Lakeside Living – February 2013


Kay Davis
Phone: 376 – 108 – 0278
(or 765 – 3676 to leave messages)

February 2013




Los Niños de Chapala y Ajijic threw a bash at Lake Chapala Society in December. It was their 3rd annual fundraising dinner and concert featuring the music of Anikan. Even the complimentary margarita was delicious, as was the food from Tony’s (BBQ chicken and ribs), all accompanied by soft rock by Anikan, a booming success.


Sra. Executive for IJAS (Instituto Jalisciense de Asistencia Social) presents award to Margarita Llona (sponsor-student liaison) and Bill Friend (NCA volunteer)


On Dec. 4th Los Niños de Chapala y Ajijic was presented an Outstanding Service Award by IJAS (Jalisco State Social Assistance Agency). The award, here accepted by Bill Friend and Margarita Llona, recognizes NCA’s support of educational expenses for thousands of Lakeside area students over 35 years. Education makes a huge difference in the lives of these children and their families.

On December 22, Mrs. Alicia McNiff, owner of The Chapala Inn, held her annual Christmas party for friends and past guests. Special guests this year were a choir of 13 boys and girls aged 6 – 16 from The Salvation Army and Hogar de Niños in Guadalajara. The choir entertained for two hours with a selection of Mexican Christmas songs. Anyone who wants more information on The Salvation Army or Hogar de Niños may contact Alicia at 765 – 4786 or deposit monies direct to: SCOTIANBANK. CTA.NO. 101697499.


McNiffs’ Christmas choir of local kids


In January O’Rourke & Asocidados presented Jamie MacDougall, internationally acclaimed Scottish tenor and pianist Michael Barnett. Jamie sang songs of his heroes, Mario Lanza, Caruso, Al Jolson and Nat “King” Cole, among others. He and Michael, his pianist, are well-rehearsed, versatile and fun in performance. They covered every style of music and never missed a beat.


Jamie MacDougall sings favorites



February 22, 23 & 24 The Naked Stage is showing Beyond Therapy  by Christopher Durang, directed by Robin Lawrason. This farce focuses on Prudence and Bruce who seek stable romantic relationships with the help of their psychiatrists, each of whom suggests the patient place a personal ad. The Naked Stage Theater is situated in the Plaza de la Ribera on Rio Bravo #10A (behind Daniel’s Restaurant). Shows are at 4 p.m. daily; box office opens at 3:15. Reservations guarantee a seat: phone Michelle at 765-6408 or email

February 20, 11:30 am, Alejandro Grattan will present his epic novel Dark Side of the Dream at the Oasis Cloud Café, Calle San Luis #330 in Riberas. There is a lovely garden and excellent food so you might want lunch; reservations: 765 – 3616.  Dark Side of the Dream is about the migration of Mexicans into the US during World War II, their challenges and graciousness in adapting to a different culture and their contributions during the war. Despite their astounding accomplishments, hundreds of thousands were deported through a program called Operation Wetback. This engrossing novel is ideal as a movie or TV series, and with the growing numbers of Latinos in America, it should be. Although not a “cause”, this sweeping epic reminds us that we share borders and more.


Alejandro Grattan’s Dark Side of the Dream & real migrants on the road


March 1st begins a reprise of the popular The Fantasticks by My!My!HowNice Productions. The show has been touted as “the best show ever at Lakeside”.  The same cast includes Marie-Claire and Christian, 16 and 17 year old local co-stars and the stunning voice of Lalo Muño Zúñiga from Guadalajara, as well as Fred Koesling, John Ward, Valerie Jones, Ken Yakiwchuk and Roger Larson and with Timothy G. Ruff Welch and Judy Hendrick playing dual pianos in accompaniment.


                          7:30 p.m. Fri., March 1and Sat., March 2

                          3:00 p.m. Sun., March 3

                          3:00 p.m. AND 7:30 p.m. Mon., March 4 (yes, 2 performances)

                          7:30 p.m. Tue., March 5

          at Plaza de la Ribera (formerly Sol y Luna).

Tickets may be reserved for either show by emailing or from Diane Pearl Colecciones or Mia’s Boutique. With more comfortable chairs, there is less seating available so get your tickets early!

