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Dia de los Muertos 2010

Dia de los Muertos 2010

Dia de los Muertos. Go HERE to view the entire slideshow on our old blog.

Hermanos Aguascalientes

Hermanos Aguascalientes

For the 33rd consecutive year, Hermanos Aguascalientes performed a concert to a standing room only audience in the Jardin. They were playing something like Stranger in the Night when we arrived. We rolled our eyes, the look that says if there’s one more like this […]

Mexican Independence In 2 Minutes

Mexican Independence In 2 Minutes

The Independence of Mexico, starring: Ignacio Allende Padre Miguel Hidalgo Dona Josefa Ortiz Juan Aldama Ignacio Perez on his horse The people of Mexico. Independencia in 2 Minutes from Suzanne da Rosa on Vimeo. For those of you who do not understand Spanish it goes […]

Encarnación

Encarnación

If you haven’t gone out to Mineral de Pozos to see Kate McKenna’s second show, Encarnación, at Galeria 6, it has been extended until the end of October. Besides being a wonderful show, Mineral de Pozos is a great place to visit for the day […]

More Celebrations

More Celebrations

Last weekend, in an overnight to the city of Guanajuato, the neighborhood behind our hotel was having their saints day celebration.  Mid-afternoon, a procession which was headed for the church passed by the restaurant we were having lunch at, blasting off loud rockets to a […]

Celebrations

Celebrations

Thursday was the 49th anniversary of Radio San Miguel and also the 35th anniversary of the Casa de la Cultura in San Miguel.  Besides video of Chilo Botes, tin artisan,  singing at the radio station, (video to come) there was folklorico dancing in the Jardin […]

Tin Workers

Tin Workers

Over the years of exporting Mexican Artesania, I have continually been drawn back to the tin artisans who reside not only in San Miguel de Allende, but in Oaxaca, Guanajuato, Celaya, Mexico City. The malleable quality of tin (hojolata) copper (cobre) and brass (laton) they […]

You’re Kidding, Right?

You’re Kidding, Right?

This morning, There’s a long knock on the door Followed by three long rings of the doorbell. By now, I know that’s not the sound of my neighbors calling. I go to the upstairs window and see this guy And another dressed just like him cross […]

Let the Independence Begin!

Let the Independence Begin!

The Bicentennario, Mexico’s 200th Independence celebrations are a little over a month away, although activities have been going on for about a month now and the gang’s all here!  Today at noon, casually strolling down the street, posing for cameras, came five mojiganga’s dressed for […]

Corpus Christi 2010

Corpus Christi 2010

In last month’s Corpus Christi procession, Elvia’s son Beto was invited by personal invitation to carry the flowered litter, holding the chalice, in the procession. This is a big honor to anyone, and especially for a devout 18 year old young man. Early in the […]

Jose Refugio

Jose Refugio

For those of you following the stories of our neighborhood, on July 2, our neighbor Petra’s husband Jose died.  He would have turned 69 on July 4th, the day he was buried.  His death was not unexpected, but in some ways a great relief to […]

Street Musicians (2)

Street Musicians (2)

Back on the subject of street musicians, The city of Guanajuato has a wonderful minstrels Who pass the day serenading those in outdoor cafes, Singing while you sit in the shade having a cool drink. He’s my favorite – maybe it’s the blue guitar, Or […]

Mexico Lindo

Mexico Lindo

Just outside the city limits, on the way to Dolores Hidalgo, there’s a roadside attraction – a mini theme park of sorts called Mexico Lindo.  Enter at your own risk beneath a large, sun-bleached cow skull, facing Christo Rey who resides as a centerpiece in […]

Man and His Magic Wand

Man and His Magic Wand

A few weeks ago we were in Mexico City at the San Angel Market. This entertaining man, not one bit shy about his toothless grin, and totally into the music, captured our attention and imagination, performing with his magic wand in the plaza while young […]

Street Musicians

Street Musicians

Mexico is a wonderland of visual and auditory treats. There seems to be no end to the number of people entertaining, festivals and personal acts of faith enacted in the streets here.  With all the big events here, it’s easy to overlook some of the […]

Semana Santa 2010

Semana Santa 2010

Semana Santa is the ultimate act of faith, Performed by the community in public, A series of one costumed re-enactment after another Depicting each aspect of the last week of Jesus’ life. At the Iglesia de San Antonio, On the Thursday of the siete casas, […]

Suculencia – Cacti Transformed

Suculencia – Cacti Transformed

Kate McKenna, photographer and friend, has a show at the Oasis Boutique Hotel. She photographs cactus, large and close-up then works them into prints on canvas. The process of blowing these up life size causes them to mature and transform into a completely new work. […]

Spring Must Be Here

Spring Must Be Here

Last night at 11pm, our local norteno band showed up to play outside at our neighbor’s house.  Spring must be here as we haven’t had a late night music visit in quite a few months.  This is just one of the many things I love […]

Mega Bombas!

Mega Bombas!

They call them Mega Bombas And there’s a bunch on this video – Along with the firing of the canons, The men battling, Exploding sledgehammers, and a few photos. 2011 Sledgehammer Fireworks from Suzanne da Rosa on Vimeo. 2011 Sledgehammer Fireworks Festival from Suzanne da […]

Sledgehammer Fireworks

Sledgehammer Fireworks

You hear the din of battle next to the church, the sound of rockets booming and you feel the ground shaking from five blocks away. Each Carnaval, in the tiny town of San Juan de la Vega Mexico, there is a re-enactment of a 400+ year […]

Carnaval San Miguel Style

Carnaval San Miguel Style

There’s not much going on here for Carnaval, but in the Jardin, you can buy gorgeous hand made paper flowers, accordion legged ‘payasitos’ – little clowns – paper masks and confetti filled eggs – cascarones – which the children run around with – war style […]

Candelaria

Candelaria

February 2 – the candlemas, groundhog day in the United States, a cross quarter celebration world-wide, is known here in Mexico as the candelaria, celebrated the 40th day after Christ’s birth, the day Jesus was presented to the temple.  Never mind that the reason it […]

Mexican Bakeries

Mexican Bakeries

In Mexico City there are bakeries that specialize in cakes.  Not just your normal birthday and wedding cakes, but cakes that tower a full story tall with multi layers, fountains, bridges, lights and a scene for every occasion from baptisms to lucha libre wrestling matches. […]

Water!

Water!

As of this morning we’ve had 5.99 inches of rain since Monday. That’s 1/3 of the total rainfall for a normal year here.  Yesterday, the radio was announcing the evacuation of the lower areas in town as the waters rose in the ‘stinky creek,’ now […]

The Little Tin Candle Boat

The Little Tin Candle Boat

I’ve recently begun work on a documentary of the tin artistans of Mexico.  Today, I interviewed one of the older families and they showed me this wonderful little tin boat which is powered by a candle.  It actually putt putts around and just makes you […]