Lakeside Chautauqua FoundationFebruary 2012
In this Issue
Hoover Auditorium Takes Center Stage
Sound Board and Gallery Wall Upgrades Take Place with Your Support
Technical Director Celebrates 16th Chautauqua Season
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt Lectured to Record Number in 1940
Hoover Stage Showcases 21st Century Performers
Give a Gift that Keeps on Giving...
Lakeside Chautauqua President/CEO, Kevin Sibbring, exclaims, "We are confident that the Lakeside community will once again demonstrate their love and care for this institution by supporting the Lakeside Fund. Together, gifts of all sizes, large and small, help ensure our historic structures remain relevant for generations to come and continue to enhance the Chautauqua experience for all. This is especially true for Hoover Auditorium which is our community gathering spot."

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Chautauqua on the Road: Hosted by Wesleyan Senior Living
Lakeside continues its Chautauqua on the Road series by traveling to Wesleyan Village on Friday, March 2. The presentation, hosted by Wesleyan Senior Living, will take place from 1-4 p.m. at Cascade Hall, located at Wesleyan Village in Elyria, Ohio.

The Chautauqua on the Road series allows Lakeside to share its Chautauqua pillars with groups and organizations that share its same mission. This event will feature an educational seminar, religious lecture and cultural arts performance that will renew and enrich you intellectually, spiritually and culturally. Read more and view the schedule...

Wesleyan Senior Living
Young Tree Training Workshop
The Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society and the Lakeside Tree Advisory Team are presenting a Young Tree Training Workshop at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 24. The workshop will start in the Fountain Inn Aigler Room and conclude by mid-afternoon.

The workshop will be led by Stephanie Miller, Regional Urban Forester for NW Ohio, Ohio Division of Forestry. Classroom instruction will be given on proper pruning techniques and young tree training, followed by practical experience of supervised pruning on younger trees in Lakeside. Read more...
Monthly Community Potluck
Lakeside invites friends, neighbors and staff to gather for a community potluck at 12 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16 in Wesley Lodge. Bring your favorite main dish, side dish or dessert to share. Invite a friend or neighbor, and reconnect with other year-round Lakesiders. There is no need to RSVP. The next community potluck will be held on Thursday, March 15
Save the Date

Chautauqua on the Road: Hosted by Wesleyan Senior Living

Friday, March 2


March Community Potluck

Thursday, March 15


Young Tree Training Workshop

Saturday, March 24


April Community Potluck

Thursday, April 19
Lakeside Spring Cleanup Day

Saturday, April 28


Annual Lakeside Plant Sale

Saturday, May 12


Mother's Day Brunch

Sunday, May 13


May Community Potluck
Thursday, May 17

Special Thanks
Special thanks to the Lakeside Heritage Society Museum & Archives for providing photos and historical information about Hoover Auditorium for this e-newsletter. 
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Hoover Auditorium Takes Center Stage 
Hoover AuditoriumThe Lakeside Chautauqua community demonstrated its commitment this past summer with gifts to enhance the Hoover Auditorium experience by funding the installation of four large ceiling fans. These new fans will ensure a more comfortable atmosphere for all who enjoy Hoover performances.

In preparation for the 2012 Chautauqua season, Lakeside will make several other significant improvements to Hoover Auditorium, our historic gem, to truly make it a world-class performing arts venue. We are asking for your continued support to refresh and renew this structure inside and out. 

Technology, logistics and aesthetics all play critical roles in producing and delivering many memorable events in Hoover. Together, they help create a unique Chautauqua experience. 

One of the key components of each Hoover event is sound reinforcement and amplification. The current sound board was purchased 'used' more than 15 years ago. The equipment has been repaired numerous times, and is behind current technology standards. For some performances, Lakeside must rent an additional sound board and other expensive equipment to meet the technical requirements of today's performers. 

