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With over 1000 people attending the Puerto Vallarta Mardi Gras Masquerade Party on the new Los Muertos Pier, we can now safely announce that Mardi Gras will continue to be a Vallarta tradition.
The musical performances at the 2013 Masquerade Party opened with Sylvie and Jorge who also continued through the evening as the hosts of the show. Daniel Portela, Diamente Negro and Cristian Ogaz, Alberto Mejia, Miss Conception, Jorge Acosta and Beata and Eduardo Leon all gave those attending the Pier Party the show of the year. The combination of the music, the costumes and the lights on the pier was magical.
The Carnaval Committee is comprised of Tim Longpre of PVRPV, Tom Finley of Bar Frida, Rick Hepting of PVScene, Bill Hevener of RK Supplement and BuenFlex Clothing. Tracy Parks of the Palm Theater helped with organizing the entertainment.
Many thanks are due to the Vallarta Police Department, the Vallarta Bomberos, the many volunteers who worked behind the scenes, the sound crew, and the local restaurants and bars who joined in the party providing masks and libations.
A very special thank you goes out to Carlos Gerard Guzmán, the Puerto Vallarta Director of Tourism, who, above anyone else, made this show possible.
This year we did the pier. Next year we take it to the streets …
Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Sarah Hepting pic´s from www.VallartaScene.com
Categories: Celebrations in Puerto Vallarta, Family Activities, Things to See in Puerto Vallarta, Things to do in Puerto Vallarta, Thins to see in Puerto Vallarta Tags: Community, Entertaiment, Facebook, Family, Free time, Los Muertos Beach, Old Town, Puerto Vallarta, Zona Romantica
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, January 7, 2013: THE KINSEY SICKS, America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet, celebrate their 20th anniversary year with a new musical taking on the cultural bludgeon of reality TV. This show opens January 13 and runs through January 23 at 8pm most nights (except Fridays and Sundays showtime is 10pm). In this brilliant reality mash-up, we find Rachel, Winnie, Trixie and Trampolina teamed up in the jungle, trying their best to succeed at challenges that involve singing, dancing, dating, dieting and, of course, large insects. Will they win? Will they find spouses? Will they stay together? Will they be able to withstand the pressure? Will they sing on key for once?
THE KINSEY SICKS were, in fact, contestants in Season III of “America’s Got Talent.” Their first performances there brought standing ovations from the audience and gushing praise from the judges. One of their performances was featured as the theme footage for the season trailer. However, once the Kinsey Sicks performed their tongue-in-cheek song, “I Wanna Be a Republican,” they were cheerfully shown the door, and the footage of their performances was left on the cutting room floor. “AMERICA’S NEXT TOP BACHELOR HOUSEWIFE CELEBRITY HOARDER MAKEOVER STAR GONE WILD” brings the group’s firsthand knowledge of the reality show experience to bear, poking fun at the unreality and backstage surreality of this genre. And all in glorious 4-part harmony!
THE KINSEY SICKS launch “AMERICA’S NEXT TOP…” at The Palm Cabaret and Bar at Olas Altas 508 (old town/southside Puerto Vallarta) for 5 nights only beginning on January 14, 2013. Tickets are available on our website www.thepalmpv.com or at the door beginning 2 hours before showtime. Shows often sell-out so buying early and/or online is encouraged. Tickets for this show are 350 pesos general or 400 pesos for VIP seating.
THE KINSEY SICKS formed by freak accident in December of 1993 in San Francisco. Since then, they have written and performed scores of musicals, starred in their own Off-Broadway show at New York’s legendary Studio 54, toured internationally, recorded 8 albums and have been the subject of 2 feature films. Their fan base is extensive and remarkably diverse – including people of all ages, genders, religions and several political positions. The New York Times has praised their “voices sweet as birdsong” and Variety calls them “one act that should not be missed.” The San Francisco Chronicle says, “Their mangling of hit songs hits genius level.” Read more about them at www.kinseysicks.com.
“AMERICA’S NEXT TOP…” boasts some of THE KINSEY SICKS’ best music of these last two decades – both wicked parodies and objectionable originals – plus some brilliant new songs written just for this show. And, of course, what would any reality show be without a production number in Yiddish?
Tickets for The Kinsey Sicks performances and all shows at The Palm Cabaret may be purchased online at www.ThePalmPV.com or at the door starting by at least 6pm nightly. You can also find the Palm on Facebook at The Palm Cabaret and Bar.
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It is the quintessential romance food. It’s family food. It’s comfort food for the lonely heart. It’s party food that friends love to eat. It’s a favorite with the kids. Most importantly, the food that Marco Polo brought to Europe from the Far East in the late 13th century also serves as the foundation for a great fundraiser for the heroic men and women who put themselves in harm’s way every day…our Puerto Vallarta Firefighters and Lifeguards.
