Saturday February 3rd the Rotary Club de Puerto Peñasco comes together with the Mermaids Market for a fun filled day. The Rotary Club’s event is called Festival de Mariscos “FISH BOWL”Seafood Festival and is an annual fundraiser for the club. The event is the day before Super Bowl so you will have no trouble remembering the date. It starts at 10 a.m. and goes to 4 p.m. at Camaron Park (Shrimp Park). For those of you who have never been in Rocky Pointbefore, it is the park across from City Hall on the corner of Benito Juarez and Blvd. Freemont. Come sample the seafood that made Puerto Peñasco famous.
This event will not only give you the opportunity to try many different seafood dishes being prepared by several of Puerto Peñasco’s great restaurants, but will also give you a chance to hear so many of our wonderful music groups as well and shop the vendors of the Mermaid Market. Remember Valentine’s Dayis just only 12 days away from the event, so it is a great way to shop for your wife or girl friend and have fun doing so. Beside shopping “3Boys” will also being selling fresh seafood, so bring your ice chest along. The local scout troop will be selling their adorable miniature cactus and there will also be painting demonstrations.
Local restaurants will be serving everything from fish burgers to cerviche and if you are lucky some fabulous Paella. Here you can try seafood from El Tapeo, Collins Cantina, Blue Marlin, Sushi Sun, Don Julio’s, Mare Blue, Coffee Point, UTTP Culinary School, CEUNO culinary students, Jerry’s Banquets, Puesta del Sol (Playa Bonita), Shark Bite, Puesto de Escabeche, El Buzo, Postres by Vero and more. Both the Mermaid Market and the Rotary Club will be selling water, Margarita’s, wine and beer. Tickets for the food and drink are $1.00 ea.($20 pesos) and prices for the food will range from 1 to 3 tickets each. You can buy them in groups of 10, 20 50 as well as separately (see the poster above).
Wear your dancing shoes as there will be music starting at 10:30 a.m. by Hijos de Mauricio followed by CETMAR Baile Folklorico at 12:00 p.m. Next is local musician like Richard Scott on the saxophone at 1:00 p.m. and Stacey Joy (from New Mexico) at 2:00 p.m. Raffle drawing is at 3:00 p.m.
They have also put some great raffle packages together from local merchants, bars and restaurants, condo stays, boat cruises, spa massages, golf, artwork from the Mermaid Market artists, gift certificates and more. There will be 10 packages to raffle off and they are all well worth the money. The raffle tickets are $5.00 USD each or 5 for $20.00USD. You can also pay in pesos. The drawing will be at 3:00 p.m. and you need not be present to win.
The proceeds from the event go help the local Rotary Club’s social service activities in the community and participation in Global Grant possibilities. For more info on the Rotary Club of Puerto Peñasco check them out on line at www.clubrotariopuertopenas.com or Club Rotario Mar de Peñasco A.C. They hold 2 main fundraising activities every year and that includes the one in October called the “World’s Greatest Meal” and this supports in the effort to rid polio across the world (this is one of Rotary International’s main focus).
The 2nd Annual Balloon Festival will be held February 23rd – 25th at Isla Del Mar (formally Laguna Del Mar). The event is open to everyone. This is a great photo opportunity not only due to the beautiful colored and special shaped balloons but the setting as well. Last year proved to be a huge success for the event with nearly a dozen balloons flying above the Sea of Cortez and the Sonoran Desert.
On February 23rd and 24th the balloon ascensions begin at 7:00 am. At 2:00 pm is the opening with a family Pic Nic . Throughout the event there will be a kids area as well as food and beverages. The music starts at 5:00 pm with the band ‘Something Like Seduction’ and this is followed by the Balloon exhibition and Light Show (Balloon Glow) at 7:00 pm. The music and kids area with continue along with food and beverages at 8:00 pm
February the 25th the balloons will again begin the ascension at 7:00 am.
Buy your tickets early and save. They can be purchased at Puerto Viejo Coffee located in the Malecon on the corner across from the Catholic Church and just a few doors from The Blue Marlin. The admission to get in is:
Vehicles Buy Early At The Gate
1-5 People $200 MN $300 MN
1-7 People $300 MN $400 MN
1-14 People $600 MN $700 MN
Bring you blankets or chairs and plan to make a day of it. You won’t be disappointed. Who knows you might even get the chance to help set them up.
