Lakeside Living – November 2010

Lakeside Living
By Kay Davis

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

November 2010

The Culinary Arts Society of Ajijic featured Mexican cooking at their September meeting, complementing that with one of the best speakers on Mexican cuisine. Cristina Potters has lived in Mexico since 1981 and now lives in Morelia. Her award winning website 

Christina Potter at CASA

At each meeting members present foods in two different categories. Professionals judge on taste and presentation while members choose People’s Choice. In the Mexican Main Dish category, Wayne Palfrey won 1st place for his Chicken Poblano Cream Sauce. Pat Carroll won 2nd place for Lomo de Cerdo Con Salsa Ciruela, and Lydia Cortez won 3rd place for Hebrada Res Con Papas. Strawberry Tres Leches Cake made by Marti Hurley won 1st place in the Mexican dessert category. Phil Posner won 2nd place for his Almendrada Con Crema De Ron, and Susan Hood won 3rd place for her Lime Tequila Mousse. People’s Choice winners were Marti Hurley for her Strawberry Tres Leches Cake and Louise Drummond for her Chiles en Nogada.

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.

On October 8 Acci?n Voluntaria presented checks of $14,000 pesos each to participating orphanages, all from our area. This was a distribution of the funds raised during their stupendous Noche Bicentenario (Bicentennial Night) dinner at the Old Train Station. Acci?n Voluntaria was organized this year to coordinate work for their common necessities. Bravo!

Checks to Orphanages, Nancy Medina, Monica Lopez and Margarita van der Hoek



For November 5 at noon, Lakeside School for the Deaf and Children with Special Needs invites us to the upcoming Fashion Extravaganza: Everything Old is New Again. The show will be held at the magnificent Villa Siluetta, the private estate of Mark Henderson on Ocampo Prolongaci?n in Alceseca. The elegant event will feature gently used or new designer and quality clothing, donated by local women and businesses. The items will be modeled and sold by live auction. Unsold items will be available at the School for the Deaf Thrift Shop, Casa Nuevo, across from Seven-Eleven in Riberas. Last minute donations may be made through Leslie Martin at 766 – 2592, or


Villa Siluetta

A complimentary glass of wine awaits each guest at the door. Then sit back and enjoy a delicious luncheon catered by Leslie Martin. Few tickets are left. They may be picked up at Diane Pearl’s Gallery at Col?n and Ocampo, or contact Cece Girling at 766 – 3964 or email or Debrah Fry at (387) 763 – 2599, email

The purpose of this non-profit organization is to provide professional education for deaf children. The Lakeside School for the Deaf provides all types of hearing aids to improve their quality of life. For more information, check out the website at

November 6, 7 p.m., at the Jocotepec Cultural Center, an art show called “Revolution II: The Other Revolution” will be held. It will be an evening of poetry, music and the artwork of six well-known Lakeside artists – Antonio Lopez Vega and Jesus Lopez Vega from Ajijic, Francisco Gonzalez and Victor Manuel Santillan from Chapala and DePaul Durham and Isidro Xilonxochitl from San Juan Cosala. The opening reception will offer welcome cocktails but the art exhibition will continue through the end of November. If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call Jerelyn Fyvolent at 387-761-0813 or email

Joco art show poster

November 11, 4 p.m., there will be a poetry reading and book launch at  Galeria Dos Lunas (now renamed Sol Mexicana), Colon #13 in Ajijic. Four local poets will read from their published work: Jim Tipton, Judy Dykstra-Brown (Prairie Moths), Margaret Van Every (A Pillow Stuffed With Diamonds) and Michael Warren (A Particular Blue). Free wine, beautiful poetry and a chance to get your copy signed by the author.

November 12 – 14 (hours 10 –  5 on Fri – Sat, 10 – 4 on Sun), Feria Maestros del Arte returns for the 9th Annual Expo at Club de Yates Chapala (Chapala Yacht Club). This art show promotes the rapidly disappearing folk and indigenous art of Mexico. Artists are invited from all corners of Mexico, based on strenuous criteria. In addition to the 72 artists’ craftsmanship, highlights include a booth with the “best of the best”, tequila tasting, a daily fashion show, music and a rebozo spectacle. Admission is $50 pesos. This is one of Lakeside’s most popular events!

Feria Christmas (Pinto’s Nacimientos) figures

On November 16, 11 a.m. there will be a reading and book signing at Casa del Sol, #7 Javier Mina, Ajijic. Delicious coffee and munchies will be available. Humor is Jay White’s specialty. You may have already read the amusing stories Jay wrote for his year long Ojo column, Havoc in Motion. Now he has compiled those into a book by the same name with additional short stories, poems and lyrics. Enjoy:

Mama and the Brand New Olds – sneaking a drive brings hilarious results

Mama & the Backward-walking Chicken – animals trained to do what?

The Vagabond – two boys try to rescue a man they find under a bridge

And much more – 180 pages

Jay White taught for 30 years at universities across southwestern U.S. and Mexico. Then he wrote the Havoc in Motion monthly column for El Ojo del Lago, winning the Ojo award for fiction.

Havoc in Motion can be found at Diane Pearl’s Colecciones on Colon at Ocampo. The price is $200 pesos. There is still time for Christmas mailing.

