Ajijic

13th Annual Feria Maestros del Arte 2014 in Lake Chapala

The thirteenth annual Feria Maestros del Arte was held at the Chapala Yacht Club on November 14th, 15th, and 16th. It was from ten a.m. to five p.m. (Ten to four on Sunday) and the entrance fee was just fifty pesos. I went the first two days and had a wonderful time. There were  many beautiful crafts from all over Mexico. I could only afford two small bowls. But for people who wanted to buy some of the more interesting things, there was a free van parked out front that would take them to the ATM machine in town and back again.

Entrance

Entrance

I picked up a map on my way in and saw that there were 74 tables. Some of the tables were co operatives of many different crafts people. Everything was professionally arranged and all the vendors were friendly and happy to pose for me. (more…)

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The Michael Jackson Thriller Dance in the Ajijic Plaza 2014

Have you ever thought of having your own TTW dance? TTW stands for Thrill the World.  It is easy. Apply through their website. Thrilltheworld.com. Fill out the forms. Pay the 25 dollar registration fee. Get a bunch of people together to practice the dance. Dress everyone up as Zombies and have the dance. Collect money for your favorite charity.  This Michael Jackson TTW concept started in 2006. At that time the world record was set at 62 people. Since then it has expanded to countries all over the world. Last year 6,451 Zombies danced at 134 events in 6 continents. An estimated 68,000 dollars was raised, plus food and clothing.

Zombie having lunch

Zombie having lunch

The biggest zombie dances were in Redmond, WA with 256 people. Istanbul, Turkey with 221 people and Eugene, OR. with 213 people.  Besides raising money for charity, the goal is to break the world’s record for the biggest event. Don’t think Ajijic will break that record. It was smaller this year than last year but it was still a lot of fun. Some of these women zombies still manage to make themselves beautiful. Now how do they do that? (more…)

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The Regatta Globo Festival in Ajijic 2014

Every year the Globo Event happens the weekend before the 16th of September Revolution Day festivities. It is the kickoff for an entire week of celebrations. These Globos are made out of very thin, slick and light paper. They are fragile and will burn or tear easily. Many of them do not make it into the air. Especially the larger ones because they bend down in the wind and then the fire below them burns them up. I put the ones made for Access Lake Chapala first since these are ours.

Accesslakechapala globo

Access Lake Chapala Globo

Most of the larger globos have advertisements on them and they were made by professionals. Sometimes they go up and sometimes they don’t but even if they burn up on the way, the advertisers still think they are a good investment. The ones that burn up get a lot of attention from the onlookers. The entire crowd moans at once. It is a lot of fun. (more…)

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Reboso Parade and Revolution Day Parade in Ajijic 2014

The festivities during the week before Revolution Day include many things in the Ajijic Plaza. Almost every evening something is going on. One of my favorite events is the Reboso Parade. It took place this year on Sept. 15th. It is a special time for the young girls and older women to shine. Rebosos are shawls and the Mexican women take great pride in their shawls.  They have a parade around the plaza wearing their finest.

Ajijic Plaza

Ajijic Plaza

The plaza is very crowded for this event. In the photo below you can see a small part of the parade. The two women in front are carrying a large bread. I do not know the significance of that bread. Many of the women are also carrying fresh flowers and umbrellas. (more…)

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The Can Am Celebration at the Lake Chapala Society 2014

Another Can Am Day celebration has rolled around. This is my third year of writing about it. If you are ever in the area at this time of the year, be sure to be part of it. It is always between the Canadian Independence day, July 1st, and the American Independence day, July 4th. This year it was held on July 2nd. It is held at the Lake Chapala Society.

Entrance Entrance to  the Lake Chapala Society

Entrance to the Lake Chapala Society

The gate opened for Can Am Day at ten a.m. and closed at five p.m. It was busy all day long. I know, because I was there all day. We had one rain storm but it only lasted about an hour and then the sun came out again. (more…)

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The Old (Vieja) Posada, now Maria Isabel Restaurant in Ajijic

There is a new restaurant in town, at the end of Colon and across the street from the pier and malecon. Maria Isabel is the new name. It was opened by a couple recently retired from Guadalajara, Adriana and Leonardo Cornejo. Leonardo retired in September and they moved up to Ajijic. But Leonardo is a restless sort and not one to sit around. He started looking for things to do and within three months he opened up Maria Isabel Restaurant. Their son, also named Leonardo, is helping to run it.

Front Patio

Front Patio

The restaurant is easy to find. When you walk to the end of Colon, look to the left. It is overlooking the water. It is in the Old Posada. This is one of the oldest buildings in town. It was built in the 1500s. When you go to the restaurant, check out the back of their menu and you will see the history of the building. In 1530 it was a Grand Tequila Hacienda. (more…)

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The 36th Annual Mexican Chili Cook-Off in Lake Chapala

The 36th Annual Mexican Chilli Cook-Off was held in Lake Chapala at the Tobolandia Water Park on February 14, 15, and 16th, 2014. I attended on the 15th and there was quite a crowd. I have never been to the Cook-Off when there was not a crowd. It is the biggest social event and fund raiser of the year.  If you like great food, beautiful arts and crafts, meeting friends and making new friends, interesting entertainment, sensational photo opportunities, then you will love the Chili Cook-Off. Oh, yes, if you like chili, this is the place to try out the best in Ajijic.

