Lakeside Living – March 2022


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Carol D. Bradley

Phone: 33-2506-7525

March 2022


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

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.

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

The Lake Chapala Society

Use of masks and temperature checks on entry is mandatory.

Lake Chapala Society LCS, is seeking to update its list of charitable, social, and support organizations. These groups could include environmental, social issues, animal welfare, support groups, etc.—any group that contributes and gives back to the Lakeside area.

If you are involved with a group and want to ensure the group’s inclusion in LCS’ inventory, please contact Diana Ayala, LCS Development Director

March presentations include:

March 6 – Foodbank Lakeside marks it’s anniversary and presents:

“Food Poverty in the Lakeside Communities and What is Being Done to Address It”


The Mexican government’s National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development reports that more than 44% of the country’s residents live in poverty, which the Council defines as living on less than the equivalent of $111 USD/month and the lack of access to at least one or more “social rights”, one of which is food.

The leadership team of Foodbank Lakeside (FBL) will discuss the specifics of food poverty in the Lakeside communities, describing the situations in which the organization’s recipients live and the challenges they face. They will explain what is being done to alleviate hunger in the local area by the large community effort that is Foodbank Lakeside.

The all-volunteer organization provides basic pantry items to needy families monthly and the food for Kids Kitchens run by Poco a Poco in poor, indigenous lakeside communities.

March 13 – Intro to LCS Annual General Meeting

That is on March 15th, in person and by Zoom

General Meeting

March 20 – David Truly: Outlook on the Community

David Truly

Dr. David J Truly

Dr. David J Truly is a researcher/consultant, musician, and educator who lives in Austin, Texas and Ajijic, Mexico. He is a popular guest speaker/ lecturer and is considered an expert on international retirement migration and senior living in Mexico. He has taught at major universities in both the US and Mexico and is an accomplished guitarist/songwriter who has performed throughout the US and Mexico.

There will be an unveiling of Don Aiken plaque after OC – with lite refreshments.

March 27 – Steven Nousen a returning favorite,

Open Circle welcomes back Dr. Benjamin Franklin for the March 27 event. We ask you to turn your imagination back to June 1775. You are citizens of Philadelphia. The city is alive with talk of war in New England.

Dr. Franklin* has called Philadelphia home for more than half a century. During his tenure here he built a profitable printing business, performed famous electrical experiments, authored Poor Richard’s Almanac, and he has been the driving force behind many of our civic improvements.

Dr Benjamin Franklin

Dr. Benjamin Franklin

For 15 of the last 17 years, Dr. Franklin has represented our colony in London attempting to find common ground with our proprietors and the British Kings. Since his return six weeks ago, he has remained silent as he served us in the Continental Congress.

Today, Dr. Franklin is breaking his silence to tell you how three tyrants have shaped his life. He is going to explain how this moment marks a crossroad in history. This is the Time to Choose between our current system of government or to take a new, independent path.

* Steven Nousen appears as Franklin. He has performed this role in numerous venues across the United States including the Library of Congress and the National Geographic Society.


Concerts in the Park Series:

Tuesday March 15th: a benefit to Foodbank Lakeside.

US2 performing Decades music from the 50’s through the 90’s at 3:00 Show.

US2 Rocketman & Dancing Queen, the music of Elton John & Abba tribute at 5:30 show.

Two Performances:

Tuesday, March 15, 3:00 and 5:30 PM

The concert will be held in the lush LCS Garden



The LCS Concert in the Park Series Continues on March 20th, Seth Sikes performs his Me and My Gals show.

Seth Sikes

This concert will be a benefit for Foodbank Lakeside. Seth will sing some of our favorites from the Gershwins, Judy, Barbara and Liza as he keeps alive the great American song book.

Two Performances:

Sunday, March 20, 2:30 and 5:00 PM

The concert will be held in the lush LCS Garden

Please consult for more information.


Bare Stage Theatre’s March production is These Shining Lives, a drama by Melanie Mamich and directed by Phyllis Silverman.

bare stage logo

One hundred years later and still relevant, the plot revolves around the true-life circumstances of women in the 1920’s, just newly accepted into the world of work but still considered expendable. A story of love and survival in its most transcendent sense, as the women refuse to allow the company, that pays them to paint glow-in-the-dark watch faces using radium, to kill their spirits or endanger the lives of those who come after them.


Cast includes: Linda Goman, Frank Lynch, Graham Miller, Gisele Phipps, Louise Ritchie & Darlene Sherwood.

Dates: March 25th, 26th & 27th. Tickets are $200. Showtime at 4:00pm

We are located at #261 on the mountain side of the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar across from the Catholic Church. Door and Bar open at 3:00 pm. Seats are held till 3:50 pm. All Covid 19 protocols will be in place: Audience limited in size; Masks are mandatory; Proof of Vaccine or Negative test; And curtains will be open for air flow. Ticket sales are brisk so don’t wait!

