Lakeside Living – December 2013



Sandy Olson
Phone: 331-283-8529

December 2013


Jaltepec Technical School of Hotel and Hospitality presented a dinner for supporters on October 21.  Linda Buckmiller coordinated the event. Her assistant is Stacey Hewitt.

The evening started with hors d’oeuvres created and served by students.


Pictured above, left to right, are students Tere Juarez, Lupe Cañada, Mónica Rìos, and Caty Aragón


A bonus was the cake presented to Ojo del Lago Editor-in-Chief Alejandro Grattan, who does not enjoy getting attention on any of his birthdays, nor does he like having his picture taken. But this cake was in celebration of the Ojo’s 30th Anniversary!


For further information about Jaltepec Technical School and the students’ achievements, contact Linda Buckthorp at


The Cruz Roja Classic held at the Country Club de Chapala on November 7 was a huge success. Ninety-six enthusiastic golfers hit the fairways and although no one drove away in a new car or golf cart this year,  there were plenty of smiling winners at dinner. Cruz Roja Mexicana, Chapala Delegation, thanks the Country Club de Chapala, their terrific staff, the generous sponsors, tireless volunteers and all participants for a wonderful day.


2013 winners. From the left, Bruce Barman, Dalton Senorita, Mike Daniels, Janis Phair and Charles Temple.



The Lake Chapala Painting Guild is presenting New Works at the Ajijic Cultural Center. The opening reception is January 4 from 4 to 6. The show continues until January 16.

Featured artists are Betty Petersen, Carol Ann Owers, Geraldine Classen, Joan Lowndes, Lois Schroff, Steve Achs, Varn, Winnie Hunt, Cynthia DuBois, Ina Gieysztor, Helen Marie Krustev, Nancy Gray and Mary Ann Linhart.


The Music Department of the University of Guadalajara and the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo presents recitals at the old train station in Chapala.  The following piano recitals are offered in December:

Thursday, December 5                          Jorge Sánchez

Wednesday, December 11     Azael Medeles

These events are free and open to the public. They begin at 6:30.


The works of  Claudia Nery will be  featured at Galeria Sol Mexicano on Friday, December 6, from 3 to 6:30 pm.  The gallery will offer opening night discounts.

The artist has lived at Lakeside for many years, and has a great following here as well as nationally. She describes herself a self-taught painter whose style is derived from the roots of Mexican culture and primitive universal symbolism.

The show continues throughout December. Galeria Sol Mexicano is at Colon 13, Ajijic Centro. Tel: 376 766 0734. Opening times are 10:30- 4:30 Monday through Saturday (closed Wednesdays) and Sundays 12-5.


On Friday, December 6, at 6:00 p.m., Viva Musica presents Opera and Christmas Music Between Friends.

Featured are the Hermosillo Family Singers: Gaby Zepeda, piano and soprano, Antonio Hermosillo, baritone, Patricia Hernandez, mezzo soprano, and Hector Lopez, baritone. Children Mariana, Lucia and Jorge Hermosillo will sing and play the violin.


Hector Lopez,
Patricia Hernandez,
Mezzo Soprano


Enjoy this wonderful holiday concert in the Auditorium at 6.00 p.m. on Friday, December 6. Tickets available at LCS Thursday and Friday, 10-12, at the auditorium and at Diane Pearl Colecciones.


The upcoming production at the Lakeside Little Theatre is a comedy about an Italian-American family. Now in rehearsal, Over The River and Through the Woods runs from December 6 to 15. Ann Swiston is the director.


Left to Right: Georgette Richmond, Ed Tasca, Heather Hunter, Kevin O’Byrne, Kenneth Bridges, Peggy Lord Chilton


The play, by American playwright Joe DiPietro, is set in Hoboken, New Jersey, where all four of Nick Cristano’s grandparents live. Although Nick works in the city, and his parents have retired and moved away, he still takes the bus to see his grandparents for dinner every Sunday.

Tickets are 200 pesos and can be obtained at the LLT Box Office from 10 am to 12 noon on the Wednesday and Thursday before opening and every day during the run of the show – or one hour before curtain time for each performance.

