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Dia De Los Muertos 2018 in Puerto Peñasco Mexico

Day of the Dead
Dia De Los Muertos 2018

This holiday that began in the south of Mexico  will begin on October 31, 2018 and end on November 3rd here in Puerto Peñasco.  There are events held allover the city.  Dia de Los Muertos is celebrated throughout Mexico with much tradition.  The holiday dates back centuries, but it wasn’t until recent years was not celebrated in the Northern part of Mexico.
Playa Bonita
Photo by Beverly Arrowood at Playa Bonita

Sugar Skulls
These are some of the favorites you can buy around town.

During these times, the families go to the cemeteries to clean and paint the grave sites. It is here that the families of the deceased gather  to spend the night at the grave decorating and celebrating with the food and drink of their loved one. In the grocery stores you find the cute little sugar skulls and Pan Muerto ( a sweet bread) that is shared with family.  You will also find Marigold Flowers and Plants at the local nurseries, that decorate the graves.  At the cemetery you  also find trucks full of the colorful flowers.  This is a joyful way to celebrate the death of a family member.
Catrinas
Local people dressed as Catrinas.

The celebrations start on October 31st and is known as All Hallows Daywhich is a day to celebrate the children who have crossed over.  It culminates on November 4th at the Cholla Mall Road with the judging of the altars and the Catrinas.  Catrinas are the skelton figurines that are made of paper mache or porcelain and come in all sizes and painted in bright colors.  There a couple of places in Rocky Point that carry a nice selection the Catrinas and they are Latitude 31 Gift Shop and Mercedes Rusticos in the Old Port.
Parade on the water.
Festival Offering on the Sea of Cortez

Here is partial schedule of the events going on.
November 1: All Saints Day
November 2 & 3:  Set up of the Altars on the Cholla Bay Mall or “Shack’s 5th Avenue)
November 3: Festival Dia De Muertos offering at the Sea of Cortez. Here decorated floats will parade in the harbor.
November 4: Judging of the Altars and Catrinas

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.
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XLVI Cervantino Festival in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico.

Cervantiono flyer

Fall is the time of festivals in Puerto Peñasco.  October 18th – 21st, Rocky Point will host the 1st class XLVI Cervantino Festival.  The event is held on the Malecon area of the city.  Here you can enjoy music, art, food and more while over looking the Sea of Cortez.  The festival is family friendly so bring everyone.

This festival features musicians from all over Mexico along with local dancers and musicians.  Below is a list of when each group will be performing and the times.  Come and enjoy the culture of the music and dance that is so well known all over Mexico and we are so lucky to have them entertain us.

Cervantino 5
Maria Ines Ochoa “La Rumurosa”

XLVI FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL CERVANTINO EXTENSIÓN PUERTO PEÑASCO 18 AL 21 DE OCTUBRE 2018
Get there early to the Plaza de Governors in the Old Port
Thursday, October 18th
7:00 Blessing by Etnia Madre Tohono O’odham
7:10 Áfrika Duste big show
7:50 Opening
8:00 Inaguration: Entrega de reconocimientos al Escritor Guillermo Munro Palacio, Universidad de Sonora Unidad Regional Norte-Caborca por su 40 Aniversario, Hermanamiento de Ciudad Cultural con Tecuala Nayarit. Palabras de autoridades.
8:30 Presentation by Ballet Folklórico Mextil de Tecuala
9:30 Concert with María Inés Ochoa “La Rumorosa”
India
Samandar Khan Mnagabiar Rajasthani

 
Friday October 19
6:00 Danza Alerta Amber by the Academy Causa y Efecto
6:10 Singer song writer Lian Fertin in concert (Argentina)
6:40 Danza de los concheros por el Ballet Folklórico Magisterial-Casa de la Cultura bajo la dirección de Adan Bautista
7:00 Concierto del Tenor Francisco J Rodríguez (Estados Unidos)
8:00 Samandar Khan Manganiar Rajashtani Folk Music & Dance Group (India)
9:15 Danzas Polinesias by Angélica Sotomayor Martínez
9:35 Banda de Marcha Municipal bajo la dirección del Maestro Rubén Barrera
10:05 Flor Amargo in concert
Callejoneadas con la Estudiantina Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Tirado (Álamos)
Dancers
Groupo Luceros Danza Toninho Ferragutti dancers

