Monday, February 16, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, February 16

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

"Recycling Trash for Food" benefits 256 families

“Reciclando Basura por Alimentos” beneficia a 256 familias

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 15 de febrero.-

This program by the Governor helped 256 families on Sunday, who exchanged 10 tonnes of recyclable trash, including useless appliances, paper, cardboard, plastic, and glass for staples such as rice, beans, sugar, and powdered milk. Testing was also offered for blood sugar, blood pressure, visual loss, overweight or obesity, as well as medical consults, basic medications, legal assistance, psychological help, nutritional advice,and  haircuts, all for no charge. There was an "Area of Knowledge" where children could learn about separation of trash for recycling, and the three "R's" of sustainably caring for the environment...Reduce, Recycle, Reuse.(reduce, recicla, reutiliza).

From Tvisla Mujeres

Working hard to finish the work on Rueda Medina, including nights and weekends
Continúa a marchas forzadas obra en Rueda Medina, incluyendo por las noches y fines de semana

Workers hired by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (SINTRA),of the company Citelum, are working at night, to not affect tourism, on the underground lines below Rueda Medina. This work replaces the overhead lines, and includes all services including electric, cable, and phone. The workers expect to be finished in the next 15 days, and their work is 80% complete . The whole job could be completed in less than two months, including the work of removing the poles and overhead wires.

Taxi union wants enforcement against vehicles without license plates on the streets of Isla Mujeres
Exigen mano dura contra vehículos que transitan sin placas en Isla Mujeres

The taxistas want SINTRA and the local police to enforce the laws requiring license plates on all vehicles, including golf carts, and note that during this time there are more people taking advantage. During a tour of downtown, five golf carts were seen that lacked license plates, and were being driven by foreigner tourists. In some cases, rental golf carts have been seen with private plates, a violation which should involve SINTRA. 
     The head of the taxi union, Peniche Eduardo Rodriguez, said the SINTRA inspectors focus on cargo trucks at the ferry terminal, when this  is a serious problem that no one wants to address. He said tourists who rent the units are unaware of the problem, which is the responsibility of the rental agencies.

Carnaval celebrations continue in Isla Mujeres

Lobster season could end in the red, say fishermen
Posted: 16 Feb 2015 05:48 AM PST


With 15 days left before the lobster season ends, fishermen are disappointed that the catches did not improve in February. Baltazar Gomez Catzin, president of the Social Justicia fishing cooperative, says annual production is decreased by more than 80 percent, which is serious considering that many fishermen live on income from this product.  "If last year we took a ton, this year we've taken hundred kilos, which is seriously low". The lobster season ends February 28th and they must harvest their traps by then or face penalties and could lose the concession to harvest this product.  

From the Municipal Facebook site.....

The municipal president, Agapito Magana Sanches, headed and watched over the first edition this year of the ongoing social program "Recycling Trash for Food", which is promoted by the Governor of the state....

The Recycling Trash for food event took place at the Bicentennial Dome in La Gloria, and will take place at the same location next Saturday at 8am.

The troupes "Sandungueras" & "Coquetonas", from the Continental Zone, were presented for the first time at DIF Night, and also the senior citizen's troupe, and the troupe of those with different capacities, among others, were presented.
The municipal DIF troupe also performed. They are named "Isla Mujeres Espectacular", and won third place at the state level in the el Baile de Damas 2015 / Women's Dance 2015 "Frutika"

Festival of Color & Joy in Isla Mujeres Continues:  Carnaval 2015

Islanders, visitors, and tourists enjoyed the festival of Carnaval in Isla Mujeres 2015, Saturday on Cuban Night, with presentations by various dance troupes and the crowd danced to music by Huracan del Caribe band from Cuba

From  por esto

Carnaval festival continues
Sigue la fiesta del carnaval [+] Ver mas
Although the festive atmosphere is slightly less than previous years, Carnaval continues according to its schedule with colorful dancers and floats brightening the island streets. Tourists could watch this traditional celebration up close on Sunday, but there was a lack of coordination by the Traffic Police along the boardwalk Rueda Medina in the afternoon. "It appears that the organizers were inexperienced," said some of those involved with cultural events of the island.
       The King & Queen, Yoselian I and Jose Carlos I, have reigned over the public activities since their coronation, including the dance on Saturday night, which pleased the local people.
       On Sunday the celebration continued at the beach, occupying the boardwalk-malecon of Rueda Medina, and some other streets, and this was when the lack of coordination occurred. The traditional costume contest for children, and one for pets, were scheduled at night.
   On Monday the excitement begins at noon, when the traditional Toro Petate, and later in the afternoon, more activities on the boardwalk. In the evening, Regional Night is scheduled, with performances by the troupes,  the open category costume contest, and performance by the Orquesta Jaranera.
   To close the festival with a flourish, on Tuesday will be the burning of Juan Carnaval, and the public reading of his will, and people will dance to music of the Cuban band, Huracan del Caribe.

