Lakeside Living – November 2013



Sandy Olson
Phone: 331-283-8529

November 2013





Lakeshore: Oil on Board by Isabel DeBlanc


On Friday, November 8, from 3:00 p.m., Sol Mexicano will host a reception and showing of the works of artists Robert Burns Wilson and Isabel DeBlanc. Refreshments will be served.

Work by Artist Robert Burns Wilson


Sol Mexicano is located at Colon 13 in Centro Ajijic. Opening times are 10:30- 4:30 Monday through Saturday (closed Wednesdays) and Sundays 12-5. Tel. (376) 766-0734.


The Rotary Club of Ajijic, A.C., will hold an End Polio Now! Dinner Fundraiser on Friday, November 8, from 5 pm to 8 pm at Roberto’s Restaurant on the carretera in West Ajijic. For $300 per ticket guests will enjoy live musical entertainment and a four-course gourmet dinner. Roberto’s cash bar will be available for those wishing an alcoholic beverage.

Tickets are on sale at Roberto’s Restaurant, Diane Pearl’s Collections, or from any Rotary club member. Ticket requests can be sent to Anita Hocker, event chairman, at


Viva Musica is sponsoring bus trips to Guadalajara and Live from the Met Simulcasts for the final operas of the season. There are some tickets still available for the following bus trips:

Saturday November 9 at noon Puccini, Tosca.  Bus leaves at 10.30 a.m.

Saturday December 14 at noon Verdi, Falstaff.  Bus leaves at 10.30 a.m.

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


The Lake Chapala Shrine Club is bringing the dance group Anajnu Veatem from Mexico City to Ajijic.  Anajnu Veatem is a Mexican, interdisciplinary, traditional Jewish dance group.  The group will present two performances, one on Saturday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. and a matinee at 1:00 pm on Sunday, November 10. 



There is open seating for both performances.  A no-host bar will be available one hour prior to each performance, and at intermission. Tickets are 200 pesos. 

The funds generated from this event will benefit the Lake Chapala Shrine Club to support its activities, especially helping Lakeside children in need of medical care. 

To purchase tickets, contact Noble Denny Strole at 766-0485, Noble Perry King at 763-5126, or from any Shriner.  Tickets will also be on sale at the Lake Chapala Society from September 23 and O&A Investments (at the corner of the libramiento and the highway), starting September 18.


The families of the children helped by Niños Incapacitados will say “thank you” with a kermés (similar to a fete) on Sunday, November 10, at Christiana Park in Chapala, starting at 10 a.m.  The mothers will be cooking up a variety of delicious tacos, and will serve pozole, ceviche and other dishes, costing between five and twenty pesos.

There will also be a bazaar with clothes, books and music. Call Bev Kephart at 766-3940 or email her at if you would like to donate.

Entrance to the park is five pesos for adults and two pesos for children.  Chapala City Hall is donating the park, bathroom and swimming pool entrance fees to the kermés.  This is a fun and heartwarming event and everyone is welcome.


The next Lakeside Little Theatre production is The Heiress, November 8-17. It’s been a while since the Lakeside Little Theatre has performed an authentic period drama. The Heiress is directed by Roseann Wilshere. It runs from November 8 thru 17 The play is set in 1850 and is a timeless New York story of society, status and the true cost of love. It’s been said that the play “has it all”…..romance, money, lies, and manipulation.

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 cast in rehearsal: standing, left to right, Ken Yakiwchuk, Tony Wilshere, Geoff Long, Diana Rowland, and Judy Long. Seated: Caroline McCormack, Jayme Littlejohn, Arleen Pace Not pictured: Kathleen Morris


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.  Shows are 200 pesos.  

Season tickets are still available. Email Paula, the box office manager, at or phone 766-0954.

Future Plays

December 6-15             Over the River and Through the Woods

January 17-26               Blood Relations

February 21-March 4    Hooray for Hollywood!

March 28-April 6            Social Security


Lakeside’s annual fair for Mexican art, The Feria Maestros del Arte, will be held at the Chapala Yacht Club (Club de Yates de Chapala), Paseo Ramón Corona on November 15-17.



The times: Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a fifty pesos admission.  Credit cards for purchases will be accepted.


A concert featuring music of “La Bella Epoca” Mexican romantic music of 1880-1920 will be presented on Saturday, November 16, at 7 p.m..  If people are willing to drive to this magnificently remodeled theatre only a few miles from Ajijic, contact Rosemary Keeling at


Roberto Moulun, M.D., award-winning author and longtime resident of Lake Chapala, died Monday, September 30, 2013, in Ajijic at the age of 89. His most recent book is The Iguana Speaks My Name, mainly set in Guatemala during the 1960-1996 civil war.



A memorial service for Roberto is set for Saturday, November 16, at 2:30 p.m. in the back garden of the Lake Chapala Society.


