Lakeside Living – October 2009

Lakeside Living
By Kay Davis

Phone: (376) 766-4774
or 765-3676 to leave messages

October 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 August Galeria Dos Lunas celebrated their grand opening at Colon #13 in Ajijic, featuring Enrique Loza, nationally known artist. A wine and cheese reception was well attended. Other artists shown included Carolina Owers, Christie Paine, Adry del Recio and Linda Kauffmann as well as sculptures and other artworks.


A pastel by Enrique Loza

     The Naked Stage opened in September at 3A Calle de Zaragoza one block west of Colon. The production featured Lakeside Theater buffs reading off-beat, provocative plays. The opener was Shock of Recognition by Robert Anderson and The Oldest Profession by Paula Vogel. The first is a comedy about a playwright who convinces his producer to put a male actor on stage with full frontal nudity. The second play tells of a bunch of aging, saucy prostitutes hanging on during an economic downturn. The Naked Stage is the brainchild of Jeritza McCarter and Betty Lloyd Robinson.

One Lady from The Oldest Profession

     On October 5, 6:30 p.m., there will be a fundraising dinner at Universidad Tecnica en Hoteleria de Jaltepec. Cocktail music by Tim Welch. Tickets $350 pesos. Linda Buckthorp at 766 – 1631 or
     ACÁ has changed their Annual Harvest Fair to October 17 – 18. This year other charities have an opportunity to earn additional funding, as follows: charities man one of five positions of a Chili Train at various locations. During the US Civil War, Confederate soldiers traveled north from the Rio Grande. Along the way they ate Chili con Carne. In the south it was Carne en su Jugo. The farther north, the more ground meat, like Texas style chili; then kidney beans were added, and later celery, mushrooms and other beans. Today there are chicken and vegetarian chilis. What is needed is for gourmet chili makers to sponsor a chili, net proceeds to their chosen charity. Judging will be by ballot from fair attendees. For $50 pesos ACÁ will sell tickets/ballots for a taste test. Wendee Hill at
     On October 24 – 25, 10 – 3, a yard sale will be conducted at Ocampo 98, Seis Esquinas (Six Corners) in Ajijic for the Tarahumara Indians of Copper Canyon.Donations are needed: household items, clothing, books, anything that does not rot or need to be fed. They can be dropped off or picked up. Call 766 – 1167 to arrange a time. Proceeds to buy blankets and medicine for the Tarahumara go to Complejo Asistencial Clinica Santa Teresita, AC.
     Lakeside Women  presents an all-new Women’s Health & Beauty Fair on Tuesday, October 27, 9 – 3:30 at the Hotel Real de Chapala, La Floresta. The morning will provide professional health information, followed by lunch, then a fun, instructive afternoon about clothing and hairstyles. There’ll also be a silent auction, bake sale and information booths. Tickets are $300 pesos each, available at Diane Pearl’s on Colon, Actinver-Lloyd, Ajijic, and LCS from October 19 to 24. To reserve a seat or a table (8 or 10), call Kari Higgins at 766-3651. All proceeds will be donated to Villa Infantil, Ninos Incapacitados, Cruz Roja and the Tarahumara Project. Further information about speakers and topics will be provided on
     October 29 is the Cruz Roja Golf Tournament at the Chapala Country Club. Contact Norm Pifer
     November 7 – 30 at the Jocotopec Culture Center, there will be an art exhibition entitled REVOLUTION: Revolutionary Works by local Artists & Poets. Participating artists are Jesus Lopez Vega and Antonio Lopez Vega from Ajijic, Francisco Gonzalez from Chapala, and Isidro Xilonxochitil (Xilotl) and C. DePaul Durham from San Juan Cosalá. The poets will be Mario Puglisi, Siara Nuno, Rodolfo Pulque and Judy Dykstra-Brown. Call (387) 761 – 0813.
     On November 10 Lakeside School for the Deaf is featuring the 5th Annual Fashion Extravaganza “Everything Old is New Again.” Location and other details will appear next month. Now they seek donations of top designer and good quality women’s clothing, accessories, shoes, purses, and jewelry. All donated items will be auctioned off during an elegant luncheon, proceeds to supply hearing aids for over 35 children and to support the school in Jocotepec. To arrange pickup of clothing and accessories, contact either Leslie Martin at 766 – 2274, or Coco Wonchee at (045) 333-106-0585, Clean, ready to wear items are needed, preferably by November 2 for pricing. Cece Girling will coordinate this show.
     On November 14, at 6 p.m., Helen Zerefos, Order of Australia Medalist, will appear as guest at an open air dinner and concert at the Chapala Train Station for the benefit of Centro de Formacion Jaltepec, the Tecnico Universitario Superior en Hoteleria. Proceeds will go towards improving facilities so ladies can be invited to attend daily classes. Helen Zerefos is a multi-award winning soprano. To reserve tickets or a table for the dinner/concert, call Linda Buckthorp at 766 – 1631, Tickets are $550 pesos per person.
     On November 21, 22, 28 & 29 at Sol y Luna, Rio Bravo #19 in Ajijic, there will be Always…Patsy Cline, presented by My, My, How Nice! Productions. This will be the production company’s inaugural offering. The show has been a smash, one of the most actively produced shows in the world. The unforgettable Patsy Cline will be brought to life by Patteye Simpson, last seen as Kate in LLT’s Kiss Me Kate. Musical direction and accompaniment will be by Tim Welch, the Maestro of Los Cantantes del Lago. Jayme Littlejohn, plays Texan Louise Seeger in the true story of her chance meeting with Patsy Cline, an encounter that grew into a close friendship which lasted until Patsy Cline’s tragic death. The story features Patsy Cline’s best: I Fall to Pieces, Crazy, Seven Loney Days…and more. Part of the proceeds will benefit CREM/Golden Strings. Show times are 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinees at 4 p.m., bar open one hour in advance. Tickets will be available at Diane Pearl Colecciones, and at Pedro’s Gourmet, or email


