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Tony Nominee Sharon McNight sings ‘Songs to Offend Almost Everyone’ at The Palm!

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Tony Nominee Sharon McNight sings ‘Songs to Offend Almost Everyone’ at The Palm!
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Tony Nominee Sharon McNight begins her hilarious show “Songs to Offend Almost Everyone” at 10pm on Sunday, March 10 at The Palm Cabaret and Bar (508 Olas Altas, southside/zona romantica). Her show (with live pianist) continues March 11, 12, 13, 15 and 18 at 8pm. This is a rare opportunity to catch this one of a kind show.

Sharon McNight made her Broadway debut in 1989 in “Starmites”, creating the role of Diva. She received a Tony award nomination as “Best Leading Actress in a Musical” for her performance, and is the recipient of the coveted Theatre Worlds Award for “Outstanding Broadway Debut”.

New York magazine’s John Simon said “Sharon McNight is a winner” and Al Hirschfeld did a caricature of her.

The singer/comedienne’s regional credits include Amanda McBroom’s “Heartbeats” at the Pasadena Playhouse, and an award winning Dolly in “Hello, Dolly” at the Peninsula Civic Light Opera (a role she repeated in her hometown, Modesto). Sharon was Sister Hubert in “Nunsense” in Los Angeles and San Francisco, where she received the Bay Area Critics Circle award for “Best Performance in a Musical”. She is the narrator of the documentary, “There That Night,” the story of the Provincetown, Massachusetts fire, and was featured in the A & E documentary, “It’s Burlesque”, for her research on Mae West and Sophie Tucker.

McNight began her career is San Francisco where she received her Master of Arts degree in directing from San Francisco State. She taught at City College of S.F. and has been a master teacher at the Eugene O’Neill Center and is currently on the faculty of the Cabaret Conference at Yale University. She was recently chosen as one of the 50 most influential people in cabaret for 2010: – “A tireless performer who will drop everything to perform in any benefit with a cause, the Tony-nominated McNight can sing anything and make it her own” – NiteLifeExchange.com.

She has played from Moose Hall to Carnegie Hall and anywhere the check doesn’t bounce. She has won six San Francisco Cabaret Gold awards, 3 Cable Car awards, a MAC award, a Bistro award, and received a Nightlife award from New York’s critics for her Best Musical Comedy show, “Ladies, Compose Yourselves!”, featuring songs by “living” female composers. Other songs include “Betty, Betty, Bette”, celebrating the screen legends Grable, Hutton & Davis; “Songs To Offend Almost Everyone”, a throwback to the party records of the 50′s mixed with political and social satire; “Gone, But Not Forgotten”, a tribute to the late ladies of stage & screen – Merman, Martha Raye, Madeline Kahn, Patsy Cline, & Judy Garland. In contrast is “The Sophie Tucker Songbook” which contains the music of the one-woman show based on the show business legend. The “Songbook” debuted at New York’s Rainbow & Stars as part of the ASCAP Sunday night showcase. Since then, she developed it into a one-woman musical, “Red Hot Mama”, which was work-shopped at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Lucille Lortell’s White Barn Theatre, and finished a successful three month run Off-Broadway at the York Theatre.

She has six solo recordings to her credit. Her eclectic repertory ranges from blues to country (yes, she yodels) to good old-fashioned entertainment. The Los Angeles Times called her “one of the great wonders of the musical stage”. She is most noted for her movie reenactment of The Wizard of OZ and for being one of the few real women to impersonate Bette Davis.

As an only child, her parents kept her busy with all kinds of lessons: ballet, tap, hula, social dancing, flute and piano. She is single and lives in Hollywood. She has been the forefront in the fight against AIDS since the early eighties, and was featured in Randy Shilt’s book “And the Band Played On”. She was chosen twice as the honorary chair of the San Francisco AIDS Emergency Fund, and was one of two heterosexual women chosen as the Grand Marshall of San Francisco’s Gay Parade.

