Lakeside Living – February 2020


Carol D. Bradley
Phone: 33-2506-7525

February 2020

Lake Chapala Writers Conference Announcement from the Organizing Committee:
“It is with a very heavy heart that I announce the cancellation of the 2020 Lake Chapala Writers Conference…your organizing committee needs healing time, both physical and emotional for either themselves or family…We will be back, though, WITH BELLS ON when we are all better and ready to bring on the 2021 Conference…Stick with us!!”
Like them on their Lake Chapala Writers Conference Facebook page for updates.

The Lake Chapala Society hosts Open Circle every Sunday at 10 AM, a popular community gathering in Ajijic every Sunday morning to enjoy a diverse range of presentations.
For more information see their website:
Open Circle Presentations for February:
Please note that David Truly and Loretta Downs have changed dates.
February 2  The Lake Chapala Riviera: A Mature Retirement Destination?
Presented by David Truly
While the Lake Chapala Riviera has always been a destination for some retirees, its popularity and recognition over the past decades has resulted in a dramatic increase in home sales and development. While this area has a history of boom and bust, this recent trend suggests the maturation of the area as a retirement destination. This presentation focuses on the cycle of retirement destinations and this area’s position within that cycle, so that we may better understand the various forces shaping its evolution and the issues that affect the long-term sustainability for both the foreign and Mexican communities.
Dr. David Truly, a former resident of Ajijic, has a PhD in Cultural Geography from the University of South Carolina and has studied this area since 1997. He will offer an overview of not only his own research but the current work of other researchers on this topic. 
February 9 How to Die When You’re Ready
Presented by Loretta Downs
Self-determination is the process by which individuals control their own life, including the end of it. Learn about the ethical, safe, and legal ways available in the US, Canada, and Mexico to exercise this basic human right to die on our own terms—how we miss opportunities to use it and what obstacles prevent us from achieving it.

Loretta Downs

Loretta Downs, MA, CSA, has been companioning people at the end of their lives for nearly 40 years—listening, serving, and observing the many ways we die. She sees natural death as a sacred passage deserving of recognition and fervent support. Loretta founded Chrysalis End-of-Life Inspirations (, is a member of a hospital ethics committee, an Advance Care Planning Facilitator, and a Certified Senior Advisor. She has a master’s degree in gerontology with a major in thanatology. In summer she raises Monarch butterflies in Chicago; in winter she hibernates in Ajijic.
February 16 La Compañía de Ópera de Jalisco 
The Compañía de Ópera de Jalisco has delighted Open Circle audiences for the last five years. Today’s program will include arias from diverse operas, some of which will make you shamelessly weep, some of which will make you rejoice, all of which will make you crave more.
The vocalists are María de Jesús Cárdenas (soprano); Teresa Banderas (mezzosoprano); José Maria López Valencia (tenor); and Ricardo Lavín (baritone). These vocalists have received multiple awards and have established a name for themselves nationally and internationally. They will be accompanied by an ensemble of instrumentalists: Cesar Castro (piano), Monserat Velázquez (bassoon), José Luis García (violin), and Juan Fernando Magdaleno (violin).
February 23 What If What You Believe about Yourself – Isn’t True?
Presented by Jan Miller
“You’re so smart” – “cute” – “shy.” Or “boisterous” – or “trouble.” All our lives we’re defined and labeled. We live our lives according to these labels that others have pinned on us. What if we create a different version of ourselves? Who would we be? What would our life be like? We can empower ourselves to be who we want to be. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. 
Jan Miller, a three-time author, was a sign-language interpreter for twenty years. She then went onto private practice offering seminars, counseling, and motivational talks to individuals and corporations. Her books reflect her philosophy that each of us does the best we can with the choices we make but we all have more potential for change than we realize. Jan lives in Verona, Ontario, Canada, with her husband Dick. 
March 1  The Universal Power of Music 
Presented by Michael Reason

