Lakeside Living – November 2018


Sandy Olson
Phone: 331-283-8529

November 2018


Feria 2018 is November 9-11 this year. 
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 in Chapala.
If you don’t want to travel to Guadalajara, try these two Viva la Music events coming to the Auditorio. Performances are at 7 pm.
Friday, November 9 The Nath Quintet playing Brahms Clarinet Quintet op. 115, followed by the Schumann Piano Quintet op. 44
Thursday, December 6 The Jalisco Ballet Gala Solo pieces, pas de deus, and ensemble pieces.
That’s the theme for the fall Ajijic Society of the Arts show at the Ajijic Cultural Center. It opens on Saturday, November 10, with a gala from 4 pm to 6 pm.  It will run until November 21, daily from 10 am to 2 pm.  
Also, ASA will have its garden shows this season at the Lake Chapala Society on the third Saturday of each month from 10 am to 2 pm through April.  This is a great opportunity to see original art by local artists in a beautiful garden setting.
Sunday morning finds many Lakeside residents at the Lake Chapala Society and Open Circe, 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.
November 11   Songs of Remembrance
Presented by Cindy Paul

Cindy Paul

This Day of Remembrance at Open Circle, singer-actress Cindy Paul presents a nostalgic musical tribute to Dame Vera Margaret Lynn.
But what was it like to live in England during WWII? Blackouts, sirens, riveting Winston Churchill speeches, and Vera Lynn on the radio. This tribute offers a glimpse of how Vera Lynn helped pull an entire nation through the hell of war… and why we never want it to happen again. Cindy Paul is a well-known performer at Lakeside with a solid reputation of excellence. 
November 18 The Impact of Expats in Lakeside Communities: Can We Do More?
Presented by Carlos Martinez
We come to Lakeside to enjoy life. Great weather. Great food. Good prices. Lots of time. Do we have a new purpose in life? Are we the same after retirement? There are many ways in which we can actually become part of the local community. We can actually change the world around us for this and future generations. We have a great responsibility as the largest expat community in the world. Learning how to make change is easy. Yes, we can do more. 
Carlos Martínez Escalona is Professor of Philosophy and Physics at Panamerican University, Guadalajara, with degrees in Philosophy, Engineering, Education, and Journalism. He is a syndicated columnist, a photographer, and speleologist (studies caves), and co-founder of CRYO.B, a cryogenic system to control chronic pain. He is co-founder of six schools in Mexico.
November 25  Stroke—The First Four Hours  
Presented by Dr. Gabriel de J. Varela Rizo and Dr. José Ernesto Ledesma González  
Advances in knowledge, the development of new drugs and more advanced technology have increased hope for a better quality of life after stroke. But for these advances to be useful in practice, it is necessary for patients to be aware of them and act quickly in emergency. Our goal is to increase awareness so that you will know what to do immediately following the first signs of stroke and be able to avail yourself of timely therapy.
Our presenters are Dr. José Ernesto Ledesma González, Neurointervention/Instituto Eneri Dr. Pedro Lylyk, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Dr. Gabriel de J. Varela Rizo, Neurocirugia/Neurocologia, Instituto Nacional de Neurologia y Neurocirugia, Ciudad de Mexico, Revive Stroke Center.
December 2   Playing Around—Creatively
Presented by Rev. Don Beaudreault
“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.” —Carl Jung  
When we retired to beautiful Lakeside, many of us embraced the creative activities we had denied ourselves earlier. Philosophy, psychology, theology, art—the major disciplines of the human intellect and heart —have extolled this need to create through playfulness. Don’s piano will assist this exploration.
Rev. Don Beaudreault served as a minister to Unitarian Universalist congregations throughout the United States and England for nearly 40 years.
Here it is again, Cugini’s Fashion Show and Luncheon. This is a Ninos Incapacitados’ fundraiser.
The event is on the Hotel Real de Chapala Patio on Wednesday, November 14 from noon to 4 pm. Lunch will be served at 1 pm. The ticket price, including lunch, is $350.
See the latest fashions from Cugini’s Boutique and talented artist Lynn Gilbank, also one of a kind jewelry creations by Barbara Milagros.
Contact person: Jan Manning at 376-766-5278 or For tickets online, go to Ninos website at

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And so do others.  Some of Jim Tipton’s close friends and associates and admirers have planned a memorial event for Friday, November 30th at La Nueva Posada, from 10 am to noon.
Jim was a prolific and dedicated writer who strongly supported other Lakeside writers. Jim was a long standing columnist and Associate Editor for El Ojo del Lago.
The memorial is open to all. Songstress, Cindy Paul, backed by her Starfire a cappella quartet, will lift the mood with a sixties sing along. Jim’s good friend Ilsa Picazo will dedicate an Italian cypress tree that’ll be planted on the hotel’s grounds.

Jim Tipton

There’s no doubt about it, Lakeside residents are there for each other.
Local entertainer Mac Morison had a run of—shall we say?—luck recently when he ended up in the hospital with heart surgery, which wasn’t in his monthly budget.
His friends in the performance arts are throwing what promises to be a smashing event to help give to Mac what he’s given back to charities in the past..
Around 30 entertainers will be putting on a show on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 27 and 28, with a possible holdover for Thursday, November 29. It’s held at The Spotlight Lounge in San Antonio at 4 pm. The bar opens at 3 pm.
Co-directors are Kristine Moily and Valerie Jones, with Assistant Director Alexis Hoff. Lots of talent and lots of love is going into this variety show.
Tickets are available at Mia’s Boutique, Diane Pearl Colecciones, and the Spotlight Club. VIP tickets are $500 and general admission is $400.

