The LCS Fiesta opened its doors at 10 a.m. on July 24 and soon filled to capacity. Both back and front patios offered performers: Mexican dancing, balloon ani-mals, ballroom and belly dancing and plain music. The first of the 50-50 drawings was worth over 3,000 pesos.
El Quarteto de Cuerdas
at LCS Fiesta
Sunday morning Open Circle at LCS offers a wide variety of shared exper-iences. July 27 Ann Lewis presented her trip up the inside passage by ferry to Alaska, a different experience from that on a cruise. It could have been better with a slide show. Forest rangers provided talks on animals and local Indian tribes. Cabins provided facilities similar to those on cruise ships, plenty of food, movies, a library and "eye popping" views.
Open Circle at LCS on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. will present:
Sept 7 Dionne Reid – How is Edgar Cayce relevant today?
Sept 14 TBA
Sept 21 TBA
Sept 28 TBA
Arna Lewis of Rotary Club of Ajijc presented Norm Pifer, President of Cruz Roja, with a check for 3,350 pesos raised at a bingo benefit. Rotary Bingo will be held at the Old Posada every Thursday at 2 p.m. with doors opening at 1:30 for purchasing cards. 50 pesos gets 12 games, and proceeds will go to helping the many projects Rotary has here at Lakeside. The Old Posada offers dinner specials plus botanas (nibbles) and bebidas (drinks) during the game. These games are open to all who are interested in Bingo and having a good time.
Ann Lewis talks about travel to Alaska by ferry
The National and International Triathlon of Chapala 2008 ran August 2. The Olympic format was long, with a 1500-meter swimming segment, followed by a 40-kilometer cycling route and a 10-kilometer foot race. Arturo Garza Heiras from the state of Mexico won with an overall time of 1 hour, 55 minutes, 24 seconds. The competition began at 8 a.m. with the swimming event, followed by cycling which began at the fountain in front of the Chapala pier then west to the Corona building in San Antonio, completing this major effort with the foot race east from Madero (the main N-S road) in Chapala. This event carried a lot of significance because Chapala is known as the Mexican birthplace of triathlon competition, hosting the first such event in 1983. Thanks to the lake’s revitalization in recent years, the triathlon was brought "home."
Note they aren’t even sweating or breathing hard after a grueling triathlon.
One wonders how much farther west the triathlon might have gone had there not been flood control work in San Antonio Tlayacapán. Despite occasional grumblings about traffic flow and inconvenience, most residents agree that Calle Allen W. Lloyd and its counterpart on the south side of the carretera have been prone to serious flooding and in need of proper drainage. It may take until mid-September, but this project is one we can all appreciate. In the meantime, summer programs for Lakeside Little Theater are cancelled. Be safe, folks, as you traverse this busy area and try to be considerate of others.
There has been an increase in the number of auto accidents around the construction at the Libramiento and the Carretera. On August 17 there was a 4-car end-to-end collision. It looked like "bumper cars" but those involved didn’t look too happy.
Auditions are being held at Lakeside Little Theatre for "Incorruptible" written by Michael Hollinger and directed by Larry King. Audition dates are Friday and Saturday, September 12 – 13 at 10 a.m. sharp. Performance dates are January 17 – 25, 2009. For more information, contact Larry King at (376)764-0381 or email@example.com
The first play of the season begins on September 27 with "Office Hours" written by Norm Foster and directed by Jayme Littlejohn. Shows start at 7:30 pm Monday through Saturday and 3:00 pm on Sunday. The box office opens one hour before show time. Plenty of parking is available, courtesy of the Telmex parking lot across the road from the theatre.
Reminder: Season tickets will be on sale September 9–10, for $700 pesos, including membership. Individual ticket prices are $125 pesos. We have changed the location of the sale due to the inaccessibility of the road conditions to the theatre. The Season Ticket sale will be held at the LAKESIDE MALL in La Huerta at the west end of Ajijic on the Carretera next to the cemetery.
There is also a "Kick-off Party" at Lakeside Little Theatre on Saturday, September 20 from 5–7 p.m. This annual party is free to members only. If you are a season ticket holder, you are automatically a member. If you would like to join, you may do so at the party. Memberships are 100 pesos for the entire season.
Cruz Roja, as always, has a variety of services and activities. On the first and third Thursdays, they provide buses to Guadalajara for Lakeside shoppers; tickets at the Cruz Roja table, Lake Chapala Society. On September 4 and on October 2 the bus ($100 pesos) leaves the La Floresta Auditorio at 9 a.m., to Las Gallerias where we shop our hearts out at Cost-Co and the newly-renovated Mega, Sam’s, Wal-Mart, Liverpool and everything else including the movies. The bus returns at 4 p.m. sharp. On September 18 the bus ($50 pesos) leaves at 9 a.m. for Plaza Mexico where Wal-Mart pays for the buses. All proceeds go to Cruz Roja. Return is at 3 p.m. from Plaza Mexico.
Important to us all, Cruz Roja is updating all four of their ambulances to the highest standards, mechanics as well as equipment.
On October 30 at the Chapala Country Club, there will be a golf tournament sponsored by Cruz Roja. Entrants pay $1,200 pesos per person, and 80-90 entrants are expected with another 250 persons attending for dinner ($250 pesos). There will be a silent auction. Contact Richard Belaire for more information, 766-6104.