On Saturday afternoon, June 9th, the fire trucks and lifeguard equipment were moved to the street to transform the Puerto Vallarta Department in to a temporary dining hall to accommodate 250 hungry and benevolent Banderas Bay visitors and residents for the Second Annual Spaghetti Friend-Raiser which generated in excess of $50,000 pesos. Monies raised have been earmarked for the purchase of special life-saving equipment and training. In addition to the funds, event-goers contributed to “Bring-a-Thing” and donated items like bandages, disposable gloves, over-the counter medicine and array of items that are used on a daily basis.
In addition to a plethora of pastas, sumptuous salads and decadent desserts, guests enjoyed live music provided by Jaime Vegas of Paradise Plaza, Department tour, firefighter and lifeguard exhibition, live auction and raffle.Sponsors and patrons included Andale Restaurant, Barra Light, Bocon Di Vino , Candy’s Pasteleria, ChuckMallory, Costa Sur, Cupocity, Daquiri Dicks , Dreams, Ernesto Castillon, Fiesta Americana, Hotel BuenaVentura Holiday Inn , Hotel Barcelo , Hotel Costa Sur, Hotel Presidente, Irma Guzman Roblyer, Inter Continental, Isabel Olivares, Jaime Vega, Los Chatos,Marriott CasaMagna Resort & Spa, Margaret Souder, Melia, No Way Jose , Pan & Que?, Pie in the Sky, PortoBello, PVRPV, Ricotta, Salud Super Food, Sheraton, Suspiro’s Pasteleria, Vallarta Torre, VelasVallarta and Villa del Palmar. Kelly Trainor, Bert Ramirez, Cindy DuChateau Ramirez and Gary Green served as the organizing committee.
“I am in awe of the support of local businesses and the outpouring of support from residents and visitors alike.” commented Lic. Hiram Fernandez Abundis, Department Director “It was great to see so many people walking up to our firefighters and lifeguards and thank them for keeping the community safe.”
Categories: Celebrations in Puerto Vallarta, Family Activities, Fundrising in Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta Local Community, Uncategorized Tags: Community, Family, Folklore, Fundrising, Puerto Vallarta
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One of Puerto Vallarta’s premier vacation rental agencies has just celebrated its 7th anniversary. PVRPV first opened its doors for business on March 1, 2005. Tim Longpré, who is originally from Toronto, and his staff of 3, represented 50 properties out of their small office located at 152 Francisca Rodriguez.
In 2008, the business moved to its present location, at 210 Pino Suarez. Tim and his able staff of 24, boasting collectively 500 years of experience in the rental industry, currently represent over 500 properties located throughout the area.
PVRPV is pro-active in the community co-sponsoring events such as Charity Bingo for four years. The first three seasons of Charity Bingo raised over $360,000 pesos for Pasitos de Luz, the local daycare center for handicapped children.
During the swine flu outbreak in the summer of 2009, the PVRPV offices became the staging area for a huge food drive, organized to assist those in need.
In 2011, PVRPV co-sponsored the first annual Mob Flash Dance to promote tourism in Puerto Vallarta.
Additionally, the company took an active role in organizing the 2012 Mardi Gras Parade.
The list of community service projects is long and will continue into the future.
The PVRPV office is also the local drop off spot for all donations for all charitable organizations in the community. The PVRPV team is tireless, multi-talented and is adept at multi-tasking. Tim depends heavily on his loyal staff for community service projects and they always deliver 110%.
Even with all the extra-curricular activities, the agency has served thousands of satisfied vacationers over the years. Below is a small sample of how customers have rated their Puerto Vallarta experiences:
“Overall we were very impressed with PVRPV. When making reservations we found you polite, friendly and prompt. The transfer and meet at the apartment was totally perfect—very impressed. Will recommend you to our friends—great service.”
“Everything was wonderful. Thank you so much for the great holiday. Wayne”
“This was our 4th consecutive year booking with you and we have already booked for next year. We are all quite satisfied with PVRPV and have recommended you to numerous friends.”
“Always a great job. No worries. Kirk.”
Customer service is an extremely important commodity, one that often falls by the wayside in far too many businesses. PVRPV’s continued success in a very competitive market prompted Tim to develop and heavily rely on a 5* rating system, especially designed to pinpoint customer service weaknesses. The agency continuously rates, on average, 4.5*. Their reputation is renowned and well deserved.
The innovative creation of an automated booking system for owners and customers, has streamlined reservations coordination.
Tim’s sister, Lina, joined the team 4 years ago and recently became a partner, making PVRPV even more of a family concern.
PVRPV will soon be moving their offices to 130 Ignacio L. Vallarta, the Riviera Molino Building. Watch for the grand opening of this beautiful space sometime in May 2012.
