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Events in Merida and Progreso

This Week… starting December 1st, 2008

We are going to begin the Events this week with the entire month of December in Progreso and suggest that you not only copy this list of events for yourself, but pass it on to friends as well. This is the first time we have seen a comprehensive list of cultural activities for any beach town so we wanted you to have as much as we have so you can plan your holidays. We also thank the Mayoress and the City Council of Progreso and want them to know that the gringo community will turn out in record numbers now that they know what is available. If anyone knows of any other social or cultural events in any of our beach towns, please let us know. We will be more than happy to add them to the Events.

December in Progreso Events in Progreso, Yucatan

Yucatan Living Dec. 3: Wednesday: Día de la Discapacidad and Friendship Soccer Match in Centro de Atención Múltiple (CAM) número 5.

Yucatan Living Dec. 4: Thursday: Orthopedic apparatuses will be distributed, including 14 wheelchairs, 2 pairs of crutchs, 2 pairs of orthopedic shoes, and a game for special groups. There will also be a play at the Casa de la Cultura by a group of the ISSSTE.

Yucatan Living Dec. 7: Sunday: The First Night of Christmas – with Christmas carols and the presentation of the work of several local artists.

Yucatan Living Dec. 7: Sunday: Progreso: Church Services in English Begin
These services will take place every Sunday during the winter and, with the growth in expat numbers, we understand there is some consideration toward continuing them throughout the year. For further information, please contact bi-lingual Pastor David Correa at iglesiajesus[at]prodigy[dot]net[dot]mx
Location: Iglesia Presbiteriana Jesus, Calle 35 x 82.
Time: Please contact the pastor for more information.

Yucatan Living Dec. 8: Monday: The inauguration of the pictoral exhibition of William Fraga at 7:00 PM in the Casa de la Cultura.

Yucatan Living Dec. 10: The International Day of the Clown, with a parade and a festival in which 20 clowns (both local and from other parts of the country) will participate.

Yucatan Living Dec. 11: Thursday: A Gala de Gimnasia will take place at 6:00 PM in the Morelos Auditorium and, at 8:00 PM, the winning projects of the Citizen Council of Culture will be presented in the Casa de la Cultura.

Yucatan Living Dec. 13: Saturday: There will be an exposition of the workshops in the Casa de la Cultura at 6:00 PM and (dig out your dancing shoes) there will be a performance by Denis and his Teclados (keyboards) in Parque Morelos at 8:00 PM.

Yucatan Living Dec. 14: Sunday: 10-km “Race of the Turkey” – along the Malecon and beach. The winner gets a Christmas Dinner (turkey, of course) with all the trimmings. The race starts at 7:30 AM. Then, at 9:00 AM, there will be an exhibition of “Full Contact” to benefit the DIF of the Municipality. Finally, at 7:00 PM, there will be the Second Night of Christmas, to be held in the main park.

Yucatan Living Dec. 21: Sunday: The Third Night of Christmas will be held at 7:00 PM in the main park. These are lovely events with Christmas carols and the best of the spirit of Yucatan, so try not to miss it.

Yucatan Living Dec. 22: Monday: The Day of the Police. There will be a ceremony at the CMT.

Yucatan Living Dec. 23: Tuesday: This is the MUST SEE event in Progreso in December! Alejandro Cámara Contreras, first place winner in the category Grupo Mayores (age 21 to 29) in the Primer Concurso Nacional de Piano “José Jacinto Cuevas,” – and a Progreseño himself, will perform a Christmas Concert in Progreso! Not only was Yucatan chosen to host this national contest, but now this talented favorite son has chosen to come home for his first Christmas concert as a star. If you see nothing else in the entire month, this is the performance to see.

Yucatan Living Dec. 27: Saturday: This is the First Night of the End of the Year. There will be a huge dance held in Parque Morelos at 8:00 PM. Featured performers will be Carlos Tello and his group.

