Lakeside Living – September 2020


Carol D. Bradley

Phone: 33-2506-7525

September 2020


“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.”

—Mary Oliver

Our creative endeavors have been curtailed for this time of COVID-19. While we may be isolating at home or going out under safety protocols, we are staying creative: writing, painting, practicing our craft. We are waiting to get back to sharing our creations, our talent with our full audiences.

Many of us are perfecting an online presence and getting added exposure along the way.

In the meanwhile, some of us are getting out and enjoying local live music in social distanced venues. We are still missing theater productions as we continue to wait for the new normal. Stay with us.

While our popular Open Circle presentations have been suspended, here is their usual inclusion in Lakeside Living for your information:

“The Lake Chapala Society hosts Open Circle every Sunday at 10AM, a popular community gathering in Ajijic every Sunday morning to enjoy a diverse range of presentations.”

Due to the persistent pandemic and our need to continue safe practices, it looks like Open Circle will not be featuring live presentations in the LCS patio in September as we had all hoped. Thus, we are pleased to feature the following popular video reruns on our YouTube channel accessible through our website

You Need to See . . . to Believe Mexico

Presented by Carlos Martinez, Bryan Clark, and John Pint

More than 1,000 years of Meso-American cultures define México in so many ways, but the sudden influence of Spain transformed everything. New cultures emerged through a mishmash of religion and traditions. Life as it was known before changed for the inhabitants of the New Spain. Forty million people visit Mexico every year but little do they fathom its secrets. Three experts will introduce you to what is only a stone’s throw away, untouched, and barely on the map—natural, man-made, cultural, and culinary experiences unknown to most locals. They will reveal some of the fantastic secrets of México.

John Pint, writer, professor. Passionate speleologist and nature lover. A life of exploring. Bryan Clark, always a helping hand in more than a dozen countries.

Carlos Martínez, writer, professor. Passionate speleologist. Curious about everything.

Música Para Crecer

The San Juan Children’s Orchestra and Chorus Annual Holiday Concert

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Five years ago a few community leaders in San Juan Cosalá began a music program intended to give disadvantaged at-risk children a sure and safe path to young adulthood. The students studied hard, stayed off the streets, and devoted themselves to what they most loved—music. They have traveled to music festivals and camps, encountered children of other cultures, lived with them, and made music with them. The program has transformed not only individual lives but also the village itself. The San Juan Children’s Orchestra and Chorus (Música Para Crecer) now enriches the lives of 80 children from five to 18 years of age. It includes 20-year-old graduates of the program who assist as teachers. Their Open Circle concert features traditional Mexican, pop, classical, and Latin American music, with Daniel Medeles conducting.

 As a nonprofit civic organization, Música Para Crecer is supported solely by governmental grants and private donations. Government support for the arts has been drastically reduced under the current administration, and the orchestra is looking for generous patrons and the backing of civic organizations and businesses to help guarantee their future. Open Circle has watched them from the very beginning and has adopted them into our hearts as though they were our own. Let us continue to relish their music and do our best to assure their future.

Reconciliation – It’s More than Just a Word

Presented by Rachel McMillen 

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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.

How and Why We Remember  

Presented by Sandy Britton

Sandy Britton

Sandy Britton

We humans define ourselves in large part through our memories, to the point where loss of memory feels like loss of self. Our memories also play an essential role in our survival. While memory has been studied by philosophers and scientists for centuries, it’s only been in the last fifty years or so that researchers have learned how subtle and complex memory really is. Recent research has added even more insight into how memory works—and how it can work against us. Come take a journey through this fascinating aspect of the human mind, 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.  

Lakeside Little Theatre introduces ART:


We are pleased to take a first step to Lakeside Little Theatre’s re-opening with the introduction of Ajijic Readers Theatre (ART) at LLT. Our first show is Women in Jeopardy, with September dates as below. COVID-19 precautions will be in place for rehearsals and performances.

Operating as part of LLT’s Playhouse, and alongside our MainStage events, ART will expand our offerings to our patrons, and enable more opportunities for actors, directors, and support staff.

While COVID-19 restrictions are in place, we will provide a safe environment by rehearsing and staging on the open-air Angel Terrace with seating for approximately 40 individuals while maintaining a minimum of six feet social distancing.

LLT’s first ART show:

By Wendy MacLeod

Directed by Collette Clavadetscher

September 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 2020

All shows are matinees, 4:00 pm



Produced by special arrangement with Dramatist Play Services, Inc., NY. Tickets will be 150 pesos (Cuota de recuperación) and will be on sale at LLT’s Box Office Wednesday & Thursday, 10 am to noon, starting August 26, 2020. Also available by email at

Join us for this fun and flirtatious comedy! “Screw the midlife crisis; let’s solve some crimes!” Trading their wineglasses for spyglasses, imaginations run wild as a cohort of best friends try to discover the truth and solve crimes in a hilarious, off-road adventure. Perfect for when the midlife crisis just isn’t your speed!


“The laughs in Wendy MacLeod’s play come fast and furious … a new work that’s modern, lively, and loads of fun.” – Boston Globe


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