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These Shining Lives

Cast: sitting L-R, Dir. Phyllis Silverman & Graham MillerCast: sitting L-R, Dir. Phyllis Silverman & Graham Millerstanding L-R, Linda Goman, Frank Lynch, Louise Ritchie, Giselle Phipps & Darlene Sherwood

 lakeside little theatre

The next Mainstage presentation for Lakeside Little Theatre is:

CAKE WALK by Colleen Curran. 

Director: Collette Clavadetscher, Producer: Margo Eberly, Stage Manager: Sally Jo Bartlett.

Show Dates are March 25-April 3, 2022.  Evenings at 7:30 p.m., matinees: 4 p.m.

Five unlikely contestants clash in a Canada Day cake-baking contest, in which each character gets his or her just desserts!  Cake Walk is a farce that revolves around a small-town baking competition held in 1984.  The grand prize is a trip to Paris for two.  You’ll have to come to LLT to see who takes the cake in the laugh out loud funny Cake Walk.

Review:  Billed as a comedic dive into the cutthroat world of small-town cake-baking competitions, Cake Walk comes flying out of the gate and continues at the same breakneck pace until the show ends, only pausing for intermission.  THE CITIZEN

Tickets are on sale on line at 

Masks are required. 

Cake Walk

Cast:  Sofia Randall, Maloy Murdock, Pamela Johnson, Georgette Richmond, Barbara Pruitt, Tracy Foy, Glenn Kay.



For the first time in more than 2 years the Lake Chapala Community Orchestra is back to full strength and gearing up for an exciting concert presentation on Friday March 18 and Saturday March 19.

The audience will be taken on a musical journey through history.

Lake Chapala Community Orchestra

Entitled “Pages From History” the concert will feature orchestral works written to commemorate famous historical events.

“Before film music gave us a musical background to history, composers such as Beethoven and Tchaikovsky composed orchestra works depicting significant historical events” says Michael Reason, the orchestra’s conductor.  1812 by Tchaikovsky is perhaps the most famous of these but Finlandia by Sibelius and Egmont Overture by Beethoven are equally appropriate in their respective appraisal of history.

Reason believes that an orchestral concert should appeal to a wide audience and his ability to program concerts with works from diverse musical genres is a hallmark of the orchestra’s presentations.

Guest artists include the orchestra’s principal clarinetist, Susanne Bullock, in Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and Christy Caldwell Carter singing a World War 2 song medley.

Music from the cinema will feature prominently with James Horner’s magnificent score to Apollo 13 and John Williams’s moving theme to Oliver Stone’s JFK and all the music being complemented with video projections.

Since its inception in October 2018 the Lake Chapala Community Orchestra has sold out every concert well in advance and this promises to be no exception.

This enterprising concert will take place on Friday March 18 and Saturday March 19 both at 3pm at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church located at 250 San Jorge, Riberas, Chapala.

Due to covid restrictions seating is limited to only 70 people per performance so early booking is highly recommended. All attendees must be fully vaccinated against covid.

Tickets are $250 and can be reserved by emailing

Michael Reason (Conductor)

Lake Chapala Community Orchestra


“The Lake Chapala Society (LCS) is holding a two-day Art Fair on March 18 and 19 from 10am to 4pm each day.

This “LCS Art Fair” is being hosted by LCS to provide an opportunity for local artists and artisans to showcase their art and handicrafts for the last time during the high season. It is also a fund-raising event to support LCS programs that have suffered during COVID.

Enjoy a walk through the relaxing gardens and grounds, while browsing the art and handicrafts of over 60 local artists and artisans – plus the LCS Children’s Art Program.

Because this is a fund-raising event, there will be an admission fee of $50 pesos. This will be the only event occurring at LCS for these two days.

All COVID protocols will be followed, but proof of vaccination is NOT required.”


Lakeside Published Writer’s Group is back at El Gato Feo Cafe + Roastery with their “Meet the Authors” event.

There will be 3 authors reading from their works and answering a live Q+A at the end of each reader.

Authors will have copies of their books for signing.

This event will take place the second Wednesday of every month.

Next one: March 9th. Readings start at 11.

Come early: coffee is available and enjoy live music by Sergio Casas playing from his Personal Selections.

Meeting held in the lovely salon of Estrellita’s Bed & Breakfast.  (Where El Gato Feo Cafe is located)

Open to the public.

el gato feo


Speaking of Writers, the longstanding Ajijic Writers Group meets in the garden of La Nueva Posada on the first and third Friday of each month at 11AM.

Local writers read from their works in progress. The audience is invited to offer constructive feedback and comments.

Stay for lunch to meet the writers and enjoy the inspiration. Sign up to read your original work.

La Nueva Posada is located on the lake at #9, Donato Guerra in Ajijic.

Open to all levels of writers.

la nueva posada ajijic writers

 Ajijic Writers Group at La Nueva Posada


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