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The Christmas Spirit Comes to the Biblioteca



By Debra Broussard

The Biblioteca received an early and generous Christmas gift of 14 blue and white Talavera planters from Master Gardener Laurie Ricchuiti of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Ricchuiti first came to San Miguel de Allende in the early 1980s to study Spanish as a high school student. Her mother, Patricia James, chaperoned the group and fell in love with the city. Patricia and her husband soon purchased a home in San Miguel, which they still own today. Laurie and her sister, Beth James, followed suit and purchased a home for themselves in Centro five years ago.

Talavera is a Mexican and Spanish pottery tradition named after the Spanish Talavera de la Reina pottery, introduced in México in the sixteenth century. These Talavera planters were recently filled and planted with white poinsettias and beautiful succulents with red blooms. With a few weeks of sunshine and water, the Biblioteca courtyard will look even more festive.

Thank you to Henk and Cony Thierry for preparing the planters to receive the new plants. Cony and Henk, originally from Holland, now call San Miguel home year-round.

Christmas decorations and red poinsettias are popping up everywhere in the Library, in part thanks to your Biblioteca staff, who collected money among themselves to help pay for the poinsettias. We purchased them from La Estacion Vivero at Calzada de la Estacion #55. When the vendor learned the poinsettias were intended for the Biblioteca and the staff had taken up a collection to make the purchase, she generously discounted the price of the plants.

Locals, together with expats from all over the world, are working together to make this Christmas season joyous for our community, capturing the essence of old San Miguel.


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