Jack Voelker wipes the dirt off his hands onto his already dirt-stained jeans. He cleans his glasses with his black Buffalo Beer Week T-shirt and thrusts those same soiled hands into his frayed pockets. Leaning back, he looks up at his hundreds of healthy hop bines stretching toward the sky. He removes his white Chautauqua tennis hat and takes a hand out of his pocket to comb back his hair.
For Gwen Papania, the director of Youth Services, Chautauqua has always been her “happy place.”
Over these past seven weeks at the Institution, the Chautauqua Golf Club has teemed with enthusiasm over this landmark year. Last Sunday, that escalating excitement reached its crescendo with the Golf Club’s 100th birthday celebration.
Like fairway divots come and gone, innumerable narratives have left their marks on the grounds of the Chautauqua Golf Club’s during its 100 years, contributing to a rich and enduring history.
The excitement has been building for weeks across Lake Road on the grounds of Chautauqua Golf Club, but it’s time to get the party started — officially.
Since the first round of golf was played on July 18, 1914, the sport has become an emblematic aspect of the Institution’s recreational experience. Without the Golf Club, many Chautauquans’ summers would be incomplete, lacking memorable relationships and a connection with the outdoors.
These Chautauqua speakers are giants, although they are not — yet — represented by Royce Carlton. The Oliver Archives Heritage Lecture Series will present “Five More Giants of Chautauqua” today at 3:30 p.m. in the Hall of Christ.
These speakers are Chautauquans giving tribute to Chautauquans who are greater than they are: GIANTS!
This Archives tribute is in its sixth year, an opportunity for Chautauquans to celebrate and respect ancestors — the Institution’s and their own.
It’s time to crack open a book, turn a page and witness a refreshing dawn for the 2012 CLSC Young Readers program.
Young Readers, entering its 19th year, is under the new leadership of Teresa Adams, assistant director of the Department of Education and Youth Services and director of Special Studies. The program is designed for children ages 10-14.
“We want to give them the overall experience of the characters in the book,” she said.
Anyone who has ever enjoyed the Young Readers program, a show from the Family Entertainment Series or sailing lessons on Chautauqua Lake has felt Jack Voelker’s impact on the Institution.
Voelker led the Department of Recreation for almost 25 years under different titles as the position evolved. His title for the majority of his career at Chautauqua was director of the Department of Recreation and Youth Services.
For children who visit Chautauqua, Children’s School may be the beginning of a lifelong love for the Institution, according to Jack Voelker, director of the Department of Recreation and Youth Services.
“It really is the entry-level experience of the life of the community, because this is how you start getting to be a part of the Chautauqua experience,” Voelker said.
The program, which serves upward of 150 children per week, runs from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday for children ages 3 to 5.