Yucatan Living Dec. 31: Wednesday: Needless to say, there will be parties all over the Malecon and in private homes. Be careful tonight and have a wonderful beginning to the New Year!

Municipal Fiestas This Week

The State Fair is over and the Municipal Fiestas are back! This week, two new fiestas begin: Calotmul and Sotuta. Both are “must attend” events. Don’t put it off – next week, even more fiestas will begin and you’ll never catch up to seeing them all!

Yucatan Living Calotmul Fiesta: 8 Day Event
Dec. 1 through Dec. 8
In keeping with the season of the year, this fiesta is in honor of la Inmaculada Concepción. The Municipality of Calotmul is about as rural as it gets, in Yucatan or Yucatan's Saddleryanyplace else on Earth. This municipality is bordered on two sides by Tizimin, on a third side by Temozon, and on the fourth side by Espita. There are fewer than 4,000 inhabitants in Calotmul and its economy is based on agriculture. If you’ve been looking for the real cowboys of Yucatan (and maybe for a really fine saddle), you have found the right place. The main product of the artisans of Calotmul is Talabantería… which translates as saddlery, harness-maker’s shops and leather goods shops. This is also where you can get a hammock made from hemp. Ask for hamacas de cáñamo. However, just because Calotmul is "a little bit country," doesn’t mean the people are not interested in the educations and quality of life for their children. This is the community where children are not only taking English lessons, but also music lessons on woodwinds. We strongly encourage everyone to visit this fiesta to let the people of Calotmul know that we know they are there, and support everything they are doing for themselves and for their community.

Yucatan Living Sotuta Fiesta 10 Day Event
Sotuta is located in the South-Central part of the state, in the heart of the Mayan world. This fiesta is in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe. The main work of the artisans of Sotuta is also in leather. For those who are interested in Mayan history, Sotuta was the home of Nachi-Cocom, the principal cacique who rebelled against the Spanish in the early 1500s. His lifetime is thought to have spaned from approximately 1510 to about 1556. For those who are interested in more recent history, Sotuta is also the birthplace of Justiniano Carrillo Pasos, the father of 13 politically active children, one of whom was Governor Felipe Carrillo Puerto. This is a trip worth taking just for the history! See Bicycle Yucatan’s wonderful pictures of Sotuta HERE.

Monday (Lunes) December 01, 2008

Yucatan Living The 14th National and International Festival of Dance: Oc’-Ohtic (Lo Bailamos, Lo Danzamos)
Tonight’s performance is named Azul Profundo. It will be performed by Merida’s own Compañía Magadanza, under the direction of Lourdes Magallanes. The home page for this festival is HERE.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Tuesday (Martes) December 02, 2008

Yucatan Living Mérida Mens Club
No dues and no officers – just great camaraderie, wonderful speakers, and loads of information about subjects of general and local interest. The Merida Men’s Club is a multi-national, English-speaking group that meets for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday and last Saturday of every month from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM. For more information, contact Dan Ninburg (928-3866) or Roger Bowie (924-6792). You can also contact Dan via e-mail at: bushninburg [at] yahoo [dot] com
Location: Café Bistro Kaapej
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM Tuesday
Admission: Free (bring a friend)Its a Wonderful Life

Yucatan Living Classic Christmas Movies: Its a Wonderful Life
This is a Jimmie Stewart and Donna Reed favorite from 1947. It wouldn’t be Christmas without it. Watch for White Christmas with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosmary Clooney, and Vera Ellen next Tuesday.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas. Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living A Sample of Monologues and Individual Performances 2008
Tonight: El Escenario de los Dementes (The Setting of the Demented), Under the direction of Ilse Morfin, with a performance by Jorge Chable.
Location: Teatro del Seguro Social, Calle 34 x 41, Colonia IndustrialDance Festival in Merida, Yucatan
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesay
Admission: $50 MXN and $25 MXN