For additional information call 638-383-1979 or email to email@example.com. Check out the website at www.larutadelglobo.com.
February 9, 2018 will be an exciting night for over 58 other countries including America, Latin and South America. It is important for Mexico and especially Puerto Peñasco. This is the first time this event is being held in Mexico and it is the first time in the State of Sonora and Rocky Point. The event will be hosted by the Family of God Christian Fellowship.It will go from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
What is the “Night To Shine“? It is a night where young people from the age of 14 and up who are special needs teens and adults who can have a dream and they will have a prom. They will be treated to with music, dancing, flowers, food and walking down a Red Carpet. Here they can dress up in formal gowns for the young ladies and shirts, ties and maybe suits for the young men. They can choose from eating, dancing, getting a ride in a limo or just spending time taking it all in. It is a night for them to see they are indeed special and loved.
This is the 3rd year of “Night To Shine” and it started in Lubbock, Texas with the Springs Fellowship Church and is sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. This year they have over 500 host churches involved in putting on the event all on the same night and same time.
There will be chaperones to dance with as well as each other and music to listen to if they don’t want to dance. Currently there are 19 females signed up and 38 males. They are expecting anywhere between 75 to 200 people to attend. Gowns have been donated and they have plenty of them to choose from, however, they are in need of apparel for the guys (long pants, shirts and ties, etc.)
In this small community of Puerto Peñasco, there are many families with special needs children or adults and this will be an event they would probably never have a chance to attend if it were not for this. In doing some research for this article, I found that there are some families who have not only 1 special needs child but in some cases 2 or 3 and even twins. Many of these parents don’t necessarily hide the children but don’t openly talk about it as they feel it is their fault. This event will also give the parents a chance to meet other parents who have the special needs family members, so it gives them a chance to talk and bond among themselves. There is an Apostolic Church in the San Rafeal that have over 30 special needs children and adults in their congregation.
I hope you will watch the 2 videos and see what this is all about. Perhaps you are Spanish speaking and can volunteer to help. If you are not fluent you may want to volunteer in food service, set up or clean up, go to the quiet room to sit with the prom go’ers in case it gets to overwhelming for them. All volunteers must pass a back ground check and I don’t see an issue for any of us in this regard. If you are interested in helping in any way and I will put you in touch with the person in charge.
After the prom is over, we will post pictures so that you can see how much fun everyone had and perhaps next year become a volunteer.
As 2017 starts to come to an end, we give thanks for our health, all the good things that have happened in Puerto Peñasco and for all the tourists that have come here to enjoy our piece of PARADISE. After Thanksgiving, things slow down until New Year’s Eve and then the parties start all over town.
Many residents here choose to stay at home and be with family and friends and see the ball drop in Time Square. While the others like to go out for a nice dinner, dancing and have that champagne toast at midnight. Here you will find a list of the places that will be serving up a New Year’s Eve party to remember. Be sure to make your reservations now as most of the restaurants will fill up early.
BOO BAR: Boo Bar is located upstairs in the Old Port on the water. Here you can enjoy great food, drinks and friendly service. Go early to watch the spectacular sunsets on the Sea of Cortez on New Year’s Eve from the huge Palapa on the water side. Don’t forget to bring your umbrella or rain coat for the midnight Champagne shower.
TEQUILA BAR: Tequila Bar is located on the Malecon in the Old Port. They will be serving a full menu, drink specials along with a Champagne toast at midnight. Music will be provided by Los Ponchos and they are currently accepting reservations, but hurry as they are filling up quickly.
SONORAN SKY: The Sonoran SKY is again doing their dinner and dance. The cost is $55.00 and will feature a cocktail reception, 3 course dinner, Champagne toast and music. Come join in the fun and make your reservations soon so as not to be left out.
PUESTA DEL SOL at PLAYA BONITA : Come spend New Year’s Eve with your friends at Playa Bonita and enjoy great food, music by RIGO and a lovely view of the city lights of Puerto Peñasco. You will not be disappointed in the food or service.
Pane y Vino: Enjoy an delicious gourmet dinner that is sure to please everyone. It will feature a choice of 2 appetizers and 2 entrees each pared with a sorbet or glass of wine as well as a luscious desert. Make your reservations now to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t miss the sunset from here.
