The Akumalian

Akumal's Newsletter for its Extended Global Community
Quintana Roo, Mexico

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February 2006 Issue 35

INTRODUCTION

Akumal is the place to be in February, and it seems as if everyone has come to this conclusion.  There was a very full contingent of "locals" at the Beach Bar on Friday evening, and there is a full schedule of things coming up over the next month or so.  If you do not have plans to be in Akumal, maybe you should reconsider and book those flights now.

 

FULL MOON

The Full Snow Moon occurred on Saturday, February 12th at 11:44PM ADT (Akumal Daylight Time).  Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month - it did in the Northeast on Sunday, February 12th - the native tribes of the north and east descended on Akumal.  Some tribes also referred to this Moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions and high oil prices in their areas made eating and paying for fuel very difficult.
 

VALENTINE'S DAY, FEBRUARY 14th

            Laura has hired (steel drum) Jozef to play inside the Lol Ha restaurant for Valentines Day.

Jozef reports, "I have teamed up with the great jazz singer, Gala Del Mar, and we play a lot of Bossa Nova and Latin jazz.  She is a delight to hear!

Gala had a bad car accident last year in which her husband was killed on the way to an audition at Bahia Principe.  Gala has had several operations and is unable to walk at this time, but we manage to get gigs, and she arrives on crutches.  I am playing her husband's beautiful guitars.

We are both hurting as of the hurricanes, and she more, because of the accident, but the music has given her new light and hope for the future, and we make incredible music together."

 

FIRST ANNUAL CEA FESTIVAL

CEA will hold its first Annual Festival in February-Wednesday the 22nd and Thursday the 23rd-with two days of fun and learning!  Join them in their efforts to protect the beautiful Akumal area with environmental education activities, music, cultural events, arts and crafts and a Gala dinner!  Please stop by the Center when you are in Akumal for an updated events schedule and to get your Gala Dinner tickets.

 Schedule of events is subject to changes.  Be sure to stop by the CEA Center to register.  Check the CEA web site at http://ceakumal.org/bfirst_annual_cea_festivalb.html

 Wednesday, February 22

  • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM - Yoga Class at the Yoga Salon above Las Casitas Reception at the arch. Cost: $15.00.
  • CEA Festival8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Welcome and coffee at the CEA Center.  A great time to come sign up for the days' events. Cost: Free.
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Sand Sculptures on Akumal Bay Beach.  Cost: Donations accepted for CEA
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Snorkel Tour, starts at the CEA Center.  Cost: To be announced, equipment rental extra.
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Arts and Crafts, Face Painting and Henna Tattoos, at the CEA Center. Cost: Varies.
  • 11:00 AM - 11:15 AM - Drumming at the Ukana stage.  Get a taste of what is ahead for drumming lessons.  Cost: Free.
  • 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM - Puppet Show at the Ukana stage and Salsa Lessons at the Yoga Salon above Las Casitas Reception at the arch.  Cost: Donations accepted for CEA.
  • Noon - 3:00 PM - Special lunch at Turtle Bay Café and Bakery - Price and menu to be announced.
  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Folkloric Dance at the Ukana stage.  Cost: Donations accepted for CEA.
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Environmental Presentation at the CEA Center.
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Drum Rhythm Lessons at the Ukana stage.  Cost: Free.
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Night Snorkel Tour, starts at the CEA Center.  Cost: To be announced, equipment rental extra.
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Imelda's Maya Buffet with dance show.  Cost: To be announced. Reservations required.
  • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Salsa Party at the CEA Center.  Try out those Latin dance moves and join us for a fun night of dancing. BYOB. Cost: Free.

