Yesterday, April 12th turned out to be quite a day…
The morning began … in the (already) 35 degree C. heat… with a valiant attempt at getting my hair to curl, paint my nails and put on makeup. I would be MC at the launch of the “Yucatan Times” and I did want to look my best for such a momentous occasion!
And momentous it was… the auditorium filled to almost full capacity with local and international guests. The owners of the fledgling paper, Raul Ponce de Leon and Silvia Grimes were indeed happy with the public’s show of support. As well, the “Yucatan Institute of Culture” was very generous in their sponsorship of the event.
The director of ICY, Renán Guillermo Gonzalez gave the opening address, followed by messages from both Raul and Silvia. A video giving the background story of the Yucatan Times was shown. The video also highlighted the Yucatan Youth Symphony and afterwards, the he director of the Youth symphony played a delightful violin duet with one of his students and then it was time… copies of the paper were distributed to the more than 200 guests at the theater.
All seemed impressed with the quality and content of the newspaper. For this inaugural edition, 2,000 copies were printed. Raul said that to start, the paper will be printed three times a month and he hopes the circulation will soon be 6,000. The paper will be distributed in Merida, at the beach and other major centers in the state. He added, “An English language newspaper is not a new idea but it is new in Merida and we’re happy to be the ones who will be bringing Merida’s news to the English speaking population of Yucatan.”
Delicious Yucatan “botanas” were served at the reception following the launch. This gave everyone a chance to mingle with friends and to congratulate Sylvia and Raul. I believe I speak for everyone from our community in wishing this entrepreneurial couple much success with their new venture.
After the morning’s excitement, Jorge and I came home and crashed! Remember… “Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday sun!”
Later in the evening, I went to my writing group at “La 68”. Elena Poniatowska was on hand to celebrate the third anniversary of the center. We all felt somewhat nervous having her critique our work but at the same time, very honored.
We also had the chance to hear Elena talk a bit about her latest work, “Leonora”. It is receiving rave reviews in all Spanish speaking countries and is making the illusive Leonora Carrington more widely known than she has been to present. Elena Poniatowska’s European family will be the subject of her next book.
And that brings us up to date… don’t forget that Edith Wilson, the author of “Mexico Beyond the Drug Violence” will be speaking and answering questions at a presentation to be held tonight at TTT (our college) The start time is 8:00 pm but try and arrive a little early so you’ll have time to say hello Edith. The address is: Calle 57 No. 492 , Between 56 & 58, Colonia Centro.
See you later!