The following restaurants are either already full or will not be hosting an event. Wrecked at the Reef, El Tapeo, Shark Bite and Latitude 31.
On December 30th, Puerto Peñasco will be holding it’s Art Walk in the Old Port. From 4 p.m. tp 8 p.m. Stop by to visit with the local artists and view the talent that is here in Puerto Peñasco. Buying a home or condo, this is a great place to look for that special piece of art or talk it back to your home where ever that may be.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One questioned that is most asked is “where do we get great food” while we are in Rocky Point? Years ago there were not that many restaurants, much less really good ones. Over the years that has changed and there are new ones opening constantly. We have great seafood restaurants, Italian and Chinese restaurants. Recently we had Empanada’s de Argentina open(located behind Capone’s)and currently opening is Cayena Bistro serving food from Venezula. It is located on the way into the Old Port where Ramon’s use to be. We have several Mexican resturants such as La Curva , which is one of the oldest in town and Lolitas,which is located on the road that leads to the Mirador area. Most restaurants in Rocky Point serve freshly caught fish and shrimp and they are served in many different styles.
Here you will find a list of the ones people love the most and telling you what they serve as well as to where they are located. Trip Advisor rates most of these in the top 10 in Puerto Penasco with 4 1/2 -5 stars. These are restaurants in the Old Port as well as Blvd Freemont. There are many more, but these are the ones most people talk about.
1) Blue Marlin. This restaurant started over 20 years ago as a smoked fish shop and over the years has evolved into a full scale restaurant. One of his most popular items is the Coconut Shrimp which is served in a hollowed out coconut shell. The creamy cilantro sauce is one of the best anywhere. Want some great Baja style fish tacos for lunch? Look no farther than the Blue Marlin which is located in the Old Port on the side street down from the Catholic church and Thrifty’s. Here you will find a nice wine list as well. The owners motto is “Welcome Home”. Credit cards accepted.
2) The Satisfied Frog. Yes this is the same Satisfied Frog from Cave Creek, AZ. Here you find a diverse menu and they have daily “specials”. They have wood fired pizza’s, BBQ ribs, Mexican food, fish and shrimp baskets. They are best known for their Sunday Special which is a whole broasted Chicken for $12.00 and it is served family style complete with a big bowl of mashed potatoes and gravy and cole slaw. Here you will also find the only Strawberry short cake in town and it is served in a mason jar. The burgers are also great and huge. The Satisfied Frog is located at the end of the Malecon next to Vina Del Mar Hotel and sits right on the water. Credit cards accepted.
3) Boo Bar. Boo Bar is located upstairs above the fish stalls. Want a great hamburger or sliders, or pizza, stop by this place. Last year they added a large palapa covered patio which over looks the Sea of Cortez. Here you can enjoy great food and cold beer all with a wonderful view. Boo Bar probably has the best guacamole in Puerto Peñasco if anyone asks. They are known for their fresh seafood. They also feature really good bands for your entertainment. Boo Bar has the capability of handling large groups as well. After you are done eating stop by their gift shop and pick up a Boo Bar flag or some of their great apparel. Credit cards accepted.
4) Mary’s. Mary’s has been known for it’s fresh seafood for years and is always consistent in quality. Never have to feel bad about recommending them.
5) Sr. Amigo’s. Located on the right just as you enter the Malecon in the Old Port. Great service and food. Here you will find everything from fresh seafood to traditional Mexican dishes. Sr. Amigo’s has been around for many years and has a great following. You will not be disappointed here. Dine upstairs or down and you are right on the water
6) The Friendly Dolphin. The oldest restaurant in the Old Port area is the The Friendly Dolphin and features both Mexican cuisine as well as seafood. It is located as you are coming out of the port across from Mercedes Rusticos. If you are lucky enough you may even have the owner break out in a song.
7) Pane y Vino. Pane y Vino is owned by Chef Luca. Fine dining here and you will find a great wine list to accompany your gourmet dinner. They serve classic Italian, fresh seafood and great steaks. After dinner, enjoy a decadent dessert while watching the city lights come on as the sun sets. The food, service and view are really wonderful.
