SEPTEMBER is one of the shorter months of the year, only 30 days, but it contains four vividly memorable dates in history: LABOR DAY WEEKEND, MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY (9/16),…. AND no one will ever forget 9/11 and the TWIN TOWERS (another day of infamy), and last, but not least for those of us old enough to remember 9/2/1945 — the dayJAPAN SURRENDERED, finalizing WWII.
Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla
9/1/1894 officially recognized Unions as a very important part of American history. Labor Day is meant to be a time to reflect upon all the gains won by the U.S. labor movement for all workers allowing us the right to be proud of who we are, for what we stand, and to honor our history.
9/16/1810: Mexico’s Independence Day is celebrated annually on the anniversary of Grito de Dolores, which started the Mexican War of Independence when Mexico wanted to separate from the domination of the Spanish colonies.
9/11/2001: the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil ever, when hijackers crashed passenger planes into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers in New York, toppling the 110-story twin towers, killing all those aboard the jets and more than 3,000 people on the ground.
9/2/1945: the surrendering of the Empire of Japan brought the hostilities of World War II to an end. Even though it was a war started by Japan when they joined Germany seeking world domination, they failed and then surrendered September 2nd. The war was over!
Mexican athletes won the country’s first Olympic gold medal at the London Games. This is the first significant international soccer trophy of any kind with a lively 2 to 1 victory over Brazil during the games at Wembley Stadium at the 2012 Olympic Games. Sr. Oribe Peralta scored the first goal of the game just 28 seconds in, then added a second 15 minutes from full time to set off a wild and raucous celebration from the Mexican fans, who have craved global success for so long. This victory is likely to be hailed by many Mexicans (as well as rest of the world) as the greatest ever for the team, and it will also serve as another reminder of the gap in quality between Mexico and the United States. The United States failed to qualify for the Men’s Olympic tournament while Mexico overcame an injury with its best player to stun one of soccer’s world powers in the gold medal match. For Brazil, there was only anguish! The Brazilian team was loaded with stars already playing club soccer for top European teams like A.C. Milan, Manchester United, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, was stunned at the loss. ORIBE HAS BECOME THE PLAYER OF THE WEEK.
Sr. Peralta, scoring the two goals for Mexico in their 2012 Olympic football gold medal winning match against Brazil, has said he would like to make a “name for himself in the English Premier League, just like Manchester United star, Javier Hernandez.” Salutes from everyone to Mexico for its shining hour of brilliance.
THE 2012 SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES ARE OVER! The cost factors are not available yet, but it would be wise of them to exclude the price tag of that costly mess of the Closing Ceremonies. Suspecting it might contain the mediocrity of Socialism—although posing in capitalist clothes—I should have persuaded myself NOT to watch it. However, this time, I was more interested in an anticipated British classy cultural event rather than a historic romp through ancient traditions of the past. The current British Closing Ceremonies were far more pop than pomp even though I recall that it is supposed to continue through the dousing of the torch, in the style of such a traditional event as THE OLYMPICS. Peralta redeemed us somewhat with him, and his team’s magnificent win!
The Naked Stage Reader’s Theatre is now well received at Lakeside……This month, Naked Stage presents “A THOUSAND CLOWNS” written by Herb Gardner and directed by Liz White. Lovely Liz has a remarkable list of hit shows at LLT, and will show us her broadening talents in directing once again. This benchmark of Broadway Comedy introduced one of the theaters most unconventional and beloved characters, “Murray Burns,” the eccentric guardian and mentor to his precocious nephew, “Nick.” Tired of writing cheap comedy gags for a children’s television show, Murray finds himself unemployed with plenty of time to chase his own rainbows and indoctrinate his friends and neighbors into his freewheeling lifestyle. He manages to maintain his ideals, even finding true love in the end. It is filled with laughter, warmth, sweetness and an inspired daffiness. The Naked Stage production dates are September 21, 22, and 23. Reservations please call Betty Lloyd Robinson at 765-3262 or email her at
LLT is preparing to launch their 48th Season in September. The first play will be Quartet by Ronald Harwood and directed by Ann Swiston opening on September 29th and running through October 7. I’ll Be Back Before Midnight written by Peter Colley and directed by Roseanne Wilshere will show November 3 through November 11th. Both of these shows have been cast. Balance of the roster of Season 48:
3rd play: Best Wishes by Bill Barker and directed by Peggy Lord Chilton. Auditions will be: Oct. 5 & 6.
