Season’s first concert Monday Feb. 17
VALENTINE PARTY TOMORROW NIGHT, Feb. 14, 7-10 P.M.,reggae band Black Soul at Latitude 20 Restaurant
YOU MUST remember this, a kiss is just a kiss, but great party food is something else
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FOOD FEST participants sought by Colonos. See story below
The first concert of this season at the Cultural Center on Bahia Akumal will be held beginning at 7:30 p.m. Monday (Feb. 17). It will herald the return of world-traveled violin virtuoso Bogdan Djukic, who gave several stirring performances here with the Bowfire group two years ago to appreciative crowds.
This time around, he is joined by sitarist Leonardo Nieto Joly and guitarist Jesus Mejia and guests who comprise the group “Bole” and its “Musica del Mundo” – a fusion of world music.
The event is being organized by Suzana Stojadinovic, who networks with musicians, at the behest of the Colonos. “Depending on the response of this event, I will try to organize another concert in a month,” she said. There were several years of concert series held at the Cultural Center previously that were well accepted by the community, attracting 300 or more per concert to enjoy the rhythm and camaraderie on balmy evenings.
The event will include snacks prepared by Puerto Aventuras Catering, wine, beer and beverages. Tickets are 120 pesos and are available at the Colonos offfice, Latitude 20 Restaurant and at the door the night of the concert.
Mr. Djukic won three classical music violin championships as a young man in his native Serbia, leading to a scholarship to study in Canada. From there, he was on the road of the world stage digesting the myriad approaches to music he found and fusing them into the “Bole” experience of world music. While he is rooted in the classical genre, he spices it with his own affinity for folk music.
And for the uninitiated, a “sitar” is a lute-like, long-necked instrument somewhat like a guitar originating in 13th Century Persia. It was re-formed in the 17th Century to become the premier melody instrument, rich in overtones, of northern Indian music. Its sound box is made of a gourd (calabash) attached to a long hollow neck supporting 18 to 20 strings to achieve its lilting, oriental sounds and demanding considerable skill from those who would master it. If Djukic’s past virtuosity is prologue, Monday’s concert should be an appetizing musical dish.
Side note: Among the sitar’s more famous virtuosos was the late Ravi Shankar, whose techniques were envied by the Beatles and violinist Yehudi Menuhin, who sought his advice. Shankar fathered today’s popular jazz pianist and vocalist Norah Jones.
Product that tames slippery
tile debuts in Puerto Aventuras
A liquid chemical compound that reduces the slip factor in wet tile and other mineral surfaces has been introduced in Puerto Aventuras by one of the community’s longtime established businessmen. The product offers a new non-slip option to more expensive and laborious solutions such as removing tile and replacing it with brushed cement.
Known as “Nano-Tread,” the product reacts with the surface silica of concrete, ceramic tile, terrazzo, marble, porcelain, slate, quarry tile, river rock, polished stone and glazed brick to create a microscopic tread pattern that greatly reduces the danger of slipping and falling.
The product was unveiled here by PA resident Bob Uecker, a partner in U.S.-based “Innovative Floor Solutions. and was applied to the rooftop patio of John Simonetti at Casa la Roca. “Our ceramic tile was beautiful but whenever it got wet, it got so slippery that we were afraid to use this space. When you told me about your Nano-Tread slip treatment program, I admit I was a bit skeptical but the area was so dangerously slippery we were willing to try anything,” Simonetti wrote to Uecker after experiencing the results.
“We were surprised! The tile still looks great but when it’s wet it’s no longer slippery. We were considering replacing it with broom finished concrete, but now we don’t have to. You saved us money and the headaches having to deal with the noise and mess of construction. In just a few hours, the problem was fixed. Great job. I’d recommend your Nano-Tread slip treatment to anyone.”
