SCOTTSDALE — La Estudiantina, talented troubadours from Mexico in Medieval regalia, will serenade partygoers as the Scottsdale Sister Cities Association (SSCA) celebrates the 40th Anniversary of its relationship with the City of Alamos, Sonora, on Friday, April 8.
The party will start at 5:30 p.m. at the Old Adobe Mission, East 1st Street and Brown in Old Town Scottsdale, and run to sunset. Tickets are $30, which covers admission, Mexican snacks and the first drink. A cash bar will be available. Elementary students and SSCA student members will be admitted free.
Besides the strolling musicians, there will be a silent auction and a raffle. The silent auction will feature accommodations at three Alamos hotels including the Presidential Suite at the Hacienda De Los Santos, rated one of the top luxury hotels in Sonora.
Proceeds from the celebration will be used to support La Estudiantina and Scottsdale Sister Cities exchanges. Tickets may be purchased at the door or on the Association’s website: http://scottsdalesistercities.com/estudiantina.aspx.
La Estudiantina is a troupe of young musicians/singers from Alamos who sing traditional Mexican and Spanish songs using various string and percussion instruments. They were recently featured performers in the annual Festival Alfonso Ortiz Tirado, a nine-day musical event that attracts artists from around the world and is held in Alamos each January.
Alamos is known as “La Ciudad de los Portales.” Portales are tall, arched, covered verandas or walkways fronting many of the cobble-stoned streets or calles. Alamos boasts numerous buildings exhibiting classic architecture from Mexico’s Colonial period, including the Plaza de Armas, the Church of La Purísima Concepción and the Palacio Municipal (city hall).
Alamos is located in the southeastern part of Sonora, about 590 miles from Scottsdale, where the Sonoran Desert meets the Sinaloan tropical rain forest in the foothills of the Sierra Madre. Alamos was founded in the late 17th century following discoveries of silver in the region and has served as capital of the region.
Paul Messinger discovered Alamos while on a vacation in Mexico and launched a campaign to make it a Scottsdale Sister City. Bud Tims, then Scottsdale Mayor, made the designation official in 1971, although there is some documentation suggesting the action may have taken place as early as 1969. The documentation is under review.
The Scottsdale Sister Cities Association, Inc., serves as ambassador of international friendship and goodwill for the City of Scottsdale. This mission is accomplished through programs such as student, educational, cultural and economic development exchanges creating long-term international partnerships.
In addition to Alamos, other Scottsdale Sister Cities are Cairns, Queensland, Australia; Interlaken, Switzerland; Kingston, Ontario, Canada; and Haikou, China. An association with Marrakech, Morocco is being explored.
For more information, contact Scottsdale Sister Cities Association at 480-945-0384 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grant Smith, email@example.com