The big news this week is the 6th Annual Municipal Artisan’s fair in Dzitya. (You can read about this town of stone-workers in this article about Dzitya). This fair is growing to be one of the best events of the year in the whole State of Yucatan. Take your money and go shopping! There will be artisans in every medium imaginable here (not just stone), from all over the state. The food will be wonderful and there will be a different show every night at 7:00 PM. The fair continues through Sunday, August 5, and is well worth a trip (or two!). Drive north on Paseo Montejo past the Periferico. Turn left at the signs to Dzitya and when you get into town, turn left at the second or third block to get to the Central Park of Dzitya.
Museum of Popular Art
The Museum of Popular Art was inaugurated on July 28, 2007. Now it is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 AM until 6:30 PM. Admission: $30. On Sundays, it will be open from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM and admission is free. The address is Calle 50 #487 (entre 57 y 59). Make a note of it: When all the other museums are closed on Mondays, this will be the place to go!
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Still open, this beautiful exhibit of the recent work of Tania Cámara. Only a few more weeks!
Location: Galería del Callejón del Congreso, downstairs at the Teatro Peón Contreras, entrance on the south side from the callejón.
Open until: August 12
Bullfights in Chicxulub Puerto
We hear, in the news, that there will be bullfights in Chicxulub Puerto from July 28 to August 19. Unfortunately, the times and location were not reported. If you know when and where they are, leave a comment or let us know more. Yes, as animal lovers, you’d think we wouldn’t report or support these events. But la corrida is a unique type of theatre that is an important thread in the tapestry that is Latin culture. You probably won’t see a great bullfight in Chicxulub, but you will learn just as much watching the crowd as watching the fight!
The list of unique events in Merida is shrinking again this week… this is the week of turnover in government and you can almost feel the city holding it’s breath. Many of the workers in cultural jobs will be replaced by the new government with people from their own party… this is traditional. In the meantime, the normal everyday wonderful events will continue as scheduled.
Monday (Lunes) July 30, 2007
Today is the Worldwide Day of the Tree.
If you haven’t already begun planting your trees, today would be a good day to start. We can lower the temperature, improve the quality of the air, and provide an environment for birds and other wildlife just by planting trees and other vegetation. This is a new goal of Yucatan state and one in which we can all participate. So plant a tree on the Worldwide Day of the Tree!
Conversaciones con Amigos (Conversations with Friends)
Come one, come all! You do not have to be a member to attend. Come to practice Spanish or English. There are always a few English and Spanish native speakers, helping each other with pronunciation, vocabulary and learning each other’s customs.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68.
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission: small donation
VAQUERÍA Folkloric Ballet
Since the 18th century, when cattle ranching was at its peak and the main source of wealth in Yucatan, at roundup time, the cattle rancher would invite all of his friends and neighbors to a fiesta, so he could show off his wealth. At these events, the wives of the vaqueros (the men who worked the cattle) would dance. Thus, the name Vaquería. Merida continues to support the Vaquería, a spectacular ballet, featuring the Jaranera Orchestra and the City Folkloric Ballet & Trova Yucateca.
Location: First floor of the Ayuntamiento in the Plaza Grande (the building with the clock)
Time: All Mondays 9:00 PM
Full Moon Maya Ceremony
An authentic maya ceremony, performed by Maya elder Manuel Xíjúm. A truly unique experience. Please try to wear white clothes.
Location: Los Potrelos, Calle 16 por 147 y 149. Colonia San Jose Tecoh
Time: Tonight 7:00 PM
Admission: $200 per person
Tuesday July 31, 2007
Tuesday of Trova: Trio Trova Nova
The trova is the signature music of Yucatan and the Tuesday of Trova has become a tradition that helps to preserve the music of the state and showcase the best of our trova musicians. Prepare for a romantic and sentimental journey at any of these performances.
Location: Dr. Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium in the Olimpo (Corner of 62 and 61)
For: Adults and children over the age of 6
Time: 8:30 PM
This is a weekly dance, held since every Tuesday night since Valentine’s Day, 1984. There is plenty of space in the park for dancing and food vendors. The original band was the Band of Memory and the first song played here was "Musical Workers.” Today, we listen to the Big Band sounds of the forties, provided by the wonderful Jaranara Orchestra. Best of all, this is a great place to practice your chachachá and your mambo.
Location: Parque de Santiago, Calle 72 at Calle 59
Time: Every Tuesday at 8:30 PM
Wednesday August 1, 2007
Today and tonight will be filled with activities associated with the inauguration of the new Governor of Yucatan. As foreigners, we are not allowed to legally participate in the political processes in Mexico, but that does not preclude our passing along well wishes and appreciation to the governors of Yucatan for helping to create a great place to live. We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Governor Patricio Patrón Laviada for all that he has done for Yucatan during his years in office. The Yucatan has blossomed over the last six years. Today, Ivonne Ortega Pacheco will become the new Governor of Yucatan. Yucatan Living extends its best wishes for a successful tenure in office. Success itself is fraught with complications and it is our sincere hope that all goes well for her plans for improving the complex social, economic, and cultural state she will lead.