4th play: Too Soon for Daisies by William’s Dinner and Morom to be directed by Sally Jo Bartlett: Auditions: October 12 & 13.
5th play: The Drowsy Chaperone by Martin McKellar, Lambert & Morrison. Directed by Dave McIntosh, choreography by Barbara Clippinger and Musical Direction by Judy Hendricks
Auditions: Nov. 23 & 24.
6th play: Not Now Darling by Ray Cooney and John Chapman. To be directed by Shirley Appelbaum. Auditions are January 18 and 19 (2013).
All auditions take place at the Lakeside Little Theatre.
Sept 4: 1609 the island of Manhattan was discovered 402 years ago by navigator Henry Hudson
Sept 4: In 1781 Los Angeles was founded by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve near the site of the Native American Village, Yang Na It was called “El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles”—the city of the queen of the angels
Sept 4: 1886 finally ended the United States and Indian wars when Geronimo was surrendered at Skeleton Canyon near the Arizona/New Mexico border.
Sept. 11: a dreadful day when the Twin Towers of NYC were leveled by terrorists.
Rockin’ Rotary Independencia Dinner/Auction. Hold on to your sombreros, the Rotary Club of Ajijic is throwing a Dia de la Independencia Fiesta Fundraiser on Friday, September 14, from 3 pm to 7 pm, at Las Caballerizas Coxala Restaurant in The Racket Club, San Juan Cosala. The celebration will include dinner and dancing to live music by Noe, a Silent Auction and a Cash Bar. Party-goers will receive a free margarita at the door to toast the Mexican Independence Day in style. The auction will include a variety of special items such as art, a handcrafted pewter bowl, antique and designer turquoise jewelry, iron candlesticks, wine and Tequila in collector containers, unique statues, cookbooks, handmade silk purses and shawls, Mexican art objects, dinner gift certificates and much more! Tickets are available at Diane Pearl’s Gift Shop in Ajijic and cost $300 pesos each. For further information, contact Anita Hocker at or visit the club’s website at . Proceeds from Rotary fundraisers support the club’s community projects at Love in Action, Hope House for Boys, Tepehua Community Center, CODENI, ADART Therapy Dog Program, and education grants for local students. Rotary meetings are held every Tuesday from 12:30 pm to 2:00 PM at the Hacienda Ajijic Steak House. Visitors and persons interested in becoming a member are welcome to attend meetings. Rotary is a community service and fellowship organization with over 2 million members worldwide. Anne Drake, Rotary Club Publicity Chairman–Home: 376-765-3030 E-mail:
Niños Incapacitados—Helping Sick Children at Lakeside. Although, usually this time of the year is less of an active time, the Board of Directors of Niños Incapacitados is already preparing events for 2013. Clinic directors, with their volunteers, are working hard at the clinics preparing for activities in the future. There are a goodly number of families needing assistance, so they are taking new children into the program right now. Information can be acquired at the September 13th meeting.
PLEASE SAVE THESE DATES FOR GETTING INVOLVED:
September 13, 2012………Monthly meetings resume at Real de Chapala with coffee at 10 a.m., and the meeting at 10:30 a.m.
New Volunteers always welcome
October 18, 2012……….. Lakeside Women present an informative day of health and beauty donating one third of the profits to Niños Incapacitados
January 15, 2013………….Afternoon and Evening Trivia Quizzes
January 25, 2013………….Robby Burns Night, a Scottsman to the kilts.
