THERE’S STILL TIME TO GET A TICKET
The Bravo! Theatre’s next production is Sylvia. The creative and experienced cast members are Paul Kloegman, Kathleen Carlson, Jayme Littlejohn, Arlene Pace, Kathleen Morris and Tony Wilshere. The fabulous Roseann Wilshere is directing.
It is a howlingly funny play! The production will be on November 10, 11, 12 and 13. Tickets are 200 pesos and may be purchased from Diane Pearl Colecciones and Mia’s Boutique or by emailing
Director Roseann Wilshere
FERIA MAESTRO DEL ART
The 15th annual Feria will be held November 11-13, Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission will be 50 pesos.
The Feria’s location is at the Club de Yates de Chapala (Chapala Yacht Club), Paseo Ramon Corona in Chapala. There are way too many activities to list, so check the website: www.mexicoartshow.com.
Santa Claus is coming and this year he’s on a motorcycle. Los Güeros Motorcycle Club is gearing up for its third annual “Toys for Tots” run. They have placed collection boxes for toys at Mama’s Bar, the Iron Horse, Just Chilling Baby and the American Legion. Please join them in giving the children of Mezcala a Merry Christmas.
The ride itself will take place on December 17 and will start out at the American Legion at 10 a.m. for breakfast. The ride to Mescala to deliver the toys will leave at noon.
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 10:00 a.m. is followed by an interesting lecture and discussion at 10:30.
November 13 The Allure of Gold—A History of Gold, How We Find It, Mine It, Produce and Use It.
Presented by John Wells
John will cover the history of gold production in ancient civilizations such as the Aztecs and the Incas. He will also discuss where and how we find it, particularly in Mexico, and how we produce pure gold and silver bars from rock. He will conclude with a commentary on current social and environmental challenges.
John Wells, a mining engineer, worked for 40 years in the mining industry in North and South America and Africa. He continues to consult on an occasional basis from his Vernon, Canada, and Ajijic homes.
November 20 Vietnam, Agent Orange, China, TPP, Mongolia’s Emerging Democracy...and More
Presented by Kelly Hayes-Raitt
During five months of traveling through Vietnam, China, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan, Kelly was warmly welcomed as an American visitor. She will focus her talk on Mongolia, one of the world’s newest democracies, which is plunging into capitalism after decades of communism.
Kelly Hayes-Raitt is a citizen journalist and writer who spent two weeks this summer with a delegation in Mongolia. She posted prolifically on Facebook. “Friend” her to check out her videos and photos.
November 27 Live Your Dream and Have Fun Doing It
Presented by Roy Nolan
Roy will tell us how to live our dream—how to find a need and fill it, how to live the dream, and how to have fun at the same time we help make this a better world.
Roy Nolan is a professional film/video producer, currently living his dream and doing his best to help make a better world. He began his filmmaking career over 60 years ago at the National Film Board of Canada in Montreal where he learned how to make documentary films. In 2006 he moved to the Lake Chapala area. Since then Roy has created many videos about this area. Some can be seen on his website .
December 4 Performance by the San Juan Cosala Music Rescue Project [OFIRC]
Presenters: San Juan Cosala Children’s Choir and Orchestra
Since they first appeared at Open Circle three years ago, the San Juan Children’s Choir and Orchestra has turned shy, fearful children into confident, lively, focused youngsters singing and playing instruments for fun as well as for discipline and achievement. The Orchestra is growing but still in need of instruments (woodwinds, brass, and strings), as well as sponsorships to pay for instruction in those instruments.
The children will perform and Coco Wonchee and Gustavo Medeles will update us on the progress of the project and its goals for the future.
VIVA LA MUSICA! LAKESIDE CONCERTS
Wednesday November 16 The Arias Trio from Bamberg, Germany, a special concert in a private home in Rancho del Oro (map on the ticket); 4 p.m., champagne reception, and the concert at 5 p.m.
