There is so much going on all year long here in Ajijic. From music in the local bars to fiestas and numerous parades it's a really vibrant community. The locals really know how to party and they celebrate pretty well anything. Many of the fiestas and parades have a religious purpose, from days about local places to the famous Day of the Dead. The love their fireworks and often compete with each other as to who can make the loudest bang.

From excellent local theater to movies at the local theaters, to rodeos, to a host of outdoor activities, Ajijic is the place to enjoy, whether visiting or retiring here.

A less than packed house last night for Diana Terry and the Dirty Black Beans but it’s that time of the year when a lot of folks are back in Canada or the US. Her many fans were still out in full force and she put on her usual high-energy show to the delight of the crowd. The only disappointing part of the night was that a scheduling conflict meant Cassie’s kitchen was not open as planned.  

What do you call a group of Canucks? According to CBC, an “apology”. Last night was a chance for we Canadians to get together to celebrate the day our country was founded under the British North Americas Act, originally called Dominion Day. This year was our 152nd birthday. There are now more Canadians living here in Lakeside than Americans. Lakeside is the second largest Canadian Expat community next to Florida.

This year Canada Day was celebrated at The Spotlight Club and was a fundraiser for Villa Infantal Playground for the kids. Thanks to Mark and Robert and the typical generosity of Canadians a lot of money was raised, 7000 pesos from the 50/50 draw alone. Christine was also nice enough to donate a significant portion of her winnings back to the fundraiser. Good job! 

Here is what Jeff Foxworthy has to say about Canadians, during a recent appearance at Caesars in Windsor :

If someone in a Home Depot store 
Offers you assistance and they don’t work there, 
You may live in Canada .

If you’ve worn shorts and a parka at the same time, 
You may live in Canada .

If you’ve had a lengthy telephone conversation 
With someone who dialed a wrong number, 
You may live in Canada .

If ‘Vacation’ means going anywhere 
South of Detroit for the weekend, 
You may live in Canada .

If you measure distance in hours, 
You may live in Canada .

If you know several people 
Who have hit a deer more than once, 
You may live in Canada .

If you have switched from ‘heat’ to ‘A/C’ 
In the same day and back again, 
You may live in Canada .

If you can drive 90 km/hr through 2 feet of snow 
During a raging blizzard without flinching, 
You may live in Canada .

If you install security lights on your house and garage, 
But leave both unlocked, 
You may live in Canada .

If you carry jumper cables in your car 
And your wife knows how to use them, 
You may live in Canada .

If you design your kid’s Halloween costume 
To fit over a snowsuit, 
You may live in Canada .

If the speed limit on the highway is 80 km — 
You’re going 95 and everybody is passing you, 
You may live in Canada .

If driving is better in the winter 
Because the potholes are filled with snow, 
You may live in Canada .

If you know all 4 seasons: 
Almost winter, winter, still winter, 
and road construction, 
You may live in Canada .

If you have more miles 
On your snow blower than your car, 
You may live in Canada .

If you find -2 degrees ‘a little chilly’, 
You may live in Canada .

If you actually understand these jokes, 
and forward them to all your friends,
you definitely are Canadian and proud to be. 😀

Happy Canada Day!

SAN PolaFest is San Antonio Tlayacapan’s big twelve day festival, always attended by thousands. Lots of great food, drink, rides and music. It all wraps up this Sunday.  (Never did manage to find out what the Lake of Death on the banner meant. A local suggested it meant swimming in the lake. lol)  

Great fun at the Drop-in Tourney and Pot Luck dinner at Pickleball Chapala at the Hotel Monte Carlo. About forty players registered for the drop-in and played for a good two hours. Carlos also ran a clinic for people new to the game. Everyone brought a wide variety of food items for the pot luck, all delicious! Hopefully this is the “first annual” event like this one.

Also a very Happy Birthday Dana cake was shared by all.

