It’s behind you!!


pumpkin treeHappy Halloween!
Tonight the last thing your kids want to hear about is the origin of Halloween, or All Hallow’s Eve, or the druidic overtones, the Celtic threads that we Irish are good at weaving into every holiday (just sayin’, Halloween, Dracula – the author of the first Dracula book, Bram Stoker, was from Dublin, etc), and how pagan rituals have become intertwined with some of the modern religious ones. No, tonight kids want costumes, fake blood, and lots of sweets. But what they might also like are some of the more traditional Halloween party games too.

Growing up in Dublin Halloween was about home-made costumes – what else are old sheets for anyway – door-to-door trick or treats, and you wanted the treats, and then back to your house or your neighbours to pool the haul of apples, nuts and sweets and have fun and games.
One of the best fun and easy games to organise is dunking for apples. All you need are apples, a basin of water, bobbles to tie back young hair and a laid back attitude to messy wet floors, and away you go, hands behind your back, get the apple with your teeth!. Join in, you’ll probably have more fun than the kids. We also used to hang apples from something – a tree, the banisters, and then each person, hands behind their back again, would try and take a bite. There were no prizes, just howls of laughter.


Another fun idea was turning every day stuff into gruesome ghastly ghoulish something. Divide the kids into two groups, then one from each group is blindfolded and has to touch something horrific – and guess what they really are. Peeled grapes could be eye-balls, cooked cold spaghetti is worms, teased cotton wool is a giant spider’s web, diced peeled fruit in some juice or syrup is the guts of a witch, wet mushy muesli is zombie brains – let your imagination run riot…


halloween witchInvent or adapt party games – if you have water balloons get some harmless food dye, colour the water red and tell the kids they’re blood balloons and whoever gets splashed will turn into a zombie – this is probably best played outside!
Most games can be adapted to a Halloween theme – there’s always face-painting and or a costume competition – and in fact tonight in the Parque Urbano (which used to be called the Ika Gardens) the Adeje council are hosting a free party for under-13s, from 5pm – 8pm, another great option.

All Saints and All Souls Day preparations


Masses will be held in all the parishes

The Adeje council have been busy preparing the town cemetery for All Saints and All Souls day, November 1st and 2nd. As well as work to maintain the grounds in good condition, this year there has also been improvements in the garden and common access zones.


According to the councillor responsible, Esther Rivero Vargas, “these are important dates when we all remember those gone before us, and that’s why the council is always working to give the cemetery special attention in the lead up to the two feast days so that when people come to visit that find themselves in a place that is peaceful and harmonious”.

Included in the improvements are repainting, upgrades to the interior arches, and the planting of chrysanthemums in the patios as well as the addition of new decorative floral arrangements throughout the installation.


The parish churches in the borough will hold masses over the relevant days:
Friday October 31st: Tijoco La Hoya (5pm.), Fañabé (6pm.), Los Olivos (7pm), and San Sebastián (7.30pm)
Saturday, November 1st, All Saints Day: Cemetery chapel, Adeje, (9am), Armeñime (10am), Adeje parish church (11am), Callao Salvaje (12 noon) y Fañabé (12:30pm). Adeje parish church (6pm), Los Olivos (7pm) and the Cemetery chapel, (7.30pm)
Sunday November 2nd, All Souls Day: Morning times as on Saturday. Afternoon masses will be in Tijoco La Hoya (5pm.), San Sebastián (6pm) and Cemetery chapel (7pm).

Comedy and dance in Adeje


Adeje’s cultural councilor Nayra Medina Bethencourt has just announced details of the 14th Festival of Theater and Dance which runs throughout November in the town’s Cultural Centre.

All the performances take place on Fridays with tickets at €8 or €5 for people with an Adeje senior citizen’s card or youth card. There will be one dance evening, Pieles, with the dance Compañia Paula Quintana, on November 7th, a fusion of modern and flamenco, and the other three shows are comedies. They are in Spanish and are Aeroplanos, from the Teraphy Koa company on Friday November 14th, El Enfermo Imaginario, from the Delirium Teatro and Cia Abubukaka companies on Friday November 21st and Eloisa esta debajo de un almendro, performed by the Morfema Teatro company on Friday November 28th.