Patsy Cline

     The American Legion post #7 schedule for October:
Sundays, all month: 12 – 3 p.m. Legion Grill (burgers, beans, salad)
Oct   2 – 8 a.m. – 1 pm. Yard Sale
Oct   3 – 4 p.m. Oktoberfest
Oct   5 –  11 a.m. Legion Executive Board Meeting, 1 p.m. Events Ctte
Oct   6 –  11 a.m. Auxiliary Executive Board Meeting
Oct   7 –  9:30 – 11:30 a.m. US Consulate
Oct   8 – 11 a.m. Legion General Meeting
Oct 12 – 2 p.m. Canadian Thanksgiving
Oct 13 – 11 a.m. Auxiliary Executive Board Meeting
Oct 21 – 5 p.m. Cabaret: dinner and show (performance 1)
Oct 22 – 5 p.m. Cabaret: dinner and show (performance 2)
Oct 29 – Lone Star gathering – be a Texan!
     The Lake Chapala Society held a Volunteer Appreciation Picnic on September 13. Four Certificates of Appreciation were awarded: to Gil Silverman for the LCS Medical Program over ten years, to Kenee Campo for the LCS website, to Richard Warmowski for 15 years of Saturday mornings with the Children’s Art Program, and to Mildred Boyd as the longest serving LCS volunteer, including library volunteer, library director, board member and director of the Children’s Art Program. Over 140 volunteers attended the picnic hosted by the Board of Directors. Mary Ann Waite served up hamburgers and chicken burgers. Everyone brought either a salad or a dessert to share and there were plenty of soft drinks and wine.

