Saturday, August 6, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, August 6

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte.  HERE is a timelapse version, that you can set to slow or fast (fps-frames per second). It takes a few seconds to load.
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  Both issues of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities  are here
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers! 
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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

The Isla Mujeres section of DQR still has news from Aug. 2


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

Day Two of cleaning up Hurricane/TS Earl's sargassum "present" on Playa Norte/North Beach, with help from the Municipal Directors, Department managers,and City employees, as well as volunteers & the Fed Zone crew, and as you can see, the little beach cleaning machine.

There is a notice for a state Oratory contest.

In accordance with the established schedule for paying assistance to senior citizens, today payments were made to those enrolled in the 65+ program.
Conforme al calendario establecido para cumplir en tiempo y forma con los apoyos destinados a los abuelitos, el día de hoy se llevó a cabo el pago a las personas inscritas en el Programa + 65.

Note..Every two months, "abuelitos" over 65 gather to collect their governmental pension payments of about 1100 pesos which is the equivalent of ~$32usd monthly. (Other pensions can make them ineligible for this benefit).  SOURCE.
In the US, the average monthly SS retirement benefit is $1340usd.

The comparison is about a dollar a day vs ~$45 dollars/day.
Invitation to the end of the fourth annual English language camp.
Saturday August 6th at 7 pm.

Invitación para la Clausura del Cuarto Campamento Anual de Inglés.
Sábado 6 de agosto a las 7pm.



From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Partially reopening of port for small boats 
Parcial reapertura del puerto. [+] Ver mas
   Aug. 5.   The Harbor Master authorized recreational activities in the Bay, and tourists were visiting many locations, including Garrafon Park, Punta Sur, Tortugranja, Sac-Bajo, Mundaca, historic downtown, and the beaches. Boats went to the Parque Marino Nacional de Isla Mujeres-Cancún to visit El Farito, the artificial reefs of Sac-Bajo, MUSA (Underwater Sculpture Museum), Cruz de la Bahía (Cruz in the Bay) and Manchones reef.  
  Ferries full of tourists were arriving from the Cancun Hotel Zone, Puerto Juarez, and Punta Sam, as well as in catamarans, trimarans, and monohulls. Many were renting golf carts and scooters, as well as using the taxis. After two days of reduced tourism, the streets, sidewalks, beaches, and other areas were once again populated with many tourists. 
   The SCT  weather forecast from Aug 5 is given.

Religious procession planned  
Alistan procesión religiosa [+] Ver mas
   As part of the events for the Eucharistic Congress being held in Isla Mujeres this month, on Aug. 12 at 4p a boat procession will travel the seven kilometers from Punta Sam to the island with about 1200 participants on board. These groups of Catholics are from about 20 churches in the northern municipalities of Quintana Roo, and will cross in about five large boats and a variety of medium and small vessels.
      They will be met by hundreds of Islander Catholics, and the procession will continue through the streets downtown to the front area of Immaculate Conception Church on the Town Square where about 2500 chairs will be places and a Mass will be held. It will be officiated by the bishop of Cancun-Chetumal,  monseñor Pedro Pablo Elizondo, and more than 25 priests are expected to attend the Congress. The mass will be held at 6pm and the visitors will return to Punta Sam at 8pm.
     Isla Mujeres priest, Father Raul Sanchez, invited local Catholics to participate in this historic event, explaining that  more than 1200 people will arrive around five in the afternoon, after leaving Punta Sam with the Santísimo. He said that as part of these festivities, the icon of Our Lady of the Assumption will be taken down from her niche at the church of Immaculate Conception, during a Mass on Friday at 6pm, and  on August 17 the traditional boat pilgrimage will be held to the Cruz of the Bay, concluding the celebration of the Virgin.

Removing Sargasso from Playa Norte  
Retiran sargazo en playa Norte[+] Ver mas

"Flimsy" homes in front of sea are at risk  
Casas endebles frente al mar, en riesgo [+] Ver mas

    If there were a Category 1 or 2 hurricane, with winds of 120-150 km per hour, the 200 'flimsy' homes in the irregular colonia "La Guadalupana" would be unlikely to withstand the effects. There are temporary shelters available to offer refuge to more than 2000 people during hurricanes.
      In the past three decades, there have been a half dozen hurricanes, with Gilberto and Wilma being the most memorable, with no deaths as a direct result, but extensive damage has occurred to property and infrastructure.
      If the process of regularizing (deeding) this colonia were completed, it would accelerate the conversion of these homes into more substantial houses of masonry, by their inhabitants. It is hoped that the next municipal and state administrations will resolve this issue, which would provide more security to the property of these people.


Official Isla Mujeres Pueblo Magico Video  July 2016  (link to it)


Link to this videoOn the video below, the audio is in Spanish & there two long commercial breaks (you can FF past them).  If you're ignoring the audio & just want to see the partially excavated foundation of the Temple & a Chultune...skip the last section where they are sitting in a seaside restaurant talking. 
      The first segment (not the intro) shows the partially excavated foundation of the temple to Ixchel on the Mundaca hacienda. Fidel, (IM historian), explains about the offerings they found: many objects of copal, some of obsidian, & of other materials, carved into women & into fish; as well as finding human remains.
The second part shows one of the Mayan chultunes (8 of 13), which are underground 'containers' for holding water. They talk about Mundaca & his infatuation w a 14yo, at 56; his being a member of the Masons; & the destruction of the Mayan structures for his use.
In the last part they talk about the importance of preserving culture & history & wanting to build a museum to the three cultures, and to fishing, on the Mundaca Hacienda, with botanical gardens...and how getting funding for these projects is always challenging. But they are hopeful, with the Pueblo Magico status & the money it brings, as well as its emphasis on culture-oriented tourism.

This structure that was located within the area where Mundaca settled is considered to be the main temple on the isle dedicated to worshiping Ixchel, & the Punta Sur buildings are thought to be associated with planetary observation (with religious significance).The Mundaca hacienda was formerly connected to the sea & Fidel thinks that the pirate hid and sheltered his ship there. And previously, Mayans probably passed thru the channels thru in their canoe-boats, leaving offerings, and that they may also have collected salt on the isle. (The Coastal Mayans traded salt, apparently down to Central America & with the inland groups.)  

If you can't make it down to swim w the whale sharks in the summer, there's always swimming with the sailfish in the's just a LITTLE more exciting (errr...terrifying! ha!)
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt: Link to short video, in English

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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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 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
Mid-August (~17th): Celebration of the Founding of the Town (Dolores) in 1850

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

Sources for Storm Information:
Tropical Tidbits
Twitter (BobbiStorm)

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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