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Tis the Season! Christmas & La Virgen

Christmas Fair at Santa Ana

This weekend they’ll be having the Christmas Fair at Santa Ana Park. 180 groups of women from 46 municipios around the state will be selling their wares. Here’s a chance to pick up some handmade Christmas gifts and help support these women as well. Some of our favorite things have always been the fresh honey from the countryside, the baskets, the embroidery and some of the herbs. But there is a lot more than that! Don’t miss it! It will be held on December 7,8 and 9 – from 9am to 9pm.

Yucatan Symphony OrchestraLa Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán

If you love the Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan, you are going to have to plan carefully if you want to see them perform in December. As of now, they have only three scheduled performances in the entire month, all of them next week (Thursday, Friday, and Sunday – the 13th, 14th, and 16th). After that, they will take a Christmas break and begin their 2008 season after the first of the year. This is not to say that we will be




completely without these wonderful musicians and their talents throughout the holiday season, as many of them belong to smaller groups that will be performing for special events and private parties. We will keep you up to date on those dates as news comes in.

Día de La Virgen de Guadalupe

The 12th of December is almost as important as Christmas in this part of the world. Don’t let the day go by this year without participating in some way the country-wide celebration of the Queen of Mexico’s heart. Carla Zarebska, author of the book Guadalupe, will be hosting a Virgen de Guadalupe ceremony along with the presentation of two new books at her home, Casa Morado, on Calle 54 x 49 y 51. Guests are invited to bring a flower and a candle to add to the Virgen’s altar, as well as clothes and toys for the children of Tabasco. The event begins at 6 pm and parking is in the lot across the street. For more about the celebrations on this special day, see Yucatan Living’s video about Virgin of Guadalupe Day, our Día de La Virgen article and our photo gallery for fotos.

Late to the Party… and what a Party! Modern Dance in Merida

We’ve known International Festival of Modern Dance was coming for awhile. We’ve even corresponded briefly with the dance director of the company in Asheville, NC that performed one night in piece co-choreographed and co-performed with a dance company here in the Yucatan (Susan Collard of the White Dog Project. See their website here.) Now, the festival is half over, and we’re just telling you about it. Disculpanos! (Forgive us!) Every night for the rest of this week (the last performance is on Sunday the 9th), there will be a modern dance performance at the Teatro Merida. You won’t get to see the White Dog Project’s collaboration (hopefully next year… we’re so sorry!) but there’s still performances from groups from Merida, Mexico City and Queretero to be seen:

  • Tues, Dec 4 – Los sueños de Maria (Maria’s dreams), Mexico City
  • Wed, Dec 5 – En el país del aire (In the city of air), Merida
  • Thurs, Dec 6 – Danzas reverberantes (Reverberating dances), Queretero
  • Fri, Dec 7 – La vanidad (Vanity) and Mirame…aquí estoy! (Look at me…here I am!), Merida
  • Sat, Dec 8 – Rosa de hierro (Iron rose), Mexico City
  • Sun, Dec 9 – Deseo (I wish), Mexico City

All performances are at 9 PM the Teatro Merida on Calle 62 between Calles 61 and 59, with tickets available at the box office. Call 930-4700 ext. 54034 for additional information.

Carnival 2008: Wonders of the World!

Carnival 2008 in MeridaYes, we know… its too early to think about Carnival… but the site just went up, so you might as well get out that 2008 calendar and start blocking off major celebration dates. Spend a little time on the Carnival website, enjoy last year’s gallery of Carnival photographs (page 2), the Carnival article and Carnival video… get in the mood! Yucatan seems to “get busy” a few weeks before Christmas and never slows down until Easter Sunday. If you haven’t already made plans to be in Yucatan for Carnival 2008, now is the time!