Advance reservations are highly recommended. Tickets for ‘Songs to Offend Almost Everyone’ are 250 pesos (plus two drinks minimum) and may be purchased online at www.ThePalmPV.com or at the door starting 2 hours before showtime each evening.
The Palm is well known for bringing top notch, cutting edge entertainment to Vallarta. Inside you’ll find an intimate, 80 seat cabaret with outstanding sound and lighting, creating the ambience of cabarets from days gone by. Shows are scheduled 7 nights per week with two different shows nightly. A full calendar of performances is available online at www.thepalmpv.com . The Palm is non-smoking (a patio is provided for smokers) and is located at Olas Altas 508. You can also find the Palm on Facebook at The Palm Cabaret and Bar.

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Mardi Gras Masquerade Party At Puerto Vallarta , Feb 11, 2013

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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

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Emmy award-winning actor Leslie Jordan brings his ‘Stories I Can’t Tell Mama’ to The Palm Feb. 15-27, 2013

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Actor and comedian, Leslie Jordan is a small town man with a giant propensity for scene stealing. Best known for his raucous, outrageous recurring role as Karen Walker’s nemesis Beverley Leslie on the television classic Will & Grace (garnering an Emmy for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, 2006) as well as his career defining role as ‘Brother Boy’ in both the original film Sordid Lives and the recent Logo TV sensation, Sordid Lives, The Prequel, Leslie begins his long-awaited run at The Palm on Friday, Feb. 15 with an already sold-out opening night (don’t worry: 7 performances follow). Leslie is also well known for his outrageous and memorable appearances in commercials and hit television shows including Reba, Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty, Alley McBeal, Boston Legal, Murphy Brown, Monk and as a series regular on the 80′s sitcom Hearts Afire. Most recently, Jordan gave us a brief yet indelible splash performance (cartwheels anyone?) in the Academy Award winning box office sensation The Help.

A veteran of the live stage as well, his one-man autobiographical shows include Hysterical Blindness, and other Southern Maladies That Have Affected My Life Thus Far, Full of Gin & Regret, Stories I Can’t Tell Mama (which he’ll perform in Vallarta), Deck Them Halls Y’All and My Trip Down the Pink Carpet which was based on the best-selling autobiography of the same name and filmed as an HBO Special. Mr. Jordan also won the Ovation Award, The Garland Award and The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his portrayal of Preston Leroy, the aging, sodden barfly in Del Shores hit play Southern Baptist Sissies.

Advance reservations are highly recommended. Tickets for ‘Stories I Can’t Tell Mama’ are 350 pesos (plus two drinks minimum) and may be purchased online at www.ThePalmPV.com or at the door starting 2 hours before showtime each evening. The show will run Feb. 15 (sold out), 17, 22, 24 at 10pm and Feb. 18, 20, 25, 27 at 8pm. A warm-up cocktail party is planned at Casa Cupula and their top-rated restaurant TASTE (www.casacupula.com) as part of their 10th anniversary celebration on Friday, Feb. 15 at 8:30pm just prior to the 10pm opening night performance. The public is invited. Leslie Jordan will be on hand to say hello and share a laugh or two, before he heads down the hill to The Palm that night.

The Palm is well known for bringing top notch, cutting edge entertainment to Vallarta. Inside you’ll find an intimate, 80 seat cabaret with outstanding sound and lighting, creating the ambience of cabarets from days gone by. Shows are scheduled 7 nights per week with two different shows nightly. A full calendar of performances is available online at www.thepalmpv.com . The Palm is non-smoking (a patio is provided for smokers) and is located at Olas Altas 508. You can also find the Palm on Facebook at The Palm Cabaret and Bar.

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The Kinsey Sicks launch 20th Season at The Palm Cabaret

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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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THE PALM CABARET AND BAR KICKS OFF EXCITING NEW SEASON!

 

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico:  From Broadway legend and Tony Nominee, Sharon McNight, to the hilarious Emmy-Award winning Leslie Jordan (Will and Grace, The Help) telling his “Stories I Can’t Tell My Mama” to local singer, Jorge Acosta, The Palm Cabaret has many surprises, musical treats and laughs in store for you this season.  Returning favorites like Kim Kuzma, Joanna and Sol Rose, add to the excitement.  “You won’t want to miss a single artist this season!  The line-up is the best we’ve ever had.” says Mark Rome, founder of the Palm.

