Lakeside Living – December 2009

Lakeside Living
By Kay Davis

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December 2009

     Events are listed by date, like a calendar: past events, then those planned for the future. Some organizations offer multiple events or dates, and these items appear toward the end of the column.
     In October CASA, the Culinary Arts Society of Ajijic, offered their best dishes in two categories judged and rated for taste and presentation. In the first category, Eastern European/German Entrees, Mary Wingrave won first place for her Beef Stroganoff. Beer Braised Brisket with Herb Spaetzle won second place for Chris Bublin, and past president Donna Carnall won third for her Bavarian Meat Loaf with Cabbage and Sweet Peppers. The second category was Cobblers/Strudels, desserts, with Wayne Palfrey winning first place for his peach strudel. President Patrick Winn won second place for his Maritime Apple Cobbler with Fresh Cream. A Berry Cobbler with Fresh Whipped Cream won third place for Maureen Rentz. When the members voted for People Choice winners, Alice Hutson won for her Sauerbraten and Red Cabbage, and Wayne Palfrey for his dessert, tying with Ken Caldwell for his Black and Blueberry Brumble. While the judges tasted all the dishes, program presenter Howard Fryer spoke on the history of tomatoes and on how to prepare natural corned beef and sun dried tomato snacks. All who would like to join in learning about, preparing, and enjoying good food are encouraged to call Patrick Winn at 766-4842 or email He would be delighted to invite those interested as his guests.


CASA winners: Wayne Palfrey, Patrick Winn and Maureen Rentz

     On October 27 the Women’s Health and Beauty Fair was held at the Hotel Real de Chapala in La Floresta, Ajijic. Dr. Gerardo Le?n was the first speaker, who talked about general health matters for women. He was followed by Dra. Monica Ramos who introduced us to dermatalogical concerns when living in a sunny climate, as well as how to look younger longer. Dr. Hector Haro, DDS, taught us about dental health. Dra. Claudia Martinez discussed women’s most embarrassing questions: we need to take care of ourselves as if we were younger and since we are not, we also need to consider issues related to aging. Belinda Lopez addressed hair care, and Marcia Lavender had everyone’s attention with “image counseling.” Marcia did make-overs on several attendees and stunned not only the volunteers but everyone else as well. She also taught us how to see ourselves as we see others so that we could optimize our own public images. This function was a great success. Our thanks to Susan Mawhood and all the other people who organized and contributed to this women’s fair.

Guests at Women’s Fair

     On November 1 Los Cantantes Del Lago presented a musical treat for Lakesiders. John Herbert Jones, baritone, and Timothy G. Ruff Welch, pianist, performed an “Afternoon of Song” at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church. The program will feature four styles of the art of song: gambling songs, gospel/revival music, English art songs using the poetry of some of England’s greatest writers, and arias from Les Miserables.


Tim Welch and John Jones

     On November 10 Lakeside Friends of the Animals had an award dinner at La Trattoria to honor Anita Strehlow of Anita’s Animals. Anita has many dogs and cats at her home. She rescues, rehabilitates, spays/neuters and then finds homes for as many as she can. The unadoptable have a lifetime home with her. She uses her own resources, sells items at garage sales and the tianguis and gratefully accepts donations, including assistance from Lakeside Friends of the Animals. LFA is a non-profit organization serving the Lake Chapala region since 2006 as an umbrella group of volunteers who provide funding to other organizations and individuals helping animals in the Lakeside area. Donations are tax deductible in both the US and Mexico and can be made by contacting an LFA representative at 765 – 2523 or 766 – 1170. You may want to view the website at

Anita Strehlow receives award from Elyn McEvoy, President of LFA

     On November 13 – 15 at the Chapala Yacht Club (Club de Yates), Feria del Maestros held their sixth annual fair. Over the three days there were tequila tastings, mariachis, fashion shows, and dancers, including Ateocolli and Atotolico. Artisans displayed their fine work.

     On November 21, 22, 28 & 29 at Sol y Luna in Ajijic, there was Always…Patsy Cline. The unforgettable singer was brought fully to life by Patteye Simpson, previously seen as Kate in LLT’s Kiss Me Kate. Musical direction and accompaniment was by Timothy G. Ruff Welch, the Maestro of Los Cantantes del Lago. Founder of My, My, How Nice! Productions who brought this show to town is Jayme Littlejohn who played Texan Louise Seeger in the true story of her chance meeting with Patsy Cline. It was an encounter that grew into a close friendship which lasted until Patsy Cline’s tragic death. The story featured Patsy Cline’s best: I Fall to Pieces, Crazy, Seven Lonely Days…and more.
     December 14 – 15 at 4 p.m.,  Los Cantantes del Lago will celebrate the joyful Christmas season at the Auditorio de la Ribera in La Floresta, Ajijic. They are featuring Vivaldi’s Gloria, accompanied by a number of soloists, plus a wonderful selection of traditional favorites, including The Carol of the Bells, The Coventry Carol, God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen, and Go Tell It on the Mountain as you have never heard before. Timothy G. Ruff Welch will direct with Eleanor Stromberg on piano. This year the choir of 66 people will be performing with a full orchestra and piano/harpsichord accompaniment. Tickets are $200 pesos per person, available from members of the choir or at LCS Tickets Etc. (Nov. 30 – Dec. 14, M – F, 10 – 12:30). A cash bar will open one hour before each concert. For information contact