 Thursday, February 23

  • 6:00 AM - 8:00 AM - Birding Tour with Miguel. The tour will begin at the CEA Center. Cost: $200 pesos.
  • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM - Coastal Walk and Beach Clean-up with Lucy, starts at the CEA Center. Cost: Donations accepted for CEA.
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Arts and Crafts, Face Painting and Henna Tattoos, at the CEA Center. Cost: Varies.
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM - Brunch with CEA Talk at Imelda's next to the CEA Center. Cost to be determined.
  • Noon - 3:00 PM - Music (pending) at the Ukana stage. Cost: Donations to CEA accepted.
  • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM - Happy Hour at Lol-Ha Beach Bar and Puppet Show. Cost: Fixed, to be announced.
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Silent Auction. Fundraiser for CEA at Lol-Ha. Great things to bid on, such as: 1 week at a condo on Half Moon Bay, 4 nights at Hotel Akumal Caribe, and more. Cost: Bid as much as you want to pay.
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - GALA EVENT. Dinner, Nature Slide Presentation and Folkloric Dance show, at Lol-Ha Restaurant.  Reservations recommended.  Cost: $45.00US, with a portion of the proceeds going to CEA.
  • 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Drumming and Rhythm Performance at the Ukana stage.  Cost: Donations to CEA accepted.

 February 23 GALA Dinner Menu Options:

First Course:

Mixed Field Salad - with goat cheese, caramelized walnuts and apple slices

or

Aztec Tortilla Soup

 Choice of Entree:

Chiles Rellenos - stuffed with cheese and topped with Roasted Tomato Sauce

Coconut Curried Chicken - served with aromatic Jasmine rice

Tilapia Filet - cooked to your liking with a selection of sauces to choose from

Beef Tampiquena

 Dessert:

Homemade Coconut Flan

or

Chocolate Mousse Cake

ARRIVAL OF NEW AKUMALIANS

      Gustavo Guerra and Ena Alcocer are introducing their new daughter, the newest Akumalian, to everyone.  She was born February 4th, and her name is Regina Guerra Alcocer.  She weighed 2.975 kg and measured 51 cm, and she is very healthy.

      Beniko Scarlett Schobert is arriving in Akumal for the very first time later this month.  She is coming from Japan, with her mother, Kazue, and Kazue's family, who will be visiting Akumal for the first time.

 

MEXICO FLAG DAY

            Dia de la Bandera ("Flag Day") is a national holiday in Mexico.  Flag Day is celebrated every year on February 24, since its implementation in 1937.  It was established by President of Mexico General Lazaro Cardenas before the monument to General Vicente Guerrero, the first to pledge allegiance to the Mexican flag on March 12, 1821.  Flag Day is celebrated on February 24, because on that date in 1821, the Plan de Iguala document was signed, in which Mexico was proclaimed as an Independent country.

Green is for hope and victory.
White is for the purity of our ideals.
Red is for the blood our national heroes shed.

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In addition to the bands of color, the Mexican flag also has an emblem.  The emblem is based on a legend which tells how the Mexicas traveled from Aztlan (now the state of Nayarit) in search of the sign that Huitzilopochtli had told them they would find in the place where they should establish their empire.  This sign was an eagle devouring a serpent on top of a nopal cactus.  They found this on a small island in the middle of a lake.  They settled there and founded the city of Tenochtitlan, which is now Mexico City.

 

OSCAR AWARDS AT LOL HA!!  - - MARCH 5th

The 78th Academy Awards will air on Sunday, March 5, 2006, and as such, the show will fall a week later in the calendar than in 2004 and 2005.  Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Frank Pierson described the step back into March as a one-year expedient to avoid a conflict with the closing ceremonies of the 2006 Winter Olympics, which are scheduled to fall on the Academy's "natural" date of Sunday, February 26.  

Jon Stewart, who worked the Grammys in 2001 and 2002, will host the 2006 Oscars.  The 43-year-old star of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" follows a long line of standup comedians who have hosted the Oscars, and after the announcement, Stewart joked, "Although, as an avid watcher of the Oscars, I can't help but be a little disappointed with the choice. It appears to be another sad attempt to smoke out Billy Crystal."

Lol Ha will once again have a spectacular (hopefully not rainy) Oscar evening, complete with red carpet, full live coverage, and of course, a very worthy cause for the proceeds.  This is once again hosted by Laura Bush, who says, "Mark March 5th on your calendar and start to dig out your costumes and makeup". 