The threatened and much predicted rain held off until later at night. 

Yet another packed house last night at The Spotlight Club for the very popular Diana Terry with Dirty Black Beans. Although her devoted fans remember Diana when she appeared with her father’s band, the Big Band, and more recently with her own band at El Bar-Co, this is the first time she has appeared with the Dirty Black Beans here in Lakeside. DBB has now been together for some seven years, previously with another singer who became ill, so the guys asked Diana to join them. That was only last November after the tragic loss of her dear father, so joining DBB was no doubt therapeutic for her. 

As a former musician myself I know just how elusive it can be to get the “tight” sound and these guys do it best. Their sets move along at a rapid pace with very little time in between songs. Even with a song with a brief drum or guitar info they all know the song. Also, having seen Diana with her father’s band, her own band at El Bar-Co, and now with DBB, this reviewer is amazed at how she remembers all the words, especially when every song is different with each band. She rarely ever gives more than a quick glance at her iPad showing the words. Amazing! Her multi-octave voice brings on the chills.

Their extensive repertoire of popular songs got the crowd up dancing. Both Diana and the guys enjoyed playing here at The Spotlight Club and said they hope to come back often. Congrats to Mark and Robert for bringing them to Lakeside. The night was made even better thanks to the delicious food from Cassie’s Kitchen. She has the best lemon pepper wings in town.

The Chapala Ribera Balloon Festival is one of the greatest local events. Hot Air balloons flown by top pilots from México and Europe flew over México’s largest lake, “Lake Chapala”. This great outdoor activity was held May 10, 11 and 12 at “La Cristiana Park”.

Went to see Avengers Endgame, the most hyped movie in history today. I may disagree with the whole world, but I wasn’t impressed. The first hour was so slow-paced that the guy beside me fell asleep and I almost did. The whole movie is far too long at three hours for no purpose other than to confuse the heck out of the audience. I am a big fan and have watched pretty all the ten years of movies leading up to this one. For me, there were too many disappointments to list. I don’t think this one will make the billion plus that Captain Marvel made. Three stars out of five, at best, for Endgame.

On the bright side, I was most impressed with the Movie Space theater. The seats are on a very extreme vertical level which means no one in front of you is blocking your view. That does make it hard for people who have mobility issues to climb the stairs though. Today a very nice Mexican guy jumped to the aid of a lady with a cane who was struggling. The seats recline so you can find a comfortable position. The popcorn was good and reasonably priced (not so in Canada where the prices are outrageous), although it would be nice if they could add more “butter” (or whatever it is) if you liked. Another great thing about going to a movie here is you only get previews of upcoming movies. No annoying ads, especially after you have paid a fortune for tickets. Five stars out of five.

Maybe I don’t get out enough to the movies here but I thought I bought a ticket for the movie in Spanish with English subtitles, but I was wrong. The movie was in English with Spanish subtitles. Somewhat surprised that the theater was full despite being shown in English.

Last night the amazingly talented Diana Terry returned to Ajijic at El Bar-Co with her new band. She played two sets of all the great dance music that everybody in the crowd recognized. Fans of Diana may remember her when she fronted her father’s big band, The Rafael Terrique Big Band who played every month at The Spotlight Club until we so tragically lost her father in a car accident last November. Diana has an amazing stage presence and a strong voice that can sing just about anything. Her devoted fans were very happy to see her return to Ajijic and hope she comes back often.

Last night there was a great Mexican band for the first time at Spagos. The patio was very busy. Watch for some important news about changes coming May 1st for Spagos.

The band faithful turned out last night to jump and jive to their favorite country music band, The Ol’ Country Boys. Added to the fun night was delicious food from Cassie’s Kitchen.

The band will be taking a break in May. Gary will be returning to the States and Martha will be touring around Nova Scotia for the summer.

The crowd also celebrated the return of the newly married Don to the lovely Amelie. They were married March 23rd in Cranfills Gap, Texas. 


