A Magical Night in UNESCO Magical City of San Sebastián del Oeste—a Tradition of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
By Christie Seeley published in Vallarta Tribune
La Cruz de Huanacaxtle has a history of music. People say that the strangely shaped seed pods on the Huanacaxtle tree—shaped like an ear—exist so they can better appreciate the plethora of music produced there. A local gentleman named Philo (of the prestigious Philo’s Real Estate in La Cruz) is credited with enhancing the musical environment in the town and his successors Alfredo and Mari Chuy Jimenez continue the tradition. The couple ran a musical venue out of Philo’s property before his passing a few years ago after which they relocated to their present location and created The Tree House Bar at Coral #66 in La Cruz.
An important tradition Philo set in motion for music fans was an annual musical retreat held in an historic hacienda in San Sebastián del Oeste. Alfredo and Mari Chuy have carried on that tradition for several years and it is coming up in February. This unique event attracts a healthy following from residents and friends of La Cruz and indeed is very special. The once silver mining town is classified as a Magical City and deserves its reputation as it is located high in the mountains and enjoys a beautiful natural setting where life is simple, the air is clear and wonderful coffee is produced.
The over night event includes unique lodging, a scrumptious dinner, wonderful music and congenial company. Guests are transported to another century in these historic surroundings as they sit by an outdoor fire in the courtyard and enjoy conversation, fine tequila and inspiring music. This year the invited musicians are the energetic and talented guitar group out of San Miguel de Allende, Media Luna. Media Luna is made up of two brothers and a cousin originally from Pachuca in the state of Hidalgo. They migrated to San Miguel de Allende a few years ago where they set the town on fire with their spirited and often original music. Puerto Vallarta has been enjoying their talent for the past several winters when they visit leaving fans spellbound! For this performance they will bring their full band including the brothers Julio Renteria on bass and voice and Armando Renteria on percussion. They have also invited a very talented accordionist, Gilio, from Colombia who adds yet another dimension to their already exciting show. The charming fellows, Jaír, Caleb and Gibran, are always ready to interact with their admirers making for a super friendly atmosphere.
More music by Cheko Ruiz and friends including Daniel Barragan Navarro on trumpet and Dani Marquez of Tatewari on bass guitar will follow the performance and continue into the night.
Reservations for this unique event to be held February 23-24, 2019, can be made directly through Alfredo and Mari Chuy Jimenez at Tree House Bar 322 182 4026. Availability will be limited so don’t hesitate to contact them now for details. I certainly hope to see you there.