The Museum of the City of Merida

Merida City MuseumYou might want to take another look at our article on the Museum of the City of Merida and become familiar with the area, including places to park. There are an increasing number of events taking place at this museum and it looks as if this will be one of the most active destinations in the city in 2008. A new show just opened in the upstairs gallery last week, as a matter of fact. Please remember that there is an ongoing call from the Museum of the City for any old photos or other historical memorabilia you might run across in your travels through the city. So look around and see what you can find that might help them chronicle the cultural history of Merida. And yes, despite appearances, that is an actual photo of the museum on the left, not a photo of a model. It looks too perfect to be real, doesn’t it?

Monday (Lunes) December 3, 2007

Yucatan Living Conversaciones con Amigos (Conversations with Friends)
Practice Spanish or English with friends. Membership not necessary.
Location: Merida English Library , Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68.
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission: Small Donation

Monday Night Football at Mercer Cigar Store in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Monday Night Football
Football with a chicken wings, beer, fellow football fans and a good cigar! Every Monday night through Dec. 30. This week, New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens. Special price on Cuaba-Divinos during the game: $60 pesos!
Location: Mercer Cigars, 85-3 Prolongacion Montejo, Colonia Mexico
Tel: 999-944-3647 for information
Time: 7:00 PM until its over
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living VAQUERÍA Folkloric Ballet
The signature dance of Yucatan, featuring the Jaranera Orchestra and the City Folkloric Ballet & Trova Yucateca.
Location: Ground floor of the Ayuntamiento in the Plaza Grande (the building with the clock)
Time: All Mondays 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Tuesday (Martes) December 4, 2007

Yucatan Living Mérida Men’s Club
No dues and no officers – just good conversation and a chance to learn more about life in Yucatan. Meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday and the last Saturday of every month from 9:00 to 10:30 am. Speakers are often invited. This week, Francois Roncero, one of the newest members of the Merida Men’s Club, will introduce the group to the art of massage therapy, acupuncture and pressure points to relieve pain, stress and anxiety. It should be quite an interesting morning, so do be in attendance and don’t hesitate to bring a friend.
Location: Cafe Bistro Kaapej on Prolongacion Montejo, a half block north of the Circuito Colonias, more commonly known as the “Burger King Circle.”
Time: 9:00 to 10:30 AM
Admission: Free

John Lennon's ImagineYucatan Living Movie: Imagine: John Lennon
(United States, 1988) Directed by Andrew Solt, with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Commentary by Lic. Mario Helguera Bolio and invited guests.
Location: Centro Cultural José Martí / Parque Las Américas, Avenida Colon x Calle 20
For: Adolescents and Adults
Time: 8:00 P.M.
Admission: Free

 

Yucatan Living International Dance Festival at Teatro Merida
See beginning of the page for details of the schedule
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 between Calles 61 and 59
Time:
9:00 P.M.
Admission: Tickets at the box office.

Yucatan Living Martes de Trova (Tuesday of Trova)
This week: Martha y Nacho
Location: The Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 x Calle 62
For: Adults and children over the age of 6
Time:
8:30 P.M.

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Remembrance Musicals
Dance to the Big Band sound of the 40’s, played by the wonderful Jaranara Orchestra. Sit with the crowd in the park, at one of the restaurants that look out over the "dance floor" and eat dinner, or get out there and dance!
Location: Parque de Santiago, Calle 72 by Calle 59
Time: Every Tuesday at 8:30 PM for about 1.5 hours
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miercoles) December 5, 2007

Yucatan Living M.E.L. House & Garden Tour
Merida English LibraryConducted by Keith Heitke for the benefit of M.E.L.
Location: The tour departs from the Merida English Library, Calle 53 No. 517 between Calle 66 and 68 and ends at Calle 59 No. 572 between Calle 72 and 74.
Time: 9:45 AM – 12:30 PM, all Wednesdays, October thru March.
Reservations: (999) 924-8401
Information: sterlingheitke [at] prodigy [dot] net [dot] mx
Admission: $200 pesos

Yucatan Living Poker Night at Mercer Cigars
Poker in MexicoEvery other Thursday night, there’s a Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament at the Mercer Cigars store. Everyone who participates gets a free Cuban cigar. Buy-in is $500 pesos and First place takes 60% plus a Romeo & Juliet Churchill cigar. Complimentary refreshments will be served, and beer, wine, food and cigars are available. Call for more information or to reserve your spot!
Location: Mercer Cigars, Prolongacion Montejo 85-3, 15 y 17, Colonia Mexico (next to La Parilla)
Time: 8:30 P.M.
Phone: 944-3647

Yucatan Living International Dance Festival at Teatro Merida
See beginning of the page for details of the schedule
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 between Calles 61 and 59
Time:
9:00 P.M.
Admission: Tickets at the box office.