When condo resident Vanessa Zannoni slipped on wet tile while exiting a condo complex’s rooftop jacuzzi last season, she suffered a knot on her head “as big as an orange”, black eye, bruised cheek and other injuries that brought her to the hospital and prompted discussion by the condo’s HOA assembly this year to correct the situation within budget limitations. This summer’s extended rainy season has compounded the concerns about slipping on tile for many inhabitants, leading to serious consideration by HOAs to temper the danger.
Uecker carried a shopping bag to an interview last week. Inside was a square of tile that had been half-treated with Nano-Tread compound. He poured water on the tile then challenged the staff to press down hard on the untreated part with two fingers. The fingers slipped off the tile. The same process was repeated on the treated half and the fingers barely moved.
“Nano-Tread doesn’t cover the tile. It actually reacts with it,” said Uecker, a former pharmacist familiar with chemical reactions. He said the application process involves cleaning the existing floor surface to remove grease (particularly in restaurants), detergents and general grime. Then Nano-Tread is applied with pump sprayers, allowed to chemically react, then deactivated with water and cleaned with a wet-vac. The floor is ready for use immediately.
“This product is another option for people to consider,” Uecker said. Most jobs can be completed in a matter of hours without changing the look of the tile or the space. The non-slip quality is guaranteed for two years but “most applications last between three to five years depending on traffic and simple maintenance with light detergents,” Uecker said . He said re-application can become part of regular building maintenance.
Uecker said the company will demonstrate for interested parties. More information on prices and scheduling a demonstration at © 984-112-2204 or U.S. 513-448-9696. See the company web site by clicking on the logo at left.
BUSINESS BRIEFS:… COSTCO retail giant and a favorite of snowbirds who drive all the way to Cancun to shop there, is opening its first store in Spain. Wouldn’t Playa del Carmen have been closer? …FOR THE FIREST TIME ever, a marine services company in Playa del Carmen catering to tourists has been fined 5000 minimum wages for employing more than 10 percent of its total workforce with non-Mexican workers as prescribed by law. The company was not identified but the Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare said the practice is fairly widespread because of lax supervision…GRUPO XCARET says it is delaying the opening of is newest and different type of theme park on the Riviera Maya because of complications with the new tax code that took effect last month. The park owners underscore it is just a postponement…AREA TRIVIA– The first publication of Sports Illustrated’s popular swimsuit issue was launched 50 years ago, in 1964. The model on the cover who wasn’t really a model was Babette March and the photo was shot in Cozumel…GOT A LIGHT? – Economist Enrique Ochoa Reza is the new CEO of state-owned electric monopoly CFE appointed by Mexico President Nieto. Got a light for Highway 307 between Playa and Puerto?…GRANTED – The British government is giving Mexico $6.5 million to promote cooperative scientific innovation between the two countries..THE PRESIDENTS of Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Peru have signed an additional protocol of the Pacific Alliance to ease trade, services and investments between the countries…
FOR THE RECORD: Because of accidental incorrect information given the Pelican, a photo in last week’s edition misidentified Capt. Andy Beltran of the vessel “Flying Fish” who was holding one of 11 record-breaking catch of wahoo caught on Beltran’s charter boat. The Pelican appreciates the concern of several people who pointed out the misidentification.
4th International Food Fest
March 30 seeks participants
The Colonos administration has released the following statement in an effort to make the community’s 4th international food fest on March 30 another fun-filled and palate-pleasing day for its estimated 600 visitors. Here’s the message:
We are ready for the 4th edition of The International Food Festival of Puerto Aventuras. The date is Sunday, March 30, 2014, at the Puerto Aventura’s School. We need anyone interested to confirm their participation as soon as possible.
The idea it’s very simple: one country = one dish. It’s a way to know each other and to know the traditions of each country through their food.It’s not “high level cuisine”, but the traditional food, what we eat every day, or during the holidays, the Greeks, the Chinese or the Turkish. Not lobster or caviar, something more simple but characteristic from each country.
