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Guest Blogger- Nola-Bazar del Muelle

Guest Blogger- Nola-Bazar del Muelle

The inception of the Muelle Market begins with Nola.  This is her story. “When I  first went to the Bamboo Beach restaurant to help Sharon with the food bank I fell in love with the beauty and peacefulness of the space and realized that it would be a wonderful venue for many things. At that time,I didnt speak any spanish so we tossed the idea around and decided to speak with Charlie about using the space for a venue for local artisans to have the opportunity to show their wares and earn some extra money. I never expect it to turn into a mulitcultural market for artisans and crafters from different parts of the Yucatan and the world. The Market has taken on an energy of its’ own and has given Charly at Bamboo Beach and his staff the opportunity to earn extra money for the restaurant and and has  helped raise additional funds for the Chicxulub Food Bank. The market has also allowed Chicxulub to become a meeting place for friends and family to enjoy a day of shopping and lunch while enjoying a beautiful setting. My initial plan was to have the market for 2 or 3 months in the year while the Snowbirds were here for holidays, but it has been such a success that I thought about having it year round. My plan was to have the market open in April- May- June and September – October -November- December the third Thursday of each while the busier months of January – February – March – July and August would be the first and third Thursday of...
English Classes at Andres Quintana Roo

English Classes at Andres Quintana Roo

Susan, the co-ordinator for the english classes offered to the students at the local elementary school and her dedicated group of volunteers have done an amazing job once again this year.  Each year just keeps getting better and the children are more comfortable trying out their new language skills.  It is not unusual to hear children and parents alike saying “hello, good morning and how are you” as you walk through the town. This winter, at Andres Quintana Roo we had another successful teaching experience. We were fortunate to have enough teachers and supporters to have 3 grades of English classes: grades 6,5,and 4. Our aim was to have fun and teach the students some basic English phrases to carry on a conversation. One highlight for the grade 6 students was to put together several kites (letter k) and take turns flying them outside. Students later put their names in a hat and 5 names were drawn. These student took the kites home. There were many fun activities that all the students enjoyed. At the end of our time here the students received a picture of themselves and a class picture to remind them of their class in English. Students have been encouraged to practice their English until we return. Thank you to  Marge for  bringing down 3 white board for our classes and flip chart paper. What wonderful,useful gifts. I never thought I would get excited over rulers or chart paper,but, I did. Thank you to all the people who have contributed school supplies for our classes,it makes teaching a little easier. A big thank you to all...
Bazar del Muelle-Bamboo Beach

Bazar del Muelle-Bamboo Beach

This delightful market began in November 2012 and is the brain child of Nola, a Canadian artist relocated in Chicxulub. Here is how Nola explains her creation: “When I first went to Bamboo Beach to help Sharon with the food bank I fell in love with the beauty and peacefulness of the space and realized that it would be a wonderful venue for anything. I didn’t speak spanish so I approach Sharon with the idea and asked her to help me talk to Charlie about using the space once a month for a small venue for local artisans so they might have an opportunity to earn some extra money. I never expected it to turn into a Mulitcultural Market for artisans and crafters from Yucatan and other parts of the world. The Market has taken on an energy of it own and has helped Charly and his staff at the restaurant, the Chicxulub Food Bank, and has created in Chicxulub a meeting place for friends and family to enjoy a day of shopping and lunch in a beautiful setting.” From Suzanne Bourret For Socorro, it is the only way she can provide for her family. For Rosa it gives her hope. And for tourists and expats it affords them a chance to buy authentic and handmade local Yucatan crafts to take back to their countries. The Chicxulub artisans’ market, inaugurated late last fall at the Bamboo Beach restaurant, has provided help to those in need, in a community where poverty lives on many streets. Socorro creates crocheted purses using yarn and silver or coloured pop can tabs.  It is the...
Guest bloggers – Dennis

Guest bloggers – Dennis

Baseball has had a slow start this year somewhat due to the weather and somewhat to delayed organization – but it is well under way now with a core group of 7- 9 volunteer coach/mentors and between 5 and 12 enthusiastic young ball players – depending on the weather and the reminders at school.  We have been very fortunate to receive more equipment including complete uniforms – and we were able to return some of the borrowed equipment to the school.  Don and Brooke are managing the equipment this year, and Karl is running the practice with the theme based on more fun than practical lessons and everyone is thoroughly enjoying our times together – We play rotational scrub ball which gives all of us the opportunity to play at different positions and to try and hit the ball when it  is our turn – the kids are teaching us some Spanish baseball terminology and we are trying to reciprocate with English.  More kids are always welcome as are any adult coach/mentors who wish to share an hour or so with us and the kids – even if it is only for one weekend, your presence is appreciated. Visit our blog to read more. March 2nd 2013  We had 11 little ball players show up at the park, including two girls.  The kids were all given jersies that Don and Brooke had brought with them this trip and then they played a fun game of ball against the 9 adult Can/Am ‘coaches’  – the kids became so proficient at running the bases that they  smeared the seasoned players so badly that the...
Guest bloggers- Andrea

Guest bloggers- Andrea

Here are a few new items for discovery: Crocheters out there here is a nice pattern for a bag that looks a bit different from the usual ones.  It makes a great produce bag when going to the market.  I made two of these in the smaller version http://stephig.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/get_fresh_bag.pdf For those looking for good yarn shops that are easy to get to there is a terrific one in the Market area, called Salomon.  Calle 65 484×56 y 58.  They have a huge selection of yarns even the cotton we love to use so much for the dish cloths.  Well there is a 200 gram ball called Barroco for 90 pesos in several colours from Brazil.  They also sell a lovely quality cotton that I know Linda (of Que Linda, the lovely lady that knits so many lovely items for the Muelle Market too) uses for a lot of her items called Sinfonia, mercerized cotton sport weight, made in Mexico; it is really nice to use, 100g ball for 45-47 pesos.      I am making the chemo caps for kids with it at the moment.  Another place I like to go is where they sell the cotton for making hammocks.  This is really strong cotton and is not expensive 220 gram skein for 25 pesos.  They have a selection of colours (7) I like it for making bags using the Tunisian crochet method!  I can’t remember the name of the place but it is also at the other end of the block on 65 nearer the park.  There is also another place for this hammock cotton and if you are fortunate...
Andrea – Guest Blogger

Andrea – Guest Blogger

Last year before heading down to Mexico, we searched out charities in the area that we might get involved with.  The one that interested both Alexis and I was the Chicxulub Food Bank run by Sharon Helgason. We contacted Sharon before going down and asked what she needed us to bring.  Wool and baby items were suggseted.  We contacted our local wool shops to see if any of them would be willing to donate yarn to our cause. The only one who responded was our local shop Wabi Sabi.  When we went by our shop, Carole had a big bag full of yarn for us to bring down and I was impressed with her generosity. Upon our arrival in Chicxulub we went to see Sharon to bring her the yarn. We quickly discovered that it wasn’t just yarn she needed but knitters.  So I took it all back with me and then some to make dishcloths and baby sweaters. I heard that four previous sponsors had dropped their donations and so I wanted to find a way to pick them up for her.  I came up with the idea of crocheting coasters to fit on your glasses and beer cans/bottles to absorb the condensation.  I then sold them in sets of four.  In a very short time I was making money for the support of the families. In about a month I raised enough money to support three families and the fourth had already been taken care of. I continued with my selling of the coasters upon my return home.  I didn’t get as big a reception to them at home as I...