While "Aviator" is not a contender this year, Laura is expecting to see a number of (local) "stars" attending this huge event.
 

COMINGS AND GOINGS

            Christmas and New Years were pretty much turned over to the tourists, but as 2006 got underway, numerous absentee "locals" were returning to Akumal the February festivities.  Some notable "comings" include: 

  • Macon & Susan (“The Lady in Black”) Gravlee are back.
  • Tom & Judy Baxter are here, hoping to close on Mah-Bax.
  • Hollis Hines & George Palmondon brought Billy back for R&R.
  • Don Eischen rolled into Akumal, literally.
  • Bente Palmer flew in for three nights and more shopping for her unit.
  • Kathy Sonheim and Jim Farrell III returned once again.
  • Larry & Karen Kantor were back in Mariposa for a spell.
  • Paul & Gayle Rasmussen were seen around town.
  • Steve & Sharon Wandler have returned to Akumal.
  • Mary Lou Mulgrew is back in town.
  • Greta Blatner is here visiting dad and Alice.
  • Don Papa came to Akumal for the Super Bowl.
  • In Aventuras Akumal we had Wally & Jan Koenst and Shirley Vincent & Jan Browning
  • Ryan Fredette, along with mom Stefanie, finally returned to Akumal on the 15th for a very brief visit with Bobbo & Humma in South Akumal.

 

FIELD REPORT FROM SPAY

            If you look closely at the poster for the musical extravaganza at Lol Ha this evening, you will see - down in the bottom right-hand corner - that it is a "Fundraising event to benefit SPAY animal protection in Yucatan."

            Kelly Coladarci of SPAY reports, "We set our next clinic dates in March for Chemuyil.  This will be our second clinic with local Mexican vets under the approval of the municipality.  The exciting part is that the municipality of Playa del Carmen has asked us to do it.  The director of the municipality will be there to inspect and hopefully help fund us for future clinics; they want to see us do them every 3 months.  They are realizing that something needs to be done, and sterilization clinics are the long term solution to the overpopulation problem.

We will operate under the organization SPAY (Sociedad Protectora de Animales de Yucatan), and we will continue to work with vets here in Mexico and will be getting help from the vet school in Merida.  Training of vets and education of the local children is another major focus of our clinics. "

 

DID YOU KNOW?

olympic cauldronThe cauldron for the Olympic flame is the tallest in the history of the Olympic Games at 57 meters.  The Cauldron was designed by Pininfarina, who also did the Olympic torches.  Those flames are supposed to be about four meters high and are fed methane gas supplied by Italgas, a sponsor of the Olympic Games.

 American curler Scott Baird isn't just old enough to be his teammates' father: He's old enough to have curled with two generations of Pete Fenson's family and win national championships with both.  An alternate on the U.S. team, Baird is the oldest Olympian in the history of the Winter Games - 54 years, 280 days old when the curling tournament begins on Monday.  British skeleton racer James Coates was 53 years, 328 days old when he finished seventh in the 1948 St. Moritz Games.

 Imagine the carnage if Dick Cheney, the Vice President of the United States, was allowed to participate in the Biathlon.  (If you haven't heard, the VP was out shooting quail without the required permit when he accidentally shot his hunting partner, a lawyer.)  If you think I'm being silly here, let me suggest that it is not without precedent for political figures to be allowed into games--and even allowed to win them without ever crossing the finish line.  Roman Emperor Nero not only was allowed in, he paid huge bribes, then "won" the chariot race despite falling from his chariot.

 

FIELD REPORT FROM CASA ZAMA

Saturday, February 18th is the La Buena Vida 10-year anniversary party.  There will be a live band, drink specials, food, and, of course, FIREWORKS.  However, there will NOT be any fire dancers!!

Since Wilma canceled the Halloween party, Jamie is asking everyone to dress up in costume, or drag if you are so inclined.

Time is 8pm-ish until?????, as normal.  No dogs or cats are allowed, but all other party animals are welcome.

 

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