Lakeside Living – February 2014



Sandy Olson
Phone: 331-283-8529

February 2014


“Let’s Do it…Again!” was Mac Morison’s show that kicked off the holiday season in December with an evening of classic romantic songs and stand-up comedy.

The show raised more than 35,000 pesos for the Ajijic Fire Department. The money will go for urgently needed equipment.






My, My, How Nice! Productions will present The Cemetery Club, by Ivan Menchell, in February. The stellar cast:  Mark Bennett, Diana Rowland, Roseanne Wilshere and Jayme Littlejohn. It is directed by Bernadette Jones, a professional director and acting coach from Toronto. 



In the show, three widows visit their deceased husbands’ graves every month. They discover that their lives and friendships are changing as a man enters their “cemetery club.”

The performances will be February 6-9 and 13-15 at the Plaza de la Ribera (formerly Sol y Luna), Rio Bravo 10. The ticket price is 200 pesos. The bar opens one hour before all shows.  For ticket information email


Viva Musica sponsors bus trips to simulcast operas in Guadalajara. The coming operas are:

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.

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


The fifth annual Jewish Film Festival opened on January 5 to a full house.  Showings in February will include the following:

February 9 The Other Son (France 2012)

February 16 A Secret (France 2007)

February 23 The Gatekeeper (Israel 2012)

The film festival is presented by the Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation. All films begin at 1:30 pm on Sundays and are shown at Cinemas del Lago at Plaza Bugambilias (Carretera and Revolucion). Tickets are fifty pesos.


Come to the Club Exotica to support Have Hammers Will Travel in their fifth annual fundraiser on Wednesday, February 12, from 6 to 10 pm.

The Have Hammers Mission Statement; “Teaching Mexican youth valuable life skills through woodworking and carpentry.”



Support this cause and dance to the Tallboys and enjoy a chicken or ribs barbecue dinner, including salads and dessert. (Enter Club Exotica through El Jardin restaurant on the Ajijic Plaza).

The 350 peso tickets are now available at Have Hammers school (766-4830, Carreta Chapala-Jocotepec #110, Riberas del Pilar), Diane Pearl’s Colecciones, and at Recepcion at Activer Bank. There can be delivery of tickets for groups. Tables of ten are available with reservations.


Galeria Sol Mexicano will host a new art show in February, The artists’ reception for Candis Flesher-Dodds will be held on Thursday, February 13, from 4 until 7 pm.

Candis is committed to the art of “Playing with Paint,” and has presented her work in galleries in Ontario, Canada, and the Berkshires of Massachusetts.

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.


The 36th Annual Chili Cook-off runs for three days of music, food, Mexican beer and fun in Ajijic, February 14-16. This is the largest charity fund raising event of the year at Lake Chapala.



The event is open from 11 to 5. There are salsa, chili and margarita tastings, hourly raffles, vendors and restaurant booths. The Cook-off is held in the Tobolandia Water Park.  The entry fee is 20 pesos.

For more details, send email requests to or call 333-398-8868


Twelve galleries in Ajijic have organized a monthly art walk. The events will be held every second Friday.  All the galleries involved will be open for visitors from 2 pm to 6 pm. Refreshments will be served at each gallery. Pick up a map in your nearest gallery.  The next walk will be on Friday, February 14. The gallery owners value your opinions, so let them know what you think.




On Friday, February 14 at 3 pm, Quattro Gallery, Colon 9, Ajijic will inaugurate an exhibition entitled: The Art of the Poster. Phyllis and Georg Rauch acquired the collection during the sixties and seventies in California and Mexico.


On February 16 at 4 pm, at St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Los Cantantes del Lago once again serves up a delicious buffet of local talent in Showstopper 8, songs from all genres of music.  Timothy G. Ruff Welch is the accompanist.

Tickets are available at Diane Pearl Colecciones and Mia’s Boutique, via email at, or from any Los Cantantes member.  This is a one-performance-only, always-sold-out-show, so get your tickets early!  The bar is open one hour before the concert.


The 2014 Scotiabank Northern Lights Music Festival takes place at various Lakeside locations between February 17 and March 1.  The program consists of sixteen concerts in the thirteen days of the festival.

For full information about the events on the festival program, or to become a patron, visit Tickets will be available at LCS from 10 to noon from February 1 and at Charter Club Tours at Plaza Montana, Ajijic. 


The second Master Chef “Hands On” Cooking Workshop will be held at Jaltepec Centro Educativo on Thursday, February 20.  The first workshop with Chef Gerard of La Vita Bella was very well received by the community.

Jaltepec is very excited to feature one of the master chefs from Number Four Restaurant.   The workshop will be a very special culinary experience.

Refreshments will be served starting at 9.30 am and the presentation will start at 10 am, finishing around 2:30 pm. The cost is $800 pesos. Wine will be available for purchase.

