Lakeside Living – January 2010

Lakeside Living
By Kay Davis

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

January 2010

     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 James Tipton, local poet, was honored at the home of Peter and Beverly Denton at a chili dinner. Peter has become famous for his South African chili. Bev Denton presented Jim with a painting she recently created of “Lady Godiva” which appears on Jim’s recent book of poetry All the Horses of Heaven.  Jim also read some of his poetry to the delight of the assembled guests.


Jim Tipton with Bev Denton and “Lady Godiva”

     In November, CASA, the Culinary Arts Society of Ajijic, enjoyed the smell of pumpkin desserts and chicken main dishes. In category A, Chicken main dishes, Wayne Palfrey won 1st place for his unusual Chicken with Blueberry Glaze. Phil Posner won 2nd place with his Almond Chicken with Salsa, and Chicken and Dumplings won 3rd place; People’s Choice went to Cheryl Davis.
     Joe DeLeon was three times a winner when he took 1st place for his Pumpkin Cheesecake with Chocolate and Nuts, People’s Choice, and his BING. The BING is awarded when cooks win three 1st place awards during the year. Mary Wingrove won 2nd place for her Impossible Pumpkin Pie with Cream Cheese Icing.  Joan Ray won 3rd place for her Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake with Cinnamon Cream, and tied for People’s Choice with Joe DeLeon in the dessert category. 
     All who are interested are encouraged to call Patrick Winn at 766-4842. He can also be reached by email at He would be delighted to invite you to a CASA meeting as his guest.

CASA winners: Joan Ray, Mary Wingrave and Joe DeLeon

     In December the ASA, Art Society of Ajijic, was featured at the old Train Station in Chapala and runs through January 6. The train station is officially called Centro Cultural Gonzáles Gallo, and the show is Los Colores de México. They are beautifully displayed. See if you can catch this while it is still available.

Flower Market by Gloria Coronado shown by ASA

     At the December meeting of the British Society, Dr. Charlene Schultz, co-founder of the Lakeside Laughter Club, presented The Experience in the Healing Power of Laughter – An Introduction to Laughter Yoga. A new ambassador for Britain has been appointed to Mexico, Mrs. Judith Anne Margaret MacGregor whose recent postings have been 2007 – 2009 FCO, Director Migration, and 2004 – 2007 Bratislava, HM Ambassador. There will be no meeting held in January but the group will meet again the 6th of February.


Ceri Dando gives an award to Dr. Charlene Schultz

     In early December at the Ajijic Cultural Center, Jay Koppelman photographs were offered, along with wine and nibbles. Jay’s photos have appeared in numerous publications and have won international photography awards. Jay was recently chosen to contribute to a book of the 125 best photos of Mexico, entitled El Mexico de los Mexicanos, selected out of more than 28,000 photographers from around the world who submitted their work. He was also selected to appear in La Familia, the newly released Mexican photography book published by the Jalisco Camara de Comercio.


Ajijic Capilla by Jay Koppelman

     Los Cantantes del Lago celebrated the Christmas season at the Auditorio de la Ribera in La Floresta, Ajijic. Featured was Vivaldi’s Gloria, accompanied by five soloists, plus a selection of traditional favorites, including The Carol of the Bells, God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen, and Go Tell It on the Mountain. Bill Vincent, tenor, both sang and played guitar to a piece he wrote called Praise to the King. It, along with the other program items, brought the audience to their feet. Timothy G. Ruff Welch directed with Eleanor Stromberg on piano and harpsichord. This year the choir of 66 people sang with several members of the Orquestra Filarm?nica de Jalisco.
     Coming events for Los Cantantes include the popular Robbie Burns Supper on January 25 at St. Andrew’s Church, The Valentine’s Day concert on February 14, also at St. Andrew’s, and the Spring 2010 concert on March 20 – 21.
     January 28 at 10:30 a.m. A Gourmet Extravaganza will be hosted at El Bar Co, La Propela Restaurant Lounge and Grill by renowned Lakeside Chef Alex Sgroi. A cooking class starts at 10:30 a.m. followed by a 3-course meal, featuring Beef Bourgogne, ending with a fresh seasonal Fruit Tart, and accompanied by local entertainment. A silent auction will be held. Topping the list at the auction will be a diamond engagement ring valued at $10,000 USD with Certification. The owner will donate anything over $5,000 to the Villa Infantil de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe y San José. Tickets are priced at $350 pesos and are available at Cocina San Andres on the corner of Constitution and Javier Mina/Miguel Blanco in Ajijic. Tickets are limited.


Children at Villa Infantil

     On January 28 from 11 – 1 there will be a book signing for Bill Fraser’s 2nd book on poems, called Agave Blood. The event will be held at the Casa Del Sol B&B on Javier Mina in Ajijic. Coffee and pastries will be available. The authors of Agave Marias will also be present.

