Lakeside Living – February 2023

Kim LeMieux


February 11th, Saturday 10:00am ~ 3:00pm

The last one-day LCS Art in the Garden show of this season in the gardens of the Lake Chapala Society, 16 de Septiembre #16A in Ajijic. This month, the theme is “Valentine’s Day.” Profits from the artist participation fees will benefit the LCS community outreach programs. Because of LCS’ commitment to local community support, these shows highlight handicrafts and art from the Chapala and Ajijic area. The shows are also not restricted to members of local art groups, but exhibit art from all artists, and give a needed location for local Mexican artisans and artists who do not typically have opportunities to sell their art. Also, the LCS Children’s Art Program will be selling original art, plus their art cards featuring the kids’ work including their Valentine’s Day cards! This provides important income for the young artists and their families.

Please come to the show and support local handicrafts and art, as well as children’s art, during a pleasant day in the LCS gardens. You can refresh yourself in our café for a snack, a cold drink, or lunch. There’s also an on-site ATM for your convenience. There’s free admission and ample parking on the lake front. Don’t miss out!

For more information, please contact Danielle Pagé at 333-808-0324.

The Lake Chapala Society hosts Open Circle every Sunday at 10:30am, a popular community gathering in Ajijic, to enjoy a diverse range of presentations.

Entrance by the side gate on Ramón Corona, opens at 9:30am. We recommend bringing a hat and bottled water, and please remove containers upon departure. Use of mask is optional.

Check their website for upcoming presentations, make your reservation if you want to attend and if you missed a past presentation, you could still enjoy it online:


~  5th Subject TBA, Dan Acuff

~ 12th Subject TBA, Sandy Britton

~ 19th LCS Annual General Meeting and Future Planning

Steve Balfour & Luis Pacheco

As two of the leaders of Lake Chapala Society, we would like to offer you some insights of the upcoming Annual General Meeting and solicit your thoughts. The focus will be on where we are heading. This is your opportunity to offer your thoughts on anything LCS.

Many may not be aware that over 1,000 people per week visit LCS, and there are approximately 100 activities that take place in and around LCS. Few could name them all. Steve Balfour is in his last year as President of the Board, and this marks the 2-year anniversary since Luis Pacheco started as the Executive Director.

At last year’s AGM Steve charged the Board of Directors and Senior Management with 5 priority goals. We knew at the time this would be a two-year plan as there was a lot of groundwork to be done. As we strive to remain accessible, transparent, and accountable, we are providing this update regarding our vital work and accomplishments. But more so, we are looking for your thoughts and recommendations on how we move forward on these 5 priorities. The priorities are:

~Customer Service Focus

~Upgraded Technology

~Community Collaborations

~Community Visibility

~Taking Care of what we have

The related Committees of the Board will have special presentations that will be part of this years, March 14 Annual General Meeting. In preparation for this AGM, we would like to solicit your input and involvement and share where we are now and hear first-hand from our constituents on your thoughts for moving forward.

~ 26  Community or communities of expats in the Ajijic and Puerto Vallarta areas?

Dr. Marco Antonio Cortés Guardado & Dr. Cecilia Soraya Shibya Soto.

This conversation will deal with some of the results of the “Comparative Study of the International Communities in the areas of Ajijic and Puerto Vallarta” carried out by professors at the University of Guadalajara. Particularly the data obtained from the Survey applied to expats in these areas, during the years 2020 to 2021.  Among the main findings is the verification that expats do not form an aggregate group because they share or keep a certain similarity in their sociodemographic features.  We consider the existence of structural differences, which are reflected, for example, in their party and ideological preferences, among others. We also consider the period in which they have immigrated and the places where they reside, issues that have already been studied. This also implies diverse patterns of behavior, in their form and scope of inclusion in the local communities and could become prototypes.

Marco Antonio Cortes is Professor-Researcher and Director of the IIIG of the University of Guadalajara, from his latest publications, “Social and political innovation in Jalisco Cases that inspire, transcend and innovate”, “Parties without partisans”, “The values of the people of Jalisco.” Former general rector of the UdG and CUCSH, CUCOSTA.

Cecilia Soraya Shibya Soto, Professor-Researcher in the Department of Socio-urban Studies at the University of Guadalajara.

~ 24th, 25th& 26th

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 4:00

JONAS & BARRY in the Home, by Norm Foster

 Directed by Sharon Jarvis

“A lighthearted buddy comedy about living life to its fullest”

Hilarity in the first half combines with clarity and compassion in the second.  The audience will be captivated through every minute of the comedy Jonas and Barry in the Home, confirmed by show-pausing laughter as well as covert gulps and serious sniffles. Prolific playwright Norm Foster, who’s known for fusing humor with heart, has penned over 50 plays.  Fasten your seatbelt for the roller coaster of emotions.

The setting is Gateway Gardens, an assisted living senior’s residence where Rosie, the Director of Life Enrichment, has encouraged her father Barry to move in so she can oversee his health. Barry spends his time taking naps, having dinner with his daughter and that’s good enough for him.  Enter Jonas, who likes to indulge in the finer things in life, like decadent dates and nice clothes, and he sees Barry the curmudgeon as a ‘fixer-upper’. Their antics are funny and healing; Barry is able to give back emotionally both to Jonas and to his troubled daughter.