Congratulations, PVRPV and here’s wishing you many more successful years.
PVRPV – The largest and most popular site for Puerto Vallarta Vacation Services.
Pino Suarez 210 – Puerto Vallarta, Jal. – México 48380
Categories: Celebrations in Puerto Vallarta, Charity Bingo in Puerto Vallarta, Condos in Puerto Vallarta, Fundrising in Puerto Vallarta, Health and Nutrition in Puerto Vallarta, Holidays in Puerto Vallarta, Property Management, Puerto Vallarta Economy, Puerto Vallarta Local Community, Puerto Vallarta Rentals, Puerto Vallarta Vacation, Things to See in Puerto Vallarta, Uncategorized, Vacation Services Tags: Condos, Economy, Old Town, Properties, Property Management, Puerto Vallarta, Rentals
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Written by Judith St. Gaudens author of Lilacs For Carrie
|The final attendance for the evening was 150 generous, children-loving people playing bingo for Canica—Centro de Apoyo a Ninos con Cancer A.C. or Children with Cancer. What an amazing crowd. Wish list items piled up near the stage. Several children comfortably ensconced at a table near the front, avidly waited for the games to begin.
The usual pre-game activities ensued — Tim on cards, Lori on beads (I feared we might run low on beads), Robin BIG raffling, Carole 50/50 raffling, Lina handling the camera duties (Tim gave Oscar the night off) and Charlotte and Tammy running around doing everything else necessary to get us started. The Nacho Daddy staff was spot on. Food and beverages ordered and delivered with their usual precision.
A special treat for the evening was our guest callers — the always lovely, Pamela Thompson! and, wearing an interesting sxxtkickin’ boot — the marvelous Gary Green! Gary started us off with a BIG BINGO RAH, RAH! That’s not been done before. Then, Pam let us know that there would be no joking around. Just bingo calling. She wanted to be finished with the event by 8:30. Then, it was off to the races … and I mean RACES!
The first winner of the evening was none other than Ross Shaping. Way to go, Ross. Then, Joann Cain shouted “BINGO”, winning Game 2. Wheee! Denise Deramee took Game 3 and Connie Kogut wiped us all out, winning Game 4. Dyn-o-mite! Our beautiful children helped to deliver the heavily laden prize bags to the winners.
Suddenly, it was halftime! The children passed out marbles to all the participants — so we will remember them in the future. I’ll keep mine close to my heart, as are these children and all children with cancer — in my heart and in my prayers. I hope I’m not the only one. The children attending this evening’s festivities introduced themselves to the crowd. I believe the youngest was three. I sort of had to keep doodling so I wouldn’t cry. It was an emotional evening at times. It’s interesting to note that the types of cancers that affect children have a very high cure probability at around 70%. Canica arranges transportation to treatment facilities in Guadalajara for the children. The charity provides other important services as well. By participating in the games this month, we are contributing to the health and welfare of these deserving children.
Raffle ticket sales were brisk during halftime, too. Not only that, I spotted author Karen Blomain at a back table. Karen’s novels, “A Trick of Light” and “Season of Lost Children” are must-reads. I highly recommend them. Thank you for playing, Karen. Hmmmm. Oh, yes. The inimitable Bill Kelly also joined us. I’m certain there were other dignitaries and celebrities in the mob. I just couldn’t see them for all the people.
Additional food and beverages delivered yet again, Pam had us off to the races once more. Bev Shaw snagged Game 5. Nice one, Bev. Kurt Lauer and Debbie Burke bagged Game 6. Whooo, hoooo! Bruce Abrahamson won Game 7. Well done, Bruce.
I think it was at this point in the evening where the raffle tickets were pulled and the winners announced. The largest 50/50 raffle pot in Charity Bingo history – $3,100! – was won by Donna Bellwood. Donna told us the story about her son, a child cancer survivor, who will turn 36 years old this month. She generously donated her winnings back to the cause making the total take for the evening — wait for it — a whopping $25,250! Can you believe it? Well, believe it. The BIG Raffle was won by Llora Weismillek. The fabulous prize was a trip to Guadalajara, including transportation and two nights lodging provided by Superior Tours.
A very special shout-out to Pamela Thompson of HealthCare Resources for her efforts to drive folks to Bingo Night. And, I’m not talking by car, either. Emails, postings on Facebook, Twitter, more emails, more postings. The woman is tireless and I believe her endeavors definitely paid off tonight. Wonderful job, Pam. I don’t know where you find the energy but I know the children are grateful as is the rest of the community
We finished up the night with the always-challenging Blackout Bingo. I love this one. It was won by Richard Law and Donna Bellwood! Yippeee!
