I hope everyone had a wonderful three day weekend. I read in a Google Alert that Mexico, particularly Baja and San Felipe had very high occupancy percentages which means local restaurants and shops probably did a pretty good business. Coming up is the Desert Mothers Breakfast Benefit at the Los Arcos Restaurant. This is one group very special to me and a lot of people in San Felipe. For those of you who don’t know what Desert Mothers is, I’ll give you a short explanation and a little background. For years, the only viable employment for Mexican women who could not afford to go to high school or college, was housekeeping or working in the laundry of a hotel. Obviously, there’s not much room for advancement financially and the future seemed a bit bleak. Donna Roberts had a vision when she first moved to San Felipe ten years or more ago. She wanted to help these women, most all with children, to help themselves and to try and bring out what she thought was some natural talent and also the ability to learn. Because Donna is an art lover herself, she was privy to many artists who were willing to hold workshops to teach both the Desert Mothers and also the foreign community. These workshops were all a wonderful success and Desert Mothers were on their way. However, all this takes money and Donna Roberts has used thousands of dollars of her own money to keep this dream alive. In order for the women to make different items with metal, wood, clay and more, they need a compressor, a kiln, supplies and much more. This breakfast is only $10 and it’s for one of the best causes in San Felipe, so try and make it. This is a sample of some of the mosaic work the women have done. Photo by Kat.
The event of the season is June 4 beginning at 10:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The cost is a mere $10, especially in light of what they are serving. Fresh fruit, orange juice, coffee, bacon, ham, sausage, Potatoes O’Brien, homemade biscuits and gravy, stuffed French toast, eggs souffle, bagels and lox, Eggs Benedict and a 50/50 raffle. I’m sure the bar will be open for those wanting a bloody Mary or a Mimosa. You’ll also be treated to the beautiful voice of Socorro Gomez and you’ll be helping to shape and form these women’s futures. Also, Volunteers Without Limits, the new name for the San Felipe Food Bank, is requesting all guests bring a few canned goods to help feed the poor. I used to be on the Board of Directors when it was the Food Bank San Felipe. So, as I always say when I really want people to attend a very important event: be there or be square.
Victor Rodriguez Ratliff attended the Volley Ball Tournament held at El Dorado Ranch. With so many events and places to go this past weekend, it would have been a tough job getting to the south beaches and the north beaches and all spots in between, so I truly appreciate Victor sending me the photos and I’m so jealous of the tans! Hopefully, I’ll get a tan this weekend, if it doesn’t rain. The weather in San Felipe is perfect this time of year, as you can tell from the volley ball players and the beautiful Sea of Cortez. Photos by Victor Rodriguez Ratliff.
My friend, Angela Anderson, has a beautiful home which is decorated like something out of Architectural Digest, and she’s selling it for $260,000 and it’s in Playas de San Felipe with a great view of the Sea of Cortez. We used to call this street “millionaire row” years ago. If you’re looking for a sweet little (big) spot near the beach, just a bit out of town (south) but has city water and Internet, you can reach Angela here: firstname.lastname@example.org. Angela, you can send my commission to Iowa! Just kidding. I am proud to say that I’ve never taken a penny for referring people to real estate agents or helping my friends sell their homes.
It looks like D.I.F. has canceled the Bingo event which was supposed to be held at the Pavillion. Cesar has informed us that any monies already exchanged will be returned. I don’t know why they canceled it, but I’ll find out. My daughter sent me some old photos she found at her house which were taken in 1982. We were living in Los Angeles at the time and my in-laws wintered in Yuma. So, we got in my Mustang and drove to Yuma for Christmas. Mind you, it gets very cold in Yuma in the evenings, which is why I have on a pair of jeans. At any rate, moving on with my story, we decided to take a trip to San Felipe in my Mustang. Four adults and a five year old child and if you think the roads were bad before we got the new highway, I became an expert in dodging potholes on the drive down. We made a few stops on the way, and there are still remnants of this little shack, which was a bathroom or outhouse. The sign means “women only” and the other sign means “employees”. You can click the photo to see what I looked like when I was 32!
This was my first trip to San Felipe and at that time, there was no Malécon and the Rockodile was a restaurant called Arnolds. When we pulled into town, we went straight to the water to find a restaurant with those famous Blue Shrimp. My daughter, Desiree’, was only five and didn’t want shrimp; she wanted a grilled cheese sandwich. Of course, it wasn’t on the menu but they made her one with french fries and we adults had a plate piled high with huge shrimp, salad and french fries. I drank at that time, so we had pitchers of Margaritas and the total bill for everything was about $25.00. We stayed at the El Cortez in one of the cabanas that had two queen sized beds for $38.50. My, how times have changed.
We actually went to San Felipe to buy some kilos of shrimp but we couldn’t find any. After we left San Felipe, we drove what seemed like forever to El Golfo. By the time we got there, it was dark and there was nothing open. We did, however, find some huge frozen shrimp and we drove all the way back to Yuma that very night. I can’t even tell you where El Golfo is, except some people came into the Net at one time who were living there, so it’s a bit of a snowbird hangout now. I suppose we can say we’ve come a long way, but there are obvious drawbacks to growth. Es la vida! This is a photo of the arches in 1982 taken by Imogene Blair.
June 11 is the 1st anniversary of Playa Clean International, a beach clean-up event Martin Romo of Rosita’s Restaurant on the Malécon started and Bill and Shawnee Bowden joined in along with a lot of other people and it looks like they are going to do it again. Stop by Rositas and see how you can help make San Felipe’s beaches clean and a place you’re proud to live in. Kudos for Martin Romo!
Sandy Flannigan was kind enough to send me photos of the 1st anniversary of Rumors Beach Bar and Grill. Denny Flannigan was on hand to play with Javier Batiz, the man who taught Jimmy Hendrix how to play the guitar (or so they say). Congratulations to Jeannie Peppler, who is the brain trust behind the success of Rumors especially during our challenging economic times. In the first photo, Javier is holding the CD we were involved in (Denny and I co-wrote lyrics to La Gata Loca) and Denny is holding one of Javier’s cd’s. I like this photo! By the way, you can still get a copy of the CD, which has Arturo from Agave Blues and Mederas de San Felipe, Jim Manning of the Baja Boys, Tavo Garcia of Tavo’s Revolution and I know I’m forgetting a couple of people, but it’s good music. Just see Denny or Sandi at Rumors and you can find them at Rumors entertaining the masses on (I hope I’m right) Tuesdays and Fridays and if that’s wrong Sandi, please drop me a comment and thank you for the photos. Photos by Sandi Flannigan.