Remembering Carnaval when the streets were made of white sand
El carnaval era buenísimo medio del blanco arenal[+] Ver mas
 Doña Celedoña Sánchez Hernández, is lucid, energetic, and a living source of  history. She spoke to the reporter about Carnaval in the past, among the white sand streets of the island . The interview was conducted at her home facing the malecon Rueda Medina, almost opposite the Maritime Terminal.
     "Carnaval was buenísimo, (really great), and on Saturday we dressed to fight with the "toro petate". After we were students, we dressed up in quincentera dresses and danced." They received training and coaching in singing and dancing fom dona Maria, who was married to a construction contractor named Chavez. They composed songs to ranchera music (like "Ay Jalisco no te rajes") to share with people during the Carnival festivities. They also performed for Día de la Marina, (Navy Day), among other fiestas.
     Doña Celedoña was born Sept. 17, 1931 in Cozumel, the oldest of five sisters, and came to Isla Mujeres when she was small, when her father was commanded to work at the Punta Sur lighthouse, and he also worked at the lightouses of Cozumel, Cabo Catoche, and Isla Contoy National Park. The memories are fresh in her mind of when she was on Contoy, between the ages of 5 and 15. During those ten years, they spent several weeks there, before coming to Isla Mujeres. They had some difficult times economically, and she went along to help her father fishing in his small boat near the Contoy reserve. She learned to grab the antennas of the lobsters. "They lurked among the rocks. I could see them in the shallows close to shore, and I'd put my hand in and pull them out," she said. She would harvest up to 70 lobsters a day, several of which weighed two kilograms (4.4 pounds). She became an expert, but it was at a cost because each one would struggle to get away, and her right arm would hurt and get scraped up from the rocks. They would salt the lobster meat and take it to sell in Isla Mujeres, to help the family finances.
   Then she met her husband, to whom she was married for over 60 years, don Delio Osorio Martínez, who passed away eight months ago, at the age of 84. For the last twenty years of their life together, he was blinded from a renal (kidney) complication. Together they had six children, and now have 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. The late Delio Osorio was a fisherman, but the working man was lucky to own a thousand head of cattle and a thousand hectares on the mainland by the Chacmuchuch lagoon.
       From the island, they offered the cattle for sale, and gained savings, but later it was all abandoned. They quit ranching after one of their sons was lost in the countryside for a week in the early 1980's. The Government helped with the search, including aircraft, and he was found with extreme malnutrition by the young Leona Vicario. They were already paying less attention to ranching, and "There are probably a few descendants still remaining in the countryside over there", she said. They killed two specimens every two weeks to supply don Beto Sanchez's store, and she helped her husband prepare the meat in their backyard.
    Dona Celedona's daughters confirm that she enjoys good health, except for ailments of her joints, and they say, what she learns, she does not forget. She prepares many varieties of dishes. She advises young people to have healthy fun and eat well, because once they are married, everything changes. There is a song that was composed in her honor by a friend of her fathers, that is currently sung by Trova Isleña, but she dislikes its words because it characterizes her as a luchadora isleña, fighting islander.

Here is the tune Ay Jalisco No Te Rajes with lyrics in English, from the cartoon movie "Los Tres Caballeros" by Walt Disney

Preparations begin for the representation of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ
Inician preparativos para representar la pasión y muerte de Jesucristo[+] Ver mas

The actress playing Mary will be determined on Monday, and Wenceslao Martínez Trejo will represent Jesus Christ, which was played by Adrian Caballero last year. There will be two representations again this year, with the first taking place at noon in colonia La Gloria, and the other in the afternoon downtown, with a walk of 3 kilometers to the chapel of Guadalupe. The organizers are still seeking volunteers to participate. The hope to take the message to the heart of all believers with the representation of the crucifixion, which signifies the forgiveness of sins by God.

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 Charity Info
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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

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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 in translation below with highlights and crossed-out. 
The additions in orange 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

This is from the Posada del Mar hotel downtown where troupes will be dancing before and after the parade on Rueda Medina.

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 area & Rueda Medina malecon with various activities continues
Noon: City streets Toro Petate 
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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