Lakeside Living – November 2019


Carol D. Bradley

Phone: 33-2506-7525

November 2019


The first play of the season, “Lunenburg” by Norm Foster, due to open on November 8, has been CANCELLED. Please go to page 26 for more info.

Here is the lineup, and starting dates for the rest of the Lakeside Little Theatre 2019-2020 season:
The Real Inspector Hound and After Magritte, two one act comedies by
Tom Stoppard. December 6-15
20th Century Blues, comedy/drama by Susan Miller. January 17-26
My Fair Lady, musical by Lerner & Loewe. February 21-March 3
The Actress, romantic comedy by Peter Quilter. March 27-April 5
The December Lakeside Little Theatre production is a combination of two one-act comedies; The Real Inspector Hound & After Magritte, by Tom Stoppard, directed by Randy Warren.  Show dates are December 6-15.
The first play, The Real Inspector Hound, is a play within a play merging two second rate critics, and a cliché’-ridden whodunit filled with multiple surprises, murderous lunatics, and melodramatic lechery.

Cast: Brian Fuqua, Louise Ritchie, Frank Lynch, Fred Koesling, Roger Larson, JeanMarie Harmon, Stan Rawson. Allyson DeJong is missing from photo.

The second play, After Magritte, is an absurdist, surrealist and comic one act play with a kooky trio: Scotland Yard, a minstrel show and a tuba!  Cast: Stan Rawson, Beede Satterthwaite, Brian Fuqua, Jill Flyer.

Cast: Stan Rawson, Beede Satterthwaite, Brian Fuqua, Jill Flyer

The performances are at 7:30pm and 4pm.  First Saturday and both Sundays are matinees.  Tickets are 300 pesos and are available at LLT’s Box Office: 10-noon every Wednesday and Thursday, 10 – noon every day of Mainstage show except Sunday, also one hour before curtain.  Email: or call (376) 766 0954. 
For season tickets, check and for information. 
DON’T FORGET: Dr. Tony Pinto will create his famous seafood paella at the November 13, 6 to 9 pm, Starlit Paella dinner, a multi course Mediterranean delight.  This event hasn’t happened since 2016 so it’s something to look forward to. The venue is the Hotel Montecarlo in Chapala.  Be there for dancing, table meal service and “fun under the stars.”

Left to right: Staff Captain Oscar Cervantes, Paella Chef Dr. Tony Pinto, Hotel Chef Rogelio Negrete, Hotel Sales Director Ceci Pulido.

The charity event is sponsored by Lakeside Charities Grant Program AC, which has funded more than 25 projects since 2016; Awards have totaled 600,000+ pesos in support of Lakeside community development.
Tickets are $500 if purchased by October 31 and $600 thereafter. Reserve a table of 8+ (or for individual tickets) online at A gift bottle of wine will be sent to the reserved tables of 8. No tickets are sold at the door.
You can also purchase tickets at Hotel Montecarlo’s reception desk on Mondays thru Thursdays, Oct 7-31, from 10 am to 2 pm.
Sunday morning finds 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.
November 3  How and Why We Remember
Presented by Sandy Britton
We humans define ourselves in large part through our memories, to the point where loss of memory feels like loss of self. Recent research has added even more insight into how memory works—and how it can work against us. Come take a journey with us and learn the latest findings on how to improve your ability to remember.   
Sandy Britton is from northern California. Her background is in software development but she’s always been fascinated by the computer between our ears. She combines her love of brain science and public speaking to bring you this talk.  
November 10
Lest We Forget
Presented by John Stokdijk

