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More than ten years ago, Jan and Carol from EDR-Los Viajeros South “sister-hood” began a tradition of getting all of us together around special holidays. One of those holidays was Valentine’s Day. Everyone looked forward to gathering at their place for brunch, mimosas, and a chance to catch up with each other.
As often happens in snowbird 55+ communities, Jan and Carol’s lives changed and they decided to settle down in Arizona, rather than continue to make the trek every winter to San Felipe. Not wanting to discontinue the get-together tradition J&C had started, the lesbians from LVS (AKA “lesbian village”) and LVN (AKA “lesbian lane”) picked up the proverbial baton and continued the Valentine’s Day custom of getting together.
This year marked the tenth anniversary of the move from J&C’s place in LVS to Lisbeth and Cal’s place in LVN. Since the move, all of the sister-hoods have added their own twist to the traditional bacon and egg dishes of the past. Dinah, from La Ventana del Mar, can be counted on for her “cheesy grits;” Liz & Kathy, representing LVS and LVN, created a mean, but healthy, fruit salad; Julie, representing the South Campos, introduced us to a genuine Sicilian lasagna; and, Sharron and Susan, from LVN, provided their amazing BB Caesars and Mama S’s Mimosas.
Eating, drinking and visiting make up a big part of why we get together. Through the years, however, we’ve also tried our hand (or, knees) at flash mob dancing a-la-Eve Winslow of Vagina Monologue fame. We’ve raised awareness regarding, and fund raised for, several local causes including: VIVA, the Equestrian Center’s horse rescue service, and the local community hospital. This year, we will be supporting the Las Amigas program that provides for the education of a local young lady from the area. All in all, the annual Las Hermanas V-Day brunches never fail to provide a sense of community, instruction, and good eats and drinks.
As the years have gone by, we have seen lots of changes to our community and to the membership. Some women have elected to make SF a permanent home, while others have lengthened (or, shortened) their winter snowbird stays. We have also experienced sad and unfortunate losses to our community as we all age. Through it all, however, there is a sense of immutable consistency. There always remains a core to carry on the traditions and to tell the stories of our community. This recognition of permanence has, I believe led to the desire by some to create a more structured organization; one that represents the many faces of who we are; one that can pull us together around a variety of events, occasions and purposes.
This year, with twenty-five women present at the brunch, it was suggested that we create a Las Hermanas Board comprised of representatives from the various sisterhoods in the San Felipe area. This move marks an herstoric juncture for us. We have always been a strong, but informal, presence in the SF area. This has been what has attracted so many to come and to remain in our area. But, now, there appears to be a need to create more avenues for us to network and to get together. To do this will require a more formalized operating structure. It is hoped that this newly formed Board will provide the mechanism with which to move to another level of community.
The first meeting of the LH Board will be February 27, at 11 a.m. at the Road Runner Grill. The following sisters have volunteered to represent their hoods: ( NOTE: If your area is not represented, and you would like to volunteer to be on the Board, please let Cal know before February 27.)
- Masanee (EDR, Palos Verdes South)
- Alice (EDR, Palos Verdes South)
- Judy (EDR, Palos Verdes North)
- Liz (EDR, Los Viajeros North & South)
- Cal (EDR, Los Viajeros North)
- Tricia (La Ventana del Mar)
- Julie (South Campos, Campo Sahuaro)
- Gloria (North Campos, Campo Ocotillo)
If your name is not on the list, and, you wanted to be included, please let Cal know in the comments below or, in the comments on Las Hermanas FB group page. Thanks and sorry if we missed you!
We look forward to seeing what good things this new move brings for our community!
This is just a quick reminder that this Thursday marks the 10th anniversary of the Las Hermanas V-Day Brunch as sponsored by the LVS and LVN sister-hoods from EDR.
Festivities will begin around 9:30-ish and end around 2-ish, and, will be held at at Crones’ Cove (Casa de las Tortugas Viejas) in EDR, Los Viajeros Norte off of Road 23. (For specific directions, please refer to the FB Las Hermanas del Desierto group page.)
In addition to the usual great breakfast offerings, come prepared to sample other delectable delights representing several other “sister-hoods” in the area(La Ventana, Vista del Sol, and Campo Sahuaro). LVS’s Sharron and Susan will be back to amaze us with their one of a kind beverages—from Canadian Butch Beaver Caesars to California Ay, Ay Mama Mia Mimosas. Everyone is guaranteed to find something to kick start their morning! (Coffee and water are also provided. If you want something else, BYOB…or, Bring Your Own, Baby.
The weather this year looks to be unseasonably cooler than in years past, with lows in the mid 50s to start and ending in the 70s. It will be cloudy, but no wind. Dress accordingly. Layers are always a good bet in the desert this time of year.
We have lots of chairs. However, if you have a favorite camping chair, and its easy to stash in your vehicle, bring it just in case.
