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Greetings from Mexico!


The new web site is UP!  Take a peek at WWW.ZOCALOFOLKART.COM!

We have realized our dream of opening a store in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán!  Located on the same plaza where the Friday Pottery market has been held for more than 100 years on scenic Plaza San Francisco, come by and meet our bi-lingual manager (and Pátzcuaro native son), MIGUEL.

Here are some glimpses of our NEW PÁTZCUARO STORE
Zócalo Fine Folk Art Pátzcuaro
Plaza San Francisco # 3
Centro Historico
Pátzuaro, Michoacán

10-2 & 4-6:30 Tuesday-Saturday
Sunday, 10-3C
Closed Monday


From  Zócalo Folk Art in San Miguel de Allende—
  • Announcing our new web site, WWW.ZOCALOFOLKART.COM!
  • Think ahead to Day of the Dead, Pátzcuaro, 2007 NOW...
  • And TWO new books for your library!

Sorry we have not been in touch with regular reports, POSTCARDS FROM MEXICO, during the creation of our new on-line shopping web site—

At last, SANTA ROSA CANDLES, and many other favorite items are now available at Zó   Shipping is FREE for orders over $100.   Shopping in Mexico has never been easier! Missing Mexico?  Visit today!

Our POSTCARDS FROM MEXICO will be arriving again soon (I miss writing them!).  But until that day, we want to share  scenes from Day of the Dead 2006 in Michoacán.  If planning to personally experience Day of the Dead 2007, make your travel plans soon!


Mountains of flowers for sale beside the Basilica in Pátzcuaro.  Can’t you just smell the pungent cempazuchitl (Mexican marigolds)?


The altars in Santa Fe de la Laguna are especially poignant.  During Muertos in the year of a child’s death, special casitas  are fashioned from wood and tissue paper especially for the graves of children and infants, then decorated with fruit, pan de muertos, and alfenique, the sugar art of the season.

For us, the humblest ofrendas touch the soul.  A tin can with the addition of fruit, flowers and candles embodies the spirit of Muertos as beautifully as the larger and grander altars.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this virtual visit to Muertos, and thank you for your patience!  POSTCARDS FROM MEXICO will be coming again soon!


While in Pátzcuaro, we had a wonderful visit with Angela Villalba, author of the wonderful new book, MEXICAN CALENDAR GIRLS (Chronicle Books).  The  forward is written by none other than Carlos Monsiváis—renown author on all things Mexican.  Angela spent four years researching the topic, which is very close to her heart, as she owns her own considerable collection of 250 vintage Mexican calendars.  The book is simply stunning and features 175 images focusing on calendars  spanning the years from the 1930’s through the 1950’s.

Obtain your autographed copy by writing Angela at 
And tell Angela that Zócalo sent you her way!


We also enjoyed a great chat with Betsy McNair, author of MEXICOCINA.  Betsy is thoroughly enjoying Muertos festivities from her Ihuatzio base, and continues to cook, travel and tour her way through Mexico.  We will be joining Betsy “for a few tequilitas” mañana.  As we say in Mexico, SALUD!

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And always,
MIL GRACIAS from Rick and Deb—
ZOCALO Fine Folk Art
San Miguel de Allende

By Deb Hall
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