Tickets are 450 pesos and 500 pesos for nonmembers. This is a very special treat for Ajijic. You won’t want to miss it.
The Arias Trio
Sunday December 4 Violin and piano concert featuring Blandine Tricot, piano, and Álvaro Lárez, violin, 4 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Riberas del Pilar. Tickets are 300 pesos on sale at the LCS box office Thursdays and Fridays 10 to noon, Diane Pearl Colecciones or Mia’s Boutique.
Thursday December 15 Viva Christmas Concert with the Rafael Terriquez Big Band, 6 p.m.in the Auditorio, La Floresta.
Regular Viva Concert tickets are 300 pesos. They are available at the LCS ticket booth Thursdays and Fridays from 10 to 12, and also from Diane Pearl Colecciones and Mia’s Boutique.
PAINTING WHILE YOU WATCH
Members of the Lake Chapala Painting Guild will be offering demos in various media at Sol Mexicano. The artists and their demonstration dates are as follows: Winnie Hunt, November 17 and 18; Sonia Mocnik, December 1 and 2; Nancy Gray, January 5 and 6; Carol Ann Owers, January 19 and 20.
Sonia Mocnik, Geraldine Classen and Winnie Hunt.
Each session will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until at least 1 p.m. There is no charge and reservations aren’t necessary. Everyone is invited.
Sol Mexicano is located on Colon #13 in Ajijic, a half block south of the plaza.
SHE’S A GREAT HOSTESS
Janice Kimball, weaving maestro Francisco Urzua, Max Bird and Precious Poodle invite the public to Aztec Studio’s eleventh annual potluck celebration on Sunday, November 20 at 2 p.m. Everyone, especially newbies, are welcome.
These potlocks are always fun. A special musical surprise will make this year’s event more entertaining than ever. The location is Aztec Art and Weaving Studios, Carretera Pte, West Ajijic (near Yves’).
For reservations e-mail Let her know whether you will be bringing an appetizer or a salad. Wine and soft drinks are provided. Seating is limited so it is advised you get your reservation in early.
LET’S GET ON THE VIVA BUS
Friday November 25 Live Opera Othello with the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra and members of the Jalisco State Choir, with tenor Issachah Savage ass Othello, and soprano Maija Kovalevska as Desdemona. The bus leaves at 4:30 pm, with a stop at a fine restaurant. Bus trip tickets 500 pesos and 600 pesos for non-members.
Saturday December 10 ‘L’Amour de Loin’ (Love from Afar) is a new opera by Kaija Saariaho, premiered in 2000 in Salzburg, and set as a medieval love story with Susanna Philips as Clémence and Eric Owens as Jaufré. The bus leaves at 10:30 a.m. The bus trip tickets are 400 pesos and 500 pesos for non-members.
Sunday December 18 The Jalisco Ballet performs Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. This is always a Christmas sell-out. The bus leaves at 10:30 a.m. Bus trip tickets are 500 pesos and 600 pesos for non-members.
Bus trip tickets are available at the LCS ticket booth on Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon.
HE DOES IT AGAIN!
Our local poet Mel Goldberg is a winner again! This time he was awarded second place in the Flint Hills Shakespeare Festival Sonnet Contest. Here’s his sonnet:
BEFORE HIKING TO THE SNOW-FILLED WOOD
Once, before hiking to the snow-filled wood
In the pale glow just as the breaking dawn
overcomes the darkness, a dappled fawn,
steaming in the frosty morning’s light, stood
in my garden, wondering if it should
flee from me, bound for the hills and be gone,
leaving only prints in the snowy lawn,
a fleeting fear I think I understood.
My observations scribbled on white pages,
the words with which I hoped to make my mark
and join the chronicles of ancient sages
will melt away as alight subdues the dark,
as ancient man in prehistoric ages
struggled to start each fire with a spark.
IS IT ART, OR ISN’T IT?
The next Naked Stage production will be Art, and is directed by Rosann Balbontin. Cast members are Ed Tasca, Jon DeYoung, and Greg Clarke.
