It’s early. The 2015 season at Chautauqua Institution began only a week ago. Gate passes and parking, late spring repairs for homeowners and confirmed room reservations for visitors — all the starting-up details are taken care of. For most, it all started seven days ago. But many seasonal employees had been here for weeks or months when this season officially began. Six of them spoke to The Chautauquan Daily about their work and their dreams.
SAALIK KHAN | Staff Photographer Customer Experience Manager Karen Williams, newly hired last year, has concentrated her energy on hiring
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RUBY WALLAU | Staff PhotographerAt top, Chautauqua property owners view the choir rehearsal room in the back-of-house during a tour
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.