradition on this small Caribbean island which is enjoyed by locals, visitors, and tourists from around the world. Carnival comes from the Latin words carne vale, meaning "farewell to the flesh"...carnal also means sensual, of the in English..carnal knowledge. 
         Carnaval ends at midnight on Fat Tuesday. It is followed by Ash Wednesday, when meat was prohibited by the Catholic Church during the 40 days of Lent until Easter. Carnival is a sort of 'last hurrah' of partying before Lent. The Carnival 'king', Juan Carnaval, is burned on Tuesday evening, and his 'will' is read, which includes humorous mentions of politicians & local 'celebrities'.
   The Celebration of the Rey Momo, as Carnaval is also known, is celebrated in many countries of the world, and will take place in Isla From Friday Feb. 13th to Tuesday Feb 17th. For weeks in advance the municipal government and members of the community have been preparing for this celebration that has among other objectives to provide a venue for funa and recreation for local families, while showing the world the best of the islanders and their unique traditions of fiestas.
     The Carnaval schedule includes parades, performances, costumes & contests, dances, music, games, and other activities to liven up this popular festival. Carnaval of Isla Mujeres has a well deserved reputation of participation and organization and this year is no exception. There will be an extensive and varied schedule of activities for people to enjoy (gozar & vivir a lo grande...lit. enjoy & live large).
    During the four days of the festival, at the Town Square and in different parts of the island, you can enjoy shows, parades, competitions, including music & dancing and regional dancing. The official program has been released by Ruben Perez Marin, municipal Director of Culture. 
    The rest of the article is the schedule, which I translated in the Events section below.

From  por esto

  Many betrayed by their 'biological clock'

Muchos traicionados por el reloj biológico [+] Ver mas
Some islanders were late to work due to the time change. Although they knew to advance their clocks, they were ruled by their own 'biological clock'. Similar opinions were given as were expressed in the article translated yesterday. 

 Seeking accountability at the High School
Amenazan tomar plantel del Cobach [+] Ver mas

 Some parents of students at the high school, Colegio Bachillees, are requesting information about the use of school fees. Some say that since they have no Parents Association, they should not pay fees (cuotas).
       Parents are asking for accountability for the fees they pay, noting they see improvements on the campus that are paid for by municipal, state, and federal governments, but they do not know where the resources they contribute are spent.

Soon in Isla Mujeres
Breves de Isla Mujeres[+] Ver mas


It is Día de la Candelaria....time to eat tamales!
   On Día de Reyes or King’s Day, (Jan. 6th, when  kids receive gifts symbolizing gifts from the three Kings gifts to baby Jesus), friends & families share rosca cakes that have figurines hidden inside. If you aren't clever at palming your baby Jesus, you win the honor of serving tamales to those friends & family members today. 
     In Mexico, the Christmas holidays end today, and the nativity scenes are put away. The Jesus figures are dressed and taken to church for a blessing. It's the Day of the Presentation of Christ at the temple, because Feb. 2nd is 40 days after Christmas. Jewish law said that after 40 days, babies were to be taken to the temple, because women were considered to be unclean for forty days after giving birth.  Mary took Jesus to the temple with candles...“Candelas”, hence the name “Candelaria”, and "Candlemas"
        Pre-Hispanic Mexicans had also a ceremony in the beginning of February. Aztecs had the tradition of paying a tribute to their Rain God “Tlaloc” and the “Tlaloques”(clouds), to pray for rain for their agricultural activities. They dressed the children in fancy outfits, took them to the Tlaloc Hill, and encouraged them cry as an augury of water abundance. Since this tradition was related to children, it was probably relatively easy for Catholic priests to link it to their religious celebration.
   Long before the arrival of the Spanish, Mexican natives, and people in the Meso-American region consumed tamales, especially in agricultural celebrations.
    In some cultures, including Mexico, Candlemas was also believed to be a good day for weather forecasting (it falls halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox). If it is a sunny day, there would be forty more days of cold and snow. Happy Groundhog's Day! ~~WentCoastal/Ronda

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 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 -
  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 -
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 - 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



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


 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 "on EST" ~4 mos/yr from Nov 1-March 8.

 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. Here's the schedule as it stands now. Wednesday's Margarita Madness at Fenix and Friday's Fiesta at El Patio have no cover. If you want to purchase tickets to the Monday, Tuesday, or Saturday events, please send an email to: 

 Sail fishing Tournament February 3-7 2015 register online @
To benefit the The Little Yellow School house Isla Mujeres


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.

 We're celebrating Carnaval Feb 13-17

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

Saturday, Feb. 14
9pm  Town Square: Cuban Night
Presentation of the 2015 Carnaval King & Queen's troupe
Children's Costume Contest
Music & dancing: Ameniza: Huracan del Caribe from Cuba

Sunday, Feb. 15
3p Rueda Medina Avenue Parade: Beach Carnaval
8p  Town Square: DIF Carnaval
Children's Costume Contest
Pet Costume Contest

Monday, Feb. 16
3p Rueda Medina Avenue Parade
9p Town Square  Regional Night
Presentation of Dance Troupes
Costume Contest: Open Category
Music & Dancing: Orquesta Jaranera

Tuesday, Feb. 17 
12p Downtown Streets: Fat Tuesday
Negrada by Dance Troupes & Toro Petate
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

 Saturday, Feb 14 at 9pm: Children's Costume Contest on the Town Square for those under 13

Sunday, Feb 15 at 8pm: Pet Costume Contest on the Town Square. (Foreign residents are encouraged to participate. Register now during office hours (9a-3p) at the Dept. of Culture next to the library in the park "Las Gaviotas" in colonia Salinas, or in the offices of the Dept. of Ecology at Hacienda Mundaca.)

Monday, Feb. 16 at 10pm:  Open Category Costume Contest on the Town Square  for residents of Isla Mujeres over 13
The prizes and location to register are given on the posters.

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 vaca starts July 14th.

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

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