     Kicking off Thanksgiving Week and the 2012/2013 season, returning for his third consecutive season, is the hilarious (and often touching) vocal impressionist, singer and comedian Mark Alan Smith.  Mark Alan opens on Friday, Nov. 16 at 10pm and runs through Thanksgiving week. “All of Mark Alan’s character voices are live. There is never any lip synch in these shows,” says Tracy Parks, entertainment coordinator for The Palm, “although people constantly ask at the door ‘was that really his voice?’ Yes, it was, I tell them.”

     Joining the Thanksgiving line-up with two special shows of her own is the charming and beautiful, Chi Chi Rones (aka Emmy Award Winning writer and singer Peter Garcia).  Chi Chi is famous for her Los Muertos beach parachute entrance to Puerto Vallarta last season and her burro serenades down Olas Altas.  Her show opens Monday, Nov. 19 at 8pm for two consecutive nights.  Chi Chi will be a frequent guest artist at The Palm, making numerous appearances as Chi Chi has decided to take a break from Hollywood and spend the winter with us in her home country of Mexico!

     Thanksgiving week also brings back the hilarious Joanna, “The Gal with a Gazillion Voices”, who always keeps the crowd coming back for more.  Joanna has many new characters (all live, no lip synch), stories, and stage games in store for her lively audiences in her newly titled show, “Joanna’s Funhouse” which will open Tuesday Nov. 20 and run each Tuesday and Saturday at 10pm thru the season.

     Vallarta’s favorite Canadian songstress, the gorgeous Kim Kuzma, is in rehearsals for her new ‘Unplugged with Spanish Guitars’ Show, the sell-out hit of last season which is scheduled to return on Nov. 25 at 7pm and run each Sunday at 7pm.  Kim’s new solo show will be at 10pm on Wednesdays thru the season.

     To make attending shows easier, follow The Palm’s website:  www.ThePalmPV.com to be sure you don’t miss upcoming headliners like Leslie Jordan, Sharon McNight, Toronto’s Miss Conception, Kelly Mantle (nephew of Mickey), Amy and Freddy, Del Shores (Sordid Lives), Sol Rose, Michael Holmes in The Judy Show and the return of the fabulous Joelle Rabu!  Theatre goers can also purchase tickets for all the Act II Entertainment shows scheduled this season including “The Rocky Horror Show” currently playing Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays thru Dec. 29.  Tickets for all shows may be purchased online and sent to ‘will call’ for pick up (no need to print) again this year with a credit card/PayPal.

     The Palm is located at Olas Altas 508.  The Box Office opens 3 hours before show time.  You can also find the Palm on Facebook at The Palm Cabaret and Bar.  You may also phone the club at 322 222 0277 starting at 5pm nightly.

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The Dog House celebrates one year in Puerto Vallarta!

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As the ghouls and goblins retire from tonight’s Halloween activities, The Dog House prepares for its first anniversary on Thursday with specials and free give-a-ways.

 Among a dizzying swath of restaurants in Puerto Vallarta, The Dog House has quickly become a favorite with locals and visitors.  The glowing finger-lickin’ good testimonials have skyrocketed on TripAdvisor and have rewarded The Dog House proprietors and friendly staff as one of  “The Top Three” eateries around the Bay.

 In celebration of the one year anniversary, both Dog House locations, Ignacio L. Vallarta 237 (in front of Paco’s Ranch) and Pino Saurez 212 (next to PVRPV), will be offering TWO-FOR-ONE mouth-watering -sweet chorizo and smoky polish sausage  to the first 100 customers.  In addition, guests “checking in” to their favorite social networking sites on Thursday will receive a limited edition tote bag bearing the popular Dog House logo.

For more information, including hours, maps and full menu, visit www.thedoghousepv.com

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PV litter clean up NOV 14TH your invited!

