Lakeside Living – September 2009

Lakeside Living
By Kay Davis

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September 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.
      The August meeting of CASA, the Culinary Society of Ajijic, offered hot and cold soups and 10 luscious cheesecakes. In soups, 1st place went to Karen Rowell for her tasty Leek, Mushroom and Gruyere Cheese Soup. Joann Nash won 2nd place for her Italian Sausage and Lentil Soup while 3rd place went to Dianne Pretti for her Red Pepper, Fennel and Leek Bisque with Crab. Cheryl Davis won People’s Choice for her Creole Cucumber Shrimp Soup with Dill Sauce. In cheesecakes, 1st place went to Mary Ann Waite for her Salted Caramel Toffee Cheesecake. The annual summer picnic will be held September 7 at Club Nautico. On a sadder note, in August CASA lost Mary Martin, an enthusiastic supporter. For more information on CASA and joining the group, call Patrick at 766-4842 or email

CASA People’s Choice winners for August

      The August meeting of the Lakeside British Society was one of appreciation. Certificates went to Gillain Gilbert for her presentation on Hybrid Seeds and to Lady Fleming for her 50/50 fund raising at each meeting. They meet at Manix Restaurant on the first Saturday of each month at 1 p.m. Contact Alicia, 765-4786, or Ceri at


British Society certificate recipients

      The Los Cantantes July tour of Central Mexico induced more than music. The group sang in Zamora, Morelia, Patzcuaro, Cuitzeo, San Miguel de Allende, and made trips to the Sistine Chapel of the Americas in Tupátaro, Santa Clara del Cobre, famous for copper, Tzintzuntzan, and Dolores Hidalgo, site of Mexico’s independence uprising of 1810.
      In Morelia, the group sang with choirs from around Mexico at a new church, La Catedral Inmaculata with none of the typical ornamentation. The combined performance of 400 singers joined voices, each group singing portions of the mass.
       Ed Tasca, a humorist with El Ojo del Lago, won the Robert Benchley Society Humor Award for 2009. On August 17 The Robert Benchley Society announced the winners of their Annual Humor Award Competition. In first place for his essay Let’s Click Up the Old Gang Sometime is Ed Tasca of Toronto, Ontario and Ajijic, Mexico for his lively writing on a new topic, social networks.
      September 4 at 6 p.m. there will be a classic ensemble directed by Maestro Enrique Flores, who has performed for Viva la Música in the past. The concert will be held in the Auditorio de la Ribera. Tickets are at Actinver Lloyd Ajijic at $100 pesos each for the benefit of the Chamber of Commerce of Chapala.  
      September 17 from 12-8:30 p.m. is Dine with the Shrine at the Trattoria Axixic, Carretera No. 30, across from the OXXO.  All proceeds will be donated to the Shriners’ Transportation and Treatment Fund by Trattoria Axixic’s owner, Juan Nolteinas. The Shriners raise money to send children up to the age of 18 to the Shrine hospital in Mexico City for treatment of orthopedic, spinal column injuries and burns. A parent accompanies the child at no cost and treatment is free to recipients.
      The Naked Stage, September 18-20, will be at 3A Calle de Zaragoza (one block west of Colon). This production features a troupe of Lakeside theater buffs reading off-beat, provocative plays. Shown will be Shock of Recognition by Robert Anderson and The Oldest Profession by Paula Vogel.

The ladies in The Oldest Profession

      The Naked Stage is the brainchild of Jeritza McCarter and Betty Lloyd Robinson. Tickets are 50 pesos. Wine, beer and soft drinks available. Performances at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a 3 p.m. matinee Sunday. For more information, call 766-2044.
      On October 5, 6:30 p.m., there will be a fundraising dinner at Universidad Tecnica en Hotelaria Jaltepec. Cocktail music will be provided by Tim Welch. Ticket prices are $350 pesos. Contact Linda Buckthorp at 766-1631 or
      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. The event will benefit Centro de Formacion Jaltepec, the Universidad Tecnica Superior en Hoteleria. The proceeds will go towards improving facilities so young ladies from Lakeside can be invited to attend daily classes.  To reserve tickets or a table for the dinner/concert, call Linda Buckthorp at 766-1631 or email as soon as possible. Ticket price is $550 pesos per person. Seating is limited to 500 guests and will be promoted in Guadalajara.
      The American Legion post #7 schedule for September:
       Sundays, all month: 12-3 p.m. Legion Grill (burgers, beans, salad)
      Sep   1-11 a.m. Auxiliary Executive Board Meeting
      Sep   2-9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. US Consulate and Social Security services
      Sep   3-1 p.m. Events Committee Meeting
      Sep   4-8 a.m. – 1 pm. Yard Sale      
      Sep   5-2 p.m. Mariachi Festival Trip (info: )
      Sep   7-2 p.m. Labor Day Grillin’ & Chillin’
      Sep   8-11 a.m. Auxiliary General Meeting
      Sep 10-11 a.m. Legion Executive Board Meeting & General Meeting
      Sep 11-3 p.m. 9/11 Recognition Ceremony
      Sep 14-5 p.m. cocktails, dinner – Fiesta de Mexico (advanced tix only)
            Info: Barbara Prince, 765-3418 or
      Sep 16-9 a.m. – 11 Continental Breakfast; 11-2 p.m. Champagne Brunch
      Sep 24-3 p.m. Lone Star gathering – be a Texan!
      The American Legion post #9 sent an envoy to Antigua, Guatemala in July. Attending were Mike Woods, Tim Stern, Al King and Vince Britton. Election of officers for 2010 results: Mike Woods, re-elected Commander; Tim Stern, First Vice Commander; and Vince Britton, Chaplin. (Pictured from left, Vince Britton, Tim Stern, Mike Woods, National Vice Commander Harley Ray and Al King)