If you do NOT own property at EDR or La Ventana, you will need a pass to get on The Ranch. Please let us know ASAP if this is something you need us to arrange for you. Please contact us: US Cell: 970-213-1328 or Mex Cell: 686-307-6138 or EVEN better: Face Book private message or Email: email@example.com. Please use aforementioned contact info for any other questions.
This year’s agenda will include the following:
- Discussion Item 1: Creating a “Sister-hood” representative board
- Discussion Item 2: Long-term sponsorship of a local girl through middle school (in conjunction with Las Amigas program)
- Announcement 1: Liz Gonzales’ awesome Valentine’s Day massage special offer.
- Announcement 2: Next Las Hermanas event(s) possibilities: Hay Cafe private movie showing, Galeria Milan for lunch or dinner, Villa Marina for lunch or dinner, croquet tournament, softball game, podcast club, other?
- Announcement 3: Any other announcements???
- Activity: (Surprise) Face Time Call to a special person who could not join us this year
- Activity: Annual group photo
If you have not signed up to follow this web site, PLEASE do so now. If you are on FB, please LIKE the Las Hermanas del Desierto group page. Doing both of these things will ensure that you are kept in the loop. We will no longer be sending out individual email notices.
Look forward to seeing everyone this Thursday, February 14!
On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, twenty-five women from the north and south Campos around San Felipe, BC held their first get together of the season. Thanks to a suggestion from south Campos resident, Julie, the group gathered for steak night at the Barefoot Bar and Grill (AKA the Hotel Cortez). The management and wait staff at the BBG were extremely accommodating and service was great. The group had an opportunity to welcome snowbirds and newcomers to the area, as well as a chance to catch up on everyone’s news. The band also provided an opportunity for sisters to dance. The evening ended with an amazing tres leches birthday cake for Peggy and Dinah. Everyone was also reminded of this Saturday’s Women’s March in the United States and the opportunity to stand in solidarity on the Malecón on Saturday at 10 am.
January 20, 2018
Please join us for the Women’s March in Solidarity with Our Sisters in the United States rally on Saturday , January 20, 2018. We will rally together in front of the San Felipe sign on the Malecon at 10 a.m. for an informal meet, greet, and show of solidarity photo op for FB, Instagram, and Twitter. Pussy hats are welcome! There will be meeting on January 13th to create signs for the rally and an informal introductory meeting. Location TBD. Call: 686.307.6138 for more information. Or, join Las Hermanas del Desierto, or, Nasty Baja Women on FB, or, go to: https://hermanasdeldesierto.wordpress.com/ for updates. Male supporters welcome.
Just a quick reminder that Tuesday, February 14 is the annual Las Hermanas Valentine’s Day Brunch. Start time is 9:30 a.m. Same place as always: Crones’ Cove, EDR, Los Viajeros Norte, #31-13 off of Rd 23. Bring yourselves and your appetite. Sharron will be tending the Bloody Baja Bar. If that’s not your cup of tea…bring your own tea. Get in touch with one of the gals from LVS or LVN if you have any questions.
This year we will be selling RAFFLE TICKETS to help support the new HOSPITAL that is underway in LOS ARCOS area. Tickets are $5 or 100p each. We hope that everyone will plan on purchasing at least one ticket for the cause. Prizes are HUGELY terrific. Probably the best prizes on the Baja. Many, many people will tell you that they are.
You will be so happy if you win one off these prizes:
A gas stove (perfect for a solar casita),
A low-energy electric refrigerator (perfect for a solar casita),
A low-energy television set (perfect for a solar casita).
😉 Please help the women of the Los Arcos area by supporting this cause.
The U.S. elections were a source of great disappointment for many American women this year. We had hoped to be cheering for the first woman president in U.S. History. Instead we found ourselves confronted with the election of a man who does not share any of our values of inclusion and of equal rights for all. We were shocked and disheartened that Americans supported a man who, by his own admission, does not treat women with respect. In addition, he and his supporters are clear that LGBT citizens are not entitled to equal protection under the law. Our recent Supreme Court triumph allowing us to marry has been viewed by the president-elect, his supporters, and administrative staff as needing to be rescinded.
We had started 2016 with optimism and are now ending the year feeling afraid and concerned for the future–for ourselves and for other minorities. We found ourselves perplexed as to how all of this has come to be. Rather than becoming mired in despair, we decided to bring our community together for an event that allowed us to create a support group and vent our frustrations. In so doing, we have begun the process of moving forward.
On December 9, the “Nasty Baja Mujeres” got together to share our frustrations regarding recent events. We called our time together an “exorcism and an energizing.” We ended the reunion with a discussion of the importance of becoming involved in local Democratic party politics and volunteering with organizations devoted to civil liberties, the rights of women, children, and the elderly, and issues concerning the environment and climate change.
