Elizabeth Karslake “E.K.” Smith tried to suppress a smile as raucous laughter erupted from the Boys’ and Girls’ Club crafts classroom. The protagonist of her most recent book, Alien Dude! and the Attack of Wormzilla, had just committed a heinous act, and Smith, for the sake of storytelling, was obliged to utter the “f-word” for the Group 2 boys and girls.
Chautauqua Institution covers 750 acres, and traversing the grounds from its most northern to most southern points can be quite a hike. But last Sunday, members of the Bestor Society and various Chautauqua Foundation and Institution leaders made the trek to the south side of the grounds for the annual president’s address.
The Amphitheater’s main stage, the central hub of Chautauqua entertainment, has served as a platform for lectures and performances all summer long. On Thursday, the Chautauquans from Boys’ and Girls’ Club claimed that stage.
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.
The Daily met up with Counselors of the Week Justin Blanchard, Ginny Renjilian and Sadie Renjilian to talk about meditation, Air Band, and vegetarian indoctrination.
Years ago, an esteemed group of elders who recognized the value of sport — both for its competitive development and community interaction — devised an athletic tournament of epic proportions.
They called this contest the Olympic Games.
The Daily met up with Bryan Voorhis and Anna Ertenberg to discuss Water Olympics, camaraderie at Club and a car wash service that cleans kids.
Third-generation Chautauquan Courtney Curatolo started her time at Chautauqua Institution attending Children’s School and Boys’ and Girls’ Club. It seems fitting that her activities at the Institution have matured along with her; she now serves as president of the Chautauqua Women’s Club.
The Boys’ and Girls’ Club Carnival last Friday morning was a roaring success.
The century-old wooden walls of Seaver Gym echo the sounds of a dodgeball game. Rubber soles chirp on the floor as volleys are avoided and delivered. Kids argue like pubescent barristers, absolutely certain that in this world there is order and they each understand it perfectly.