Lakeside Living – December 2010

Lakeside Living
By Kay Davis

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

December 2010



Jill Flyer entered a contest for black and white photos in The Premiere photo magazine in the US, appropriately called B & W Magazine. One of the images sent was selected for a Merit Award. The image will appear in Special Issue #80 of the magazine which arrives on US newsstands the first week of December. Now the challenge is getting them here to Lake Chapala. Nonetheless, we congratulate her for her winning entry.


Generaciones, Jill Flyer’s award winning B & W photo

In October the Rotary Club of Ajijic named Bob Salvatore “Mr. Rotarian Ajijic” in recognition of his tireless efforts on behalf of Rotary International. Mr. Salvatore served as Rotary Club Ajijic’s president from July 2009 through July 2010. The local Rotary is one of the few English-speaking Rotaries in Mexico, serving the community since 2002. For information visit the website at or stop by the Rotary Table at LCS on Mondays from 10 – 12.


Bob Salvatore accepts plaque for Rotary service from VP Sandra Loridans

At their November meeting, the Culinary Arts Society of Ajijic featured Italian food. Winners were:

Category A:

1st Place: Pam Ladd – Italian Sausage Cheese Strata, Bechemal Sauce

Second:           Linda Fossi – Italian Flag Chicken

Third: Patrick Winn – Melanzane (Eggplant) Alla Parmigiana

Category B:

1st Place: Phil Posner – Apple Cannoli with Brandy Cream Sauce

Second: Kenee Campo – Zuccotto with Amaretto Sauce

Third: Roberta Hilleman – Almond and Pistachio Biscotti

People’s Choice Winners:

Category A: Pam Ladd – Italian Sausage Cheese Strata, Bechamel Sauce

Category B: Joann Nash – White Chocolate Tiramisu Trifle, Spiced Peaches

All who would like to join in learning about, preparing, and enjoying good food are encouraged to call Patrick Winn at 766-4842. He can also be reached by email at, and would be delighted to invite those interested to come as his guest.

Roberta Hilleman, Kenee Campo, Phil Posner

In November Feria Maestros del Arte was here for the 9th Annual Exposici?n at Club de Yates Chapala (Chapala Yacht Club). This yearly art show promotes the rapidly disappearing folk and indigenous art of Mexico. Artists come from all corners of the country. In addition to the 72 artists’ craftsmanship, highlights at this year’s show included tequila tasting, a daily fashion show, music and a rebozo (scarf) spectacle. The trick in wearing the rebozo is to accent or contrast the rebozo color with the outfit, then tie and sometimes twist the rebozo for different effects, e.g. cover one shoulder or both.

Feria rebozo demonstration

In November there were two book readings & signings. One was a poetry reading by four local poets, each in a different style and yet all were beautiful. The reading was held at Sol Mexicano at Colon #13, a gallery with a delightful back patio. The second reading was by Jay White, a local writer of humor, primarily. His reading was held at Casa del Sol, a B&B set right in town and offering great coffee.

These are the books for your Christmas list: Jim Tipton’s three books of tanka (short) poetry in both English and Spanish, Judy Dykstra-Brown’s Prairie Moths (about growing up in a rural area), Margaret Van Every’s A Pillow Stuffed With Diamonds (impressions of Mexico in the tanka style), Michael Warren’s A Particular Blue (a mix of poetry), and Jay White’s Havoc in Motion (short stories). All are available through Diane Pearl’s Colecciones at Colon & Ocampo and at Coffee & Bagels on the carretera just west of the traffic light at Juárez. Also look for these at the book store at Bugambilias Plaza and various coffee shops where books are sold. All are good reading.

Judy Dykstra-Brown

In November Jay Koppelman, photographer, opened a new gallery called Salon 18, located at #18 Colon, phone 766 – 3745. The photos feature scenes from Lake Chapala and San Juan de Allende plus those from his travels in South America. Jay has also prepared a gorgeous book of photos from his experiences in Mexico. The book is called The Through Line – A Journey from Darkness into Life in Mexico ($250 pesos). See his blog at or email

Woman in Hat


On December 4, 10 – 5, St. Andrew’s Outreach Regalorama will hold the mother of all garage sales at Calle San Lucas #19, Riberas del Pilar. Find treasures and fashions, yummy homemade baked goods, jams, pickles, candles too. The tea room offers coffee or tea and scones for refreshment, spaghetti for heartier appetites, and there’s a 50/50 raffle. It’s always a fun day with proceeds to help Lakeside charities. 

