Lakeside Chautauqua 
Aug. 15-21, 2015
Gladioli Take Center Stage
Gladiolus growers and exhibitors from Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania will participate in the Northwestern Ohio Gladiolus Show in Hoover Auditorium.
The Gladiolus Show, which has been held at Lakeside for more than 50 years, will take place from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15 and 12-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16.
Many different and unusual gladiolus arrangements will be on display. Exhibitors and Gladiolus Society members promote appreciation of gladiolus growing and assist interested persons or groups in their cultivation and use.
This is an open entry show.

Discounted Hotel Rooms for Civil War Week, August 16-20
For Civil War Week, Lakeside is offering a 15% discount on overnight stays at Hotel Lakeside and the Fountain Inn

The discounted rate is valid from Sunday, Aug. 16-Thursday, Aug. 20 for Hotel Lakeside and Fountain Inn 'Traditions Rooms.' Select 'Family Rooms' and 'Chautauqua Rooms' are also available at a discounted rate.

Rooms include complimentary Wi-Fi and continental breakfast. Quantities are limited and rates are subject to availability.

Please note that the offer does not include applicable taxes or Daily Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes to enter the grounds of Lakeside.

To receive the discount, make a reservation by phone at (419) 798-4461, ext. 230 and mention the 'Civil War Discount.'
Important Gate Announcements
Starting Sunday, Aug. 16 there will be changes to the South Gate operating schedule until the end of the season. 

From Sunday-Thursday night, the gate will be closed from 11 p.m.-7 a.m. The South Gate will resume regular hours on Friday and Saturday.

Traffic will be directed to the Fifth Street Gate, which will keep its regular hours. The South Gate Parking Lot will be available for parking, and the shuttle will continue its regular route.

The West Second Street Gate will operate from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

The East Second Street Gate hours will be from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 

All gates will no longer be in operation for the season after 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7.
Submit Photos for Lakeside 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 Chautauqua's social media pages, websiteThe Front Porch blog, Lakesider newspaper, advertisements and more.

Photos are needed for the various panels of the Calendar of Events brochure, including nurturing the mind, body and spirit; family and youth programs; accommodations and more.

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

Quilters Invited to September Quilt Retreat
Lakesiders with a passion for quilting are invited to join internationally-recognized lecturer and teacher, Anita Shackelford, for a three-day quilt retreat.

The retreat will take place from Friday, Sept. 11-Sunday, Sept. 13 and will focus on Shacklelford's "Ohio Collection."

Her collection is a sampler with a vintage look and broad appeal. Many of the patterns used are taken from early Ohio quilts made and owned by Shackelford's family and friends.

Both piecing and applique will be taught during the retreat. Colors used in the quilt include: red, green, yellow, double pink, indigo, gray, shirting prints, light, medium and dark brown, and muslin for a 19th century feeling.  


Religious Life

Preacher of the Week: The Rev. Laurie Haller
Everyone experiences the burnout of life's daily routine and hectic schedule. The Rev. Laurie Haller
Preacher of the Week from August 16-21, will share a special message with Lakesiders about how she rediscovered play and purpose during those times of burnout.
A native of Birmingham, Mich., the Rev. Haller has served churches for the past 32 years. She currently is the Senior Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Birmingham.
She has traveled to Cuba, Haiti and Zimbabwe for mission trips and has led four trips to Israel.
The Rev. Haller is no stranger to the Chautauqua experience; she has also preached at Bay View Association in Petoskey, Mich., a sister Chautauqua.

Chautauqua Lecture Series

Monday, Aug. 17
10:30 a.m. Orchestra Hall
Pumpkin Slingers & Percussion Caps: Why was the Civil War so Deadly?
Dana Shoaf, Civil War Times Editor
1:30 p.m. Orchestra Hall
Black & White in a Colored World: The Challenge of
Se­lecting Covers for Civil War Times
Dana Shoaf, Civil War Times Editor
3:30 p.m. Chautauqua Hall
Dialogue & Discussion: An Overview of President Lin­coln's Assassination
Carol Zeh, Civil War Historian

Tuesday, Aug. 18
10:30 a.m. Orchestra Hall
John Brown: The Flame that Sparked the Civil War
Dennis Frye, Chief Historian, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
1:30 p.m. Orchestra Hall
Odyssey of a Field Officer: John Nevin of the 93rd
Dana Shoaf, Civil War Times Editor
3:30 p.m. Chautauqua Hall
Dialogue & Discussion: Was Lincoln's Assassination

Wednesday, Aug. 19
10:30 a.m. Orchestra Hall
September Suspense: Lincoln's Union in Peril
Dennis Frye, Chief Historian, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
1:30 p.m. Orchestra Hall
Antietam: America's Bloodiest Day
Dennis Frye, Chief Historian, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
3:30 p.m. Chautauqua Hall
Dialogue & Discussion: Did John Wilkes Booth Act Alone?
Carol Zeh, Civil War Historian
5:30 p.m. Johnson's Island
Johnson's Island Confederate Cemetery Tour
Don Young, Johnson's Island Preservation Society Member

