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Sundog Café celebrates reopening E-mail
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Elva Ramirez prepares pizzas for the fiesta
Elva Ramirez prepares pizzas for the fiesta
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by Jody Aston

The rio was rocking Friday night in celebration of the grand opening of the new Sundog Café.

After several hectic weeks, Sundog's owner, Tom Wyss, along with Elva Ramirez and their band of workers and friends, completed the major part of anticipated construction and the precarious task of transporting the brick pizza oven.

The popular restaurant/bar officially moved into its new location and the party was well attended by cruisers and locals, alike.

Live music was provided by Stan and Cora (Ruffanuff) with vocals by Anna, and other musicians who took turns joining the group.

Mikey da Wrench & Guy
Mikey da Wrench & Guy

The new site is just 100 feet from the previous building (towards La Despensa grocery store), still on the river and with an even better view.

There is plenty of space at a dinghy dock in front and vehicle parking in the rear. The new landlords do not put any restrictions on closing time...so no more gates closing nor fences to jump at night!

From streetside, take the road beside La Libreria (stationery and book store), straight to the water's edge.

Check out the new location and enjoy a Sundog Café pizza or one of the other tasty offerings on the menu. You'll be glad you did!

A.M.O - Antigua Musicos Organizados E-mail
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A.M.O. - Antigua Musicos Organizados
Maestros de “Buena Onda”

By Lori Shea

(Editor's Note: The music festival planned Jan. 23 - 25 at Amatique Bay Resort has been postponed and hopefully rescheduled sometime in March).

Guatemala’s art and music scene is bursting with exciting new talent. Alongside mind-expanding artists and filmmakers, the contemporary musicians of Antigua and Guatemala City have stepped up, to form a fresh and powerful performance collective: the Antigua Musicians Organization, affectionately known as A.M.O.

This cultural movement of AMO is a collaboration of 40 musicians who came together to showcase brilliant live performances, regularly and enthusiastically, at the best cultural and social venues in the country. Image

Convening their first serious organizational meeting in March of 2014, and coordinating the AntiguaMusica.com website a week later, they were able to present their inaugural concert the following month, for 600 appreciative guests at the Cooperación Española, Antigua’s well-known Spanish cultural center.

AMO is actively cultivating the most professional performance venues to set the stage for exciting shows to entertain their audiences of every taste and background. Image

With a global vision, the AMO musicians, as solo performers or tightly-knit well-rehearsed bands, encourage collaboration with other internationally recognized musicians, sharing the stage to explore the creative possibilities.

The results have everyone rocking in their seats, diggin’ the hot licks, and coming back for more

Now, Guatemala’s expansive talent and unique style of rock, funk, ethnic, blues, salsa, samba, traditional, folk, dance, world beat, fusion, classical and jazz music is available to everyone.

Christmas activities in Rio Dulce E-mail
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Mike Church on SV Grace in the Christmas Parade of Lights
Mike Church on SV Grace in the Christmas Parade of Lights
by Jody Aston

The Christmas Eve Parade of Lights had some colorful boat entrants. They gave a dazzling display of lights to all who gathered on the bridge to watch, as they left Mar Marine and sailed under the bridge towards Tortugal and back again.

The winner of the Q500 first prize in the big boats category went to an enthusiastic Mike Church on SV Grace. The Q300 small boats prize was won by Santa, himself, on the Casa Guatemala Sleighboat. Organizer Julia Bartlett was pleased with the results and hopes the event will become a yearly tradition.

After the parade, the boats sailed down the Rio Dulce and delivered Santa Claus to Casa Guatemala. Photos of Santa's visit to the children will follow in a separate article.


Several Rio Dulce restaurants and marinas offered delicious meals on Christmas Day. Mar Marine was well attended and Hotel Kangaroo served over 80 meals. A few photos follow.