Donald Duck plays MeridaYucatan Living Cinema Series: December in the Popular Tradition
The 3 Caballeros (United States, 1944). Walt Disney production starring Donald Duck.
Location: Audiovisual Sala of the Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 58 x 65
For: The entire family
Time: 6:00 P.M.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert:
Jazzeando el Bolero with Mario Esquivel and his Amigos

Since Mario Esquivel’s “friends” are none other than Marilú Basulto, Victor Espinosa and Fernando Vega, this is absolutely a “must see” performance!
Location: Dr. Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium at the Olimpo, Calle 61 x Calle 62
For: Adults and children over the age of 6
Time: 9:00 P.M.

Admission: Free

Thursday (Jueves) December 6, 2007

Yucatan Living Classic Cinema Double Feature
The Movie Blow UpLocation: Videosala at the Olimpo, Calle 61 x Calle 62
Admission: Free
First Feature: Blow Up
Starring Vanessa Redgrave, David Hemmings, and Sarah Miles (1966)
The story concerns a photographer (Hemmings) who may or may not have inadvertently preserved evidence of a murder, which may or may not involve a woman (Redgrave) who visits the photographer in his studio. This is a murder mystery with more than a few twists and turns.
For: Adults and Adolescents
Time: 6:00 P.M.

Second Feature: Celos
Starring: Fernando Soler, Emilio “Indio” Fernández y Arturo de Córdova. ( Mexico, 1935) This is one of the movies made by Arcady Boytler, a Russian producer, screenwriter and director who is most renowned for his films made during the golden age of film in Mexico. He came to Mexico in 1933 and worked with Sergei Eisenstein.
For: Adults and Adolescents
Time: 8:00 P.M.

Yucatan Living International Dance Festival at Teatro Merida
See beginning of the page for details of the schedule
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 between Calles 61 and 59
Time:
9:00 P.M.
Admission: Tickets at the box office.

Yucatan Living Classic Thursday: Sequence of the South
De Berio al Minimalismo: Contemporary Music. Under the Direction of Mtro. Javier Alvarez
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 x Calle 62
For: Adults and children over the age of 6
Time: 9:00 P.M.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living "To Remember is to Live"

A dance for those of us who want to get home a little earlier. Again, the Big Band sound of the magical Jaranara Orchestra.
Location: Parque Zoológico del Centenario (The Zoo), Calle 59 at Avenida Itzaes
Time: 4:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucatan Serenade
The signature romantic serenade of Merida and romantic heart of the City.
Location: Parque Santa Lucía , Calle 60 and 55, Downtown
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Program: Mousaios de Peripherial
Location: Audiovisual Sala of the Museum of the City of Merida
For information, Call: 923-6869
Time: 8:00 P.M.
Admission: Free

Friday (Viernes) December 7, 2007




Yucatan Living Christmas Fair at Santa Ana
This weekend they’ll be having the Christmas Fair at Santa Ana Park. 180 groups of women from 46 municipios around the state will be selling their wares. Here’s a chance to pick up some handmade Christmas gifts and help support these women as well. Some of our favorite things have always been the fresh honey from the countryside, the baskets, the embroidery and some of the herbs. But there is a lot more than that! Don’t miss it!
Location: Parque Santa Ana , Calle 47 at Calle 60
Hours: 9 am to 9 pm

Yucatan Living International Dance Festival at Teatro Merida
See beginning of the page for details of the schedule
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 between Calles 61 and 59
Time:
9:00 P.M.
Admission: Tickets at the box office.

