Editor’s Note: Happy news and sad news

First, my condolences to the friends and family of Janice Chatterton, hotelier, and founder of the SPCA de PV. She was a magnificent lady with exquisite taste and an enormous heart. What a sad loss for the city of Puerto Vallarta and especially the animals. I hope she was smothered in puppy kisses when she arrived in her heaven.

On a happier note, Barb Bremner shared with me the record-breaking amount raised at the Riverfest last week, well-done people of Vallarta, well done. And I was at What a Drag 2019 last night where Donald Prust, of Nacho Daddy fame, shimmied and shook his way to first prize. I don’t have the final number raised, but it was over one million pesos. What an evening! If you haven’t attended a What A Drag fundraiser, mark it on your calendar for next year. There isn’t a more hilarious evening to be had. Congratulations and job well done to the seven men who stepped into some pretty high heels for charity.

Hopefully, you’ve had a chance to scan the winners of the Best of Banderas Bay Reader’s Choice Awards. I’ve reprinted them one more week because I know it can be challenging to get your hands on a paper copy of the newspaper this time of year. Congratulations again to all the winners, here, at What a Drag 2019 and especially to everyone who has given so selflessly with your time, your dollars and your hearts. We are truly blessed to call Vallarta home.

As you may have read last week, I have recently taken on two foster puppies who were found tossed on the side of the road in Bucerias. The poor babies came down with parvovirus, which is often fatal, so they were rushed to MexiCan Vet Clinic in La Cruz where they were nursed back to health over five days. They have since returned to my casa. If you are interested in adopting an adorable puppy – send me a message!

Tons going on this weekend, which is a long weekend with banks and gov’t offices closed on Monday for Benito Jaurez’s birthday. There is a music and art festival in Chacala this weekend, which is my favourite little beach town. If I can find the time, that’s where you’ll find me.

Safe travels,


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Living in Mexico full time since 2011, Madeline is a graphic designer, writer, iPhone photographer and road tripper.