Lakeside School for the Deaf and Children with Special Needs featured the eighth annual Fashion Show in aid of more than 100 children at the School. It was a roaring success. The show was at the Moon Estate, now the beautiful home of Claudette Champagne. 150 women attended. Show co-ordinators were Cece Girling and Barbara Sherritt. The models were: Helena Feldstein, Averil Miller, Sallie Watson, Merelyn Shore, Erma Dougherty, Claire Ewart, Jennifer Johnson, Barbara Sherritt, Marilyn Paton, Karen Richardson, Maritza Freyslinger.
Hostesses Cece Girling & Claudette Champagne
Delicious crepes, salad and dessert were catered by Leslie Martin. The luxurious Moon estate was exquisite. With tables set around the pool, here the models showed off the clothes being auctioned.
The School has not only deaf children but those with Down Syndrome, paraplegia, quadriplegia, cerebral palsy, autism, visual impairment and other debilitating ailments. If you would like to know more about The School for the Deaf and Children with Special Needs and perhaps help with the money-raising events, please get in touch with Cece Girling at 766 – 3964.
School for the Deaf Christmas Party went very well – thank you all!
For the November meeting of the Lake Chapala Garden Club, Lois Cugini sponsored a fashion show. It has been posted on the Lake Chapala Garden Club website in a slide show format at . The fashion show is a yearly event for the November lunch meeting. The international Club has members from many different countries. Both members and meetings explore the great variety of garden species and practices unique to this area of Mexico. Check their website for fascinating photos and ideas for your own garden.
“Taste of Tin Pan Alley” played to a full house with tickets sold out. There were outstanding dance numbers by Val Jones, Alexis Hoff and Courtland Jones. Judy Hendricks and Greg Clark were charming, singing “Two Sleepy People”. Mac Morrison has never sounded better, and Don DeCarl sang with Pattye Simpson in an appealing duet “Too Marvelous for Words.” Ajijic’s Dinner Theatre is doing many more of these fabulous shows so if you didn’t get to see it this time, buy tickets early for the next one.
Tin Pan Alley
those who would like to learn more about what they do. The Open House begins at 11 a.m. with a brief history of the Institute, followed by an explanation of the curriculum and requirements for students to gain placement in the Two Year Intensive Program offered by the Institute. This will be followed by a tour of the facilities, followed by lunch prepared by the students, giving visitors a good opportunity to see the quality of education the students receive prior to graduating with a Degree in Hoteleria. To attend, please call Linda Buckthorp at 766 – 1631 or email . Reservations are A MUST so the students can prepare for the luncheon.
January 25, 26 & 27 The Naked Stage is showing The Exonerated by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen. It dramatizes true tales of six innocent death row survivors in words you won’t forget. Since its first formal staging in 2002 in Los Angeles and then New York City, The Exonerated has been seen by over 500,000. The show gives a rare glimpse into the death penalty debate often lost in discussions of crime and punishment, ethics and public safety, religion and politics. The reading will be directed by Lynn Phelan. The phone number for reservations is 765 – 3262 and the new email address for reservations is .
February 1 at Sol Mexicano on Colon, the Lake Chapala Painting Guild will display miniatures (8 x 10s). The reception will run 3 – 6 p.m., wine included. The display will be up for 21 days. These painters are quite good, and one, Bev Kephart, was kind enough to send me photos of her work for you to peruse.
In February the next Storytellers program offers the theme “Love and Lust”. No date has been specified…around Valentine’s day? They meet at LCS in the Sala. Three or four stories or poems will be selected; readers are auditioned. Length: 10 – 15 minutes. Storytellers programs in May, August and November. Send submissions to as an attachment. Please be sure to include your name, email address and word count.
Lake Chapala Society - February 2, 2:30 p.m., Fiesta Latina will be in the LCS garden. It is a fabulous event with Latin food, music and dance: proceeds to the community education program at LCS. Tickets at $450 pesos are available at LCS from 10 - 2, and at Diane Pearl Colecciones and Lois Cugini’s Opus Boutique during store hours. Tickets are limited and go fast.
Highlights include Javier Raygoza’s Orquestra Tipica de Chapala playing pieces from Mexico’s rich musical heritage plus Andean melodies. Dance instruction will be by Alberto Castales, showcasing Latin dances: the mambo, cha cha, and the cumbia. Select silent auction.
Roberto’s fabulous food will include mouth-watering cuisine from Chile, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Argentina, Columbia, Mexico and the Caribbean. A complimentary Margarita is included in the price and a cash bar will be available. A 50/50 Draw and dancing are included in the festivities. What Neil James began years ago, let us continue. Visit for other news.
Cumbia dance demo in full regalia
Lakeside Little Theatre news:
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.
For January the LLT presents Too Soon for Daisies by W. Dinner and W. Morum. Director: Sally Jo Bartlett. Performances January 12 – 20. Three eccentric English ladies escape a nursing home, setting up in an abandoned(?) property. When the owner unexpectedly arrives and promptly dies, they decide to hide the body and stay on. Simple?
February is the annual musical, this year The Drowsy Chaperone by Martin, McKellar, Lambert & Morrisson. Directed by Dave McIntosh and assisted by Ann Swiston. Choreographer: Barbara Clippinger. Musical Director: Judy Hendrick. This is a joyous spoof of a 1920s song and dance frolic as imagined by an obsessive 21st century musical aficionado.
The LLT welcomes people to train as volunteers behind the scenes.
