Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, December 29

A reminder...Outside the Casa de Cultura Today: Artist's Fair (4-9) & Taste of Isla (5-7) & Folkloric Dancing (8pm) by the visiting dancers with the 33rd National Folkloric Congress

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Difficult to find a room to rent  

 Desde el 24 de diciembre turistas sufren para conseguir hospedaje

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ISLA MUJERES, 28 de diciembre.-
 Although the municipal Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, reported that hotel occupancy is about 80 percent, tourists report that it is difficult to find a room to rent downtown, as well as at the vacation rentals of foreigners, in the colonias, and in the residential zones of Sac Bajo and Punta Sur. The managers of foreign owned rentals are advising visitors who have nowhere to stay to seek rooms and apartments of islanders that are normally rented by the month.
       Although no explanation was given, and tourists are arriving to the island in large numbers, the occupancy statistic of 80 percent may be because it includes the continental part of the municipality at Isla Blanca, where occupancy is not booming like on the island.  Last year at this time, hotel occupancy was about 100 percent, which is expected to be the case by the end of next week.

Ornamental plants in Town Square to receive New Year    

 Para recibir al Año Nuevo

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ISLA MUJERES, 28 de diciembre.-
  See translation & photos below in the City section....

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

Come to this magical island and join the grand celebration of the start of 2016  
Ven a esta mágica isla y celebra en grande el inicio del 2016.

New ornamental plants on Town Square  

The traditional farewell to the old year and welcoming of the new will take place on the Town Square, which is being beautified and prepared for the event on December 31st where celebrants will be dancing and having a good time. The municipal Department of Ecology planted ornamental plants in the planters on the public square, which were grown in a nursery operated by that agency. The plants include Querpis, Maiceras, Flor de Mayo, Lenguas de vaca, Lirios de mar, and Palma Carricillo.

Register your children quickly and easily online
Inscribe a tus hijos de manera rápida y fácil en línea.

An excellent picture of our beautiful island to begin the last week of the year
Una excelente foto de nuestra bella isla para comenzar la última semana del año.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)

Gov. Roberto Borge: Tourism is breaking records in the history of Quintana Roo
Se rompen récords turísticos en la historia de Quintana Roo: Roberto Borge https://t.co/8MAvf3rFOY


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Hotels report 90% occupancy 
Hoteles registran 90% de ocupación  [+] Ver mas

 On Monday, the municipal Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, reported that occupancy is approximately 90 percent. Some smaller hotels report their occupancy is at 80 percent, but they sold more at Christmas and expect the same for the New Year's celebrations. Rental agencies report nearly all their 550 golf carts are rented, and there are people on the beaches, at the attractions, on the streets, and in the stores.
    The Port remains closed for small boats, and the fishermen have been restricted for nearly two weeks, ( ~1 1/2 wks),  with small boats only being allowed to navigate around the inner part near the Island, at el Farito, and the lagoon area. Dive shops have customers waiting for an opportunity to go out in upcoming days. The National Water Commission (CONAGUA) forecast strong winds on Tuessday, and that the first effects of Front #24 will be felt, which could bring isolated heavy rains to northern Quintana Roo, and the poor weather could continue into the weekend, which would mean a total of two weeks since the fishermen worked.

New folkloric dances of Quintana Roo
Nuevos bailes costumbristas de Quintana Roo. [+] Ver mas

Year of achievements in the cultural field 
Año de logros en materia cultural. [+] Ver mas

I'll translate these last two manana....

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen

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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.

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 8pm Nightly except Mon 28th. Q Roo Costumes on display at times given    Performances by dance troupes of the National Congress of Mexican Folkloric Dance..."A fragment of the mosaic mural of Mayan culture"

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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