The November 12th CASA (Culinary Art Society of Ajijc) Meeting/Competition featured Poultry Main Dish for Category A and for Category B, a Complimentary Side Dish. The judges were Lorraine Keefer, Cheryl Davis and Chef Eric Enciso Cardenas Leonardo. Speakers at the November meeting were father and son: Bernardo Brocher and Guillermo Martin Brocher from Argentina. The discussion was about the differences between poultry in Mexico and that in Argentina, and Argentinian cooking methods for poultry.
First Place in Category A was awarded to Nancy Traill for her Jiaozi; second place went to Diane Pretti for her Chicken with Olives, Cherries and Port Sauce; third place to Wayne Palfrey for his Chicken with Apple/Sweet Potato Stuffing with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce. Winners in Category B were: first place – Joan Warren for her Eggplant Casserole; second place to Annie Green for her Zesty Lemon Orzo and tied for third place were Helena Feldstein for her Yams with Brown Butter Vinegrette and Maureen Martin for her Choi Fleur Au Gratin. People’s Choice awards went to Diane Pretti for her chicken with Olives, Cherries and Port Sauce and to Paula Haarvi for her Pea Salad with Toasted Almonds.
The CASA Membership voted for their new 2013 Executive Board of Directors. Elected were: President – Pat Carroll, Vice President – Annie Green, Treasurer – Karen Blue, Secretary – Rick Feldmann, Director at Large – Sandy Feldmann.
Anyone interested in joining CASA , please contact president Pat Carroll at 766-3144 or email www.ajijiccasa.org.. Please visit the CASA website at
CASA Speakers Guillermo Martin Brocher and Bernardo Brocher flank Beth Cathcart (speaker coordinator)
On November 22, at El Centro Cultural Gonzalez (the remodeled train station) there was an “event of literature and music” organized by the popular local poet Evelia Lara. It was a rich program with a combination of music and readings uplifting to the spirit as well as the mind. If you missed this one, look for the next one. They are free of charge.
The Cruz Roja Golf Tournament was a major success. Everyone had a great time although there was no hole in one; but lots of terrific prizes were won, including hotel stays on both coasts, and greens fees at two top courses near Puerto Vallarta. Cruz Roja Lakeside serves over 140,000 people and provides services 24/7 around the lake.
Winners: Manny Braovac, George Slingerland, Jean Paul Ciantar, Bruno Joachim
The Fantasticks cast gathered for a photo shoot. The show ran the end of November through the first few days of December and continued its history of success, much of which is attributable to these fun-loving people.
– Front row: R Roger Larson, Valeri Jones, Ken Yakiwchuk
2nd row: Christian Garcia Duran, Marie Claire Figadere
3rd row: Fred Koesling, Eduardo Muñoz Zúñiga, John Ward
December 1 the brand new Lucky Dog Adoption Center officially opens as a replacement for the dog center that had been in Riberas. For those interested in making a major donation, please contact Chris Bublin at 766 – 4282 or Bob McKeown at 766 – 3504.
On December 4, 5, and 6 A Taste of Tin Pan Alley will be presented at Club Exotica on the Ajijic Plaza. Enjoy a gourmet holiday buffet, listen to the songs from the “Golden Age of Music” and enjoy dances of The Roaring Twenties – Mac Morrison and Don D’Carl will be singing your favorite romantic ballads with Judy Hendricks and Patteye Simpson. Greg Clarke, Alexis Hoff, Val Jones and Cortland Jones will be tapping away and stepping out! Reminisce with us and remember songs like “Putting on the Ritz”, “That Old Black Magic”, “Blue Skies”, “Dream a Little Dream of Me”, “Over the Rainbow” and so many more. Directed by Barbara Clippinger, Choreography by Alexis Hoff and Music Direction by Patteye Simpson. Your host for the evening is Russell Mack.
Tickets at Diane Pearl’s, Mia’s, and the Lake Chapala Society, 10 – 12. All this for only $300 pesos – all proceeds go to the Tepehua Community Center in Chapala where young lives are saved and changed every day. The motto, “Helping a village help itself” is what it’s all about.
Barbara Clippinger, Alexis Hoff, Patteye Simpson
On December 7, 3 – 6 p.m. at the Efren Gonzales Gallery at Marcos Castellanos #7 in Ajijic, the Lake Chapala Painting Guild is opening a really good art show. Refreshments will be served. The artists shown will be Martha Bryce, Carolina, Geraldine Claussen, Sydney Gay, Winnie Hunt, Bev Kephart, Julie Elizabeth Mignard, Betty Petersen and Lois Schroff. These artists are in a class of their own. Have a peek. You might find something irresistible.
The Lakeside School for the Deaf & Children with Special Needs sponsors home tours, escorting participants to several very special Lakeside homes. The remaining tours run through March 2013. Mark the following dates: December 13 (Christmas Home Tour & Party), January 24, February 28 and March 28. Tours, approximately two hours in length, begin at 10:30 a.m. at the foot of Colón in Ajijic.
One of the homes on tour
Los Cantantes del Lago Christmas concert ¡Una Navidad Magnifica! with Music Director Timothy G. Ruff Welch is almost upon us. The popular choir will perform the Bach Magnificat as well as Mexican carols. This will be a joint event with CREM (Centro Regional de Estudios Musicales, Music Director Emmanuel Medeles).
The concert is a wonderful combination of classical, traditional and folk music all wrapped up in one beautiful concert. Performances are December 14 at 4 p.m., and December 15 at 7 p.m., Plaza de la Ribera, formerly the Sol y Luna. Bar opens one hour prior to concert.
