Lakeside Chautauqua 
April 2015

"State of Lakeside" Gatherings Planned around Ohio in May 

Lakeside is planning a series of "State of Lakeside" Address gatherings around Ohio during the month of May.


At each gathering, Lakeside Chautauqua President/CEO Kevin Sibbring will meet with Lakesiders, give an overview of the past year, provide an update on the Hotel Lakeside Project and Endowment for Life Initiative, discuss capital projects scheduled to be completed, and highlight the 2015 Chautauqua summer programs.


Following the presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to discuss Lakeside's future and the current strategic plan.


The locations for the gatherings include Columbus (Bexley), Akron/North Canton, Cleveland (Westlake), Findlay and Lakeside in Wesley Lodge. All Lakesiders are invited to attend.



Season Chautauqua Passes Available at a Discount until June 1 

In order to support the Lakeside Chautauqua mission, provide quality programming in all four Chautauqua pillars, and maintain the facilities and grounds, guests are required to pay a Chautauqua Pass fee to enter the grounds during Memorial Day weekend, the 2015 Bonus Weekend and the Chautauqua summer season.


Guests are encouraged to purchase Season Chautauqua Passes before Sunday, June 1 at a discounted rated of $620. For orders received on or after June 1, the price will be $655.


Season Auto Passes are available at a discounted rate of $145 before June 1. For orders received on or after June 1, the price will be $165.



Lakeside Information Center to Open

at the Pavilion

This summer, a Lakeside Information Center will open at the Pavilion for guests. It will be located across from the North Coast Kite Co., in the space formerly occupied by Lakeside Landing. Lakeside thanks Carol Yoakam for her many years of service at Lakeside Landing.

The Lakeside Board of Directors approved the information center as part of the Strategic Plan's third and fourth goals: To assure Lakeside is a safe, healthy and aesthetically-pleasing community and to address emerging 21st century guest expectations.  

To provide support to the congestion at the Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office, the information center's location will be easily accessible for guests to ask questions about the Chautauqua program, complete reservations for waterfront activities and finalize payment for boat rentals, including standup paddleboards, kayaks and Sunfish sailboats.  

Read more...  

Spring Preparations Underway

Lakeside Chautauqua is gearing up for another successful spring by preparing the campus for the return of friends and families.


"Large planning meetings and start up plans are taking place to ensure smooth and seamless execution by all departments," said Dan Dudley, Lakeside Chautauqua chief financial officer and chief operating officer. "Meetings have identified many intradepartmental dependencies, and work is being completed early to plan for the summer season."   


Lakeside Chautauqua's Maintenance Department is made up of four full-time staff members under the direction of Dave Geyer, vice president of Facilities & Safety Services. 



Thank You for the Support, Lakesiders

Thanks to your generosity year in and year out, thousands of Lakesiders have visited and renewed their spirit along the Lake Erie shoreline.


Families have gathered for worship to hear thought-provoking messages. Individuals have listened to the inspiring Lakeside Symphony Orchestra play. Children have shared their creative spark at different classes in the arts. Adults have been challenged by new thoughts and ideas, and families have gathered for recreational activities.


The Lakeside Fund annual giving campaign bridges the gap between income and the actual cost of the Chautauqua programming, as well as the preservation and maintenance of the beautiful grounds and many historic structures.

To put it simply, your participation in the Lakeside Fund underwrites virtually every aspect of what renders the Lakeside Chautauqua experience distinctive and unique.



Professional Development Graduate Credit Offered this Summer

Lakeside Chautauqua is once again partnering with Lake Erie College to offer professional development graduate credit based on participation in educational and cultural arts programs this summer.


This opportunity is designed for educators needing to renew teaching licenses and/or gain professional development credit.


Nine separate courses (one per week) will be offered, each providing two semesters of graduate credit (pass/fail).


Participants can register for as many courses as they wish. The cost is $360 per two-credit course.



Volunteer at Spring Cleanup Day

Volunteer your time to help beautify Lakeside Chautauqua at the 10th Annual Spring Cleanup Day.


The event will take place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 25. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to participate.


Last year, more than 75 volunteers worked together to help improve the overall appearance of the grounds and facilities. At this year's event, help Lakeside break a record for the most volunteers.


Dedicated volunteers are needed in the following areas:

  • Landscaping and mulching gardens
  • Preparing and cleaning the Conversation Terraces along Ohio's Most Beautiful Mile
  • Cleaning the Central Park volleyball court
  • Assisting with cleanup at Cherry Park
  • Reviewing the condition of benches along Ohio's Most Beautiful Mile
  • Preparing the Legacy House for summer guests
  • Stocking various buildings with supplies
  • Cleaning Bradley Temple, Erie Guest House and
    Wo-Ho-Mis Lodge for summer guests
  • Organizing supplies at the Rhein Center
  • Scrubbing and cleaning tents
  • Maintenance at the Miniature Golf Course and  Hotel Lakeside

Volunteers will meet at Chautauqua Hall at 8:45 a.m. to sign up for one of the many projects listed above. Projects will begin at 9 a.m. Lunch will be provided at 12:30 p.m.