John Stokdijk

On the day before Remembrance Day, John Stokdijk will explore the many surprising ways that wars have touched his life and will explain how war has impacted the life of everyone living in Lakeside. He will consider the idea that there is a relationship between our own internal conflicts, our interpersonal friction, and clashes between nations. John will also discuss a book published in 1944, How to Think About War and Peace by American philosopher Mortimer J. Adler. Lastly, John will share his speculation about future wars.
John and his wife Pat moved to Lakeside 7 years ago. Locally John is best known for launching the Ajijic Book Club and has written about three dozen book reviews available on the ABC website. These include One Step Ahead, the story of Jack Prins during WWII, No Ordinary Time, the story of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt during WWII, and Nothing to Envy, stories from North Korea in the wake of WWI, WWII and the Korean war. But John is no expert on war and peace and has slowly gained the insights he will share today. For today’s Centering Moment, John will read a poem followed by the traditional minute of silence at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in remembrance of all who died fighting for freedom and democracy.
November 17
What is going on with sex and gender these days?
Presented by Sara Keenan
Terms like Queer (as a good thing!), intersex, non-binary, cisgendered, gender binary and the pronouns they/them/their seem confusing to many. Are society’s traditional gender and sex “social constructs” under attack, as many Christian and conservative groups believe? Or is society expanding its awareness and becoming more accepting of non-heteronormative people? From the perspective of her/their own experience, Sara Kelly Keenan will discuss these issues.  
 Sara Kelly Keenan is intersex, with XY chromosomes but mostly female-associated anatomy. Sara learned at age 50 that doctors and parents had concocted a lie five decades earlier about Sara’s sex and gender, a discovery still not uncommon today. Sara became the first Californian to go to court and successfully challenge the Gender Binary, creating a third legal gender that is now available in all California identity documents. Sara also made international news in early 2017 as the first person in American history to have her/their birth certificate corrected to Intersex to reflect biological reality. Sara has degrees in Communication Arts and Paralegal Studies and is retired as a paralegal from the California State Court system. She/they moved to Ajijic two years ago with husband of 30 years, Dave.
November 24  A Mini Workshop in Effective Communication
Presented by Daniel Acuff
What would it take for you to be an even more effective communicator than you currently are—with friends, family, associates, and even with yourself? In this interactive presentation you will explore and practice a variety of communication techniques designed to take you to a deeper level of intimacy and successful communication.
 Dr. Acuff’s Ph.D. is in Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education with a specialization in International Education. He has been a seminar and communication workshop leader to more than 3,000 participants and is author of 15 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.
December 1  Past, Present, and Future
Presented by Rachel McMillen 
Understanding the history of our interactions with the people who were the original inhabitants of our countries, can only take us so far on the path of reconciliation. Knowing what is happening in the present can give us tools to help, but to gain knowledge that can help us weather the economic and climate storms of the future, we need to learn from the traditional beliefs of our indigenous neighbors.
Rachel McMillen is an adult educator with an Honors Arts degree (English language and literature) and the author of the Dan Connor Mystery series, described by one reviewer as “mysteries with a conscience.” She and her husband spent thirty years sailing the west coast, meeting and working with the indigenous people who live there.
Cruz Roja Medical Information Kit Workshops will be held the Lake Chapala Society on November 12.
To register for a workshop, or to schedule a special workshop for your group, email Colleen at
The Lake Chapala Community Orchestra has its next concert(s) on Sunday December 1 and Monday December 2.
The orchestra has grown from just 13 players last October to nearly 40 members in just 1 year.
We have sold out every concert and now we are presenting 2 performances to accommodate the growing demand for tickets!
The Lake Chapala Community Orchestra and the Ajijic Society of Arts have created an event that combines the talents of local musicians and artists. During the summer many artists submitted examples of their work to the orchestra. Conductor Michael Reason then had the task of selecting music that contained the emotional content of the paintings or photographs.  The result is that the selected music forms the concert and the artists form the art show.
“We had a large number of artist’s submissions and we chose 9 of those to pair music with.” says Reason.
The orchestra will perform works by Beethoven, Borodin and Tchaikovsky and local vocalist Abby Rivera will perform much loved songs including “Memory” and “The Look of Love”. In addition, the concert will feature the talented students of  “Violines de Casa” coached by LCCO violinist Christopher Martin.

Before and after the concert audience members will be able to view the Ajijic Society of Artists art show.
“I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon where you experience a combined orchestral concert and an exhibition of local artists” commented Reason.
Following 3 previous sold out concerts the orchestra is now moving to 2 performances on consecutive days. The Music for Art concert will take place on Sunday December 1 and Monday December 2 both at 3pm at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church located at 250 San Jorge, Riberas, Chapala.
Don’t wait.  Seating is limited.  The last two LCCO’s concerts sold out early.
Tickets are $250 ($150 Students) and can be reserved/purchased by emailing or purchased from orchestra members.
For more info contact: Michael Reason (Conductor), Lake Chapala Community Orchestra,, 33 1089 8338
The Bare Stage presents: The Lion in Winter,By James Goldman
A tale of palace intrigue, razor sharp comedy and high drama
Historically accurate, The Lion in Winter combines razor-sharp comedy, drama and tragedy with some of the best dialogue that has ever been spoken. It is a perfect portrayal of some of the most fascinating and complex personalities in recorded history. Henry ll, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Richard the Lion Heart, King John of Magna Carta fame and their brothers and sisters, make today’s political and royal figures seem like low-rent bumbling hucksters.
November 22nd, 23rd & 24th
Directed by Rosann Balbontin

Cast: L to R front, Roseann Wilshere, Johanna Labadie, back, Greg Custer, John Ward, Andrew McFarlane (Peter James not pictured)
Tickets $150, Reservations:, Showtime 4 p.m.
Box office & bar open at 3 p.m. Seats are held till 3:50 p.m.
Located at #261 on the mountain side of the carretera in Riberas del Pilar across from the Catholic Church. Please, no parking inside Baptist Church lot.
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Look for Bare Stage Theatre 2018 for breaking news and updates. 
The 18th Annual Feria Maestro del Arte held on November 8-10 at the Chapala Yacht Club.
Returning and new artists from all over Mexico will demonstrate and sell their works. Buyers also travel from all over Mexico; we are lucky to have such an important event here at Lakeside. Don’t miss this event!
Questions? Email
November 20th and 21st. That is the date of the Ajijic dance community benefit show at the Auditorio. Titled: We Will Floor You – Cabaret Extravaganza! The show benefits the Los Ninos de Chapala y Ajijic and the refurbishing of the dance rehearsal floor at the Auditorio. The event, produced by the triple threat of talent Kristine Moily’s and her Fishnet production includes the international Hernandez ballet academy from Guadalajara. If you enjoy dance and want to support a vital part of the arts community this is a must see event. Tickets are available at Mia’s, Diane Pearl’s and the Auditorio. Ole!

We hear from Suzanne Salimbene, who tells us that if we want to be informed about ticket sales or the Ballet de Jalisco schedule, or Lakeside sponsorship of a dancer, to send her your email and specify your interest:
Here is the Jalisco Ballet schedule for the remainder of 2019 (all performances are at the Degollado):
Nutcracker       December 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 (8:30)
December 14, 21 (7:30)
December 15, 22 (12:30)
Swan Lake will be scheduled before the Nutcracker at the Parque Metropolitan.
Ninos Incapacitados is gearing up for high season.
Dates for their upcoming events:
Trivia Night – January 14
Burns Supper – January 24
Masquerade – Masked Gala – March 19

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