of the Dead 2002, Part II
The (exceptional) Annual Home Tour
A wonderful new tradition has surfaced
in Pátzcuaro, first held during Dia de los Muertos, 2001. Organized
by Pátzcuaro's ex-pat community, the annual Home Tour is an exceptional
opportunity to explore the hidden magic behind the ancient walls and heavy
wooden doors of this "pueblo by the lake". Held on October 31
beginning at 10AM, all proceeds benefited the homeless and orphaned children
Although seven homes were toured,
I am only providing a glimpse of four homes, intentionally enticing you
to buy your tickets and to attend next year.
La Casa Encantada, An Artist's
Located only steps from the grand plaza, La Casa Encantada is one of the
most excellent examples of an authentic, colonial Pátzcuaro home.
Although lovingly updated, a photo shown to us of the kitchen circa 1930 attests
to the fact that few changes have been made to this cozy, all adobe structure.
|Left: The kitchen
much as it appeared pre-1930. Right: A parrot welcomes us to one of
several glorious patios.
Learn more about La Casa Encantada
Next door to La Casa Encantada you will discover owner/hosts John
and Phyllis at Casa Brunson, another colonial gem. The beauty of
this renovated colonial home beckons you to enter room after art-filled
room, separated by gardens and patios of complete serenity.
To learn more about Casa Brunson,
at Casa Brunson
Casa del Gigante
I have been waiting for eleven years to cross through the giant doors
that I have passed so often on the Plaza de Vasco Quiroga, and I was not
disappointed. The arches and scale of this monumental home are indeed
giant, and many tales, history and lore are a part of this private home.
Until I was inside the massive doors, I did not realize that there was
truly a giant standing watch over all who enter. As often is the case,
photos cannot capture the scope and ambiance of the most famous home in
More about the Casa del Gigante
may be found at http://www.turismoderonda.es/catalogo/esp/gigante.htm
La Casa de Monsignor Diego de
Fondly known as "Padre Diego", the owner of this home is indeed a Monsignor
at the Basilica de Virgin de Guadalupe in Mexico City. Rick and I have
watched the work progress on this beautiful home, and were aware of the
many commissions created specifically for this home by folk artists and
friends. In a word, the home is exquisite in every way combining the finest
art and antiques with the wonderful folk art of Mexico.
|Right: One of
the bedrooms. Center: Day of the Dead altar, homage to "Padre Diego's"
family. Left: An antique santo sits in contemplation
|Left: An assemblage
of folk art could be found on every level surface in this home. Right:
The massive commissioned mermaid by Tiburcio Soteno (six feet tall?)
graces the entrada of "Padre Diego's" Pátzcuaro home.
After touring the homes and enjoying
the day, we all returned to La Casa Encantada for another annual event
wonderful cocktail party complete with margaritas, tasty tidbits of food,
a blazing fire, and live music. Again, all proceeds went to the orphans
of Pátzcuaro and over $2,000 US was raised this year.
While Pátzcuaro is wonderful
to visit anytime of the year, this special opportunity to see these (very)
private homes awaits only during Dia de los Muertos. Now that your collecting
and decorating taste buds have been awakened
it's time to get to work
on your own "casa"!
December 19, 2002
By Debra Hall
ZOCALO Fine Folk Art
San Miguel de Allende, MEXICO