Friday, December 23, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, December 23

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Mayor ensures safety of visitors and islanders    

Seguridad de paseantes, garantizada

Lo mismo que de isleños, reitera Juan Carrillo

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, BJ, 22 de diciembre.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
  The Mayor, Juan Carrillo Sobaranis, said that during this holiday season when tourism increases in Isla Mujeres, the agencies of the three levels of government will work together to ensure everyone safety and that the season will end with a "saldo blanco". He said the breathalyzer "Zero Alcohol," will be implemented as part of the preventive programs, which began October 28, and will continue for the prevention of accidents and to raise awareness among drivers and motorcyclists..
        The Mayor called on islanders and visitors to enjoy this holiday in a responsible manner to prevent accidents; He said the governmental agencies will be working continually and redoubling efforts to ensure a season with a "saldo blanco" and no mishaps.


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

Today (Dec 22) we celebrate Police and Traffic Police Day; we thank you for your work, and for order and security.
Gracias a su labor, la seguridad está a la orden del día. Hoy celebramos el #DíaDelPolicíayDelAgenteDeTránsito

In this season of Christmas holidays, trash increases; throw it where it belongs to prevent accumulation.
There's a graphic of decorations being up, coming down, & going into the trash.
En esta temporada la basura aumenta mucho más por las fiestas navideñas, deposítala su lugar para evitar la acumulación


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Kite surfing is becoming more common in the waters of the Caribbean sea at Isla Mujeres…
This article explains what kite surfing is & the reporter interviewed a kite surfer. YouTube video by TVIM.

Former Quintana Roo Governor Mario Villanueva Madrid, who has been in prison in the US for money laundering, is being returned to Mexico Friday, after partially serving his sentence.…/


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

New daycare project  
Proyecto de nueva guardería +] Ver masFull article at this link
The Psychopedagogical Support Center "Amor a la Niñez, AC" (aka The Little Yellow Schoolhouse) announced its daycare project for 2017, which will benefit children with physical disabilities, developmental delays, impaired hearing, autism, Down syndrome, as well as behavior, learning and language problems, said Paula Salas Acosta, Director of the institution.
    The facility began as a classroom for children in need, and after 18 years the "Escuelita Amarilla" (Little Yellow Schoolhouse) has established itself as an Institute for special education in Isla Mujeres, which continues to grow, and soon will have its own nursery school.
    The Director explained that they will begin construction of the nursery school for special children next year. She said these children need early stimulation when they are very young, with therapy and school attendance. She said, "With children who have Down syndrome, it is essential that they learn to speak, and we have language specialists, but they need this attention for a longer period of time. This would also be easier for the parents because the children would be able to continue for more time at the center and be provided with better care. This will require more therapists and teachers, but she said she has no doubt that their team will grow soon.
   It is the goal of the Little Yellow Schoolhouse to teach the students to become independent and to provide individual attention to children with physical disabilities, developmental delays, impaired hearing, autism, Down syndrome, as well as behavior, learning and language problems. During its 18 years of existence, the school has been grateful for its benefactors and the generous donations it has received. Their teaching systems have been improved, and the facilities have been modernized and adapted to the needs of the 53 students who currently receive attention from specialists in special education, hearing and language, psychology, and preschool education.

Fishermen unable to work due to winds
Jornada perdida para pescadores+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Winds from Cold Front #15 caused the small boats to be restricted to port, on Thursday and it is expected that this is likely to occur on Friday. There were gusts of 46 kilometers per hour
        During the day it rained twice on the northern part of the island, which made tourists seek shelter to protect themselves. After noon, the sun was shining & people were swimming at Playa Centro. The strong winds did no prevent people from swimming at Playa Norte.
   The vast majority of the fleet of 600 golf carts were touring around the island occupied by domestic and foreign visitors. The fleet of small lanchero boats offering tours is not even operating at 50 percent, according to some representatives and partners of the five cooperatives involved in this recreational activity.

Boat "Cemetery"
Cementerio de embarcaciones.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Half a dozen old boats have been parked at the southern end of the runway, and it is noted that one of them has a birdcage with a bird in it. Boats that were impounded for drug activity presumably deteriorated while parked at the Naval dock. At least two boats are of the type "Eduardoño", that were used by traffickers to take drugs to the United States and across the Caribbean Sea, in the late 80's and the 90's. The boats are away from the runway, although they would need to be removed if the airport were ever renovated and if the runway were extended another 300 feet, as has been proposed by some businessmen.