Norm Pifer receives a check from Arna Lewis of the Rotary Club
María Contreras Saucedo, the lady who sells us treats at the Lake Chapala Society snack bar, has recently graduated from studies of Tae Kwon Do. Tae Kwon Do, for those of us unfamiliar with martial arts, is a sport from South Korea and an official Olympic event. Tae means foot, Kwon means fist, and Do means way, or loosely translated, the way of the fist and foot. It is designed for self-defense. No wonder María is always so cheerful. She can take care of herself.
María Contreras Saucedo, student of Tae Kwon Do
September 1 was El Informe Presidencial during which Presidente Calderon delivered his State of the Union address. What he says affects us all. I hope you were listening or at least read the English articles about it.
St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Riberas will host Isaac Ramirez and Andres Sarre, a cello and piano duo, on September 14 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $250 pesos for members, $280 pesos for non-members. Contact Rosemary Keeling at 766 – 1801 or Suzanne Forrest at 766 – 0908.
Día de la Independencia (Independence Day) comes every September 16, marked with parades across the nation, including Chapala, Ajijic and Jocotopec. Celebrations begin the evening before, however, with El Grito (the shout) as local officials reenact Padre Miguel Hidalgo’s 1810 call to insurgency against the Spanish. Fireworks follow and the plaza is always full for that. Then on the morning of the 16th, parade participants often wear red and green ribbons. I am always touched by the pride of our local Ajijic youngsters as they march from La Floresta to Seis Esquinas (six corners) and back to the plaza. Another thing that makes me smile is the discipline of the horses and the handsome caballeros who ride at the end of the parade. You might want to bring some coins to the plaza for the delicious treats you will find there.
Music Appreciation Society season tickets go on sale September 8 from 10 - 12 at the Lake Chapala Society Ticket Booth for 1500, 1200 or 1000 pesos each, averaging only 214 pesos per performance for the highest price seats. To purchase early call Bev Denton at 765-6409 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org for special arrangement.
ALERT! For travelers intending to visit Guatemala, there was a wire on August 10 about the killing of an American man on the couple’s sailboat while anchored in Lake Izabal. Four men boarded and attacked the couple with machetes, demanding money. The thieves were apparently unhappy with the take. "We had a few quetzales (Guatemala’s currency), but we had no dollars with us on the boat," the wife of the victim said from her hospital bed in Morales. If Guatemala is on the agenda in the near future, please check with the consulate as to conditions in the area of your intended destination. Checking in with the consulate might be a good idea in itself wherever we travel abroad.
VIVA! La Musica is making a bus trip to Querétero, Guanajuato and León over six days from October 18–24 to celebrate the 36th International Cervantino Festival of the Arts in the colonial silver mining city of Guanajuato and its environs. The festival is held annually in honor of Miguel de Cervantes and presents a hotbed of cultural exhibitions, plays, concerts and more. Originating in 1972 this festival has become the most important artistic and cultural event in Latin America.
Departure is scheduled for 9 a.m. in front of Actinver-Lloyd, Ajijic, returning approximately 7:30 p.m. on the 24th. Cost per person is $7,400 pesos for double accommodation with $1,980 pesos for a single supplement. Reservations can be made either at the office of Grupo Turquesa (Travel Boutique) on the second floor above the new Gatherings Bookstore and Café (two doors up Ramon Corona from LCS) or by calling Rosemary Keeling at 766-1801. Cost includes travel, tour director, room, breakfast, taxes and tips for hotels, tickets to the Kullevo Male Choir with the National Symphony Orchestra of Finland, tickets to the Campeche Symphony Orchestra performing Danzones from Cuba and Mexico, and tickets to Pilobulus Dance Theater from Connecticut. Tips, drinks, meals not mentioned above are extra. This is an extraordinary trip! I hope you can make it.
On September 23 the Ajijic Writers Film Forum will present another yet-to-be selected film. The movie is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the Jardin Plaza Restaurant and Theater on the Ajijic square, tickets $50 pesos each. This is a fund-raising event with proceeds going toward a Creative Writing Scholarship through Los Niños de Chapala. Food and drinks are available through the restaurant to enjoy during the viewing, and discussion follows the film.
Plus, there will be a creative short story writing competition based on the theme of the movie, first prize $500 pesos, second prize free entry for two of the next Film Forum showings. However, you must attend the film to receive contest rules.
Robert Tennison recently celebrated his 85th birthday. Hosts Earl French and John McWilliams invited 46 of Bob’s closest friends. At the cake cutting Bob said, "The reason I was hesitant about moving to Mexico was that we would have no friends and wouldn’t know anybody." He then thanked everyone for making him "eat his words." Looks like they had a good time. Congratulations, Bob.
on his 85th birthday
From August 13–17, Expo Chapala Artesanal (ECA) put on an arts and crafts show along the new western strip of the Chapala Malecon. Mayor Gerardo Degollado cut the ribbon on the 13th. He said he considers the biannual fair a permanent fixture. Appa-rently the attendees agreed. They wove through the booths and art easels to the very end.
ECA paintings displayed
on the Malecon