Lakeside Living – December 2021


Carol D Bradley 2020

Carol D. Bradley

Phone: 33-2506-7525

December 2021



“Words have power. They have impact. Breath is wind, wind is voice and voice is power.”

-Lee Maracle

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

For more information and to make reservations, see their website:

The presentations will be on the south lawn, close to the gazebo, the entrance will be by the side door on Ramón Corona, chairs will be socially distanced. Gate opens at 9:30.

During this period and considering our schedule may be too fluid with cancellations and changes to inform everyone through the press, please check our website and/or our Facebook page for updates and confirmations of presentations.

We recommend bringing a hat and bottled water, and please remove containers upon departure. Attendance is limited to 80 persons, please make your reservation if you want to attend

Use of masks and temperature checks on entry is mandatory.

Again, please check with Open Circle’s website and/or Facebook page for updates and confirmations.

December presentations are:

December 5: Daniel Medeles and Musica Para Crecer

daniel medeles

Daniel Medeles


Our annual Open Circle holiday treat, Musica Para Crecer, A.C., is also known as the San Juan Cosala children’s choir and orchestra. This organization has worked with over 100 local children. Their chorus and orchestra help build confidence, transform lives and encourages children to remain in school.  Members range from 5 to 18 years of age. While this is not a concert of holiday music, it is the best of the children and fitting for the year end. They delight audiences with every performance. Donations will be collected to help their program which has struggled through these challenging times.

December 12: A Personal Journey to a Legacy with Judith Pasco

judith pasco

Judith Pasco

Judith Pasco tells her story of travel, cultural differences and bumps in the road that culminated in her founding and running an organization for indigenous women and children in Chiapas, Mexico. She will highlight all the “puzzle” pieces that had to fall into place, some intentionally and some not, and the unexpected and beautiful results that ensued. Her entertaining journey, filled with humor and mishaps, will inspire you to find a cause of your own.

December 19: Women of the Irish Rising with Dr. Michael Hogan

Michael Hogan

Dr. Michael Hogan

Historian Michael Hogan returns to present his latest work, Women of the Irish Rising: A People’s History. In Hogan’s 5th appearance on our stage, he will share portions of this exciting narrative drawn from the women’s journals and Irish and British field reports of the women who fought for Irish freedom and whose exploits have not been published in book form. Among them are a woman warrior who was shot three times by British soldiers and survived, a female doctor who treated the wounded on both sides, and a female yacht captain who brought arms to the rebels despite a British destroyer blockade. One Irish reviewer called the book “an invaluable new source of inspiration for young women and for lovers of freedom around the world.”

Michael Hogan is an historian and the author of 26 books including the Irish Soldiers of Mexico, Abraham Lincoln and Mexico, and Guns, Grit and Glory: How the US and Mexico Came Together to Defeat the Last Empire in the Americas. Hogan’s book The Irish Soldiers of Mexico was the inspiration for two major documentaries and a feature film starring Tom Berenger. He is a former professor of International Relations at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Emeritus Humanities Chair of the American School Foundation of Guadalajara, and Latin American consultant to the US State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools. He lives with the textile artist, Lucinda Mayo, and their Dutch Shepherd, Lola.

LITTLE LAKESIDE THEATRE presents:lakeside little theatre

December 22, 2021- “Songs for the Holidays”  – 4pm

A joyous concert directed and staged by Robert Theme.  Our ensemble this year musically explores the many holidays of the season. 

Join us to celebrate the joys that the season brings us, and especially to be part of our always popular singalong.  Our show’s Emcee, Peter Luciano, will entertain and introduce the cast of musicians that includes singers Marsha Heaton, Mark Heaton, Catharine Thieme and new-to-LLT, Doug Botnick.  Susanne Bullock will delight us with her clarinet, and Director Robert Thieme will accompany and round it all out on the piano.

Tickets – 200 Pesos are available as of December 1st, at and at the LLT box office 10am to noon on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 8 & 9 and Dec. 15 & 16. 

Seating will be limited, socially distanced in the McIntosh Auditorium.

Songs for the Holidays

Cast: back row: Doug Botnick, Mark Heaton, Marsha Heaton, Robert Thieme.  front: Susanne Bullock, Catharine Thieme. Missing is Peter Luciano, Emcee.


Christmas with the Lake Chapala Community Orchestra

Lake Chapala Community Orchestra

Now that live concerts are coming back to Lakeside one of the most anticipated events will be Lake Chapala Orchestra’s Christmas concerts on December 9 and 10. The concert features their 15 piece chamber ensemble and the newly formed LCCO Brass Quintet.

Michael Reason, the orchestra’s Music Director, has programmed a concert with the accent on variety.

“From traditional carols to Hallelujah’s by both Leonard Cohen and Handel we have something for everyone to enjoy” says Reason.

Special guest will be the acclaimed soprano Mariana Vigueras who is very popular with audiences in both Guadalajara and Lakeside.

Mariana Vigueras

Mariana Vigueras

“I was so impressed with Mariana when I first heard her sing back in January of last year that I am delighted she has agreed to perform with us” comments Reason.

The performances on Thursday December 9 and Friday December 10 will take place at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 250 San Jorge, Riberas both at 3pm. The church is just 2 blocks south of Mom’s Restaurant on the Carretera.

The orchestra is taking full pandemic precautions. All members of the ensemble are fully vaccinated and they respectfully request that ticket holders have at least one covid vaccination shot. Audience members will be required to wear masks and temperature checks and socially distanced seating will be in effect.

Tickets are priced at $250 and can be reserved by sending an email to LCCOTICKETS@GMAIL.COM 

Please remember to state how many seats you require and to which performance.

Due to Covid protocols there are only 70 seats available for each concert so order early to guarantee a seat!

The Lake Chapala Baptist Church Choir presents: Advent of Hope

Longing for the real spirit of Christmas these days? Catch “Advent of Hope,” offered by the Lake Chapala Baptist Church Choir! Sing carols, enjoy inspiring music of the season and nativity readings, and fan the flames of Christmas that will last all season and beyond.

Advent of Hope

1) Sat., Dec. 11, 3:30 pm at Mama’s Musical Bar in San Antonio Tlayacapan. FREE

2) Tues., Dec. 14, 3:30 pm at the stunning new Sol y Luna opposite Casa Linda in W. Ajijic, Dinner and show $350 pesos with 100% of proceeds going to Ajijic’s Cultural Division’s art and music classes for kids. Tickets presold at Sol y Luna or available at door.

3) Wed., Dec. 15, 3:30 pm at the Lake Chapala Baptist Church – FREE, with an optional shared soup-and-sandwich potluck after the program.

Don’t miss this noel celebration! So fun! So real! So Christmassy! Information, including venue addresses: Cindy Paul 331 437 7281.

El Gato Feo will be hosting “Meet the Authors” on Wednesday, December, 15, 2021, at 11AM.

gato feo

El Gato Feo is the adorable coffee shop at 16 de September, #18 with the cozy salon for authors next door in Estrellita’s Inn. The salon is on sidewalk level, no stairs.

Authors will read from their published works for your enjoyment while you sip the coffee and snacks available from El Gato Feo.

There will be acoustic music by Sergio Casas and a book seller’s table.

Get your copy signed by the author, just in time for Christmas!

Additional information or sign up to read, please contact Carol Bradley at or Amanda at El Gato Feo, 376 766 0917.

From all of at Lakeside Living, all the best of the Holiday Season to you and yours. Thank you.

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