Medina Bethencourt stressed the Adeje council’s ongoing commitment to the arts, mentioning too the very popular Adeje School of Music and Dance, and adding that the ticket prices were kept low (“symbolic”) as the council want to make sure that the shows are accessible to the public. “We (the council) are maintaining our commitment to culture, in this case with theatre and dance. Theatre is a discipline that we have been happy to support for more than 14 years through the Adeje People’s University and the theatre groups that we have created”.


The company representatives present said that without the ongoing commitment and investment made by councils such as Adeje in providing festivals for island based companies, the would find it hard to survive, even though “many actors have had to leave the theatre and search for work elsewhere”, said Severino García Noda, director of the Delirium company. “These days it is very difficult to produce theatrical works; we generally have to fund them ourselves and put our faith in them”, he added.

Tickets for all the shows go on sale next week in the Adeje Cultural Centre.

Judith Miguélez is the new Miss Sur


The Miss Sur contest, held over for a week due to bad weather, filled the Plaza de España in Adeje on Friday October 24th and was held as part of the town’s annual Patronal Festival.

The winner, to the delight of all, was Judith Miguélez, the 18 year old representing the Adeje Council. Ladies of honour were Lorena Medina representing Flipper Uno and Gisela Araya, representing the El Embrujo Restaurant.

The spectacular event, directed by Sandro Pérgola, lasting 2 ½ hours, was given the thumbs up by an enthusiastic audience and included a number of promotional videos for Adeje as well as giving a boost to the local fashion houses, Javier Aguilar Couture, Bualá y Geyma. The contest also works each year to promote the values and cultures of the particip
ating borough and is recognised as much more than just a beauty contest.

The Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga has stated, “Miss Sur does represent femininity and beauty but also is marked out for her intelligence, her dedication and her ability to work with others, and that is why we in Adeje are delighted to host the event”

The newly crowned Miss Sur will enjoy a year in the world of fashion, photography, television, and more under the guidance of the Joa Rubio y BeWater agency. She has also won a luxury cruise for two on a Royal Caribbean liner.

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Adeje to host CIT Sur Gánigo awards


Adeje’s mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and CIT Sur vice-president Higinio Guerra announced details of the awards

What have the Adeje Volunteer Firefighters, the beekeepers of Arico, the Bárbara bookshop and the La Barrica restaurant in Vilaflor got in common? They are among the CIT Sur Gánigo prize winners who will receive their award in the Adeje CDTCA (Costa Adeje Centre for Tourism Development) next Friday, October 31st.

The details of the award ceremony, which rotates between the boroughs of the south every year, were announced this morning, Friday October 24th, by the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and the CIT Sur vice-president Higinio Guerra. The Gánigo awards are given annually by CIT Sur, the Centro for Tourism Initiatives in South Tenerife, to individual or companies who have contributed in a particular way to the development of South Tenerife and in the areas of tourism and have helped promote the richness and particular nature of this part of the island.

During the conference the mayor paid tribute to the important work of CIT Sur over the years. “They have become a reference point in the tourism sector for their work, their advancement of initiatives and for raising awareness within the sector”, he said. Tourism was, he added, much more than a simple economic reality, it was a cultural reality too and connections within sector were important. The importance of tourism to the island was also underlined by Rodríguez Fraga. “Tourism is the only sector that has ‘behaved itself’ during the current crisis…the only good news during a crisis that has harmed people and businesses, particularly small and medium enterprises”.

The mayor also paid tribute to the work of CIT Sur president Maria Rosales Alonso, who was unable to attend this morning’s conference for personal reasons but who will be present at the award ceremony.

CIT Sur vice president Higinio Guerra said that for CIT Sur the awarding of Gánigos was a source of great satisfaction. “Sometimes they are given to those companies or individuals who might work behind the scenes, but who do an important job”, he added.

The award is based on the ‘ganigo’, a clay vessel, of pre-Hispanic origins, of different dimensions and many forms. The guanches, the Tenerife aborigines, used ganigos for many thing including cooking and storage. CIT Sur has adopted the symbol over the years to symbolise the relevance of the past in the present day Canary Islands.

