Lakeside Living – August 2018


Sandy Olson
Phone: 331-283-8529

August 2018


Sunday morning finds many Lakeside residents at the Lake Chapala Society and Open Circle, a forum on a variety of stimulating topics. A social hour with coffee and snacks at 10 am is followed by an interesting lecture and discussion at 10:30.
August 12  Creation and the Afterlife—Perspectives of Six Cultures
Presented by Daniel Acuff, PhD
From the dawn of consciousness, humans have looked to the stars and asked themselves three fundamental questions: Where did we come from? What is the best way we should live? What happens when we die? Dr. Acuff will briefly explore the answers to each of these questions based on the mythology, or “stories,” of Native Americans, Australian Aborigines, Judeo-Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists. Then there is a revolutionary view of creation and the afterlife that millions of people around the globe are now considering as an alternate view.
Dr. Acuff’s Ph.D. is in philosophy, sociology, and education. He has been a seminar leader and radio talk show host and is author of fifteen books including three philosophical/spiritual works of fiction: God Lied–What’s Really Going on Here, The Mysteries of Quan, and Golf and the Zen Master.
August 19  Lunas de Maluri
Presented by Diana Gorjon and Roxana Rojas  
A journey began at 11:22 pm, January 23, 2011, when there came a startling knock at the door. A woman named Maria said she needed help, and attending a 12-step meeting just didn’t suffice. In her eyes were despair, anxiety, and fear. Sometimes projects are born this way, sudden knocks on the door in search of hope in the middle of the night. Now Lunas de Maluri, A.C, is home to more than 80 people in recovery from various addictions and emotional traumas.
Diana Gorjon is Assistant Administrator and Roxana Rojas is a voluntary facilitator at the Lunas de Maluri, AC. They are part of a team of caregivers consisting of a medical doctor, four psychologists, and ten addiction therapists. Some of the staff are also certified in disaster relief due to hurricanes or earthquakes throughout Mexico.
August 26  Then and Now—and What If?
Presented by Rachel McMillen

Rachel McMillen

Most of us think that history is a record of the past. In fact, the definition of the word is: a continuous, systematic narrative of past events as relating to a particular people, country, period, person, etc.  We also know that “history” not only influences the present—how we think, how we react, what we believe—but also the future. But what if the history we know is not true? What if history consists not of facts but of a collection of stories we tell about the past?
Rachel (R.J.) McMillen was born in England, raised in Australia, and spent three years in Greece before moving to Canada in 1968. She is the author of the popular “Dan Connor” mystery series published by Touchwood Editions, which includes Dark Moon Walking (2014), Black Tide Rising (2015), Green River Falling (2016), and Gray Sea Running (2018). Previous nonfiction, poetry, and freelance articles have appeared in such publications as Write, WordWorks, Pacific Yachting, B.C. Outdoors, Greyzine, Season Magazine and, of course, El Ojo de Lago.
September 2 Cuarteto Janus
This distinguished quartet of young musicians from Guadalajara is making their second appearance at Open Circle. They were formed in July of 2016 under the direction of Maestro Christopher Wilshere, with the intention of raising Mexican chamber music to a higher level. Despite having been recently formed, they have already participated in several prestigious international festivals. Their musical program will be announced.
The ensemble consists of Diana Carolina Laguna Rivas, violin; Francisco Vidal Rivera González, violin; Luís Carlos Rincón Barrios, viola; and Areli Medeles Medina, cello.

The Naked Stage is pleased to present two one act plays.
The Proposal is a comedy by Anton Chekhov about two people trying to become engaged to marry one another if only they could for a moment not be at each other’s throat. This farce’s comedy comes from the fact that no matter what these two do they can’t seem to stop arguing long enough to get engaged.

This is a one act play paired with another one act play by Canadian Stewart Lemoine. The Exquisite Hour takes place in the backyard of quintessential bachelor, Zachary Teale, in the 1960s. While sipping his usual tipple of bourbon lemonade on a warm summer evening, his peace is interrupted by the entrance of a mysterious woman, who begins to question his general knowledge, and reveals that she is there to sell him a set of encyclopedias.

