The Athenaeum Hotel at Chautauqua Institution has taken the “local food” movement to the next level, hosting a five-course dinner Tuesday evening that featured ingredients grown on the hotel’s rooftop garden.
In 1911, there were no television sets, world wars or crossword puzzles. News radio programs weren’t being broadcasted. Penicillin hadn’t accidentally been discovered yet. Instant coffee was a new commodity. It was a year that began on a Sunday and ended without national crisis. On Aug. 27, 1911, Miriam Goodman was born.
When interviewed for this story earlier in the season, the fact that her 100th birthday was quickly approaching didn’t seem to bother the Chautauquan of more than 25 years. In fact, Miriam is quite content sitting on her front porch and “watching the world go by.”
After 10 years of dedication and work with Chautauqua Theater Company and Chautauqua Opera Company, house managers Ken and Carolyn Benton have decided to retire.
Carolyn, now a retired music teacher, began coming to Chautauqua each summer as a child and is in her 10th season as the chimemaster at the Miller Bell Tower.
While Chautauqua Theater Company has completed its season, guests looking to get one last dose of theater will find it at Fletcher Music Hall at 2 p.m. Saturday with Chautauquan David Zinman’s one-act play “What’s in a Name?”
Zinman, who runs the Classic Film Series at the Chautauqua Cinema, typically does a staged reading of his plays at the end of each season. His inspiration for this season’s play came from a real-life story he heard while in a library one day.
There are many ways to look at and study the Civil War and the events leading up to it, but Daniel Walker Howe offered a new way of looking at the crisis of secession at his 10:45 a.m. lecture Thursday.
In his lecture, “The Secession Crisis,” Howe put the Civil War into the context of the dramatic revolution occurring a generation prior to the war in the way of communication and transportation.
In the years between the War of 1812 and secession, the world was reshaped, Howe said.
The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra’s 83rd season is over, but the orchestra and the Chautauqua Institution already are planning next season.
This season was unlike most, in that the orchestra operated without a music director. Instead, 16 guest conductors led the ensemble through the season. Next season, the programming will be similar as the CSO continues its search for a new music director.
Gerard Schwarz led New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival for 18 years, so it’s only natural that the composer would turn up for the season-ending program of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in the form of the Piano Concerto No. 19, K.459.
To prepare the audience for this week’s Interfaith Lecture Series on the Civil War and human rights, Michael Klarman cleared some misconceptions, laid the groundwork for the week and rooted people’s minds in constitutional history.
During Monday’s lecture, the Rev. Joan Brown Campbell, director of the Department of Religion, introduced the multi-degree-holding Harvard law professor to an audience that had just been warned against saving seats in the packed Hall of Philosophy.
As they celebrate the end to their 83rd season, the musicians of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra will welcome back old friends and familiar faces for a final concert featuring Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major, K.459, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92. Guest conductor Gerard Schwarz, pianist Horacio Gutiérrez and mezzo soprano Allison Sanders join the CSO at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater.
In August 1962, Kathryn Ford set sail on Chautauqua Lake with her parents. Cruising in the family’s mahogany Chris-Craft, her father caught a 48-inch, 28-lb. muskellunge with a Silver Flash lure. Instead of keeping and eating the fish, Ford’s father had it stuffed and mounted in Jamestown.
“I don’t remember her fighting very much. She was an old fish,” Ford said. “She was too old to eat.”