Celebrate Mother's Day in Lakeside

You and your family are invited to celebrate Mother's Day in beautiful Lakeside Chautauqua.


The Mother's Day Brunch Buffet will be held from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, May 10 at the Hotel Lakeside Dining Room & Café.


Scott and Josie Kluding of Avery's Café & Catering will prepare a buffet-style menu, including an omelet station with assorted meats, cheeses and vegetables, bacon, sausage, hash brown casserole, baked French toast, sausage gravy and biscuits, pastries, muffins, croissants, slow roasted top round of beef, chef carved ham, smoke gouda scallop potato, green beans almondine, tossed salad and dinner rolls. Assorted cakes, pies and brownies, as well as fresh fruit will be available for dessert.   


The cost is $17 per adult, $8 per child (ages 5-9), and children age 4 and under are free. There are no Chautauqua Pass admission or parking fees for this event.


Reservations are required. To make a reservation, contact (419) 798-1700 or, with 'Lakeside Mother's Day Brunch' in the subject line.

Lakeside Plant Sale & Gardening Demonstrations

This year, the Lakeside Plant Sale will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 23 and 12-4 p.m. Sunday, May 24 on the Pedestrian Walkway on Walnut Avenue, between Second and Third Streets.


The Plant Sale will feature a variety of annuals, perennials, herbs, ground covers and small nursery stock for purchase. All proceeds from the sale will help keep the Lakeside Chautauqua grounds beautiful throughout the summer.


In addition to the Lakeside Plant Sale, there will be four gardening demonstrations provided by Corso's Flower & Garden Center.


Annette and Tom Mercer, landscape designers at Corso's, will lead the gardening demonstrations. Both are alumni of Ohio State University. Corso's will also host a question and answer tent at the event.


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Volunteers Needed at the Memorial Garden this Summer

Volunteers are needed for The Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park to supplement the planned maintenance by the Lakeside Chautauqua ground crews this summer.


The emphasis will be on weed control and deadheading on a week-to-week basis. To assist with this process, Lakeside has scheduled spring and summer treatments for weed control.


Each volunteer will be assigned a zone for which they will maintain. It is Lakeside's hope to have enough volunteers for the 16 zones, as well as extra volunteers to help when needed.  



Visit the Lakeside Daisy Garden

In early May, an ordinary looking patch of gravel along Ohio's Most Beautiful Mile bursts into full bloom.


The bright Lakeside daisy (Hymenoxys herbacea) is one of Ohio's most spectacular wildflowers. This long-lived perennial grows where few others can, on nearly barren limestone bedrock in full sunlight.


In early to mid-May, the bright, yellow flowers adorn the otherwise bleak and sunbaked landscape of the Marblehead Quarry; the only natural population of the Lakeside daisy in the U.S. It is a federally threatened species and has been listed as endangered in Ohio since 1980.



Join the 'Can't Wait for Lakeside to Open the Summer Season' Poster Contest

Lakeside is challenging families to enter a poster in a new competition titled, 'Can't Wait for Lakeside to Open the Summer Season' Poster Contest.'


Families are encouraged to work together to create a foam board poster displaying what they are looking forward to this summer at Lakeside.


The artwork can be a drawing, painting, collage, mural or story about what your family loves about Lakeside.


The goal of this contest is to share our community's love and passion for different experiences in Lakeside.  


Entries must be created or mounted to a 20" x 30" foam board poster, which can be found at office supply stores or major retailers. 


The 'Can't Wait for Lakeside to Open the Summer Season Poster Contest' boards will be displayed in the Hoover Auditorium lobby throughout Memorial Day weekend, the 2015 Bonus Weekend and Labor Day weekend. 


Heritage Society Receives Grant from the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board

The Lakeside Heritage Society (LHS) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a 2015 grant from the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB). 


The grant will be used to organize, catalogue and preserve issues of the Peninsular News newspapers from 1881-1969 in the LHS collection. 


In addition, the grant will enhance preservation of all records through improving selected environmental concerns in the LHS Archives Center that were identified as part of an Ohio Connecting to Collections site visit in April 2014. The project is funded for the period of April-December 2015.  

After the fragile original issues of the Peninsular News have been photocopied, the photocopies will be available to the public for review and research at the Archives Center. 


In This Issue

The Front Porch Blog

Even in the off-season, there are stories to share about Lakeside. Follow our blog, The Front Porch, at  

Homeowner & Campground Updates

The Lakeside Chautauqua website features a page specifically for Homeowner & Campground Updates. We invite you to view the page frequently for updates.


