Lakeside Chautauqua 
July 25-31, 2015
Robert Cronquist Celebrates 45 Years with the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra

Robert L. Cronquist was at Lakeside this past May to complete preparations, which he began in the fall, for the 52nd season of the Lakeside Symphony 
Orchestra (LSO).

This will be Cronquist's 
45th year as Music Director of the LSO - a position that also includes managing the business side of the orchestra, an institution which Shirley Stary, senior vice president of Programming, calls a "crown jewel" of Lakeside's 

In honor of his 45th year, a celebration of his time with the
orchestra will take place during the opening night reception.

Lakesiders are encouraged to continue to support the LSO to ensure future generations will benefit from its artistic contributions. 


Donate online or contact or (419) 798-5396.


Cronquist came to Lakeside in 1970. As the Director of the Mansfield Symphony at that time, he heard that William Penny Hacker (the founder and first conductor of the LSO) had left suddenly.

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Light Up Lakeside Celebration, July 25-31

The Annual Light Up Lakeside Celebration will be a week-long event, held from Saturday, July 25-Friday, July 31.

The event is a combined effort of Lakesiders to celebrate the summer season by showcasing the entire community in lights.

All are encouraged to take part by decorating their cottages,
rentals, campers and businesses. 


Lakesiders are invited to be creative in the types of lighting used. Christmas lights, lanterns and luminaries are all encouraged. This event has been a great success over the past few years.

Outstanding light displays will be presented with awards for Most Creative Overall, Most Colorful, Best Display of White
Lights, Best Use of Lanterns, Best Campground Display and
Best Business Display.

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CLSC Graduates to be Honored

The Lakeside Chapter of the Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle (CLSC) will hold its second graduation 
celebration in 111 years 
at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 26 in Chautauqua Hall.

The theme for this year's graduation is "Truth and Consequences."  

Several members of the CLSC will read brief
quotations on the nature of truth and consequences from a variety of different sources.

The graduation celebration will honor two members of the Lakeside CLSC, Dolly Andler and Sandi O'Dell, who, after graduating in previous years, have moved on to the next level of achievement in the CLSC, the Guild of the Seven Seals.


Military Appreciation Day, August 1
To honor the men and women who have served, or are currently serving in the U.S. Military, Lakeside Chautauqua has slated Saturday, Aug. 1 as Military Appreciation Day.

Those who are retired from, or are currently serving in any branch of the military, will be granted free admission and auto to Lakeside Chautauqua upon presenting 
credentials and/or military ID at the gates.

Retired military will also receive free admission for one guest, while active military will receive admission for their immediate family. Passes are valid from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. and do not include an overnight visit.

Lakeside Chautauqua residents are asked to hang American flags at their cottages on this day to show Lakeside's appreciation for all branches of the U.S. Military.
Farm to Table Fundraiser Dinner, July 31

Hotel Lakeside Lakeside Chautauqua will host its first Farm to Table Fundraiser Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 31 on the Hotel Lakeside lawn.

This unique event, in partnership with local farmers and restaurants, will bring fresh ingredients for a spectacular meal along Ohio's Most Beautiful Mile. Locally-grown foods from a 50-mile radius will be featured.

Tickets for the Farm to Table Fundraiser Dinner are $75 for adults and $25 for children (age 13 & under). Limited tickets are available.


Purchase tickets at the Legacy House, located at 217 Walnut Ave., between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Proceeds from the Farm to Table Fundraiser Dinner will benefit the continued preservation of Hotel Lakeside, which celebrates its 140th anniversary this summer. 

Photography Show Seeks Entries

Lakeside's Annual Photography Show will take place from Tuesday, Aug. 4-Saturday, Aug. 22 in the Hoover Auditorium Lobby.

The exhibit will feature 
entries by amateur photographers from
Lakeside and throughout the region.


The show's informal opening will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4. Photos may be viewed a half-hour prior to all evening Hoover Auditorium shows or from 3-5 p.m. on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The Lakeside Photography Show welcomes entries from any amateur photographer. All images may be produced 

digitally or enlarged from film negatives; no distinction is made. 