Michael Reason

Music is all around us. It is an integral part of the human experience and has the power to transform our lives in myriad ways. Pianist and conductor Michael Reason will lead us on a journey to discover how music can be the inspiration for change, how it can heal mind and body, and how it connects with the soul.
After leaving music college, Michael worked on numerous theatrical productions as Music Director in England during the 1980s and emigrated to Canada in 1991. Since then he has had a highly successful career as a professional orchestra conductor working with orchestras across Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Asia. In addition he has held the position of Music Director for the Prince George Symphony, the Niagara Symphony, and the Hamilton Philharmonic in Canada.
He now lives in Ajijic where he founded the Lake Chapala Community Orchestra and has assumed the roles of conductor and artistic director.
Lips Together, Teeth Apart
By Terrence McNally / Dates: February 21st, 22nd, 23rd  / Directed by: Bernadette Jones / Caption: “Ambitious, Poignant and Riotously Funny”
A beachside home on Fire Island proves a strange setting for two straight couples — sister and brother Chloe and Sam, and their spouses John and Sally– on the Fourth of July. Upon his recent death from AIDS, Sally’s brother David bequeathed her the Fire Island house, surrounded by friendly, partying gay neighbors on either side of the fence. Lips Together, Teeth Apart, a ‘Dark Comedy’ by Terrence McNally, is a powerful look inside dissolving marriages, lost hopes and dreams, and the looming, capricious nature of death.

Cast: Greg Custer, JeanMarie Harmon, Peter James, Joanne Stuart
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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 Come Join Us for Our, GALA OPENING! Tuesday January 28. 4 – 6 pm.
 Arrive by 3:30 to get your drink & take your seat. Upstairs* at El Gato Feo Café (next door to Barbara’s Bazaar) Parking at Ajijic malecon**
 This is the first of a new monthly event showcasing the work of Lakeside authors. Each event will have a different topic. Come by the café anytime to browse our bookcase just inside the front door!
*We will have a helper for anyone who needs assistance in going upstairs.

**If you cannot walk from the malecon to Independencia, phone Patricia 331-790-5028 and we will arrange for someone to drop you off at the Café.
The Met Live HD 2019-20 Season

Join the Chapala Opera Guild … Local dues $1,300p. Join us at MovieSpace!
Don’t miss Handel’s Agrippina – February 29th!
Individual performance tickets are available at the MovieSpace taquilla / Box Office.  Select the season shows that best fit your calendar and order them for only $300 pesos per Seat.  See special pricing for Guild members.
Tickets are available daily at the box office. Mon – Fri 3pm – 10 pm / Sat – Sun 1 pm – 11 pm.  Location: Carretera Chapala – Jocotepec 206 A1,
Col. Centro; Chapala, San Antonio Tlayacapan, C.P. 45922. Teléfonos: (376) 766 2580. Email:
MovieSpace is in the Centro Laguna Mall across from Walmart. Ample parking lot nearby.  English and Espanol Sub-Titles:  Pick your language sala!
Premium Foods and Beverages: Enjoy the renovated spaces with upgraded coffee bar, offering coffees, teas, wine and beer. 
Little Lakeside Theatre presents:
Adapted from Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion / Book & Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner / Music by Frederick Loewe
Directed by Dave McIntosh / Music Direction – Ann Swiston / Show Dates: February 21 – March 3, 2020
Show Sponsor: Jeff & Connie Pecsar
Lerner and Loewe’s award-winning story of a cockney flower girl transformed into an elegant lady – widely considered to be one of the greatest musicals of all time.
This show is the standard by which all other musicals are measured. Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, with book, music and lyrics by Lerner and Loewe, MY FAIR LADY is gloriously triumphant. The tale of a cockney flower girl transformed into an elegant lady features one of musical theatre’s greatest scores. Songs include “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?,” “With a Little Bit of Luck,” “The Rain in Spain,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.”
Reviews: “My Fair Lady is wise, witty, and winning. In short, a miraculous musical.” (Walter Kerr, New York Herald Tribune)
“One of the best musicals of the century.” (Brooks Atkinson, The New York Times)

