Lakeside Living – September 2014



Sandy Olson
Phone: 331-283-8529


September 2014





The Lakeside Little Theatre told us all about it in their first offering of the fall season, The Last Romance, directed by Ann Swiston.


Cast members from left: Peggy Lord Chilton, Ken Bridges
and Candace Luciano.



It made for a lively week at the Lake Chapala Society when the Second Annual Children’s Art Camp was in full session. There were about 120 kids from ages three to eighteen doing jewelry, clay, watercolor and paper maché, with teaching and assistance by a team of ASA members and enthusiastic volunteers.  


From left: Maestro Antonio Lopez Vega, Coordinator Jennifer Stanley, Program Director Danielle Pagé and Publicity Director Suzanna Baillergeau.


The local artists who donated their time were Joe Smith, Lois Schroff, Antonio Lopez Vega,  Deena Hafker. Bobby Lancaster, Barbara Passarella, Flo Rhodes, Dan White, Libby Shipman, and Anita Lee.

Each day ended with a snack for the kids and a party on Friday. The week ended on Saturday with a sale of many original artworks that the kids create during the week. The children received 50% from pieces they sold.




Jazz lovers can enjoy a series of performances in September at several venues that are not asking for a cover charge.


Jazz Guitarist Juan Castañon


September 6 at 7:30 Juan Castañon is the solo jazz guitar artist at La Rueda Café, Porifirio Diaz #120 in San Juan Cosalá

September 12 at 10 Blue Velvet Jazz Trio plays “Tha Funk” at La Sangrita Bar

Morelos #12, Ajijic

September 13 at 7:30 Blue Velvet Jazz Trío plays “standards” at Lago Café, Carretera Poniente #29,  Ajijic

September 20 at 7.30 Juan Castañón at Jardin de Ninette Restaurant, Javier Mina #7, Ajijic

September 27 at 7 Juan Castañón at Te Para Dos, Tea Room, Encarnacion Rosas #282, Ajijic


Lakeside Spay & Neuter is presenting “Barkeritaville” on September 10 at 5 pm. It’s a Sommerfest featuring Gudren Jones’ famous bratwurst, German potato salad and homemade pickles. There’s a cash bar (including “barkeritas”), music and dancing to Sol y Luna and a chance to have fun for a good cause. Tickets are 200 pesos at Diane Pearl’s, Handy Mail, PetCare, Bagel Shop, Zaina Boutique and the Ranch table on Friday mornings in front of Actinver.


The September show at Naked Stage show is a comedy, The Supporting Cast, directed by Collette Clavadetscher  Ellen, the wife of a successful author, has written a book about friends who are spouses of celebrities and what it is like to be married to Somebody Famous. The play runs September 26, 27, 28. 


From left to right:  Peter Luciano, Barbara Pruitt, Sharon Lowry, Joan Lowy Warren, Michael Warren.  (Not pictured:  Judy Long


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


“Embrace Your Basic Goodness,” a live stream retreat from the Omega Institute in New York, features Pema Chodron, a notable American figure in Tibetan Buddhism. The presentation will take place in Ajijic from Friday, September 26 to Sunday, September 28.

A spokesman says, “During this retreat, we explore practices that can help us contact our fundamental goodness even when we are under stress, overwhelmed, and overburdened.”



Editor’s note: Speaking of stress, our paradise has its share of snowbird traffic, the relaxed Mexican mañana, and other issues we don’t tell our friends about when we’re bragging about Lakeside living. Maybe we can get onto something here!

The Heart of Awareness Buddhist Community is sponsoring the event, to be held at Encarnación Rosas #11 in Ajijic. There is a registration fee of 250 pesos, which includes all sessions and a continental breakfast on Sunday. Payment must be received by Sept. 24 to hold your place.

To register, contact Patricia at  A limited number of full/partial scholarships are available.  Ask Patricia.


The first play of the regular Lakeside Little Theatreseason, God of Carnage, opens on October 3 and runs through October12.  It’s directed by Roseann Wilshere and Arleen Pace as assistant director. This play is a savage comedy about two pairs of parents who meet in a civilized manner to discuss an argument between their kids. Wait and see what happens! The four-person cast includes Collette Clavadetscher, Ken Yakiwchuk, Douglas Pinkerton and Kathleen Morris.

LLT’s box office opens from 10 till 12 noon on Wednesday, October 1 and Thursday, October 2 and then through the run of the play (except Sundays). On show days, the box office is also open for one hour before curtain time. Note that the first Saturday is now a 3pm matinee, and as before both Sunday shows are matinees. There is no performance on Monday, October 6. Tickets are 225 pesos, or you can buy a season ticket for 1100 pesos for the entire six-play season.


We heard from John Keeling, Viva Musica President, about exciting musical offerings from now to the end of the year.

Thursday, October 16, at 7.00 p.m.  Violin and piano recital featuring Robert Markus, violin, and Rosa Maria Valdez, piano, playing works by Brahms, Moncayo, Carrasco, de Falla and Bartok.

Thursday, November 13, at 7.00 p.m. The Revueltas String Quartet with Diego Rojas and Cesar Huizar, violins, Manuel  Olivares, viola, and Yalissa Cruz, cello. Program includes Rudo by Domingo Lobato, Five Novelettes by Glazunov and American Quartet by Dvorak.

Thursday, December 18, at 7.00 p.m.  Christmas Concert with the Hermosillo family singers and their friends Hector Lopez and Paty Hernandez , back by popular demand.

These concerts will be in the Auditorium at 4.00 p.m. Tickets are 200 pesos and will be on sale at the Auditorium, Diane Pearl Colecciones, and LCS ticket booth Thursdays & Fridays 10-12.