Band
Big Band Jazz

 
Saturday October 20
6:00 Orquesta de Cámara & Orfeón in concert “Unidos por la paz” (200 members)
7:00 Concert by the group 34 Puñaladas (Argentina)
8:40 Grupo Danza Folklórica “Sones de mi Tierra de Evangelina Magaña” (San Luis, R.C.)
9:00 Grupo Luceros Danza Toninho Ferragutti (Brasil)
10:00 Grupo Danza Folklórica “Sones de mi Tierra de Evangelina Magaña” (San Luis, R.C.)
10:20 Big Band Jazz de México Callejoneadas with la Estudiantina Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Tirado (Álamos)
Muscial group
Ma. Christine Plata y Musical GroupS

Sunday October 21
5:00 Ensamble y Coro Musical bajo la dirección de Germán Esquer Delgado
5:50 Intérprete Rosael Hernández Hernández (Islas Canarias, España)
6:00 Coral Luis María Valencia bajo la dirección de Aracely Lozano Herrera y Martín Ramírez Domínguez
7:00 Make a Wish de Elite Dance bajo la dirección de Pablo Fabián Jáuregui
8:00 María Cristina Plata (Colombia)
9:00 Programa especial de cierre con grupos artísticos de la Universidad de Sonora URN: Grupo Contraste y Búhos Cantores bajo la dirección de Marcela Denogean Torres; Danza bajo la dirección de Marisol Ivette Izaguirre Montaño. Sunday October 21
Vocalist
Flor Amargo Vocalist on October 19

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.
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Christmas in Puerto Peñasco Mexico

Christmas in Mexico is a very special holiday.  For the Mexican people the Posada is a huge part of the celebration.  The start of the Posadas are just around the corner. In Spanish La Posada means “The Inns”.   This is a reenactment of the pilgrimage Mary and Joseph did to get from Nazareth to Bethlehem.  Neighborhoods and families get together starting the night of December 16 and it ends on December 24th.  They go to a different house every night, carrying candles and singing along the way Christmas carols, playing music and usually carrying a statue of the Virgin Mary.  When they arrive at the last house, there Joseph and Mary are invited in along with all the guests. The asking to come in is done in 2 parts of a song.  Those on the outside sing the song to ask to come in while the people on the inside  respond with song that there is no room at the inn.  This will go on for some time until the inn keeper allows them to pass. Here they are served a variety of foods and drink.   The dinner may consist of Tamales both sweet and savory, rice, Atole, Ponche, chocolate-cinnamon Champurrado and some form of alcohol like Tequila. Here the children break open a Piñata that is y filled with candy while the parents visit with the friends and family.  If you ever invited to participate in a Posada, take them up on the invitation as you will not regret it.

Pinatas
Some of the beautiful Christmas Piñatas made in Mexico

Posada
In neighborhoods you will see this type of Posada

Tamales
The wonderful Tamale

This continues on until December 24th Christmas Eve when they celebrate what is called Noche Buena meaning “the Good Night”.  Here dinner is served and usually consists of either turkey or roast pig.  Children do not receive their gifts until January 6th or Kings Day as it is known.
Champarado
Champurrado, Atole or Ponche and King’s Day bread.

Turkey
Christmas Dinner in Mexico

It is interesting to note that while most homes have traditional Christmas trees, they also will have a Nacimiento or nativity scene. These can be found all over Puerto Peñasco in homes or yards and in various sizes.  Something I recently read was that they are set up but the baby Jesus is not added until December 24 and the  3 Wise Men or Kings are added January 5th.

Nativity Scene
Nativity Scenes come in all sizes.

Christmas
A small Nativity scene.

As you drive around Rocky Point during the Christmas season, you will see many homes decorated with lights and light figurines similar to the United States.  Take time to park at City Hall or the Municipal Building as it is known and check out the Christmas tree, the animals and all the other things that are there. It is especially pretty at night.

Christmas Tree
Mayor Kiko Munro and his wife Linda lightening the city Christmas tree.

King’s Day is January 6th, so once again the motorcycle clubs of Rocky Point will be doing the annual toy run to one of the barrios to pass out toys that were dropped off at the Rocky Point Rally in November or purchased with monies donated.  They also contribute a lot to this day.  If you are here, meet us on the Malecon as they gather up the toys and ride out with everything.

King's Day Toy Run
Rocky Point Bike Clubs collect the toys to be distributed.

In closing, I would like to wish you each a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2018.  Make each day count with your loved ones as one never knows what life can throw at you.  We look forward to hearing from you and welcome you to our little city.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

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Rocky Point Rally 2017 is almost here November 9-12

If you have not been to the largest motorcycle fiesta south of the border now is the time to come on down to Puerto Peñasco.  If you don’t have a reservation, better start looking around as almost everything is full.  It is expected to bring about 8,000 bikes from all over Mexico and the United States, Canada as well as Europe.