Left to Right: Greg Clarke, Director Rosann Balbontin, and Ed Tasca. Missing: Jon DeYoung
It runs November 25, 26 and 27.
Art won the Tony for Best Play in 1998. It’s a comedy which raises questions about art and friendship, and concerns three long-time friends, Serge, Marc, and Yvan. Serge, indulging his penchant for modern art, buys a large, expensive, completely white painting. Marc is horrified, and their relationship suffers considerable strain as a result of their differing opinions about what constitutes “art”. Yvan, caught in the middle of the conflict, tries to please both of them.
The Naked Stage is in Riberas del Pilar, at Hidalgo #261, on the mountain side and directly across from the Catholic Church.
For more information and reservations, email . For those who use Facebook, look for The Naked Stage for breaking news and updates.
JALTEPEC PULLS OUT THE STOPS AGAIN
Centro Educativo Jaltepec is preparing for its annual Christmas Dinner and Luncheon event. The dinner will take place on Tuesday, November 29. The donation is 650 pesos. The luncheon is on the following day, Wednesday, November 30, and the cost is 550 pesos.
Timothy G. Ruff Welch will direct “A Taste of Los Cantantes del Lago.” There is a no host bar with hors d’oeuvres prepared and presented by the student. The delicious roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings will also be prepared and served by the students.
Contact Linda Buckthorp before Friday, November 21 at (376) 766.1631 or send her an email at to make your reservation in advance.
The Ajijic Fishing Club meets on the first Monday of the month for breakfast at 9 a.m. at Doña Lola Restaurant to exchange information and fishing tips.
Left to right: Jim Boles, Coordinator, Ricardo Heckert, Webmaster, Bob Hoch, Treasurer
That’s not all they do. This active bunch is planning a program for local kids who don’t have access to fishing. They’re also interested in helping newcomers to enjoy outings and can provide the loan of tackle for people who need it.
Then, of course, there’s fishing—at Aguamilpa Dam in Nayarit, outings to the coast, and a plan in the works for members to fly to Baja California and drive up the coast to a premier fishing spot in the Sea of Cortez.
They welcome new members. People can get in touch with Jim Boles at 766.5127 or check their very useful website at drhook50hp.wix.com/ajijicfishingclub, or just show up at Doña Lola’s for breakfast. You can buy one of those good looking T shirts too. The next meetings will be on November 7 and December 5.
FINDING ANOTHER SOUL MATE
Chapter Two, written by Neil Simon, is the next Lakeside Little Theatre presentation. It’s directed by Phil Shepherd. The cast members are Zane Pumiglia, Collette Clavadetscher, Michele Lococo, Dennis McCary.
The characters have to deal with sudden love, grief, recovery from divorce and contemplation of an affair. It’s called “an extraordinarily funny, heartfelt and witty comedy.” The play examines what it means to truly love someone else, and asks whether finding a soul mate can happen more than once in a lifetime.
Show dates are December 2-11. Curtain is 7:30 p.m. evenings, and at 3 p.m. for first Saturday and both Sunday matinees. Tickets are 200 pesos at the Box Office.
LLT Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to noon every Wednesday and Thursday plus
10 a.m. to noon every day during the show, except for Sunday. For information on ticket sales, call 376.766.0954 (messages are okay), or email . Also, visit the website at for more information on ticket sales, upcoming productions and general information.
YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE
The Culinary Arts Society of Ajijic (CASA) recently took another one of those great tours, this time to a factory in El Salto, where they got in on steeply reduced closing prices for clay bakers. Then they shopped at several Asian markets and finished with a great Japanese lunch. A member says, “It’s worth a drive with any tours organized by CASA!”
Photo by Allison Quattrocchi
To find out about any upcoming tours, scheduled probably after the first of the year, check the website: Membership is not required for the trips but you may be interested in joining. CASA meets the third Monday of each month at La Mision Restaurant on Rio Bravo.
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.