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: Circo, Maroma y Teatro… Contra el Hastío Matrimonial
Directed by Álvaro Carcaño
Synopsis: Silvia Káter and Alvaro Carcaño give life to a couple who has been married for several years. This is comedy in the absurd, featuring the delights and horrors of married life.
Location: Dr. Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium in the Olimpo, Calle 61 x Calle 62
For: Adolescents and Adults
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: General: $80, Students, Teachers, and INAPAM: $40

Yucatan Living Fiesta Navideña
A Presentation by the Children’s Choir of Merida from Centro Cultural Wallis.
Under the direction of Oribel Angulo Góngora.
Location: Centro Cultural José Martí / Parque Las Américas, Avenida Colon x Calle 20
For: The entire family
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Admission: Free

Saturday (Sabado) December 8, 2007




Yucatan Living Christmas Fair at Santa Ana
This weekend they’ll be having the Christmas Fair at Santa Ana Park. 180 groups of women from 46 municipios around the state will be selling their wares. Here’s a chance to pick up some handmade Christmas gifts and help support these women as well. Some of our favorite things have always been the fresh honey from the countryside, the baskets, the embroidery and some of the herbs. But there is a lot more than that! Don’t miss it!
Location: Parque Santa Ana , Calle 47 at Calle 60
Hours: 9 am to 9 pm

Yucatan Living Cinema Series – Anthology of Contemporary Cinema: "Requiem for an Empire" (Germany, France, Russia, Australia, 1961)
Location: Video Sala of the Olimpo, Calle 61 x Calle 62
For: Adults Only
Time: 5:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living International Dance Festival at Teatro Merida
See beginning of the page for details of the schedule
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 between Calles 61 and 59
Time:
9:00 P.M.
Admission: Tickets at the box office.

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend – Classical Dance: La Suite del Cascanueces (The Nutcracker Suite)
It just isn’t Christmas until you hear the music of the Nutcracker Suite… da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-DA-daaah! And see those beautiful little girls onstage in their tutus and other regalia. Don’t miss it!
Location: Dr. Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium in the Olimpo, Calle 61 x Calle 62
For: Adults and children over the age of 6
Time: 8:00 P.M.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Art and Crafts Christmas Fair in Cholul
An assortment of Christmas possibilities for all budgets. Sculptures by Katrin Schikora, artesanal soaps, artisan breads by Monique Duval, art and more. Directions from the main plaza in Cholul are here on the right.
Location: Calle 24 #95 x 15 and Laureles in Cholul
Time: 11 AM to 5 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Art of the Nativity

To celebrate the Holiday Season, there will be a temporary exhibit at the Museo del Arte Popular de Mexico (Museum of Popular Mexican Art) called Exposicion de Nacimientos hechos por los Grandes Maestros del Arte Popular Mexicano (yes, a mouthful… it means Exhibit of Nativity sets made by the Grand Masters of Popular Mexican Art). The Nativity sets are from the private collection of the Fondo Cultural Banamex (Banamex Cultural Foundation). There will be a recital of the Coro de Camara del ICY (ICY’s Chamber Chorale Group) conducted by Jonathan Renteria, and refreshments will be served, including traditional Yucatecan candies.
Location: Calle 50 No.487 between 57 & 59
Hours: The grand opening is at 8:30 PM tonite. Check our Merida Art Walk page for regular museum hours.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Watch the Fight and Have a Cigar
Floyd Mayweather versus Rickey Hatton, live on widescreen television, while you have a drink and smoke a cigar. What could be better? Free food too!
Location: Mercer Cigars, 85-3 Prolongacion Montejo, Colonia Mexico
Tel: 999-944-3647 for information
Time: 8:00 PM until its over
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Noche Mexicana (Mexican Night)
An outdoor performance that brings the folklore of all of Mexico to Merida! Music and partying under the stars!
Location: Beginning of Paseo Montejo, Calle 56 A between 47 and 49
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living En el Corazón de Mérida
Outdoor concerts, sidewalk cafes, shopping at night – its all here!
Tonight: Concerts by Trío Trovanova, Mozú La Voz , and Grupo Acústico in Parque de Santa Lucía (Calle 60 at Calle 55)
Location: Also in Plaza Grande, Centro
Time: Saturday nights, from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Nativity sets in Merida MexicoSunday (Domingo) December 9, 2007