The casts from left to right:  Fred Koesling, John Ward (John Ward has been replaced by Johan Dirkes), and Jayme Littlejohn (not pictured) in The Proposal . It’s directed by Randy Warren.  Ken Yakiwchuk and Johanna Labadie appear in The Exquisite Hour, directed by by Jean Llewellyn
The show is on August 24, 25 and 26 at 4 pm.  Donation is $100.  The Box Office and bar open at 3 pm. Reservations are by email at 
The Naked Stage is on the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar, across from the Catholic Church and in front of the Baptist Church.  Parking is available in the parking lot of the Baptist Church.
We hear from Rosemary Keeling, who tells us about upcoming Viva la Musica bus trips to the following events:
Sunday, September 23 The Jalisco Ballet performs Carmen and Bolero. Tickets are $550 for members and $650 for non-members
Saturday, October 13 Live from the MET Opera—Verdi’s Aida . Tickets at $450 and $550
Saturday, November 3 Live from the MET Opera—Samson & Delilah, Saint Saens, tickets at  $450 and $550.
Saturday, December 15 Live from the MET Opera—La Traviata by Verdi, tickets at $450 and $550

These hard working volunteers are responsible for the fine showings at the Little Theatre.
There are exciting shows planned for Season 54, 2018-2019. Here’s what’s in store for theatre goers.
September 14-23 Clever Little Lies by Joe DiPietro. Directed by Collette Clavadetscher A laugh-filled story of long-term love and marriage, for better … and for worse.
October 19-28 {proof} by David Auburn.  Directed by Randy WarrenA captivating and compassionate drama about scientists whose science matters less than their humanity.
November 20-December 9 Noises OFF by Michael Frayn. Directed by Dave McIntosh and Assistant Directed by Ann Swiston Life in the theatre meets Murphy’s Law – an ingenious farce about staging a farce.
January 11-20 Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen and adapted by Richard Eyre. Directed by Pater King The shocking Ibsen classic openly tackles issues seen as controversial, even to this day. Eyre’s adaptation doesn’t lose Ghosts’ power to disturb.
February 15-24 The Same Deep Water as Me by Nick Payne. Directed by Neal Checkoway A sharply observant social comedy about small-time lawyers, fraudulent claims and the lure of easy money.
March 22-April 2 Sweet Charity Book by Neil Simon. Directed by Barbara Clippinger. Music Direction by Patteye Simpson. Choreography by Alexis Hoff, Val Jones, Cortlandt Jones, Barbara Clippinger
Created by Bob Fosse for Gwen Verdon, this award-winning musical is a tender, poignant and funny look at the adventures, or rather misadventures, in the ways of love.
Season 54 Notes
First Saturdays and both Sundays are matinées; all matinées start at 4:00 pm. Evening shows start at 7:30.
Season tickets are $1300, and will be on sale August 22-23.  Individual show tickets are $250, except $300 for the musical, Sweet Charity.
Further ticket information is available at (376) 766 0954 or by email at
James Arthur Powers, Jr., known to Lakeside friends and neighbors as Jim, was ordained as an Episcopal priest on June 30 by Ricardo Joel Gómez Osnaya, Bishop of the Diocese of the West of The Anglican Church of Mexico.
Jim had a lengthy career in the US Navy before retirement. He says, “I flew the A-6 Intruder in the Vietnam War, a highly sophisticated (at that time) dual jet engine medium attack bomber, and overall amassed about 450 carrier landings onboard three different aircraft carriers.”