Niños Incapacitados del Lago Schedule:
Niños assists young people with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, diabetes, cancer and birth defects. In addition to 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”
All must be paid in advance. Contact Dawn McGinnis at Kari Higgins at Tickets at Riviera Alta on January 4, 7 and 9 from 11 – 1. Set up teams of eight and pick a name, or if someone is on their own or with a friend, Niños will seat them with a partial team. A wide variety of questions will be projected onto easily visible screens. Tables sell out fast; book now!
Scotiabank Northern Lights Music Festival February 15 - March 2
Salon Series: Meet the extraordinary musicians of the Festival as they step off the stage into the intimate ambiance of some of Ajijic’s finest homes. Accompanied by wine and cheese, these concerts are sure to be the hottest tickets in town when the Festival arrives this February! Series of 3: $850 pesos.
Concert 1 is Tango for Two, Feb. 16, 3:30 pm, Villa Wilshere. Artistic director of the festival, Christopher Wilshere, and Alvin Tung team up with tango and Spanish dances for violin and guitar. $300 pesos.
Concert 2 is Songs of Life & Love, Feb. 21, 7:30 pm, Villa Champagne. Baroque specialist Erin-Cooper Gay and romantic baritone Jesse Clark share beautiful songs from Bach to Irish folk tunes. $300 pesos.
Concert 3 is Zephyr, Feb. 24, 3:30 pm, Villa Esperanza. Canadian clarinetist Graham Lord with Aaron Copland’s masterpiece, Appalachian Springs. $300 pesos.
Intimate Settings, Feb. 18, 3:30 pm & 7:30 pm, Villa Champagne. Quartet in residence at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, the Attacca Quartet is back for chamber music in an intimate setting. $300 pesos.
Keyed Fantasies, Feb. 19, 7:30 pm, Plaza de la Ribera (previously Sol y Luna). Heard in prestigious venues worldwide, pianist Jasmin Arakawa performs Leopold Godowsky’s “Java Suite” joined by renowned French Canadian violinist Veronique Mathieu in Schubert’s Fantasy. $300 pesos.
Gala Orchestra, Feb. 22, 7:30 pm, Instituto Tecnologico, Libramiento. The “Festival Orchestra” is joined by renowned Canadian violinist Jeremy Bell in a performance of Christos Hatzis’ Greek inspired concerto “Arabesque”. $350 pesos.
Jazz at Sunset, Feb. 25, 7:30 pm, Sound Stage, Libramiento. This stunning new location highlights Richard Underhill and his jazz quartet. Always entertaining, Richard’s virtuosity on the Saxophone has won him numerous Juno awards. The Festival is always excited to have him back. $300 pesos.
Going Baroque, Feb. 26, 7:30 pm, Instituto Tecnologico. Hear baroque specialist and acclaimed violinist Jeremy Bell joined by the “Festival Orchestra.” Explore Italian baroque composers Vivaldi, Handel, Scarlatti & Tartinni. $300p.
Closing Night, Mar. 1, 7:30 pm, Instituto Tecnologico. Winding down, we celebrate with musical treasures. Graham Lord performs Mozart Clarinet Concerto and the “Festival Orchestra” follows up with Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings. $350 pesos.
Off Festival Events:
Hot Jazz at La Nueva Posada, Feb. 20, 6 pm & Feb. 28, 6 pm. Tickets $500 pesos including concert, dinner and gratuities.
Christos Hatzis, A Portrait, Feb. 27, 4 pm, Location TBA. How does a composer compose and where does inspiration come from? The Festival players perform some of this renowned Canadian composer’s most precious gems. Q&A with the composer before each piece and a “meet the musicians” cocktail hour after the performance, catered by Number 4 restaurant. $500 pesos.
Become a Patron
Friend of the Festival: $2,200 pesos receives:
- 6 concert tickets
- 2 private concerts Feb. 15 & 28 at 3:30 pm
- 1 Gala reception Feb. 22 after the Gala Orchestra
Visionary : $3,200 pesos receives all of the above plus
Violin Tasting, Feb. 23, 3:30 pm. What makes a Stradivarius so special? Why are some violins better than others? Join us as a top Canadian Luthier explains. All the violins of the Festival will be discussed and performed as we savor, like fine wine, the subtle yet important differences in each instrument.
Rising Stars, a private in-home concert, Mar. 2, 4 p.m.
Concert and buffet dinner with the musicians in the garden. Drinks included.
- Access to orchestra rehearsals
- Conductor’s Circle: $5,000 pesos receives all of the above plus a special concert dedication to you or a loved one and ticket to Hatzis, A Portrait.
* Contact: Judy at or 766 – 5379.
Tickets sold beginning February 1 at the Lake Chapala Society Ticket Booth from 10 – 12, M – F and at Charter Club Tours 10 – 3, Plaza Montaña on the Carretera at Colon in Ajijic. Visit
VIVA! La Musica Fall Schedule:
For bus trips to “Live from the Met” Opera, call Marshall Krantz at 766 – 2834 or Rosemary Keeling at 766 – 1801 to get on the list. Tickets at LCS Thursday and Friday, 10 – 12, $300 pesos for members, $400 for non-members. Remember, Viva buys the right number of tickets 7 – 10 days before each event.
Jan. 12 Berlioz – Les Troyens
Jan. 19 Donizetti – Maria Stuarta
Feb. 16 Verdi – Rigoletto
Mar. 2 Wagner – Parsifal
Apr. 27 Handel – Julius Caesar
Buses depart 90 minutes prior to performance time (10:30 a.m.) and leave 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, go to the New York Metropolitan Opera website for the season 2012 – 2013.
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