Many Chautauquans value the Institution for its wealth of programming, opportunities and activities. For Jennifer McDowell, Chautauqua represents a haven for her and her son, Peter, who has Down syndrome.
Some love it for the exercise, some for the competition and some for the commemorative T-shirt. But no matter what the reason, the annual Old First Night Run/Walk/Swim is a beloved and honored tradition at Chautauqua Institution.
With Chautauqua Institution’s birthday just around the corner, it is an appropriate time to enjoy deeply rooted traditions and reflect on the philanthropic efforts that have kept Chautauqua thriving for the past 140 years.
On Monday in the Hall of Philosophy, the Chautauqua Foundation hosted a Twilight Cabaret fundraiser for the Chautauqua Fund.
With the Promise Campaign in its public phase and 34 new Chautauqua Fund volunteers in place this summer, the Chautauqua Foundation is propelled by excitement around the possibilities that surround each season at Chautauqua, said Tina Downey, director of the Chautauqua Fund.
Last Wednesday in the Athenaeum Hotel parlor, the Chautauqua Foundation hosted the ninth annual Eleanor B. Daugherty Society Luncheon for its members.
Family brought her here, nostalgia brought her back, and for Sally Moore, her rekindled love for the Institution is the driving force behind her decision to become a Chautauqua Fund volunteer.
The pulse of art beats through Chautauqua’s veins. Whether it is listening to the sounds of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in the Amphitheater, seeing a row of young ballerinas in line for lunch, or attending a Friday night performance in Bratton Theater, there are myriad ways for Chautauquans engage with one art form or another.
For Ruth Gerrard Cole, family roots at Chautauqua run almost as deep as the Institution’s history.
For Jack and Yvonne McCredie, volunteering for the Chautauqua Fund is a duty and a pleasure.