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Religious Life

Preachers of the Week: The Rev. Greg Nettle &
the Rev. Dr. Wess Stafford
The Rev. Greg Nettle and the Rev. Dr. Wess Stafford have been serving congregations 
worldwide by planting churches and
helping children at physical and spiritual risk. Their combined experiences will bring a unique perspective to the message this week.

The Rev. Nettle currently serves as President of Stadia, a global church planting organization specifically designed to reach out to children at physical and spiritual risk.

For 25 years, the Rev. Nettle served as visionary leader of the River-Tree Movement in Ohio, during which the church grew from 100 to more than 3,000 members, from
one to four churches and helped plant 15 churches 
throughout Ohio and 13 in Latin America,

Chautauqua Lecture Series

Monday, July 27

10:30 a.m. Chautauqua Hall

From 1848-1920: The Battle for Woman Suffrage
Cindy Wilkey, PhD, Associate Professor of U.S. History,
University of Virginia's College at Wise

1:30 p.m. Chautauqua Hall

Mothers, Generals & Suffragettes: Key Personalities of
The Woman Suffrage Movement

Cindy Wilkey, PhD, Associate Professor of U.S. History, 
University of Virginia's College at Wise


Tuesday, July 28

10:30 a.m. Chautauqua Hall

Oberlin & Beyond: Woman Suffrage in Ohio

Cindy Wilkey, PhD, Associate Professor of U.S. History, 
University of Virginia's College at Wise 

1:30 p.m. Chautauqua Hall

Educator, Suffragist & CEO: The Life of Katherine
Wright Haskell

Cindy Wilkey, PhD, Associate Professor of U.S. History, 
University of Virginia's College at Wise


Wednesday, July 29

10:30 a.m. Chautauqua Hall

Theology: You're Already Doing It
The Rev. Dr. Julian Davies, Founding Pastor of The University Church Toledo 

1:30 p.m. Chautauqua Hall

Theology: Why Doesn't Everyone Agree About It? The Rev. The Rev. Dr. Julian Davies, Founding Pastor of The University Church Toledo  


Thursday, July 30

10:30 a.m. Chautauqua Hall

Theology: Why Some Theologies are Good & Others Not so Much

The Rev. Dr. Julian Davies, Founding Pastor of The University Church Toledo  

1:30 p.m. Chautauqua Hall

Theology: 10 Theological Matters We Each Will Face Today

The Rev. Dr. Julian Davies, Founding Pastor of The University Church Toledo  


Friday, July 31

10:30 a.m. Chautauqua Hall

The History of Historic Preservation

David R. Mertz, Director of the Building Preservation/Restoration Project, Belmont College

1:30 p.m. Chautauqua Hall

The Modern Historic Preservation Movement
(1960s to Today)

David R. Mertz, Director of the Building Preservation/Restoration Project, Belmont College


Additional Community Education Programs

Sunday, July 26

2 p.m. Chautauqua Hall

Lakeside Heritage Society Lecture: The Temperance Movement

James Kettlewell, Presenter

3 p.m. Chautauqua Hall

Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle (CLSC) Graduation Celebration


Monday, July 27

8:15 a.m. 343 Cherry Ave.

"Breakfast Bunch" Book Discussion: The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg

Carolyn Swanger, Discussion Leader

10:30 a.m. Meet at Pavilion 

Guided Tree Walk

Bill Dudrow, Bill Smith or Frank O'Dell, Tree Walk Leaders

10:30 a.m. Train Station

Special Religious Life Workshop: Discovering Guidance & Blessing through "Lectio Divina"

Dr. Jim Menninger

One-hour after sunset; Meet at Pavilion 

Stargazing (weather permitting)

Bob Sudomir, Science Teacher


Tuesday, July 28

10:30 a.m. Train Station

Special Religious Life Workshop: Discovering Guidance & Blessing through "Lectio Divina"

