Senor and Linda Lou have been in Pueblo Alamos, Sonora, Mexico for 10 years.
Every day brings a new discovery.
They are still working on the casa............Senor says, it won't be long.........but Linda Lou says, it won't be long until what..............stay tuned to find out what's next.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Streets are Packed

This is the last day of FAOT, but the music is non stop and will continue throughout the night, with a closing opera performance in the Palacio, several more concerts on the Plaza stage, ending with a concert out at Las Delicias (across from the panteon) at midnight.
As you might expect by now, 'Announcer Guy' is really getting his workout, ladies flock to him, wanting hugs and kisses and pictures.I want to show you a few photos, just some interesting things I saw today.
Below is one of the kiosks announcing the day's venue. Behind are the Plaza vendors, just setting up for the day. Over on the Alameda there are a hundred more craft and art vendors, sparkly hat and bag vendors, and food sizzling on the asadors, and drink and food wagons selling margaritas and candy. These are the little FAOT buggy cars. They will take you wherever you want to go for a few pesos.
Below, a quartet of guitars makes music in the church.Outside, in the church wall, even this fellow stops to listen and watch the crowd.

Inside the Museum auditorium, there is even more opera, standing room only, this performance was packed.

Over at the stage in the Alameda, followers of the Buena Vida Social Club are enjoying the music.

A young girl in the Kissing Alley has a unique way to sell her jewelry.

Musicians in the Kissing Alley play for tips.

Baskets and bangles for sale.

Bread for sale.

Balloons for sale.

Streets are packed.

Senor says we are going out for carne asada tonight and then to the Havana Club music show at 9:30. I will let you know if this happens. That seems a little late for us, but he says it is the one music scene he really has hoped to make during FAOT.
As soon as the festival is over I will catch you up on construction around here.
Until then, Buen dia!
Try the video and see if you can get it to work, a short bite of the Buen Vida performance.


Anonymous said...

hi linda lou,

that looks like a great festival. could you please tell me what faot stands for? i looked through a few of your posts but couldn't find the meaning.

you're a great photographer! there are some super pictures in these posts and there is one in a previous post of some intruments, which is quite unique.

i hope you won't mind my pointing this out. i've been tempted to do so before, but didn't want to sound like i was just being critical. however, your spanish greetings are very close to being correct except for one letter. it is buenas tardes and buenas noches, not buenos as you always write. at first i thought it was just a typo but since it has been consistent, i realized that you just don't know that you are making an error. please think of it as constructive critcism from a native spanish speaker.

teresa in lake stevens

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

FAOT stands for Festival Alphonso Ortiz Tirado, a famous Mexican pediatrician and Tenor opera singer. Sorry I can't remember the dates of his popularity, but he was born here in Alamos, and the state of Sonora began this festival in his honor, 27 years ago. It was originally an opera music festival only, but has grown to include talented musicians and singers from around the world.

Thanks again for pointing that out about my misspellings and after you mentioned it last year, I tried very, very hard to break the habit, but something in my brain won't change it. I am sorry but if I misspell a word in your native language, please accept my apology, but it will probably continue, but again, I will try! Thanks Teresa, hope you are staying warm in the PNW. LL

Anonymous said...

thanks for all the info on the festival. it looked like a lot of fun!

i apologize-i did not remember that i had pointed it out before. i have a terrible memory. i'm not offended in the least so you do not need to apologize to me. i rarely correct people unless they say something like tiajuana-and i tell them that means aunt jane ;-)

our pnw winter has been crazy, but it seems that's always the case in one way or another. we've had some days recently that were warmer than the 4th of july. but you know from having lived here that our climate is unpredictable.

take care,


Jacqui said...

Hi LL, Your posts of events and trips remind me of National Geographic articles - always tell the story so well and not typical touristy snaps as they don't have Granny and the kids in them all. Have you thought of submitting any articles to travel mags - it maybe a little sideline that would add a few coins to the coffers!

Always love to read your stuff. Looking forward to more photos of the house.

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