Rocky Point Rally
The crowd waiting to register

Registeration is only $25.00 USD or $750 pesos per person and this will get you onto the “Pirate Ship” on one of 2 days for a harbor cruise as well as it show your support for the charities of Rocky Point.  This is where you get your goodie bag filled with official patch, pin, koozie cup, pens and more.  This is also where you can buy your official tee shirts etc.
Sunset Cruise Pirate Ship in rocky point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

The charities that your donation go to are:
1) DIF  Puerto Peñasco and DIF Sonoyta ( this is a family service agency)
2) Cruz Rojo (Red Cross) of Puesto Peñasco
3) The Bomberos (fire department)
4) George Papanicolau Group (which teaches women’s cancer awareness)
6) CAM La Montana ( school for special needs children)
7) Casa Hogar (home for the elderly)

Registration goes from 9-5 11/9 and 11/10 at the Barklin Circle K which is just south of the overpass north of town.  Here you can also buy your Poker Run cards($10 USD) and get your pin.  Don’t just drive… by stop and say hi and register.  Don’t forget to bring a new toy or stuffed animal which will be passed out on King’s Day in January.  You can donate money and we will buy something if you don’t want to bring it down.

MAlecon Toys Rocky Point Rally Toy Drive
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Thursday:

Registration from 9-5

Southside Jillz from 6-9 enjoy The Wild Pack “Blues Against Hunger”, The “Kick Off Party” begins at Banditos  from 7 pm to 1 am listen to the music of Darci Carlson (7 -9), Black Moods(9-11) and The Summer(11-1 am).  Boo Bar will feature DDO from 8-11 and Wrecked at the Reef will have Matt Farris from 6-9

Rocky Point Rally
Great paint jobs

Friday:
Registration is from 9-5
9:30 am meet up at Barklin for the Desert Ride to the Shuk Toal Visitor Center at the Ride leave sharply at 10 am.
11:30 am if you have a wristband meet at Balboa’s Restaurant for the Rey del Mar Pirate Ship cruise. It is free with the wristband.
Entertainment continues at Playa Bonita for the Annual Beach Fiesta from 5-8 pm featuring Matt Farris.
Tekila Bar will host Los Ponchos from 1-4 and 8-11, The Satisfied Frog will have Richard Scott  from 5-8, Wrecked at the Reef will have DL Marble form 6-9 and La Merca from 9:30 until closing, Boo Bar has Moonshine Voo Doo from 6-9 and the Black Moods form 9-12, Banditos will have Darcie Carlson, Black Moods and  Summer, La Cantina at the Sonoran SKY will present Revolvente from 7-12, Southside Jillz will have Los Ponchos at 11:00

Rocky Point Rally 2017 Wrecked at the ReefThe Fiesta continues on both Calle 12 and Calle 13 featuring Los Tolerados starting after 7 pm and sponsored by Barklin Circl K and  the Rocky Point Riders.

Biker Rally Mexico
Photo By Berverly Arrowood

Saturday the 11th will start at Capone’s from 8-11, followed by the line up for the City Parade at 11:30.  The Fiesta will continue all day on the Malecon in the Old Port.  Enjoy your favorite bands at Tekila Bar (Moonshine VooDoo and Los Ponchos), Playa Bonita (Matt Farris), The Satisfied Frog (Randy-Mike and Daniel), Banditos (Darci Carlosn, Analog Outlaws, Black Moods and Summer), Wrecked at the Reef (La Merca and The Crown King, Boo Bar (Moonshine VooDoo), Southside Jillz (Los Ponchos), PK2 (Black Bottom Lighers)
Rocky Point 2015
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Biker Rocky Point Rally

The Fiesta will continue on Calle 12 and Calle 13 again with a band after 7 pm.
Sunday the 12th we bid you farewell until 2018 with the Blessing of the Bikes at Plaza de Madre which is  across from the Tiburones Baseball Stadium.  Still in town… go over to Rey del Mar cruise (Pirate Ship) free with wristband harbor tour at 11:30.  Music will continue at Boo Bar, Banditos, Southside Jillz and Wrecked at the Reef.
We hope you have a fun trip as the committee has tried to provide something for everyone.  We pray you have a safe trip home and that you come back next year.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

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17th Annual Motorcycle Fiesta Puerto Peñasco

Once again Puerto Peñasco is preparing for the 17th Annual Bike Rally. The rally is billed as “The Greatest Motorcycle Fiesta South of the Border.” We have bikers coming from all over the states in the USA, several Canadians and bikers from all over Mexico.

rocky Point Bike rally 2016
Law Tigers Inflatable.