For further information, or to make reservations, please contact Stacey Hewitt at


Next on stage at the Lakeside Little Theater is the musical Hooray For Hollywood, written and directed by Barbara Clippinger. Alexis Hoff is the choreographer and Judy Hendrick is music director. With a cast of 20 singers, dancers and actors, you will not want to miss this terrific show which opens on Friday, February 21 and runs until Tuesday, March 4.


Wendy Peterson, Heather Hunter, Alexis Hoff, Director Barbara Clippinger in rehearsal performing Yankee Doodle Dandy


Featured cast members include Kat Tetrault, Peter Luciano, Graham Miller and Chet Beeswanger. There are fourteen singers and dancers.

Barbara has created an original story around a young screenwriter trying to make a movie in Hollywood. Her “movie” includes songs from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Along with the singing and dancing there will be film clips of memorable moments from Hollywood in some classic films.

The box office is open from 10 am to 12 noon, from Wednesday, February 19 and through the run of the show (except for the Sunday matinees), and one hour before curtain time for each performance.  The ticket price for the musical is 250 pesos.


NCA (Los Niños de Chapala y Ajijic) will sponsor their Rock ‘n Blues Gala on Saturday, February 22. 

There will be two bands: progressive rock group ANIKAN and classic rock & blues band Mike and the Suspects.  The Rock ‘n Blues Gala will be held at El Hole in One, and a top flight menu catered by Gossip’s Restaurant will feature a unique salad starter, a main course of Atlantic lobster and filet mignon, and dessert of Chef Ismat’s unique Boozy Berries with whipped cream.  There will be a cash bar, including champagne, and a cash oyster bar.  There’ll also be a silent auction.

 Tickets are priced at an affordable $350 pesos, and are available at Niños Bazar in Riberas (across from the 711), the NCA office in Chapala, just northeast of Soriana parking lot, Chacaltita #20A, and from Nancy 766-0848, Shannon 763-5487 and Amy 765-5454


Hold February 26-28 for the tenth anniversary of the Lake Chapala Writers’ Conference at Hotel Danza del Sol in West Ajijic. This yearly event starts with a no-host 5 pm cocktail party on Wednesday, February 26.


Committee members, left to right: Carol Bowman, Harriet Hart, Victoria Schmidt, Herbert Piekow, and Sandy Olson.


Lawrence Hill, prominent Canadian author of The Book of Negroes and other works, will be the featured speaker at the Keynote Luncheon, Thursday, February 27. His book is available in the USA and on under the title Somebody Knows My Name.   Hill’s latest book is Blood: The Stuff of Life.

 Other speakers at the conference are Claudia Long, who wrote Josefina’s Sin (set in 16th century Mexico) and Miranda Hill, author of Sleeping Funny. John Scherber will also be presenting. He has written several books, including ten Murder in Mexico mysteries.

The agenda includes two panel discussions featuring all four speakers, plus six 90 minute workshops on the following topics: Converting History to Story, Writing Short Stories, The Reader/Writer Relationship, Getting Your Point Across, The Real World of Self-Publishing and Making Your Sex Scenes Sizzle.

Registration for the conference will be 1500 pesos. Tickets can be purchased at Diane Pearl Colecciones. For further information, contact Victoria Schmidt at


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. 

Two more dates have been set: February 27 and March 27. Tickets are available at Diane Pearl Colecciones 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.


On February 28, March 1 & 2, The Naked Stage presents Comic Potential, by Alan Ayckbourn. It is a romantic sci-fi comedy set in a TV studio in the foreseeable future, when low-cost androids have largely replaced actors. It is directed by Russell Mack.

Save these dates for upcoming Naked Stage productions:

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. Reservations guarantee a seat until 3:50, after which seats will be sold to those waiting without reservations.

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 office opens at 3:15 and the show starts at 4:00 p.m.


The Lake Chapala Painting Guild presents Artistic Insights at a reception and show on Friday, March 7, at the Sol Mexicano Gallery. The works will be on display through March 25.


Spirit Creating Blossoms
By Lois Schroff


The 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 Gran and Mary Ann Linhart.

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. Email:


Jill Flyer, local photo artist, has announced an exciting new schedule of seminars and photographic workshop tours in the coming months.

For further information, call Jill at 766-3025 or write her at




Enthusiastic gardeners joined John McWilliams at a first meeting of a new garden club on January 15. New members share expertise on vegetables and herbs in the Lakeside area. Club members plan to start a seed sharing program, as well as take field trips to gardens.  They will also invite area experts to speak at the meetings. 

New gardeners are welcome.

The group will meet every third Wednesday at 10. The next meeting is February 19. Contact John McWilliams at  or by phone at 376-766-0620 for directions and to reserve a spot at the meeting, to be held at Rio Amazonas 35, Rancho del Oro.


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

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


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 February 16.


For more information about Lake Chapala visit:

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