Almost totally obscured by the furor over the Amphitheater project this summer has been another large capital building project authorized a year ago by 95 percent of Chautauqua constituents.
There is a sense of change in the air. While Week Nine’s plethora of entertainment and accessible erudition awaits those on the grounds, transition is close. The major arts companies have concluded their seasons. The weather is often a bit cooler. The days are noticeably shorter. Chautauqua is nearing the end of its 2015 season, and many of its seasonal employees have left to return to school or regular employment. Others remain well into the fall. Here are six of their stories.
There’s an old aphorism that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. In Chautauqua, where the
Robin Wright believes “we may be in the greatest period of empowerment in world history.” Wright will share the the
Constanze Stelzenmüller wrote earlier this year that “history is not destiny.” It’s a phrase she believes applies to many aspects
There was no porch big enough for this conversation. Jennifer DeLancey has spent much less time on the grounds than
Anyone expecting fireworks at Friday’s dialogue meeting on the Amphitheater project may have left the session disappointed. What had seemed to many as a potential showdown turned into a frank but civil give-and-take between Institution President Tom Becker, other panelists and an engaged community audience. The subject was historic preservation in the context of the Amp.
Albert C. “Ace” Barclay is a dapper, urbane, well-dressed man who has passed his 70th birthday. Growing up in central New Jersey in places well known to New Jersey Turnpike travelers as exits around the Princeton area, Barclay graduated from Yale, then received a law degree from Harvard, served in the Army and settled into a comfortable life with his wife and children, maintaining a local law practice based in the area where he grew up.
Civility returned Friday in the Hall of Christ as Chautauquans packed the auditorium to ask questions of and offer opinions
Chautauqua’s 2015 season passed its midpoint this week. The major arts programs are all in full swing, and there are still significant orchestra, theater, opera, music, arts and dance events to look forward to. The education and religion departments fill the days with erudition. Hundreds of smaller events enrich the cultural smorgasbord to which Chautauquans have become accustomed.