This year the rally kicks of with registration at Barklin Circle K, just as you come off the overpass.  Look for the big Law Tiger inflatable and come in and register for the events and receive your OFFICAL rally package which will consist of your official pin, bandana, koozie, patch, wrist bands for you(and the bike), program and Passport book (not a US Passport) for discounts from many local merchants, bars and restaurants.  Registration is only $25.00 USD or $450.00 pesos. Buy your Poker Run cards here for only $10.00 USD.  Here you can also buy your OFFICIAL BIKE APPARREL.  If you want, you can pre-register by going to www.rockypointrally.com.  The cost is $20.00 USD per person.  You can add your Poker Run card of $10.00.  You will also be  given tickets for  food and beverage.  This will also be the collection location for the toy drop off for the 4th Annual January King’s Day Toy Run.  Registration is on the left hand side of the Circle K and the gas pumps.

Rocky Point Motorcycle Fiesta.
The best Motorcycle Fiesta just South of the Border.

Hundres of children await their toys.
King’s Day Toy Run

King's Day Toy Run
Rocky Point Bike Clubs collect the toys to be distributed.

The poker run which in previous years started in the USA and ended at Playa Bonita, will be changed.  It will be a local resort run only.  At registration is where you will buy your poker run card and then proceed to the locations listed to get stamped and then you will take your card to Playa Bonita on Friday the 10th at 5:00 – 6:00 to draw your cards with winners to be announced at 7:00 p.m.  Unlike previous years, the prizes will be cash with 1st price being $3000 pesos and 2nd prize being $1500.00 pesos.

Amongst the entertainment at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday night at Bandito’s opening party will be  SUMMER and THE BLACK MOODS.   There will also be the Fiesta on Calle  12 and 13.   Check at registration as there may be a discounted price for the “Sunset Cruise” on the Pirate Ship.

On Friday the 10th, registration will again be from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  At 9:30 the line up for the Desert Ride to the Pinacate Visitor Center will be.   Meet near the registration area at 9:30  and depart at 10:00 a.m. sharp.  If you have not gone out there, it is a must see while you are in Rocky Point.   The Pirate Ship again is offering a free cruise with your wristband, be there at 11:30 for a noon departure. The Rey Del Mar will sell drinks on board.  Also on Friday the 10th will be the BEACH FIESTA at Playa Bonita from 4-7.  This is also the last stop on the Poker Run where you turn in your cards from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. While you are at Playa Bonita, enjoy the music of Matt Farris from the Lake Havasu/Parker area.  Matt has been playing here for many years and is indeed popular.  The FIESTA on Calle 12 & 13 continue in the evening.

One of our many sunset boats
Rey Del Mar (The Pirate Ship)

On Saturday the 11th is the Biker Breakfast special “The “Big Tuna Saluna” at Capone’s and it  goes from 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.  Just in time for you to get over to the parade with line up starting at 11:30 and it leaves at noon from the Red Cross and ends in the Malecon.

On Saturday from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. enjoy the music of the BLACK MOODS on the Tecate stage and from 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 listen to the great sounds of Mogollon.  You can listen to this great music while you are either entering your bike in the “Bike Show” which will at the Plaza of the Governors overlooking the Sea of Cortez.  Bike Show registration is from 1:00 p.m.- 2 p.m. with the show going from 2:00 p.m. – 3:p.m.  There will be 9 categories plus the people’s Choice, Judges Choice and Best of Show. The 9 categories are Best of Show, Chopper, Vintage, Sport, Bagger, Metric, Custom, Paint and Ingenuity.

Picture yourself here!
Puerto Peñasco Sunset

Finally it is time for our beautiful city to say adios until 2018 to everyone attending.  On Sunday the 12th there will be a Blessing of the Bikes from 7:00 a.m – 9: a.m. at the Plaza de Madre next to the Tiburones Baseball Stadium on the corner of No Reelección and Benito Juarez.  For those of you staying over, the Pirate Ship will give you another FREE cruise staring at noon so be there at 11:30 and the Fiesta will continue on the Malecon.

In addition to the 2017 Bike Weekend, we will have a separate group of riders that are part of the IRON BUTT RIDE on Nov ember 10th which will bring riders from several areas including a group of 30 riders from Indonesia.  These guys will ride for 1000 miles and start in Rocky Point then onto San Felipe, Ensenada, Rosarito, by pass Tijuana, on to Mexicali,  Santa Ana, Caborca and back to Puerto Peñasco all in under 20 hours.

If you do not yet have your lodging reservations, I would suggest doing so ASAP as many hotels are sold out.  Check with www.Puerto-Peñasco.com, Playa Bonita or Laos Mar Hotel.
Drive safely on your journey home to wherever that maybe and come back to see us soon.  No need to wait until the 2018 Rally, we’ll welcome you any time.  Comments or questions, send me an email.