The box office opens the Wednesday before opening night (Friday) and from 10-12 every day except Sunday until the show is sold out.  It is also open an hour before each performance. 

Future Plays

January 17-26                      Blood Relations

February 21-March 4             Hooray for Hollywood!

March 28-April 6   Social Security


Two artists are in concert at the Centro Gonzalez Gallo (old train station) in Chapala on Sunday, December 8 at 4 pm. Jorge Taddeo, tenor, will perform songs by Dowland, Campion, Caccini, Handel, Mozart, Schubert, Sor, Diabelli and others. Jim Byers is the accompanist on the classical guitar.  



Jorge Taddeo is well known in Mexico and beyond.  He is a specialist in German Lieder and French Chanson.  He performed a solo concert to a packed Teatro Degollado on the November 12, to a standing ovation.

Jim Byers, classical guitarist, has performed internationally. He has studied with Mexican teachers David Mozqueda and Philip Rosheger, and in master classes with Oscar Ghiglia, Alfred Deller, Paul O’dette and Philip Rosheger. 


Traditions – Christmas & Hanukkah – is the theme of this year’s holiday concert, featuring the talented voices of Los Cantantes del Lago, Lakeside’s well-known community choir.  Led by Timothy G. Ruff Welch, Music Director, the concert will combine Christmas and Hanukkah traditions in song and promises to make the season warm and full of memories for all. 



Welch has found very rich and satisfying musical selections that will please all our friends at Lakeside, including songs in Hebrew, Latino, English and other languages. A clarinetist who performs in the Klezmer style will accompany some of the Hebrew pieces and, as always, the fabulous Eleanor Stromberg will accompany on piano.

Concerts are Tuesday, December 10, at 7:00 and Wednesday, December 11, at 4:00. A cash bar will open one hour before performances. Seating is general admission. Tickets are 250 pesos, available at Diane Pearl Colecciones, Mia’s Boutique, by contacting any Los Cantantes member, or by emailing Kathleen Carlson at


The Chapala Cultural Citizens Council is organizing a December 10 event for the Celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 65th Anniversary.

The purpose is to disseminate and educate all individuals about their human rights in order to stand up for them against abuse, crime and violence.

Artists of all disciplines–artists, performers, dancers, poets, and writers–will participate. The celebrations will be December 9 and 10 in the Ajijic Plaza. Closing will be at the Jocotepec Cultural Center on December 11.

For more information call 356-766-0948 or email:


It’s that time of year again when the kind people of Ajijic let us look behind the walls of their beautiful homes to help a worthy cause…The Lakeside School for Special Needs Children, formerly the School for the Deaf.  The first of these house tours took place on November 21 and it was a great success.

The next event, the Christmas tour, will take place on December 12.  Four beautiful homes will be decorated for Christmas and the Christmas party will be held at the fourth house.  The ticket will include a glass of wine and appetizers as well as entrance to the party.  Those taking the Christmas tour will meet at the Ajijic Pier at 5:15 p.m.  Tickets for this run out quickly so pick them up as soon as possible.

Three more dates have been set: January 23, February 27, and March 27.  The meeting time/place for these is 10:15 at the Ajijic pier.  This is one of the most successful series of events of the season.

Tickets for all these tours are available at Diane Pearl’s or Charter Club Tours at Plaza Montana.  For further information, contact: Cece Girling, 376-766-3964, or Leslie Martin, 376-766-2274, or Shirley West, 376-766-4997.


 Viva Musica is sponsoring a bus trip to Guadalajara and Live from the Met Simulcasts for the final opera of the season: Falstaff, by Verdi. The performance is on Saturday, December 14 at noon. The bus leaves Ajijic at 10.30 a.m.

Tickets are available at the Lake Chapala Society, Thursdays and Fridays 10-12, or contact M. Krantz at  The cost is 300 pesos for Viva members, and 400 pesos for non-members.

Viva Musica OperaTrips in 2014

Saturday, February 8 at noon Dvorak, Rusalka. Bus leaves 10.30 a.m.

Saturday, March 1 at 11.00 a.m. Borodin, Prince Igor. Bus leaves 9.30 a.m.

