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Ellie Haugsby | Daily File PhotoA young Chautauquan plays with birthday balloons ringing the Amphitheater at Old First Night 2011.

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.

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This plaque and stone marker sits under a tree in front of Logan Hall on Bestor Plaza. Photo by Ellie Haugsby.

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?”

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Melissa Harris-Perry responds to audience questions after her lecture on Friday. Photo by Ellie Haugsby.

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.

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Bill Barker portrays Thomas Jefferson Tuesday afternoon in the Hall of Philosophy. Photo by Ellie Haugsby.

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.

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Bill Barker, portraying Thomas Jefferson, speaks to the Hall of Philosophy audience Tuesday afternoon. Barker will appear with other character-interpreters in the Amphitheater at 8:15 p.m. as part of the program “A Wolf by the Ear.” Photo by Ellie Haugsby.

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.

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Toni Douglass, of Boardman, Ohio, exercises at the Fitness Center at Heinz Beach on Monday morning. The center offers equipment for cardio and strength training and is open six days each week. Photo by Ellie Haugsby.

Hidden fitness gem at Heinz Beach offers quiet alternative to Turner

Down on the waterfront of Chautauqua Lake, directly next to Seaver Gymnasium, sits the Youth Activities Center. If you’ve been around Chautauqua for long enough, you know that. What you might not know is what lies just beneath the ping pong table, the video games and the grilled burgers of the YAC — the modest workout facility at Heinz Beach.

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Thursday Morning Brass. Photo by Ellie Haugsby.

Thursday Morning Brass plays for fun, donations to School of Music

Now that they’ve been together for several years, the musicians of Thursday Morning Brass are like family, said French horn player Nancy Waasdorp.

“You get to know everybody’s little whatevers; who’s going to crack the joke, and who’s going to make a correction,” she said. “It’s just special, in that respect.”

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Gordon S. Wood takes questions after delivering Monday’s morning lecture in the Amphitheater. Photo by Ellie Haugsby.

Wood: Go back to the Revolution to understand the Civil War

Answering the question of why the South seceded is not a major historical conundrum, historian Gordon S. Wood said in his lecture at 10:45 a.m. Monday in the Amphitheater. The more difficult question, he said, is why the North cared.

“Why was the North willing to go to war to preserve the Union?” Wood asked to begin his lecture.

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