It was kept a secret from the children of RISE (Refugio Infantil Santa Esperanza) about where they were headed when Mother Mari and Sofia loaded them in the van around noon on Saturday and drove them to Eddie's on the River in Puerto Vallarta.
Their eyes got as big as saucers when they saw the jump houses all set up and ready for them to have some fun that had been rented by Eddie and his wife Alejandra.
Some of the kids wandered over to the face painting table to get a new look while others played on the hammocks.
While the children were having the time of their lives in the jump houses, us adults were treated with entertainment by Amanda Kay.
Australian Amanda Kay the sultry songstress and her compositions have been influenced by her emotions combining with all the music she has come across in her life, from jazz ballads to folk, from latin to rock and gypsy, from reggae to soul, from funk to pop. One of her greatest hits in Australia is "Just Outside my Window."
The National Folk Festival and Woodford enjoyed having her perform in 2014 before she headed off to the Americas for a year of sharing music. She played her way from the Lighthouse in L.A. California to Whitehorse Solstice Festival in the Yukon, Canada. She performed for the Vancouver Jazz Festival and toured across Canada coast to coast. She played and recorded in Nova Scotia before heading to New York where she jammed with some of the worlds leading jazz players and the folk players of Washington Square. Her time in NY included meeting Chick Corea and jamming with Lady GaGa's chart writing piano player. She travelled down through the Appalachian Mountains sharing their style of folk and funk, to Georgia (more funk and jazz) before flying to New Orleans (more funk, trad and zydeco) where she was well received by the locals. Mexico has welcomed her with open arms and she has been performing with friends around the city, on national radio and recording.
It took some effort to get the kids out of the jump houses, but when they saw the table of hot dogs and chips, they took a break.
Jamie Henderson took the stage with the choir that he has formed with the children at the RISE Shelter. We were treated with some great musical moments from these talented girls and boys. You can catch Jamie at Eddie's on Thursdays for Karaoke from 7:00 until 10:00 pm.
Candy topped off the festivities and the children went home with big smiles and memories of a very special day.
The RISE Shelter in Puerto Vallarta is home to boys and girls from 7 months to 13 years old. At the age of 14, they are moved to the Corazon de Nina shelter. These children have been rescued by DIF due to abuse in their homes, abandonment, imprisonment of parent(s) or lack of funds to care for them. These shelters give them a safe and loving place to live because they have no other choice in their lives.
When Eddie and Ale opened Eddie's on the River only six weeks ago, they made a pact to give back to the community as soon as possible. It only took them one month to have the first surprise fun day for the young people at Corazon de Nina. They threw a great party for them two weeks ago similar to this event but eliminated the trampoline this time in favor of another jump house to make it more safe for the younger children. They plan to have events every two weeks for other great causes around Banderas Bay.
We hope you'll stop into Eddie's on the River and give them a big "thanks for giving back." Eddie's is a beautiful oasis in the middle of the city along the Rio Cuale that runs between Downtown and Old Town Vallarta. Enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner while watching and hearing the babbling river alongside. Take advantage of the 2 for 1 Happy Hour daily from 12:00 until 2:00. (Team Angels and friends vote their margarita at 35 pesos is at the top of the list for the best in Puerto Vallarta). Beer is also 2 for 1 at 25 pesos. The food is fresh and delicious.
Eddie's is a little off the beaten path so you're not likely to stumble upon it on a walk-about. If you are coming from the beach, you can take the River Walk from the walk bridge by Oscar's or the River Cafe on Vallarta Street. You'll cross Insurgentes and continue east until almost reaching the Cultural Center. It's on the right. You can also walk, take a taxi or drive east on Aquiles Serdan (plenty of parking) and take the suspension bridge with the address of 437 which is just east of Aguacate. Take a left and you're there. The address is Isla Rio Cuale #31, phone is (322) 168-5503. Hours are 8:30 am until 10:00 pm. Follow them on Facebook for the latest happenings.
Eddie's on the River: "Eat 'til you're full, drink 'til you're happy, and sing 'til your heart is content." Discover the oasis in the middle of Puerto Vallarta.
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