Jay White

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. They need gently used clothing, jewelry, household and electrical items – gather up and deliver to our waiting trucks at Centro Laguna Shopping Center on November 6 & 7, 10 – 5. The mall will offer promotions that day – how about lunch at the mall? If preferred, call the Church office, 765 – 3926 for pick up from your home or you can drop off items at the Church weekdays 9 – 12. Find treasures and fashions, yummy homemade baked goods, jams, pickles, candles too. The tea room offers tea or coffee and scones for refreshment, spaghetti for heartier appetites. There’s a 50/50 raffle, too. It’s always a fun day with proceeds to help Lakeside charities.

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


Mulitple Events:

The American Legion post #7 schedule for November:

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

Nov   3 – 9 – 9:45 a.m. – US Consulate (Note new hours!)

Nov   5 – 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Yard Sale

Nov 11 – 11 a.m. – Veterans Day/Remembrance Day (at 11-11-11)

Nov 19 – 5 p.m.  – Spaghetti Dinner (early bird)

Nov 22 – 9 a.m. – noon – Departure for Beach Trip, return Nov. 26

Nov 25 – 2 p.m. – American Thanksgiving Dinner, usually a sell out!

For information, call 765 – 2259 or

November 6, 10 – 3, The Lake Chapala Society (LCS) Annual Craft Fair is scheduled. Children’s Art and that of local artisans will be shown. The fair is open to all. There will be plenty of food and drink, and the Garden Club will sell its popular plants. The Wild Animals Rescue group will show animals.

The LCS Singles Mix & Match group has held four get-togethers on the LCS back patio. For Oktoberfest, lederhosen, keg beer and bratwurst were popular with the over 107 singles who attended, and a day tour of Tapalpa was sold out. The official website is Events in November will include dance lessons, dancing, dining in local restaurants as a group. For more information, check out the website or call 766 – 2228.

Lakeside Little Theatre news:

November 6 – 14 is the November show of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit. Shirley Appelbaum directs this sophisticated comedy with a touch of the paranormal.

Auditions for this season’s musical, Adler & Ross’s The Pajama Game, will be held November 12 – 13. Director Peggy Lord Chilton seeks 10 women and 10 men. She is also looking for a volunteer Costume Director for the show. Performances are February 26 through March 8, 2011. For scripts and information, contact Peggy at

The Lakeside Little Theatre encourages and welcomes everyone interested in acting, new or experienced, to attend auditions for any of this season’s plays.

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) began the concert season with a party for members including the marvelous soprano voice of Jillian Cox who performed arias and popular songs.

Season ticket prices remain the same as last year at $1500 pesos, $1200 pesos and $1000 pesos. All performances will be at the Auditorio de la Ribera in La Floresta. The scheduled season is:

Nov. 16 – Jalisco Classical Ballet Company presents a Suite from the “Nutcracker” and several “Pas de Dix o Quatra” – a stunning evening of dance.

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

The Nutcracker

November 19, 20, 21 The Naked Stage presents Rabbit Hole by Lindsay-Abaire, directed by Fred Koesling. This 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama premiered as a film September 2010 at the Toronto Film Festival starring Nicole Kidman. Rabbit Hole is an emotionally complex play about a contemporary suburban family trying to work their way back to normalcy in the face of life altering events. The story unfolds gradually as an intense drama often spiked with rich character humor. The Naked Stage is now located at Teatro Pequeño on the north side of the carretera just west of Pemex in central Ajijic. Reservations are a must. Donations: $80 pesos. Call 765 – 2530 or email

December 7, 8, 9 & 10 The Naked Stage offers up its Second Annual Christmas Turkey with Hams, a goofy Ajijic Christmas party. Reservations. Donations: $80 pesos. Call 765 – 2530 or email at the above address.

VIVA! La Musica Season tickets (auditorium, 7:30 p.m.) are still for sale at LCS (10 – 12): Single tickets are $250 pesos for members and $300 pesos for non-members. Bus trips to the “Live from the Met” Opera series – Viva plans to run a bus to each of the 11 operas to be shown in the Teatro Diana this season. These are Saturdays.

Nov. 13            Don Pasquale (Donizetti)

Dec. 11            Don Carlo (Verdi)

Jan.    8            La Fanciulla del West (Puccini)

Feb.  26           Iphigene en Tauride (Gluck)

Mar. 19            Lucio di Lammermoor (Donizetti)

Apr.   9             Le Comte Ory (Rossini)

Apr.  23            Capriccio (R. Strauss)

Apr.  30            Il Travatore (Verde)

May  14           Die Walkure (Wagner)

Bus trips to Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra (Sundays):

Nov. 14            Grieg Piano concerto, operatic arias and duets

Nov. 28            Verdi Requiem

Call Marshall Krantz at 766 – 2834 to reserve seats for any of the above and to arrange payment.

Jay Koppelman is an international award-winning photographer. His newly released book is called The Through Line – A Journey from Darkness into Life in Mexico. Illustrated with 80 photographs, the book includes 20 inspirational quotes and culminates five years of photographing the Lake Chapala and San Miguel de Allende areas of Mexico. He has been featured on the BBC and in photo books Endless Journeys, Deliquency in Society, La Familia, El Mexico de Los Mexicanos. See his blog at or email This beautiful book sells for $250 pesos. It is available at his new Studio 18 where many of his photos are hung or at Studio 18 is at Colon #18, two doors down from Bancomer; the phone number is 766-3745.

Jay Koppelman

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