Dr. Jim Menninger

1:30 p.m. Lakeside Women's Club Green Gables 

Lakeside Women's Club Program: Arts & Flowers

Carol Rossi, Marketing Chair, "Bouquets to Art" Program,
de Young Fine Arts Museum


Wednesday, July 29

8 a.m. Meet at Pavilion

Guided Bird Walk

Judy Sudomir or Joe Sudomir, Bird Walk Leaders

10:30 a.m. Meet at Heritage Hall Museum

Lakeside Heritage Society Program: Historic Central Lakeside Walking Tour

Frank O'Dell & Lynn Woods, Walking Tour Leaders

12:30 p.m. Train Station

Lakeside Herb Study: Annual Luncheon (pre-registration required)

3:30 p.m. Chautauqua Hall

Lakeside Heritage Society Lecture: The Winter Chautauqua: DeFuniak Springs, Florida

S. Alex Alexander, Artist, Writer & Television Producer 


Thursday, July 30

3:30 p.m. Fountain Inn Aigler Room

Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle (CLSC)
Round Table Discussion

Marion Boyer, George Spillers, the Rev. Dr. Irwin Jennings, Paul Sukys & John Collier, Discussion Leaders


Friday, July 31

10:30 a.m. Meet at Hoover Auditorium

Lakeside Heritage Society Special Walking Tour: Historic Business District (pre-registration required by 4 p.m. Thursday; $5 fee, limit of 15 participants)

Gretchen Curtis, Walking Tour Leader

1:30 p.m. Lakeside Women's Club Green Gables

Lakeside Women's Club Book Review: The Golem & the Jinni (fiction) by Helene Wecker 

Bill Smith, Discussion Leader

1:30 p.m. Train Station

Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society (LESS) Book Review: Water 4.0 by Gene Berrodin

Gene Berrodin, Author, Retired Historian & LESS Member

1:30 p.m. Bradley Temple

Family Discovery Program: Family Improv

Mikaela Wilmoth, Youth Education/Music Intern, & Lindsey Schrock, Arts/Entertainment Management Intern

2:30 p.m. Chautauqua Hall

Foreign Affairs Forum

Jeff Dieterich, Moderator 

Arts & Entertainment

All performances start at 8:15 p.m. in Hoover Auditorium, unless otherwise noted.


Saturday, July 25

Steven Curtis Chapman

Hoover Auditorium welcomes 
Steven Curtis Chapman, a
five-time Grammy Award-winning Christian pop/rock singer.

During his Lakeside performance, 
audience members are 
encouraged to dance and sing 
along to his greatest hits, including "His Eyes," "Cinderella" 
and "Glorious Unfolding."

In 1992, Chapman released his first album, The Great Adventure, which became the 
platform for the rest of his music. He describes the album as "being musically inventive, yet bursting with truth, integrity and emotional gravitas." 




Sunday, July 26

6 p.m. Steele Memorial Bandstand (Gazebo)

Family Night in the Park: Adelee & Gentry

This week's Family Night in the Park concert will feature the unique harmony of the sister duo act, Adelee & Gentry.

The sisters will perform a vivacious concert with songs from their debut album, including "Sweet Memory" and "Dear Boy," as well as cover songs from some of their favorite artists.

Adelee Gates and her younger sister, Gentry, grew up around music in their hometown of West Alexandria, Ohio.


Their father, who played drums and bass, built a studio in their basement. This space later became the sisters' musical residence, where they recorded their demo CD, Beginnings




For this week's Hoover Movie Night, Lakesiders are invited to watch the classic, family movie "Sleeping Beauty" (1959).

"Sleeping Beauty" is one of several films to be featured on select Monday nights this summer in Hoover Auditorium.

After many years with no children, King Stefan (voice of Taylor Homes) and his wife are blessed with a daughter,
Princess Aurora (voice of Mary Costa).

At the christening of Aurora, she is betrothed to Prince Phillip, (voice of Bill Shirley) the young son of King Hubert (voice of Bill Thompson) to ensure their kingdoms will always be united. 




