A bi-weekly news source for the village of San Pancho, Mexico
Sept. 15, 2016

Happy Mexican Independence Day!!!
September 16 is Independence Day, a national holiday celebrated by brilliant fireworks and a parade that winds through the center of town. Banks and public government offices remain closed.

September is a special month throughout Mexico, and in San Pancho it will be no exception. It is known as the "month of the homeland" because various important dates related to the fight for sovereignty and liberty in Mexico's history coincide in September.

The 15th of September at midnight is when the "scream of independence" or "grito" is celebrated, calling in the day of independence that is officially the 16th - when the fight for sovereignty from Spain was begun in 1810. However, the war of independence was not won, and Spain was thrown out of the country, until the 27th of September in the year 1821. The 30th is also remembered as the birthday of one of the key figures in the independence war, Don José Maria Morelos y Pavon.

September is the designated month for expressing patriotic pride. Unlike in the United States, where American flags can be seen as adornments just about any time of the year, in Mexico it is mostly during September that cars or establishments carry the country's flag.

The most celebrated of these dates, of course, are the 15th and 16th. It is a tradition that the night of the 15th is celebrated in every corner of the country by feasts of traditional and typical Mexican dishes. Pozole, birria, tamales and tacos are common treats. Fireworks light up the night. It is a date to be celebrated with family and friends. One of the most popular places to famously "call" in the Independence Day is in the main square or zocalo of Mexico City. It is there that millions of people gather, along with the President of the Republic, to literally make the place vibrate with the classic statements: "Viva Mexico! Long Live our Independence! Long Live the Heroes that Gave Us our Homeland!

In San Pancho, the celebration will be on par: with an Independence Day parade and festive gathering the night of the grito in the Plaza del Sol, amongst the many traditional food stands that will spring up for the event. And after commemorating this important national date and those who fought for Mexican independence, preparations for other commemorations will begin in town. Because, as if September weren't festive enough, San Pancho days in honor of patron saint San Francisco begin September 26th and promise to be unforgettable. So get ready for a month of parties!  

Mexican Beach Party...

We already have the complete program for the Mexican beach party at La Fresona Beach Club San Pancho for this Friday 16th of September.

Next up...San Pancho Days....

San Francisco Patron Saint Festivities (September 26 - October 4)

For over forty years, San Pancho has been honoring its namesake, Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment. This nine-day festival includes not only veneration and Catholic masses to the patron saint, but a whole lot of merry-making too.

Come enjoy the dances and celebrations with a unique flair only found in San Pancho, the Cultural Capital of the Riviera Nayarit.

A beautiful photo of squash blossoms posted by Gallos Restaurant 
gave us so much inspiration!

Here's a recipe to make with this precious ingredient.

Squash Blossom Ricotta Pie
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Prep Time:  1 hour, plus chilling and cooling time
Cook Time:  1 hour and 10 minutes
Total Time:  2 hours and 10 minutes, plus chilling and cooling time
For the Pie Dough:
2¼ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sugar
6 ounces unsalted butter, cold and cubed
½ cup water, iced
1 tablespoon  lemon verbena leaves
1 tablespoon rosie basil leaves
½ tablespoon flowering thyme leaves
For the Sliced Squash:
2 medium (12 ounces)  pattypan squash, thinly sliced using a mandoline
1 medium (7 ounces) zucchini, thinly sliced lengthwise using a mandoline
2 tablespoons salt
For the Ricotta-and-Goat Cheese Filling:
½ cup goat cheese
½ cup ricotta
1 tablespoon chives, finely chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ tablespoon lemon zest
½ teaspoon  black pepper
1 egg
1 garlic clove, zested
Kosher salt, to taste
For the Assembly:
Pie dough
Ricotta-and-goat cheese filling
Patty pan squash slices, degorged squash blossoms
Zucchini slices, degorged
1. Make the pie dough: Preheat the oven to 350º. In a large bowl, add the flour, salt and sugar and whisk together until fully incorporated. Add in the cold butter and, using a pastry cutter, work into the flour mixture until the butter is in pea-sized chunks. Slowly stream in the cold water until a dough begins to form. Add the herbs and knead into the dough until just incorporated, being careful not to overwork. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
2. While the dough is resting, salt the squash: Place the slices in a colander over a sink. Sprinkle the slices with the salt and let the slices degorge for 30 minutes. Lightly rinse the squash and lay out each slice in between layers on paper towels to dry completely.
3. Make the cheese filling: In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, add all of the cheese filling ingredients except the salt and mix until all the components are fully combined. Season with salt and reserve in the refrigerator until needed.
4. Assemble the pie:  Roll out the dough on a floured surface into roughly a 12-inch circle. Lay the dough over a 9-inch pie dish and trim off any excess, leaving about an extra inch of dough in order to have enough to crimp.  Crimp the dough all the way around and, using a fork, prick the entire bottom surface of the pie plate.
5. Place a sheet of foil over the dough and press lightly so that it is touching the dough. Weigh down the dough with  baking beans to ensure that the dough does not rise during baking. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and take off the beans and foil. Bake uncovered 15 minutes more, until lightly golden. Remove from the oven and allow to rest until cool enough to handle, 15 to 20 minutes.
6. Spread the cheese filling on top of the pie crust and shingle with the pattypan squash slices, then lay the squash blossoms over the slices. Roll the zucchini slices tightly lengthwise from one end to the other to form the zucchini roses, and place them between any empty spaces around the squash blossoms. Bake until the squash is cooked and the pie is golden, 40 to 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Serve warm or room temperature.