Bill Frayer’s poems


Writers of Agave Marias
(plus Gloria Palazzo and Amelia Stevens – back right)

     Lakeside School for the Deaf sets March 11 for their Black and White Ball: One Thousand and One Nights. This year will feature an exotic Arabian theme at Villa Encantada Eventos in Chapala. Tickets in mid-January for $750 pesos per person. Contact Jim Lloyd at 766 – 3070.
     Casa Popular Mexicana presented a donation of $25,000 pesos to School for the Deaf at a ceremony at the school in Jocotepec to provide Audiology Services and Speech Therapy and to provide daily lunches. In the picture awarding certificates of appreciation are Victor Hugo Olmeda, coordinator of the Jocotepec Rotary Club transportation program; Adriana Torres, Casa Popular Jalisco representative; David Serrano Corro, Jocotepec manager; and Michael Campo, President, School for the Deaf Association.


Certificates of Appreciation
School for the Deaf

     The American Legion post #7 schedule for January:
     Jan  1 –  10 a.m. Rose Bowl Bash
     Jan  3, 10, 17, 24, 31:  12 – 4 p.m. Legion Grill: best burgers             
     Jan  6 –  9:30 – 11:30 a.m. – US Consulate (Note: No more Social Security) 
     Jan  8 –  8:30 a.m. – Trip to the Zoo (Guadalajara)
     Jan 12 – Bus trip to Colima, Comala, Manzanillo (volcano, history, beach)
     Jan 21 – 4 p.m. – 10th Annual Chili Cookoff
     Jan 28 – 3 a.m. Lone Star Christmas Party
     Jan 29 – 8 a.m. Bus trip to Mezcala (island history, museum, petroglyphs)
     Lakeside Little Theatre news:
     Lakeside Little Theatre’s fourth show of the season is Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser. This wartime drama is directed by Larry King and runs from January 16 – 24, 2010. Tickets go on sale at the Theatre box office January 14. Rehearsals are underway for the big musical, The Boyfriend, a new 1920s musical by Sandy Wilson, directed by Allen McGill. Performances are February 27 – March 9.
     The LLT replacement for the final play of the season will be Michael Cooney’s Cash On Delivery, a fun-filled farce about a con artist, welfare fraud, and a whole lot of mistaken identity. Bob Coull will direct. Four women and six men are required, and performances are April 3 – 11. For scripts and information, contact Bob Coull at 766 – 2875 or email Registration is at 9:30 a.m. and auditions begin at 10 a.m. at the Theatre. Open Auditions.
     The LLT welcomes everyone interested in acting to attend auditions.
     The LLT is looking for people to train in lighting, sound, wardrobe, props, make-up, stage managing. Contact Don Chaloner at 766-1975 or email


Playbill for The Dresser

     Music Appreciation Society (MAS) Season Tickets for the concert program of 2009 – 2010 are $1000 pesos, $1200 or $1500 pesos for each reserved seat. The program for the new year:
     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
     See note re taxi service following VIVA listing at the end.
     January 16 you can pit your wits for Niños Incapacitados at their After Dinner Trivia Night. Niños Incapacitados invites you to a fun, brain-teasing fundraiser. Teams of eight compete in answering multiple-choice questions provided by a professional trivia organization. There are prizes, along with “munchies.” Wine and beer will be available. The bar opens at 7:00 p.m. and the quiz begins at 7:30.  Riviera Alta on Lazaro Cardenas in Ajijic is donating the use of its clubhouse for this event. For tickets, at $200 pesos per person, call Kari Higgins at 766-3651, Kathy Dingwall at 766-5829 or Jane Hainsworth at 766-1937. You can reserve a table for eight for a team of friends (choose a team name in advance, if possible) or join an “open” table and help make up a team of eight. Tickets will also be available at LCS from January 4 – 15, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
     Save the date! On February 18 Niños Incapacitados will wave the Mexican flag to commemorate both the 200th anniversary of Mexico’s Independence and the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. Niños Incapacitados will host a fundraising dinner dance at The Real de Chapala with the theme WE LOVE MEXICO with mucho red, white and green decorating, a delicious dinner, live music, and both live and silent auctions. Tickets are $450 pesos each and go on sale January 18 at LCS from 10 – 12:30, Monday – Saturday. Dress will be formal to smart casual.
     Niños Incapacitados is a non-profit volunteer organization that helps low-income Mexican families pay for major medical expenses for children with disabling or life-threatening illnesses.  See
     Open Circle at LCS on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m.:
     Jan     3            Jim Spivey
     Jan   10           Barbara Harwood
     Jan   17           Pat Percival – Satori, Serendipity & Synchronicity
     Jan   24           Werner Ruzicka
     Jan   31           Irene Anton
     Feb     7            Louise Mattos
     In December Todd Stong talked about Lakeside infrastructure, asking for volunteers to help with various projects. Ajijic’s tap water is clean enough that, if you pour it into a 1.892 liter bottle, stick a clean finger into a bottle of Clorax and then into the water, repeat once more and let sit for 30 minutes, that water is pure enough for drinking purposes. Dr. Stong drank his as he talked. 
     VIVA! La Musica’s schedule. Contact Rosemary Keeling for any of these bus trips (766 – 1801):
     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.
     The next Viva sponsored event locally will be the Community Fund Raiser “Wink, Wink (Lip Sync)” to take place at the Auditorio on January 15 at 7:30 p.m. plus January 16 at 7:30 and January 17 at 4 p.m. Tickets at LCS January 4 – 15 at $150 pesos (center) or $120 pesos (sides).


Der Rosenkavalier


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