Tuesday, July 28

The Gizmo Guys

Performing as The Gizmo Guys, Allan Jacobs and Barrett Felker have amazed and amused audiences around the world since 1987.

The Gizmo Guys' uniquely winning combination of dazzling technique, infectious humor and rapid-fire acts inspire sidesplitting laughter in audience members of all ages.

Their show includes original juggling routines accompanied by quick-witted repartee that showcase their world-class abilities.

The juggling duo has made numerous television appearances, has won international juggling competitions, and taught at top circus schools, including the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey's Clown College.  




Wednesday, July 29

Lakeside Symphony Orchestra Opening Concert & Reception 

To open its 52nd season, the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra (LSO) will present a special concert in Hoover Auditorium. A reception will be held immediately 

following the concert.

Established in 1963, the LSO is one of Lakeside's most cherished traditions.

Bringing classical music to the Chautauqua community, the orchestra performs eight concerts during its month-long residency.

The LSO is made up of more than 75 musicians from across the country who have devoted many years of service to Lakeside Chautauqua.

This year marks the 45th year for Music Director Robert Cronquist. A celebration of his time with the orchestra will take place during the opening night reception. 




Thursday, July 30

Livingston Taylor with Opening Act Chelsea Berry

Livingston Taylor will perform a collection of his Top 40 hits, as well as songs by his brother, music legend James Taylor, including "I Can Dream Of You" and "Boatman," for the Lakeside audience.

Livingston is a natural performer, filling his shows with personal stories, anecdotes and a contagious warmth that connect him with his fans. His relaxed on-stage presence comes from the depth of his musical knowledge.

In addition to Livingston's own musical selections, audience members are often treated to classic George Gershwin music or songs from the best of Broadway. 




Friday, July 31

"Happy Days" starring Anson Williams & Donny Most

Anson Williams and Donny Most are best known from their roles as Warren "Potsie" Weber and Ralph Malph respectively, from America's hit television series, "Happy Days."

On stage together, the pair will discuss their times on "Happy Days," beginning with shooting the pilot episode, to meeting with the rest of the cast and director, Jerry Paris, and reminiscing about all of the heartwarming and funny stories along the way. 


Williams and Most will take the audience on a multimedia "retro ride" with an inside look at what made more than 40 million viewers across America tune in weekly to watch "Happy Days." 




Mouse Island Sailing Race
The 22nd Annual Mouse Island Sailing Race will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday July 25, weather permitting.


There will be three classes offered, including Single-Handed Sunfish, Double-Handed Sunfish and Single-Handed Laser. All age groups will sail together.

The course will start at the Lakeside Sailing Center (LSC), sail around Mouse Island and back to Lakeside. The race is approximately two-three hours. 




5k Raccoon Run & One-Mile Fun Run

Walkers, joggers and runners of all ages will take to the streets of Lakeside 

at 8 a.m. Sunday, July 26 for the 35th Annual 5k Raccoon Run and one-mile Fun Run.


The one-mile Fun Run begins at 8 a.m., followed by the 5k Raccoon Run at 8:30 a.m.

Both events start at Orchestra Hall, located on the corner
of Walnut Avenue and Second Street. The race course winds through Lakeside and will end on Third Street, in front
of Hoover Auditorium. Some street intersections will be barricaded during both events.

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All Lakeside Tennis Tournament

The All Lakeside Tennis Tournament will take place at 9 a.m. Monday, July 27-Friday, July 31.

A potluck dinner will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 26 at the Williams Tennis 
Campus, with the draws revealed around 6:30 p.m.

Note: All adult and youth tennis programs are cancelled during the All Lakeside Tennis Tournament. 

In This Issue

Upcoming Events

Thursday, July 23-
Friday, July 24
9 a.m.-5 p.m. &
Saturday, July 25
9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Hotel Lakeside Lawn
The show will feature more than 60 exhibitors, including photography, woodcarvings, jewelry, painted glass and home décor.