Yucatan Living Christmas Fair at Santa Ana
This weekend they’ll be having the Christmas Fair at Santa Ana Park. 180 groups of women from 46 municipios around the state will be selling their wares. Here’s a chance to pick up some handmade Christmas gifts and help support these women as well. Some of our favorite things have always been the fresh honey from the countryside, the baskets, the embroidery and some of the herbs. But there is a lot more than that! Don’t miss it!
Location: Parque Santa Ana , Calle 47 at Calle 60
Hours: 9 am to 9 pm

Yucatan Living The Museum of Urban Traditions: The Nutcracker Perspective of the Artisans of Mérida
Performed by the dancers of the Miriam Cazola Academy of Dance
Location: Audiovisual Sala of the Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 x Calle 58
For: The entire family
Time: 11:00 A.M.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living English Church Services at the Beach
English church services have begun for the winter season from December 2007 through March 2008. All are invited to attend the 8:30 AM service in Progreso at the Jesus Presbyterian Church. Many denominations come together for our English Worship Service.
For more information you may contact Pastor David Correa at iglesiajesus [at] prodigy [dot] net [dot] mx or Dorothy Andrews at chelem_2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com.
Location: Jesus Presbyterian Church, Calle 35 #154 x Calle 80 y 82, Progreso
Directions:
From Merida, one heads towards Progreso passing the Telchac highway, Pemex gas station and Aurera Bodega all on Calle 78. Take a left onto Calle 35, cross Calle 80 and the church is located on the corner of 35 and 80.
Time:
8:30 A.M.

Yucatan Living International Dance Festival at Teatro Merida
See beginning of the page for details of the schedule
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 between Calles 61 and 59
Time:
9:00 P.M.
Admission: Tickets at the box office.

Save the ForestsYucatan Living Documentary: A Totally Tropical Forest
Location: Museum of Natural History. Calle 59 # 648 x 84 y 84 A on the north side of the Zoo.
For: the whole family
Time: At noon
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Function of the Theater: Fantastic Stories
Under the direction of: Juan Carlos Duran
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Avenida Colon x Calle 20
For: The entire family
Time: 12:00 P.M.

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concierto Yamaha
A performance by the students of the Yamaha Academy . The Casa Musical Yamaha , under the direction of Nely González, is funded by the Yamaha Foundation for the purpose of introducing young people to the world of instrumental music.
Yamaha MusicLocation: Dr. Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium in the Olimpo, Calle 61 x Calle 62
For: The entire family
Time: 1:00 P.M.
Admission: $30

Yucatan Living Sunday mornings is for Dogs
A “play-date” for dogs!
Location: In the grass-covered parking lot behind the Hyatt Hotel: north on Calle 60, right on Calle 35, just past Siqueff Restaurant.Parking lot entrance is on the left.
Time: 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM (bring water for you and your dog)

Yucatan Living The Bici-Ruta
The Bici-Ruta continues into the fall and winter. Every Sunday, it begins early, at 8:00 AM, though we see them setting up as early as 7:00 am, and ends at noon. Last week, they were setting up for a live concert when we were walking the dogs on Paseo Montejo. The route 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. If you want to play chess, go to the sidewalk outside the Museum of Anthropology on Paseo Montejo at 9 am and pick up a game! There is a complete listing of activities, including sports, music, and craft events on the Bici-Ruta website.

