Monday, December 28, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, December 28

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Punta Sur Statue Park needs maintenance  

 Al Parque Escultórico de Punta Sur

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ISLA MUJERES, 27 de diciembre.-
   Representatives of the tourism industry say maintenance is needed for the steel sculptures at Punta Sur, which have experienced a high degree of deterioration since they were donated by domestic and foreign sculptors in 2000 to mark the millennium, although some of the 20 artworks can no longer be rescued. 
     It is also noted that maintenance is needed for the large statue of the Virgin of Immaculate Conception atop the church of the same name, as well as for the bust of the Hero of the Americas (Benito Juarez), the statue of the Iguana, the monument to the Fishermen, and the Ixchel statue, as well as others. Maintenance should be done immediately, because if it is not done and this causes the sculptures to be removed, creating new ones will be more expensive.

Impressive parade of delegations as part of the intense activities of the Congress of Dance 

 En el marco de las intensas actividades del Congreso de Danza

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ISLA MUJERES, 27 de diciembre.-
  On Saturday afternoon on Rueda Medina malecon there was a parade of the 22 Mexican delegations, and one from the USA, who are participating in the XXXIII National Congress of Mexican Folk Dance, of the Choreographers Association of Mexico AC (ACFMAC). Hundred of tourists enjoyed the parade and performances, with colorful costumes from states like Jalisco, Veracruz, Aguascalientes, Chihuahua and Quintana Roo, among others. (See the photos below). There have been nightly performances at 8pm outside the Casa de Cultura since December 25, and these will continue Tuesday and Wednesday (none tonight, Dec. 28), with presentations by the various state delegations. The Director of Culture, Rubén Pérez Marín, invites residents and visitors to come and enjoy these performances.
      Activities, which began on Dec. 25, include conferences, workshops, presentations, exhibitions, and folk dancing classes for various states in the Mexican Republic. There are more than 180 teachers participating, from 22 states of Mexico, and from the state of Pennsylvania in the US. The City is providing space and other logistical assistance. such as materials including desks, tables, sound equipment, etc. 
     Classes will include choreographed dances of Quintana Roo, including dances of Isla Mujeres (trova isleña) by the Ballet Folclórico de Quintana Roo. All the delegations will learn these so they can perform them in their states and disseminate the dance heritage of our state. The Director of Culture said dances being taught will include dances from the south,mayapax, jaranas of Kantunilkín, guaranchuda cozumeleña, and dances of Isla Mujeres, among others. The Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, said events such as these expand the tourism market for Isla Mujeres as a cultural tourism destination, among its other attributes, in addition to its beaches and sunshine.

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

Celebrate New Year's 2016 in Isla Mujeres and enjoy an great party!
Celebra el inicio del 2016 en Isla Mujeres y vive una increíble fiesta.


Photos from the Acfmac Delegación Quintana Roo on FB
33rd National Congress of Mexican Folkloric Dance of the Association of Folkloric Choreographers of Mexico A.C. They will be in Isla Mujeres until December 30th. Casa de la Cultura.

From Cultura Isla Mujeres on FB


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Rescuing the wooden houses 
Al rescate de casas de maderad.. [+] Ver mas
  About a dozen old wooden houses could be considered for inclusion in a rescue project during 2016, as part of a program to improve the image of Isla Mujeres as a Pueblo Magico. These are buildings dating from a century ago, at the dawn of the Mexican Revolution. They include wooden  homes such as that of the Sanchez Trinchan family at Hidalgo and Madero, which is now a commercial building.
   Some of the houses are well preserved, and some are not. Among the nearly dozen homes are those located on Juarez of the families Chí, Magaña Carrillo, Fernández, Martínez, Granados, Figueroa and Delgado;  on Hidalgo near the Town Hall, of the family Galué; and one of the family Trinchan which is a few steps from Matamoros; as well as one on Guerrero of the family Ríos Fernández. There are others whose names are not given.
   During the municipal governmental administration from 1996-1999, there was a proposal for the restoration and conservation of most of the wooden homes that exist today, because two had already been replaced by concrete buildings. The greatest damage to these wooden buildings came in Hurricane Gilbert in 1988, when those which had insufficient maintenance collapsed. Among the wooden homes that have disappeared is that of the family Pancholos, which was located on the corner of Juarez and Madero. It was not maintained and deteriorated with time. Now a restaurant is at that location.
    On the Facebook page "Recuerdos de Isla Mujeres" there are various photos, including some of the wooden home of the Trinchan family, with family members. Another photos shows the house receiving maintenance some 70 years ago, which would have meant its first horcón was placed at the beginning of the Mexican Revolution, because Luis Remigio says his grandfather purchased it already constructed. Each wooden house has an interesting history, and were owned by local families such as Figueroa, Osorio, Velázquez, who replaced them with concrete homes for more security against the hurricanes.