Pinterest-Inspired Tablescape Show
Thursday, July 23-
Sunday, July 26
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Train Station
The show celebrates DIY
crafting, entertaining and
home décor with tablescapes based on Pinterest photos.

Tickets are $5 per day and available at the Train Station. Guests may re-enter anytime during the day to attend the demonstrations.

Saturday, July 25-
Friday, July 31
Decorated Homes, Campers & Businesses
The event is a combined
effort of Lakesiders to celebrate the summer season by showcasing the entire community in lights.

All are encouraged to take
part by decorating their cottages, rentals, campers and businesses. Lakesiders are invited to be creative in the types of lighting used.

Dockside Worship Service

Sunday, July 26

8:30 a.m. Pavilion East Deck

The Rev. Jim Menninger 
Sermon: "The Sevenfold Blessing," based on I
Chronicles 4:9-10


Lakeside United Methodist Church Worship Service

Sunday, July 26

9 a.m. 450 Central Ave.

The Rev. Vernon Shepherd


Hoover Community Worship Service

Sunday, July 26 

10:30 a.m. 
Hoover Auditorium

The Rev. Greg Nettle

Sermon: "Small
Matters - Why Children are Such a Big Deal," based on Matthew 18:1-6


Sunset Vespers by the Lake 

Sunday, July 26

8:15 p.m. Pavilion 
West Deck

John & Bonnie Wilkie


Dessert Reception with President/CEO Kevin Sibbring

Monday, July 27
3:30 p.m. Hotel Lakeside Fern Room

Help plan for Lakeside's future at these dessert receptions, held every Monday until August 3. RSVP to the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation Office with name and email address.


Wooden Boat Rides

Monday, July 27 & Thursday, July 30

6 p.m. Dock 

The 30-minute boat rides cost $20 for adults and $6 for youth (ages 4-12). Children age 3 & under are not permitted. 


Amazing Grace Sunset Cruises

Monday, July 27 & Thursday, July 30

8 p.m. Dock

The one-hour cruises cost $32 for adults and $10 for youth (ages 4-12). Children age 3 & under are not permitted.


Farmers' Market 

Tuesday, July 28 &

Friday, July 31

9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Walnut Avenue
Pedestrian Walkway

Farmers' Market vendors will sell fresh produce, honey, herbs and homemade baked goods.


Wednesday Family Picnic

Wednesday, July 29
5:30 p.m. Perry Park 

All are welcome to feast on hot dogs, baked beans, macaroni salad, chips, watermelon, lemonade and cookies. Guests are asked to bring their own plates and utensils as well as a blanket or lawn chair, as picnic table seating is limited.

There is no charge, but a $4 donation is suggested. In the event of rain, the picnic is cancelled.

Thursday, July 30
3:30-5 p.m. Chautauqua Hall
A series of presentations have been planned to provide the community with additional information about the Hotel Lakeside Project. This is the last scheduled presentation.


Farm to Table Fundraiser Dinner
Lakeside will host its first Farm to Table Fundraiser Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 31 on the Hotel Lakeside lawn. The event, in partnership with local farmers and restaurants, will bring fresh ingredients for a spectacular meal.

Tickets are $75 for adults 
and $25 for children (age 13 & under). Limited tickets available. Purchase at the Legacy House, located at 217 Walnut Ave., between

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the continued preservation of Hotel
Lakeside, which celebrates its 140th anniversary this summer. 


Garden Plots Available

The Lakeside Community Garden has 4x4 plots available. Pick up a form at the Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office or contact Nancy Gurney at (419) 702-7040 or


Tiered Parking Fee Structure

To ease congested parking
and continue high safety
standards on the grounds,
Lakeside Chautauqua has introduced a tiered parking fee structure this summer. 


Memorial Garden Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for The Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park to
supplement the Lakeside Chautauqua grounds crew's planned maintenance this summer. 


Lakesider Delivery Changes

The delivery changes being made to the newspaper will allow more youth to be involved on Fridays and Saturdays, and ensure that the children are safe while handing out the publication.