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As a travel destination and our home Puerto Vallarta’s most valuable asset is the amazing natural beauty.To compete for tourism and preserve the environment and our own quality of life we need care for our home you can help, the next highway clean up will be November 14th 2012, the previous in July was a wonderful success and a very small group of volunteers were able to accomplish an impressive clean up of 6 km of highway filling over 45 jumbo garbage bags with trash that would have ended up in the ocean this time we are going to clean the entire highway from town to Mismaloya. We welcome all volunteers, property owners and are optimistic that the new city hall will help make this work.

DATE: NOVEMBER 14 2012
WHERE: HIGHWAY 200, from the Pemex Station in town to Mismaloya
VOLUNTEERS: Meet at the PEMEX station near town
TIME: 8AM
PROPERTY BUSINESS OWNERS: we ask you and your staff to clean the larea 500 meters on either side of your property and leave in the designated garbage pick-up spot. We have a truck and will pick up and dispose of the trash. At 12 noon approx.
It is proven that an area free of garbage and graffiti is most likely not to attract trash, graffiti and crime, making for higher property values, more tourism and a stronger economy. We all benefit from a clean environment, from our personal health to our overall happiness.
Thank you
PEACE MEXICO

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On Saturday July 21st visitors and residents in Puerto Vallarta’s Old Town watched in amusement as scavenger hunters took over the town.

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36 teams, more than 144 people, armed with smart phones participated in the inaugural rally that generated $65,270.50 pesos for Pasitos de Luz, a local organization that provides services for children with special needs.

You could feel the excitement and anticipation in the air as teams arrived at Nacho Daddy’s early to register and the hunt got underway promptly at 1pm. Four-person teams raced on foot, by car, ATV’s and bikes through the neighborhood to find obscure landmarks, people, objects and perform challenges from the hunt list. Challenges included collecting 40 different items, solving mystery clues, burying team members in the sand, shooting a hole in one, eating hot dogs, finding Nel and Luke, bobbing for apples, and standing in a boat. Items collected included a real fish eye, a t-shirt with the Mexican flag, and a copy of the 2011 Gourmet Festival magazine, picture of Elvis, a Alejandro Fernandez cd and a live cock roach to name a few.
The most challenging clue was ‘Like the “Mother Lode” I’m gold and am underground. Find me and record my “claim number” that contains a ‘3’ and a ‘G’. Three teams were able to find the car underground in the parkade. Teams were also required to use their smart phones to upload pictures of the teams completing some of the tasks.

Teams had four hours to check off as many items on the list as possible and the 3 teams with the highest points were awarded cash prizes. The winning teams were the Twisted Palms/Los Muertos Brewing, the Buzos Basureros, and the Awesome 4Sum.

Many thanks to the Home Owners of PVRPV.com for donating the $5000 for 1st place, Mike Hickman for donating $3000 for second place and Wally Demary and Chuck Mallery for donating $1,500 for 3rd place.Post-event festivities continued at Nacho Daddy’s with live entertainment, raffle drawings, auctions and award presentations.

Event coordinators, Tim Longpre from PVRPV, Carole Fast and Charlotte Semple from Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates and Lori Lorensen from Rio Amapas would like to thank to the businesses who donated items for the raffle, the volunteers, Nacho Daddy’s for hosting the event and the team members. A special thanks to the event sponsors, Chad La Grone for his generous donation of $5000 pesos and Bruce and Julia from Teatro Lemon for donating the auction item. Together we have made a difference to Pasitos de Luz and the lives of the families they support.

The next hunt is scheduled for January 20,2013. Details coming soon!

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Sausage Remains Supreme on Southside: The Dog House Opens Up Second Location in Puerto Vallarta

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Times like these call for simplicity. These are simply not the days for Beef Wellington and Baked Alaska, forks and knives. Days this hot need something reliably satisfying, something you can eat with one hand, and in a few bites. Something tried and truly delicious. Something that enters your life fully assembled, unlike absolutely anything you will ever buy at Ikea.

Look no further. Your dreams have been answered. The Dog House opened its second southside location this week at Pino Suarez 212, adjacent to the PVRPV offices. The quaint combination dine-in/take-out restaurant is open from 11am to 8pm Tuesday through Sunday. Delivery service is available.