Thursday August 2, 2007
“To Remember is to Live”
Live music under the trees in one of Merida’s oldest parks. What we really love about this dance, next to the fact that it starts early and ends at a reasonable hour, is that members of the Jaranara Orchestra play for this one too! These musicians have a range that is unbelievable! Come on down and enjoy the Big Band sound, something you’re not likely to hear anywhere else but in Merida these days. And unwind beneath the big trees.
Location: Parque Zoológico del Centenario (The Zoo), Calle 59 at Avenida Itzaes
When: 4:00 PM
This is a real serenade that has been a fixture in Merida, every Thursday night, for over 40 years. If you haven’t seen it, you have really missed something wonderful. This is the center of Merida’s romantic heart. If you are a visitor, make sure to get to this particular serenade. It is well worth being part of your first memory of Merida.
Location: Parque Santa Lucía, Calle 60 and 55, Downtown.
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission is Free.
Friday August 3, 2007
Noches Románticas en La Ermita (Romantic Nights in the Hermitage)Are there any other kind? And remember – this is free musical expression with a romantic theme. This particular park, with it’s central gazebo, it’s cobbled streets, the colonial facades surrounding the park and the lovely little church at one side is romantic, even without the music!
Location: Parque de la Ermita de Santa Isabel (Calle 66 and 77)
Time: 9:00 PM
Saturday August 4, 2007
Ciclo de Guitars 2007
Tonite: Juan Manuel Pérez and David Ortíz
We have an entire season of guitar performances headed our way and is it going to be something unique to Yucatan. These are but 2 of the 14 guitarists who will spend this season sharing the sentimental music of our state with those who live here and visitors alike. Don’t miss a chance to see any of these performances. Location: Cineteca National in Teatro Merida
(Calle 62 between 59 and 61)
Time: 8:00 PM
Noche Mexicana (Mexican Night)
Each Saturday night, there is a performance on an outdoor stage here, often from a musical or dance group from another part of Mexico. Chairs are set up for the audience, but it’s often standing room only. Booths selling food and handcrafts are set up in the park. The purpose of this performance is to bring all of Mexico to our own backyard here in Merida.
Location: Beginning of Paseo Montejo, Calle 56 A between 47 and 49
Time: 8:00 PM (Cancelled by rain)
En El Corazón de Mérida (In the Heart of Merida)
Live music, including jazz, salsa and even the trova, held on various stages around the Plaza Grande. Many of the streets leading to the Plaza are closed to all but foot traffic, and the restaurants and bars put their chairs and tables outside in the streets. This is a night designed for that Saturday night date, but they’ve got all of the shops open for business too.
Location: Plaza Grande, Centro
Time: Saturday nights, from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Sunday August 5, 2007
Tunich at Dzitya
This is the last day to see the great artisan’s fair out in Dzitya. Don’t let another year go by without checking it out. (see details at the beginning of the page).
Sunday mornings for Dogs
Are you a dog owner? There are a lot of us here in Merida, looking for a place to bring our four-footed friends so they can run and play without fear of being run over by a bus. An informal group has started meeting on Sunday mornings from 7:30-8:30 AM in the grass-covered parking lot behind the Hyatt Hotel. Get there by going north on Calle 60 and turning right just after the Siqueff restaurant. The parking lot entrance will be on your left. Bring water for you AND your dog. If there aren’t a lot of dogs, it isn’t as much fun… so come and bring your pups for a little bit of old-fashioned running around.
The Bici-Ruta is part of a national plan to get people out for physical exercise, as well as for community building activities. It begins early, at 8:00 AM, and ends at noon. There is a set route that begins in Ermita and San Juan Parks, passes through Centro and then travels down Paseo Montejo, to include Fiesta Americana, and Paseo de Montejo at the corners of Calles 45, 43, 31, and 29. There are scheduled mini-events all along the way, everything from arts and crafts to music and dancing, soccer, and the four chess boards at the corner of Science and Intelligence (Paseo Montejo x 43). We all talk about needing to get out and get a little exercise and this is the perfect place to do it. Chess starts at 9:00 AM. We’ll see you at the Bici-Ruta!
Location: Begins at Parque de la Ermita, through the Plaza Grande, out Paseo Montejo, and Ends at the Glorieta on Prolongation Paseo Montejo (by Burger King).
Time: 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 PM
Mérida en Domingo
Sunday downtown is a Spectacular Tradition in Mérida. There is music and dancing at Parque Santa Lucia, as well as booths selling antiques, used books, coins, art, food and handcrafts. Booths are also set up all around the Plaza Grande. Inside the plaza, you can find huipiles, guayaberas, honey, dolls, bags, tee-shirts… and everything is made for sale by the local people of the Yucatan. The outer ring of booths are selling food: marquesitas, tacos, cochinita, ice cream (try the coconut), fruit, drinks, etc. There’s also usually a musical concert in the garden at the MACAY Museum, just off the Paseo de la Revolución next to the main cathedral. If the crowd starts to get to you, go to the museum (entrance is free). Sit around the fountain or walk through the galleries and listen to the live music.
Location: In the Centro Historico: Plaza Grande, Parque Santa Lucia (Calle 60 x 55) and MACAY Museum (Calle 60 between 61 and 63)
Time: 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM
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