Zihuatanejo - Guitar Fest opening beach concert set up- 2

Currently anchored in Isla Grande at Ixtapa, Mexico, End of March 2015

Zihuatanejo This was in the beginning of March 2015

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Some musicians (Axemunkee & Mary Zoo) dropping off CD's. Each musician would have a few CD's and some priced differently. It was some work to keep track of them all and also people would ask a lot of questions abut them.  (Nancy from s/v Gitane along with Alan and Elizabeth from s/v Vivacia are tending to the CD table.)

Me, sitting down in-between the customers.

The anchorage is in the background as they are selling T-shirts.

Ken, from s/v Gitane, here folding programs.  
s\v Elegant'sea is sitting out at anchor in the background.

Looking up at the stage.

Looking up at the stage.

From the left is Nancy from s\v Gitane then Elizabeth and Alan from s/v Vivacia as Jose Luis Cobo, one of the performing musicians from Zihuatanejo, drops off his CD's.



Here is Phil "Philbillie" Milner from the duo "The Croweaters" 
dropping off CD's to Alan from s/v Vivacia.

Here is Diego Garcia aka "El Twanguero" coming to drop off CD's.

Here is Josue Tacoronte Otero dropping off his CD's.

Some people start arriving at the ticked sales. 
There's Kirk, the Stage Manager, from s/v Freedom Kirkland
 in the hot orange shirt!

The best staff! Chip and Debbie from s\v Elegant'sea, us!  

As you can see, we all received free crew shirts, a name tag along with free beverages (water, soda or beer) at every event.  We were asked to volunteer at the opening and closing concerts then two other concerts of our choosing.  We could choose from Tickets, T-Shirt Sales, CD Sales or the one we picked - Merchandise Sales.   We were able to attend any other concert, gala dinner or workshop during the week (for free) as well as bring a "Plus One" (for free as well).  

 The 2015 Guitar Fest Artist Line-up:  
Jose Luis Cobo from Zihuatanejo Mexico
 Adrian Raso from Guelph, Canada
 Asif Sinan from Karachi, Pakistan
 Axemunkee & Mary Zoo from Boston, MA and Switzerland
 Phil "Philbillie Milner and Dave Newman 
of the duo The Croweaters from San Francisco, CA
 Diego Garcia aka "El Twanguero"  from Madrid, Spain
 Adam May and Paul Carey of the Duo Agogo from Melbourne, Australia
 Magela Oquendo Romero from Havana Cuba
 Maria Moss and Jon Hogan of the duo Hogan and Moss from Marfa, TX
 Kristin Sweetland from Toronto, Canada
 Fausto Palma & Morgan Szymanski  from Mexico City and London
 Josue Tacoronte Otero from Havana Cuba & Mexico.

Stickers for Honda outboard

Our boat s\v Elegant'sea, is currently anchored Isla Grande at Ixtapa, Mexico - End of March 2015

While in Zihuatanejo we picked up some free stickers for our Honda 9.9 outboard motor.

We had removed all the Honda 9.9 stickers from the motor cover and now a couple years later are "localizing it?" sort of speak. We only put this sticker on the rear f the motor cover for now.



Zihuatanejo - Anchored dinghy at La Ropa Beach also made dinghy landing

Our boat s\v Elegant'sea, is currently anchored Isla Grande at Ixtapa, Mexico - End of March 2015

Zihuatanejo - Beginning of February 2015 - When were anchored at La Ropa Beach

Anchored dinghy at La Ropa Beach. s\v Elegant'sea is out in the background.




Nice day :)



Another tough day at anchor!

We dinghy in a make a beach landing one day. This beach is not the easiest beach to do dinghy landings.






Zihuatanejo - Guitar Fest - The volunteer meetings - 1

Zihuatanejo -  Middle of February 2015

This was the volunteer meeting. 


There was a good group of volunteers at the first meeting, 
held at the Arcadia Restaurant on Playa Principle.  After an orientation 
was provided, we signed up for the events we would volunteer at.

Festival organizers - Heidi (in black shirt) and Catherine (in white shirt).

Me hard at work (this was before the second volunteer meeting - 
we arrived early at Don Andres Restaurant and Hotel 
to see the area of Playa La Madera) .

Alan, from s/v Vivacia (l) and Ken, from s/v Gitane (r), 
enjoying the view of Playa La Madera

Looking out at the anchorage. The boats moved over closer 
to this spot and increasing to about 30 in the fleet upon Guitar Fest time.

The beach where Guitar Fest was held.

You can see s\v Elegant'sea straight ahead!

Looking over at La Ropa Beach - anchorage.


Zihuatanejo dinghy landing - provisioning

Currently anchored in Isla Grande at Ixtapa, Mexico - End of March 2015

Zihuatanejo 

The dinghy landing here in Zihua is one of the best. The person who helps you land - Jesus is a nice man with a wife and two children. There is another fellow – Alfonso – who works the late shift.  And when neither of them can do it, there are a couple of others.  The dinghies are always handled and watched over from sun-up to way past sun-down. The tip has been 10 pesos coming in and the same leaving, a little less than a US dollar.  During the “high season” of SailFest and Guitar Fest, the dinghies are sometimes three or four deep on the shore.  These guys “valet park” them like pros!!

Gathering here at the dinghy landing for a "Fire Show" by s\v Karma Seas.

Folks from s/v Permanently Temporary and s/v Heavy Metal.

 Alfonso is looking at you.

We are provisioning for the trek north. This is one of the guys from "Hilda and Ismael", the couple who has a booth by the visitor's center where they sell tickets for Los Gatos Beach excursions along with selling to cruisers such supplies as diesel, gasoline, propane, beers, sodas, etc.

Jesus is walking our dinghy down.  On the wall behind him is a painting of fish!

Loading up our dinghy from provisioning at Commercial Mexicana grocery store.

Sure is nice to have the help. Otherwise it is a lot of shleping! 

Debbie and Jesus. Note the Coke on the sand -  
Debbie would bring Jesus a coke just about every time
we came back and he loves them nice and cold.





Zihuatanejo - hanging out in the plaza\square by the beach

Anchored in Isla Grande at Ixtapa, Mexico End of March 2015

While in Zihuatanejo we went to the plaza\square regularly on Sunday evenings - sometimes on other evenings however Sunday was the day you could count on.

The square by the beach has a basketball court and many nights in March (March madness) they were playing. Some teams were pretty good. They also had a women’s league. We could hear the whistles in the anchorage. Every Sunday night there would be a concert of some type with dancers etc. All free of course. The locals would be selling tamales and corn either on the cob or in the cup. The corn was my favorite. I would get the cob with manoyanesa and hot sauce with some salt like rock salt. Yummy!  This square is on the malecon. 

This was a musical group playing for the peace recertification ceremony.

One of the "elote" (corn) stations.

One of the dance troupes that came through.


Setting the stage and rehearsing before the evening show.

Looks like they were going to do the hula!

Fresh popped popcorn along with aqua fresca.

Helado (ice cream) carts galore!

The tamale lady.

A dance team that performed.

More tamales!


The elote (corn) lady. Part of the anchorage is in the background.

Debbie with her cup of corn and my corn on the cob!

No basketball tonight :(

Another concert is about to start. You can see s\v Elegant'sea (our boat) 
out in the anchorage.

Ice cream bike!

My ice cream - coco (coconut).

Drinks and popcorn (no butter, hot sauce).

Places for kids. This one is for painting.