What Do Those Rascals at Amigos de La Cruz Have up Their Sleeve?

Team Angels - Amigos de La Cruz
December 14, 2014

The Amigos de La Cruz are still flying high from the success of the 3rd annual Welcome Back fundraiser at Roberto’s Xocolatl on Wednesday, December 3. This event, our first of the season, was our chance to welcome back our northern friends after we’ve survived yet another long, hot summer in the Bahia heat.

The party kicked off with local favorite, Tatewari. This group of three local La Cruz boys (well, they used to be boys anyway) enthralls audiences every year with their flamenco-fusion sound. Just think, none of them knew how to play a note until picking up guitars just a few years ago. What a long way they’ve come and what a long way they’re going to go!

With our bellies full of big, fat fajitas we then made our best attempt to work it off by shaking our booties to the sound of top contemporary sax man, Bryan Savage. Bryan is known and loved the world over and a good-sized crowd of happy partiers was more than willing to close the evening while still enjoying his soulful tunes.

The highlight of the evening was the introduction of the Adopt A Highway Program. The Amigos has just adopted the section of highway from the OXXO to the bridge. Within days of approaching the municipality to present our ideas and request their support, the municipality sent their own crew out to complete the first cleanup of the medians. Most of you didn’t see it before, so have no comparison, but wow – what a difference! The Amigos is going to continue the work in an effort to present a welcoming appearance to all who pass through La Cruz.  If any of our readers would like to get involved or make a donation please drop us a note at lacruzamigos@gmail.com. (Keep reading below about the Adopt A Highway Contest)

Rounding out the event was a 50/50 raffle with the happy winner taking home 6200 pesos. Congratulations and happy spending! A silent auction was held with several fabulous donations including a cruise for a party of 6 in our beautiful bay and free nights at two of La Cruz’ finest beach front inns and casitas. There were too many donations to mention them all, but thank you to all of our donors for helping to make the night a success.

Big thanks to Roberto, Raul and the hardworking staff. I think we overwhelmed them with our numbers. Heck, even we didn’t expect to draw such a large crowd, but the staff hung in there with smiles on their faces and did a great job of meeting our needs. Many compliments have been received on the fajitas and quite a few people have said that they’ll be back to Roberto’s to enjoy them again.

Last but not least, thank you to all of our Amigos who worked so hard to make the night happen.  Steve, Mindy, David, Marilyn, Amy, Bill, Duncan, Philo, Sandi, Kent, Shirley, Bill, Joan, Chris, Cindy, Lina, Giles, Johanna, Karen, Judy, Cat, Pat, Jane, Katrina and so many others – we couldn’t do it without you.  Your efforts raised 36,750 pesos in support of our environmental and medical programs. That number doesn’t even count the new and renewed memberships that are still rolling in.  Congratulations and thanks to all!

Adopt A Highway Program Contest

The first day of our Adopt A Highway program was a fantastic start. Pedro and Caesar spent almost the entire day collecting trash. The photo above shows them with a portion of their haul.

We thought it might be fun to let you guess how many bags were collected. In fact, we also thought that a 2015 membership to Amigos de La Cruz would be an appropriate prize for the winner guessing the correct number.

Just so you don't think this is a hoax, we want you to know that the answer is atmospherically sealed in a Hellman's mayo jar, and buried in a shallow grave on top of the mountain in front of Steve Cross' new casa. No need for Coopers Lybrand in this deal. In the event of a tie, a drawing will determine the winner. The winner will be announced at the Amigos annual meeting on January 20.

Guesses can be submitted to lacruzamigos@gmail.com OR come to the annual meeting and give it your best shot! Meeting location and time to be announced in January.

In the meantime, Pedro and Caesar, wearing their Amigos At Work orange reflective vests, will be cleaning up the palm trees, trimming the shrubs, and fine tuning the dormant grassy areas while awaiting pipa trucks of water courtesy of the Municipio Bahia de Banderas.

So, as you're driving through the pueblo and you see the guys, give them a thumbs up, or better yet, stop, introduce yourself, and let them know you appreciate their work (but no fair asking about the number of bags collected).

Good luck in the contest.

Whodunit Mystery Dinner Theatre

We will be looking for actors, crew, costumes, props, back stage, front of house, and many more volunteers in the new season for our new murder mystery dinner theatre production in March.

Lots of fun jobs for everyone, and all for the benefit of Amigos de La Cruz' good works in our community.  No experience necessary.

Watch for our next announcement: casting to begin in January 2015, dates, time and location to be announced.

This is such a fun way to get involved with your community...hope to see you all soon!

Patricia Spencer is Director of the Mystery Theatre so if you wish to volunteer directly is email Patricia at spencerp@live.ca or contact lacruzamigos@gmail.com.

To learn more about the Amigos de La Cruz and all the great services they provide for the community, visit our next Business Meeting on Tuesday, December 16 at 7:00 pm. We'll be meeting at Philo’s Bar and Restaurant, 15 Delfin, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Riviera Nayarit.

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