Yucatan Living The 14th National and International Festival of Dance: Oc’-Ohtic (Lo Bailamos, Lo Danzamos)
Tonight’s performance is by the Colectivo IGNITE, from Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo. The program is under the direction of Jill Campbell and is called Reflejos Mundiales (World Reflections).
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Los Romanticos
Under the direction of Josué Burgos
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miércoles) December 03, 2008

Yucatan Living The 14th National and International Festival of Dance: Oc’-Ohtic (Lo Bailamos, Lo Danzamos)
Tonight’s performance is “The Gay Zebra Dances,” under the direction of Jose Rivera. It is going to be a soliloquy of dances from Mexico, the United States, and Cuba.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert: The Golden Years
This performance is also getting to be somewhat of an annual event. Everybody loves The Golden Years, under the direction of Luis Cardena Castro. They don’t look very “mature” to us – but then, middle age people always look better to other middle age people, don’t they? Never mind the age – just come on out and enjoy the show.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Thursday (Jueves) December 04, 2008

Yucatan Living The 14th National and International Festival of Dance: Oc’-Ohtic (Lo Bailamos, Lo Danzamos)
Tonight’s performance has a long name: Defined styles and New Tendencies in the Choreographic Creation Company of Contemporary Dance of the State of Yucatan. But the best part is that this is a performance by Merida’s own ALSURDANZA, under the direction of Milton Acereto. This is a relatively new group that has built a wonderful reputation for themselves.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: FreeCony Ancona in Concert

Yucatan Living Classical Thursday: Cony Ancona
Come and listen to the sweet sounds of Cony Ancona, under the direction of Eduardo Rodriguez. This is going to be a wonderful performance. Preview Here
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission:Free

Yucatan Living Documentary: Darwin’s Nightmare
Some time in the 1960′s, in the heart of Africa, a new animal was introduced into Lake Victoria as a little scientific experiment. The Nile Perch, a voracious predator, extinguished almost the entire stock of the native fish species. However, the new fish multiplied so fast, that its white fillets are today exported all around the world.
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living The Yucatones Are Packing Them In!!!The Yucatones at Jazz'in Merida
Come on down Thursday night and help the always politically incorrect LEGENDARY Yucatones either celebrate the Obama victory, or cry with them in your beers if they’ve stolen another election. If nothing else, we can toast the end of the Bush administration, the only guy who was ever so bad at the job, he made it tough for an old white guy to get elected President. Dan and Gary have plenty of new material and will be playing all your old favorites as well. So come down for some great music, a few drinks and David’s delicious Enchiladas.
Location: Jazzin’ Merida, Calle 56 # 465 x 53 y 55
Time: 8:30 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 MXP
For more information: Call: 924-5628

Yucatan Living Expresiones de Cabaret with Lenny Sanchez
This is one of the “must see” events of the week. There is hardly a more beloved voice in Yucatan than that of Lenny Sanchez.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Friday (Viernes) December 05, 2008

Yucatan Living TGIF (First Friday)(aka NAFTA)
This is the party that is held in La Hach Bar at Fiesta Americana on all First Friday nights. It is a time to visit with old friends and make new ones. There is nothing any prettier than the huge patio outside of La Hach, suspended between the stars and the lights of the city, in one of the finest hotels in Yucatan.
Location: La Hach Bar, Fiesta Americana Hotel, Calle 60 x Ave. Colon
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, botanas (snacks) are provided.
Admission: Free (cash bar)

Yucatan Living Artistic Education: Theater…
Tonight’s performance is by the students of the workshop de la Iberica. It is called Muestra de Pastorelas del Adulto Mayor (A Sample of the Pastourelles of Older Adults). It is under the direction of Nancy Roche. In Mexico, a pastorela is a play depicting the birth of Jesus. Basically, it is a story of the conflict between God and the Devil. In a pastorela, there is always a devil, an angel and pastores (shepherds), who promote following the right path.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Friday Night at Café Peña K’aay T’aan
Tonight’s entertainment features Felipe de la Cruz, Anfitrión, and Jóvenes Talentos de Temax (The Young Talents of Temax).
Location: Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 65 x 64
Time: 8:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s music is a surprise. Come and be surprised!
Location: Calle 56 # 465 x 53 y 55
Time: Friday, Opens 8 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM Friday
Phone: 924-5628Christmas Concerts in Merida, Yucatan