Rocky Point Rally 2017

DIF and the Black and White Ball, September 30, 2017

I recently sat down to visit with First Lady Linda Pivac de Munro and Loly Martinez, Missions Administrator Mexico  who is with Rocky Point Medical Clinics to discuss the 2017 Black and White Ball and to learn more about what DIF (Integral Family Development) does.

B& W Ball
Mayor Munro and Linda Pivac de Munro host 2016 B & W Ball

There are two changes in regards to the ball and that is first the date of the Black and White Ball has been moved to September 30, because in previous years it was held around Thanksgiving and many people who wanted to attend could not due to family and friends coming to Puerto Peñasco.  The second major change is a wonderful delicious sit down dinner catered by Jerry’s Catering will be included in your ticket.  Cocktail hour will start at 7:00 p.m. with dinner being served from 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.  Following dinner will be the crowning of the queen and dancing.  This is a huge event and it is our one time of the year to dress up and go dancing.  The event will be held at the Puerto Peñasco Convention Center, so mark your calendar.  Tickets are on sale already so if you are not in Rocky Point and want to reserve your spot, please email me at nocomosi@msn.com and I will send you directions on how to make your deposit.  The cost is $50 USD per person or you can put together a table of 10 for  $500.00 USD.

DIF-Scholarship-3

Queen of the ball
Crowning of the 2016 Queen

Beautiful Queen
Mayor Munro and First Lady

The funds raised from the ball are used for many things.  Even before Linda’s husband became Mayor of Puerto Peñasco, she has been very involved and dedicated to education of the children and this is where her heart is. It is important to locate the problems and find a solution for them within the community. It is also crucial that children and the youth obtain the best education possible in order to become productive and outstanding members of the community.

DIF created a scholarship program in which 83 students from low income families will receive financial support to attend further education in universities outside of Rocky Point. They must have and A grade point and be drug free.  DIF created Casa del Estudiante which consists of eight of these students 4 boys and 4 girls are attending UABC in Mexicali to learn to be accountants, mechatronics or physiology.  It costs $304,632 pesos to house these youth and that includes renting the house, water, electricity, internet and HOA fees.  They receive in home visits 3 times a year to make sure their grades are A and that they are drug free.  Every dollar is fully accountable with facturas (receipts) received for every dollar spent and at any time anyone can go and check on the money spent.

DIF Scholarship Students

DIF Scholarship Students

The drop out rate at most schools has been very high but due to the programs and help from DIF, the drop out rate  for instance CetMar has dropped to only 13%.  The schools benefiting from the DIF scholarship programs are UTTPP, ITTSP Technology school and UNIDEP.

DIF has also started a Parenting School to help parents of our youth to get involved in keeping the children in school and to make sure they are studying, doing their homework and getting great grades.  With out this program, many of our youth will fall through the cracks and drop out and then get into trouble.  Years ago it was just the mom’s that attended the parent-teacher conference but now days  you see both parents going to these conferences.  The parents are taught about how to teach the kids about not getting pregnant, getting into drugs and bullying amongst other things.

Besides the Black and White Ball, DIF raises funds from beer sales at community events such as Carnival, Rocky Point Rally, Cervantino Festival and other music events.

Everyone is invited to attend this event and if you need additional information email to Dif_penasco@hotmail.com. We look forward to seeing you all there. Let’s get out as residents of Rocky Point and show our support for the youth who are the future of our city. Remember every Dollar spent helps insure that the youth of Puerto Peñasco get a 1st class education.  These are just some of the programs that your dollar will support.

If you have any questions please email me at blog@puerto-penasco.com.  Please remember the upcoming events coming up this fall, Labor Day, Rocky Point Rally and Thanksgiving.  Make sure you make your reservations for lodging soon as things are already getting booked up.

MTZ Cantina hosts fund raiser for Julio Carlos Meza Mendez

Enjoy MTZ
A new venue for special events

I recently went on an interview with owner of MTZMartin Martinez, who was born and raised here in Puerto Peñasco.  Martin is also a licensed Real Estate agent as well as owning the place to go to for special events as well La Galleria on the corner of the entry to the Old Port.  MTZ is on the harbor side over looking the shrimp boats and sunset cruise boats.
Wagon planter
Surround your self with a view.

He had opened Bacanora Grill but closed it while back and then recently opened MTZ.  The décor inside is unique, with the walls being decorated with pallets that have been painted, old metal barrels that now have been converted into hanging lights as well as wood from some of the old ships that make up the great back bar.  Upon entering you will find a large stage which features a really nice mural by a young local artist.  Out front, you will find seating as well, which will covered with shade screen soon.  So you can sit outside and have a drink while waiting  for your Sunset Cruise to depart or a night cap when you come back.  Inside it is air conditioned and has comfortable seating as well as a lounge type atmosphere.