Saturday, March 11 at 11.00 a.m. Massenet, Werther. Bus leaves 9.30 a.m.

Saturday, April 5 at 11.00 a.m. Puccini, La Boheme. Bus leaves 9.30 a.m.

Saturday, May 3 at noon, Mozart, Cosi Fan Tutti. Bus leaves 10.30 a,m,

Saturday, May 10 at noon, Rossini, La Cenicienta. Bus leaves 10.30 a.m.


The Naked Stage production of The Voice of the Turtle, by John van Druten, deals with the challenges of the single life in New York City during World War II.  Controversial in its time, the play explores the sexual struggles of Sally Middleton, a young woman attempting to reconcile her childhood teachings on the importance of chastity with her newfound affection for Bill Page.  


Left to right: Robin Lawrason, Collette Clavadetscher, Damyn Young, Liz White and the director, Jim Lloyd.


Because this show is in the Christmas season, the Naked Stage will be offering a free glass of wine after each performance. The show is performed December 27, 28, and 29 at 4 pm.

Save these dates for upcoming Naked Stage productions:

January 31, February 1 and 2 And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little

February 1, 2 and 3                              Comic Potential

March 21, 22 and 23                             Breaking the Code

April 25, 26 and 27                                Taking Leave 

The e-mail address for future reservations: or phone Michelle at 765-6408. The Naked Stage is located at #10A Rio Bravo. Directions: west on the carretera from Ajijic, south on Rio Bravo, about two blocks down behind Daniel’s Restaurant on the east side. Daniel’s is open for lunch and dinner with a no host bar available at 3:00 p.m. The box opens at 3:15 and the show starts at 4:00 p.m.


Luz de Malla AC is a local Mexican non-profit association aimed at balancing the environmental protection of Lake Chapala, while at the same time guaranteeing the stream of sustenance for rural Lakesiders. The main interest is education among Lakeside rural fishing communities.



Luz de Malla Project goals are to change the model of traditional wild-caught fishing to fish farming in floating cages inside Lake Chapala., and to program harvesting of fish to assure continued supply all year long, v. a closed fishing season.

To learn more about how to contribute to the project, contact Karuna Gomez Mont, Tel (376) 766-2610, cell 333-101-8092.


Ninos Incapacitados presents the internationally acclaimed Guido Basso Quartet, with smoky-voiced guest singer Molly Johnson, who will perform two benefit concerts at the Auditorio in Ajijic on Saturday, January 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 12 at 2:30.

Guido Basso on Trumpet

The other members of the Guido Basso Quartet are Mike Murley on saxophone, Reg Schwager on guitar and Steve Wallace on bass. 

Please email Ninos Incapacitados at to add your name to our V.I.P (Very Interested People) list, for ticket availability and other information. All proceeds from the concerts will go to benefit the children in the program. Tickets are 300 pesos.


Viva la Musica presents the Jalisco State Choir, featuring forty-five professional singers, directed by Sergio, in a program of classical music, operatic choruses, and Mexican music, on January 23 at 6 pm. Admission is 200 pesos for Viva members, and 300 pesos general admission. Students are free.

Contact Rosemary Keeling at rosemarykeeling for information.


Hold the weekend of February 26-28 for the tenth anniversary of the Lakeside Writers’ Conference. This yearly event starts with a no-host cocktail party on Friday, February 26. The venue will be Danza del Sol in West Ajijic.   

Lawrence Hill, prominent Canadian author of The Book of Negroes and other works, will be one of the featured speakers. This book is available in the USA and on under the title Somebody Knows My Name.

Registration for the weekend conference will be 1500 pesos, with an early bird discount to 1300 pesos. Registration forms are available at Diane Pearl Colecciones. For further information, contact Victoria Schmidt at


American Legion in Chapala

Saturdays:           3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Fish Fry

Sundays:             Burgers & Dogs 12 – 3 p.m.

Ajijic Society of the Arts

Members of ASA will show their art works on the third Sunday of the month through April, on the Ajijic plaza. The next event will be on December 15, from 10:00 to 2:00.

For more information about Lake Chapala visit:

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