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From the President

From the President

Here we are at the final weekend of the 2014 Chautauqua season. Chautauquans have been returning to their communities for a couple of weeks now as school begins for children, college for young adults, artistic seasons resume for conservatories, theaters and symphonies; in short, life resumes.

A steward of Chautauqua: After 27 years, Voelker set to retire at season’s end

A steward of Chautauqua: After 27 years, Voelker set to retire at season’s end

Jack Voelker wipes the dirt off his hands onto his already dirt-stained jeans. He cleans his glasses with his black Buffalo Beer Week T-shirt and thrusts those same soiled hands into his frayed pockets. Leaning back, he looks up at his hundreds of healthy hop bines stretching toward the sky. He removes his white Chautauqua tennis hat and takes a hand out of his pocket to comb back his hair.

At 19 Wiley, the home that escaped time

At 19 Wiley, the home that escaped time

Edith and Steve Benson’s Chautauqua cottage sits at 19 Wiley, surrounded by an aged picket fence. Pushing open the gate, walking under the arched trellis draped in akebia and along a short curved stone walkway dripping with yellow roses, blue Russian Sage and the hardy remnant of a purple clematis up to the Benson’s porch is akin to visiting a home from a bygone era.