Good times.
Relax at MTZ

After talking for some time about the city and the growth and things that come with growth, Martin explained that his venue is great for showcasing local bands as well as others from outside the city. They have hosted several events since it opened.  He has a passion for seeing Puerto Peñasco grow in culture and hopes to be able to help to make it better and introduce visitors to more of the Mexican culture.  We discussed what is happening in the Old Port and what is happening in our town.

MTZ
Comfortable seating to enjoy the music.

The discussion then evolved around hosting a fund raiser for a Rocky Point native who at the age of 37 had a stroke.  His name is Julio Carlos Meza Mendez and he is the son of world renowned shell artist Julio Meza.  Most of you who stay in the RV Parks like Playa Bonita or reside here full time have seen Julio walking the boardwalk by Playa Bonita selling his shell art or have gone to his workshop to see how the art is created and probably own pieces of his work.  Julio has 8 pieces hanging in the Vatican as well as pieces all over the world.  Julio Carlos has his Bachelor Degree in International Affairs and is working on Bachelor Degree in  Law. His company specializes in legal advise in such matters as new and renewal of bank trusts as well as things like getting the Permanent Residency status.  He also offers bill pay service as well as being a general contractor.  His office is located on Blvd Freemont in the center where Chef Mickey’s is.  He will have a way to go to recovery but he  is in the capable hands of therapist Blanca Soto of UBR (Basic Rehab Unit).

Julio Carlos Meza

Special
Wonderful for a gift.

If you never seen the works of Julio Meza, Senior, check out these photos.  They are one of a kind pieces of art that can not be copied or duplicated.

Stunning
One of a kind.

Local artist
Charlie and Pat Buckles of Gilbert, Arizona with their one of a kind work of art.

Needless to say, his medical bill’s are staggering as he has been in the hospital in Mexicali for 2  months and just recently returned to Puerto Peñasco to get additional therapy.  His family is doing a raffle with tickets  selling at $200 pesos (they come in books of 10).  First place will receive $10,000 pesos and second place with receive $5000 pesos.  With  help from First Lady Linda Pivac Munro, the ladies from DIF are selling the tickets or you can buy them from me as well.  Proceeds from both of these events will go to defray the cost of his medical bill’s and assure  proper therapy.  The raffle will be held July 14th.

Art in the making.
Shell Art Construction

After much conversation about the plight of Julio Carlos, Martin and I decided to do the benefit for Julio and the event will be held July 28th from 4 pm to 8 pm at MTZ (across from where the Intripid Sunset Cruise departs) with music provided my “Puerto Luna” a local band that plays Mexican ballad type music.  The cost of the tickets are $250 pesos and include 3 beer or wine tickets, Bacanora Tasting, reduced pricing on drinks and food from local restaurants.  A bonus to the food, wine, Bacanora and music,  your ticket will be placed in drawing for a condo stay at the  Pinacate Condos.  We are doing a silent auction in addition to the relaxing evening. All proceeds go to defray the costs of Julio Carlos’s current medical bills as well as the on going therapy. If you have something you would like to donate, please contact me at (nocomosi@msn.com) and we will make sure it is added to the list.  If you want to purchase your tickets in advance, please let me know at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com

Puerto Peñasco, a Wedding Destination & Vacation Destination

April 2017 has proved once again to be one of the busiest months of the year.  Not only did 135,000 tourists come here for Semana Santa (Easter weekend) from Arizona, California, Texas, Baja California, Chihuahua, Sinaloa and Sonora filling all lodging to 100%, it also increased revenue by 15% over last year.  Add to the fact that the weekend before Semana Santa there were at least 6 weddings in Puerto Peñasco.  The month is barely half over and there are more things coming up like the Triathlon and more weddings.  Puerto Peñasco has rapidly become a destination for beach goers as the beach and the Sea of Cortez  are crystal clear and clean. The Sea of Cortez and it’s beautiful sunsets make for a great back drop for a wedding and oh so romantic.

Sunset Time
Your friends and family will be in awe.

Rocky Point Sunsets

If you are planning a wedding in Rocky Point, it now has become a fact that you need to do so a year in advance if it is to be in April, May or June.  The city is still learning about these sort of things, but there is a limit as to how many suppliers there are for equipment rentals for an outside wedding,  DJ’s, photographers, caterers, cake makers, florist, bartenders and so much more to say nothing of lodging accommodations for  families and friends.  If you are having a large reception with a sit down dinner at one of the resorts, that will take some extra planning.  If you plan to be married in one of the churches, that is another consideration.