8) Casa de Capitan is next to FISH and has Mexican food as well as seafood. This is a great place to enjoy a margarita while watching the Rocky Point Sunsets. This restaurant has been open for 24 years and going strong.
6) Chef Mickey’s Place International Cuisine on Freemont. This is indeed a fine dining restaurant and it is located on Blvd. Freemont just east of Sinaloa. Known for the Tequila Shrimp, Pecan crusted fish and many other creative entrees. The most popular appetizer are the stuffed dates. Mickey does a great job with the filet. For that sweet tooth, try any of the home made desserts. You will also find a nice selection of wines at this place. No credit cards at this time.
Looking for a great breakfast check out these restaurants.
1) Kaffee Haus although is not in the Old Port but is on your left as you are heading into the Old Port. It has been open since 2004 and has been a success since the day they opened. They are open for breakfast and lunch only. Trip Advisor has them at 4 1/2 stars. No matter what time of the day or what day, plan on a wait unless you are there when they open. Best Chiliquilles anywhere and the burgers are excellent. They also feature daily specials and are well know for their Apple Strudel with Whiskey sauce. Here you can also buy several little bakery specialty type desserts. NO Credit Cards.
2) Latitude 31. Along with great breakfasts here you can get a great meal any time of the day. If you want a great Thanksgiving dinner and don’t want to cook at home, this is the place to go. Always consistent food and service, serving American, Mexican and seafood. Again, you will find something for everyone there. Great place to catch sporting events. While you are there, check out the little gift store downstairs if you are looking for something from Mexico at reasonable prices and good quality. Also a recipient of 4 1/2 stars and credit cards are accepted.
3) Candy Cake. This little place started as a bakery and cake maker. They are known for their delicious cakes. It is located near the baseball stadium. A few years ago, they enlarged the bakery area and started serving breakfast. It is a breakfast like you would find in the south of Mexico and full of flavor. It is usually packed with both locals as well as our winter visitors. Treat yourself and go by to have your taste buds treated.
4) Pink Cadillac. This restaurant has been open for years and is located in the Mirador area of Rocky Point. Besides serving really good American diner style and Mexican breakfasts, they have daily features as well. If you love liver and onions, then this is the place for you. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and also have a full bar. A must place to try.
5) Capone’s. Although best known for their pizza, burgers and fresh fish, this is a place to go if you want the best eggs benedict around. They have about 10 different types and all come with beautifully fired potatoes and great refried beans that are served in a little tortilla cup. They also have a traditional breakfast menu. They usually have a nightly feature and many times is a fresh from the boat fish and they have a great clam bucket. Full bar here and credit cards are accepted. If you are planning on going on a weekend, get there early as it seems to be a meeting place for old friends and families.
6) MicMickey’s Burger Bistro. Chef Mickey opened MicMickey’s the spring of 2017 for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you are wanting a huge burger with green chili, this is the place to go. It comes with a whole Hatch style green chili, cheese, grilled onions and fries. It is one of the best around. You can get both American food as well as Mexican specialties. They serve an outstanding fish basket as well as a shrimp basket and also fresh made sweets. There is something for everyone. Good food, good prices and good service will keep you going back. There is outside seating on the patio as well as inside and it can accommodate business groups. NO credit cards.
7) Don Julio’s. It is located on Blvd Freemont just past Sinaloa on the right. It is a Hacienda style building with large sculptures out front. Their menu is traditional Mexican and it is very good. They also have a Mexican buffet as well as a full bar. There is also an out door patio to have a drink on. Not sure if they accept credit cards.
8) Bryan’s Sports Bar. Located on Blvd. Freemont in the plaza on the right before you head to Las Conchas. Another super place to catch those sporting events. They have nightly specials from wings to sliders to prime rib. You won’t be disappointed in the food. Bright and cheer sports bar décor. Give them a try.
These places will keep you busy trying out new things and meeting new people. In Part 2 of dining out we will touch on everything from Calle 13 to Sandy Beach. So watch for it coming soon.
Soon Thanksgiving will be upon us and the weather is beautiful in Puerto Peñasco. The RV Parks of Playa Bonita, Playa del Oro and the Reef are already filling up. Although this is an American holiday, restaurants here cater to our celebration. For many the celebration of Thanksgiving is one of cooking or smoking the Turkey, making all the trimmings and have large gatherings of friends and family. For other’s it is the one time of the year, where some choose to avoid cooking and prefer to have someone else do it for them.