March 6, 2 – 6 p.m. is the 7th Annual Lake Chapala Shrine Club Ribfest at the Villa Encantada located on the curve heading into Chapala from Riberas. This year the Ribfest will feature Tony’s “world famous” ribs and chicken. Food service will be 2 – 5 p.m. Tickets $350 pesos, currently available from Noble DENIS (the Event Chairman) at 766 – 2200, Noble FRANCIS (Ticket Sales Chairman) 766 – 4619, or any Shriner. Get a group of 10 and reserve a table.

Good food, two bars, door prizes, great entertainment. Everything you want! You can park in the lot just west of Villa Encantada; handicap parking at the entrance. Street parking is limited, so do not block the ciclopista or you’ll get a ticket! Additional parking at the Monte Carlo Hotel and near the Maskaras Clinic in Riberas (look for signs); use the Hope House tourist bus for pick up and return.

The Ribfest is the major source of revenue for the Lake Chapala Shrine Club who have assisted 854 children at a cost of over $1.5million pesos. The Shriners (and children) thank you for you support and look forward to seeing you March 6.

March 9 the Rotary Club of Ajijic celebrates International Women’s Day with an International Women’s Golf Classic at the Chapala Country Club in Vista del Lago. The tournament is open to amateur lady golfers of all levels. There will be activities for non-players. Participants are limited; early registration is recommended. The entry fee is $1,200 pesos including green fees, golf cart, beverage cart during play, a Women’s International Golf Classic shirt, and a gift bag with a souvenir cap.   

Check-in at 10:30 a.m., Shot Gun start at 12:30. There will be golf clinics, celebrity picture signing, games for family members, ending with an Awards Banquet featuring a Roast Pig Dinner and music by a local dance band and award presentations for the tournament winners. The highlight will be an auction featuring a week’s stay (up to 5) at the luxurious Royal Cancun beachfront resort.

For information, to become a sponsor, or to donate items for the gift bags, visit the Rotary webpage at or call Golf Classic organizers Rod Hensley at 766 – 5600, email; Keith Foster at 766 – 1742 or email; Sandra Loridans at 766 – 2981 or email

A novelette Minnie by Allen McGill has been released and is available on GoodReads. It will also be available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble (BN) and Smashwords but if not online yet, try again in a week. It’s not a paper publication but can be ordered on-line. For information, contact Allen McGill at 765 – 5627. And check availability at


Newly released


Mulitple Events:

In March the American Legion is having a “shutterbug” contest for 14 winning photos to use in the 2014 calendar. Dinner will have everyone in attendance vote on the top photos. The 14 winners will receive:
1. A gift certificate to a meal at the Legion.

          2. Their photo in the 2014 Calendar with photo credit and contact info.

          3. A free copy of the 2014 Calendar for each photo used in the calendar.

Details: March 14, 3 – 5 p.m. photo selection by guests and cocktail hour 5:00 p.m. dinner, ballots turned in Menu: Lasagna Florentine, broccoli salad, green beans, hot french bread, hot fudge cake for dessert

Price:  $120 pesos for guests, $100 pesos for contestants LIMITED TICKETS available at Legion and from members


Deadline: MARCH 5, 2013.

Photos must be in landscape orientation; printed 4 x 6 photos are needed for judging. Limit of 5 photos per contestant which can be submitted to Victoria Schmidt at the American Legion with all contact information on the back of each photo. Winners must provide a digital image in 300 dpi. The American Legion Auxiliary Unit #7 retains usage rights for the first image published. Winning images cannot be published locally until 2015. For further information, please contact Barbara Prince at 765 – 3418. Check their website for further events.

Lake Chapala Society: February 12, 4 p.m. the next Storytellers program offers the theme “Love and Lust” to warm us up. Location: LCS back patio and when it’s cold out, the show moves indoors to the Sala. The bar opens at 3:30. Some of Lakeside’s local writers will read on that provocative theme. Admission is free, but donations are welcome as all proceeds go to help local Mexican kids with school expenses through the Jim Collins Education Fund. So come and enjoy “Love and Lust”. Visit for other news.

Lakeside Little Theatre news:

Tickets are $200 pesos per seat, $250 for the musical. For full listing of shows, box office and ticket information and to get email updates, go to Box office hours are 10 – 1 and one hour prior to each performance. Sunday box office access is just prior to a show. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. To call box office: 766 – 0954.

