Jaltepec Technical School of Hotel and Hospitality presented a dinner for supporters on October 21. Linda Buckmiller coordinated the event. Her assistant is Stacey Hewitt.
The evening started with hors d’oeuvres created and served by students.
Pictured above, left to right, are students Tere Juarez, Lupe Cañada, Mónica Rìos, and Caty Aragón
A bonus was the cake presented to Ojo del Lago Editor-in-Chief Alejandro Grattan, who does not enjoy getting attention on any of his birthdays, nor does he like having his picture taken. But this cake was in celebration of the Ojo’s 30th Anniversary!
The Cruz Roja Classic held at the Country Club de Chapala on November 7 was a huge success. Ninety-six enthusiastic golfers hit the fairways and although no one drove away in a new car or golf cart this year, there were plenty of smiling winners at dinner. Cruz Roja Mexicana, Chapala Delegation, thanks the Country Club de Chapala, their terrific staff, the generous sponsors, tireless volunteers and all participants for a wonderful day.
2013 winners. From the left, Bruce Barman, Dalton Senorita, Mike Daniels, Janis Phair and Charles Temple.
ART SHOW AND RECEPTION
The Lake Chapala Painting Guild is presenting New Works at the Ajijic Cultural Center. The opening reception is January 4 from 4 to 6. The show continues until January 16.
Featured artists are Betty Petersen, Carol Ann Owers, Geraldine Classen, Joan Lowndes, Lois Schroff, Steve Achs, Varn, Winnie Hunt, Cynthia DuBois, Ina Gieysztor, Helen Marie Krustev, Nancy Gray and Mary Ann Linhart.
CENTRO CULTURAL GONZALEZ GALLO
The Music Department of the University of Guadalajara and the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo presents recitals at the old train station in Chapala. The following piano recitals are offered in December:
Thursday, December 5 Jorge Sánchez
Wednesday, December 11 Azael Medeles
These events are free and open to the public. They begin at 6:30.
ART SHOW AND RECEPTION
The works of Claudia Nery will be featured at Galeria Sol Mexicano on Friday, December 6, from 3 to 6:30 pm. The gallery will offer opening night discounts.
The artist has lived at Lakeside for many years, and has a great following here as well as nationally. She describes herself a self-taught painter whose style is derived from the roots of Mexican culture and primitive universal symbolism.
The show continues throughout December. Galeria Sol Mexicano is at Colon 13, Ajijic Centro. Tel: 376 766 0734. Opening times are 10:30- 4:30 Monday through Saturday (closed Wednesdays) and Sundays 12-5.
VIVA MUSICA HOLIDAY CONCERT
On Friday, December 6, at 6:00 p.m., Viva Musica presents Opera and Christmas Music Between Friends.
Featured are the Hermosillo Family Singers: Gaby Zepeda, piano and soprano, Antonio Hermosillo, baritone, Patricia Hernandez, mezzo soprano, and Hector Lopez, baritone. Children Mariana, Lucia and Jorge Hermosillo will sing and play the violin.
Enjoy this wonderful holiday concert in the Auditorium at 6.00 p.m. on Friday, December 6. Tickets available at LCS Thursday and Friday, 10-12, at the auditorium and at Diane Pearl Colecciones.
OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS
The upcoming production at the Lakeside Little Theatre is a comedy about an Italian-American family. Now in rehearsal, Over The River and Through the Woods runs from December 6 to 15. Ann Swiston is the director.
Left to Right: Georgette Richmond, Ed Tasca, Heather Hunter, Kevin O’Byrne, Kenneth Bridges, Peggy Lord Chilton
The play, by American playwright Joe DiPietro, is set in Hoboken, New Jersey, where all four of Nick Cristano’s grandparents live. Although Nick works in the city, and his parents have retired and moved away, he still takes the bus to see his grandparents for dinner every Sunday.
Tickets are 200 pesos and can be obtained at the LLT Box Office from 10 am to 12 noon on the Wednesday and Thursday before opening and every day during the run of the show – or one hour before curtain time for each performance.
