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Granada Gossip

I do not believe how fast this year is flying by. It seems like I just took down the Christmas decorations and now it’s already Easter.

Although it’s all very commercial, I miss the Easter Bunny, colored eggs and Easter baskets – especially the chocolate bunnies.

In the United States, we celebrate Easter Sunday by going to church in our new Easter clothes and having a nice Easter lunch or dinner with family. In Nicaragua, the Thursday and Friday prior to Easter Sunday are national holidays and it seems everyone heads to the water, whether it is the ocean or the lake.

There are religious processions each day in Granada, always with bombas or firecrackers. There is even a reenactment of the crucifixion of Christ, which is very moving.

If you are out and about on Friday nights, stop in at the Calle La CalzadaCentro de Arte and enjoy the art and have a glass of wine. There are original paintings for sale as well as mosaic pieces, art posters and custom greeting cards.

Olé Boutique, also open late on Friday, is the perfect place to pick up some beautiful souvenirs, all made in Nicaragua by local cooperatives.

The Cento de Arte will have a class on Saturday April 10 to learn how to make custom greeting cards and party favors. The  class is from 1-3p.m. and includes all the materials to make three cards and two party  favor boxes. The cost per person is c150 (less than $8).

The Granada Young Life (Joven Vida) club is holding its annual Fun Run to raise funds for the club. This year the race will be held on Saturday, April 10 at 7 a.m. The race will start from the canon in the central park and a 2.5K and a 5K will be available for participants. There are four age groups and there will be prizes for first, second and third place winners. The grand prize is a bicycle donated by BC Maximo.

You can sponsor a child by calling Sara Kaye at 8462-4996. All funds donated in Nicaragua will be matched by a sponsor in the United States. The money raised will go to keep the club working for another year and they hope to open a second club in another barrio. This is a great cause, so please help sponsor a child or even better, be a part of the race!

If you have always wanted to have a horse but could not afford one or do not have the space, Painted Pony is offering a chance to make your dream come true with its new horse-leasing program.

For $50 per month, you can lease a horse, ride it when you want and not have the hassles of boarding it or the expense of feeding and vet bills. With just a phone call, you can come to the farm, saddle up and go. If interested, please call 8881-3758.

John Sauter, a part-time resident of Granada for the past five years, passed away on March 15. John was one of a kind and he  will be missed, especially at the Zoom Bar.

So, here is to you, John, may your beer always be cold and your golf game hot!

–Janice Gallagher


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