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Monday, July 27, 2009

Steel Drums & Rum Caribbean Night at the JollyMon in San Felipe

Steel Drums & Rum Caribbean Night at the JollyMon in San Felipe

On August 15, 2009, there will be an event like nothing San Felipe has ever seen. Under the promotions of VIP Earth Events out of Las Vegas, Nevada, and sponsored by Mexico Living, Island Rhythms Production will be performing at the JollyMon Bar, 7 p.m., in north San Felipe.

Island Rhythms Production has traveled and toured through 16 countries and features musicians from the Caribbean Isles. The founder of the group, Noel Lawrence, is son of Raymond Lawrence. Ray and his two brothers, Gerald Lawrence and the late Kenneth Lawrence, were all original Trinidad Steel Drum Band members. They began touring various parts of the world back in 1958 beginning in South America. They were the first known steel drum band in the United States back in 1960. Authentic Caribbean sounds inspired by years of experience will fill the night at the JollyMon, with drink specials and appetizers themed for the event.

The band has also played at many famous attractions in the United States, including Disneyland, Universal Studios, Magic Mountain and Sea World, as well as on cruises all over the world. With unique style, the bands' repertoire includes: Soca, Calypso, Salsa, Rhythm and Blues, Country Western, Rock and Roll, Classical and Jazz music. But this night? It’s all Caribbean Steel Drums!

Tickets for the event are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. We are limited to 180 occupancy, so get your tickets fast, or you will miss out on this incredible event. You can get tickets by calling (686) 231-4921, emailing vipearthevents@gmail.com or order online securely with PayPal by visiting the VIP Earth Events website at www.VIPEarthEvents.com.

VIP Earth Events was founded by locals Bill Maine and Lisa Shannon to provide events worldwide, and they decided to start in their own backyard! It is a division of the parent U.S. corporation, GreetScape, Inc. JollyMon Bar is owned and operated by John and Lynn Hall, also proprietors of the Sundance Deli. For more information about upcoming events as the schedule becomes available at the JollyMon, please visit the VIP Earth Events website.

Don’t miss this event!

New U.S. Home Sales Rose by 11 Percent in June

FOXNews.com

Monday, July 27, 2009

WASHINGTON -- The government says new U.S. home sales rose by the largest amount in nearly nine years last month, in another sign the housing market is finally bouncing back from the worst downturn in decades.

The Commerce Department says sales rose 11 percent in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000, from an upwardly revised May rate of 346,000.

It was the strongest sales pace since November 2008 and exceeded the forecasts of economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters, who expected a pace of 360,000 units. The last time sales rose so dramatically was in December 2000.

Sales have risen for three straight months. The median sales price of $206,200, however, was down 12 percent from $234,300 a year earlier.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

"Pancho Villa Yacht" to be in the "2010 Rocky Point Calendar"

Sunday 8:45 a.m.
July 26, 2009

Hi All:

Just a quick note to let you have another terrific website for Rocky Point. This is with the "Pancho Villa Yacht."

http://www.panchovillarockypoint.com

The above boat is owned by Ray & Annette Ramirez. She e-mailed this morning and asked if we want to use a photo of Ray in the 2010 Calendar, where he is riding a "whale shark." They live full time in Rocky Point, and also have a home in Mesa, AZ.

Annette said the yacht is 57 ft. long and can accommodate up to 45 people for fishing trips, trips to Bird Island (snorkeling), and other trips (see their website).

Lea Lubeck, (Flagstaff), of Seafari Tours, is already submitting a picture of the Pancho Villa (besides Seafari photos).

Tammy & Roland Mondragon are submitting photos of their Kayak Tours.

http://www.kayakrockypoint.com


Needless to say, I can't say enough about all the nice people we have met who live and work in Rocky Point, or help out behind the scenes! We are meeting people left and right on "FACEBOOK for the Rocky Point Businesses" and also the new site PENASCO NOW for the businesses.

With Rocky Point being on the Sea of Cortez, it will be wonderful to show in the calendar all the sea sports available there.