The annual five Ajijic Behind the Walls Home Tours for 2013-2014, sponsored by Lakeside School for Children with Special Needs (formerly School for the Deaf) begin on November 21. The other tour dates are January 23, February 27, and March 27. The Christmas Tour and Party is on December 12.  

Tickets are available at Diane Pearl’s and 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.


The next production of The Naked Stage is a reading of No Exit, by Jean-Paul Sartre, and will be presented November 22, 23 and 24. It is directed by Shirley Appelbaum.

No Exit introduces us to three finished, fully formed souls in the process of facing whom they ended up being. 

Save these dates for upcoming Naked Stage productions:

December 27, 28 and 29            Voice of the Turtle

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 


Cast: Fred Koesling, Florette Schnelle,Elliott Gould, Sandy Applebaum, Shirley Applebaum (director), and Kat Terrault


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. The box opens at 3:15 and the show starts at 4:00.


Meet the Writers Luncheons are held at the Oasis Cloud Cafe in Riberas del Pilar.

Social time is 11:30 and the readings begin at noon. Rob Mohr, art editor of Ojo del Lago, is scheduled to present on November 6. Local book authors Patricia Hemingway and Zofia Barisas are scheduled for a reading together on November 20.



Advance reservations for Meet the Writers Luncheons are necessary.  Email Duane at or call (376) 765-3516. OasisCloud Café is at Calle San Luis #330, Riberas del Pilar.


“Let’s Do it…Again!” is Mac Morisson’s new show that will kick off the holiday season and bring you another evening of classic romantic songs, and this time,….a few laughs!  



Opening for Mac will be special guest comic, Jeff Capri. Also, turning up the romance vibe, will be featured guest vocalist Judy Hendrick.

 The price of the ticket includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres. There will also be a no host bar. The event will benefit the Ajijic Fire Department to assist them with equipment purchases. 

The show is at Club Exotica on the Ajijic plaza, on December 4 at 5:30 pm. The tickets are 300 pesos.  Tickets are on sale at Diane Pearl, Mia’s boutique, and Lois Cugini’s.  


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

Featured players 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.

Note: there is a special offer of “Buy one, get one free” if tickets are purchased before November 15. Tickets will be on sale the LCS Thursday and Friday, 10-12; the auditorium and at Diane Pearl Colecciones.




Jaltepec Centro Educativo presents guest chef Gerard Militello, owner of La Vita Bella Restaurant in San Juan Cosala.  On Thursday, November 21, from 10 to 2 he will prepare and present a three course festive menu.

After the first two dishes are demonstrated, the guests will go to the Centro’s eight mini kitchen laboratories and duplicate what they learned in the morning session.

The menu: queso de cabra (goat cheese, pan fried) with chutney de tomatillo, a great starter course or hors d’eouvre; sefood pasta with pomodoro. Dessert: apple and pear tarts.   Guests are welcome to bring their own wine. Wine will also be available for sale by the glass or bottle.

The price is $800 pesos per person.  For further information please contact Stacey Hewitt at


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. 



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 7:00pm and Wednesday, December 11, at 4:00 pm. 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


On December 7, from 4 to 10, Los Niños de Chapala y Ajijic (NCA) will present Rockin’ for the Niños at Danza del Sol. The party will feature two popular rock styles. NCA’s party last December at LCS was generally acknowledged as “the party of the year.” For only $300 pesos per ticket, you will have a full dinner of chicken and ribs, dancing until 10, auction and raffle, and a no-host bar.

 Tickets are available from Diane Pearl, the Niños Bazar in Riberas, the Niños project office in Chapala, or from Amy at 765-5454. Come enjoy a great party, and do your part to help keep NCA’s kids in school!


On Friday, November 22, the Centro Cultural Jocotepec will present La Nueva Re-Evolucion, an eclectic exhibition of art, poetry and music. The opening reception will take place from 5-8 pm.  Botanas and a welcome cocktail will be provided and entrance is free. 

Well-known participating local artists are Jesus Lopez Vega, Antonio Lopez Vega, Isidro Xilonzochitl (Xilotl), Francisco Gonzalez, Manuel Santillan, DePaul Durham and David Mendoza. 

Poetry readings in English and Spanish will be given by Judy Dykstra-Brown, James Tipton, Mario Puglisi, Miguel Orozco and Adrian Habano.  Guitar music will be provided by Moy Ramirez and Alfonso “Poncho” Nava. 


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 November 17, from 10-2.

Viva Musica

There will be two more bus trips this year to the symphony in the Degollado Theatre in Guadalajara, and sponsored by Viva Musica:

La Traviata Sunday November 10 with the Jalisco State Chorus, Vladimir Gomez conducting.

Wagner Gala Sunday December 1 includes Bruckner Symphony No. 3, Guido Maria Guida conducting.

Contact Marshall at to reserve. Tickets can be purchased at LCS Thursday and Friday 10-12 $250 members, $350 non-members.

American Legion in Chapala

Saturdays:      3:30 – 6:30 Fish Fry

Sundays:               Burgers & Hot Dogs 12 – 3


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