LCS Volunteers with certificates of appreciation

     Health Care Week is October 13 – 16. Flu shots will be given all week by Lidia Zamudio,    10 – 12:30. A fee will apply.
Monday         10 – 12 blood pressure checks
Tuesday        10 – 12 lecture
                        9:30 – 12 diabetic testing
                        10 – 2 osteoporosis testing
Wednesday   10 – 12:30 skin cancer screening
Thursday        9 – 12:30 optometrist
Friday              10 –  3 CPR course
                         10 – 12 blood pressure
     Susan Q. Miller is trying to generate a music program for December 27. The focus is on original music, and holiday songs, of course. Help is needed, especially a keyboard player, bass, guitar and vocal harmonies. If you are musical, please put your name and contact information on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board by the tree. Contact Susan 766 – 4360,
     Lakeside Little Theater news:
     Starting off the season roster is Paul Rudnick’s political comedy Regrets Only, directed by Barbara Clippinger. Shows run from September 26 – October 4. A biting satire about marriage, friendship, and squandered riches.
     Next is the classic Agatha Christie mystery The Mousetrap, directed by Roseann Wilshere. Performances are October 31 – November 9, no performance on November 2. This is the longest running play in the world and promises to be full of twists and surprises.
     Mark your calendar for October’s audition for The Boy Friend, a new 1920s musical by Sandy Wilson and directed by Allen McGill. Auditions October 30 – 31, looking for 11 women and 11 men. Performances are February 27 – March 9, 2010. For scripts & information, contact Allen McGill at
     There will be a special performance of the hit comedy Old Love, written by and starring Canada’s most popular playwright, Norm Foster and showcasing Patricia Vanstone. Performances are November 19 – 22, tickets available during the run of Regrets Only at the Theater Box Office, regular box office hours for $150 pesos.
     The LLT encourages those interested in acting to attend auditions for any of this season’s plays; to volunteer behind the scenes, the LLT is always looking for people to train.  Contact Don Chaloner at 766-1975 or email


The Mousetrap

     The 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
     Mexican Holidays for October:
Oct   4           Chapala celebrates fiestas patronales, honoring San Francisco de Asís (Saint Francis of Assisi).
Oct  7            La Virgen del Rosario (Virgin of the Rosary) –Ajijic honors its earliest religious patron all month, capped off October 31 with a procession and festivities at the plaza.
Oct 12           Día de la Raza (race) – reference is to the blending of races, recalling Columbus’ arrival as an event that generated the fusion of Indian and European cultures and the birth of modern México’s Mestizo race. La Virgen de Zapopan, a divine protector against disease and natural disaster, is honored with a pilgrimage that closes much business in Guadalajara.
Nov 1-2         Día de todos Santos and Día de los Muertos (All Saints Day and All Soul’s Day) –unique and surprisingly festive practices derived from a blending of pre-Hispanic rituals and Christian customs. Mexicans honor their dead by decorating family graves and attending memorial services in local cemeteries. Marigold blossoms and foods, candy skulls and other symbolic items are laid out both to honor and to entice visit by departed souls who are invited to share in the festivities as if still alive. Traditional altars are set up in homes and public venues.
     Open Circle at LCS on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m.:
Oct    4          Toshu Dale – classical homeopathy
Oct   11         Poe Hearne
Oct   18         Chuck Giles
Oct   25         Turksya Isha – Consciousness
Nov    1         Irene Anton
     VIVA! La Musica’s schedule at the Auditorio in La Floresta (7:30):
Oct  8            Cuauhtemoc Garcia Jazz flute group
Nov 26          Bus trip to Morelia, return Nov 29 – concerts by Conservatorio de las Rosas chamber orchestra, the Brodsky Quartet from Britain and a concert by the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria and the White Quartet. Contact Rosemary Keeling, 766 – 1801.
     Taxi service for patrons can be arranged for after the show at or patrons may sign up at the Auditorio fifteen minutes prior to the scheduled opening. Cost will be paid by those using the taxi. You will need to provide name, number of passengers and address at the time of reservation.

Gloria Marthai talks about her experiences in México


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