Lakeside Living – December 2015



Sandy Olson
Phone: 331-283-8529



December 2015





The next production from the Lakeside Little Theatre is Rumors, by Neil Simon. It is directed by Paul Kloegman. Show dates are  December 4-13.

Rumors is hysterical, fast-paced and fun, an elegant farce. The plot: Charley Brock, Deputy Mayor of New York, and his wife, Myra, have invited eight good friends to help celebrate their anniversary. The first couple arrives to find that Myra is missing, and that Charley has “accidentally” shot himself and remains unconscious.  

As the remaining guests arrive, each is drawn into increasingly unlikely and complicated scenarios.  




The ensemble cast includes Collette Clavadetscher, Frankie Alexander, Candace Luciano, Dave McIntosh, Zane Pumiglia, Georgette Richmond, Al Kirkland Jr., Sharon Lowry, Fred Koesling, andAlice Poltrock.

Tickets are available any time by email ( or via message at the LLT Box Office (376.766.0954). Also, the Box Office is open from December 2 through the run of the show, 10 a.m. to noon, except Sunday, and one hour before the opening of each show.


Sunday morning finds many Lakeside residents at the Lake Chapala Society and Open Circle. A social hour with coffee and snacks at 10:00 a.m. is followed by an interesting lecture and discussion at 10:30. Here’s the program for the month.

December 13. Choral and Orchestral Performances by the Children of San Juan Cosalá. Less than two years in operation, the Children’s Rescue Program through music education in San Juan Cosalá has mushroomed to participation of 100 children in either the choir or a budding orchestra.

December 20  Holiday Stories presented by Lila Wells. She will entertain us with readings of A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote and The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. Lila has acted in a variety of community theatre productions.

December 27 All Our Words Needed Saying: An Anthology of Women’s Writing. Several contributors will read on the topic of mothers from this recent collection of fiction, memoir, and poetry dealing with compelling women’s issues. The writers invite the audience to join them after Open Circle in the garden of  La Nueva Posada.

January 3.  Organizational Theory and Behavior . . . No, wait, it’s funny!!

Presented by Michael McLaughlin.  He will explore how efficiency, rules and regulations affect never ending change. He will show you how to achieve calm enlightenment next time you have to suffer through meetings and survive within a dysfunctional organization. Lakesiders, can you say “Home Owners Associations?”


Los Cantantes del Lago’s holiday concert is happening soon. This year the event features works from Benjamin Britton’s A Ceremony of Carols, 27 Christmas carols in three minutes, accompanied by harp, flute and piano. 



The show is at the Auditorio de la Ribera, on December 8 at 7:00 p.m. and December 9 at 4:00 p.m. The bar opens one hour before performances.

Tickets are 250 pesos and are available from the website:, from Diane Pearl Colecciones or Mia’s Boutique, or from any Los Cantantes member.  


Now see beautiful homes on the Behind the Walls Home Tours, to benefit children at the School for Special Children in Jocotopec.  The next tour is December 10. Later tours are scheduled for January 28, February 25, March 24 and April 14. 

Tickets are 200 pesos for the regular tour, and 300 pesos for the December 10 Christmas tour. Tickets are available at Diane Pearl Colecciones or at Charter Club Tours at the Plaza Montana.  If not sold out, tickets will be available at the Pier.  Tours leave at 10:30 a.m.  For more information call Jessie Wynan at 766-1438, Kathy Baker at 766-0420, or  Leslie Martin at 766-2274.


…and they don’t really care if you’re single.  You all are invited to the Fourth Annual Holiday Bash sponsored by Lake Chapala Singles on Saturday, December 12, from 3 to 7 p.m. 

The event will be at Salvador’s, where cooks do a marvelous job cooking up a sumptuous dinner that includes traditional turkey with trimmings and ham, finishing off with an array of luscious desserts



This year Noe, along with accomplished musicians Jimmy Barto and Paco, will entertain with music for dancing and listening.

Tickets will be sold at LCS next to the corner entrance from 10:00 to noon, Cugini’s Boutique on the corner of Colon and 16 de Septiembre, and the new  Sweets and Treats shop in the next block west of LCS  (open 11-5, Tuesday through Saturday). 

Tickets are 230 pesos when purchased in advance and 270 pesos at the door.


The holiday season will be here sooner than you think!  Coming Monday, December 14, for one night only, is Mac Morison’s fourth annual show, “One More for the Road,” an evening of  music, romance and laughter. Mac will be singing your favorite jazz standards from Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald and other jazz greats.


Mac Morison


Featured performers are vocalists Judy Hendrick and Luci Merritt. Dancers are Cortlandt Jones and Alexis Hoff. A returning special guest is stand-up comic Jeff Capri. 

This year the show benefits Ajijic Cares, a new program that goes into our local schools, for educating and providing free testing to Lakeside teenagers about AIDS, HIV and sexually transmitted diseases.

 The show is at Club Exotica on the Ajijic Plaza. The doors open at 6:30 pm and the performance is at 7:30 pm. Tickets are 400 pesos and are on sale at Diane Pearl Colecciones, Mia’s Boutique and Su Casa in Bugambilias Plaza. Call 766-2489 for information


You won’t want to miss this beautiful Christmas concert…..back by popular demand…

Thursday December 17: “Christmas Concert” with the Hermosillo family: Antonio Hermosillo, baritone; Gaby Zepeda, soprano and piano; their children Mariana, Lucia and Jorge, violins and voices, and a guest tenor; singing and playing a new program. 7.00 pm in the Auditorium.

Tickets are 200 pesos from the LCS ticket booth Thursdays and Fridays 10 to noon, also at Diane Pearl Coleccioness and at the Auditorio.




