March 16th – 20th, 2011
Spring Reunion of Club Pilotos de Mexico
New pilots are encouraged to attend!
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Home and Garden Tours
Located in the Sierra Madre foothills of southern Sonora, Mexico, Alamos is an architectural delight. Founded in the late 17th century, Alamos was a major silver mining center for Spain for more than 200 years. Mine owners accumulated great wealth and ;built lavish homes in the Spanish Colonial style. But by the beginning of the 20th century the mines were depleted. After the Mexican revolution the mansions were left to fall into ruins.
In the 1940′s and 50′s, however, Alamos was rediscovered by visitors from north of the border who began to buy and restore some of the abandoned homes. This process has continued over the past half century until now Alamos has regained much of its original beauty and grandeur. It has been designated by the Mexican government as a Pueblo Magico and is being considered for World Heritage Site status.
Since the early 1980s, members of the expatriate community of Alamos have opened their homes and gardens to the public for a small fee to benefit the local community. These funds were first used to establish a public library. After the state of Sonora took over responsibility for the library, the group began assisting local children with education. Now in its 26th year, Amigos de Educacion de Alamos provides financial support for nearly 300 students, most of whom would not be able to progress beyond the 6th grade without this aid. Critical support for this program comes in large part from these tours of homes and gardens in this historic community.
Tours leave from the Church Plaza in front of the Museum every Saturday morning at 10:00 am from mid-October through April. Suggested donation is $10, or the peso equivalent. Larger donations are gratefully accepted. Amigos de Alamos is a registered tax-deductible non-profit charitable organization in the United States.
Behind The Scenes
Every bed in the Hacienda is dressed in a deliciously decadent set of pristine white sheets, the towels in the bathroom are equally spotless – and fluffy to boot. Ever wonder how we keep so many beds and baths looking like pinups in “Laundry Daily”? Well, we have our very own Laundry Angel, Vita. Here are a few of her best tips:
Dingy whites: When possible, hang them out in the bright sun to dry—it’s a natural way to bleach without setting stains like a dryer would. Plus, they’ll smell like sunshine! You can also soak whites in a solution of water and lemon juice, or wash them with washing soda, similar to baking soda but with a lower pH.
Dryer Tip: Throw a few tennis balls in with the clothes in each dryer cycle—they’ll cut the drying cycle and save you money, but they’ll also fluff the clothes to a delicate softness. We like to hang our towels out to (nearly) dry in the sun then tumble them in the dryer for extra fluffiness.
Grease Stains: Drop a little enchilada on your pants? Sprinkle the stain liberally with baby powder or cornstarch, let it sit for a few minutes then brush it off. The powder will absorb the grease and will brush off easily.
Laundry Basket Freshener: Sprinkle some baking soda in the bottom of the basket to absorb odors, or just place a fabric softener sheet in the bottom (and change it weekly!)
Lint: Lint is the bane of dark clothes. Keep it off your clothes in the washer by adding 1 cup distilled white vinegar to the load with the detergent.
Perspiration Stains/Odor: Soak the stained shirt overnight in equal parts water and ammonia, adding a few tablespoons of liquid dish soap. Wash as usual.
Stains on Whites: If you spill something dark, pour salt on it to absorb the moisture from the spill. Apply white vinegar or lemon juice directly to the stains.
If you listen closely you can hear the music of the Hacienda: the bubbling fountains, the call of the birds, the laughter of the children outside the walls, the breeze in the trees… You’ll also hear the strains of guitars being played by our very own trio, Los Hacendados, led by master musician Ramón Alcantar.
To share his gift of music, Ramón opened a music school in town, very close to the Hacienda, where he welcomes students of all ages and levels. With gentle patience and his ever-present smile, he coaxes the notes from their fingers and opens up new worlds for each of them. Hacienda guests who wish to join in can now do so: Ramón is offering intensive, three-hour a day classes for five days. His Academia program is for beginners as well as the advanced guitar students, and only asks for dedication. Cost per 15-hour intensive session is $260.00 (USD). Class times are based upon availability, Sundays are excluded. Sunday evenings you will wish to stroll around the Plaza and listen to the City Band play—Ramon is the director.