In addition to the outdated sound equipment, the aesthetic appearance of the lobby entrance does not highlight the beautiful grandeur of the 83-year-old building. As guests enter the front doors, the discolored display walls in the lobby block the spectacular view of the auditorium and stage.  Read more... 
Sound Board and Gallery Wall Upgrades Take Place with Your Support
Sound BoardWe invite Lakesiders to celebrate the history of Hoover Auditorium and help Lakeside Chautauqua unveil a new sound system and gallery walls for the lobby. Just like the Hoover Fan "Beat the Heat" Campaign, we hope you are inspired to financially support the Lakeside Fund with a first-time or an additional gift in February and March to help make these upgrades possible and allow Lakeside Chautauqua to meet its 2011/12 Lakeside Fund Goal of $450,000.

A new digital sound board, microphones and additional equipment will be purchased and installed to enhance the sound quality for the audience and performers before the upcoming season. The upgrades will move us forward to digital technology and will provide long-term cost savings, eliminating the need to rent sound boards for some performers.

The gallery wall installation will allow guests to have a breathtaking view of the entire stage as they enter the front doors to Hoover Auditorium. Behind the information desk, a four-foot wall will be built, featuring clear glass at the top of the wall, giving patrons an unobstructed view of Hoover's magnificent proscenium arch and stage. Read more... 
Technical Director Celebrates 16th Chautauqua Season
Ted HoughTed Hough (pictured far left) will celebrate his 16th season as Hoover Auditorium Technical Director. His technical expertise and familiarity with the historic auditorium makes him a huge asset to our programming staff.

Hough explains, "I feel very fortunate to be part of the history of Hoover Auditorium where so many important people have performed." 

Before each performance, the artist's manager sends a detailed technical rider to Hough, listing all the sound, lighting and equipment requirements.

Specific microphones are placed on stage for singers and musicians. Monitors are positioned so performers can hear the full mix of sound. All of the components are wired through a central piece of equipment, known as the sound board. The sound board is central for combining, routing and changing the level and dynamics of sound during a Hoover performance. Read more... 
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt
Lectured to Record Number in 1940
Eleanor RooseveltImagine the atmosphere in Hoover Auditorium on July 10, 1940 as more than 3,800 guests waited for First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to take the stage. Roosevelt traveled to Lakeside during her husband's second presidential term in office. Many Lakesiders reserved seats for a cost of 25 cents for the highly anticipated lecture titled, "The Relationships of the Individual to the Community." 

She reflected on her experience at Lakeside in her renowned column "My Day." As she journeyed back to the Cleveland airport, she wrote that Lakeside "offers a religious program as well as many other types of educational and pleasurable entertainment." She added, "The location on Lake Erie is very beautiful and the opportunity for sports and out-of-door recreation must make it a haven for many families."

Even in the 21st century, Hoover Auditorium remains a pivotal gathering place for families and guests to experience the traditions and values of this Chautauqua community. 
Hoover Stage Showcases 21st Century Performers
Vicki Lawrence
Vicki Lawrence and "Mama"
Lakeside's distinguished guest list began with ministers, followed by well-known speakers and preachers, then proceeded into a more heated period of reformers and politicians. In recent years, cultural arts and entertainment have taken center stage in Hoover Auditorium.

Acts like the Golden Dragon Acrobats, The Temptations and Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood from "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" have attracted record crowds in the auditorium.

To celebrate the beginning of another summer season at Lakeside, the Golden Dragon Acrobats will once again perform in Hoover Auditorium on Saturday, May 26. The Summer Opening Ceremony will kick-off at 7:30
John Tesh Big Band Live!
John Tesh Big Band Live!
p.m. Over Memorial Day weekend, the Golden Dragon Acrobats will combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes and theatrical techniques during their performance.

Lakeside's 139th Chautauqua season kicks off on Saturday, June 23 with a performance by an annual favorite, Mike Albert & the Big "E" Band. The programming season is filled with memorable performances, including The Osmond Brothers, Judy Collins, Vicki Lawrence and "Mama," America and John Tesh Big Band Live!

Visit to review the most up-to-date 2012 Chautauqua programming schedule.