The box office opens the Wednesday before opening night (Friday) and from 10-12 every day except Sunday until the show is sold out. It is also open an hour before each performance.
January 17-26 Blood Relations
February 21-March 4 Hooray for Hollywood!
March 28-April 6 Social Security
CONCERT AT THE TRAIN STATION
Two artists are in concert at the Centro Gonzalez Gallo (old train station) in Chapala on Sunday, December 8 at 4 pm. Jorge Taddeo, tenor, will perform songs by Dowland, Campion, Caccini, Handel, Mozart, Schubert, Sor, Diabelli and others. Jim Byers is the accompanist on the classical guitar.
Jorge Taddeo is well known in Mexico and beyond. He is a specialist in German Lieder and French Chanson. He performed a solo concert to a packed Teatro Degollado on the November 12, to a standing ovation.
Jim Byers, classical guitarist, has performed internationally. He has studied with Mexican teachers David Mozqueda and Philip Rosheger, and in master classes with Oscar Ghiglia, Alfred Deller, Paul O’dette and Philip Rosheger.
LOS CANTANTES HOLIDAY CONCERT
Traditions - Christmas & Hanukkah - is the theme of this year’s holiday concert, featuring the talented voices of Los Cantantes del Lago, Lakeside’s well-known community choir. Led by Timothy G. Ruff Welch, Music Director, the concert will combine Christmas and Hanukkah traditions in song and promises to make the season warm and full of memories for all.
Welch has found very rich and satisfying musical selections that will please all our friends at Lakeside, including songs in Hebrew, Latino, English and other languages. A clarinetist who performs in the Klezmer style will accompany some of the Hebrew pieces and, as always, the fabulous Eleanor Stromberg will accompany on piano.
Concerts are Tuesday, December 10, at 7:00 and Wednesday, December 11, at 4:00. A cash bar will open one hour before performances. Seating is general admission. Tickets are 250 pesos, available at Diane Pearl Colecciones, Mia’s Boutique, by contacting any Los Cantantes member, or by emailing Kathleen Carlson at .
CELEBRATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
The Chapala Cultural Citizens Council is organizing a December 10 event for the Celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 65th Anniversary.
The purpose is to disseminate and educate all individuals about their human rights in order to stand up for them against abuse, crime and violence.
Artists of all disciplines--artists, performers, dancers, poets, and writers--will participate. The celebrations will be December 9 and 10 in the Ajijic Plaza. Closing will be at the Jocotepec Cultural Center on December 11.
BEHIND THE WALLS HOME TOURS
It’s that time of year again when the kind people of Ajijic let us look behind the walls of their beautiful homes to help a worthy cause…The Lakeside School for Special Needs Children, formerly the School for the Deaf. The first of these house tours took place on November 21 and it was a great success.
The next event, the Christmas tour, will take place on December 12. Four beautiful homes will be decorated for Christmas and the Christmas party will be held at the fourth house. The ticket will include a glass of wine and appetizers as well as entrance to the party. Those taking the Christmas tour will meet at the Ajijic Pier at 5:15 p.m. Tickets for this run out quickly so pick them up as soon as possible.
Three more dates have been set: January 23, February 27, and March 27. The meeting time/place for these is 10:15 at the Ajijic pier. This is one of the most successful series of events of the season.
Tickets for all these tours are available at Diane Pearl’s or Charter Club Tours at Plaza Montana. For further information, contact: Cece Girling, 376-766-3964, or Leslie Martin, 376-766-2274, or Shirley West, 376-766-4997.
OPERA IN GUADALAJARA
Viva Musica is sponsoring a bus trip to Guadalajara and Live from the Met Simulcasts for the final opera of the season: Falstaff, by Verdi. The performance is on Saturday, December 14 at noon. The bus leaves Ajijic at 10.30 a.m.
Tickets are available at the Lake Chapala Society, Thursdays and Fridays 10-12, or contact M. Krantz at . The cost is 300 pesos for Viva members, and 400 pesos for non-members.
