September 2009 in Revue Magazine

Libre al viento (Photo by Rudy Girón/

Libre al viento (Photo by Rudy Girón/

Groups of school-aged drummers practicing daily in the streets alert us that Independence Day is soon upon us and a celebration is in order. Although September 15 is the specific holiday, throughout the month there will be parades, concerts, fireworks, torch-wielding marathon runners and general flag-waving fun.

September also brings the month-long FOTO▶30 Festival. This series of over 30 exhibitions and workshops spotlights photography with events country-wide.

Datebook starts on page 24 and you can find information about these and many other celebrations, lectures, exhibitions, conferences and concerts happening in September.

Other topics in this issue include some destinations worth traveling to, the Tzantizotz Nature Reserve and Central America’s tallest waterfall, Salto de Chilascó. We cross over to the culinary side with an introduction to the versatile Güisquil, including a tasty recipe. The state of the honey bee in Guatemala is also discussed in connection with the food we eat.

Dwight Wayne Coop reveals what his research reaped about the “real” Independence Day, and he brings us news from a highland hospital that reduced its paperwork while improving its water supply.

Laura McNamara’s contributions this month include the funding problems a local rock climbing club is having, and how a film crew is working to keep Guatemala’s fledgling film industry alive.

Panajachel’s Patron Saint is celebrated in October and we’ve included a piece about what to expect with some photos of last year’s feria.

We hope you enjoy and find useful the Revue this month. There is plenty to read and things to do on every printed page as well as our digitized pages online.

—John & Terry Kovick Biskovich

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