The prizes are awarded in two distinct groups – by borough and business sector. There are also two extra awards, a ‘special mention’ and an honorary award. For borough awards each of the eight involved councils nominates a winner each year. This year’s borough awards are: Asociación de Bomberos (fire fighters) Voluntarios de Adeje, Asociación de Apicultores (beekeepers) de Arico (ASAPA), Librería Bárbara (Arona), Cándido Pérez García (Granadilla), Radio Isora (Guía de Isora), Reposteras Tradicionales de San Miguel (San Miguel de Abona), Subida a Tamaimo (Santiago del Teide), Restaurante La Barrica (Vilaflor de Chasna).

In the business sector the awards go to Spring Hotels, Linares Tours, Oliver’s Boutique, Teleférico del Teide, and Lorenzo Reverón González. The Guardia Civil are the winners of the special mention and the Tenerife Barmans Association win the honorary award.

Rambling through Ifonche and La Quinta


This event is taking place as part of the ongoing Adeje Together 10/10 campaign

Under the Adele Together 10/10 campaign the department of the environment and sustainable development under councillor Esther Rivero Vargas, is organising a walk this Saturday, October 25th, called (translated) “Making the most of the forest”, which will take walkers from Ifonche, to el Aserradero and finally La Quinta.

The councillor remarked, “this initiative from the council was such that once the mountain walks in the borough had been regulated and signposted we would propose a series of alternative routes inviting people to get to know our natural zones and the mountain characteristics.” She said that “we wanted to develop more than just another rural walk, what we are doing here is showing off the indigenous elements of the area and the richness of our natural heritage; we hope that once people get to know the different protected zones of Adeje they will learn to enjoy and care for them”.

During the walk there will be two guides, Rafael Morales Siverio and Sebastián López Ramírez, who, says Rivero Vargas, will explain, “through their living testimonies and experiences, how and why these paths were used in the past”. (The guides will speak in Spanish). As well as getting to know the countryside, those participating will also experience the hospitality of residents of La Quinta and will be invited to take part in a tasting event in the patio of one of the homes of the neighbourhood. “The best way to learn the stories of pathways and their use in the past is from the people of the region”, the councillor added.
Ifonche – Aserradero – La Quinta
The walk should last about 6 hours and is listed as one of medium difficulty. Wear appropriate shoes or waterproof hiking boots, if possible high enough to protect ankles. You should also use sun protection and wear sun glasses and a hat. If you have a hiking stick, a waterproof jacket and energy foods (dry fruits, biscuits, etc) you should also bring them as well as water – 11/2 litres would be adequate.

If you would like to take part sign up at the Citizens Office – the SAC, in the main council building, and places are limited to 25.

Traditional end to Adeje’s Fiestas


The Adeje Patronal Festival 2014, which this year has been based on ‘convivencia’, or togetherness, co-existence, will reach its conclusion this weekend, October 18th and 19th, with the Folklore Festival on Saturday and the Romería, on Sunday.

On Saturday October 18th the XXX Festival de Folklore Villa de Adeje will present “Un alma, una fe, un anhelo” (A soul, a faith, a yearning), with the group from the Adeje Municipal Folklore School, and the participation of the Lus Yerbatus Cultural Association from Bimenes in Austria. The show tells the story of a young man from an agricultural background who, in 1940, leaves these shores for the Americas in search of a better life. The wider theme of emigration is explored through the music of the continents, looking at the hopes and dreams of those who went and the pain of leaving family behind.
The evening’s events will begin at 9pm in the Plaza de España and be followed by a street party with music from the popular Sensación Gomera.

On Sunday October 19th, the last day of the Adeje Patronal Festivals, there will be a Cattle Fair in the Plaza del Cerco (beside the main post office) from 10am to 12 midday. At 11am there will be a special mass in the parish church in the Calle Grande and the offering of locally grown produce to the ‘patrons’ of the borough, Our Lady of the Incarnation, Saint Ursula and Saint Sebastian.


This year the Adeje ‘romería’ or pilgrim march will see 12 floats pulled by harnessed animals. Folk groups from different parts of the island are taking part as are local associations from Adeje and neighbouring boroughs. And all those who do take part must be dressed in traditional costume. The Adeje cultural department also invites the homes along the street to decorate their balconies in traditional form to add to the atmosphere.


The Adeje romería has a long established tradition and every year both residents and visitors to the borough enjoy the day, happy to accept the offer of wine and food from the floats. Fun and tradition combine to make this a colourful family event. If you are driving to the town and are early enough you should be able to park near the health centre, or in the cemetery car park and walk up to the Calle Grande before the start of the events.


