Did you know that “Guadalupe Day” is regarded by many Mexicans as the most important religious holiday of their country? It honors the Virgin of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico, which is celebrated on December 12. It is believed that a man named Juan Diego encountered the Virgin Mary twice in Mexico City, on December 9 and December 12 in 1531. According to legend, Mary told Juan to ask the bishop to build a church on Tepeyac Hill. However, the bishop needed proof of Juan’s encounter and asked for a miracle. Juan returned to the hill to see roses in a spot where there were previously cacti. When Juan Diego returned, he showed the roses to the archbishop and also revealed an image on his cloak of the Lady of Guadalupe. The bishop was convinced of the miracle and built a church in honor of the event.
With Virgin of Guadalupe Day or Our Lady of Guadalupe Day just around the corner, you can appreciate it in our Folk Art Room. Quinta Mazatlan invites you to explore Folk Art through the eyes of Ann Maddox Moore. The Folk Art Room features over 1,400 pieces of art from Moore’s private collection. Long-time McAllen native, art collector, enthusiast and community supporter, Ann Moore has accumulated Mexican folk art for over 40 years! Her generous gift underscores the cross-cultural nature of the Valley’s relationship with Mexico, and provides a dazzling experience of color and hand work that is fast disappearing. The collection is from all over Mexico, coming from as far away as Oaxaca, Guerrero and Michoacán. There are also other pieces sprinkled in from Africa, Indonesia, Peru, Guatemala and other countries. Moore’s collection creates a bridge to various cultures, traditions and ways of life through folk art.
Quinta Mazatlán is the City of McAllen’s urban sanctuary that continuously works to enrich people’s lives by sharing knowledge about birds, plants, and environmental stewardship in South Texas. The nature center is an oasis of food, water, and shelter, making it a welcome stopover for birds migrating through the Valley in the spring and fall.
Want to learn more about the history of the area and Quinta Mazatlan? History tours are offered every Friday 10am -11am and are included in the General Admission fee: $3 Adults, $2 Seniors (65+) and $2 children under age 12. Free admission to members and children ages 2 years & under. For groups with 10 or more are required to call in advance and schedule a Private Tour.
Private bookings are available. Quinta Mazatlan is located at 600 Sunset Drive in McAllen, TX.