We are currently cruising our Islander Freeport 36 sailboat in Mexico. We have been extensively documentating our Islander Freeport outfitting for this adventure. We will now be reporting what of our outfitng is of value, what works and what is not of value.
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 froms\v Gitane along with Alan and Elizabeth from s\vVivacia 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\vVivacia 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"
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
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.
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
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 manganese 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.
The elote (corn) lady. Part of the anchorage is in the background.
Debbie with her cup of corn and my corn on the cob!