American Legion post #9

      Members of post #9 provided support for the Marcos Castellanos School,  Participants: School Principal, PTA members, and Post 9 members: Abe Sanchez, Al King, Don Lott, Troy Graves and Wallace “Red” Crowder.
      Coming Events:
      September: Legion National Convention, Louisville, KY.
      Sep  2-12 noon – Post 9 Executive meeting
      Sep  9-12 noon – Post 9 General meeting
      Post #9 current activities include support for a youth soccer team, scholarship support and maintenance for the Hacienda La Labor School, and a scholarship fund for the Golden Strings. Meetings are the second Wednesday of each month at the Smokehouse Cantina at 12 noon. Turn onto the divided street across from Mom’s, Legion sign on the right. Email Tim Stern, Commander at
      At the Lake Chapala Society, October 13-16 is Health Care Week. Flu shots will be given all week by Lidia Zamudio, 10-12:30. This will be the regular flu shot. Swine flu shots will probably not be available. There will be a charge.
      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
      Jan Shiver, director of Medical Services at LCS, needs volunteers. It will be a short term commitment, much by phone in order to contact medical practitioners and services to verify information and to add new info. Please leave name, phone number & email in LCS office (mark it for medical services).


Children at lunch LCS Fiesta Day

      Lakeside Little Theater news:
      There are two auditions in September. First is for the frenetic farce Don’t Dress for Dinner, written by Marc Camoletti and directed by Roger Tredway. Auditions take place September 11-12; three women and three men are needed. Performances are December 5-13. For scripts and information, contact Roger Tredway at 765-2427 or email
      The second September audition is for the classic drama, The Dresser, written by Ronald Harwood and directed by Larry King. Auditions are September 25 & 26, looking for three women and eight men. Performances are January 16-24, 2010. For scripts & information, contact Larry King at 764-0381 or email
The 2009-2010 Season Ticket Renewals and New Sales will be September 8-9, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the LLT lobby. Season ticket prices are $800 pesos for all six shows, $150 pesos for a single show. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. except Sunday matinees, 3 p.m. Season shows:
      1.  Regrets Only, a political comedy, September 26-October 4           
      2.  The Mousetrap, an Agatha Christie mystery, October 31-Nov. 9, no performance November 2
      3.   Don’t Dress for Dinner, a comedy, December 5-13
      4.   The Dresser, a drama, January 16-24, 2010
      5.   The Boy Friend, a musical, February 27-March 9
      6.   Dracula, a thriller, April 3-11
      The LLT encourages those interested in acting, new or experienced, to attend auditions for any of this season’s plays, and if you would like to volunteer behind the scenes, the LLT is always looking for people to train in lighting, sound, wardrobe, props, make-up, stage managing and other positions. Contact Don Chaloner at 766-1975 or email
      Don’t forget that Season Ticket Holders are invited to LLT’s Annual Kick-Off Party on Saturday, September 12 from 5-7 p.m. See you there!

Don’t Dress for Dinner

      The Music Appreciation Society (MAS) Season Tickets for the concert program of 2009-2010 will go on sale at the Lake Chapala Society for three weeks beginning September 14, 10-12. Ticket prices 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 Extraordinaire: Juanito Pazcual and Russian, Grisha Goryachev – classical style
      Mexican Holidays for September:
      Sept 16        Día de la Independencia (Independence Day) – a major celebration beginning the 15th with the Grito de Dolores, Padre Hidalgo’s 1810 call for Insurgency against Spain.
      The reading on the Ajijic plaza begins around 11 p.m., followed by fireworks, the Mexican style castillo. On the morning of the 16th, the parade moves west to Seis Esquinas (Six Corners) and ends at the plaza.
      Oct    4        Chapala celebrates fiestas patronales, honoring San Francisco de Asís (Saint Francis of Assisi).
      Open Circle at LCS on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m.:
      Sep    6        Tim Schubert
      Sep 13         Judy Dykstra-Brown: good grief –on the death of a loved one
      Sep 20         Gloria Marthai
      Sep 27         Sally Bahous Allen
      Oct  4          Peter Denton – a tale of two South African dogs
      VIVA! La Musica’s schedule at the Auditorium in La Floresta (7:30):
      Sep 10         Comic Opera The Elixir of Love by Donizetti conducted by Luis Rodriguez, 50 person chorus, 4 soloists, costuming, $300 pesos for members, $400 for non-members
      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.
      VIVA Scholarship Winners include 2 violinists, 1 cellist, 2 pianists, 1 flautist – Our congratulations!

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