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?”Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.”Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more