33rd National Dance Congress begins
Inició el XXXIII Congreso Nacional de Danzar.. [+] Ver mas

Illumination 24 hours a day  
Iluminación las 24 horas del día[+] Ver mas
   The lights at the sports court in colonia Salina Chica and at the downtown basketball court "Jose del Carmen Pastrana" are frequently left on and each one consumes hundreds of watts per hour.
    There is a collection of 10 percent from household bills for DAP (Public Lighting Law), and it is unknown how much is collected. This money collected by the CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) is used to help the City pay for public lighting in the municipality. If the CFE raises 1 million pesos and the City uses 1.2 million pesos, then the City pays 200,000 pesos. If the city uses less than the amount collected, the CFE give the municipality a credit.
       If the City is leaving lights on at sports courts and along streets during the day, this increases the likelihood that it will exceed the DAP contribution. It also sets a bad example and generates complaints from athletes, residents, and the media.

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December events

Sunset ~6:05
Moonrise over the Caribbean

Dec. 25   6:46
Dec. 26   7:43
Dec. 27   8:38
Dec. 28   9:32
Dec. 29  10:24
Dec. 30 11:09
Dec  31  12:03am (Jan. 1)
Casa de Cultura:  The photography exhibition of Isla's biological diversity is scheduled to continue thru Dec. 7. It features 70 photographs of native flora & fauna by local amateur photographers, including city employees, and students, rotated in groups of 40.
Casa de Cultura: "Una Mujer en Isla Mujeres" continues thru Dec. 11.  Includes photographs and works on handmade bark paper.
  On Thursday Dec. 3  you are invited to come to the esplanade (outdoor plaza) of the Casa de Cultura Isla Mujeres for the 10p food samples (from 5-7) and the artist fair (from 4-9), & dance troupe performances.
  Thursday, Dec. 3 World Disabilities Day 4p March from police station to Salina Chica Green Dome where there will be workshops, educational activities, testimonials, and a performance by a pair of dancers from Cancun.  Cancelled due to weather
Friday, December 4 Inauguration of exhibition "A Tribute to the Mexican Muralistas" by the high school students of Bachilleres
 Nov 28 - Dec 8 Festival for the Virgin of Immaculate Conception, the Town Saint. is held annually. Link
Photos from two years ago (City press release)

 Saturday, Nov. 28  Church of Immaculate Conception Mass at 7p followed by the taking down of the icon and a procession thru downtown, followed by fireworks, with music and folkloric performances of traditional dances in regional clothing at the church esplanade

Festival events at 8p nightly.

Sunday, Nov. 29: Miraflores neighborhood guild, with music and a dance
 Monday, Nov. 30: The union of the Public Security Department (police) with a presentation of the  ballet folclórico at the Casa de la Cultura, starting at 8pm.
Tuesday, Dec. 1: Two groups. The CROC gastronomic union and the neighborhood guild of colonia Salina Chica, where the RDS dance troupe will perform at 8pm
Wednesday, Dec. 2: Colonia Salina Grande neighborhood guild, with a presentation by the Senior Citizens Dance troupe and a performance by local artists  César López and Anabel Burgos.
Thursday, Dec. 3: The cooperatives Caribe and Isla Bonita with a presentation of the ballet folclórico La Isleña at 8pm.
Friday, Dec. 4: Five groups together: Barrio de Pescadores, Cooperativa Adolfo López Mateos, Isla Bonita, Colonia El Cañotal, and the Youth Group, with a grand concert and a velada juvenil with Rene Francisco.
Saturday, Dec. 5: Four groups: Patria y Progreso fishing coop, Justicia Social fishing coop, el esperado woman's group, and the neighborhood guild of colonia La Gloria, with a presentation of the program  Lluvia de Estrellas (Cascade of Stars) with local singers. 
Sunday, Dec 6: The cooperative Isla Mujeres and the children's group, and the confirmations will take place
Monday, Dec. 7: Mega caravan with participation by all the people, with  Las Mañanitas being sung to the Virgin of Immaculate Conception at the chapels of  Caridad del Cobre, Sagrado Corazón and La Guadalupe.
Tuesday, Dec. 8: The guild of Las Conchitas, the first communions will take place, and the grand boat procession with dozens of vessels depart from the concrete pier at 4pm. THE POSTER SAYS 3P.
 8p Celebration (Gran Kermes), Dancing, Concert Town Square

