This is Paradise


By Marcia Blondin December 22, 2013‏



The Paradise Community Center was humming…literally; an entire week full of song; what a great job I have trying to document the depths of talent to be found in our beach town. As I said last week – it wasn’t always so. “Culture” didn’t die in Vallarta there just wasn’t any. Now, it’s everywhere. “Mariachi Gringo” was featured on Tuesday Movie Night; they will be on hiatus until the New Year so mark Tuesday evenings for the next few months at 7 pm. Lively discussions usually follow every film so get involved!

This week saw the Blonde Gypsies back at the PCC with a new program. Bless them for keeping Aranjuez in their repertoire. So – catch them early January: who can have too much Flamenco?

Friday and Saturday the PCC presented “Time to Play” a joyful band of singers and players – each one a star and together create  heavenly music and riotous laughter. An eclectic combination to be sure. A fricken good time was had by all both nights. I am hoping they will be recalled sooner than their intended February show. The community choir SYNG offered two numbers to kick off the second half of Time to Play. Beautiful harmonies. A final note on T2P – Garry Carson, guitarist and vocalist can really sing the Blues…just a thought here…it would be so cool if he sat in and sang maybe just one song with the Banderas Bay Jazz Allstars who will be performing at the PCC this Friday night, December 27th at 8 (no doubt to a sold-out crowd; so get your tickets early!). The Allstars need no ‘help’ believe me, I just heard Garry’s voice in my head along with the BBJA.

Moving on. A packed rainy (again!?) Saturday brought in new friends Bohemia Viva, just to say hi. I first heard them perform at the great India Gate restaurant in early summer to review them for the Tribune. After touring Europe they have returned to the Palm for a limited engagement. That changed quickly after their first show and they will be performing at the Palm in January for sure. I introduced them to Pastor Ric and am hoping (and praying!) they will soon grace the PCC stage. This elegant duo will go far, trust me, and do look for them and…enjoy!

By the time this goes to press Christmas will be done and New Year’s looming. Be happy everyone, help each other always and please watch over our tourists – my B & B is ready if you have friends and/or family in need of a comfortable place to stay. Love and peace.

The Paradise Community Center, Pulpito 127 between Olas Altas and Amapas Streets in Old Town Puerto Vallarta smack in the middle of the Romantic Zone across from Coco’s Kitchen.

Marcia Blondin