Proprietors, Agustin Rocha and Tim Longpre, start with the best hot dogs and sausages and handle them with reverence. Whether you choose the traditional Jalisco-style hot dog — 100% beef dog wrapped in bacon, griddled until dog and bacon fuse, garnished with a kitchen sink of fresh hand-made condiments and stuffed into a Mexican bolillo roll or their piping hot faves — Italian, Chorizo, Chicken Chipotle, Bratwurst or Polish Sausages — customers will leave with a smile. Customers looking for a veggie dog that has the taste and texture of the real thing won’t be disappointed in The Dog House’s meatless offering.

For more information on The Dog House, visit www.thedoghousepv.com. The original Dog House is located in front of Paco’s Ranch in Ignacio L Vallarta 237 and open nightly at 10pm. Look for The Dog House on Facebook, Foursquare and TripAdvisor.

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Charity Bingo #1 for The Food Bank

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Written by Judith St. Gaudens author of Lilacs For Carrie

Welcome to another edition of Charity Bingo. We’ve called it everything from Bingo-Lation to Bingo-Rama to Speedy Gonzalez Bingo. It’s all the same game. And, always great fun. More and more wonderful people are turning out to play every other week. This is super and thank you very much for your participation.

I thought I would do something different with this article. Don’t know about you, but it seems to me that they all almost sound the same. Just the names are changed to promote the winners. So, this time, I’ve decided not to write an article at all. That will really be a change. Oscar will simply publish a list of winners. How about that?

NOT. Of course, I’ll write the article. Made ya look though, didn’t it?

I arrived at Nacho Daddy early. Had no choice. I was in charge of the beads. I stopped on Basilio Badillo in front of Nacho Daddy, flashers flashing, popped the hatch and Sean raced out to collect the basket of newly washed beads. Thanks for the assist, Sean. By the way, Gayle from Portland graciously provided the laundry service. I must have been napping so we didn’t get pics of the process. I don’t know how she did it but I do know that she separated a whole bunch of beans from the beads as they floated away in the pool. We’d run out of beads during an especially crowded Bingo event and Nacho Daddy supplemented with beans. Yay, Gayle! Anyway, I powdered the beads before delivery. Yay, me! Hey, we all do what we can, right?

Once parked, I got to the restaurant just in time to meet Gayle and Alex. Alex brought her neat Alaskan Eskimo doggie, Diva. She really is a diva and a very good dog. Then, Ron Biggs strolled in with his little dog, too. I wondered if the night was going to end up going to the dogs.

Our February events will benefit the local food bank—Banco de Alamientos. All of the volunteers, new and old finally arrived. Carole immediately began hawking the 50/50 raffle tickets. She may have started before she even came through the door for all I know. The woman is tireless. Moreover, she won’t take “no” or even “no, thank you” for an answer. Her success is legendary. Rock on, Carole. Robin was back, selling the BIG Raffle tickets. Three prizes were up for grabs—10 passes to Swimming With the Dolphins, valued at $3,000, 2 nights at Casa Isabel, worth $4,000 and 2 valuable clown paintings donated by Margaret Souder. The prize bags, each valued at over $1,500, were donated by dozens of restaurants, service providers and bars throughout Puerto Vallarta. We’ve got some great donors this year. Charlotte and Lori have done a splendid job.

By the way, Banco de Alamientos is a little known charity. However, they’ve been around awhile and they help feed over 5,000 people a month. Food donations will always be cheerfully accepted.

We were entertained by a pair of brand new callers this evening—Astrid van Dam of Superior Tours and another lady assisting. I didn’t catch her name. In any case, Tim introduced them as Laverne and Shirley. Well, being Dutch, they didn’t understand the humor. So, Tim re-introduced them as Thelma and Louise. The ladies were familiar with that pair. Yikes! Any case, Astrid had never called a bingo game before but, boy oh boy, she got down to it and we were off to the races again. Another Speedy Gonzalez night, Astrid style. In English AND in Spanish. Oh, and in Dutch a couple of times. Very amusing, very fun. Kudos, Astrid and thank you for joining us. Hope to see you again.