        The undergrowth has almost entirely covered the smaller boats. The cage was tied to a "submarine-type" boat, and there was a bird in it, with food and water. Because of the presence of trails, it is presumed that people are frequently in the area., and it appears that somebody sleeps in the interior of this red boat.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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The holiday period in Mexico from Dec. 12 to Jan. 6 is called Guadalupe-Reyes (from Dia de Guadalupe to Dia de los Reyes/King's Day). In Isla Mujeres, this is preceded by patron saint festivities Nov. 28-Dec. 8.

Festivities for the Patron Saint the Virgin of Immaculate Conception 
On the Town Square
Nov. 28 Opening at 8p with the band Los Marlins .
Nov. 28, The Mestizas de Agua Salada;
Nov. 29, Folkloric dance troupe: Son del Caribe at 7:30p;
Nov. 30th, Academy La Isleña;
Dec. 1 Cavalcade (Horse procession) in Honor of the Virgin, noon;
Dec. 2, Dance group Añoranzas;
Dec. 3, Dance group Entorno and musical group Mar & Arena
Dec. 4, Dance Studio Renatta and Academia La Isleña;
Dec. 5,  Mestizas de Agua Salada;
Dec. 5, Dance group Entorno;
Dec. 6  Caravan procession at 6:30,
Dec. 7 Yucatan band Picante Plus will perform and “Las Mañanitas” will be sung to the Virgin
Dec. 8 Boat Procession of the Virgin in the Bay 3pm
Dec. 8 Day of the Virgin of Immaculate Conception
At the bullring at the end of the runway, by the car ferry

Thursday, Dec. 1  Horse procession (12p), and a performance by horses & a band (4p).
Friday, Dec. 2   Bullfight  (4:30)
Saturday, Dec. 3 Rodeo  with a band (4:30).
Sunday, Dec. 4 Bullfight (4:30)
Thursday, Dec. 8 Bullfight with dwarfs (8p).
Friday Dec. 9 Bullfight w little people 7p


December Events
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 Dec. 1 Thursday  
12p Horse procession 
4-9p Artist Fair at Casa Cultura w live music, craft beer, food, & art.
5p Anti-AIDS/HIV march & Health Fair at Bicentennial Dome La Gloria
6p Horse performance & live music 6p North end of runway.

Dec. 2  Friday
4:30p Bullfight at North end of runway
7:30p Dance group Añoranzas at Town Square

Dec. 3  Saturday
4:30p Rodeo & live music at North end of runway
7:30p Dance troupe Entorno and band Mar & Arena at Town Square

Dec. 4 Sunday
7:30a Charlie & Friends Marathon 5 & 10km Garrafon/P.Sur along Caribbean coast
4:30p Bullfight at North end of runway
7:30p Dance Studio Renatta and Academia La Isleña at Town Square

Dec. 5 Monday
 7:30p Mestizas de Agua Salada dance troupe at Town Square
           Entorno dance troupe at Town Square

Dec. 6 Tuesday 6:30p Caravan procession for Patron Saint

Dec. 7 Wednesday 8p Yucatan band Picante Plus at Town Square
 “Las Mañanitas” will be sung to the Virgin at Town Square

Dec. 8 Thursday  Day of the Virgin of Immaculate Conception
3pm Boat Procession of the Virgin in the Bay
8p Bullfight with Dwarfs North end of runway
4-9 Art Fair at Casa de Cultura

Dec. 10 Saturday 8p Town Square Federal Police Rock Band Free event  Cancelled.

Dec. 11 Sunday  Celebration in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe at the Chapel Guadalupana in Meteorolgocia (which overlooks the Caribbean, across from Mango cafe), with singing of Las Mananitas before midnight, possibly with Mariachis.

Dec 12  Monday  Day of Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico's patron Saint. 
People honor her with pilgrimages and efforts of endurance, such as the annual run around the island, which will probably be held in the morning, usually from the downtown church to Punta Sur to the Guadalupe Chapel.
 There is a procession in the afternoon with children dressed up as Juan Diego, shepherds, and shepherdesses usually between the Chapel Guadalupana and the downtown church, and sometimes there are horses.  Juan Diego saw the vision of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the hill at Tepeyac, 485 years ago.

