#4 TNT Rincón, Puerto Rico : Out of Necessity Comes Invention

by | Sep 5, 2018 | Blog, Podcasts | 0 comments

Despite the devastating losses after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in 2017, island natives find the energy to sustain their culture and invent new ways to thrive. In this special episode, direct from the road, Chuck gets the scoop at Rincón’s weekly Art Walk and food festival.

After Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico last year, our friendly territory in the Caribbean sustained tragic losses, with the death toll somewhere over 4,000 and counting. Despite Mother Nature’s tropical tirade, island natives look forward to a fruitful future.

As my friend Tony Books would say, “out of necessity comes invention.” And what better way to move forward than keeping the best from the past? 8 years ago, Tony began selling books under a pavillion in the center plaza of Ricon, the Caribbean’s surfing capital on Puerto Rico’s Western coast. His one man operation has since grown into a weekly spectacle of Artisinal expression, with artists from all over the island displaying and selling their hand made crafts.

He shares the Rincon Art Walk origination story with a constant smile.

Check out the Art Walk on Trip Advisor HERE

Local craftspeople and culinary pioneers line the small town’s central plaza, drawing hundreds of people, from all over the world every week. Surprisingly, almost everyone spoke perfect English, creating an approachable mixture of thoughts and products, for any visitor.

Vanessa Rodriguez, aka Hot Rod, a Puerto Rican Native who left her homeland to live in NYC where she hosted a radio show on WFMU for 10 years, returned after the hurricane to do her part in the island’s recuperation. She describes Rincon’s inviting nature, providing a few theories to explain why people are drawn to the village.

A Link to Hot Rod’s radio show . . .

One Artist, Carlos Brignoni of Agua Viva Mas found his inspiration to create hand finished cutting boards out of materials left over after Maria’s brutal winds thrashed the region’s tree scape. Again, the theme of necessity and invention rings throughout his company’s history.

Beyond the art, an array of foody producers stack fresh chocolate chip banana breads beside mobile grills cheffing face-sized burritos that would put Chipotle to shame. Rolland from Get baked Rincon talks about why he moved to Rincon and how the Art Market has changed since Maria struck almost a year ago.

Get Baked Rincón on Facebook

The spanish word Rincon translates to “region” in English, but it very well could mean Resilience. As any visitor to the Rincon Arts festival can see, the island natives haven’t lost their community spirit. If anything, the bond has grown since Maria. The energy of Puerto Rico reverberates through its people – A people who meet necessity not with sorrow, but with invention.

Make an email out to Chuck at thenomadtheory@gmail.com with any questions. 

Stay wild folks, 

A.C.E. the Theorist

Also, thank you to the drummers from the Rincon Arts festival and Juanitos for their song Cool Reggae Party.

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