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March 2018



Don’t miss the Lake Chapala Chorale’s big Broadway Revue, “Singing on a Star 2,” staged in a comfortable dinner-show environment at La Bodega Restaurant. The show repeats audience favorites from the Chorale’s sold-out program last fall, including big hits such as “Impossible Dream,” “I Feel Pretty,” and “Music of the Night,” but director Cindy Paul promises that about half the program is new material.

During the dinner service, you will be treated to “musical appetizers”: wandering LCC troubadours singing in small groups at your table.  Tickets for both the show and the dinner are only $300 at Diane Pearl Colecciones, or $350 at the door, if available. Seating is limited, so get your tickets soon!

The price includes a grilled chicken dinner as well as the show. Show dates are March 9, 11, 16 and 18, all from 5:45 pm to 8 pm, with dinner service beginning at 5:30 pm.


Here is the lineup for the next Viva la Musica Live from the Met bus trips.

Saturday March 10, noon. Semiramide by G. Rossini (3.50 hours) Bus departs at 10.30 am

Saturday March 31, 11 am Cosi Fan Tutte by W. A. Mozart (3.56 hours) Bus departs at 9.30 am

Trips to the opera at Teatro Diana are 450 pesos (550 for non-members) and are available at the LCS ticket booth Thursday and Friday from 10 to noon, or call Rosemary Keeling at 766-1801.  Buses leave from the carretera near the Farmacia Guadalajara.


 The Ajijic Society of the Arts (ASA) annual judged show will be on display through Thursday,  March 22. This is a not to be missed event, as it displays new work by local painters, weavers, watercolorists, sculptors, photographers, jewelers, paper-cutters, digital artists and basket weavers.

Fabric Art by Patricia Hemingway


Sunday March 11: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 and Serenade for Strings; Conductor Marco Parisotto

Sunday March 18: Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 3

Sunday March 25: Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 (soloist Abdiel Vázquez) and Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances; Conductor Marco Parisotto.

Viva bus trips to the symphony at the Degollado Theater are 450 pesos (550 for non-members). and are available at the LCS ticket booth Thursday and Friday from 10 to noon, or call Rosemary Keeling at 766-1801.  Buses leave from the carretera near the Farmacia Guadalajara at 10:30 for the 12:30 performance.


Digital art will be spotlighted as Ajijic’s Galeria Di Paola features the work of four artists, Joyce Wycoff, Steve Klarer, Marge Ellsworth and Maria Di Paola.  The show will run through Tuesday, April 3, at Calle Colon 11 in Ajijic.


Sunday morning finds many Lakeside residents at the Lake Chapala Society and Open Circle, a forum on a variety of stimulating topics. A social hour with coffee and snacks at 10 am is followed by an interesting lecture and discussion at 10:30.

March 11 The Irish Soldiers of Mexico

Presented by Michael Hogan, Ph.D.

This is the story of a group of men, mostly Irish, who fought on the Mexican side during the US invasion of 1846-48. Members of an artillery unit called Los San Patricios, or Soldiers of St. Patrick, saw action in almost every battle of the Mexican War. They were captured by US forces after the Battle of Churubusco in August 1847, and forty were executed in “the largest hanging affair in the history of North America.” Hogan will discuss why they joined the Mexicans, why the punishments were so harsh, and why they have become a Mexican legend.

Michael Hogan, Ph.D., is an historian, educator, and author of 24 books, including Abraham Lincoln and Mexico and The Irish Soldiers of Mexico, which was the basis for an MGM movie starring Tom Berenger. He is Emeritus Humanities Chair at the American School Foundation of Guadalajara, and a former professor of International Relations at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara. He is a member of the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, and the Geographical Society of Mexico.

March 18 Crisis? What Crisis?

Presented by Yan Kostic & Tom Zachystal

Financial crises are quite common in history and often cause economic tsunamis in affected economies (there has been at least one major financial crisis every decade since the 70’s). After reviewing what caused some of the greatest financial crises and their dramatic consequences, we will explore the current conditions, including the recent extreme volatility and compounding factors that have the potential to lead to the next financial crisis before the end of this decade.

Tom Zachystal CFP, CFA and Yann Kostic, MBA, are presidents of their respective assets management firms and both are US Registered Investment Advisors (RIA). Tom is the president of the San Francisco Financial Planners Association and both Tom and Yann cater to US expats in Mexico. You can read their regular column in the Lakeside Sun at

March  25  The Scottish Snail that Changed the World

Presented by Don Munroe

On August 26, 1928, a snail lay decomposing in a bottle of ginger beer on a shelf in the Wellmeadow Café in Paisley, Scotland. May Donohue entered the café with a friend who bought a fruit dish for herself and a Scottish ice cream float for Mrs. Donohue. A Scottish ice cream float was ice cream with ginger beer poured over it (although not normally with a decomposing snail!).

What happened next led to a lawsuit that ultimately came before the House of Lords (then the highest Court in the United Kingdom), resulting in a decision that revolutionized the law, affecting the everyday lives of everyone not only in the UK but also in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and several other countries.  

This dramatic shift in the law will be explained by Don Munroe, a prominent Canadian lawyer, law teacher, arbitrator, and mediator. For the past seven years, Don and his wife Wendy have been coming to Ajijic for the Canadian winter.  

April 1  The Fool’s Way to Joyful Aging

Presented by Susa Silvermarie

The Ojibwe translation for female elder is Mindi Muyen, One Who Holds Things Together. Imagine what you might feel about aging if you grew up hearing every old woman referred to by a term that evokes status, strength, authority, sovereignty. Last year at Open Circle, Silvermarie heartened us by performing Mary Oliver poems, and this year she performs her own work showing us how to use the Fool archetype to celebrate growing into our own skin—that is, to celebrate aging! Don’t miss the power of this spoken word performance.