Yucatan Living Christmas Concert: The Colors of Christmas
This performance features the Coro Polifonico del ICY, a marvelous choir that is not to be missed. They are under the direction of Manuel Rubio Ramirez and we recommend this as one of the best performances of the season.
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Collective Exposition Art in Support of Nature
December 5th through December 21.
Location: Universidad Interamericana del Norte, Paseo de Montejo x 45
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cinema Under the Stars
Come and enjoy a quaint little backyard alternative theater, as well as some of the best Thai Pizza you’ve ever eaten!
This Week’s Movie: What Sebastian Dreamt (Lo Que Soñó Sebastian)
Dedicated to late author and composer Paul Bowles (and featuring some of his compositions on the soundtrack), Guatemalan novelist Rodrigo Rey Rosa’s What Sebastian Dreamt has much in common with that author’s best-known tales. Based on Rey Rosa’s own novel, the film includes the rain forest of Guatamala as a character in his darkly beautiful tale. It tells the story of young Spaniard Sebastián, who, inspired by the jungle landscape, moves into the Guatemalan rainforest. Sebastian bars local hunters from his property, earning the ire of the Calajs, a family of macho poachers. "Murder, malaria, archaeological-relic forgery and the ill-considered visit of a careless French woman build a sense of fatalistic intrigue balanced between violence and hallucination."
Location: Centro Cultural Los Huachinangos, Calle 70 No. 456 x 51 y 53; Barrio de Santiago, Centro, Merida.
Time: All Fridays, 8:00 PM (Pizza at 7:30 PM)
Admission: Pizza and non-alcoholic drinks for sale

Yucatan Living Documentary: Querido Doctor (Dear Doctor)
Location:Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $20 pesos


Yucatan Living The 14th National and International Festival of Dance: Oc’-Ohtic (Lo Bailamos, Lo Danzamos)
Tonight’s performance is “Arkanum.” The performance is by Contempodanza, of Mexico City and is under the direction of Cecilia Lugo.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Tonight’s Guest Director is David Hernández Bretón, with a special performance by pianist Bozhidar Noev. The program will include the Russian Overture, Concert for Piano No. 2 in D Minor, and works by both Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $150 MXN, $100 MXN, $80 MXN, and $60 MXN

Saturday (Sabado) December 06, 2008

Yucatan Living MEL’s 2008 Symposia Series: Issues for Foreigners in Yucatan
Round Table to discuss questions of a legal or financial nature as well as issues of immigration. Scheduled to attend – Lic. Fernando Castilla Patron, (lawyer) Lic. Enna Baqueiro, Alonso Hernandez, Leonor Laviada of Scotiabank Inverlat, Mariano Trinidad of BBVA Bancomer, and Hernan Burgos from Imigracion. Feel free to submit questions in advance to the MELL email address: meridaenglishlibrary[at]hotmail[dot]com
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 # 524 x 66 y 68
Time: 11:00 AM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living A Sample of Monologues and Individual Performances 2008: Hanamichi: Teatro de la Zarigueya

This is an exception performance that is both directed and performed by Roberto Franco
Location:Teatro del Seguro Social, Calle 34 x 41, col Industrial
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission:$50 MXN and $25 MXN

Yucatan LivingArt for the Holidays in Yucatan  Art for the Holidays
In addition to our suggestions in our latest Art article, another great place to find original and handmade gift items is the annual Arts and Crafts Fair in Cholul. This year, you’ll be able to find paintings, hand-crafted jewelry, silk screened items, pastries, art and design in ceramics and more. In addition, there will be an exhibit and consultation on solar panels and solar power in the Yucatan. For more information, you can call Katrin Schikora at: 999-921-5127 or Cel: 999-260-2963 or check her website at www.katrin-schikora.com

Location: Katrin’s studio in Cholul. Check her website for directions here.
Time:Saturday, Dec 6 from 11 am to 5 pm, and on Sunday, Dec 7, from 10 am to 2 pm
Admission: Free.