Los Cantantes Choir

     December 18 – 20, the Naked Stage offers a special Christmas performance, The Xmas Turkey with Hams, written and directed by Betty Lloyd Robinson and Ed Tasca. This holiday fare is a collection of short, humorous skits. The Naked Stage is located in a courtyard off Col?n, is easily accessible and offers comfortable seating for a small audience of 30 – 50 people. The address is 3A Calle de Zaragoza. Ticket donations are only 50 pesos each, and judging from the success of past productions, reservations are a must. Wine, beer and soft drinks can be purchased. Call 766 – 2044.

Betty Lloyd Robinson as Mrs. Boyle in LLT’s The Mousetrap

     Lakeside School for the Deaf wants us all to save March 11, 2010 for their Black and White Ball. The theme this year will be Sheherazade. This year Lakeside’s most elegant formal affair will feature an exotic Arabian theme. The dinner dance will be held at the beautiful Villa Encantada Eventos in Chapala. Tickets will be available in mid-January for $750 pesos per person. Contact  Jim Lloyd at 766 – 3070 or
     The Ajijic Society of the Arts will show their art:
     Dec 1 – Jan 6: Centro Cultural González Gallo (Old Chapala Train Station) in Chapala
     Dec 14: Ajijic Plaza – art display, plus the 3rd Sunday each month. This is a wonderful opportunity to find that special Christmas gift and support our local artists.
     The American Legion post #7 schedule for December:
     Dec  2 –   9:30 – 11:30 a.m. US Consulate (Note: No more Social Security)    
     Dec  3 –   9 a.m. – Shop Till You Drop: Guadalajara shopping trip
     Dec  6 –   9 a.m. – Arts & Crafts; Arts in the Kitchen
     Dec  7 –   3 p.m. – Pearl Harbor Recognition
     Dec 11 – 8:30 a.m. Legion Trip to San Luis Soyatlan
     Dec 23 – 8:30 a.m. Legion Trip to Mexico City
     Dec 24 – 3 a.m. Lone Star Christmas Party
     Lakeside Little Theatre news:
     Following the successful run of The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie, rehearsals are underway for the next production, Marc Camoletti’s Don’t Dress for Dinner. This comedy is directed by Roger Tredway and runs from December 5 – 13. The story is based on plans by Bernard for an intimate weekend get-away with his mistress while his wife visits her mother. Then the visit is postponed.  What could go wrong? Everything!
     The first play of the new year will be Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser. This wartime drama is directed by Larry King and runs from January 16 – 24, 2010.
     Attention all directors! The LLT is calling for plays for the 2010 – 2011 theater season. All interested directors should contact Emma Bergh-Apton at 766 – 1545 or Be prepared to provide details of experience and a copy of the play. Submission deadline is January 8, 2010. Each submission will be reviewed by the Lakeside Little Theatre Play Reading Committee and its recommendations will be passed to the LLT Board of Directors for final approval.
     Music Appreciation Society (MAS) Season Tickets for the concert program of 2009 – 2010 are $1000 pesos, $1200 or $1500 pesos for each reserved seat. This year’s program:
     November 17 – Three Tenors and a Soprano: opera arias
     December 16 – Flamenco: Antonio Jimenez “El Chupete” and seven artists
     January 14 – Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra: a “Night in Vienna”
     February 9 – Three Sopranos: opera arias, duos, trios
     March 23 – Two Guitarists Extraodinaire: Juanito Pazcual and Russian, Grisha Goryachev – classical style
     Taxi service for patrons can be arranged for after the show at
     Open Circle at LCS on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m.:
     Dec 6           David Seligson – Age of Enlightenment
     Dec 13         Todd Stong, PhD – more on Lakeside Infrastructure
     Dec 20         Holiday Music
     Dec 27         Lynn Johnson – Biology of Belief
     Jan 3           Ronald Hagadus – Glaucoma: Silent Thief of Sight
     Jan 10          Barbara Harwood
     VIVA! La Musica’s schedule. Contact Rosemary Keeling for any of these bus trips (766 – 1801):
     Dec 19         The Tales of Hoffman by Jacques Offenbach, featuring Joseph Calleja in the title role.
     Jan    9        Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss, featuring Renee Fleming and Susan Graham.
     Jan  16         Carmen by Georges Bizet, featuring Elina Garanca and Mariusz Kwiecen (waiting list only)
     Feb    6        Simon Boccanegra by Giuseppe Verdi, featuring Placido Domingo in the title role (waiting list only)
     May   1 Armida “Live from the Met” in Zacatecas, Renee Fleming appears in the title role. Some seats are still available.

Placido Domingo

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