September 16 is the day Mexico celebrates it independence from Spain in 1810. It was officially made the National holiday in 1821. The celebration begins on the night of the 15th at 11:00 pm when the President of Mexico rings the 200 year old bell and gives the cry to Dolores known as El Grito de Dolores battle cry. In Puerto Peñasco, the Mayor of the city steps out on the balcony of the City Municipal building and waves the Mexican Flag as the crowds chant “Viva Mexico” and he usually gives a short speech, followed by singing of the National Anthem.
The battle cry was made by Father Miguel Hildago Costillain the town of Doloreswhich is located in the State of Guanajuato in 1810. Father Hildago was captured and killed in 1811 after calling the military and residents of Mexico to go to battle for their freedom from the Spaniards and Spain. Spain ruled Mexico for over 300 years until Father Hildago wanted to see his country free and not under Spanish rule any more.
This is a national holiday where banks, schools, government offices and many businesses are closed. In many cities, main streets are closed for parades and celebrations. The Mexican flags fly everywhere and there will be fireworks, lots of music and dancing everywhere. You will find many regional foods available in restaurants and on the streets, as well as private parties in homes being served. You can choose from fruit punch, candies, Posole and Menudo, roast lamb, Queso Fundito with chips, salsa and guacamole, Chili En Nogado (poblano chilis stuffed with meat and covered in the colors of the Mexican flag of cream and pomegranate seeds and walnuts, hence the red, white and green colors in the flag, as well as beer, sangria and Tequila.
It is a great celebration so if you are thinking about coming to Rocky Point during the 15th and 16th, be prepared to spend some time getting caught up in the celebrations throughout the city and learning more about the history of Mexico.
In Cholla Bay is where the Santa Claus Club started. The founder of the group John Fowler and the group of people behind it, started it to benefit the children of Cholla Bay as well as the children in need of Rocky Point. They have always been focused on helping to make for a better life for those that are less fortunate. The Santa Claus Club is a nonprofit group and it relies on fund raisers, charity events and donations. John Fowler has been very instrumental in making weekly trips from the Phoenix area to Puerto Peñasco bringing blankets, clothes, shoes, bikes and numerous other things and takes his items to the poor barrios of Rocky Point.
This Over The Line Tournament will be held across from Wrecked at the Reef on Sandy Beach October 21, 2017 from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. There is plenty pf parking, but get there early
There are 3 divisions: Men’s Open, Women’s Open and Men’s Sportsman. The format is a 4 team Round Robin with teams advancing to a single elimination playoff. The Men’s divisions will be playing with the “Big Ball” while the Women’s’ will be playing with the “Orange Ball”.
Players can check in at 8:30 with the tournament starting at 9:00 sharp. The entry fee for the event is $60 USD and includes 3 player T-shirts. Extra tee shirts can be purchased at the event at check-out. If you want to check in person you can do so on October 20th at 7:00 pm at Baja Cantina and Hotel. The Baja Hotel will be offering discounted room rates for players and their families. To make a reservation you can call 602-559-1705 or via the web site http://hotelbaja.net. If you can’t find a room at the Baja Cantina & Hotel, please check out Puerto–Peñasco.com or any of the other rental companies in town.
There will also be a 50/50 drawing and tickets can be purchased on line or at the OTL Tournament. You need not be present to win. You can also purchase them online.
To get more info you can contact the following people. Ryan Lugo – 480-540-8390 Mike Lugo – 480-620-6260 John Fowler – 602-840-1528 Emily Asche – email@example.com
This is great event and remember the proceeds go to benefit less fortunate than us. The weather will be great and if you have little ones, take the time and go visit our new aquarium in the Mirador area near Capone’s Pizza. There is so much to do while you are here from just sitting on the beach to playing in the Tide Pools or go out to Cholla Bay and hunt for Sand Dollars.
Remember Rocky Point is only 1 hour across the US/Mexico border and approximately 4 hours from either Phoenix or Tucson. If you have any questions regarding traveling to Rocky Point please email me at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com.