Many of the RV’ers choose to cook the turkeys in their RV and then share with all of their group of friends. One such group from Green Valley, AZ has been doing this for many years and now are over 10 rigs coming down. What a better way to spend the day than sitting on the beach enjoying drinks, great food and friendships while watching the Sea of Cortez go by. If you decide to cook at home, the border side of Mexico has been allowing us to bring in 1 turkey as they recognize our holiday. With all the fresh fruit and vegetables, there is no need to haul anything else down. If you want to order a turkey here, CS Food Services are taking orders. Give Michelle a call at 388-6556 or stop by (orders are being placed November 11, 2017). They will have Butterball and Hormel. The Butterballs average 18 lbs and are aprx.$780 pesos, the Hormel brand is average 12 Lbs at aprx.$360 pesos. Cranberry jelly for a 14 oz can is $42 pesos and Pumpkin Pies are $260 pesos. CS also carries butter, heavy cream, dinner rolls and a lot of other things to make you Thanksgiving Day a success. CS is located off Kino Blvd right in front of Numeros. Sam’s Club has turkeys already, but the are partially smoked and if they are the same as last year had some sort of gelatin covering them.
Things to bring from the USA would be canned pumpkin if you prefer to make your own pies like I do, disposable metal roasting pans, canned or fresh sweet potatoes, cranberries or Pumpkin pies from like COSTCO. If you like to add oysters to your stuffing, this is the place to get them right from the oyster beds.
One restaurant that has been serving up Thanksgiving is Latitude 31. They choose to share their restaurant with families and friends. They will prepare a turkey dinner complete with turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, stuffing, cranberries, rolls and the ever favorite Pumpkin Pie. All of this for only $13.50 plus you get to share good times with other ex pats living here. Make your reservation today.
Another favorite is Puesta del Sol at Playa Bonita. If you are staying in the RV Park and choose not to cook, this is a great alternative for you. You still have a great view without the muss and fuss. You can have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner or choose to have it catered and they have several options available for you. Thanksgiving dinner at Puesta del Sol is $12.00 and complete with all the trimmings.
The American Legion is also offering Thanksgiving dinner. Bring a side dish and it is $5.00 USD or $8.00 without. They are located in the Mirador area of Rocky Point. Dinner is served from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
The last place doing Thanksgiving Dinner is Chef Mickey’s Place on Benito Juarez. The cost is $18.00 USD with all the trimmings and goes from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
One other thing that happens every Thanksgiving weekend is “Art in the Park” in Las Conchas on November 25th from 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Go out and see your favorite artist and do your Christmas shopping early.
I am sure if you have driven out to Cholla Bay, you may ask yourself what do people do out here? The folks in Cholla Bay are a very active group and they are always doing something to promote the Santa Claus Club that was founded by John Fowler years ago. In a previous blog we touched on the OTL Tournament the benefits the youth of Puerto Peñasco via the Santa Claus Club being held the same weekend on Sandy Beach by Changos.
The weekend of October 27th will be another Corn Hole Tournament in Cholla Bay. This event will provide entertainment for everyone while raising money for the Santa Claus Club. The fun begins at Baja Cantina on October 27th at 6 pm. On Saturday the fun continues at J.J.’s Cantina in Cholla and ends October 29th at Dukes Sports Bar. There are money prizes for 1st – 6th place and even a prize for the 1st LOSER.
Go out and be a player or a spectator. While you are there, take the time if the tide is out to walk out into the bay and look for Sand Dollars or other shells. Make sure you stay for the sunsets as the are spectacular from there. J.J.’s Cantina is know far and wide for their NO SNIVELING merchandise. Get you t-shirts, license plate frames and more while enjoy a beverage on the outdoor patio under the big shade trees. This a great way to meet new friends or catch up with some old ones.
As you drive around through the area, you might even find a lot or a home for sale that you would like. There are many home available that have both bay and Sea of Cortez views. This can be a great investment for you and your family and a great place to retire.
Feel free to print the above form to register or go to www.santaclausclub.org for more details.