Six or eight years ago  a group of friends agreed that caroling at Christmas time had been a significant event, both for them and for the homes where they used to carol.  Lakeside Carolers was born!  The group carols at some of the Lakeside convalescent/independent living homes and has continued to do so one day each December.  Each year a few more people have joined in as people “spread the word.”




The 2015 caroling date is December 17.  This year their first stop is Casa Nostra in Riberas del Pilar. Then they travel to Alicia’s. There’ll be a lunch break at Laguna Mall and then the group ends with its final caroling destination for the day at Abbeyfield.

Belva McIrvin de Velazquez is responsible for the music and Kay Borkowski handles administrative details and sending out notices.  If you are interested in joining in, please contact Kay at


Everyone is welcome to join Los Gueros Motorcycle Club and the American Legion on their second Annual Toy Run on December 19.  The run starts at 10 a.m. at the Legion. Breakfast will be available for purchase. At 12 the bikers and their gifts leave the Legion and parade to Jocotepec, where La Ola Orphanage will hold a barbecue for participants. The club is also doing a food collection for Love in Action. Collection boxes for both the toy run and the Love in Action food donations  are located at the Iron Horse Saloon on the carretera in Riberas del Pilar, Mama’s Bar in San Antonio, and also at the American Legion.




The next Naked Stage show is A Bench in the Sun. It’s directed by Don Chaloner.

Performances are January 1, 2, and 3.

Here’s the plot: Harold and Burt, longtime friends, live in a retirement home and spend their days on a bench in the garden bickering. A once famous actress has just moved in, giving them something new to argue over. When they learn that the home is about to be sold and they will have to find a new residence, the three join forces to prevent this upsetting development.

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

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 with a no host bar and botanas available at 3:00 p.m. and during the intermission. The box office opens at 3:15 p.m. and the show starts at 4:00 p.m.


If so, you might be interested in Ninos Incapacitados’ Trivia Quizzes. This super popular event is coming up on Tuesday, January 12, at 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. It’s held at he Hotel Real de Chapala. Tickets go fast. They are 250 pesos for the 2:00 competition and 300 pesos at 6:30.

There can be eight players maximum on each team. There are prizes for winning teams, team themes, and costumes.

Contact Lorna at 766-2793 or at  Pay for and pick up tickets from Riviera Alta on Monday, January 4, from 11:00 to 1:00.


On Monday, January 25, the Lake Chapala Shrine Club will host a golf tournament at Atlas Country Club.   This will be a round of 18 holes limited to 72 players (36 twosomes…men and women welcome!).  The format will be a go go/scramble.  Registration will begin at 8:30 am and play will begin at 9:30 am, a shotgun start.



The fee is 1,600 pesos (1,400 pesos for Atlas members).  The fee includes a continental breakfast, green fees, golf cart for two persons, and the awards banquet following the golf.  Caddies are not included in the fee.

The awards banquet will include a gourmet Mexican buffet, and prizes for the top three twosomes, and the O’Yes holes as well as a special prize for a Hole-in-One on designated Par 3 holes.  Family, friends and all others are welcome to attend the awards banquet. Individual tickets are 250 pesos.

Registration forms are available at the Atlas Country Club Tournament Office located by the starter’s shack, the Chapala Country Club pro shop or by contacting Denny Strole, 376-766-0485 or  Completed forms with fees should be delivered to the Atlas tournament office or to Denny Strole.

All funds raised from this tournament will be donated to the Lake Chapala Shrine Club’s Transportation Fund.  From 2006 through 2014, the Shrine Club funded 735 trips to the Shriner’ Hospital for Children in Mexico City, and funded 491 treatments locally at Lakeside and Guadalajara.  The total cost during this period was 2,393,410 pesos.  Your support will be greatly appreciated by the Shriners and the children they assist!



The Lake Chapala Garden Club President Sandy Feldmann is shown in the photo presenting a check to Nancy Brown, of Project Seed in San Juan Cosala.

Says Sandy: “The check we donated to Operation Seed/Feed went toward the construction of a bodega to store their tools, and for a fence to keep animals out of the garden area.”

Membership in the Garden Club is open to anyone with an appreciation of the beauty of the garden.  The LCGS meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Generally there is a tour of a local garden from 10:30 to 11:30, members only, followed at noon by a luncheon at La Nueva Posada , with a guest speaker and a plant raffle.


Sandy Feldmann and Nancy Brown


Proceeds from the plant raffle and the small membership fee has allowed the club to make donations to local endeavors. Operation Seed in San Juan Cosala and Villa Infantil were among the recipients. A new, comprehensive local garden book is in the works for sale in 2016.

The club’s website Contact them on the website if you would like to join a meeting as a guest.


The Lakeside Garden Guild presented its 2015 Floral Design Show, “Destination in Paradise” recently, at an invitation-only afternoon event, chaired by Georgia Barneburg, Joyce McNiven, and Suzanna Baillergeau The proceeds of this annual affair are reserved for ongoing community projects.




Thirteen painters joined forces to PAINT OUT AJIJIC! last month. The day was sponsored by the Lake Chapala Painting Guild.  Sonia Mocnik won the People’s Choice Award with her entry, “The Orange Tree” and Bev Kephart and Steve Achs tied for second for an honorable mention. Participants were Steve Achs, Ardelle Holden, Anita Lee, Sonia Mocnik, Marian Decker, Winnie Hunt, Bev Kephart, Geraldine Classen, Lois Schroff, Anna Nunez, Miguel Nunez, Mariano Soto and Cynthia duBois.




The credits for the Cover Photo of our November issue were slightly misspelled. They should have read: Painting by Candis Flesher Dodds, Photograph by John Thomas Dodds. We regret the error.


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