Custom Wedding Cakes

Most of the cake makers in Puerto Peñasco can custom design your cake.

Start your Beach Wedding with Marachi Music

Most people who decide to be married in Puerto Peñasco, get legally married in the United States where they reside and then have the party here.  This is much easier that going through the paperwork do be legally married in Mexico.

Luxury condo developments for weddings and the beach.

Although there are several  wedding planners here, the fact still remains you have to have the suppliers of everything that goes into an event like this, to get the things you want.  You may want to interview the wedding planners to see which one best suites your needs and get references and the same goes if you are using a caterer, DJ and photographer.  This will insure that you have no last minute surprises on your wedding day.

Another beauitul sunset.

Due to the fact the Rocky Point has a huge tide swing on full and new moons, it is best to check that in advance as well as sunset times.  The sunsets are some of the best anywhere, but you want to time it so the ceremony is prior to sunset so there is plenty of time for your guests to get back to where the dinner or reception is being held.  You can check these things usually near the end of the year when all the new tide chart calendars are out.

A typical Rocky Point day

If your group loves wine, there is no need to haul any of it from the USA.  Wines from The Valle de Guadalupe in Baja Norte can be gotten via a source like El  Tapeo Wine Bar or you may be able to contract with a winery directly if you are familiar with any of the wines from that area.  There are so many good ones to choose from and Laura from El Tapeo can point you in the right direction.

Saying your wedding vows near the water.

A fun event for the day after the wedding is to have all the guests that have stayed over an extra day is to take a sunset cruise or perhaps do it the day before the wedding.   This is a great way for all of your guests to meet ahead of time.

Take your guests on a sunset cruise

Be assured that the suppliers and wedding planners are well versed in their fields and are 100% professional .  A wedding in Puerto Peñasco, will be one that you and your family and friends will truly remember and cherish for a lifetime of memories.  Start making your plans now.  If you have any questions, we are here to help.

Vendors can provide everything for  your specail day

Don’t forget we are only a one hour drive south of the border and it is safe and an easy drive.  Go to www.Puerto-Peñasco.com to check out lodging today to start making plans.

The Greatest Motorcycle Fiesta South of the Border Nov 11-14

The 16th Annual Rocky Point Rally is only 40 days away!  Seems like just yesterday we were planning the 15th Rally!  Oscar Palacio and his team have put together a stellar line up of events as you will see bellow.  Sami Riveria has gotten everything organized again and kuddos to her.  Every year it does get easier to produce an event of this size.  For my part of heading up registration, I have been blessed to have pretty much  the same group of volunteers for the past 6 years.  These are all full time residents who moved here to relax and enjoy life.  They give tirelessly of their time every year and my thanks to them.  There are still a few details TBD, but here is the schedule that we have so far.

Rocky Point Rally 2015
Oscar Palocio head of this party for now 15 years and Beverly Arrowood, Head of Registration

THURSDAY  NOVEMBER  10th

Registration: Remember it is only $20 USD or   $350   in pesos and all monies going to our 7 local charities.  For your money you will receive the official pin, patch, bandana, koozie holders, local Passport to get stamped, wristband which gives you FREE passage on the Pirate Boat ( on Friday and Sunday) and other things from local businesses.  This will also be the drop off point for toys for  the King’s Day Toy Run(which will be passed out in January of 2017.

Thursday Nov. 10th and Friday Nov. 11th registration begins at 9 am – 5:30 p.m.  It is at Barklin Circle K (on the left) just south of the overpass on the highway.  Look for the huge Law Tigers inflatable and all the activities and bikes.  If you are coming from the West Coast as you get close to Puerto Peñasco just follow the signs.

Sanborn’s Mystery Over the Border Poker Run.  Cards are $10 USD 4th stop will be at Registration on both Thursday and Friday.

There will be one from the US starting in Ajo, AZ  both Thursday and Friday and of course the Condo Poker Run on Friday.  Get your cards and then when you have them all stamped, turn them in at Playa Bonita on Friday Between 4:30 and 5:30.

Thursday Main Event

7 p.m. Kick Off Night Fiesta at Bandito’s on Sandy Beach  featuring Whiskey’s Quicker, The Black Moods and Authority Zero.

Authority Zero in Rocky Point
Authority Zero

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 11 th

9:30 a.m. Pinacate  Ride.  meet up at Barklin Gas Station and the ride starts at 10 a.m.  This event grows every year as it is a smooth ride and educational as well.