Spring Leaf Pick Up Schedule

The Lakeside Chautauqua Maintenance Department will provide free leaf pick up service to homeowners from April 13-30. Read more... 


Recycling & Trash Services

Lakeside's recycling service will begin Friday, May 1. The service is offered on Friday mornings for five months (May-September). Trash will be collected on Tuesday and Friday starting Memorial Day weekend. Read more... 


Danbury Township & Ottawa County Events

Danbury Township and Ottawa County will host several upcoming events for residents, including Leaf Drop-Off, Brush Drop-Off and the township Cleanup Week. Read more... 

Summer Employment

Lakeside is currently seeking applicants for the 2015 summer season. Earn income while having fun in the sun, developing new friendships and discovering your potential this summer.


Seasonal employment opportunities are available in Event Planning, Hospitality, Maintenance/Service, Programming and Recreation. Visit the seasonal employment page to view available positions and job descriptions.

Tiered Parking Fee Structure

To help with congested parking and continue our high safety standards on the grounds, Lakeside Chautauqua will introduce a tiered parking fee structure this summer.

Monthly Community Potluck Luncheons

Lakeside invites friends, neighbors and staff to gather for a Monthly Community Potluck Luncheon at 12 p.m. Thursday, April 16 in Wesley Lodge.


Chef Melissa Rush from Otterbein North Shore Senior Lifestyle Community will provide the main dish.


Bring your favorite side dish or dessert to share. Invite
a friend or neighbor, and reconnect with other
year-round Lakesiders.


The last Monthly Community Potluck Luncheon of the season will be Thursday, May 21.

2015 Bonus Weekend

To provide additional opportunities for enrichment, Lakeside has added another weekend of Chautauqua programming from May 29-31 for a reduced rate, known as the  2015 Bonus Weekend.

Memorial Remembrance Forms

At the Memorial Day Weekend Hoover Community Worship Service, Lakeside will formally remember loved ones who have died throughout the year.


If a loved one has passed away during the 2014-15 year, download a Memorial Remembrance Form. Complete the form with information about your loved one to be included in the bulletin prepared for the worship service.


The deadline is Friday, April 24.

Reserve a Summer  

Cottage Rental

Lakeside Chautauqua Realty is still accepting weekly cottage reservations for the summer.

Save the Date  

Spring Cleanup Day

Saturday, April 25


Mother's Day Brunch Buffet 

Sunday, May 10


Memorial Day Weekend  


Friday, May 22-

Monday, May 25   


Jack Hanna 'Into the
Wild - Live'

Sunday, May 24


2015 Bonus Weekend


Friday, May 29-
Sunday, May 31


Sunday, May 31


West Ohio Annual Conference

Sunday, June 6-

Thursday, June 11


East Ohio Youth
Annual Conference

Friday, June 12-

Sunday June 14


East Ohio Annual Conference

Sunday, June 14-

Thursday, June 18


Chautauqua Season Opening Day &   

Car Show 

Saturday, June 20


Miniature Golf Dedication 

Saturday, June 20  


Saturday, June 20 


OSU Alumni Band 

Saturday, June 27


Garden Tour 

Monday, June 29-

Thursday, July 2


Saturday, July 4


Fourth of July
Float Parade

Saturday, July 4


Fourth of July Fireworks

Saturday, July 4


Sunday, July 5


Chautauqua Lecture Series: C.S. Lewis

Monday, July 6-

Thursday, July 9 


Taylor Dayne 

Saturday, July 11 


"State of Lakeside" Address

Thursday, July 16


Three Dog Night  

Saturday, July 18  


Lakeside Wooden Boat Show & Plein Air Art Festival 

Sunday, July 19


Lakeside Women's Club Tour of Homes

Thursday, July 23


Steven Curtis Chapman 

Saturday, July 25 


Light Up Lakeside Celebration

Saturday, July 25-

Friday, July 31


5k Raccoon Run 

Sunday, July 26 


Lakeside Symphony Orchestra Opening Night 

Wednesday, July 29  


Tim Hawkins

Saturday, Aug. 8 


Northwestern Ohio Gladiolus Show

Saturday, Aug. 15 


Little River Band  

Saturday, Aug. 15  


Chautauqua Lecture Series: Civil War Week  

Monday, Aug. 17-

Friday, Aug. 21 


Antique Show 

Saturday, Aug. 22


Saturday, Aug. 22  


Mike Albert & the Big
"E" Band

Saturday, Aug. 29 


Labor Day Weekend  


Friday, Sept. 4-Monday, Sept. 7

Lakeside Snapshots 

Hotel Lakeside eagerly welcomes the warm, spring weather. 


Flowers have started to bloom across campus.


The Maintenance Department is prepping the Pavilion for the summer season. 


Flowers have started blooming along Ohio's Most Beautiful Mile.