Viva la Music is running bus trips to the following events.
Tuesday November 27 Live Opera: Turandot by Puccini, featuring Oksana Kramareva as Turandot, Riccardo Massi as Calaf, and the Zapopan Municipal Choir. The bus leaves at 5:30 for the 8:00 performance (($900, $1000 for non-members).
Sunday December 9 Baroque Fest: Vivaldi, Geminiani, Gabrieli, Bach, Lully. The bus leaves at 10:30 for the 12:30 performance.
Thursday December 13 Ballet: Nutcracker by the Ballet de Jalisco. This plays to sell-out audiences every December. The bus leaves at 6:00 for the 8:30 performance.  ($700, $800 for non-members).
Viva bus trips to the Jalisco Philharmonic concerts are $450 ($550 for non-members). The opera and ballet performances are individually priced above. Tickets are available at the LCS ticket area Thursdays and Fridays 10 to noon, or by calling Rosemary Keeling at 766-1801.
We hear from Diana Rowland: “The Naked Stage presented its first show in September 2009 and its last one in September 2018. Nine years of producing one play a month has been an exciting but tiring experience and we are taking a break.”
The Naked Stage will be back in the fall of 2019 in the new, splendidly renovated, auditorium at Lakeside Little Theatre. 
She wants to thank us theatre goers for all our support over these years, which allowed the theatre to donate all their profits to Cruz Roja, averaging about $80,000 pesos a year .  
Their last show was dedicated to raising funds for Mac Morison, who still needs a few more funds to pay off his “get out of hospital” card,
She Stoops to Conquer is the next Bare Stage presentation, running November 23, 24 and 25. It’s directed by Roseann Wilshere. The show starts at 4 pm.
Here’s a review: “… A bawdy satire about society, fashion, mistaken identities and 18th century upper class snobbery full of wit, fun and comedic mishaps…”
The theatre is at Hidalgo #261 on the mountain side of the carretera in Riberas del Pilar, across from the Catholic Church. Parking is available in the parking lot of the Baptist Church, behind the theater.
Donation is $100. The Box Office and bar open at 3 p.m. Reservations are by email at:

The Cast: Bottom, Ricardo Perez and Lila Wells. Middle, Emily Crocker and Damyn Young, Top, John Ward, Jayme Littlejohn and James Viers

Centro Educativo Jaltepec is reconstructing and remodeling and will therefore move its annual Christmas dinner and luncheon to La Bodega this year.
The date is Thursday, November 29 at 6 pm, for Christmas dinner.    The donation is $650 per person. The luncheon is on Friday, November 30 at noon, with a donation of $550 per person. DJ Walt will be providing Christmas music during cocktails. Jaltepec students will prepare and serve hors d’oeuvres and a three course turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Dancing will follow.
For more information, contact Linda Buckthorp at or call her at 766-1631.
Lakeside has a bright new addition with Starfire Quartet, a collection of four great singers who love barbershop and popular a cappella choral arrangements for women. The group will dress up your gallery opening, wedding reception, private party, or any other special event, offering music with rich harmonies, ringing chords and totally unexpected musicality.
It’s something unique here at Lakeside, so go hear them if you get the chance! Singers are (left to right) Mary Cordes, Cindy Paul, Kieta Fox and Sonya Gerisch. More information at

The next show at the Lakeside Little Theatre is Noises Off. It’s directed by Dave McIntosh, assisted by Ann Swiston.
Life in the theatre meets Murphy’s Law. A review: “Noises Off presents a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.”
Show dates are November 30 to December 9. Tickets are $250 and are available at LLT’s Box Office from 10 to noon, every Wednesday and Thursday, also one hour before curtain. The evening shows are at 7:30 pm and matinees are at 4 pm. The first Saturday and both Sundays are matinees.
For email reservations, email or call 376.766.0954.

Front: Donna Burroughs, Taylor Shouldice, Mark Donaldson, Pamela Johnson, Back: Linda Freeman, Fred Koesling, Keigh Donner, Suki O’Brien, Wayne Willis Waterman.

Here is the last bus trip for 2018 planned by Viva for opera at the Teatro Diana.
Saturday December 15 La Traviata (The Fallen Woman) by Verdi. The famous opera of love and misunderstanding, set in Paris with Diana Damrau as Violeta and Juan Diego Flores as Alfredo (187 minutes). The bus leaves at 10:30 for the noon show. 
Viva bus trips to the Met Opera are $450 and $550 for non-members. Tickets are available at the LCS ticket area Thursdays and Fridays from 10 to noon, or by calling Rosemary Keeling at 766-1801.
Local and expat musicians who play an orchestral instrument “to a reasonable standard” are welcome to come and join the new Lake Chapala Community Orchestra. Rehearsals started in October and will continue on Saturdays from 2 pm to 4 pm at The Spotlight Club, San Antonio Tlacayapan.  There is no audition.
The conductor is Michael Reason, who has had a long career as a professional conductor and pianist in Canada, running orchestras such as the Niagara Symphony and the Hamilton Philharmonic. He has also conducted numerous Mexican orchestras. including the State of Mexico Symphony and the Monterrey Symphony.

Conductor Michael Reason

The orchestra’s first concert, A Celebration of Christmas, will be performed at The Spotlight on Sunday December 16 (check the December Lakeside Living column for specifics).
Anyone wanting to be a part of this new orchestra can just attend a rehearsal or contact Christine Philipson, the orchestra’s General Manager, at or phone her at 33 1570 0829.

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