It’s early. The 2015 season at Chautauqua Institution began only a week ago. Gate passes and parking, late spring repairs for homeowners and confirmed room reservations for visitors — all the starting-up details are taken care of. For most, it all started seven days ago. But many seasonal employees had been here for weeks or months when this season officially began. Six of them spoke to The Chautauquan Daily about their work and their dreams.
Puzzle boxes, jewelry, drums, marmalade, wrap skirts — the Chautauqua Fair Trading Company store in the Colonnade might not be large, but it holds a multitude of different goods from all over the world. The wares have one thing in common: Everything has been made by people in developing countries who were paid a living wage.
For those who know it, Chautauqua Lake can get busy in both summer and winter, the water and ice providing a welcome medium for activities of many kinds. But rarely do those who know the lake see the kind of busy that Chautauqua Lake welcomed on Oct. 16, 1879.
HAROLD WAGNER | Courtesy of the Chautauqua Institution Archives Chautauqua dignitaries gather at the Norton Hall Cornerstone laying ceremony Aug.
Video by CAITIE MCMEKIN | Multimedia Editor Scott Ekstrom takes charge of Library Story by ABE KENMORE | Staff Writer The Smith
BENJAMIN HOSTE | File Photo Jared Jacobsen with the Massey Memorial Organ in 2013. Jacobsen is now in his 19th
Stand outside the Amphitheater and look in every direction — Chautauqua north, south, east and west. It is an exercise
SAALIK KHAN | Staff Photographer Meg Pickard, who previously worked for the Jamestown YMCA for 21 years, joined Chautauqua Institution
SAALIK KHAN | Staff Photographer Customer Experience Manager Karen Williams, newly hired last year, has concentrated her energy on hiring
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.