What follows is a photo album of our symbolic exorcism….
(Photos by Sharron C.)
Pokin’ N Roastin’/
Postcard Avalanche To Oppose Steve Bannon Is Scheduled For 11/26; Here’s How To Participate
A group of activists are planning to deluge Trump Tower with an “avalanche of postcards” opposing the appointment of white supremacist Steve Bannon as Chief Strategist.
From the “Postcard Avalanche” Facebook page:
** IMPORTANT – Don’t mail your card until NOV. 26th **
1. Get a postcard from your state – any picture that represents your state.
2. In the message section, write this simple message: NOT BANNON!
3. Sign your name if you wish
4. Address it as follows: Donald Trump
c/o The Trump Organization
725 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10022
5. Affix a stamp – you can use a 35 cent postcard stamp, or a normal letter stamp.
6. Take a picture of your postcard that you can share on social media on Nov. 26-28th
7. Drop it in the mail between Saturday, Nov 26th and Monday, Nov. 28th to create a concentrated avalanche of postcards.
8. On Nov. 26-28th, Tweet and share the heck out of your photo using the hashtags #postcardavalanche #stopbannon
Isn’t it a great image, the denizens of Trump Tower slip sliding on postcards, and then wading ankle deep, and then knee high…
I’m sorry this is such short notice, I wanted to go there before some of the snow birds headed north for the summer. Please let me know by Sunday afternoon if you will be able to attend.
Friends in the States often wonder how we spend our time here on the Baja. The following is a partial list of some of the flyers for upcoming events in our area. No bad days, and, no boring days! 🙂
First up: The 13th annual Paella Festival– Saturday, March 14th.
If you have never been, it is a must for your calendar. It’s like a giant paella cook-off. It is held at the Hotel El Cortez overlooking the beach, and, includes wonderful Mexican entertainment–from Mariachi bands to folkloric dancing. Ticket required. Take extra pesos for drinks and a t-shirt! Get there early if you want to get a table. For the uninitiated, paella is a traditional Spanish dish. It was originally developed for picnics and outings in Spain. Each region of Spain creates its own version of paella depending on what foodstuffs are available locally. It’s primary ingredient is a special RICE which is grown only in certain parts of Spain. However, these days all of that has changed. Some chefs will use whatever rice is locally available. Saffron is the second most important ingredient. It gives the paella rice its distinctive yellow color and flavor. A really good paella focuses primarily on the rice, the ingredients are secondary. Traditionally the most savored part was the bottom of the pan where the rice has become crispy. Nowadays, more focus has been given to the ingredients added into the rice. This is probably due to the American influence of piling on the meat. These ingredients often include: chicken, sausage, locally available seafood, artichokes, green beans, peas, and hearts of palm.
Should you decide to go, get yourself a good table to sit at first. Then, spend time walking around observing the different chefs apply their magic to the large paella pans! The Hotel Cortez has by far the LARGEST paella pan I have ever seen, and, I’ve seen a lot of them! When the paella is done, the judges will get first taste. Then, it’s time to choose the three or so paellas you would like to sample. Old hands at the Festival can give advice on where to go. It is often fun to split up from your friend or partner and each of you get different ones that you can share. Then, sit back and enjoy the Sea and the beautiful setting.
If there is any interest, I would be happy to take an afternoon to do a paella cooking demo at our place. 😉
Next: The Women’s Auxiliary of the Mexican Naval Station hosts a monthly breakfast to which the women of San Felipe are invited.
This is a FORMAL affair, i.e. dress up. Don’t show up in shorts and a t-shirt, or, you may feel very out of place as you are escorted by naval officers in full dress uniforms! They ask for a $100 peso donation. If you are interested in attending, contact Lucy Torres at least five days before the event. This month they are having a fancy hat contest. The prettiest and most original hat will win a prize.
Next up: March 18–Saint Patrick’s Day Casino at the EDR Pavillion from 5 until 9 p.m.
Ten dollars (or, $140p) will get you 100 tickets for the casino. Fifteen dollars or $200p will get you into the Texas Hold ‘Em tournament which starts at 6 p.m. There is also a silent auction going on at the same time. All proceeds go to support the San Felipe Men’s and Women’s Rowing Teams.
Next up: If you like tequila and you enjoy mariachi music, you won’t want to miss the Tequila and Mariachi Festival to be held April 10 through the 12th in San Felipe.
Next up: May 22nd and 23rd is the Seafood Festival and Brewfest to be held on the Malecon from 1 p.m. until 1 a.m.
I know I’ve left off several others: Tutti and the Girls this coming this Monday at the Pavillion, and, the Blues and Arts Festival, also at the Pavillion. But, I didn’t happen to find any posters for those events. If anyone has the details for those events or other events, please pass them on to firstname.lastname@example.org, or, list them in the comment section below. Thanks.