Priest Jim Powers

After commercial piloting employment, Jim and his wife Mina moved to the Raquet Club in San Juan Cosala. He’s been on the Club’s Board of Directors, served as Secretary of the Masonic Lodge No. 31, and has been involved in other Lakeside charities
Rev. Jim can be found at Christ Church Lakeside Sunday morning services, alongside Vicar Danny Borkowski, at the La Huerta Eventos on the Carretera Ajijic-Jocotepec in west Ajijic.
The Sunday Service is held at 10 am, and is followed by a coffee fellowship time at 11 am.  All are welcome.
Viva la Musica continues its summer concert series, “Romance in the Village.”
Thursday August 30 “Opera Romance,” a gala afternoon of lush romantic music by Donizetti, Rossini, Wagner and Lehar. The singers are Jessica Alcala, soprano; Mayela Lou, mezzo; and Jose Manuel Gonzalez, baritone. The piano accompanist is Rodrigo Sierra Moncayo.
St. Andrews Church in Riberas del Pilar is the venue. There will be a champagne and canapé reception in the garden at 3:30 pm and the concert is at 4 pm. Tickets are $400.
Friday September 21 “Piano Romance” with Sergio Parra, pianist and composer, who will play a program of Chopin, Messiaen, Ibera and Debussy preludes.  This performance is also at St. Andrews and there will be a champagne and canapé reception in the garden at 3:30 pm and the concert is at 4 pm. Tickets are $400.
Tickets will be available at the Lake Chapala Society Thursdays and Fridays from 10 to noon and also at Diane Pearl Colecciones and and Mia’s boutique, The cost is $500.

The cast features (from left to right) Don Beaudreault, Anne Drake, Maryanne Gibbard, Barbara Pruitt, Ed Tasca,
and (not shown) Jennifer Wisniewski.

Potter Productions presents a staged reading of The Sisters Rosensweig, written by Wendy Wasserstein and directed by Rosann Balbontin.
The story: Sara Goode, an enormously successful American woman working as the British representative of a major Hong Kong bank, is about to celebrate her fifty-fourth birthday. Firmly ensconced in her lovely London home, she leads a quiet, almost cold, expatriate life with her daughter, Tess.  For the birthday celebration, her two sisters arrive.
As if this weren’t causing Sara enough stress, Mervyn Kant, a furrier, and a friend of Geoffrey Duncan, prominent theatre director and on-again, off-again, bisexual lover of Pfeni, shows up at her door. All of this comedic confusion adds up to unexpected romance, suspected partings, recriminations, reconciliations and, above all, newfound love and acceptance.
Show dates are Sundays, August 12 and 19, at 4 pm, at the Lake Chapala Society (LCS). Doors open at 3 pm. Use the side entrance (same as for Open Circle). The price of admission is 100 pesos. Liquid refreshments and snacks are available for purchase, courtesy of Tails of Mexico.  Email your reservation requests to and include your preferred date and number in your party.
We’ve heard from the planners of Feria 2018, which is November 9-11 this year.
The theme is “The Colors of Nature” and artist lectures will be toward that theme. The Feria added lectures with demonstrations last year.
One fine example of Feria offerings is the work of  Esteban de la Cruz and his son Rodrigo They live in an isolated community in the state of Guerrero. They’re members of an extended family that creates beautiful work with painted clay that has been in their family for five generations.

Check Feria Maestros del Arte’s website for information on the individual artists. For Feria questions (general information, volunteering, artists), contact
New hours are 9:30 to 5;30 Friday and Saturday and 9:30 to 4:30 on Sunday. Admission will be $80.  The venue is Club de Yates on Ramon Corona just past the fish restaurants.
Viva la Musica announces events coming to the Auditorio
Thursday, October 18 The Janus Quartet playing Shostakovich, Dvorak, Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart
Friday, November 9 The Nath Quintet playing Brahms Clarinet Quintet op. 115, followed by the Schumann Piano Quintet op. 44. Features Charles Nath on the clarinet, Marita Zimmer on the piano, and a string quartet
Thursday, December 6 The Jalisco Ballet Gala
Or so say the members of The Ajijic Fishing Club.  This is a social club for locals and visitors to meet and swap stories and share knowledge of local fishing spots.
They meet on the first Monday of each month at Dona Lola Restaurant at 9 am,  just west of Ajijic on the lake side of the Carretera, across from Roberto’s Restaurant.
Meetings through the end of the year are September 3, October 1, November 5 and December 3.  Check the club’s website at

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