Let the games begin. Game 1 was won by Gerry White; Game 2 by Bob Turgeon. Game 3 was a double, with Gayle Adcock (my friend from Portland) and Marsha Germaise (remember this name) sharing the honors. Actually, it’s not a share. Each winner receives a whole bag of goodies. Game 4 was another double, with Fay Sloane and Marsha Germaise (remember her?) taking home the baggies.

Break time. Half time. Whatever. Time to replenish beverages and munchies. The Nacho Daddy staff was right on target as usual. I wasn’t feeling my very best so I was drinking mineral water (gasp) instead of cerveza or vino tinto. Hey! That’s okay once in awhile. I promise it won’t happen again. Couldn’t eat either but that didn’t stop the folks at my table and the tables around me. Gosh the food smelled delicious.

Back from the break, Astrid began again. We were going to blast all previous records for early dismissal. Whew! Faster than a speeding bullet. Well, Thelma and Louise, you know. Anyway, Alex Wassermann and Diva won Game 5. Then, Margaret Grimes won Game 6. Then, Karen Danielson and Alex Wassermann won Game 7. I was beginning to wonder if anyone else was playing. I should add that Gayle, Karen and Alex were all sitting at my table. Lucky table, kind of.

Time for the raffle drawings. Okay. Guess who won the 50/50 raffle. If you said Marsha Germaise, you would be correct! $1,950 was the jackpot. I’m not kidding! Three bingo games and a raffle. Talk about luck. The BIG Raffle prizes went to Roger Leclare (Casa Isabel), Vina Vandervelde (paintings) and Gerry White (Swim with the Dolphins package).

Game 8 was won by a total stranger, namely Johanna Westhaver.

Congratulations to all our winners tonight. Well, there weren’t that many now were there. Anyway, 91 generous people played, had a bunch of fun and raised a whopping $11,050 for the food bank. How great is that! Thank you all for coming out and we hope to see you on Tuesday, February 21 at Nacho Daddy. Come early so you can get a good seat.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention as many of our sponsors and volunteers as possible. Tim and Lina of PVRPV, Lori of Rio Amapas-Private Luxury Residences, Charlotte and Carole of Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates, and Robert, Bryan and Tammy helping wherever needed.

Don’t forget, folks. Bring food items to the next event and collect your free bingo card. Bring someone we’ve never seen before, collect a free bingo card. See how that works?

Until then, this is me, signing off.

SPONSORS

Alexander A Salon JB Dancing Club
Angelas Joe Jack’s Fish Shack
Apaches Bistro Las Palmas
Apaches Martini Bar Las Palomas
Archies Wok La Kuh
Artepil Spa Lola Covarrubias
Bella Napoli Los Alcatraces
Bellisima SPA Los Bambinos
Bills Sport Bar Los Veranos Canopy Tour
Bubba Gump Mail Boxes Etc.
Bagu Spa Malecon Art
Café DesArtistes Mimis Pancake House
Canopy River Nacho Daddy
Canto del Mar Natural Essence
Carpaccio New beginnigs
Cassandra Shaw No Way Jose Restaurant
Centro University Ocho Tostadas
Cheeky Monkey Old Time Photo Studio
Coffee Cup Ontli Spa
Cooling Ties by Bill Kelly Outback
Cristelex Page in the Sun
Curvas Peligrosas Pam Thompson
Daiquiri Dicks Pegaso Tours
Deja New Consignment Provecho
Dental Estetic PVRPV
Diamonds International PV Sleep Well
Dr. Natalie Vargas River Café
El Andariego Sabrina Bar & Grill
Esther Sanchez Socorro Macias
Fishing with Carolina Starbucks
Flaveur City The Coffee Cup
Franc Gol The Dog House
Frida Un Bar The Palm Cabaret
Gabys Tropical Adventures
Gay Vallarta Bar Hopping Unnique ATV Tours
Gold’s Gym Vallarta Adventures
Hacienda Doña Engracia Vallarta Shorex
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