For the past three years Chautauquans have been hearing about the $33 million Amphitheater renovation project, the largest public works project ever proposed for the Institution. The Amp project is the centerpiece of Chautauqua’s six-year Promise Campaign.
For several years, Chautauqua County, the Institution, local civic and tourist development boards, and various lake conservation groups and coalitions have been struggling against the rising tide of weeds, pollution and the seemingly inexorable death march of Chautauqua Lake.
For Chautauquans, visitors and seasonal staff members, the end of Week Eight heralds the beginning of the end of the summer season. Six of these employees shared their stories with The Chautauquan Daily.
On Tuesday, Chautauqua property owners overwhelmingly passed an $8 million bond issue that will finance extensive equipment upgrades at the Chautauqua wastewater treatment plant at the south end of the grounds.
Few foreign policy experts or commentators in the past 30 years have shown the resiliency, versatility or continuing relevance of Dennis Ross, who will deliver the 10:45 a.m. lecture in the Amphitheater with political scientist Geoffrey Kemp.
Just inside the Bestor Plaza entrance to the Brick Walk Cafe, four children are intent on nine picture boards arrayed for their inspection. Fronting one group of boards is a smaller placard offering the free photographic services of “Uncle Howie” Schiller. Pictured are a caricature of Schiller by longtime Chautauqua cartoonist Ed Harmon, as well as Schiller’s contact information.
Chautauqua property owners will go to the polls this afternoon to determine the fate of a proposed 30-year bond issue to support a renewed sewer plant for the Chautauqua Utility District.
The weather reporters called it a July polar vortex, but by any name the weather was unseasonably cold and drove us inside from a capacious porch. Comfortably settled, we reviewed the remarkable career of long-term Chautauquan Allen Steere, who played the violin with Itzhak Perlman and is credited with identifying Lyme disease.
It’s 8 a.m. on a monsoon Monday morning at the Amphitheater, rain sheeting down as puddles circle the venue’s concrete rim. Most of the 12 morning ushers are already here, seeing and doing what needs to be done without being asked.
Paul Sotero will deliver the 10:45 a.m. lecture today in the Amphitheater, wrapping up the Week Six examination of Brazil. Sotero will offer a nuanced, clear-eyed, but largely positive view of the South American behemoth whose political, social and economic development has always been complex and unpredictable.