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Featured Real Estate - Casa Mander offered by Rancho Rivera Realty.

Casa Mander For Sale In San Pancho
$220,000 USD
Casa Mander is a very private modern home with a large pool and double carport. The main level has an open-concept floor plan with kitchen, living/dining areas and vaulted ceilings. Second floor includes 2 king-size bedrooms both with A/C and 1 large bathroom. The outdoor living area is fully landscaped with a large patio, outdoor patio furniture, half bathroom, and large heated pool.  This beautiful home is located in a quiet neighborhood and just a short walk to 
restaurants and the beach 

Queen Of San Pancho

San Pancho is looking for his future Queen!
This September 15 in the evening in the Plaza del Sol will get to know the candidates to girls 2016!!
Come to have fun and support your favorite!!
Other Famous Mexican Artists - Saturnino Herran.
At least ten years before the "Big Three" - Rivera, Orozco, Siqueiros - came into their own as world-renown muralists, a lone painter was setting the groundwork. His name was Saturnino Herran. He was the first Mexican artist to envision the concept of a totally Mexican art. And he laid the foundation for the development of the muralist movement. 
Herran was born in Aguascalientes on July 9, 1887. He was the only child of a Mexican father and a French Swiss mother. His father owned the only bookstore in the city and was a professor of bookkeeping at the Academy of Sciences.
The young Herran showed early talent and in 1897, at the age of 10, was given private drawing lessons in his native city. In 1901 he entered the Aguascalientes Academy of Sciences and took drawing and painting classes from Jose Ines Tovilla and Severo Amador.
In 1903 the family moved to Mexico City where, unfortunately, the painter's father died soon after. That left Herran as the sole support of himself and his mother. He managed to get a job in a telegraph office during the day but studied art at night under Julio Ruelas at the San Carlos Academy. Soon after, he received a scholarship which permitted him to study painting full-time.
At the academy, Herran studied drawing under Antonio Fabres, a Catalan painter, and painting under German Gedovius. From Fabres, a brilliant draughtsman, he learned composition and the theories of European Modern Art. Under Gedovius, who was an exceptional colorist, he developed his own excellent eye for color.
Though he did embrace the contemporary European influences that he was being taught, he, at the same time, he immersed himself in the artwork of his own culture - the indigenous people. The native artwork of his country along with the work of Frank Brangwyn, a British muralist whose work he saw in art magazines, influenced greatly the type of work he was to produce and the venue he chose in the years to come.
The real turning point in his career came in 1910 on the Centennial Anniversary of Mexico's Independence Day. There was to be an exhibition of Spanish painting but no exhibition of Mexican art. Herran along with Orozco formed the Society of Mexican Painters and Sculptors and staged a counter-exhibition with their own work. It included a triptych Herran had done called "Legend of the Volcanoes", a parable about an Indian Prince and a European princess. It wasn't a great work, but it reflected his wish to assimilate Mexican history into the country's art.
The exhibition was so popular that the entrance had to be controlled by the police. It made an impression on Jose Vasconcelos who was to become the Secretary of Education in the new Mexico after the revolution. He recognized at that moment that murals could reach a wide audience and that painting wasn't only for the elite.
Herran was among the first artists Vasconcelos commissioned to do mural paintings, and in 1911 he completed his first large-scale mural in the School of Arts and Crafts. His work served as a model for the many large-scale murals that were to be later commissioned in the 1920s and 1930s.
Saturnino Herran's work was not so much a break with tradition as a gentle transition to a whole new awareness and identity. Mexico was a mixed-race society which embodied two ways of looking at the world. With consummate skill, he gave tangible form to that symbiosis. He did majestic paintings of Mexican Indians, giving them heroic strength and dignity and explored the contemporary realities of Mexico with a dose of social realism. He experimented with new perspective and compositions in a desire to capture the inherent beauty of his countrymen. He was sensitive to indigenous beauty and caught the natural expression of his subjects.
His work was part of a movement called "syntheticism" of which he was the best representative. It was marked by its tendency to simplify and introduced not only new forms of expression but also new subject matter in dealing with Mexican life.

San Pancho Music Festival 
While in New York this week, we had a chance to catch a performance by our friend Rolf Sturm, who performed at the San Pancho Music Festival last year with Jenna Mammina.  Rolf told us that he and Jenna plan to return again next year!  San Pancho Music Festival dates are
 Friday Feb. 24 - Sunday Feb. 26, 2017
Check here for updates

Enjoy a fantastic 2 hour experience beginning in cultivated fields and mango orchards, beginning an adventure on a path surrounded by unspoiled nature, to reach a place of wonder and magic created by lovers of plants and art: Lo de Perla - Jungle Garden.

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