Uniquely Mexico

Provence in Mexico: The Lavender Project

Posted by Shari Reynolds

by Gregory Gunter

If the scent of lavender sends you into Peter Mayle’s dreamland, San Miguel de Allende offers the remedy for your lavandula withdrawals.  This August 5th, The Lavender Project hosts their second annual fundraiser, offering lavender-infused margaritas and delectable bites atop San Miguel’s rooftop Sunset Bar, viewing distance from the historic Parroquia.  Following last year’s inaugural event, a sold-out crowd is expected, so plan ahead!

Your $250 peso ticket—advance tickets are now on sale—includes drink tickets, appetizers, live music, raffle prizes, and an exciting silent auction, from 4:00 to 7:00, Thursday, August 5th.  Night owls needn’t worry: the party continues after 7 p.m., with the Sunset Bar offering discounts on drinks for as long as lavender scents the night breeze.  Silent auction offerings can be viewed at Sunset Bar from July 1st through the night of the benefit and range from a week’s lodging in Paris, to hot air ballooning above the lavender fields, to a plethora of local art, accommodations, and lavender products.

The U.S.-based non-profit, St. Anthony’s Alliance, originated The Lavender Project as a means for allowing residents of tiny Rancho la Colorada—minutes, but worlds, away from San Miguel’s tony boutiques—the opportunity to create a self-sustaining income by growing, harvesting, and marketing lavender-based products. 

Four Mexican businesses are now blooming under the umbrella of The Lavender Project, employing over 30 residents and drawing husbands back to a sustainable income in their own hometown.

For more information, or to purchase advance tickets, contact The Lavender Project’s Lori Richardson at loririchardson@hotmail.com, or Event Co-Chair Dianna Hutts Aston at dianna_aston@yahoo.com.

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