David Ellison presents “Herstories” at the next meeting of Open Circle, Sunday, April 2, 10:30 a.m. at the Lake Chapala Society.
Ellison’s teachers had convinced him that he hated history. Once he got out of their clutches though, he learned that he actually loved it, and ended up teaching it for 36 years. He did not instruct the way they did. Rather than focus on a boring litany of names, battles and dates, he explored enduring, complex human issues that all societies of any epoch must face; and equally complex but fascinating biographies of individuals who faced difficult moral choices in their quest to lead authentic lives and make a difference. As Ellison continued his learning, he discovered more and more fascinating and incredibly inspiring women who’d never made the textbooks. In his engaging and memorable talk, Ellison will share his favorite female heroes. If you attend, they’ll become yours, too.
April 9, Dr. Kelly Randolph Bennett will present “The Heart of the Matter;” and April 16, Noris Binet talks on “Where Opposites Meet: Pre-Hispanic & Contemporary Mexico.”
Registration is strongly encouraged. Reserve at opencircleajijic.org.
Easter cuisine fest
Mexican foodies and adventurous foreigners will enjoy tickling their taste buds at the Feria de la Capirotada, Saturday, April 1. The unique food fest will be held on the grounds of CETAC school (between the football field and the Auditorio de La Ribera) from 2 to 7 p.m.
Although this year there is no competition, many local cooks will be selling their favorite version of this toothsome south-of-the-border version of bread pudding that is a classic dessert prepared exclusively during the seven weeks of Lent.
Essentially it’s a concoction composed by layering toasted slices of bread that are bathed in home brewed syrup and enhanced with spices, fruits and nuts. But like nearly all “traditional” recipes, ingredients and cooking techniques vary radically according to family customs and personal tastes.
Like so many creative culinary endeavors related to holidays in this country, capirotada has a symbolic side, linked in this case to the Easter season. The bread is said to represent the body of Christ and the sweet syrup his holy blood. Cinnamon sticks symbolize the wooden cross of crucifixion, while the raisins are reminders of its nails. The cheese covering is an interpretation of the Holy Shroud.
Ajijic’s Capirotada Fair is the brainchild of Lee Hopper, a U.S. citizen who grew up here and started the pudding fest to promote the preservation of the traditional Lental fare enjoyed in his youth.
Spring artisan fest
Corazon Artesano is holding a creativity festival in the Casa Vieja Jardin Cultural, April 6 to 9, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Find jewelry, clothing, cosmetics, accessories, cakes and much more. Free entry, pet friendly. Carr. Pte. 218, Ajijic.
Rock ’n’ Roll Party
Since its inception, the Lakeside Charities Grant Program has distributed more than 650,000 pesos to local non-profits including Niños de San Antonio, Tepehua, Poco a Poco San Pedro, Hope House, Sunrise Rotary, Have Hammers and San Juan Cosala Token Shop. Join them at their ROCK ’n’ ROLL PARTY so they can offer “new” grants to other lakeside projects in 2023. Hotel Villa Montecarlo’s lakeview terrace is the place to be on Wednesday, May 3, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. for a rockin’ good time that helps a wide range of non-profits.
A 450-peso ticket invites you to “dance your cares away” to DJ Howard’s classic oldies, while chowing down grilled Costco hot dogs and side dishes. Drinks available from the no-host Grant Program Wine and Hotel Montecarlo Cocktail Bars. If you like a “little action”, check out the 50/50 Raffle !
Want a free gift bottle of wine? Just plan ahead with a few friends, purchase six-plus tickets together, and get a free gift bottle for your special reserved table.