Bicycle Route on Sundays in MeridaLocation: Begins at Parque de la Ermita, through the Plaza Grande and Ends at the glorieta on Prolongation Paseo Montejo (by Burger King).
Time: 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Mérida en Domingo
Sunday downtown is a spectacular tradition in Mérida. Start at the center of town, where booths are 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. Or wander up Calle 60 to Santa Lucia Park, where you can also find antiques, old books and other curiosities. At that lovely park, there is also live music, lots of dancing, and great food.
Location: In the Centro Historico: Plaza Grande, Parque Santa Lucia (Calle 60 x 55) and MACAY Museum (Calle 60 between 61 and 63) Dancing at Santa Lucia Park on Sunday morning
Time: 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM
Admission: Free, of course…

Yucatan Living Sunday at the MACAY
There is a musical concert in the garden at the MACAY Museum, just off the Paseo de la Revolución next to the main cathedral. If the Merida en Domingo 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 Garden at the MACAY (next to the Cathedral)
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Alberto Alvarez

As we build the Events calendar each week, we often do a quick web search to see what others in the world have to say about some of the most notable performers in Mérida. This week, we did a quick search for Alberto Alvarez. This man is an extraordinary pianist from Cuba , but we never hear a whole lot about him. Yet, he seems to be the driving force behind a number of our quite famous singers and often performs along with them. A number of these singers give Alberto Alvarez credit for the success of their entire careers, so I wanted to know more. And then I found the following press release on the University of Pennsylvania at California , PA, website:

Arturo Martin:

Born in Mérida , Mexico , Mr. Martin graduated with honors from Yucatán University , receiving a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. While earning his degree, he began to study voice seriously with the renowned Cuban pianist, Alberto Alvarez.

In December 2003, Mr. Martin won first prize in the Nicolás Urcelay Singing Competition, a national competition in Mexico for tenors only. Other awards include a scholarship to study with Virginia Zeani, Francesc Vinas International Singing Competition, 38th Edition, in Barcelona , and a scholarship to study in Italy with the EPCASO. He continues his studies with Pinza in Pittsburgh.

Mr. Martin made his professional operatic debut to critical acclaim singing the role of Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, in a series of performances sponsored by the Council for National Culture and Arts (CONACULTA), the most prestigious national arts foundation in Mexico .

That does it! We’re never missing an Alberto Alvarez performance again! (See Thursday night!)

 


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10 Responses to “Tis the Season! Christmas & La Virgen

  1. Hey folks-

    Mercer Cigars Texas Hold’em Tourny is Wednesday @ 8pm, not Thursday.

    Thanks for the mention. We are glad to have heard from the many Yucatan Living readers.

    Cheers,
    Drew P

  2. Oops! That was a typo. It’s corrected now…thanks, Drew!

  3. This really is the best website for catching up on Merida. My goodness, the number of things you all write about and the events you track and chronicle! It’s wonderful. Just wanted to send a little holiday cheer your way and let you know how much you are appreciated.

  4. Casi – thanks. And thank you for all of your recent posts. We love hearing from readers who offer additional insight to some of our news and events. Keep the great comments coming… and happy holidays to you and yours as well.

  5. Khaki,

    We would like to say that Merida’s tenor: Arturo Martin is continuing his operatic career in Europe. We just saw his debut at Bonn Opera, he sang the role of Arturo in Lucia de Lamermoor. He is also singing there in Faust.

    We understand that next year he is coming back to sing at Merida’s next opera.

    Benjamin y Ross

  6. What a great site! I just visited Merida for the first time last week and fell in love.
    Do you have any idea who the headlining band was that was playing at the Plaza Grande on Saturday night, Dec. 8? I believe someone told me they were from Panama. They were fantastic.

  7. Kristi,
    Can you believe that kind of free music and other events go on all the time!? The government really does a wonderful job of providing great cultural happenings. Just one nice surprise after another.

  8. The group was a mexican-colombian group and their name is Caña Real.

  9. It’s really amazing. I can’t wait to go back! Thank you so much for the reply.

  10. hey i am going to my first visit at merida with my family i am so excited!!!

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