L to R, Brian Kaulback, Sharon Jarvis (director), Florette Schnelle & Peter James. Photo by Jack Volle

Norm Foster has penned over 50 plays, the substance of which is renowned for fusing humor with heart, with relatable empathy and with a keen perception regarding the everyday tribulations of life.

It’s Sharon Jarvis’ “maiden voyage” as a director with Bare Stage, although she’s appeared on its stage several times this season. Her cast: Peter James was last seen in Lips Together Teeth Apart in Feb. ’20. Brian Kaulback is new to us and to Lakeside, but he brings years of acting experience with him from Canada. Florette Scnelle was last seen in It’s a Wonderful Life at LLT and Gossip of Goderich here last January. 

Tickets are $200 to join in the fun. Sales are brisk so RESERVE NOW at 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. Curtain at 4:00 pm. Auditorium curtains will be open for air flow. Please Like, Follow & Share our Facebook Page: But please, use the gmail address above for reservations, thank you!

~ 17th  – 28th

Side by Side

Directed by Ann Swiston  

Cast of Side by Side

A revue-style extravaganza from the musicals of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim, and Rogers and Hammerstein – encompassing a wide variety of genres, including ballads, rock n roll, solos, duets, chorus, and ensemble numbers.

The production will feature more than 30 songs, sung by 27 singers – 14 women and 13 men (including three married couples), and live piano accompaniment. Six Lakeside artists will produce 17 different stage backdrops, including some with 3-dimensinal effects. A variety of projections will also be featured.

Show times: Evenings 7:30pm Matinees 4:00 Saturday and Sunday shows are matinees only

Purchase tickets online: Box Office: 376 766 095

~ 12th – 25th

Northern Lights Festival de Febrero is a Classical and Jazz Music Festival that takes place annually at Lakeside.There are over 15 concerts performed by nearly 30 world renowned musicians who are hosted in local homes in the village. Volunteers man the venues, run the box-office and manage the budget. This is an event in which the whole of Lakeside participates.To become a patron and purchase a package email or call 376-766-2680, Individual tickets can be reserved in advance at more information is available at

The following is a listing of daily concerts: 

12 – Teatime concert, 4 pm, patrons only

13 – The Gryphon Trio Bridges, Auditorio de la Ribera, 4 pm

14 – Soul of the Tango, Haus der Musik, 4 pm & 7:30 pm

15 – A Poe Cabaret, Villa Ancira, 4 pm Conductor’s Circle & Benefactors only

16 – All Jazzed Up, Auditorio de la Ribera, 7:30 pm

17 – Enchanted Tales, Haus der Musik, 4 pm & 7:30 pm

18 – Gala Orchestra, Auditorio de la Ribera, 7:30 pm. Gala party patrons only

19 – Teatime concert 4 pm, patrons only

20 – David Fung in Concert, Auditorio de la Ribera, 7:30 pm

21 – Premier Event- Tell Me a Song, Hacienda del Lago, 5 pm

22 – Baroque and Beyond Haus der Musik, 4 pm & 7:30 pm

23 – Amor Bujo, Auditorio de la Ribera, 7:30 pm

24 – Manhattan Chamber Players, Haus der Musik, 4 pm & 7:30 pm

25 – Closing Orchestra Concert, Auditorio de la Ribera, 4 pm

Tom Allen

Festival Special Guest Tom Allen; writer, storyteller, trombonist, lyricist, songwriter and the host of About Time on CBC Music.

February 2023 Holidays

All are observances unless otherwise noted

~ 2nd Candlemas (Candelaria) celebrates three occasions according to Christian belief: the presentation of the child Jesus; Jesus’ first entry into the temple; and it celebrates the Virgin Mary’s purification (mainly in Catholic churches). Many Orthodox Christians celebrate this event by bringing beeswax candles to their local church and requesting for these candles to be blessed to be used in the church or at home. Some Christians observe the practice of leaving Christmas decorations up until Candlemas.

~ 5th (observance) & 6th (National Holiday) Constitution Day (Constitución Política de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos) Mexico’s constitution was drafted in Santiago de Querétaro, in central Mexico, following a revolution that started in 1910. It was approved by the Mexican constitutional congress on February 5, 1917. The document included significant social reforms to labor laws and provided for equality without discrimination, among other reforms. 

~ 14th Valentine’s Day is officially titled El Día del Amor y la Amistad (The Day of Love and Friendship). That means that if you want to celebrate like a Mexican, you shouldn’t focus all your attention on you beloved, but rather on your friends and family too. While we wouldn’t recommend treating everyone to a joint celebratory dinner, you should still probably send them a message. Heck, even buy them chocolate.

~ 22nd Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. On this day people go to church and the priest draws the sign of the cross in ashes on their forehead. This is a sign of repentance and is meant to remind people of their mortality. In Mexico, many Catholics leave the ashes on their foreheads all day as a sign of humility.

Observance, Christian

~ 24th Flag Day (Día de la Bandera) Mexicans first celebrated the country’s current flag on February 24, 1937. The design of this flag was used in 1821 and the current flag was officially adopted in 1968. Its colors – red, white, and green – are the national liberation army’s colors. The emblem in the middle of the flag stems from a legendary story of Aztecs who built their empire on a spot where they found an eagle eating a snake on top of a cactus. It is believed that the incident of the eagle and snake was a sign given by one of their gods and the place where it happened is today’s capital, Mexico City.

Raising the Mexican flag on Constitution Day, in Mexico City Zocalo
(David Sanger)

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