It’s time to dust off the clubs and start practicing your putting! The XIth Annual Cruz Roja Challenge will be here before you know it with the opportunity to sink a hole in one for a car or a golf cart. There are lots of other prizes to reward a golfer’s  prowess, and drawings and door prizes for “duffers and diners only”



Join your friends at the Golf and Country Club de Chapala, Vista de Lago and support this essential community service  on October 30 at 9 am. Player tickets are available through the Pro Shop at the club (1200 pesos includes meals, game, and cart) Bar-B-Que dinner only tickets at 250 pesos are available at the club and at the LCS Red Cross Table. 

For more information on how you can participate as a player, diner or support the event as a sponsor, call 766-4990 or 766-4443.


“Our Sofia Benitez left recently to attend Vassar College on a four-year scholarship. Sofia wrote the history of the American School of Guadalajara (“Scholastic Pearl of the West”) which appeared in the August 2013 issue of Ojo del Lago.  This past year she also received the Silver Medal for Writing from Scholastic Magazine in New York and she wrote a weekly column for the Guadalajara newspaper Milenio


Sofia Benitez is pictured here with her long-time
mentor Dr. Michael Hogan.


 “She is one of a handful of talented students whom Hogan has recommended to this editor over the years and whom we have published in our pages. Best of luck to Sofia Benitez at Vassar College, our ambassador from Jalisco and a forever friend of Ojo del Lago. We wish you the best!”

From Alejandro Grattan, Editor-in-Chief




Laughter Yoga with Gita meets every Wednesday, from 4:30 –5:15 at 16 de septiembre, #30, one block east of  LCS. It is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted. Contact Gita 376-766-5879, 333-846-4265, or email



Gita Fendelman is a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher and Leader, and a Kripalu-certified yoga teacher with over thirty years of experience.  Laughter Yoga uses the cutting edge modality of laughter as an innovative stress and health management tool. You can call her at 376-766-5879, 333-846-4265 or email her at


The Lakeside Garden Club has been around since the 1970s and is “the best deal in town,” according to Vice President Sandy Feldman. For an individual fee of 100 pesos and 150 per couple, members can enjoy monthly meetings, discounts at local viveros, and access to local gardens.


From left to right:  President, Annie Green; Vice President, Sandy Feldmann; Past President, Tracy Rueter; Secretary and Web Master, Nancy Segall; Treasurer, Karen Rowell; Raffle, Leslie Archer.  Back Row:  Speakers and Tours, Patty Gates.  Missing are:  Membership, Judie Keck and Member at Large, Linda Friedman.


Currently, the Garden Club’s projects are the redoing of the garden at Casa Ancianos in Chapala by Jesus Godoy Angel of Magnificent Gardenscapes, and donating to Project Seed in San Juan Cosala.  Check out their website at


Tai chi with Alice and Randy Tumblin meets MWF at 9, weather permitting, and it usually does. This group has been going strong for about fifteen years. Alice is the third tai chi teacher. She took over the class in 2009 from the late Dona Dean.


Left front: Eileen Bednarz, Wendy Hamblin, Instructor Alice Tumblin, and Saul Lule. Rear: Randy Tumblin, Carol Dickinson, Michael Hall, Derek Firth, and John Wells.


Experience isn’t necessary. Here’s how it goes: the newcomer show up, follows the others and soon gets over that feeling of not-knowing, or at least gets used to it. It all works out. Newcomers are welcome at any time; this is a friendly bunch. For information, call Alice or Randy at 766- or email them at


Volunteers in Ajijic work tirelessly to keep the Lakeside beautiful and free from unsightly graffiti. Wipe Out Graffiti has been very successful, because of these workers, the support of the Lakeside Garden Guild, and the Chapala Association of Realtors, which continues to encourage the group’s efforts through its funding.


Other Wipe Out Graffiti volunteers


If you see someone marring a building or surface, call the police (but don’t announce this to the “artist at work!”). Also, if you would like to help volunteer or donate funds, email:


Los Cantantes del Lago is revving up preparations for its holiday concert December 9 and 10 and is looking for new singers.  Publicity person Jayme Littlejohn says, “Fresh voices from age thirteen to infinity are always welcome.” Rehearsals start in October and run twice a week until the concert dates.  Music runs from classical to secular to Christmas to Hanukkah.  For information contact Music Director Tim Welch at  


…show up at John McWilliams’ veggie club every month.     The Ajijic Organic Vegetable Growers was started six months ago and has now grown to sixty members. The club meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 10 at Azul Frida Restaurant, Carretera #61 in West Ajijic. The next meeting will be on September 10. New members are welcome. They can contact John at  or by phone at 376-766-0620.


La Rueda (The Wheel), a coffee gallery in San Juan Cosala, stages monthly readings in English. They are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 3:30.

Readers in September were Patricia Eyre, Michael Warren, Margaret Van Every, Sandi Gelles-Cole, Kenneth Selzmann and Bob Drynan.

Directions to La Rueda: at the only stop light in San Juan Cosala, turn towards the lake.  Go one block and turn right at the plaza (on Porfirio Diaz.)  Drive two blocks or so, past Viva Mexico restaurant on the right.  

 Writers who want to read, or those needing further information, can contact Judy at 387-761-0281 or email her at  


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

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


For an interesting evening, attend a talk given by  Ojo del Lago Editor Alejandro Grattan, who was invited to speak on September 12 about the history of Mexican migrations to the US. Grattan is the author of an historical novel, The Dark Side of the Dream, which has been very well received by the reading public. The talk begins at 7 and is followed by a dinner. For information, contact Fran Reidelber at



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