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Lakeside Feature: 100 Years Since Controversial Author’s Chapala Sojourn

By Ron Janoff May and June of 2023 mark 100 years since the renowned and controversial English novelist, D. H. Lawrence, spent a remarkably productive and well-documented two months in Chapala. Lawrence and his wife Frieda had embarked on a world-circling expedition in February 1922, traveling east and reaching San Francisco in September. They continued to Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico at the invitation

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Follow the Cobblestone Road on a Magical Realism Tour

By Mia Pratt Lake Chapala’s Art of Mexican Magical Realism Forty minutes south of Guadalajara, a talented community of Mexican magical realists have flourished quietly for decades in the historic villages lining the shores of Lake Chapala. Lakeside visitors flock to the area to wander its cobblestone roads and tour the magnificent murals gracing the walls of its plazas, streets and alleys. The term “magical

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PBS News Hour Covers Lake Chapala

In Mexico, seniors are traditionally cared for in the homes of relatives. But a boom of foreign retirees, many of them Americans, have begun moving to Mexico to live out their years, paying much less for independent and assisted living than in other countries. Special correspondent Kathleen McCleery reports. A great many artists visit and receive inspiration from the beauty and tranquility that Lake Chapala

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Feria Maestros del Arte

  Feria Maestros del Arte (English – Masters of Art Fair) is a non profit organization and annual three-day event held to support Mexican handcrafts and folk art in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico. As an organization, it is a recognized in both Mexico and the United States. Unlike other fairs of this type, invited participants are not charged booth fees or percentages, and are even afforded transport and accommodations with area families. The Feria

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Guadalajara International Book Fair

The Guadalajara International Book Fair, better known as the FIL (from its Spanish name: Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara) is the most important annual event of its kind in the Spanish-speaking world, but second in attendance after Buenos Aires‘, and the second largest book fair in the world after Frankfurt‘s.  The purpose of the FIL is to provide an optimal business environment for the book-industry professionals and exhibitors who attend the fair,

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Dia de los Muertos

It’s a Dead Man’s Party! Come the beginning of November, Mexican families throw a feast and invite the dead over for dinner. Though Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is often confused with Halloween due to the proximity in time, this holiday is not about ghouls and goblins, but instead honors the dead and welcomes their souls home as a blessing. Altars and offerings are a way

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