Lakeside Chautauqua is a Tobacco-Free Community

For the health and wellness of guests and residents, smoking and the use of other tobacco products are prohibited on the grounds; the exception is privately-owned properties.


Trash & Recycling 

Trash collection days are Tuesdays and Fridays. Recycling is only collected on Fridays. Place trash and recycling bins on the curbside by 7:30 a.m. 


Annual Photo Contest

Lakesiders of all ages are invited to submit photos to be featured in the 2016 Calendar of Events brochure, as well as on Lakeside's social media pages, website, blog, Lakesider newspaper, advertisements, etc.

Images should represent people enjoying Lakeside through photos of family, traditions, children, religion, education, cultural arts (special events and programming), recreation, landscape or architecture.

The deadline for submission is Thursday, Oct. 1. The limit is five photos per photographer. Read full contest rules to enter.  


Professional Development Graduate Credit

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


Lakeside Information Center

This summer, the Lakeside Information Center opened at the Pavilion for guests.

We Need

Your Feedback

In anticipation of Lakeside's 150th Anniversary in 2023, the community has started a comprehensive process to develop a long-term master plan. You are invited to complete a survey to be a part of the planning process. We value your feedback.


Special information for guests and residents is available on the Resources page of the website. This page also includes Rules & Regulations and FAQs.

Orchestra Hall

Orchestra Hall enjoys the distinction of being the only movie theater on the Marblehead Peninsula, as well as in all of Ottawa County. Enjoy the air-conditioned comfort of the theater. 


Movie Tickets: 

$3/youth (under age 12)   


Show Times: 

3:30 p.m. & 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted.


Review the upcoming movie schedule

Discover the
Rhein Center

This summer, the C. Kirk Rhein, Jr., Center for the Living Arts will offer online class registration.

New classes for the upcoming week will be available at 12 p.m. each Thursday prior to the start of that week's classes.

In-person registration is still available at the Rhein Center from 1-3 p.m. Sunday.

For a complete list of step-by-step instructions about how to create an account, register for a class or browse the online catalog, download the How-To Register Online for Rhein Center Classes Guide.

The Front Porch Blog

Follow The Front Porch blog for web-exclusive content.

'By the Water's Edge'

Devotional Booklet

This summer, Lakeside is introducing a collection of devotionals, titled By the Water's EdgeThe booklet includes devotionals written by preachers, community members and staff. The booklet is available at
Artists-N-Cahoots for $10.


If interested in writing a devotional for the second edition, contact   

Join the '75-'90 Lakeside Challenge

Were you born between 1975-1990? Join the '75-'90 Lakeside Challenge.

To accept the challenge,
 sign up to receive
emails from Lakeside.
Use the hashtag
#7590LakesideChallenge on social media to share your
favorite photos and stories.

After joining the challenge, participants will have the opportunity to win favorite Lakeside treats, such as donuts and coffee.

Boating Opportunities 

There are many boating opportunities at Lakeside. View the many activities and events scheduled for this summer.

Weekday Gem

For the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra opening night concert and Livingston Taylor show, Hotel Lakeside 
and the Fountain Inn are offering 'Weekday Gem' deals with reduced rate Single Rooms at $89 and Family Rooms at $109 per night.


Make an online reservation, and use the promotional code: GEM2015. 
Reservations may also be made by phone at (866) 952-5374, ext. 230. Please note that the promotional code must be mentioned over the phone.


These offers do not include applicable taxes, 
Chautauqua Passes or Auto Passes to enter the grounds of Lakeside.

Lakeside Snapshots

Participants of Lakeside's Team and Individual Triathlons put on their helmets before they take off on their bikes.

Children paint their own masterpieces alongside plein air artists in Central Park.

Lakesiders admire the Perry Longboat at the Lakeside Wooden Boat Show.

Legendary rock band, Three Dog Night, performs on stage at Hoover Auditorium to a sold out crowd.