What do expats, snowbirds, Norteños and extranjeros do for fun in Oaxaca [besides learning Spanish]? The Sunday afternoon concerts hosted by Jane Robison at Casa Colonial are one way to get together, shake-shake-shake to 60’s and 70’s classic rock, drink Margaritas, swill some Victoria, slurp an agua de jamaica and support the good work of the Oaxaca Lending Library. Admission: 60 pesos. Contact the Oaxaca Lending Library for schedule!
Mick Jagger could learn a few things from Kimberly Reyes [on vocals and percussion]. Her trained voice is clear with great range and she can really move, inspiring the crowd to get up and dance. And, we did!
On The Rocks organizer Kurt Hackbarth on keyboards is a playwright and author who has a work in production in the city. He also teaches playwriting in Spanish to local aspiring writers. Electric bassist Bill Stair hails from the U.K., Oaxaqueño Luis Santos is on drums, and electric guitarist is Rafael Gonzålez Lumbreras is from Mexico City. The band definitely represents the multiculturalism that makes Oaxaca so great.
On Saturday mornings the Oaxaca Lending Library is a hub of activity. Children gather around tables to learn English using hands-on coloring tools, coached by volunteers and parents. Adults are in dyads to talk back-and-forth in English and Spanish, locals teaching visitors and vice versa.
The Library is also an extraordinary resource for jobs, volunteer opportunities, things for sale or wanted to buy. Workshops, trips and event posters cover the bulletin boards. A complete library of books, videos and CDs in Spanish and English are available, too. Along the edge of the room, young mothers hold newborn infants close to them, swaddled tightly.
Education is central to the OLL mission and extranjeros seem to enjoy supporting this while having a good time, too.
Oaxaca Lending Library, Piño Suarez near Llano Park.
On The Rocks, classic rock band for hire, contact Kurt at (951) 203-2749 or Kimberly at (951) 513-5574.
Casa Colonial, Miguel Negrete #105 at the corner of Division Oriente (extension of Morelos), house with the purple door. This is a magnificent hacienda on incredible grounds covered with old growth bougainvillea, agave, cactus and shade trees, filled with original Oaxaca art by some of the now deceased folk masters, and a comfy living room with a complete library in English and Spanish. The Swiss mining engineer who built the adobe hacienda long ago framed the fireplace with mineral rocks. Owner Jane Robison opens the Casa to support community endeavors.