Bank books help

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Caixa Bank donates school material and books
The aim of the initiative is to guarantee that students from disadvantaged families have equal education opportunities

The Adeje education councillor, Andrés Pérez Ramos met recently with Caixa Bank and AMPA (the parents association for schools) to confirm details of the banks’ commitment to donate school materials and text books to families most in need in the borough. It is the second year in a row that the bank has donated in this manner.

The aim of the initiative is to guarantee that students from disadvantaged families have equal education opportunities and remove difficulties children many have in pursuing their studies.

Pérez Ramos thanked the bank for their donations and the help they were giving families in the borough. He said this extra assistance was “as well as the assistance coming from the department of education”, adding that he was working in conjunction with the councillor for social welfare to give the best possible attention to local residents, and it was this kind of attention to local needs that meant they could also “receive help from other institutions such as Hospiten Sur and the Cruz Roja”.

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Representing the Caixa Bank at the meeting was Manuel Luis Méndez Martín and Eusebio Dorta was there on behalf of the parents’ associations. The donations are part of the bank’s decentralised social programme, the aim of which is to help persons with the greatest needs, using proposals such as this one, in the most efficient way using synergy between institutions such as the Adeje council to reach those on the margins of society. The funding for books is also being spent in Adeje book shops, so “it’s not just benefitting families but local businesses as well”, commented the councillor.












































































































































































eBooks in Adeje

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The service is available online at

The Adeje councillor for libraries, Juan Desiderio Afonso Ruiz, has released details of Adeje’s signing up to the eBiblio Canarias, the electronic book lending platform operated by the Canarian Libraries network, BICA. The service is available online at where users will be given information on how to use the service.

The councillor said, “with this initiative local residents can now access a service via a technological platform which will allow them borrow books online and read on a number of different devices – smart phones, tablets, laptops, or e-book readers”. Furthermore the project will encourage the use of devices in the world of learning and training, he added.

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eBiblio Canarias allows users read e-books through the internet either through streaming, by cloud (with the right applications) or in your computer or reader. Users can access the service with iOS or Android and it is free. Users must be members of a library that is part of the Canarian Libraries network, such as the public library in the Adeje Cultural Centre.

Once in the web page use is relatively easy and near the top right hand corner is a button to change the language of the page into English. Each user will need an email and password, which you can request from any of the participating public libraries. Once signed in you can access the catalogue, browse by title, author or subject. Once you have found a book you wish to reaed you follow the borrowing procedure and the book is available for 21 days.

The project has been promoted by the Spanish Ministry for Education, Culture and Sport in conjunction with the regional department of culture, sport and social politics.

Reconditioning of local playgrounds

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The work involved improvements, reforms, and in some cases changes

The councillor for parks and garden, Esther Rivero Vargas, has published details of work undertaken recently to recondition and improve parks and playgrounds in Adeje. “We are working to improve the public installations for children in Adeje”, she said.

The councillor said, “We reviewed the 34 public children’s playgrounds in the borough and noted what was needed in each case and are now working to meet the demands and needs of our younger residents, with approx €30 thousand Euro already spent in this area”.

Work already carried out has included repairs and painting as well as replacement of playground installations such as swings, slides, see-saws, etc. In many cases the surfacing was changed for one that is safer and more secure for children, and railings and safety barriers were also installed. Park benches and other urban furniture was also upgraded or replaced where deemed necessary.

Rivero Vargas added, “the work that was undertaken was as a result of deterioration due to public use in general, and was carried out by the local company, Adeje (E.M.S.A)”, keeping within budgetary and responsible spending guidelines. She added that the work was of top quality and the installations for children were more secure than previously.

Among the parks that had work carried out were those in La Caleta, Tijoco Alto, César Manrique and Los Olivos-Tierra Lavada and El Madroñal. All parks in the borough that were in need of attention were included in the reconditioning drive.
Finally councillor Esther Rivero Vargas noted that these parks are open to the public daily, are cleaned and kept in condition throughout the year. “This work is important for these leisure zones, hopefully meaning they will endure, and meet the demands of this very particular section of our public, our children”, she said.

Adeje’s public parks are open from 9am until 10pm daily.