Thursday, Aug. 20
10:30 a.m. Orchestra Hall
A "Slow" Civil War: Ohio's Major General Charles Griffin & the Pursuit of Freedmen's Rights in Texas
Dale Knobel, PhD, Professional Historian & Author
1:30 p.m. Orchestra Hall
The Civil War: Oberlin Perspectives on the Home Front and War Front
Liz Schultz, Museum Education & Tour Coordinator, Oberlin Heritage Center
3:30 p.m. Chautauqua Hall  
Dialogue & Discussion: The Prosecution of Those In­volved in the Assassination of President Lincoln
Carol Zeh, Civil War Historian
Friday, Aug. 21
10:30 a.m. Orchestra Hall
R.B. Hayes, Religion & the Civil War
Christie Weininger, Executive Director, Hayes Presidential Center
1:30 p.m. Oberlin Heritage Center
Freedom's Friends: Underground Railroad & Abolitionist History Walk
Pre-registration required, contact (419) 798-4461, ext. 239 or
Additional Community Education Programs
Sunday, Aug. 16
2 p.m. Chautauqua Hall
Lakeside Heritage Society Lecture: William D. Gill, Ottawa County Civil War Soldier
David Thompson, Discussion Leader

Monday, Aug. 17
10:30 a.m. Meet at Pavilion 
Guided Tree Walk
Bill Dudrow, Bill Smith or Frank O'Dell, Tree Walk Leaders
8:30 a.m. 343 Cherry Ave.
'After Lunch Bunch' Book Discussion: The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar
Nancy Long, Discussion Leader

Tuesday, Aug. 18
1:30 p.m. Lakeside Women's Club Green Gables 
Lakeside Women's Club Program: Monomoy Place of Granville
Tina & Dale Knobel, Discussion Leaders

Wednesday, Aug. 19
8 a.m. Meet at Pavilion
Guided Bird Walk
Judy Sudomir or Joe Sudomir, Bird Walk Leaders
8:30 a.m. Train Station
Lakeside Herb Study: Treasured Ohio Songbirds
Carol Zeh, Discussion Leader
10:30 a.m. Meet at Heritage Hall Museum
Lakeside Heritage Society Program: Historic Central Lakeside Walking Tour
Frank O'Dell & Lynne Woods, Walking Tour Leaders
Thursday, Aug. 20
3:30 p.m. Fountain Inn Aigler Room
Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle (CLSC): The Names of Things by John Colman Wood
Jim Kettlewell, Discussion Leader 
Friday, Aug. 21
10:30 a.m. Meet at Pavilion
Lakeside Heritage Society Special Walking Tour: Lakefront Path & Pavilions (pre-registration required by 4 p.m. Thursday; $5 fee, limit of 15 participants)
David Glick & George McCormik, Discussion Leaders
1:30 p.m. Lakeside Women's Club Green Gables
Lakeside Women's Club Book Review: There Was and
There Was Not (memoir) by Meline Toumani
Jan Hamilton, Discussion Leader
2:30 p.m. Chautauqua Hall
Foreign Affairs Forum
Jeff Dieterich, Moderator 
7 p.m. Chautauqua Hall
Symphony Pre-Concert Talk
Jane Hines, Discussion Leader

Arts & Entertainment

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

Saturday, Aug. 15
Little River Band
The Australian rock group, Little River Band, will bring their signature sound to Hoover Auditorium at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15 for all Lakesiders to enjoy.

This group will perform some of their greatest hits, including
"Lonesome Loser," "Cool Change" and "Lady," among other songs that showcase the groups' vocal and instrumental talents.

Founded in Melbourne, Australia in 1975, Little River Band grew to become one of the greatest vocal bands of the 1970s and 80s.

Sunday, Aug. 16
6 p.m. Steele Memorial Bandstand
Family Night in the Park: JK All Day
Natives of Port Clinton, Ohio, JK All Day is an acoustic duo featuring James Hensley and Kerry Tuttle from the band, The Junk.

JK All Day will take the audience through decades of soft pop and classic rock music with clean, clear vocals.

After years of refining their sound, the band has developed a concert with high energy and enthusiasm.

The duo has gathered a collection of original songs and cover songs to play during their shows.

Lakesiders are invited to attend the evening Hoover Movie Night featuring the film "The Great Locomotive Chase"

Directed by George Abbot and Stanley Donen, "The Great Locomotive Chase" tells the true story about Union spies during the Civil War.

In the heat of the war, Union spy James J. Andrews (Fess Parker) is asked to lead a group of soldiers with the responsibility of destroying the Confederate railway system.

The group must go behind Confederate lines dressed as civilians in order to board the train they later plan to steal.

Tuesday, Aug. 18
Lakeside Symphony Orchestra Concert 
The Lakeside Symphony Orchestra (LSO), under the direction of Robert Cronquist, will present an evening concert in Hoover Auditorium.

To open the program, the LSO will perform "Academic Festival Overture, op. 80." Composed by Johannes Brahms in 1880, it is a thank you to the University of Breslau for awarding him an honorary doctorate the previous year.

