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Mujeres en Cambio Returns to Rancho Fernández with Fiesta

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By Misty Haskett

Mujeres en Cambio returns to Rancho Fernandez in Atotonilco on March 1 for a fabulous fiesta, featuring the flavors of Mexico, the fashions of Isabella Blue, the soothing sounds of Peter Fleming and JK O’Donnell, and fun for all.

The rancho is the home of one of the founders of Mujeres en Cambio, Pakina Langenscheidt, and her husband, former mayor of San Miguel de Allende Jaime Fernandez. Pakina continues to be an integral member of Mujeres en Cambio’s scholarship committee and works closely with scholarship recipients and the rural schools they serve.

The fiesta will begin with drinks and botanas and a buffet luncheon of chicken mole, rice, beans, and tortillas prepared by the rancho cooks and an array of salads and desserts prepared by the members of Mujeres en Cambio. Wine and beverages will be available, and coffee and tea will be served with dessert.

While you’re dining in the delightful outdoor atmosphere of the rancho, models will meander among the tables, wearing the delicious spring fashions of Isabella Blue of Ciao Bella Boutique. Isabella was a designer and photographer in Los Angeles before moving to San Miguel 12 years ago. She loves Mexico and its people, having lived in Mexico City with her family when she was a teenager. It was then she began designing her own clothes and designing has been her passion ever since. Blue’s style is casual, comfortable, bohemian, 100 percent cotton, and made by local seamstresses, perfect for the warm San Miguel climate and beautiful on every woman of every size and age!

After lunch, the musical duo of Peter Fleming and JK O’Donnell will perform. Fleming is a guitarist from Canada who moved to San Miguel five years ago. O’Donnell is a former member of the Blues Streak, a group he formed here with the late Ken Basman. The Blues Streak was a featured group at the San Miguel Jazz Festival a few years ago.

Scholarship recipients from Atotonilco will also be present at this event. Attendees will get to hear firsthand from recipients what their education means to them and what their hopes are for the future.

The event takes place Thursday, March 1 from 2-5pm. Tickets are 600 pesos. Directions and a map will be provided with admission ticket. Free transport by bus from St Paul’s Church on Cardo is also available. Those wanting transportation should meet at St Paul’s between 1:15 and 1:30 pm. Organizers also ask anyone driving themselves to consider offering a ride to other attendees who don’t have transport from St Paul’s Church.

Tickets are available at: Tesoros at the Biblioteca, Insurgentes 25; Solutions Mail Service, Recreo 11; Abrazos, Zacateros 24; and online through PayPal at

Mujeres en Cambio is a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships to young women from the rural communities surrounding San Miguel. Please go to for further information.


Benefit Luncheon for Mujeres en Cambio

Thu, Mar 1, 2-5pm

Rancho Fernández, Atotonilco


600 pesos

Available at Tesoros, Solutions, and Abrazos Boutique



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