Tickets are $250 pesos: Diane Pearl Colecciones, Mia’s Boutique, or by emailing . Directions to Plaza de la Ribera: head west from Ajijic to Rio Bravo in West Ajijic; head downhill about 1-1/2 blocks. It’s on the left. Most parking is on the street so leave time to walk a short ways. The facilities are pleasant and there is seating for cocktails. The show is well worth it.
On December 28, 29 and 30th, The Naked Stage show will perform Private Lives by Noel Coward, directed by Betty Lloyd-Robinson. The cast is Liz White, Fred Koesling, Diana Rowland and Jim Lloyd, some of the best we have. This will be a special reading, dress-up optional, botanas and bubbly to follow the shows. Price $150 pesos. Call Diana at 766 – 6004 or (cell) 331 – 412 – 8286.
Private Lives, a fun comedy
Lake Chapala Society urges members to renew ASAP to avoid being dropped from the catalog. But wait! We can renew online using a credit card or PayPal. Renew prior to December 15 to appear in the new catalog; don’t delay.
On December 9 at 10:30 a.m. during Open Circle on the back patio, Janice Kimball, Francisco and Max the Bird will make a presentation introduced by Jim Tipton. The “dramatic reading” will be set by a display of prehispanic-inspired tapestries created at Aztec Studies. The reading will be Chapter 17, “Ponderings of the Soul”, from the newly released book Three in a Cage. In this chapter Max tells of the fear he has of the weavings of snakes, man-eating crocodiles, and sacrificial sites that hang on the studio walls. Discussion will continue over lunch at a nearby restaurant to be announced at Open Circle.
There is still time to buy those wonderful Christmas cards drawn by the Children’s Art Program participants. There will be many travelers heading to the border for visits home. Some will carry US and Canadian mail to post north of the Rio Grande. The cards are sometimes talented, other times just darling. Either way they make an appropriate greeting and donation to the kids’ program. Several of the graduates have become successful local artists. Just 20 pesos per card at the office, a good deal. Visit for even more info.
Lakeside Little Theatre news:
Best Wishes is the December story and the exciting news is that Bill Barker, the play’s author, will be at LLT for opening night. Openings are already special with a red carpet welcome and a free glass of wine with the cast. This play ran 9 months in LA where it was named “Critic’s Choice” by the LA Times. This is the first international production. The play runs December 8 – 16. It is the heartfelt story of grown children returning to pay their final respects to their mother, their family home and the small town they know they will never see again.
Best Wishes poster
Tickets are $200 pesos per seat, $250 for the musical. For the full listing of shows, box office and ticket information and to get email updates, go to . Box office hours are 10 – 1 and one hour prior to each performance. Sunday box office access is just prior to a show. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m.
Singers, Dancers, Actors – LLT’s musical is The Drowsy Chaperone to show February 16 – 26. Auditions are over, but you can still contact Director Dave McIntosh for further details at . Barbara Clippinger is Choreographer and Judy Hendricks is Musical Director. To volunteer behind the scenes, the LLT is always looking for people to train.
Niños Incapacitados del Lago Schedule:
So far in 2012, Niños has assisted 127 children and Young people with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, diabetes, cancer and birth defects. In addition to paying for wheelchairs, orthopedic braces and other medical equipment, the organization pays for medications, x-rays and diagnostic tests not covered by family insurance. Upcoming events:
January 15 – Trivia Quiz Event at Real de Chapala
January 25 – Robbie Burns Night
March 14 – Major fundraiser “All Aboard the Orient Express”
VIVA! La Musica Fall Schedule:
The final 2012 concert Opera Gala, organized by Viva La Musica will take place on the December 6 at 7 p.m. at St. Andrews Anglican Church, Riberas del Pilar, located at the corner of Calle St. Luis and Calle St. Lucas. There is a parking lot and street parking. The program will feature areas from operas: Mozart – Don Giovanni; Cilea – L’Arlesiana; Puccini – La Rondina, Manon Lescaut and La Boheme; De Falla – La Vida Breve; Sorozabal – La Taberna del Puerto; Chapi – Las Hijas de Cebedeo; and Penella – El Gato Montes. Soloists coming from Guadalajara are Patricia Perez (soprano) and César Delgado (tenor), accompanied by Andres Sarre.
This concert will conclude Viva’s concert programming for the 2012 year in a festive mood appropriately timed at the beginning of the holiday season. Tickets are $200 pesos for Viva members, $300 pesos for non-members except students at $100 pesos. Tickets are available at LCS on Thursdays and Fridays 10 – 12, at Diane Pearl’s at the corner of Colon and Ocampo and at the door before the concert.
Bus trips to “Live from the Met” Opera continues and they are filling up fast. Call Marshall Krantz at 766 – 2834 or Rosemary Keeling at 766 – 1801 for additional information or to get on the list. You can buy tickets at LCS on Thursday and Friday mornings 10 – 12 at $300 pesos for members, $400 for non-members. Remember: Viva buys the right number of tickets 7 – 10 days before each event.
Dec. 1 Mozart – La Clemenza de Tito
Dec. 2 Mahler – Symphony No. 4, Grieg Piano Concerto
Dec. 8 Verdi – Un Ballo en Maschera
Dec. 15 Verdi – Aida
Jan. 12 Berlioz – Les Troyennes
Jan. 19 Donizetti – Maria Stuarta
Feb. 16 Verdi – Rigoletto
Mar. 2 Wagner – Parsifal
Apr. 27 Handel – Julius Caesar
The bus (or buses) departure is 90 minutes prior to performance time (10:30 a.m.) and leaves from the carretera in front of Farmacia Guadalajara. Due to the length of the performance, some departure times are subject to change. For information on performers, please go to the New York Metropolitan Opera website for the season 2012 – 2013.