CHILI COOK OFF, STREET FAIR, SILENT AUCTION AND SAIL BOAT PARADE

Chili cook off crowd
Chili cook off crowd

The chili cook off and street fair has grown, expanded and occupied two blocks from in front of the Barracruda to clear into the next block.  What a great event! There was a great variety of chili to choose from with a large variety of ingredients. With the large crowd it went quick.IMG_5596IMG_5595

The silent auction had a huge selection of items, with tables closing about every half hour.  Were were able to pick up 2 or 3 dinners from a variety of restaurants that we have never before been to. And I picked up some very unique place mats for the RV from the street fair where there was a large variety of crafts to choose from.

Street fair crafts
Street fair crafts
Friends enjoying beer and margarita's
Friends enjoying beer and margarita’s

We sat and visited with friends enjoying the extremely  delicious 2 for one margaritas and the 15 cent beer far too long which caused me to need to go to bed early and miss Jimmi Mamou’s birthday party at Galeana’s.  But the Senor attended  and other local musicians came and sang happy birthday to him and Allan sat down and played back up guitar with him.

Happy Birthday Jimi Mamou
Happy Birthday Jimi Mamou

Morning arrived later than usually for me just enough time to get ready to go sailing.  I think there were twice as many participants as there had been in previous years, but the event is well organized and soon we were all boarded into pangas to get to our assigned boats.  I IMG_5665was on the the Tisha Baby with most gracious hosts Richard and Pam. My fellow passengers were two couples traveling together, one from Calif and one from Arizona, and 3 women from Chicago, mom, daughter and daughters best friend.  Fun company.  The Senor did not accompany me as  being a career navy man gave him plenty of time at sea.  Almost immediately after getting underway my hat blew off and I turned to see it bobbing away in the water.  And of course it was one of my favorite hats. Our 1st mate saw what happened and radioed the boats behind us to pick up the hat if they could.  A few minutes later i was informed that the rescue was successful.  But I sort of wondered how I would retrieve it from what ever boat was kind enough to picked it out of the sea. Well I was soon to find out.

The rescue boat
The rescue boat

We paraded out to Ixtapa, then every boat was on their own to choose what they would do for the rest of the after noon.  We choose to head out and fish, but before we did the “Northern Passage” radioed the would come abreast and pass my hat over.  So a good samaritan on the northern passage a leaned way out with my hat in hand, while our first mate held out a grappling hook. successfully hooked my hat and brought it on board.

My hat on the end of a grappling hook being rescued.
My hat on the end of a grappling hook being rescued.

“Rescue at sea” complete and my hat safely back on my head, but this time with the chin strap secured. A most relaxing day, sailing the deep blue sea. Ended the day with lobster taco’s, yummm!  Signing off KO

Sail parade to Ixtapa
Sail parade to Ixtapa

The Concert & More Sailfest

The concert was fantastic! The Senor at first didn’t want to attend as he going to be fishing all that day and thought he would be too tired, since no fish was caught that day he changed his mind so I didn’t have to go solo. A mere 100 pesos each we had our tickets to a concert that was featuring 5 local performers  It was held in the large open , with court yard restaurant of El Publito with vines and open lattice-work over head.

Mexican singeer, can't remember name

We arrived about 30 minutes before starting, partially so we could find it and also we wanted decent seating.  We ordered our dinner, barbecued pork ribs for the Senor and chile relleno for me, and drinks.  The concert started on “Mexican time”, late with the first performer being a  well-known Mexican female singer who normally sings and plays her guitar, but had a sprained wrist and couldn’t play her guitar so had to cut her session short.  The organizers of the event were concerned about how to fill the time that they asked the other performer to bring some of their musician friends to help fill out the time.  As was the concert started a little before 7 and ended after midnight. The lady sang beautiful traditional mexican music, she was very good.

Kitsap/north Mason musicians Steve Calert, Alan Aldo and Bud Lilly

Next came Steve and Allen, the local Bremerton and Belfair boys, but they added Roberto and great mexican guitarist and a drummer, I mean a full set of drums which is almost unheard of in Mexico. Instead of the usual classic rock and roll we are used to hearing them play, they played “Mona Lisa & I left my heart in San Francisco a lot of light jazz, it was fantastic and then we learned the drummer, Bud Lilly was from Lake Tahuya.  I never knew there were so many really good musicians from our area. Next was Zima Juanito, I knew he played around the local area, but I had never seen  him before.  But I definitely will again,  of some of his Mexican musician friends, not only is he very handsome he is very charismatic on stage.  He alone would have been great, but he brought a whole slew of his Mexican musician friends to help fill the playbill.

Latin percussion with Zihua Juanito

One group of very young fellows had 8 or 10 different types of drums/percussion instruments and played very up beat latin music. accompanied by a small 8-year-old playing a very tiny , but hot trumpet! Along with Juanito they played and sang and when they did “Pretty Woman” almost every woman in the joint came up front to dance.  He also sang and played with the “Los Juans,” 2 fantastic local Mexican Guitarist, with beautiful harmonies. The played so long and with such enthusiasm  that the MC almost had to drag them off stage so the next act, a good mexican troubadour could perform.  We left during his performance as the Senor was tired and sadly we missed the last act a Michelle Lavalle who I have been wanting to hear.  She tends to play in the high-end dinner houses which is not where we tend to dine at nightly. It was after 11 when we left and since the night beautiful we opted to walk the 6 blocks back to our apartment.

about an 8 year old with a hot tiny trumpet

The next days Sailfest activities consisted of a Chile Cook Off, street fair and a silent auction.  During the week I had won 3 different raffles and now had two dinners out and a trip to the wild life Refuge and didn’t see anything much in the silent auction that interested me, but I did buy a cute purse from one of the Mexican/Indian vendors.  Sampled some of the chile and every year I manage to pick one of the hottest, and then had to get a margarita to cool it down.  Visited with lots of people and generally had a great afternoon followed by a movie in Ixtapa that evening.  Following the movie we had planned to have pazole, as it was Thursday night which is Pazole night everywhere, but after popcorn at the movies I knew I couldn’t do justice to Pazole so settled for mango ice cream served in a mango shell and we headed home as a few drops of rain fell.  Back at our apartment the wind really picked up and blue quite strong through the night..  In the morning the streets were damp, but no real rain of any significance.  I think we will head out to the Wild Life Refuge today, it will be a bit cooler but also a bit sultry as the skies are cloudy.  Signing off KO