Recreation & Youth

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.