Cast Photo: January 8, 2020
Front: Donna Burroughs, Robbin Moore, Don Chaloner, Lynn Gutstadt, Michala Swanson, Maxanne Swanson, Julian Zamora, Elizabeth Zamora, Connie Pecsar, Laina Dicker
Middle: Meredith Miller, Rob Stupple, Tom Nussbaum, Jeremy Swanson, Anne Swanson, Barbara Pruitt, Mark Heaton
Rear: James Viers, Russ Huber, Brian Fuqua, Robert Thieme, Mark Donaldson, Catherine Thieme, Roy Haynes, Kathleen Pharis, Peter Luciano, Allyson DeJong, Alexis Hoff, Jutta McAdam, Fred Koesling, Lois Vlahov, Garry Peerless, Marsha Heaton, Doreen Chaloner
Missing: Mary Neill, Greg Clarke, Flemming Halby
Director: Dave McIntosh
Music Direction: Ann Swiston
Choreography: Alexis Hoff, Mary Neill
Stage Manager: Win McIntosh
LLT Box Office:  10am to noon, every Wednesday & Thursday.  During Mainstage shows, 10am to noon, every day but Sunday, & one hour before curtain. 
Show Times: Evenings 7:30pm Matinees 4 pm.  First Saturday and both Sundays are matinees.  Cuota de recuperation – 300 Pesos
Centro Educativo Jaltepec, the only Technical University in Hotel & Hospitality Management is holding an Open House to the General Public on Monday, Feb. 17th, starting at 11 am with a Presentation on the History of Jaltepec, our Academic Program and our Scholarship Program.  Light refreshments will be served prior to 11 a.m.  A tour of the facilities will follow and then a complimentary lunch prepared and served by the students, will give one an understanding of the quality of education our students receive.  Seating is limited to 60 guests.  Please contact Linda Buckthorp by email, or call 376-766-1631.

MAC MORISON Returns Friday, March 6TH at Club Exotica with his 7TH Benefit Concert, ¨LET ME TRY AGAIN¨ includes an all-star cast that will knock your socks off! Los Angeles stand-up comic Jeff Capri, the one and only Mike and the Suspects, The Ajijic Showgirls …. this year Mac will be joined by a very special guest; the phenomenal Songstress from Guadalajara Mariana Viqueras.  If you like Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand or Linda Ronstadt this show is for you. Mac croons songs from the era of Jazz standards.
This years’ show will benefit the Turning Point Project, a program that provides classes and education in the art of dance to Lakeside children.
Tickets are $400 pesos for front 6 rows, $350 for general admission and available from February 8th at Diane Pearls and Mias Boutique.

Mac Morison

Club Exotica in Jardin Plaza Restaurant, Jardin Norte #2, on the Ajijic Plaza.
More info- BARBARA 332 617 5965
Café Mortality
 Tuesday, February 18, 2020   3 – 4:30 pm
 An informal, respectful conversation about dying. A place to hear stories and perspectives. No agenda ATTENDEES DO THE SHARING. Space is limited (30 only); reservations requested. RSVP: CafeMortalityAjijic on Facebook or
 Danny’s Restaurant, Carretera Oriente 2,  Ajijic Centro, 45920, $65 pesos donation for tea/coffee; dessert is extra. All funds go directly to Danny’s Restaurant
 Volunteer Hosts
Wendy Jane Carrel, Jane Castleman, Loretta Downs, Darryl Painter
Days For Girls Lake Chapala gave a presentation to Drake University, Indiana students on January 11th at la Bodega Restaurant. 16 students and their professors visited Lakeside to study the effects of Americanism on the Mexican culture. Days For Girls empowers girls resulting in thriving communities. DFG Team leader, Darlene Macleod and DFG Ambassador, Hana Figueroa Urias explained to the group how sustainable menstrual supplies and education for girls and women in the communities around Lake Chapala is creating change. DFGLC was chosen to present by Drake University because of their innovative services and attention to Mexican culture while providing them. A lively Q&A period followed the presentation.
 To learn more about DFGLC visit

DFGLC Ambassador: Hana Figueroa Urias


For more information about Lake Chapala visit:

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