The 1st Annual Todos Santos Mango festival sort of started yesterday. I wasn’t there. More stuff happens this evening but it’s raining so who knows.
This festival got me to thinking about mangos. The trees are everywhere and they are old, large, fruit bearing trees. It wasn’t rain that watered them to these sizes, it was the open irrigation system that the town used for decades if not longer. A few years back, the Todos Santos Ejido began to close up the irrigation system, i.e. substituting buried pipes for open canals. This seemed a good idea as the open canals leaked all over and bred mosquitos too. I was all for it.
But recently I learned that the motivation for the change was so that the Ejido could pipe and sell water to more distant farms, some of them huge commercial farms that are slowly polluting the groundwater with fertilizer and pesticide runoff. So much for the common good.
The terrible side effect of the closing of the open irrigation canals is that many of the old mango trees are slowly dying. Some are lucky enough to still get water from other sources but dozens if not hundreds are drying up, year by year. The annual rainfall is not enough. Even my neighbor’s old large mango trees are showing the effect. The canal that runs through their trees hasn’t carried water for over a year now and the trees show it.
It’s ironic that the old mango trees are dying as the town promotes a new mango festival.
Yep, it’s raining again – time is 12 noon. The sky is very grey and it looks like it could rain all day. Probably won’t but you never know. This makes the second solid summer rain so far. I can remember summers when it didn’t rain at all until September.
Wonder how this will affect the 1st Todos Santos Mango Festival? Things will be muddy at the very least.
Some things I keep forgetting to share – the first bank in town, Banorte, is moving. They are currently located on the corner of Juarez and Obregon, next to Amerimex Real Estate. The are working on a new building on Marquez de Leon, between Juarez and Militar. Word around town is that the old bank building as well as the 4 rental units next to it on Obregon will all be part of the new Alegria Inn.
Recently, engineers have been seen on the Playitas road, making measurements and doing topological things. With any luck at all this means that well traveled road may soon be paved. The money for the upgrade was supposedly set aside quite a while ago by the state government. Maybe our new mayor, Jose Luis Castillo, completed the necessary paperwork to get the project going. The road grader is still missing in action and it’s needed badly as the recent rain really did some damage to the Playitas road.
Finally, it’s 4:26 MDT and dark outside. Very dark. Heavy clouds to the east. The air smells wet. The streets are still dry.
Sorry about the delay but heck, I am on vacation, well sort of. Remember the dead fish and dead squid on the beach about a month ago. According to Francesca (Grupos Tortugueros Todos Santos) there was an algae bloom, or red tide. Not a huge one but enough to kill. The squid are Humbolt species according to Kaia. The fish, well you guess from the photos.
In the last photo, I included my sandal for size reference. The sandal is about 11 inches long.
Dead Fish on Todos Santos Beach
Dead Humbolt Squid on Todos Santos Beach
Dead Fish on Todos Santos Baja Beach
Dead Sierra on Todos Santos Mexico Beach
Another Humbolt Squid
Humbolt Squid Close Up
More Humbolt Squid on Todos Santos Beach
Squid Tentacles Up Close and Personal
Humbolt Squid - Red Tide Victim
I finally got my hands on a poster for the event (in Spanish only) so now I can try and share some of what is supposed to happen with you.
All events will occur in one of the following locations:
Barrio San Ignacio
Calle Del Quinto
Capilla San Ignacio
Parque General Melitón Albañez
30 July, 8 pm: Choral Group from the School of Music (which one???)
31 July through 2 Aug, 6 pm: Exhibition and sale of regional mangos and sweets
8 pm: Festival Inauguration, Crowning of Queen Lourdes I, singing of Mango Song, presentation of Mango Dance (they’re kidding right?), and more sappy stuff (no pun intended)
10 pm: Public Dance
7 pm: Polynesian and Jazz Dance
9 pm: Reggae with the band KL from La Paz
6 pm: Singing contest, program by singer Karina Guerra, singing contest awards
9 pm: Public Dance
9 am: Walking Race
10 am: Planting of Mango trees, Mangate contest
12:30 pm: Artistic Festival including Angel Cu and BCS State Ballet group
1 pm: Awards for walking race and Mangate competition, Folk Dancing
3 pm: Horse racing (where?), closing ceremonies
That’s it. Just remember these same people neglected to even send a press release to El Calendario and get all the free publicity we had to offer. Sad really.
Rather than take a photo of the sign for the wrestling event, I decided to scan the black and white flyers that they have distributed all over town. It appears that some of the wrestlers will be female.
Lucha Libre Flyer
I am still uncertain whether I will attend or not. If I can’t bring a camera, no way will I be there.
If you buy veggies from Kayle (across from the Telcel office on Calle Militar) then you need to know that he is once again changing his hours. Until further notice he will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday (no more Saturdays) from 10 am until 1 am.
He says business is a bit slow and he needs to work in the fields more often.
I don’t have much time but wanted to share this stuff. I just saw a poster on the corner of Juarez and Topete that appears to be advertising a “Lucha Libre” here in Todos Santos at the auditorium on August 1. For those who don’t know, that’s a wrestling match, as in WWF. Flamboyant and theatrical. Right here in Todos Santos. Oh boy!!!
Next, there will indeed be a Mango Festival, July 31 through August 3. Among other events it will include a walking race of unknown length. Most of the festival will occur in bario San Ignacio. When I get more info on the events, I’ll post it here. There will be performances at night (folk dancing, singing, etc. somewhat like the Art Festival) and public dances too. It seemed to me that most of the events occur at night. More to come.
And finally this, after a nudge from Dave Higgins (father of Marimar, father-in-law of Oscar Moreno, grandfather of Santi) – the Chicago Tribune published a pretty decent look at visiting Todos Santos in their July 13 edition. The stories are still online and worth a visit. I had already read them all but Dave reminded me that I should be posting the links for others to enjoy. Thanks Dave!
Main story: Laid Back Todos Santos
Photo Gallery: Todos Santos Photos
Extra info: Todos Santos Details
Southern Baja is hosting its first big time surf contest at Playa Acapulquito in San Jose del Cabo, in front of the Cabo Surf Hotel. Dates are July 25 – 27. Total prize money to be distributed is $7500 US. Local surfers Irak Collins (winner of the recent Los Cerritos Surf contest), Nathan Bronnig and Rodolfo Garcia will be competing.
For more infomation, visit their website:
Copa Las Americas
(I was not able to correctly view their site with Firefox but it does display properly with Internet Explorer.)
Yes, it’s official. The Galeria de Todos Santos, run by Michael and Pat Cope with the assistance of Erick Ochoa, is changing locations. They have been on the corner of Topete and Legaspi in the Todos Santos Inn building for 14 years or so. The annex located on Hidalgo and Centenario will also close. Michael and Pat will be taking over the Maya Roca Real Estate building on Calle Juarez, in between the Cultural Center and Milagro Real Estate. The location is large enough that they will be able to house the gallery, art studio and continue Michael’s tapas bar that had been part of La Copa wine bar at the Inn. Details about the restaurant aren’t totally settled yet, but I’ll post more when I know more.
Felicidades Michael and Pat!!!