Yucatan Living Documentary: Tocar y Luchar (To Play and To Fight)To Play and To Fight
To Play and To Fight presents the captivating story of the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra System – an incredible network of hundreds of orchestras formed within most of Venezuela’s towns and villages. Once a modest program designed to expose rural children to the wonders of music, the system has become one of the most important and beautiful social phenomena in modern history. Under the direction of Alberto Arvelo. Spanish with English Subtitles.
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living The 14th National and International Festival of Dance: Oc’-Ohtic (Lo Bailamos, Lo Danzamos)
Tonight’s performance is by the Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater, under the direction of Susan and Giles Collard. Yes – that’s Asheville, North Carolina! We have begun to believe that Asheville-North-Carolina-Valladolid-Yucatan is a hyphenated word… and we just love it when we hear of any new cultural exchanges between Asheville and Yucatan, no matter where on the peninsula that might be. Please see this performance and let Asheville know that our gringo community appreciates all they do throughout the peninsula.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM SaturdayDog's Shelter in Merida, Yucatan
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living AFAD’s Annual “Extend a Hand, Save a Paw"
Wine, sandwiches, raffles, and much more. Please attend this event in benefit for Yucatan Living’s favorite canine charity, AFAD (www.afad.org.mx)… buy your ticket and show your support!
Location: Calle 39 # 201 x 18, Monterreal
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Tickets: $200 MXP from Veterinaria Duarte or call 920-5019

 

Sunday (Domingo) December 07, 2008

Yucatan Living Progreso: Church Services in English
For further information, please contact bi-lingual Pastor David Correa at iglesiajesus [at] prodigy [dot] net [dot] mx“>iglesiajesus[at]prodigy[dot]net[dot]mx
Location: Iglesia Presbiteriana Jesus, Calle 35 x 82.
Time: TBA

Yucatan Living Documentary: Walking with Dinosaurs
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59, just past Avenida Itzaes
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Art for the HolidaysArt for the Holidays in Yucatan
In addition to our suggestions in our latest Art article, another great place to find original and handmade gift items is the annual Arts and Crafts Fair in Cholul. This year, you’ll be able to find paintings, hand-crafted jewelry, silk screened items, pastries, art and design in ceramics and more. In addition, there will be an exhibit and consultation on solar panels and solar power in the Yucatan. For more information, you can call Katrin Schikora at: 999-921-5127 or Cel: 999-260-2963 or check her website at www.katrin-schikora.com

Location: Katrin’s studio in Cholul. Check her website for directions here.
Time:Saturday, Dec 6 from 11 am to 5 pm, and on Sunday, Dec 7, from 10 am to 2 pm
Admission: Free.

Yucatan Living Concert: Grupo Universitario Atril 6Atril 6 in concert
Atril 6 is one of the best groups ever produced by UADY. They are under the expert direction of Jose Luis Gil Perez, who is also the Coordinator of Art and Culture at the university. For the third consecutive year, Atril 6 will offer two Christmas concerts to benefit Patronato Peninsular Pro-Niños con Deficiencia Mental. The performance itself will also showcase the talents of 12 musicians and a dance group. The highlight of the night will be the performance of “Hallelujah” but there will be over 30 pieces performed, including several medleys. Look for “White Christmas,” “Silent Night,” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” as well as a depiction of “Las posadas navidenas.” For those who do not know, this last performance is a reenactment of St. Joseph and the Virgin Mary (“Los Peregrinos, San Jose y la Virgen Maria”) in search of lodging in Bethlehem. If it is at all possible, please put this spectacular event on your “must see” calendar. Patronato Peninsular Pro-Niños con Deficiencia Mental supports 115 children and 30 employees. This is a worthy cause we should all support.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Admission: Between $60 MXP and $120 MXP. Tickets can be purchased either at the ticket office of the theater or by telephone at: 982-3858 or 982-3859Dance Festival in Merida, Yucatan