The Parade

The Parade

On the second day there was a parade that started at six corners in Ajijic. I took some photos as it was coming into the Tobolandia grounds.

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Trip from Ajijic to PV, then San Blas and Tequila Jalisco

After a long drive from Ajijic Mexico and spending five nights in the first class hotel, the Westin, in Puerto Vallarta, we drove on to San Blas. My friends had invited us to spend a few days at their house. It was an easy drive. What a relief from the first part of our trip. The road was fairly new, no potholes. It was a free road. We drove through beautiful countryside that turned into jungle when we got closer to San Blas. There were mountains in the distance in varying shades of blue.  This time, we only stopped to take photos. The car didn’t overheat. There was little traffic on the road.

Road to San Blas

Road to San Blas

As we were getting into the jungle and close to San Blas, we saw the Yaka trees. It is also known as Jack Fruit. I bought a small package. We took it as part of a housewarming gift for our friends but I am the only one who ate it. Yaka is something you either love or hate, no in between. The smell is so strong that many airplanes ban it. It mostly grows in the Far East. I ate a lot of it when I was in Thailand. There are many Yaka trees close to San Blas. (more…)

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Art Auction and Ballet Folklorico Event at the Ajijic Plaza

Efren Gonzalez had an art auction at the Ajijic Plaza on Friday, January 3rd, 2014. It was at three thirty exactly. Efren said that he had converted to American time instead of Mexican time and he would be starting all his auctions at the advertised time, on the dot. Since he was a few minutes early, he waited awhile before starting. If you have never been to any of his auctions or talked with him, you will be surprised and delighted to get to know him. He is a very funny man. He puts on no airs. He readily admitted that he knows nothing about being an auctioneer. But his auctions are a delight to attend, even if you have no intention of buying anything. Efren might change your mind.

Auction sign in Ajijic Plaza

Auction sign in Ajijic Plaza

Efren often has auctions at the Ajijic Plaza. He waits until he gets enough paintings and then puts up signs.  At this auction, fifteen artists had donated paintings and sculptures. These are well known artists and also some of his students. The money raised goes to help support the Ballet Folklorico. (more…)

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Ranch Illusion, Festival to Benefit Equine Therapy by Libramiento in Ajijic

 The Ranch Illusion, located off the libramento, had a fund raising fiesta on Saturday Dec. 14th, 2013. It was for the Equine Therapy program. This ranch is also called the Pepe Martinez Equine Therapy Center (CET).  Dr Pepe is in charge of the program.  The event started at two in the afternoon and lasted until after midnight. I guess people were having too much fun to go home. The entrance fee was only 50 pesos. There were events going on all the time, and sometimes several different things at once. It was a fun day.

The Parking Lot

The Parking Lot

I went at four in the afternoon. I left before it got dark but my friend stayed longer. She said around three hundred people showed up at nine in the evening. Even in the parking lot, there were interesting things going on. People were riding their horses all over the grounds, including next to the tables where people were eating. (more…)

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Catrina Dolls Event on the Ajijic and Chapala Malecon

The time around the Day of the Dead is filled with interesting things to do and see. I have already written about the big celebration in the Ajijic plaza with the Zombie Thriller dance and parade,  pumpkin carving contest and art and craft show. These life sized, actually larger than life sized, Catrina Dolls were also out on the Ajijic and Chapala plazas. They were created by the school children with help from local artists. Most of them were made out of recycled materials. They were a lot of fun to see and photograph. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Catrina on Ajijic Malecon

Catrina on Ajijic Malecon

Each Doll had a plaque with the doll’s name, yes they were named, and the school and artists who helped make it. One of the things that I enjoyed most was photographing people as they related to the dolls. Some of the dolls were named after famous people, such as Frida Kahlo. (more…)

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The Thriller Zombie Dance 2013, Craft Fair and Pumpkin Carving Contest

Saturday, October 26th, was a big day for Ajijic. There were several things happening in the Ajijic Plaza and the entire area was packed with participants and curious onlookers. The Michael Jackson Thriller Dance was one event. This is a worldwide dance to raise money for different charities. In Ajijic, it is for the Local Red Cross. People dressed in the zombie makeup and costumes were mixed in with the crowds before the dance. The children loved this event.

Zombie Group Photo

Zombie Group Photo

The women in the photo above were part of the zombie dancers. They were posing for another photographer but I jumped in and took one too. They were too cute to resist. Cute? Maybe that isn’t the right word. (more…)

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