March 14, 2013………… “All Aboard the Oriente-Express” annual dinner dance at Hotel Real de Chapala, Ajijic.
September 16, Mexican Independence Day! The Lake Chapala Society invites you to “Viva Mexico” to celebrate Mexican Independence Day on Saturday, September 16th from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. A traditional fiesta dinner will include birria, pozole, tamales, tacos and sopes. LCS encourages everyone to come and experience a truly Mexican fiesta where the Ex-Pat and Mexican communities join together on this very special day. For only 120 pesos you can enjoy this traditional feast which remains free for children 10 years and under. Children’s games will be held throughout the day and prizes awarded. Lots of entertainment including: Mariachi Band, Ballet Folklorico, music groups and Frankie Dino for your dancing pleasure. This is a very important day in Mexican history and one that you will want to be part of. What a wonderful opportunity to invite Mexican friends or neighbors and their children and share in their history. Tickets at Lake Chapala Society: 120 pesos in advance; or 150 pesos at the entrance.
OKTOBERFEST revisited: Prost……Prost!! On Saturday, October 6 between 2:30 – 6 p.m. the Fest Halle (beer tent) at Lake Chapala Society will be alive with the sounds of music and song. A traditional German meal of Bratwursts, red cabbage, and German potato salad will be served along with various beers and beverages. Practice your yodeling for a contest. Get out your dirndl or Lederhosen or dress in the Bavarian colors of blue and white. For over 200 years this fair has been celebrated world-wide; so, let’s join in the fun! Reserved tables can be available in the tent. For further information contact Patricia Doran,firstname.lastname@example.org while also watching for details on the LCS bulletin board.
Focus on Art in this issue features Milo Needles, whose works will be on exhibition at the Galeria Gecko (Daniel Palma), Ocampo #61, Ajijic, beginning on Friday, the 21st of September. There is an opening reception planned for Friday the 21st of September at 5PM (drinks and snacks). All are invited. Milo Needles is an exceptional artist who sees through the surface of things into human reality — with deep psychological understanding.
OKAY, let’s go fishing. One of the major staples that we should consider for our health is FISH! Lots of Lakesiders don’t know the first thing about baiting a hook, or scaling a fish, but we all know it’s healthy to eat fish a couple times a week. ESCOJA SU PESCADO (Spanish ~~ (Pick your Fish). We are so fortunate to have wonderful “pescaderias” (fish markets) here at lakeside with fresh fish brought in daily from the pacific coast. (ENGLISH=SPANISH)
Abalone=Abulón / Alligator Fish=Peje Lagarto / Anchovy=Anchoa / Bass=Cabrilla / Carp=Carpa / Catfish=Bagre / Clam=Almejas / Cod=Bacalao / Crab=Jaiba / Crayfish=Langostino / Cuttle fish=Choco / Dolphinfish=Dorado / Eels=Anguilas / Flounder=Lenguado / Freshwater Crawfish=Acamaya / Giant Sea Bass=Mero Pescada / Grouper=Mero / Haddock=Eglefino / Herring=Arenque / Lobster=Langosta / Mackerel=Caballa / Monkfish=Peje Sapo / Mussels=Mejillones / Octopus=Pulpo /
Have Hammer Carpentry Trade School. The only one in Mexico is having an OPEN HOUSE Thursday, September 20th 3:00 to 7:00 pm and YOU are invited. Come join them in celebrating their move to a much larger needed facility that will accommodate more students and woodworking machines. Their motto “teaching valuable life skills thru carpentry” brings hope closer to a living reality for all the students. Many of the students projects will be on display including beautifully crafted hand carved quality furniture.
Ed. Note: All information for this column should now be sent to Kay Davis at email@example.com and to Tod Jonson, who will continue on for an indefinite period. We extend our deepest thanks to Barbara Clippinger, who stepped in to do a wonderful job for us.