Saturday, December 1, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, Dec. 1

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Put an end to gender violence

Junk removal program on Tuesdays & Thursdays

Notice that property taxes can be paid today at the Town Hall 9a-1p


The DIF, social service agency invites you to join in the bottle cap collection campaign, to generate funds thru recycling for the benefit of cancer patients, carried out by the staff of ZOFEMAT, the Federal Zone coastal agency. Deposit your bottle caps in the heart located at Playa Centro (aka Posada Beach).


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VIDEO of Ruben Chavez talking about collecting toy donations for Three Kings Day

Amber Alert followed by official notice that the twins were located.

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Scholarships for islander students  (article & photos)

VIDEO of Gran Puerto ferry terminal and the musician playing on the ferry VIDEO

VIDEO of Mayor with caption: The regulations for trash collection and transport were approved: Juan Carrillo

Photo of City Council members donating blankets to the DIF social service agency's campaign "Cobija un hogar"   

VIDEO of Don Walter Maldonado, Marimbero Isleño playing his marimba. 

Photo & VIDEO from the City Council meeting 

Noti Isla Mujeres   

Photo & article about the City Council meeting

The Patron Saint celebrations will include 8 murals along the “Paseo de las Peces” avenue in colonia La Gloria, highlighting the artistic talent of young islanders VIDEO

IM Noticias   

Photos of the procession starting the Patron Saint Festivities on Wednesday & article says the horses were scheduled to arrive on the 7am ferry today & the Cabalgata parade is at noon and at 1pm there will be a caravan around the island.....a friend says they arrived about a half hour ago ~11am)

Photos & article about Ruben & donations of toys & 'pantries'  for Three Kings Day 

Two players with the Isla Mujeres Cahuameros basketball team will participate in the All Stars game in Merida this weekend.  


 Link to Por Esto's Isla Mujeres section
Click on Spanish headline for the original article & photos

Eight murals by high school students on wall of the Mundaca Hacienda

Estudiantes pintan muros de Mundaca

Three Mexican artists will judge a project that is part of the Patron Saint festivities, with eight mural being painted by Isla Mujeres high school students. on the wall of the Mundaca Hacienda, facing Paseo de los Peces avenue, in colonia La Gloria. The three day project, La Mirada de los jovenes al futuro" (Young people's view of the future) began on Friday and will conclude on Sunday, with about 40 students participating, and they are working in teams of three, four, and five people. The artists judging the project are Silvana Bressan, Otoniel Salas, and José Luis Torres, who are from Guadalajara, Jalisco.

Poor weather expected to continue on Sunday

Se extenderá el mal tiempo

The restriction keeping small boats in port is expected to continue on Sunday, which will mean a full week of inactivity. (The port closed at noon on Monday, for boats under 40 feet, but tours were allowed to El Farito & the lagoon area.) The effects of Cold Front #12 began on Tuesday, interrupting tours to Isla Contoy and diving trips, as well as the fishermen with small boats. On Friday, a representative at the Harbor Master's office said they didn't expect the restrictions to be lifted on Saturday. The weather has caused decreased tourism this week.

Amber Alert for missing twins 

Alerta Amber por desaparición de gemelas

They've been located.

Patron Saint festivities begin  

Arracan la fiestas de la Virgen

See events section below.

Moths once threatened Mexico's nopal cacti 

Se salvan los nopales mexicanos

  In August of 2006, cactus moths were detected in Isla Mujeres, which resulted in monitoring and trapping since they were considered to be a threat to the Mexican nopal cactus industry. In Mexico there are 83 species of opuntia cactus, among which are the nopales, of which 53 are exclusive to Mexico, and recent reports indicate that 19 have the potential to be damaged.
     The contaminated wild plants were mostly located between colonia La Gloria and the southern part of the island, near the cliffs. There has been ongoing monitoring for this moth which is native to South America and has been used successfully in Australia to eradicate introduced opuntia cacti there.
  Currently the Mexican cacti are safe and the wild cacti in Isla Mujeres are gradually recovering. 


Photo of yesterday's rainbow taken by Bruce from MVC

Cabalgata (horse parade) for the Patron Saint Festivities getting ready at the airfield.Photos by Bruce.

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Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are a variety of restaurants including Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos, La Chatita, Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery , Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend 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. It takes 20-30  minutes to walk downtown.
Full moon rising over the Caribbean 

Dec. 22   6:25
Dec. 23   7:28
Dec. 24   8:33
Dec. 25   9:38
 Dec. 26   10:42
  Dec. 27   11:42 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~6:04 to ~6:16p (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  ~7:08 to 7:24
December Events
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Plogging events to clean up the island are held on Saturdays LINK  and here's the Accion Isla LINK 
Patron saint festivities on the Town Square in front of the Church of Immaculate Conception (except the horse processions on Sat, Dec. 1st).
Wednesday, Nov. 28
7p The Patron Saint icon is moved from her niche at the Church
8p Procession downtown (100's of people, singing)
9p Dancing to live music on the Town Square & four dance troupes perform

Thursday, Nov. 29
7:30p Dance troupe & local singers perform
Friday, Nov. 30
7:30p Dance troupe & local singers perform
Saturday, Dec. 1...HORSES!
Noon: Cabalgata (probably on the runway)
1p: Horse caravan (procession around the isle)
Sunday, Dec. 2
7:30p Dance troupe & local singers perform
Monday, Dec. 3
7:30p Dance troupe & local singers perform
Tuesday, Dec. 4
7:30p Dance troupe & local singers perform
Wednesday, Dec. 5
7:30 Juanita Mendez & local singers perform
Thursday, Dec. 6
7:30p Dance troupe & local singers perform
Friday, Dec. 7
7p Large caravan in honor of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
10p Las Mañanitas Mass
11p Mariachi
11:30 Local artists singing Las Mañanitas
Saturday, Dec. 8
3p Boat procession with the icon in the Bay
5:30p Mass for the returning of the icon to her niche
7p Juanita Mendez & dance troupes perform
8p Closing dance with band Picante Plus
The other schedule shows events by the private groups in her honor at their facilities. The confirmations are at the church on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7pm.
Saturday, Dec. 1 Inauguration Day
Plogging clean up 8a-10a meeting at the Mundaca palapa to clean the mangroves

There will be events at the bull ring set up by Amplificacion La Gloria, but I haven't seen a schedule yet. This usually includes a mock bullfight by little people and small cattle, which was presented for two nights the past couple years.

Saturday, Dec. 8 Plogging clean up 8a-10a location TBA.

Sunday, Dec. 9 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8pm

Tuesday, Dec. 11 Singing of Las Mananitas outside the Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Salina Chica)

Wednesday, Dec. 12 Dia de Guadalupe, the Patron Saint of Mexico.There is usually a run in the morning from the downtown church to Punta Sur to the Guadalupe Chapel.There is usually a procession in the afternoon with children dressed up as Juan Diego, shepherds, and shepherdesses, probably between the Chapel Guadalupana and the downtown church,

Saturday, Dec. 15 Plogging clean up 8a-10a location TBA.

Sunday, Dec. 16 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8pm

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. 21 Winter Solstice  

Friday, Dec. 21 "Elmo's" Golf Cart caravan meeting in front of the Bachilleres dome at 5:30 with decorated carts, led by Santa, Minnie & Mickey, and Elmo, tossing treats & toys to the kids. 

Saturday, Dec. 22 Plogging clean up 8a-10a location TBA.

Sunday, Dec.23 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8pm

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

Monday, Dec.31 New Year's Eve celebration on the Town Square. Tables can be purchased in advance, details TBA. The last ferry is usually cancelled.

Tuesday, 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 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.

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