12 noon FREE Pirate Boat rides with your wristband.  Drinks can be purchased on board

2:00 aprox. Condo Poker Run route and time to be determined .   Cards are $10 USD.  Turn in all Poker cards at Playa Bonita between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.  Winners will be announced at the Fiesta at 7 p.m.

4:00 p.m. – 7  p.m. Beach Fiesta Playa Bonita Concert by Latin Rebel Band from Arizona.  Flag Honor Guard by the American legion Post MX 15

7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Evening Street Party (Sponsored by  Penasco del Sol Hotel, Max’s and Scullyz) DL Marble and Matt Farris.  Miss Rocky Point Contest sponsored by Max’s Café and Tattoo Contest sponsored by Skully’z.

Evening Party on Calle 13

Matt Farriss

SATURDAY  NOVEMBER 12th

8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Breakfast at Capone’s “Big Tuna Saluna”

11:30 a.m. Parade Line Up in front of the Red Cross

12:00 p.m. Parade starts and ends on the Malecon

Saturday Events on the Malecon

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Bike Show registration ( categories to enter in)

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Voting

1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Main Stage Music Latino Rebel Band, Mogollon, Javier Batiz and Noise Pollution AC/DC Tribute band

Biker Rocky Point Rally 2015

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 13th

8:00 a.m.  (aprx) blessing of the Bikes.

“Before You Go” Sunday at Capone’s with live music all day.

Noon Pirate Boat Rides.

Fiesta on the Malecon continues.

There will music and fun all over the city and many bars will be having entertainment, like Boo BarThey will have on Thursday DL Marble, Friday Black Moods, Saturday Radioflix and Sunday DL Marble.  Watch here as we will be announcing more as the become available.

DL Marble

If you would like to pre-register go to http://rockypointrally.com/2016-online-registration.  You will be able to pick up your packet at Barklin gas Station/Circle K just north of town from 9 – 5 Thursday and Friday.  Just look for the sign that says Pre-Register.

Come on down and enjoy.  Don’t have a reservation or can’t find one, let us know.

Beach Bar Radio in Rocky Point, Mexico

Beach Bar Radio in Rocky Point Mexico

Beach Bar Radio is a new concept for music in Rocky Point Mexico that you can listen to from anywhere in the world. When you are looking for new music or just a forgotten classic you can tune in to Beach Bar Radio to create the perfect soundtrack for you sunset with an Ocean view. We contacted Beach Bar Radio and we ask them a few questions about what is Beach Bar Radio and all the details.
We talked to Ken: Partner, Creative Director and Tech Guy of Beach Bar Radio:
What is Beach Bar Radio? Beach Bar Radio started as a thought and conversation and we’ve grown into a full blown audio station playing a dynamic mix of Beach Lifestyle music with new and fresh artists introduced whenever possible. We are a audio stream Radio Station or internet station
How was the Beach Bar Radio Started? A long conversation between Stephen Heisler, my partner in Beach Bar, and myself. No one is servicing this genre well, so we decided to give it a shot. I’ll venture to say that we are the cleanest stream in out there for Trop Rock/Americana. Also we are always open to ideas for new sounds, new bands and the other thing that is different is if you hear a song that just doesn’t fit, send a note, we’ll consider it. It’s your station, help it grow.
What style of Music is Played at Beach Bar Radio? Beach Bar has a format that is just breaking out, Tropical Rock is one name, another title is Americana..we also mix in some New Country and Reggae.
How can people call in and request songs? (Via Skype or normal Telephone) Via Google Voice at 970-823-2246
Where is Beach Bar Radio Located? Our main office is located in Puerto Penasco, Sonora Mexico with branch partners in the Florida Keys, Pensacola, The Gulf coast of Texas, Arizona and California.
How can we listen to Beach Bar Radio? If you visit our website at www.beachbarradio.com you’ll find a link in the middle of the page that will take you to out partner link, Tune In (http://tunein.com/radio/Beach-Bar-Radio-s218596/).
Is there a Phone App? Yes, with Tune in and our own mobile option that comes from our stream partner (http://mobile.shoutcaststreaming.us/beachbar/) this link provides options for android, IPhone or Blackberry devices.
 Can new bands/independent bands contact you to sent you their demo? Not just yes, but touch base right away, we can help with promos and more.
How can we contact Beach Bar Radio in Social Networks and E-mail? https://www.facebook.com/BeachBarRadio also our “Contact us” page on the web.
What is the Website? www.beachbarradio.com
Special Thanks to Ken and Stephen Heisler for taking the time to answer this questions.

Beach Bar Radio in Mexico

So go check our Beach Bar Radio for yourself there is nothing better to listen when you are ocean side.