On 12 December the Lake was graced with an amazing site of a double rainbow! Below are two photos that were taken of that event by two of our residents, Patricia Torpie and Denver Hopkins.
Also, I am going to be starting a Photo of the Week segment on the Blog starting with these 2 photos. Many of you whom I am friends with on FaceBook post great photos of the Lake and the community (people, etc.). Either make sure that I see them by posting on my FB page or emailing them to me even if you are not on FB. Also, please send any particulars like where you photographed it and the date, if possible. I will select the photo for the week and, with permission and credit, post on the Blog. I have also created a Photo-of-the-Week slide show on the Santa Cruz website's Media photo page to archive these special images: http://santacruzlalaguna.weebly.com/photos.html
These rainbow photos are the auspicious beginning of this unique collection!
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- 24 December, Christmas Eve Dinner at the Isla Verde, 7:30 p.m. (See details below)
- 25 December, Christmas Dinner at the Iguana, Santa Cruz la Laguna, 3 p.m. Q100. (details in last week's blog). Reservations: email@example.com
- 27 December at 2:00 pm until 29 December at 2:00 pm., Hippiesland Fest, Isla desierta de los Gatos, (Entre Santiago y San Pedro) Lago Atitlan, Guatemala (see details below)
- 29 December - 1 January, Cosmic Convergence Festival, Vision Azul, Panajachel (see details below)
The Dynamic Duo
As everyone knows, Dave and Deedle are the bedrock of our community. The Iguana acts as a meeting place and, of course, we all love our Saturday Market which they host complimentary. I wanted to write this message because I felt so grateful to them after our little fire at Villa Sumaya this past Friday. Dave and Deedle have fished bodies out of the lake, tried to breath life into the unconscious, ran to the city (numerous times) with accident victims, act as fire fighters, are on the board of non-profits, open their home to Christmas Eve caroling, have many weekends where their home is inundated with children and there is so much more. I do not want to get sappy but I am appreciative and touched by their kindness, sense of community and their tireless willingness to do what it takes. Thank you Dave and Deedle...
Love, Lizzy and your community in Santa Cruz.
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Join us for our Holiday feast on Christmas Eve on Tuesday 24th at 7:30 pm, our delicious feast includes:
- Tamalitos de chipilin, crudités, chips, guacamole and hummus
- Garden Salad with Fresh Strawberry, Almonds and Local Cheese
- Garlic and Herb Roasted Potatoes Garlic and Herb Roasted Potatoes
- Rosemary and ginger pork tenderloin.
- Apple pie with maple whipped cream
Cost Q200 p/p
New Years Eve:
Welcome the New year in the company of great food, music, drinks and people!!
Cost Q275 p/p
ISLA VERDE YOGA SCHEDULE
The schedule has change since last reported in the Santa Cruz Blog. Here is the current schedule below. To keep apprised of their current schedules, go to their Facebook page at:
- Monday from 8- 9:30 am
- Wednesday from 8- 9:30 am
- Thursday from 5- 6:30 pm
- Sunday from 9- 10:30 am
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The Cosmic Convergence Festival is here at Vision Azul on the Atitlan Riviera for 4 days. International djs and good time for all.
The headliners are Desert Dwellers from Sante Fe. Dance the New Year in and keep on going all night.
Tickets for locals in advance are Q600 for foreign residents of Panajchel for the whole festival and Q300 for the last 28 hours only. (12.31-1.1) get in touch with Nirguna at firstname.lastname@example.org for advance purchase.
Sponsored by Fundación Musica y Esperanza
Viernes, Sabado y Domingo, festival non stop. Colaboracion: Q20 la entrada.
HIPPIES MUSIC (Bandas, agrupaciones y djs en vivo) Durante los 3 dias se estaran presentando los distintos generos variando por mañana, tarde y noche:
Headliners por ser anunciados. Artistas internacionales y nacionales!
*DURANTE EL DIA: Chill music - Indie - Soft Rock - Rock Alternativo - Musica Experimental - Musica Folklorica - Musica psycodelica - Classic Rock - Rock & Roll - Bohemia - Tributos a bandas y artistas legendarios de los 60s
*NOCHE TEMPRANO: Bohemia - Cumbia - Reggae - Rap - Hip Hop
*NOCHE: All kinds of electronic music - Drum and Bass - Drumstep - Dubstep - Proggresive psytrance - Psytrance - Power Psytrance - Darkpsy - Hi-tech - House - Minimal -Techno, etc!!
Convocatoria aun abierta para todo artista de los generos mencionados o genero similar! Que lleve la buena vibra hippie en su corazon! Artistas, musicos y artesanos de todas partes del mundo son bienvenidos!
