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Mujeres Amigas Newsletter, September 2014

2014 Elaine Parker Living in Mexico September 2014

By Elaine Parker from the September 2014 Edition

Happy September Ladies,

August flew by and many who are still in the North are hoping the summer temperatures continue through September. The September luncheon will be held on Wednesday, September 3rd. Be at Oasis by 12:30 to socialize and to pay for your luncheon. The speaker for the luncheon will be Dani Haro who will tell us about the zip line and any other cool tours he has going. Your choices for lunch are coconut and panko encrusted fish fillet, goat cheese mashed potatoes and cilantro cream sauce OR grilled chicken breast, tropical orange sauce, rice and vegetables. The cost of the luncheon is 100 pesos and this includes a tip. You will pay for your drinks separately and no tip is included so please remember to tip your server for your drinks.

Ladies Please – If you plan on attending the luncheon, please respond by 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 5th to it is important to respond. We give a thank you to all who responded last month. We are all happy you attend the luncheon. A few more or a few less are ok, but let’s not take advantage of Oasis’ kindness in letting Mujeres Amigas hold our luncheons at their restaurant.


I am sorry to say that this has been a sad month for several of Manzanillo’s regular visitors or residents.

Firstly, in early August we learnt of the passing of Bill Blair of Chicago. Bill and his wife Pam Nosse lived on the Santiago Peninsular when in Manzanillo, and were members of Manzamigos for several years. Our sympathies go out to Pam and the rest of the family.

Long time Manzanillo resident, Helen Karrer passed away on August 20th. Helen passed peacefully and without pain at home in Evanston, Illinois after a short battle with lung cancer. Helen and her friend, Mary Alice O’Laughlin, came to Manzanillo in the early 1980’s.

They first stayed at the old Arco Iris but soon moved to Palomar in Las Brisas. Helen loved golf, bridge traveling around Mexico and “going to the office” – the casino. Our condolences go out to Mary Alice, Helen’s nieces and nephews and all of the O’Laughlin family who considered Helen one of them. She will be missed by everyone who knew her in Manzanillo. If you would like to leave a message on Helen’s guest book, go to .

Manzanillo resident, Christel Anderson, passed away after a three and a half year courageous battle fighting bladder cancer, on August 20th. Christel was at her home in Lafayette, California. She and her husband Dean lived on the Juluapan Peninsula for a number of years. Christel was born in Berlin, Germany and survived the war in small German villages. After a time in Paris and London, she came to the United States to study. Christel was an adventurous woman. She applied for and then got a job with Pan Pacific Airlines where she met her pilot husband, Dean in 1975. Christel is survived by her husband Dean, son Alexander; step-children, Chris, Peter, and Ashley; seven step grandchildren; three cousins in Germany and many friends. Details of a celebration of Christel’s life may be found at . Contributions in Christel’s memory can be sent to German Ladies General

Benevolent Society; P.O. Box 27101, San Francisco, CA 94127. Christel will be missed by all who knew her in Manzanillo.

Our local artist Robert Hill passed away at his home in Santiago two days ago, August 28th. His ashes are at his home until tomorrow, Sunday, August 31st. He was also instrumental in the past few years in organizing a Children’s Christmas party in Santiago. Last year there were over 350 children in attendance. Juanito’s sister in law Reyna (the waitress in the afternoons at Juanitos restaurant) arranged for any friends to drop by to pay respects over this past weekend. Robert’s adopted son lives in Brazil and is the only family member coming to Manzanillo and will be arriving this weekend. He and Reyna will decide any future plans. Robert did a lot of beautiful work at many people’s home in the area. Also he taught a number of art classes during the winter season. Robert will be missed by all the artists who took his classes over the years and also by his many Manzanillo friends. He was a long time year round member of the Manzanillo community.

There was a beautiful article in the August Manzanillo Sun e -magazine on Jeanne Folan. If you missed it, read more about this lovely lady.


At the luncheon, there will be a discussion of the late summer/early fall gathering.

Ladies – What would you like in the way of speakers and activities for the coming season? You can reply to this e-mail (please reply to sender only) or add your suggestions to your lunch response. I will personally forward your suggestions to Candy. Thank you, Elaine

Bodegas Usted Guarda Manzanillo – Self Storage Units are available to rent in sizes from 4.5 to 36 sq. meters for your storage needs. Go to or for more information

Mex-Ecotours has posted more tour dates for 2014/2015. Check this out as Mex-Ecotours seem to be offering tours to just about anywhere in Mexico. For more information go to or

We hope all our Mujeres Amigas in the San Francisco area came through the August 24th earthquake with no damage to their persons, homes or possessions.

We also hope all our Mujeres Amigas in Manzanillo survived the high surf and dangerous waves due to Hurricane Maria passing off shore as it made its way up the coast. Some of the beach areas have been washed away and it has been reported that some homes and businesses have been damaged.

Late news arrived in my mailbox regarding the number of different airlines and charters that are expected to arrive in Manzanillo this winter. One is Virgin American. Anyone know where this airline would come from to get to Manzanillo? Sun Country is again flying in from Minneapolis. Delta/US Airways is again flying from Phoenix and United from Houston. Of course Alaska is still on the list from LA. Areomexico, Aeromar, and Volaris are the Mexican airlines. And the rest I believe are Canadian Charters – Air Transat, CanJet, Interjet, and WestJet.

Don’t forget to read the September issue of the Manzanillo Sun e-magazine that will be available soon after September 1.


Monday, September 1st – W wish a good Labor or Labour Day to all our US and Canadian Mujeres Amigas. In Canada, the date traced back to 1872 originally gave workers the chance to campaign for better working conditions. In the US, Grover Cleveland made Labor Day a Federal holiday in 1894 after a failed attempt to break up a railroad strike.

The date now is in memory of all labor workers and a signal summer is over and fall is approaching.

Saturday, September 13th – Boys Heroes, Heroic Cadets, Dia de los Ninos Heroes celebrates the Battle of Chapultepec during the Mexican-American War of 1847. This is a Civic Holiday.

Monday, September 15th – Cry of Dolores, Grito de Dolores celebrates the Grito de Dolores, and event that marked the start of the Independence war against Span on the eve of September 16, 1810. This is a Civic Holiday

Tuesday, September 16th – Independence Day, Dia de Independencia commemorates the start of the Independence War by Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla in 1810. This is a Statutory Holiday

Saturday, September 27th – End of Independence War, Consumacion de la Independencia celebrates the end of the Mexican Independence War on 1821; 11 years after Father Hidalgo started it. This is a Civic Holiday

Tuesday, September 30th – Morelos birthday, Natalicio de Jose Ma. Morelos y Pavon commemorates the birth in 1765 of Father Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon, one of the founding father fathers of the Mexican nation. This is a Civic Holiday.

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