Monday, August 8, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, August 8

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Food trucks at festivities celebrating the foundation of the town 

Preparan festejos de fundación de la Isla

Confirman oferta gastronómica

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 7 de agosto.-
Leer más..Photo & full article at this link.
  Staff from the municipal Department of Tourism reported that seven Food Trucks will arrive in a caravan from Merida as part of the festivities celebrating the 166th anniversary of the founding of Isla Mujeres. They will remain on the island for 11 days, Aug. 10-21. This gastronomic exchange is called the “Caravana Peninsular Mérida-Isla Mujeres", with participants from the Food Truck Park Las Haciendas, in Mérida, Yucatán.


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

There is a promotion for a State Oratory Contest

Congratulations to the children who participated in the Fourth Annual English Language Camp, which is now completed.
Nos unimos al beneplácito de los pequeños participantes del Cuarto Campamento Anual de Ingles que ayer tuvo su clausura. FELICIDADES


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

A man's body was found floating in the sea near the Patria & Progresso cooperative in Isla Mujeres (Photo at link below)
Recala el cuerpo de una persona del sexo masculino a las orillas de la cooperativa Patria y Progreso en Isla Mujeres


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Tour ends in tragedy   
Excursión termina en tragedia [+] Ver masPhoto & full article by Ovidio Lopez at this link
    Aug. 7.  On Saturday, a family from Merida came to the island from Cancun with a large tour group to spend the day, but it ended tragically when the body of Daniel Martin Acosta, 78, was found Sunday morning near the pier of a fishing cooperative. The septuagenarian, who had Alzheimer's disease, went missing from the Maritime Terminal, where the hundreds of people waiting to return to the mainland, made searching more difficult.
     The Yucatecan family had arrived in Cancun on Friday, where they were staying at the Hotel Perla Caribe. On Saturday, they came to Isla Mujeres, arriving before 9am,  and planning to return to Cancun at 4pm, following a tour of the island and visiting the beach. Someone close to the family explained that Sr. Acosta usually stays near his wife, but he got up from his seat, and then they couldn't find him. In the evening (ya al anochecer) they contacted the police, when he was officially considered lost. Part of the family stayed on the island until the last ferry at midnight, in case he may have gotten onto one of the boats, although that is very controlled.
   It is theorized that he may have gone south along Rueda Medina, perhaps entering the beach area where there is vacant property, near the street by the Middle School, by Pescadores street, and perhaps in the night he entered the property of the Patria & Progreso fishing cooperative and went out on the pier, walking some 50 meters, and slipped off the left side,  drowning where the water is a meter deep and there is deep mud.
   His body was found shortly before 7am, floating a few meters from the pier near an area of mangroves, wearing dark pants, a white shirt, and dark shoes. The authorities notified his family, who include his wife, Maria Victoria Tun. The Ministerial authorities initiated their processes for having the body identified and transferred to SEMEFO, Forensic Medical Service, in Cancun. A Cancun funeral agency took charge of the body, and the family was making arrangements to return to Merida. The prosecutor (Public Ministry) declined to comment, saying they have new rules to follow, and any errors can have legal consequences.
    The Isla Mujeres police chief said the event was regrettable and the police had been involved in the search since last evening, but since the body was found, the office of the Public Ministry is in charge of the case.     

Swimming with the whale sharks remained restricted on Sunday  
Restringen nado con el tiburón ballena+] Ver mas Photo & full article at this link

   On Sunday, tours to the whale shark area remained restricted due to choppy seas, but at 3pm,  the Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, removed the restriction against small boats going into the open seas. Therefore, the tours should be allowed to resume on Monday, after nearly a week of inactivity caused by the storm "Earl".
      The Harbor Master explained that the whale shark tour boats go out into the open seas about 40-50 kilometers north of Isla Mujeres, and any boat accidents could have serious consequences, if the forecasts are not taken seriously. It has been alleged that several small private boats, including two without permits,went out in violation of the restrictions on Saturday. Many operators had expected to go out on Sunday and had sold tours, but they were required to remain in port.