For February the LLT presents The Drowsy Chaperone by Martin, McKellar, Lambert & Morrison, a spoof of a 1920s song and dance frolic as imagined by an obsessive 21st century musical aficionado. Director:  Dave McIntosh, assisted by Ann Swiston. Choreographer: Barbara Clippinger; Musical Director: Judy Hendrick. Performances February 16 – 26. Tickets on sale Feb. 14th but don’t wait – this show will sell-out!


The Drowsy Chaperone


Scotiabank Northern Lights Music Festival February 15 – March 2

Salon Series: Meet the extraordinary musicians of the Festival in the intimate ambiance of Ajijic’s finest homes. Accompanied by wine and cheese, these concerts are sure to sizzle. Series of 3: $850 pesos, or individually $300 pesos.

 Concert 1 is Tango for Two, Feb. 16, 3:30 pm, Villa Wilshere. Artistic director, Christopher Wilshere, and Alvin Tung team up with tango and Spanish dances for violin and guitar.

Concert 2 is Songs of Life & Love, Feb. 21, 7:30 pm, Villa Champagne. Baroque specialist Erin-Cooper Gay and romantic baritone Jesse Clark share beautiful songs from Bach to Irish folk tunes.

Concert 3 is Zephyr, Feb. 24, 3:30 pm, Villa Esperanza. Canadian clarinetist Graham Lord with Aaron Copland’s masterpiece, Appalachian Springs.

Festival Series:

Intimate Settings, Feb. 18, 3:30 pm & 7:30 pm, Villa Champagne.   Attacca Quartet in residence at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, back for chamber music. $300 pesos.

Keyed Fantasies, Feb. 19, 7:30 pm, Plaza de la Ribera (previously Sol y Luna). World known pianist Jasmin Arakawa performs Leopold Godowsky’s “Java Suite” with French Canadian violinist Veronique Mathieu in Schubert’s Fantasy. $300p.

Gala Orchestra, Feb. 22, 7:30 pm, Instituto Tecnologico, Libramiento. The “Festival Orchestra” is joined by renowned Canadian violinist Jeremy Bell in Christos Hatzis’ concerto “Arabesque”. $350 pesos.

Jazz at Sunset, Feb. 25, 7:30 pm, Sound Stage, Libramiento. This stunning location highlights Richard Underhill’s jazz quartet. Richard’s virtuosity on the Saxophone has won him numerous Juno awards. The Festival is excited to have him back. $300 pesos.

Going Baroque, Feb. 26, 7:30 pm, Instituto Tecnologico. Baroque specialist and acclaimed violinist Jeremy Bell with the “Festival Orchestra”. Explore Italian baroque composers Vivaldi, Handel, Scarlatti & Tartinni. $300p.

Closing Night, Mar. 1, 7:30 pm, Instituto Tecnologico. Graham Lord performs Mozart Clarinet Concerto and the “Festival Orchestra” follows up with Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings. $350 pesos.

Off Festival Events:

Hot Jazz at La Nueva Posada, Feb. 20, 6 pm & Feb. 28, 6 pm. Tickets $500 pesos including concert, dinner, gratuities.

Christos Hatzis, A Portrait, Feb. 27, 4 pm, Location TBA. How does a composer compose and where does inspiration come from? The Festival players perform some of this renowned Canadian composer’s most precious gems. Q&A with the composer and a “meet the musicians” cocktail hour, catered by No.4 restaurant. $500 pesos.


Become a Patron        

Friend of the Festival:  $2,200 pesos receives:

– 6 concert tickets

– 2 private concerts       Feb. 15 & 28 at 3:30 pm

– 1 Gala reception         Feb. 22 after the Gala Orchestra

Visionary :       $3,200 pesos receives all of the above plus

Violin Tasting, Feb. 23, 3:30 pm. What makes a Stradivarius so special? Why are some violins better than others? All the violins of the Festival will be discussed and performed as we savor the subtle differences.

Rising Stars, a private in-home concert, Mar. 2, 4 p.m.

Concert and buffet dinner with the musicians in the garden. Drinks included.

– Access to orchestra rehearsals

– Conductor’s Circle:     $5,000 pesos receives all of the above plus a special concert dedication to you or a loved one and ticket to Hatzis, A Portrait.

* Contact: Judy at or 766 – 5379.

Tickets sold beginning February 1 at the Lake Chapala Society Ticket Booth from 10 – 12, M – F and at Charter Club Tours 10 – 3, Plaza Montaña on the Carretera at Colon in Ajijic. Visit

Erin-Cooper Gay
Jeremy Bell


For more information about Lake Chapala visit:

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