Excitement Squared in Puerto Vallarta

A gentle rain is falling, and the grey skies are soft and unthreatening; it is a good morning to go back to bed and indulge in another hour’s rest. The temptation…

My beautiful kitty, Bogie, has been with me for one whole month. We are still learning about each other, but what a love fest it has been – for me, at least. He reminds me quickly when I overstep his privacy boundaries. Okay, Mr. B! Don’t eat me!

Ricardo Mazcal’s Artisan & Herbal Marketplace continues every Saturday morning on the Isla Cuale – he is indoors, so no worries about being rained out this summer. Ricardo is an unrivalled source of herbal remedies, and I swear he has kept me alive with his pre and probiotic Maz-Mix for over a decade.

I also stopped by my lovely dentist on Libertad to ask a quick question. Within the hour, I was in Orlando Godinez’s chair, fine-tuning a couple of minor details; he is a magician I highly recommend.

I spent some time with Gloria Fiona last Friday, and it was wonderful to get to know her a little more and understand the power behind her voice. She is a heart laid bare, full of love and open kindness. Her upcoming projects will be full of magic imaginings; she is fearless, indomitable, and talented beyond words and her voice.

She filled Francie Nguyen’s Casita and Garden Saturday night and sang a little of everything from Country and Western to Celine Dion, and the Fusion 91 dance company performed weaving among the tables. Gloria is producing a show for them at La Catrina Cantina this summer. I will keep you posted on the dates.

The First Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party/Grand Opening of Mary Ann’s Ovations Bar/Fundraiser for Act2PV‘s Elevator all took place at the same time last night in the aforementioned beautifully renovated purple and black bar at Act2. Over 155,000 pesos were raised at one of the most fun awards parties I have ever attended.

David Maiocco flew himself and Liberace’s extensive wardrobe from New York City to open the show with Tony Award-winning tunes starting from the late 40s and moving up. Imagine a singalong with Liberace!! It was glorious! Liberace will be hosting Bingo this Saturday from 5 to 7 pm; I will remind you beforehand.

The new general manager of Act2PV, David Sabella, and his invaluable assistant, Cate Valcic, had the night mapped out seamlessly and kept the long commercial times during the Tony Awards filled with songs, trivia, and bingo games. Hors d’oeuvres preceded caprese salad and fabulous pasta cooked by Sabella, according to his grandmother’s recipes. Marsha Ross baked cookies for two days – five different kinds – that were sold, and the money accrued to the elevator fund. Bottles of vintage wine, ATV tours, intimate dinners, and overnights at Casa Karma, a day on Tom Bernes’ yacht, and two jewel-encrusted evening bags were auctioned off. Bing Young won the 50/50 raffle at the end of the evening.

I am so pleased to see this new fire of creativity blazing away at Act2PV. The atmosphere is positively bubbling over with anticipation of the summer season – fun stuff with the heavy hitters, including a few heads that popped up during last night’s Tony Awards, coming to entertain at the height of the winter season. It is excitement squared; see everybody tomorrow.