There were two hits last night at The Spotlight Club. The first was the fan favorite, The Ol’ Country Boys, playing their usual fabulous mix of great country tunes that had the crowd dancing all night long. The second hit was the newly announced menu from Cassie’s kitchen. Just about everyone enjoyed her mix of chili, pizza and chicken wings. The writer tried her oh so tasty lemon pepper wings which were the best in town. 

As much as the Divine Miss M, Bette Midler, was known for belting out her songs with characteristic gusto, the equally divine Miss S, Sandi D, would give her a run for her money. Her incredibly strong voice was on full display tonight at The Spotlight Club.

Backed by the equally talented Don on guitar and Rhonda on keyboard their show was not to be missed. With an equal blend of raw talent, comedy, and professionalism, the performance was a treat for their many fans here in Lakeside. Sandi’s rendition of The Rose would make men fall in love with her. She gave the writer the chills on that one and many others.

The equally strong-voiced and talented piano player, Rhonda, did a great job on Under The Boardwalk. Don impressed the crowd with his many seasoned guitar licks, playing one solo using his trusty Bic lighter.

Most unfortunately, Sandi is returning soon to Kelowna, BC, where she, among many other endeavors, is a music teacher and limousine driver. Having spent many great years in the Okanagan we shared many stories. She promised to come back next season. This was her first time here in Lakeside and she said she loved it. Watch for her return to The Spotlight Club and don’t miss it!

Fat Tuesday is the culmination of Carnaval celebrations. The day started with a huge parade filled with allegorical floats and the town’s cross-dressing masked sayacas. A major part of the celebrations are getting blasted with flour, something that discouraged this writer from venturing too close and getting my camera doused with flour, no doubt rendering my camera useless. I took a couple of shots from the safety of the Exoctica bar.

Then it was off to the Malecon, filled to the brim with hundreds of people. Lots of food and drink. A raucous band playing Mexican music and folks dancing. Hundreds of kids running around playing with the many toys, kites and so on for sale in the area. There was a huge area with tables and chairs, roped off in the shade to get out of the blazing sun.

Then it was off to the Jaripeo Rodeo in the Lienza Charro. Came as a bit of a surprise that the published price of fifty pesos turned out to be a hundred and twenty pesos. A little rich for here in Ajijic. That didn’t discourage anyone though because the place was packed. Vendors were selling every imaginable treat, from ice cream with strawberries to fruit cups and more traditional Mexican fare. The live band was incredible and kept things hopping. The rodeo? Well, not the most exciting one the writer had been to. The first bull-riding seen was a guy who totally ignored the eight-second rule by staying on the bucking bull for at least a minute. That was followed by less than caring bulls who ignored all the cowboys waving their blankets trying to get their attention. A couple of them appeared to be a little well trained and just kept looking at the escape gate. On the very rare occasion when the bull did charge at a horse and cowboy the crowd roared their approval.

An interesting note is that the writer asked a very cute girl, who was sitting with a group of her equally cute friends, all drinking tequila and Sprite if they did The Wave in Mexico. She replied that they did, and did it yesterday, but today the crowd was “too drunk” to do it. Love that!

Fun Super Bowl party at El BarCo. Carlos did a great job of setting up numerous tables and TVs everywhere. He had a special Super Bowl menu. It was a challenge for him to get the sound in English but he eventually got it. A good time had by all despite the game being one of the lowest scores of all.

Last night’s performance by the very popular Ol Country Boys at The Spotlight Club was yet another victim of the current gas shortages. They normally play to a packed house but last night the crowd was very light, down more than half. At least there was lots of room on the dance floor. Despite the smaller crowd the band still got everybody up dancing as usual and played like it was to a full house. As a former musician myself I know hard it is to play to a small crowd. It takes very professional musicians who just enjoy playing and ignoring the smaller crowd. The boys (and Martha) did their usual great job.

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