Have a great day! Karen & Chuck

Saturday, July 25, 2009

San Felipe Weather...Oh The Weather We Had


San Felipe Weather...Oh The Weather We Had.

The San Felipe way. Work late if you can and sleep through the morning. Mornings for some reason can be the hottest time of the day, and I am all for avoidance. Mid day temperatures at Weather Central were in the upper 90s, with enough humidity to say Spanish flash cards, a movie, inside with the AC. Around four the temperature had dropped a few degrees and the humidity burned off a bit, breeze kicked up and all was well with the world again. Looks like we are in for a slow warming trend with sunny skies over the next several days...Very Pleasant Right Now and Its Saturday night! ENJOY!

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Mexicali Generated Forecast
Updated: 5:00 AM PDT on July 25, 2009
Saturday
Clear. High: 37 °C . Wind ESE 14 km/h . Heat Index: 39 °C .
Saturday Night
Clear. Low: 28 °C . Wind South 10 km/h . Heat Index: 33 °C .
Sunday
Clear. High: 38 °C . Wind East 10 km/h . Heat Index: 39 °C .
Sunday Night
Clear. Low: 29 °C . Wind West 14 km/h . Heat Index: 32 °C .
Monday
Clear. High: 40 °C . Wind ESE 10 km/h . Heat Index: 42 °C .
Monday Night
Clear. Low: 30 °C . Wind West 14 km/h . Heat Index: 35 °C .
Tuesday
Clear. High: 40 °C . Wind ESE 14 km/h . Heat Index: 40 °C .
Tuesday Night
Clear. Low: 27 °C . Wind WSW 14 km/h . Heat Index: 33 °C .
Wednesday
Clear. High: 38 °C . Wind WSW 10 km/h . Heat Index: 37 °C .
Wednesday Night
Clear. Low: 28 °C . Wind WSW 14 km/h . Heat Index: 31 °C .
Thursday
Clear. High: 37 °C . Wind ESE 14 km/h . Heat Index: 37 °C .
Thursday Night
Clear. Low: 27 °C . Wind WSW 10 km/h . Heat Index: 31 °C .
Friday
Scattered Clouds. High: 37 °C . Wind ESE 14 km/h . Heat Index: 38 °C .
Friday Night
Scattered Clouds. Low: 28 °C . Wind WSW 10 km/h . Heat Index: 31 °C

Around Town in San Felipe - June 2009

Around Town in San Felipe
Ahhh. Another spring in San Felipe coming to an end and the beginning of the summer feels like it is upon us. Semana Santa has come and gone without much incident, from what I heard. The usual pilgrimage to San Felipe brought business to downtown and parties to the beach. In celebration of Earth Day, April 22, and in an attempt to clean up the beaches in our little town, Casey Hamlin hosted a beach clean up and Mexico Living helped pickup and launched the Beautiful San Felipe T-shirt program to fund such clean up projects. Many volunteers showed up with gloves in hand to pick up trash all along the beach. Personally, I got about 8 pounds of garbage! So, imagine how much more was actually picked up! The Marina Police were also there in full force getting all the big stuff.
(California Dental & Optical’s) David and Melina’s wedding on April 25 could be dubbed the social event of the year. They wed on the beach and had an amazing reception near their home. Simultaneously, Agave Blues had a private party to entertain in the South Campos in celebration of Ruben’s birthday. ¡FELIZ COMPLEAÑOS, RUBEN! Of course, on band’s return from down south, they stopped in at the wedding to wish their friends lifelong happiness! Jim Moore and Bill Maine performed Dave and Melina’s band-favorite song, Song For You. It was truly amazing.
Club de Pesca’s 7th Annual Chili Cook-off brought hundreds of people out to try San Felipe’s finest chili creations. Smokin’ Tonsils won this year, with the People’s Choice going to South Campo’s Rob Nikel, Georgia and Jim. Agave Blues played music well into the late afternoon and even welcomed local Ian Thompson to the stage to sing his Rolling Stones favorites. And let’s not forget the San Felipe Ladies’ Yacht Club who sang backup for the boys on I Shot the Sheriff. Many thanks to Pancho and Jorge Limon and Joseph Malek for their hard work and dedication to make the cook-off a great success...AGAIN!
For some local schedule updates, Mac and Nan’s Karaoke is now being held at Playa de Oro’s Beach Bar each Saturday night. They are always great hosts for this San Felipe pastime. Porky J’s is now open at Fandangos at 2 p.m. each day the bar is open. You will find amazing pork ribs and BBQ there. North folks, don’t forget about Blowin’ Smoke for your BBQ delights! Jolly Mon Bar, located in Plaza Paraiso (KM 178.5) has something for everyone EVERY NIGHT OF THE WEEK! San Felipe’s Best Karaoke 2008, Sing-out Sisters and Chuey, can now be found there each Tuesday at 6 p.m. Check the Jolly Mon calendar left in your mailbox or on their door to see what you might want to participate in.
And lastly, let’s hit this swine flu right in its pig nose! There is no swine flu in San Felipe, and according to the Mexican health officials in Mexicali, there have been no reported cases of this strain of the virus in Baja. Happy Summer, Everyone!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Thursday Night Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo

By Carlanne

It is only six miles from the Marquis Los Cabos Resort to San Jose del Cabo, a quaint town that is working hard to freshen its image while maintaining its authenticity and colonial flavor. I spoke with a gentleman who is a small-restaurant business owner with deep involvement in the renovations and repairs of the city. While owners of similar small businesses, most all family-owned and run, need the updating of the town, they are all adamant about keeping their culture and environment intact.

On Thursday evenings there is an Art Walk in the Historic Art District of San Jose del Cabo. Our guide for this evening was Rico who was provided to us by Terramar Destinations. I highly recommend that if you want to have an escort for your evening excursions, you ask for Rico.

Rico entertained us with stories of the region from the 1400s on up through today’s culture and environments. This was a matriarchal society with the belief that women came from the moon and men came from the sun. Until the Jesuits arrived, the community lived in the village where all people were equal and everyone owned everything. There were no "this is mine, and that is yours" attitudes. The Jesuits came and took land to build their churches, insisting the natives wear clothes, learn language and mate only with someone they "married." Lore has it that the women of the village did not agree with the Jesuit, preferring their polygamous ways, and in a few years took back their village and disposed of the Jesuits. We went to the mission church; and while it is not the exact structure built in those early years, it was built on the site of the original church.

From the church we walked through the streets of San Jose del Cabo to various stores, restaurants and art galleries. There are wine tastings, canapés, art and sculptures. I met several of the artists as well as gallery owners during this walk. There is an immense amount of talent on display during these evenings.

One of the first galleries we visited was the Galleria de Ida Victoria, which contains original works of art as well as a custom, preservation frame shop. This is a husband and wife business, she with an art studies background and he with the frame studio inside the gallery. This gallery has been touted by local press to be the “finest gallery south of Los Angeles.” Occupying a tri-level building designed and built specifically to showcase emerging contemporary artists as well as established artists, even the resident cat is welcoming and artistic in her meandering through the property. The gallery is owned by Ida Victoria, who studied art at Tulane University as well as the prestigious Parsons School of Design in NYC. The frame studio is owned by Peter Signorelli. He trained at the American Picture Framing Academy in Connecticut under well-known Gorilla Framer, Paul Casico. After studying with Margaret Walters, a professional preservation framer in Taos, NM, he helped to build the gallery and framing studio. Ida and Peter are available for private home consultations for those interested in collecting and preserving a variety of art.

Also on the walk that evening was the Corsica Galeria De Arte, owned by Jean Pierre Renucci. Corsica is located at Alvaro Obregon 10 in downtown San Jose del Cabo. This gallery is dedicated to the works of contemporary Mexican artists.

Another gallery we visited was Muvezi, owned by Marcelo Pradas, which centers around fine African art. They are working to save lives with art, providing the stones needed for the Shona stone sculptures and malarial medication to the artists, their families and beyond.