On December 6 Lakeside Friends of the Animals are holding “An Evening in Casablanca” at Restaurant Four in Ajijic. The restaurant will be turned into Rick’s Café Americain from the movie, complete with decor and music from the 1940s. Many of those attending will wear clothing representative of that era.

Lakeside Friends of the Animals provides funding to individuals and some animal welfare organizations who help cats and dogs here at Lakeside, with special emphasis on assisting Mexicans of limited means.

Casablanca Night at #4

December 12 – 13 will be the Los Cantantes Christmas songfest on Sunday at 3 p.m. and Monday at 7 p.m. at the Auditorio in La Floresta. The performance features an 8-piece brass plus percussion orchestra. Tickets are available at LCS Tickets Etc. 10 – 12 (M – F) or from any Los Cantantes member. You can also contact Viva! La Musica’s Rosemary Keeling at 766 – 1801. This is going to be a fantastic concert – it certainly was last year.

Los Cantantes Christmas poster

 December 13 will be a super Holiday Cocktail Supper Party to celebrate Love in Action and their work with children. All are invited to enjoy fabulous food, an open bar, music and entertainment, in a beautiful private residence in Ajijic, thanks to the generosity of the benefactors. All proceeds will go to the Love in Action Center. Tickets are $1000 pesos and limited to 200. Make your reservations early through Bettina Rigby at 766 – 0149 or or Dixie Topham at 766 – 5987 or You can read more about the facility at

On December 16 at 5 p.m. Libby Townsend will hold her annual Christmas party to benefit the indigenous Tarahumara of Copper Canyon at her home located at Calle Ocampo 98, #2 at Seis Esquinas (Six Corners) in Ajijic. Tickets are $100 pesos each and can be purchased at the Guadalajara Reporter office in Plaza Bugambilias next to El Torito Super Market, Addiction by Jose Melendrez on Ajijic’s main plaza or by calling 766 – 1167. All proceeds go to purchasing medicines and blankets for the free Tarahumara children’s hospital in Creel, Chihuahua. The winter is cold and the need is great. Come drink, snack and be merry while you save a life.

On January 1 at 1 p.m. Cruz Roja will start the 2nd annual Polar Bear Swim on the Chapala malecon in front of the Beer Garden. Several hardy souls have already signed up to participate and sponsors are being lined up. At 2 p.m. following the “chilly dip”, there will be a raffle draw. Prizes are $20,000 pesos, $10,000 pesos and $5,000 pesos.

All swimmers will be rewarded with specially designed T-shirts and there will be prizes awarded in a variety of categories. The name of the participant who gathers the most pledges will be inscribed on the Cruz Roja Polar Bear Trophy. For more information, to register for the swim, and to get pledge sheets, contact any of the following Cruz Roja Chapala volunteers: Pancho Deriger at 765 – 6455, Charlie Klestadt on his cell phone 331 – 445 – 2136, or Don Fraser at 766 – 4990.


Polar Bear Plunge – Yikes!

Mulitple Events:

#13 – The American Legion post #7 schedule for December:

Sundays: 12 – 3 p.m. Legion grill burgers              

Dec   1…..9 – 9:45 a.m. – US Consulate (Note new hours!)

Dec   3…..8 – 1 p.m. – Yard Sale               

Dec   5…..8 a.m. – 10th Annual Arts & Crafts (no grill this Sunday!)

Dec 17…..3 p.m. – Movie: Jeff Dunham’s Very Special Christmas Special

Dec 18…..3 p.m. – Maple Leaf Club (Canadian Day)

Dec 21…..4 p.m. – Fish Fry

Dec 25…..closed – Merry Christmas!

