We are sitting sitting in the sunroom of a comfortable, elegant home in the south end of the grounds. The owners of the house are relaxed and reflective as they consider their lives together and separately.
Chautauqua’s largest-ever public works project is on track. The much-discussed renovations for the Institution’s performance and information centerpiece have progressed according to schedule, said John Shedd, Chautauqua’s administrator of architectural and land use regulations and director of facilities.
As Week Two of the 2014 Chautauqua summer season begins, the diversity and intensity of activity on the grounds deepens. Some major artistic and cultural programs launch their seasons, greeted by anticipation. At the same time, many of the hundreds of high school and college students who are here for the summer have been on the job for weeks already, helping to organize and deliver services that support the Institution’s ambitious seasonal plans. Here are the stories of six of our young seasonal employees.
Cherry devoted a lot of time during the 2013 season to raising Chautauquans’ awareness of this issue. He will intensify his efforts this summer. The campaign began last week at the annual pre-season CPOA potluck dinner in Hurlbut Church. Addressing a packed house, Cherry and CPOA president Hugh Butler fielded a lot of questions. Cherry’s remarks are as follows.
To say Chautauqua’s new fire chief Adam Akin is familiar with the Institution would be something of an understatement.
The opening of the 2014 season marks the anniversary of Chautauqua Institution’s ambitious Visitors Center on Bestor Plaza. Its primary purpose is to make Chautauqua and its sometimes bewildering array of cultural offerings more open and accessible to first-time visitors.
As one enters the Athenaeum’s main dining room, he or she may first notice that the old wallpaper is gone. The tables look less crowded. Drapes have been upgraded, and works by local artists adorn the walls. An updated menu ensures that a venue long steeped in tradition feels new. Heirloom Restaurant is making its debut.
Karen Williams hired in the off-season to fill a new, bifurcated position. She joins Chautauqua staff to map customer experience.
Chautauquans will recall that the Institution received federal and New York state grants totaling more than $700,000 in 2011 to support efforts to better manage stormwater runoff and to help keep Chautauqua Lake free of phosphates and other harmful nutrients.
One of the signature elements in the Institution’s plan to spend the grant money most effectively is a wetlands project near the tee on the third hole of Chautauqua Golf Club’s Lake Course. The wetlands project has taken visible shape during the 2013 Season.
Susan Dentzer will wrap up the Week Nine examination of “Health Care: Reform and Innovation” — and the 2013 morning lecture series — at 10:45 a.m. today in the Amphitheater.
Dentzer is a longtime health care analyst on “PBS NewsHour,” former editor of the journal Health Affairs and a senior health policy adviser at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, N.J.