Sunset ~6:05p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Dec. 13  6:12  Full Moon
Dec. 14  7:13
Dec. 15  8:15
Dec. 16  9:16
Dec. 17 10:14
Dec. 18 11:10 
Painting by Pam Haase
Starting Mon. Dec. 12 for the Christmas holidays...departures every 15 minutes on weekdays 3:30-7:30 and on w/e 2-8. There's an additional crossing daily from P. Juarez at 9p and from Isla at 9:30.

Dec. 15, Thursday
4-9  Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, music, food, craft beer

Dec, 16-24 Posadas Navidenas.
During the Posadas, there is usually a dance on the Town Square, featuring regional dances & costumes from different states of Mexico. The schools may have Posada plays, which are reenactments of Mary & Joseph being refused shelter. Posada means 'inn'.

Dec. 17 Saturday 5:30p Resident parade of decorated golf carts thru the colonias, tossing candy & toys
Dec. 18 Sunday 8p Noches Magicas on the Town Square   

Dec. 21 Wednesday Solstice

This is a holiday play with black humor, in Spanish.

You can drop off donations of toys at Rueben's restaurant, across from the Mercado on Guerrero. Kids in Mexico receive presents on King's Day/Dia de los Reyes on Jan. 6. Currently the DIF is collecting blankets, coats, and other warm items for residents in need in the Continental Zone on the mainland.

Dec. 22 Thursday Art & Food Fair Thursday 5-9 at the Casa de la Cultura with electronic jazz by Chucho, various types of Tamales, craft beer, & photos with Santa Claus! 

Dec. 24 Saturday  Noche Buena / Christmas Eve
Ultramar ferry is usually cancelled after ~11p, as well as the first crossing Christmas morn. Some businesses are not open in the evening, because families are celebrating together.

Dec. 25 Sunday  Dia de Navidad / Christmas Day  The first ferries may be suspended. No Noches Magicas performances.  

Usually around this time the annual Quinceaneras event and Mass are held at the Church of Immaculate Conception for young women who turned 15 during 2015 and who wear beautiful gowns. More info TBA when available

Dec. 28 Wednesday  Dia de los Santos Innocentes A day of practical jokes, similar to "April Fool's Day"

Dec. 29 Thursday  4-9 Artist Fair Casa de Cultura. Art, food, craft beer, music. 

Dec. 31 New Year's Eve Festival on the Town Square with live music and fireworks. Tables can be reserved in advance, with information TBA. The last ferries are usually suspended.

Jan. 1 New Year's Day People observe the sunrise at Punta Sur The first ferries are usually suspended.
Celebrating New Year's in Isla Mujeres
   To celebrate New Year's Eve, some  Isleno families set up tables in the side streets with pinatas strung overhead, and dine on turkey stuffed with seasoned ground meat, while others crowd the Town Square for live music, dancing, and fireworks. Each neighborhood brings in the New Year with a bang, and the skies explode with color in all directions. 
     During the NYE countdown, there is a tradition of eating twelve uvas de buenas suerte (grapes of good luck), each representing a month, with a toast of champagne or cider. The party on the town square continues all night long. At the other end of the isle, people gather at Punta Sur to greet the first rays of the sun at the eastern-most point in Mexico.  
     Other customs include cleaning your house on New Year's Eve & sweeping out bad luck. Wearing red underwear could bring you love in the New Year, or  your white undies may bring you peace, while yellow represents wealth. Those who hope to travel should grab an empty suitcase and carry it around the room or the block, and set it by the door. If you drop a shoe on New Year's morn and it lands "boca arriba" (face up)  you will enjoy good luck in the upcoming year. 
 The old year is represented by a life sized character called El Viejo, The Old Man, who is later filled with fireworks and set ablaze. He may resemble a politician, and he is usually holding cigars & tequila. Fireworks are everywhere, and their names are metralletas (literally "machine guns" – but it means fire crackers), cañones (larger fire crackers), voladores (rockets in many different sizes), chifladores (whistlers), and barre pies ("foot sweepers", that spin on the ground & shoot sparks).
      Kids receive toys on Dia de los Reyes, January 6, when families, friends, and coworkers share rosca de reyes. King's cake, usually with hot chocolate. If you get the Baby Jesus,it means you'll be hosting a party & providing the tamales on Candlemas Day, Feb. 2.


The Artist's Fairs are scheduled twice a month, on the First and Third Thursdays, weekly on Thursdays at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9 thru April 20. 

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