As we wandered the streets of the village, we visited several stores, one in which I tasted a sweet Vanilla liqueur (VAI-NIUM Licor de Vanilla) and saw handmade shawls and cloths woven with intricate designs. There were jewerly shops, home decor shops, shops filled with glass and stone. Rico knew where the best shopping bargains, as well as the best quality goods, were located.

There are several restaurants that have yummy margaritas and other snacks for the art walk evening. One we visited, La Panga Antigua, was quite delightful. The owner/chef is Jacobo Turquie, a graduate from the Culinary Institute of America. The dinner menu looked good enough to eat, although I regretfully had to say no as there were reservations elsewhere for the evening.

For a delightful evening before heading out to dinner, I recommend the Art Walk through the Historic Art District of San Jose del Cabo. There is much to see and do in this historic town and is definitely on the "do not miss list."
As a Certified Travel Associate (CTA) and media maven, Carlanne's passion and mission is to travel, write about and photograph her travels. As a personal travel concierge, she shares that passion with her clients through TopDawg Travel, www.topdawgtravel.com. She can be reached at carlanne@topdawgtravel.com.

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About Terramar DMC
www.terramardestinations.com
(624) 142-9200
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Galleria de Ida Victoria
www.idavictoriaarts.com
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Art District, Colonia Centro
(624) 142-5771
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Corsica Galeria de Arte
www.galeriacorsica.com
(624) 146-9177

Muvezi Fine African Art
www.muvezi.com
(624) 122-2728

La Panga Antigua
www.lapanga.com
(624) 142-4041
Zaragoza #20 Col. Centro

San Felipe Weather...Weekend Forecast

Photo by Sean:
High water at beach
just north of the lighthouse.
Click pic to enlarge

Yesterdays muggy overcast weather is followed today by more cloudy weather but less humidity. Following yesterday's extremely high tide (see Pictures here) the evening temperature dropped into the upper 80s during the late evening. Looks like of 97 degrees for a high here at Weather Central today. Tomorrow expect sunny skies and an increase in temperature, lets say an even 100 degrees. Sunday expect some clouds to return. It is a go and do it weekend with high tides for swimming and low tides for clamming...Enjoy!

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Mexicali Generated Forecast
Updated: 5:00 AM PDT on July 24, 2009
Friday
Chance of Rain. Partly Cloudy. High: 34 °C . Wind SE 14 km/h . Chance of precipitation 20% (trace amounts). Heat Index: 38 °C .
Friday Night
Scattered Clouds. Low: 27 °C . Wind ESE 10 km/h . Heat Index: 31 °C .
Saturday
Chance of Rain. Scattered Clouds. High: 37 °C . Wind ESE 14 km/h . Chance of precipitation 20% (trace amounts). Heat Index: 39 °C .
Saturday Night
Clear. Low: 28 °C . Wind WSW 10 km/h . Heat Index: 32 °C .
Sunday
Clear. High: 38 °C . Wind ESE 10 km/h . Heat Index: 42 °C .
Sunday Night
Clear. Low: 29 °C . Wind West 14 km/h . Heat Index: 32 °C .
Monday
Clear. High: 40 °C . Wind East 10 km/h . Heat Index: 42 °C .
Monday Night
Clear. Low: 29 °C . Wind WSW 14 km/h . Heat Index: 34 °C .
Tuesday
Clear. High: 39 °C . Wind WSW 10 km/h . Heat Index: 37 °C .
Tuesday Night
Clear. Low: 27 °C . Wind West 14 km/h . Heat Index: 31 °C .
Wednesday
Clear. High: 38 °C . Wind WSW 10 km/h . Heat Index: 37 °C .
Wednesday Night
Clear. Low: 27 °C . Wind WSW 10 km/h . Heat Index: 31 °C .
Thursday
Clear. High: 37 °C . Wind ENE 14 km/h . Heat Index: 36 °C .
Thursday Night
Clear. Low: 26 °C . Wind WSW 10 km/h . Heat Index: 30 °C .