Yucatan Living The 14th National and International Festival of Dance: Oc’-Ohtic (Lo Bailamos, Lo Danzamos)
Tonight is the closing performance of this event that defines new directions in the creation of choreography on an international scale. The finalists in the contest between INBA and UAM 2008, from Mexico City, will also perform.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Fiesta del Mayab en la voz de Jesus Armando
Jesus Armando is the voice of Contemporary Trova. Preview Here. Tonight, he performs in the annual Fiesta del Mayab, along with Sergio Camara and the Folkloric Ballet of the Ayuntamiento. This is a “must see” performance.
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Today’s Guest Director is David Hernández Bretón, with a special performance by pianist Bozhidar Noev. The program will include the Russian Overture, Concert for Piano No. 2 in D Minor, and works by both Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 IM
Admission: $150 MXN, $100 MXN, $80 MXN, and $60 MXN

Coming Up Soon

Yucatan Living Are You Cooking for MEL’s Annual Chili Cook Off?Mel's Chili Cook Off

Time is running short. If you would like to be one of the cooks for the annual MEL Chili Cookoff, please get in touch with MEL as soon as possible. Space will be limited this year and the Cook Off is just around the corner. Thus far, there are 12 confirmed cooks. The tentative date for the Cook Off is January 25, 2009. This is one of the most important fund-raisers for the year for the Merida English Library, so… even if you don’t plan to cook… mark your calendars and plan to attend. If you plan to be in the cook off, contact the Merida English Library by phone (999) 924 – 8401 or by e-mail meridaenglishlibrary[at]hotmail[dot]com

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6 Responses to “Events in Merida and Progreso”

  1. Amazing article!!!
    Progreso is a wonderful town, and so close to Merida!!!
    Thank you!!

  2. I first came to Merida in 2004 to study Spanish, and have returned every year since to visit my “family.” I came across your newsletter last February and have enjoyed reading about Merida from a Gringo/a perspective. I am visiting again this month and looking forward to attending some of the activities listed in the calendar. I appreciate your efforts in maintaining this spectacular little newsletter, it has kept me close to a city that I consider to be my second home. Millones de gracias, Kathryn

  3. Week after week, I enjoy reading your newsletter. Thank you for your hard work .We love Merida,and dreaming to came back soon.Arnaldo

  4. Will Merida be hosting a different country this coming year 2009, as they did host Cuba at the beginning of this 2008? If so, which Country and starting when. The rumour was we were hosting Argentina????

  5. We will be in the Merida area for New Year’s Eve, but plans are flexible. We are lloking for some sort of parade/ street fiesta/ public New Year’s celebration.
    Thanks for any ideas.

  6. Well, just to be sure, we asked around. But Yucatan isn’t much for public festivals this time of year. New Year’s Eve is usually celebrated with the family or with friends. Our intrepid assistant, Beatriz, wrote this:
    “No such thing as a public fiesta. But in this part of town, south of the zocalo, you might find some streets closed and neighbors on the street having a party. Although that is also kind of private since it is only the neighbors along the street who get together. The burning of the viejos will also happen more in the south… basically in the old colonies… I don’t think it happens in the new fraccionamientos…”

    This article will give you a rundown on New Year’s Eve traditions in these parts:
    http://www.yucatanliving.com/events/new-years-eve-in-yucatan.htm

    And a listing of what’s going on where this year will be published very soon!

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