If anyone has photographs of a holiday event or meal they attended, the Rio Dulce Chisme-Vindicator invites you to share them with the Rio Dulce community. They can be posted on the Rio Dulce Forum, under the "Photo(s) of the Day" topic.

Casa Guatemala - winner of the small boats category
Casa Guatemala - winner of the small boats category

RAM Marina Anniversary Sale E-mail
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Parade of Lights Christmas Eve E-mail
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ImageDecorate your boats with plenty of lights on Christmas Eve and join the Parade of Lights, hosted by Mar Marine and Casa Guatemala.

The Parade of Lights will begin at Shell Bay and end at Casa Guatemala where boaters are invited to share Christmas with all the young residents and watch them open their gifts from Santa.

The boat with the prettiest display will win a prize of Q500. Competition will be tough, as rumour has it that even the jolly old man with the white beard and red suit is determined to win!

If Saint Nick does beat you to the grand prize, there's no need for a blue Christmas, because all vessels entered in the parade will receive a 15% discount on up to four Christmas lunches the next day at Mar.

The traditional meal of turkey and all the trimmings will be offered, along with a vegetarian option.

 Boaters are asked to meet in Shell Bay in front of Mar Marine around 5:30 p.m. So, deck the decks with boughs of palm leaves and lots of lights and join the fun!

Elvira's a street view restaurant E-mail
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Elvira and Reina
Elvira and Reina
On a shopping mission in downtown Fronteras and want to take a break for a cold drink or a tasty and very affordable breakfast, lunch or dinner?

Right above the two side by side Tigo stores on main street is Elvira’s Comedor Y Antojitos. Just walk up the stairs, grab a streetside view stool or table and enjoy! The beer is cold and the food selections are different and delicious. (Be sure to try Elvira’s enchiladas – they’d be called tostadas in Mexico .. but wow!)

Elvira and her helper Reina serve breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week from 7:30 a.m. til 10 p.m. with the exception of Fridays when they’re open until 11 p.m.

Elvira's located above Tigo stores
Elvira's located above Tigo stores

Some of their menu offerings are, carne a la plancha, chuletas de cerdo, pechuga rellena, pollo a la plancha, biftstek, hamburgers, tacos, churrascos, camarones empanazada, and pescado frito.

Happy hour is daily from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Some happy hour prices are Gallo – 3 for Q25, Brahva Q5, Victoria Q6 and Dorada Ice – Q7 regular hours and Q6 Happy Hour.

Also available are rum drinks and vino tinto.

Happy Holidays E-mail
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Happy Holidays !  photo by Jody Aston
Happy Holidays ! photo by Jody Aston
Christmas tree lighting held in park E-mail
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Photo by Veronica Gutierrez
Photo by Veronica Gutierrez
The season's official Christmas tree lighting ceremony was held Friday, Dec. 5 under the bridge at the municipal park,

The occasion included fireworks, music and dancing.

Mini Market Rio Dulce E-mail
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by Jody Aston

Normally, I write as an observer, but this article is personal, so it’s going to have a first-person perspective!

As many of you know, for five years, I owned the Mini Market, on the grounds of Bruno’s Marina. I enjoyed serving the Rio Dulce community and figuring out the idiosyncrasies of having a business in Guatemala -- especially doing so with lousy Spanish skills!

I decided to sell the shop, and although I was approached by several people who wanted to buy it, I could think of no one better to have the store than my employee, Sandra, and her family. Her sister, who lives in New York, was able to buy the inventory and the Soto sisters have been running the store for a couple of months now.

The girls have restocked and will continue to carry those hard-to-find items that Gringos miss “from home.” If you haven’t already, stop by and have a look!

Most people on the rio are aware of the change, but I wanted to make an official announcement, and to thank everyone for your patronage and loyalty over the years. I hope you will continue to shop at the Mini Market and give your support to Sandra and her family. Gracias a todos!

Sandra Soto and Jody Aston at the Mini Market
Sandra Soto and Jody Aston at the Mini Market

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