Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events, Tuesday, Jan. 9

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Seventeen artists are participating in the Arte Mutuo, presenting about 25 works of art in a public exhibition.

The City government celebrated the first Civil ceremony of the year in the Continental Zone. LINK   


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Arte Mutuo Festival begins 
     Seventeen artists are participating in the Arte Mutuo festival, presenting about 25 works of art in a public exhibition. This event is coordinated by the City and the organization "Volunquest". It consists of four parts, with the first being the art gallery at the main hall of the Casa de la Cultura where about 25 works of art by the participating artists are on exhibit and for sale to the general public. Twenty percent of the sales will be donated to the City for public works, including a roof over the patio of the primary school "Julio Sauri Espinoza".
    The second aspect is the murals which are being painted around the island in different locations, including the Town Hall, Casa de la Cultura, cemetery, Convention Center, Futbol Rapido soccer stadium, and the malecon. Several artists will collaborate for each mural, which will feature themes of significance and history for the islanders. These include the harvest and transport of salt to Panama, Dia de los Muertos with catrinas of the founders, the origins of tourism on the island, including Ramon Bravo and the beginning of diving as a tourist activity, the history and arrival of the Virgin of Immaculate Conception, and a view of Isla Mujeres from the clouds using a 3D technique.
   The third aspect will be providing various workshops for the student community of the municipality, including how to make a flute, a collective mural, and mandalas & geometry, among others.
   Finally, there will be volunteer work including encouraging children and young people from the primary schools, as well as the middle school and high school, to participate directly with the artists in the creation of the murals.
    The festival began with the inauguration of the public exhibition at the Casa de la Cultura, and was attended by Fidel Villanueva Madrid, the lifetime historian of Isla Mujeres.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

The Navy reports a "saldo blanco" (no incidents) for the holiday period
“Saldo blanco” reporta la Semar.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

Ultramar car ferry could be operational by the end of the month  
Nuevo ferry “calienta motores”+] Ver masFull article at this link
     The new Ultramar car ferry, "Ultracarga III" could be providing service to Punta Sam by the end of the month, and the company will announce the schedule and rates in the days before that happens. It is noted that Maritima has not increased its rates in nearly two and a half years, despite a 20 percent increase in fuel costs in January 2017. The Maritima rates are:  compact vehicle, 292 pesos;  truck of 15 meters long, 342 pesos; motorcycle 99, bicycle 93; and 40 pesos per adult passenger. (The cost of the driver is included in the rate of the vehicles.) 
   The Ultracarga II has a greater capacity for cargo and passengers, in addition to greater comfort, compared to the boats "Isla Blanca" and "Sergio Gracia", and will provide a new option for the increasing numbers of visitors who are coming to the island from the Punta Sam hotel area. 
   Three Ultramar cargo ferries arrived two weeks ago from Greece and are moored at the concrete dock of the Port Authority, APIQRoo. The other two boats will go to Cozumel.
    Due to maintenance issues, the Maritima ferries are running on a Saturday schedule. On Monday, rather than the usual six round trips, only five were offered. This could continue for the rest of the week, offering five round trips rather than eight. 

Isla Mujeres news briefs  
Breves de Isla Mujeres. [+] Ver ma
     Tourists continue to arrive to Isla Mujeres on the ferries and recreational boats, and many hotels report that their rooms are full. The ~700 rental golf carts were being used by visitors by noon, touring around the island. Tours by boatmen from Puerto Juarez where being provided by nearly a dozen boats. 
     There were still some unoccupied loungers at noon, expecially on Playa Norte. Playa Centro appeared to be preferred due to its wider area of sand. The diving company had customers, and the boats going to Isla Contoy National Park were filling its daily quota of 200 visitors.  
   The second half of this article is about the Continental Zone. 

Arte Mutuo Festival begins 
Inició el Festival Arte Mutuo [+] Ver masFull article at this link

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January Events
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Wed. Jan. 3 Special performance by Folklorico dancers Fuego Nuevo (New Fire) with live music by Mariachis on the Town Square at 8p

Thurs. Jan. 4 Artist Fair at the Casa de la Cultura 3-8p. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.

Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
                                                                    Sunset ~6p
Jan 1  6:10
Jan. 2  7:15
Jan. 3   8:20
Jan. 4    9:24
Jan. 5  10:25
Jan. 6  11:22

Saturday, Jan. 6 Día de Reyes/ King's Day   This day commemorates when the three kings or Magi visited Jesus & is the culmination of the twelve days of Christmas. Traditionally this is the day when Mexican children receive gifts (which are brought by the three kings as opposed to Santa). It is customary to eat Rosca de reyes, a sweet bread that represents King Herod's crown with figurines of baby Jesus hidden inside. Whoever finds the token in their piece is obligated to host a party on Candlemas Day (Dia de la Candelaria), Feb. 2, which usually includes tamales.

 Festival for King's Day (Jan. 6) at the el Pescador baseball field in front of Chedruai on Saturday starting at 5p. More than 6000 people are expected to attend to enjoy the entertainment, surprises, and presents.
  There's also a toy giveaway at Ruben's restaurant on Guerrero, but as of 8am on Jan. 5, they're unsure what time....probably ~11am. 

 Jan. 6 is Día de la Enfermera. This special day was established in 1931, when Dr. Jose Villagrana said nurses were like a "regalo de reyes"...a gift from the Magi.  (International Nurse's Day is celebrated on May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale).

Sun. Jan. 7 Noches Magicas entertainment on the Town Square at 8p. 

Jan 7-17 Art Festival & Exhibition “Festival de Arte Mutuo” / "Mutual Art Festival". 17 artists creating six murals at various locations around the isle, children's workshops, and an exhibition at the Casa de la Cultura with art on sale.

Thurs. Jan. 11  Artist Fair at the Casa de la Cultura 3-8p. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.

 Sun. Jan. 14 Noches Magicas entertainment on the Town Square at 8p

Thurs. Jan. 18  Artist Fair at the Casa de la Cultura 3-8p. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.

Sun. Jan. 21   Noches Magicas entertainment on the Town Square at 8p

Thurs. Jan. 25 Artist Fair at the Casa de la Cultura 3-8p. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.

Sun. Jan. 28   Noches Magicas entertainment on the Town Square at 8p
  Sources for Weather Information:
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin  (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
 LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service (Yucatan peninsula is under Satellite GOES Este, I recommend "Animacion" (it used to be in my blog margin, until Blogger became incompatible with it).
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres   

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