Producto de este festival regalaremos paquetes con arbolitos y semillas medicinales y de hortalizas, para regar el amor por la naturaleza en la ciudad y el lago de atitlan! Apoya esta primer edicion para que las venideras sean gratis! Riega la vibra hippie!!!
ACTIVIDADES EN HIPPIESLAND:
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- Photography workshop and cultural immersion experience.
- 5 days At Maya Moon Lodge
This is a "Digital Fundamentals" course.
The Program: Days are comprised of both classroom and field, location work: lectures and critique, demonstrations, shooting, editing, writing, computer workflow.
- Learn how to Take Better Pictures
- How to make a good exposure, have a sharp image.
- Understanding aperture and depth of field
- Shooting technique and how to eliminate camera shake and vibration
- Explore composition and subject. The basics of good composition, and when to break the rules.
- After the shot
- Get familiar with a basic digital workflow
- Learn some editing tricks
- Printing and sharing options!
- How to work with Photoshop, or other applications (using curves, local contrast enhancement, etc..
- using a pen and tablet to ease your workflow.
- And much more!
There will be regular critique sessions where we can look at what was successful, and what wasn’t, in each other’s images. These sessions are an invaluable tool in improving your photos, as they show you exactly what you did wrong (and right!), allowing you to learn from your mistakes.
The photography instruction and assistance you receive in the field will be tailored to your needs.
Students should bring a digital camera.
Price: $365 per person for 5 days. It includes
- Lodging : spacious dorm beds, no bunks, great views from every angle.
- Food: two meals a day ( buffet style breakfast with a three course dinner cooked with fresh local produce, lunch optional).
- And courses. Dates: From Monday 10th February. First lecture optional... lunch served at 12pm course at 1.30 am until Saturday Morning which includes breakfast.
Price & Payment: A deposit of 30% will be required upon reservation. If the reservation is made within the 15 days prior to the scheduled starting date, full payment will be required at that moment.
-10% on all reservation made and fully paid before the 25/12/2013
To reserve your space contact Nathalie at: 4942-7654 or Jaibalito@yahoo.com
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From Roberto Luz:
On March 22, 2014 we will be celebrating the 11th Festival Atitlán here in Santiago Atitlán. Festival Atitlán is a nonprofit alternative Music and Arts Festival that is produced by the community here in Lake Atitlán. This year we have chosen ADISA (The Association of Parents and Friends of People with Disabilities in Santiago Atitlán), a local organization here in Santiago that looks after the welfare and education of special children to receive the proceeds from the event.
As we are a non-commercial event, and all the organizers, artists, and most of the staff donate their time and labor, the environment that is created by such positive energy is outstanding. It’s a very special day for the whole family, and we try to showcase the many faces of world culture by presenting acts in many different styles. Something done by the community for the community.
We offer the artists who participate food, a hotel room, and a small incentive to help with expenses. Moreover, it is a chance to play with an excellent sound system, and the best sound engineers, along with the best musicians in Guatemala and the world. If you have a music, dance, theater, poetry, comedy, etc. group and are interested in being part of this year’s event, Contact me today, because time is limited and registrations will be closing on January 5th : email@example.com
All of this is to support a very special project for very special people, at one of the most special events in Guatemala.
If you are a photographer or videographer and want to help us document the 2014 Festival Atitlan, or if you're a graphic artist and want to be part of our gallery or help with the poster, write me at the same address.
There are many opportunities for people who want to volunteer. If you don’t have time to help in another way, please send this information to 5 of your friends.
You can find more information about ADISA and their projects at http://www.adisagt.com/
There is lots of information about Festival Atitlán, pictures, and recordings of artists who have appeared at the event, and Radio Festival Atitlán on our website, I'll be adding information about the 2014 event as it unfolds: http://www.festivalatitlan.com/
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Hi everyone, this is Jean - the other Jean, who also dances. Many of you know me, of course, since I have spent a lot of time on the lake and at Santa Cruz. I am in Nicaragua now and I would like to come back, and I thought that I could offer my house sitting services like Marjolein did. I house sat last year on the lake and over the years in the States I have housesat here and there. I am a responsible older American woman, clean and conscientious. I love all animals and adore dogs. I speak fair to middling Spanish, certainly enough to communicate well with workers. I don't drink anything except herb teas and fruit juices, and I don't smoke anything at all! :-) I could be available from the beginning of February to mid-April 2014; my services are offered for free and I could consider other economical situations, exchanges, etc. Thank you for thinking of me! firstname.lastname@example.org
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