Congratulations to all our winners! Kudos to the 150 people who made the event a huge success for the children. Thanks as usual to our energetic sponsors – Tim and Lina of PVRPV, Charlotte and Carole of Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates and Lori of Rio Amapas-Private Luxury Residences. Without your hard work, Charity Bingo would not happen. And, what a wonderful list of contributors again for this event. Those prize bags are loaded! Many thanks to all.
By the way, the Bingo event was a done deal by 8:20! A Bingo Marathon! Whew!
Okay, kids. Let’s not forget that we play Bingo once more for this very worthy cause on Tuesday, January 24 at 6:30. Can anyone remember where? Oh, yes. Nacho Daddy! Until then, this is me, signing off.
|Diamonds International||Mail Boxes Etc.|
|Cassandra Shaw||Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates|
|Fishing with Carolina||Nacho Daddy|
|Deja New Consignment||El Andariego|
|Joe Jack’s Fish Shack||Apaches Bistro|
|Bubba Gump||The Coffee Cup|
|JB Dancing Club||No Way Jose Restaurant|
|Curvas Peligrosas||Gold’s Gym|
|The Dog House||Los Veranos Canopy Tour|
|Café DesArtistes||Page in the Sun|
|Canto del Mar||Bellisima SPA|
|Daiquiri Dicks||Frida Un Bar|
|The Palm Cabaret||Cooling Ties by Bill Kelly|
|Socorro Macias||Apaches Martini Bar|
|Flaveur City||Sabrina Bar & Grill|
|Pegaso Tours||Bella Napoli|
|Canopy River||Franc Gol|
|Los Bambinos||Los Alcatraces|
||Old Time Photo Studio|
|Lola Covarrubias||Esther Sanchez|
Categories: Celebrations in Puerto Vallarta, Charity Bingo in Puerto Vallarta, Family Activities, Fundrising in Puerto Vallarta, Health and Nutrition in Puerto Vallarta, Organizations in Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta Economy, Puerto Vallarta Local Community, Things to See in Puerto Vallarta, Things to do in Puerto Vallarta Tags: Canica, Charity Bingo, Community, Economy, Entertaiment, Family, Folklore, Free time, Fundrising, Health and Nutrition, Jalisco, Kids with Cancer, Los Muertos Beach, Old Town, Organizations, Puerto Vallarta, Restaurants, Zona Romantica
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This year the staff worked hard to complete some big changes and they are thrilled about showing off for a sensational winter season starting October 1, 2011. The new look includes The Deli, which moved from Venustiano Carranza to right inside the restaurant at Olas Altas 314, really convenient.
The Deli will continue to serve up its famous baked goods, sensational salads and sandwiches. New this year will be daily specials including quiches and soups. All of this is available to go for beach picnics, office lunches, parties on your patio or when you are just searching for the best light snack.
October is the month when a good number of snowbirds return. The Daiquiri Dick’s staff wants to extend a special welcome back to all Canadians by offering them a 10 percent discount all month long. A proper ID such as a passport or driver’s license must be shown when you place your order.
The maple leaf festivities will also include Canadian Thanksgiving on October 10th with turkey and all the trimmings. Dinner starts at 5:30pm and reservations are recommended. You do not need to be from Canada to enjoy this tasty meal.
Mark your calendar and get ready for The Deli Re-Grand Opening Party, Saturday, October 22nd from 4 to 7pm. Meet the lively Solo Exitos DJ, Jessica Sanchez, who will be hosting the event. There will be samples of The Deli’s famous food and a free raffle for a bevy of prizes. Winners must be present to collect their goodies.
Canadian Thanksgiving Menu
Monday, October 10th, 2011
Three course dinner: Select one item from each part of the menu or select one starter and one entree item and substitute your dessert for a national drink or glass of house wine. $330 pesos per person
Spicy Corn Soup flavored with Chipotle Chiles and topped with red bell pepper cream
Arugula Salad with Roasted Beets and Pears and a Dijon Shallot Vinaigrette
Maple Roasted Turkey with Sage, Smoked Bacon and Cornbread Stuffing, with cranberry relish, mashed potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes and gravy
Apple and Maple Bread Pudding
Sweet Potato Pie
Executive Chef Ignacio Uribe
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Categories: Celebrations in Puerto Vallarta, Family Activities, Health and Nutrition in Puerto Vallarta, Holidays in Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta Economy, Puerto Vallarta Local Community, Puerto Vallarta Vacation, Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta, Thanksgiving in Puerto Vallarta, Things to See in Puerto Vallarta, Things to do in Puerto Vallarta Tags: Celebrations, Daiquiri Dicks, Economy, Entertaiment, Family, Folklore, Free time, Health and Nutrition, Jalisco, Old Town, Puerto Vallarta, Restaurants, Thanksgiving