Mexico will participate by states: Puebla, Yucatán, Nuevo León, etc. Each dish must be enough for 250/300 samples, small portions, a taste of flavor.,30 grams of meat or pasta. Nothing big. We would like for everyone to be able to taste 10 countries before being full. There are two ways to participate:
1) As commercial business (restaurant, hotel, foods dealer). The company can make its own publicity, but we need it to identify with one country: Chinese restaurant, Argentinian parrilla, French cheese import.
The Colonos association will provide the installation: table, chairs, cups, main course or soup dishes, napkins, etc., but not the food. This is the cost of publicity.
2) A private citizen cooks his recipe just to introduce his country, with no commercial intent. In this case, the Colonos will refund the food cost (but we need the invoices) up to 2,000 pesos. The Colonos will also provide table, chairs, cups, main course or soup dishes, napkins, etc.,
We need to know ASAP who wants to participate, name of the country and the dish that will be prepared. Invite your neighbors and friends from other countries to participate. We expect around 600 people at the event. Drinks are sold separately and tickets will be on sale at the Colonos office for $150 pesos, children $100 pesos. More information is available from Carlos Quinone at firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 873-5116 or Jorge at email@example.com.
Best regards from the Association of Colonos Sports and Cultural Committee.
Greenpeace ship open to public
at large this weekend in Cozumel.
The Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior will be docked in Cozumel this weekend to welcome the public aboard to tour the vessel and partake of various events such as culinary demonstrations with ordinary foods, photographic exhibition and acoustic music by the Mexican rock band HH Bottle of Sherry.
The stop in Cozumel is part of a tour of the Mexican states of Quintana Roo and Veracruz. In a released statement, Greenpeace officials said it welcomes all aboard who want to “build together a present and sustainable future.”
The vessel has a history, being the third ship of that name operated by Greenpeace. The first was sunk in a bomb attack by the French Secret Service in Australia in 1985 when the vessel was working to line up ships to blockade French atomic testing on Pacific islands.
The Rainbow Warrior III is a motor assisted, purpose-built sailing yacht christened in 2011to replace its predecessor that was determined to be too used for repairs. She is 190 feet long with a 37-foot beam. She has a 30-person capacity under way, 1,255 m2 of sale and powered by diesel-electric.
For our Canadian friends who may not know it, Greenpeace was hatched in Vancouver, British Columbia, evolving from the peace movement and anti-nuclear protests of the 60s. Now it has offices in more than 40 countries, including Mexico, with headquarters in Amsterdam. Its stated goal is to “ensure the ability of the earth to nurture life in all its diversity.”
The Mail Bag…
…Phony TV service scam alleged
To The Pelican Free Press:
Such a beautiful day! After trying to get reception that was reliable from Shaw Direct and after several hours on the phone, my daughter, Cathy, spoke at length with a customer service rep at Shaw this morning. He was very helpful and intended to get to the bottom of this.
There is no record of me, my cable box, etc, but, I have been charged a big bill through my Visa. It was determined that the Shaw that was billing me had set up a phony company for payment. The man who set up my Shaw " non account", has serviced many in Puerto Aventuras. His phone number is answered by a man who says he does not know him.
After many hours with Shaw and US Bank and the graciousness of the Shaw representative and my daughter’s persistence, our problem is taken care of. Please warn others. Thanks.
Signed/ Doe Stowell
(Ed. Note: The names of the suspects were removed from the letter in the absence of security, police or court confirmation.)
Phrase a Week… with Gloria Contreras, state certified interpreter
“How do you get to the caleta?” In Spanish, you could say “¿Cómo se puede llegar a la caleta ”
Anyone interested in learning the language can please contact Ms. Contreras by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cel: 984-108-3517 .
Church Services… Please click Colonos icon on right top of page.
AA and Alanon meetings…
AA and ALANON meetings are held at the public library at the Colegio as follows:
AA Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m; Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at noon. ALANON meeting is held Mondays at 5:30 p.m., also at the library. Meetings are “open” and non-members are welcomed to attend.