Potter Productions presents its first offering, a restaging of Love, Loss and What I Wore, back by popular demand with its original director, Rosann Balbontin.

The cast (left to right): Sue Quiriconi, Roseann Wilshere, Anne Drake, Maryanne Gibbard, and Phyllis Silverman.

Show dates are March 18 and March 25 at 3 pm, at the Lake Chapala Society. Doors open at 2 pm. Use the side entrance (same as for Open Circle). The price of admission is 100 pesos. Liquid refreshments and snacks are available. Email your reservation requests to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include your preferred date and number in your party.

The play: Written by Nora and Delia Ephron, (creators of Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail, and more), and based on the book by Ilene Beckerman, this show is a fast-paced scrapbook of stories about unfortunate prom dresses, the traumatic lighting in fitting rooms, high heels, short skirts and the existential state of having nothing to wear. Accessorizing these comical and poignant tales are the mothers who disapprove, the men who disappear, and the sisters who’ve got your back.


….for health care emergencies. Come to the LCS Sala talk on March 21 at 2 pm.

Wendy Jane Carrel, M.A. of is the facilitator for an overview of the emergency system, healthcare system, registries, legal documents, and resources at Lakeside.


“White Night, White Lights,” is the theme of the Ninos Incapacitados annual gala dinner dance on Thursday, March 22, from 5 to 10 pm, at the Hotel Real de Chapala. Organizers suggest a dress code of white, either festive attire or business casual.  They say, “Be prepared for a lovely evening under the stars, and a gala full of light, sparkle and enjoyment.”

Master of Ceremonies Efren Gonzalez, local renowned artist and community leader, will host the evening. There will be a live and silent auction, a raffle and a tequila lasting. A new feature this year is a reception from 5 to 5:30 with complimentary champagne, margaritas and appetizers.

A gourmet meal cooked and served by members of CASA, is one of the highlights of the live auction, as well as a stay at  a private oceanfront beach house for six at Rincon de Guayabitos, and a ranch barbecue for 20 plus a horse dancing show at the stable.

Musical entertainment is by Great American Songbook Francis Dryden, Paul Brier and Jimmy Barto.

The ticket cost is 550 pesos. For tickets contact Sue Williams at 766-0487 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



The Cast: Tracy Foy, Peter Luciano, Candace Luciano, Patteye Simpson, Amaranta Santos

The Clean House is the newest production of the Lakeside Little Theatre.  It’s directed by Russell Mack. Show dates are March 23 to April 1.

A serious career-oriented doctor has hired a maid who hates to clean. Instead, she longs to be a comedienne. She’s deserted by her husband, who leaves her for his mistress. We are reminded in the play that there is humor and beauty to be found in life’s most unlikely messes.

According to reviews, this play is part telenovela, part fantasy and part social commentary, a a romantic comedy about loss, love, change and redemption,

Tickets are 300 pesos and are available at LLT’s Box Office, 10 to noon every Wednesday and Thursday, also one hour before curtain. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call (376) 766 0954.  The first Saturday and both Sundays are matinees at 3 pm. Evening shows are at 7:30 pm. 


The next exhibition of works by members of the Lake Chapala Painting Guild will open at Calli Gallery, Ocampo #30, Ajijic, from 5 until 7:pm on Friday, March 23. Welcome all to our new venue and reception.


The next Naked Stage production is The Quality of Life .. It’s directed by Alicia Madrid.

The Cast: Ken Yakiwchuk, Diana Rowland,
Damyn Young and Jayme Littlejohn

In this dramatic comedy playwright Jane Anderson explores a myriad of ethical, religious, and moral beliefs, as well as personal rights issues concerning life and death.   The play is the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Winner and won the 2008 Ovation Award for Best New Play.   “This magnetic work of theater is filled with compassion, honesty and humor.’”

It runs March 30, 31 and April 1 at 4 pm. Donation is $100.  The Box Office and bar open at 3 pm.

Reservations are by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Naked Stage is at Hidalgo #261, on the mountain side and directly across from the Catholic Church.  Parking is available in the Baptist Church lot. Reservations are recommended. For those who use Facebook, look for The Naked Stage for breaking news and updates. 


Lakeside Little Theatre is pleased to continue the 2017-2018 Playhouse Series into the new year.  The last production of the season will be Yerma by Simon Stone, Federico Garcia Lorca. The dates are April 7 and 8 . 

 Performances are Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 3:00 pm.  Tickets (250 pesos) for the upcoming shows can be purchased two weeks prior and the week of the show at the LLT box office Wednesday and Thursday from 10am until noon, and one hour before curtain. 


We’ve been waiting for this, a new website: for current events at the Old Train Station in Chapala.

On this site you will also find a link to Live @ Lakeside, where every week Francis Dryden. Canadian transplant and professional drummer,  puts an amazing amount of energy into compiling a very detailed list of popular music and other events at Lakeside.  Check it out. 

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Column: Lakeside Living




Sandy Olson is a typical San Franciscan, and that’s enough about that. As a career, she was a community college instructor, first as a parent education specialist, though she has no talent with children, and later as an ESL instructor, getting hired with no knowledge of automotive mechanics. Somehow the administration never found her out. She’s hoping that the Editor of the Ojo del Lago doesn’t find out, too, that all the notices in Lakeside Living are fiction that she makes up while she sits in the Ajijic Plaza all day.

Sandy has moved to Mexico forever four times at last count and now she has a driver’s license and DIF card and is going for permanent residency soon. Lakeside is home and she can’t imagine living anywhere else.

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