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“The key heritage site … is the Alhondiga de Granaditas, site of the first rebellion...” Above: A Teatro lion. Right: Entering the Alhondiga stairs, important murals by Jose Chavez Morado, from 1955 and 1966. Fountain from 1861 in Union Garden 38 A Yugi Hiratsuka print and a Cheryl Haddock carved marble figure share a corner. To the right, a painting by James Kirk. Guanajuato made it onto the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1988, partly on the strength of its historic architecture, some of the best of the colonial period. Guanajuato’s greatest festival, the “Cervantino,” brings contemporary performing arts from around the world, for a month in late autumn. We were invited to the video preview of the coming programs. The preview itself Our first stop, Gabriela gave us an impressive tour of Museo Alhondiga, full of cultural and historic exhibits from the state of Guanajuato. We attended the coronation of Wendy I, the Queen of Guanajuato, at the enormous State Auditorium, with our Princesses on stage. Standing room only! This was followed by a late celebration dinner and toast to Wendy and her family near the Presa de la Olla. The descent into the historic silver mine was a visceral feat inspiring thoughts of all the lives spent hammering away deep in the earth to enrich this city. It must have been the mining industry that built the warren of tunnels under the city that provide the express routes for traffic to flow. All the above occurred in two days, and five more lay ahead. Eight of us filled a van for a road trip to Dolores Hidalgo and San Miguel De Allende. In the former we visited the sites of the origins of the revolution for Independence. In the latter we were surrounded by a concentration of fine art, and the sacred art of the Cathedral. Along the way we saw the agricultural life on the altiplano; cultivated cacti, maize and alfalfa in bloom; farming villages and open horizons. The San Juan Festival celebrates the farmers. I remember a great black ox with enormous, long horns being slowly led to the Fiesta grounds. Guanajuato was founded in 1546 around the mines, in a cluster of mineral-rich hills, the profiles of which are said to resemble frogs. From the hilltops it is a colorful sight to see the brightly painted houses and the great variety of domes, cupolas and spires of the many extraordinary churches. showcased the beauty of the venue, the Teatro Juarez. I came away wishing for another trip in October to attend this incredible array of talent. Ashland adopted Shakespeare; Guanajuato celebrates Cervantes. The hospitality of the City and Club Amigo was generous. In appreciation, our two “Princesses” presented the entertainments they had worked hard on during their Ashland High


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