Celebrating 100 years of Winona
By Sandra Ríos
People gathered in a very emotional celebration to pay homage to Winona Mulcaster, who enjoyed a party thrown for her 100th birthday on April 11.
During the celebration Ms. Mulcaster received a letter of congratulation from Queen Elizabeth II as well as recognition by the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, from the hands of former Canadian Ambassador in Mexico, David Winfield. The last person who received this kind of recognition in San Miguel de Allende was Leonard Brooks four years ago.
Winona is well known in Canada as a landscape painter, and she has also been awarded the Golden Jubilee Medal from Queen Elizabeth for her artistic work. She has lived in San Miguel since 1975, when she bought a piece of land and built a stable for horses because she was a great rider in her youth. Winfield told the well-wishers that in cities in Canada, like Montreal and Vancouver, the large banks, important companies, and mansions have Mulcasters on their walls. She is considered one of the greatest painters in her country. The celebration was full of floral arrangements, friends, and an estudiantinas to liven up this great celebration of life.