Make your reservations soon as the condos and hotels will be filling up. Need lodging, try Playa Bonita, Laos Mar, Baja Cantina or Penasco Del Sol Hotel. Many people are interested in the tradition of Dia De Los Muertos or “Day of the Dead”, so we are seeing more and more visitors coming for this event.
Any questions, email me at Blog@Puerto-Penasco.com. Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson and just 1 hour across the US/Mexico border.
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.
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.
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.
On Saturday the 11th is the Biker Breakfast special “The “Big Tuna Saluna” atCapone’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.
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.
Be prepared to be entertained and amazed as once again the city of Puerto Peñasco will hold it’s Cervantino Festival. This event has been going on in the south of Mexico in Guanajuato for years (XCV ), but in Rocky Pointit is in it’s 6th year. It is a breath of fresh air to see the hard work of people like Mayor Kiko Munro and his wife Linda Pivac de Munro, Nina Mier and Victor Aleman, to name a few, who want to see the culture of Mexico promoted. It is with events like these that residents and tourists can get a glimpse of the true Mexican culture. Cervantino 6 will be held at the Plaza de Gobernadores, Plaza Colosio, Galeria de Art Municipal all on the Malecon.
The origin of the Cervantino Festival dates back to the mid 20th century when short plays were put on in the city center of Guanajuato by Miguel de Cervantes and they were called“entremeses“. Guanajuato is located in the State of Guanajuato and at one time was a very rich city because of the mining of silver. In 1972 it received funding and since then has been known internationally for its art and music. It was in 1953 that the 1st festival was held in Guanajuato and was called Entremeses de Miguel de Cervantes. These short plays are still a part of the now called Cervantino Festival. The event will be held in Guanajuato October 11-29.
If you have never been to the city of Guanajuato, you should take the time to go, be it during the festival or any time of the year. It is a city filled with culture and events. The main part of the city sits on top of the streets that run under the city in what were once mining tunnels. It is a very complex set of tunnels and best to use a taxi to get around. It has so much to offer.
In Puerto Peñasco there is a very large population of people from the south of Mexico and they are intent in steeping Rocky Point with some of the cultural history of Mexico. The Cevantino Festival will be held in Puerto Peñasco October 19-22. Most of the events will be held in the Plaza de Governors on the Malecon part of the Old Port. It will consist of music, dancing and an art. Here you can also sample some of the tastes of Mexico while enjoying the event and having the backdrop of the Sea of Cortez. There will be no alcohol sold, but it appears that DIF might be selling wine and perhaps cheese and bread plates. This is being done to help the bars and restaurants that are in the Malecon area.
At the presentation made by Mayor Kiko Munro, clips of some of the entertainment were played. You will be in for a real treat as the music is wonderful. Part of the entertainment list will consist of Winkler – Kellerer ( duo), Barry Good (Jazz music), Natya Ballet Center from India, Tania Libertad (singer), Angela Bermudez(multi talented sings and dances),La Matraka Teatro Obra Rojo Carmin(presenting a play called “Crimson Red) and Eugenia Leon will close the festival on the 22nd( a lady with the voice of a song bird), just to name a few.
If you have children and would like to bring them, there will be a Kids Corner, where the theater will also be shown. What a better way to expose children to culture of another country.
There will also be several other things going during the event such as Elite-Evolution Group which will present a show of 1000 colors, University of Sonora URN, Opera Fusion (which plays music with Latin Rhythms and a theater), Rondalla of Alamos and Nogales( the rondalla is an ensemble of stringed instruments played with what is called a Plectrum or pick). This originated in Spain during Medieval times. Omar Millan (Folk group from India) and Mariachi Brothers Durán and Aaron Durán from Puerto Peñasco.
In addition to all of this, there will be more entertainment, concerts and dancing put on by local dance groups and schools. There will also be an art display, presentation of a book by Moka Hammeken, a presentation of literature and movies and a performance by Guillle Salazar. This can all be seen at the Galeria de Arte Municipal and the Plaza Colosio located on top of the stairs facing the main stage and the Sea Of Cortez.
The event is free to the public. Feel free to bring a seat cushion or chair to sit on. Sit back and take in all of the events. This is one of the best cultural events of the year, so please come down. The end of October has so many things going on, so if you don’t own a home or condoin Rocky Point, make you reservation early.
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