Thursday, July 23, 2009

San Felipe Weather...Cloud Cover Cools...Kinda


San Felipe Weather...Cloud Cover Cools...Kinda

Over the next few days we will experience cooler actual temperatures, thanks in part to cloud cover, but the additional humidity is likely to put our heat index numbers up over the 100 degree mark. Our winds are breezing in from the south and will hopefully help keep it bearable.
A very high tide is predicted for this afternoon. Enjoy the day by the beach and see the water much higher than normal...Enjoy!

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Thursday
Overcast. High: 35 °C . Wind ESE 18 km/h . Heat Index: 42 °C .
Thursday Night
Partly Cloudy. Low: 27 °C . Wind SSE 10 km/h . Heat Index: 31 °C .
Friday
Scattered Clouds. High: 36 °C . Wind East 14 km/h . Heat Index: 44 °C .
Friday Night
Scattered Clouds. Low: 28 °C . Wind SW 10 km/h . Heat Index: 32 °C .
Saturday
Partly Cloudy. High: 38 °C . Wind ESE 14 km/h . Heat Index: 39 °C .
Saturday Night
Scattered Clouds. Low: 29 °C . Wind West 14 km/h . Heat Index: 32 °C .
Sunday
Clear. High: 39 °C . Wind East 10 km/h . Heat Index: 39 °C .
Sunday Night
Clear. Low: 30 °C . Wind WSW 14 km/h . Heat Index: 34 °C .
Monday
Clear. High: 42 °C . Wind ESE 10 km/h . Heat Index: 40 °C .
Monday Night
Clear. Low: 29 °C . Wind WSW 10 km/h . Heat Index: 33 °C .
Tuesday
Clear. High: 40 °C . Wind ESE 14 km/h . Heat Index: 40 °C .
Tuesday Night
Clear. Low: 29 °C . Wind WSW 10 km/h . Heat Index: 33 °C .

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

San Felipe Weather...More Where This Came From


Photo by Sean:
San Felipe from
Playa del Paraiso Pent House Balcony
Click pic to enlarge

San Felipe Weather...More Where This Came From

The last few days have been warm mid to upper 90s with the occasional romp into the low 100s. This is not hot yet but it has been rather sticky. Yesterday's heavy cloud cover kept the sun from beating us, on the other hand it allowed the humidity to soar to sponge like proportions. Cloud cover and possible precipitation continues to our north so we should expect more of the same today, except that we will have relatively clear skies... Enjoy!

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Updated: 11:00 PM PDT on July 21, 2009
Wednesday
Chance of Rain. Partly Cloudy. High: 37 °C . Wind SSE 14 km/h . Chance of precipitation 20% (trace amounts). Heat Index: 46 °C .
Wednesday Night
Partly Cloudy. Low: 28 °C . Wind WSW 14 km/h . Heat Index: 31 °C .
Thursday
Partly Cloudy. High: 37 °C . Wind SSE 21 km/h . Heat Index: 39 °C .
Thursday Night
Overcast. Low: 27 °C . Wind SSW 10 km/h . Heat Index: 31 °C .
Friday
Scattered Clouds. High: 36 °C . Wind ESE 14 km/h . Heat Index: 36 °C .
Friday Night
Clear. Low: 27 °C . Wind WSW 14 km/h . Heat Index: 32 °C .
Saturday
Clear. High: 39 °C . Wind ESE 14 km/h . Heat Index: 38 °C .
Saturday Night
Scattered Clouds. Low: 29 °C . Wind WSW 14 km/h . Heat Index: 32 °C .
Sunday
Clear. High: 41 °C . Wind ESE 10 km/h . Heat Index: 38 °C .
Sunday Night
Clear. Low: 29 °C . Wind WSW 18 km/h . Heat Index: 33 °C .
Monday
Clear. High: 43 °C . Wind WSW 10 km/h . Heat Index: 42 °C .
Monday Night
Scattered Clouds. Low: 29 °C . Wind WSW 18 km/h . Heat Index: 32 °C .