Dec 31…..2 p.m. – Shrimp Boil (all you can eat)

For information, call 765 – 2259 or

The Lake Chapala Society Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at 10 a.m. on December 14, 2010 at the LCS grounds. The AGM will be followed by an Extraordinary Meeting (EM) at 12 noon, the purpose of which is for the membership to vote on the New Constitution which may be viewed online at

The LCS Singles Mix & Match group has a December 14 Lake Panorama Party on an excursion boat launch scheduled for 2 p.m. It will be a three hour voyage offering spectacular views and guided commentary. Passengers can enjoy food catered by Ruben’s Restaurant and unlimited free drinks for one all-inclusive price of $260 pesos per person. The boat will return to the pier about 5 p.m. A minimum of 40 persons is required, so early sign-up is essential. For further information, log onto or email

Lakeside Little Theatre news:

The third show of Season 46 of the LLT is Ken Ludwig’s farce Lend Me a Tenor. Roger Tredway directs this rollicking comedy about the biggest night of opera in Cleveland’s history – and the mistaken identity and unmistakable mayhem that ensues.  Performances run from December 11 – 19.

The LLT is calling for plays for Season 47, 2011 – 2012. Interested directors should please provide details of experience and a copy of up to three scripts: one comedy, one drama, and a third in the genre of choice. Deadline is noon on January 10, 2011.

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 at

MAS MUSICA (Music Appreciation Society) performances will be at the Auditorio de la Ribera in La Floresta. The scheduled season is:

Dec. 14 – Chris Wilshire and his 18 piece Chamber Orchestra will delight guests with unforgettable performances of Corelli, Grieg, Holst, and Copeland   

Jan. 13 – Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra, Guadalajara’s world-class symphony with an “Enchanted Evening in Paris – 1910”

Feb. 15 – Bob Milne, Ragtime and Jazz piano virtuoso and historian, is sure to hold us spellbound during this final exciting event of the concert season

MAS MUSICA is always happy to welcome new volunteers to help with ticket sales, hospitality and other concert related duties. Please contact Beverly at 765 – 6409, Also, refer to web site

Open Circle meets at the back patio of the Lake Chapala Society each Sunday morning at 10:15 for mini-sandwiches and coffee followed by a speaker who talks on the topic of the day. No products are sold, and no religion is touted.

Dec.  5             Phil Shepherd – In My Soul I am Free (spiritualism)

Dec. 12            Patsy Krakoff – New Brain Scan Technology Revelations

Dec. 19            Susan Miller – a holiday musical perspective

Dec. 26            Alicia Makinajian

December 7, 8, 9 & 10 at 3 p.m. The Naked Stage presents its 2nd Annual Xmas Turkey with Hams, a loony Ajijic Christmas party. Come all ye faithful – unfaithful also welcome. The Naked Stage is now at Teatro Penqueño, located on the north side of the carretera just west of Pemex. Reservations are a must! Donations: $80 pesos. Call 765 – 2530 or email

Xmas Turkey with Hams at Naked Stage

VIVA! LA MUSICA Bus trips to the ‘Live from the Met’ Opera series at Teatro Diana:

Dec 11 – Don Carlo (Verdi) show at 11:30 a.m., bus leaves at 10 a.m.

Jan    8 – La Fanciulla del West (Puccini) at noon, bus at 10:30 a.m.

Feb  26 – Iphigene en Tauride (Gluck) at noon, bus at 10:30 a.m.

Mar 19 – Lucio di Lammermoor (Donizetti) at 11 a.m., bus at 9:30

Apr   9 – Le Comte Orcy (Rossini) at noon, bus leaves at 10:30 a.m.

Apr  23 – Capriccio (R. Strauss) at noon, bus leaves at 10:30 a.m.

Apr  30 – Il Trovatore (Verdi) at noon, bus leaves at 10:30 a.m.

May 14 – Die Walkure (Wagner) at 11 a.m., bus leaves at 9:30 a.m.

Contact Marshall Krantz at 766 – 2834. Tickets cost $300 pesos for members, $350 pesos for non-members.

Viva Members 2011 Season Kick-off Party also invites non-members for January 16, 2011, 4 – 6 p.m. Roseann Wilshere has graciously opened her home for the party. This is a wonderful time to make new musical friends and renew old acquaintances! Renew your membership or bring your 2011 membership card. Friends and non-members are welcome to attend for $200 pesos.

Don Carlo by Verdi

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