January 6, 2003
The Postcard from Mexico reporting on the Second Annual Home Tour of Pátzcuaro was only a glimpse of the seven homes toured. There is so much more to see, and so many more stories to tell far exceeding the perimeters of my "Postcards". But I do have to show you a bit of "Hector's Cottage".
Yes, the opportunity to view the completed home of Monsignor Diego de Ponce Monroy (stationed at the Basilica of the Virgin de Guadalupe in Mexico City) was such a thrill after years of remodeling, but the folk art collection as seen in the Day of the Dead Part II Postcard is such a tiny sampling of the glorious folk art and religious collection displayed in "Padre Diego's" home.
Without a doubt, one of the highlights of Muertos 2002 was the invitation from Hector Bustamante, personal secretary to the Monsignor, for our merry crew to attend the inauguration of the newly remodeled "cottage" near Pátzcuaro's basilica in the oldest part of the city. The just completed cottage is Hector's residence when the Monsignor is in Pátzcuaro (and also was included on the Home Tour).
Held on November 2, the grand comida hosted by the Monsignor featured two bands, all foods traditional to Michoacán, and dancing and more dancing!
Our jolly table enjoyed every moment although we had been out until 5am the previous night touring all of the cemeteries of the region. Surrounded by the warmth of our hosts, the company of friends and our fellow Pátzcuarences, the exhaustion thankfully left our bodies quickly.
In addition to serving as Hector's Pátzcuaro residence, "Padre Diego" and Hector related their plans to use this house for artesan dinners and folk art events. How marvelous we cannot wait! Hector even purchased a photo that day from Dana Salvo (who somehow escaped being in the above photograph isn't that just like a photographer?) from Dana's book, Home Altars of Mexico.
After all this revelry, we still had the energy to march to the cemetery on the highest hill in Pátzcuaro to further enjoy Muertos, which unlike the lake villages is celebrated on the day of November 2 in Pátzcuaro proper. For all of us, this was truly a day to remember.
Other homes that I urge you to discover
while in Pátzcuaro include:
So glad that you are thrilled, inspired,
and are planning a trip to Pátzcuaro where the architecture and
collections within are being enjoyed and preserved as never before.
January 6, 2003