Next, the LSO will perform "Symphony No. 8 in B minor (Unfinished)" by Franz Schubert. This piece, started in 1822, is commonly known as the "unfinished symphony," because it only includes two movements - Allegro moderato and Andante con moto.

Wednesday, Aug. 19
Al Batt
A native of Hartland, Minn., Al Batt is an accomplished writer, humorist and nature conservationist. Batt's evening Hoover program will feature his witty reflections on life, nature and other topics.

Currently, he writes four columns for local newspapers and performs on three different nature-themed radio shows in Minnesota. Some of his other work includes a number of nationally syndicated cartoon strips.

Batt also serves as the Official Staff Ornithologist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and has written for a number of books, including the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, as well as working as a columnist for Bird Watcher's Digest magazine.

Thursday, Aug. 20
A.J. Croce
From his debut as a jazz and blues artist to becoming a pop icon, A.J. Croce has traveled a long musical journey that he will share with Lakesiders this week.

Croce, son of legendary singer Jim Croce, began his career at the age of 18 when he opened for jazz singer B.B. King while on tour. Since then, he has headlined festivals, concerts and venues worldwide.

Originally signed as a jazz artist, Croce has released eight albums that have expanded his audience and musical genres, not only to an American roots vibe but pop and contemporary as well. Both Rolling Stone and The New York Times consider Croce's genre spanning music some of the greatest of his time.

Friday, Aug. 21
Lakeside Symphony Orchestra Closing Concert with Violinist Ferri
The Lakeside Symphony Orchestra (LSO), under the direction of Robert Cronquist, will close its 52nd season at 8:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21 in Hoover Auditorium with a concert featuring violinist Michael Ferri.

The LSO season is supported by the Ohio Arts Council.
The concert will open with Ferri's performance of one of the most technically difficult works for violin, the "Violin Concerto in D major." The concerto was written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1878.

Tchaikovsky's "Violin Concerto" is his most important work for the instrument and in the history of romantic music. The piece is also linked with Tchaikovsky's emotional instability and broken marriage.


Lakeside Draw Doubles Shuffleboard Tournament
Lakesiders (age 16 & older) are invited to participate in the Lakeside Draw Doubles Shuffleboard Tournament on Thursday, Aug. 20.
Sign-up opens at 8:30 a.m. and closes promptly at 9 a.m. Play begins shortly
after entries close. There will be a lunch break.
The 2015 Lakeside Shuffleboard Club (LSC) members do not have to pay a tournament entry fee. Players who are not 2015 LSC members are asked to pay a $2 entry fee to defer prizes and other costs. For questions, speak with any
Shuffleboard staff member.

In This Issue

Upcoming Events

Dockside Worship Service

Sunday, Aug. 16

8:30 a.m. Pavilion East Deck

The Rev. Dave Martin

Sermon: "Not If Only but Next Time," based on John 8:1-11


Lakeside United Methodist Church Worship Service

Sunday, Aug. 16

9 a.m. 450 Central Ave.

The Rev. Vernon Shepherd


Hoover Community Worship Service

Sunday, Aug. 16

10:30 a.m. 
Hoover Auditorium

The Rev. Laurie Haller
Sermon: "The Baby Elephant Syndrome: Faith & Doubt," based on Matthew 14:22-36

Sunset Vespers by the Lake

Sunday, Aug. 16

8:15 p.m. Pavilion 
West Deck

John & Bonnie Wilkie


Wooden Boat Rides

Monday, Aug. 17 & Thursday, Aug. 20

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, Aug. 17 & Thursday, Aug. 20

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, Aug. 18 &

Friday, Aug. 21

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, Aug. 19
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.
Saturday, Aug. 22
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wo-Ho-Mis Lodge, South Auditorium, Wesley Lodge
More than 85 dealers will display china, glassware, furniture, quilts, fine and costume jewelry, kitchen supplies, sports memorabilia, books, postcards, sterling and more.  


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. 


Please note: the last day for parking at the Danbury School lot is Sunday, Aug. 30.


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.


Please note: the last weekend for Lakesider delivery is this weekend, Friday, Aug. 14 and Saturday, Aug. 15.


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.

Weekday Gem

From his debut as a jazz and blues artist to becoming a pop icon, A.J. Croce has traveled a long musical journey that he will share with Lakesiders at 8:15 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 20 in Hoover Auditorium. 

For the show, Hotel Lakeside and the Fountain Inn are offering a 'Weekday Gem' deal with reduced rate Single Rooms at $89 and Family Rooms at $109 per night.
Make an online reservation, and use the promotional code: GEM 2015. 
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. 
This offer does not include applicable taxes, 
Chautauqua Passes or Auto Passes to enter the grounds of Lakeside. 

Lakeside Snapshots

Cora Daniel spends her first birthday at Lakeside. Photo submitted by Nila McCullough.
Young pirates defend their ship during the LWBS Pirate Adventure. Photo submitted by Laura Sudomir.

Tim Hawkins laughs along with Lakesiders as he perfoms several of his best parodies and jokes for a full audience.

Three young Lakesiders are all smiles during God Squad.