Posts Tagged 'Ellie Haugsby'

Old First Night: 139 years and counting …

Old First Night: 139 years and counting …

Twenty-four years ago, when eighth-generation Chautauquan Dick Karslake was first tasked with emceeing the Old First Night celebration, his stomach churned with a mixture of butterflies and dread. He was nervous about doing justice to a celebration so bound up in the history and tradition of Chautauqua Institution.

Luckily for Karslake, his son, who knew a thing or two about nerves owing to his experience in theater, called him the weekend before Old First Night with some much needed words of encouragement.

BTG seeks historical input for 100th anniversary in 2013

BTG seeks historical input for 100th anniversary in 2013

With the 100th Anniversary of the Chautauqua Bird, Tree & Garden Club coming up in 2013, BTG president Norman Karp is wondering: “What were the forces in the U.S. in 1913 that led to the creation of the Chautauqua Bird, Tree & Garden Club? What do we know about the creators of the club and the personalities who guided the club through its first 100 years? How has the club stayed true to its original mission, and what has it done over the years to increase its varied purposes?”

Harris-Perry: Remnants of Civil War era still inform U.S. politics today

Harris-Perry: Remnants of Civil War era still inform U.S. politics today

Author, professor and columnist Melissa Harris-Perry said there is much Americans can learn from history.

“History is, in many ways, the collective project of making meaning out of the events of the past,” Harris-Perry said. “But history is also much more than an academic exercise.”

Her lecture focused on what current generations can glean from history and how historical events, specifically attitudes in the decades surrounding the Civil War, still have relevance in today’s socio-political world.

Washington, Jefferson, address party politics, taxes, power of the people

Washington, Jefferson, address party politics, taxes, power of the people

The first Chautauquans arrived for Tuesday’s 2 p.m. Interfaith Lecture almost two hours early, said Maureen Rovegno. By 1:30 p.m., the seats were packed for “Storm on the Horizon,” a character-interpretation by members of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Rovegno, the assistant director of the Department of Religion, did not seem surprised by the large turnout, though. When other members of the Foundation performed at Chautauqua in 2009, the event was just as popular.

Jefferson reflects on having ‘A Wolf by the Ear’ tonight

Jefferson reflects on having ‘A Wolf by the Ear’ tonight

The arts often are used to tell a story or send a message. Composers and performers often make music to portray a feeling. Actors use characters to tell a story and present a theme, and the actor-interpreters at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation do this at every performance. But tonight, they will be joined by some of the Foundation’s musicians.

At 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater, the actor-interpreters and musicians will work together to tell the story of “A Wolf by the Ear,” detailing Thomas Jefferson’s reflections of the Missouri Compromise of 1820.

Women’s golf championship ends season on a high note

Women’s golf championship ends season on a high note

Last Tuesday afternoon, players in the Chautauqua Women’s Golf Association slowly trickled off the lush, green Hill Course to reassemble for pizza, drinks and a tallying of scores. It was the end of their annual championship at the Chautauqua Golf Club. The ladies sat around at tables in the clubhouse as workers sifted through scorecards and counted strokes.

After everything was computed, golfer Barb Blanchard took home the honors as 2011 champion, with a combined score of 182 of both rounds.

CSO Saturday performance ‘bursting with emotion and profundity’

CSO Saturday performance ‘bursting with emotion and profundity’

In all the traditional arts, there may be no greater a misnomer today than the accepted designation that classical music is tranquil — that it is suitable stuff for relaxation and the background. Anyone who has listened to a Beethoven symphony, Verdi opera or Stravinsky ballet on earphones certainly knows that isn’t the case. Classical music is the realm of drama, of tremendous contrast, of tension and release.