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Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Stroll five minutes southward down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes southwest to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or other options. 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.

August events

Sunset ~7:10p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
August 18    7:36p  Full moon
August 19    8:22
August 20    9:07
August 21    9:52
August 22   10:39
August 23   11:26

Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am: Sergio's Batik class. ~3 hours long. 400p includes materials.
Kid's classes every other Saturday at 12:30.
It's time for the Delta Aquarid meteor showers...into early August. The Perseid meteors are supposed to be better than usual this year...on August 11th.…/earthskys-meteor-shower-guide…

Thur. Aug 4 Artist Fair at the Casa de Cultura 4-9

Monday Aug 8: It's time for the annual Perseid meteor shower (eastward-over the Caribbean) & there may be twice as many this year LINK 

It peaks Thurs night/Fri morn & is best viewed after moon-set at 1:20am.
Moon-set tonight (Monday) is 11:20, and it's 40 mins later nightly. Hoping for clear skies!

Aug. 10-21 Five food trucks from Merida will visit Isla Mujeres as part of  Isla Fest

Thur. Aug 18 Artist Fair at the Casa de Cultura 4-9

 Friday August 19 & Saturday August 20   Isla Fest at the Casa de Cultura Free

Isla Fest
Conferences, expositions, exhibitions, shows, demonstrations
166th Anniversary of the Foundation of the town

Monday August 15, at the Casa de Cultura 11am
Photographic exhibition of the Art of Fishing
Exhibition from the Municipal Archives
Photographic and artistic exhibition 'Pinceladas Caribenas" (Caribbean brushstrokes)

Wednesday August 17
10am Placing of a wreath to commemorate the anniversary of the Cross in the Bay, from the ferry pier
7pm Formal City Council session to commemorate the 166th & coronation of the Queen of the Foundation Festivities of 2016, at the Casa de Cultura

Thursday August 18 as the Casa de Cultura
11am Isla Mujeres Historical Conference
7pm Poetry Recital: "Poesia Que Vino del Mar" (Poetry the comes from the sea)

Friday August 19 at the Casa de Cultura
8am Oratory Contest about the Foundation of the Town of Dolores
7pm Gastronomic Demonstration of Tiknxik
8pm Musical performances by Nicho Hinojosa and Miguel Inzunza

Saturday August 20
7am 1st Foundation 15 km Race at Playa Centro (Posada beach) Free Registration
8pm Performance by Astrid Hadad at the Casa de Cultura

Sunday August 21 at the Casa de Cultura
8pm Festival of the Dances of the Caribbean in my Land with Trova Islena
Aug. 21: The Festival of the Caribbean in My Land, with troupes of Mexican folk dancers performing dances with Caribbean rhythms. This event promotes art and culture through dances with Caribbean influences, focusing on unity and brotherhood via performing, and offering a venue for social and cultural exchange.

 Miguel Inzunza  Link to this video

Nicho Hinojosa LINK to this video  

One of the performers for Isla Fest is Astrid Hadad, who sports some amazing costumes in her performances. Her Wikipedia page says" one since has stuffed all of Mexican political and cultural history into a dress and laced it up with a feminist attitude quite like Ms. Hadad. In a way, one could say that Hadad’s wild cabaret is a little like a Frida Kahlo painting come to life. Like Frida, she draws from the rich motherlode of images offered up by Mexican history and culture: Catholic saints, Aztec and Mayan iconography, revolutionary heroes, exuberant flowers and plants, campesino and indigenous folk art, the golden era of Mexican cinema and so on. Hadad has absorbed this inheritance of a uniquely Mexican and female surrealism and created her own surrealist cabaret that pulses with campy humor and irony."
Link to this video

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Tropical Tidbits

The Artist's Fairs are scheduled twice a month, on the First and Third Thursdays, at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9. 

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