Viva Musica OperaTrips in 2014
Saturday, February 8 at noon Dvorak, Rusalka. Bus leaves 10.30 a.m.
Saturday, March 1 at 11.00 a.m. Borodin, Prince Igor. Bus leaves 9.30 a.m.
Saturday, March 11 at 11.00 a.m. Massenet, Werther. Bus leaves 9.30 a.m.
Saturday, April 5 at 11.00 a.m. Puccini, La Boheme. Bus leaves 9.30 a.m.
Saturday, May 3 at noon, Mozart, Cosi Fan Tutti. Bus leaves 10.30 a,m,
Saturday, May 10 at noon, Rossini, La Cenicienta. Bus leaves 10.30 a.m.
THE VOICE OF THE TURTLE
The Naked Stage production of The Voice of the Turtle, by John van Druten, deals with the challenges of the single life in New York City during World War II. Controversial in its time, the play explores the sexual struggles of Sally Middleton, a young woman attempting to reconcile her childhood teachings on the importance of chastity with her newfound affection for Bill Page.
Left to right: Robin Lawrason, Collette Clavadetscher, Damyn Young, Liz White and the director, Jim Lloyd.
Because this show is in the Christmas season, the Naked Stage will be offering a free glass of wine after each performance. The show is performed December 27, 28, and 29 at 4 pm.
Save these dates for upcoming Naked Stage productions:
January 31, February 1 and 2 And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little
February 1, 2 and 3 Comic Potential
March 21, 22 and 23 Breaking the Code
April 25, 26 and 27 Taking Leave
FISH FARMING IN LAKE CHAPALA
Luz de Malla AC is a local Mexican non-profit association aimed at balancing the environmental protection of Lake Chapala, while at the same time guaranteeing the stream of sustenance for rural Lakesiders. The main interest is education among Lakeside rural fishing communities.
Luz de Malla Project goals are to change the model of traditional wild-caught fishing to fish farming in floating cages inside Lake Chapala., and to program harvesting of fish to assure continued supply all year long, v. a closed fishing season.
To learn more about how to contribute to the project, contact Karuna Gomez Mont, . Tel (376) 766-2610, cell 333-101-8092.
JAZZ GREATS PLAY AJIJIC
Ninos Incapacitados presents the internationally acclaimed Guido Basso Quartet, with smoky-voiced guest singer Molly Johnson, who will perform two benefit concerts at the Auditorio in Ajijic on Saturday, January 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 12 at 2:30.
Guido Basso on Trumpet
The other members of the Guido Basso Quartet are Mike Murley on saxophone, Reg Schwager on guitar and Steve Wallace on bass.
Please email Ninos Incapacitados at to add your name to our V.I.P (Very Interested People) list, for ticket availability and other information. All proceeds from the concerts will go to benefit the children in the program. Tickets are 300 pesos.
JALISCO STATE CHOIR
Viva la Musica presents the Jalisco State Choir, featuring forty-five professional singers, directed by Sergio, in a program of classical music, operatic choruses, and Mexican music, on January 23 at 6 pm. Admission is 200 pesos for Viva members, and 300 pesos general admission. Students are free.
Contact Rosemary Keeling at rosemarykeeling @hotmail.com for information.
LAKESIDE WRITERS’ CONFERENCE
Hold the weekend of February 26-28 for the tenth anniversary of the Lakeside Writers’ Conference. This yearly event starts with a no-host cocktail party on Friday, February 26. The venue will be Danza del Sol in West Ajijic.
Lawrence Hill, prominent Canadian author of The Book of Negroes and other works, will be one of the featured speakers. This book is available in the USA and on Amazon.com under the title Somebody Knows My Name.
American Legion in Chapala
Saturdays: 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. Fish Fry
Sundays: Burgers & Dogs 12 - 3 p.m.
Ajijic Society of the Arts
Members of ASA will show their art works on the third Sunday of the month through April, on the Ajijic plaza. The next event will be on December 15, from 10:00 to 2:00.