   Dec. 11 Community Center in La Gloria   10a-12p: Human Rights Commission lecture about rights of people living w HIV or AIDS
    Dec. 11 Casa de Cultura:      noon  2p  Isla Mujeres-Caribbean Poetry Contest awards 
Dec. 11 Chapel of Guadalupe Salina Chica-overlooking the Caribbean  People gather to sing Las Mananitas to the Virgin of Guadalupe at midnight

 Dec. 12  Dia de la Virgen Guadalupe...patron saint of Mexico  Link to info about Guadalupe & Juan Diego    

       3pm there will be dozens of small children dressed as Juan Diego (who saw the vision of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the hill at Tepeyac, 484 years ago) and as shepherds and shepherdesses in a procession going ~2km from the downtown church to the Chapel of Guadalupe in colonia Salina Chica, where the priest will hold a mass at 5pm.
 Start of Guadalupe-Reyes Holiday period, which ends January 6th. School vacation begins Dec. 12

Dec. 15, Tuesday  Inauguration of Community Hospital (which began operations in September) time TBA

Dec, 16-24 Posadas Navidenas... There is usually a children's Posada play during this time  Link to information  
During the posadas, there is usually a dance on the town square, featuring dances & costumes from different regions of Mexico

Dec. 17 Naval Band performance 8pm Town Square
Dec. 19 Annual Golf Cart Parade 6p from Bachilleres thru the colonias

Dec. 20 Cancun Hotel Zone area 5p  Annual decorated boat parade Link  

 Dec. 24  Noche Buena / Christmas Eve 
 Last Ultramar ferry departs Gran Puerto at 10:30p and Isla Mujeres at 11p

  Dec. 25 Dia de Navidad / Christmas Day   
 First Ultramar crossing from Gran Puerto is 7a and from Isla Mujeres 7:30a
  Car ferry departs Isla Mujeres at 8am and Punta Sam at 9am. The earlier crossing is cancelled.

December 25-30 Casa de Cultura 10a-2p & 6p-9p for State, and 8p nightly for National except the 28th.    Performances by dance troupes of the National Congress of Mexican Folkloric Dance..."A fragment of the mosaic mural of Mayan culture"

Dec. 26  Usually the annual  Quinceaneras event and Mass at the Church of Immaculate Conception for young women who turned 15 during 2015 and who will be wearing beautiful gowns. More info TBA when available

Dec. 28 Dia de los Santos Innocentes  A day of practical jokes, similar to "April Fool's Day"  
Dec. 29  you are invited to come to the esplanade (outdoor plaza) of the Casa de Cultura Isla Mujeres for the 10p food samples (from 5-7) and the artist fair (from 4-9), & dance troupe performances.

Dec. 31  New Year's Eve Festival on the Town Square.  Tables can be reserved at the entrance to the Town Hall 10am-3pm.
 Last Ultramar ferry departs Gran Puerto at 10:30p and Isla Mujeres at 11p 
   People observe the sunrise at Punta Sur on New Year's morn.

Jan. 1  
 First Ultramar crossing from Gran Puerto is 7a and from Isla Mujeres 7:30a
Car ferry departs Isla Mujeres at 8am and Punta Sam at 9am. The earlier crossing is cancelled

Every Tuesday and Thursday: Free spay/neuter clinic  (Isla Animals)
 Consults 100p, Vaccines: parvo & distemper 50p, flea & tick meds 20p, wormer 10p. Helpers always welcome! Isla Animals, Mundaca Hacienda, 10am-4pm (No food morning of surgery/water ok)

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