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Michelle Kanaar | DAily File PhotoGuest conductor Stuart Chafetz, principal timpanist of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, leads the CSO during the 2012 Season’s Independence Day Celebration.

Grab Bag: Chafetz, DeSare, CSO prepare diverse, patriotic repertoire for annual Independence Day celebration

Stuart Chafetz may be the only conductor who visits Sam’s Club once a year to buy 15,000 paper bags.

“[The cashiers] kind of look at me funny, like, ‘What’s this for? Boy, is this for camp?’ ” Chafetz said. “I just usually say, ‘Yeah, a lot of mouths to feed.’ We always have plenty of paper bags — the ushers hand you your program plus three paper bags.”

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Opening Sacred Song Service one of pure, ‘rock ’em, sock ’em’ celebration

Jared Jacobsen likens his choice of Sacred Song Service themes to putting together a puzzle. And the opening night’s selection is a picture of pure jubilance.

“I just want to celebrate how excited we are to be back at Chautauqua,” Jacobson said.

Jacobsen is the coordinator of worship and sacred music, known to most as the talented fingers and feet behind Chautauqua’s organ performances. The focus of the first 8 p.m. service of the season is “Oh Happy Day!,” an arrangement Jacobsen calls “down and dirty gospel.”

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Oliver Archives Center assistant Amanda Holt reads and organizes the Miller Family Papers before the collection is sent to Rutgers University to become part of the Thomas A. Edison Papers Project. Photo by Michelle Kanaar.

Miller Family Papers to add Chautauqua chapter to Edison project

Sometime in the next months, the 16 gray coffin-like archival boxes holding the Miller Family Papers will leave the Oliver Archives Center in Chautauqua, N.Y., and journey to Rutgers University, N.J., to become part of the Thomas A. Edison Papers Project at Rutgers.

A note of clarification is required. The Miller Family Papers are the collected correspondence, diaries and memorabilia of the family of Lewis Miller, one of Chautauqua Institution’s founders. The papers include the letters of Mina Miller Edison, the second wife of Thomas Edison. The Thomas A. Edison Papers Project is a research center based at Rutgers University, and it is described as “one of the most ambitious editing projects ever undertaken by an American university.”

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Mac, Jolie and Tom McShane. Photo by Lauren Rock.

In Chautauqua, pair of rising stars find a place to find themselves

“There is just something about Chautauqua at 6 a.m. that cannot be described,” said Mac McShane, 16-year-old circulation manager of The Chautauquan Daily. “My route is my way to relax. It’s just me, the cool morning air, and a list of houses.”

The kid everyone calls Mac spends his summers working at the Daily, along with waiting tables at Intermezzo at Chautauqua.

En route, he delivers the paper on his scooter to people all throughout the grounds, including to Institution President Tom Becker.

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Tomatoes, lettuce and herbs grow in the community garden located on the southern end of the Chautauqua grounds off Bryant. There are 15 plots for residents to work. Photo by Michelle Kanaar.

Community gardens blossom in fourth season of growth

The Chautauqua season is nine weeks long, but for some who live on the grounds, there is a longer, more important season to arrange one’s summer around: the growing season.

At the southernmost end of the Institution, hidden behind bushes that grow along Bryant, are 15 small plots that together comprise the Chautauqua community gardens. The gardeners who tend them extend their Chautauqua time for planting and harvesting.

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Images of fingers point the way to important passages in the 511-year-old Koberger Bible recently donated to Chautauqua’s Department of Religion. Photo by Michelle Kanaar.

Chautauquan donates 511-year-old Bible for Institution’s book collection

The Bible is one of the world’s most read books. People turn through its pages in moments of despair or elation. The holy text is present at baptisms, weddings, funerals and the moments that punctuate life in between.

The Department of Religion of Chautauqua Institution recently received a Bible that has seen many such moments. Earlier this month, Judith Burrows, a retired Episcopal priest, gave a 511-year-old Bible to the institution.

“This wonderful institution was built on a religious foundation. It’s right for it, it’s where it should be,” Burrows said.

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A new Hurlbut Church entrance off Scott Avenue will include a Limited Use Limited Access elevator, scheduled for completion prior to the 2013 Chautauqua Season. Photo by Michelle Kanaar.

Hurlbut Church lift will improve community accessibility

Hurlbut Memorial Community United Methodist Church at Pratt and Scott avenues is on the verge of being handicapped accessible. Hurlbut, known as a place “Where Worship Welcomes,” is making an effort to be even more welcoming by having a Limited Use Limited Access elevator installed by its Scott entrance. People with limited mobility should find attending worship, Special Studies classes and summer programming much more accessible once the lift is installed and operating.

“God’s Vision … Our Mission … Beyond Walls” was the theme for a building campaign that started with refurbishing the art deco designed stained glass windows in the sanctuary just prior to the 2008 Season and, in 2009, completed restructuring the Pratt sanctuary entrance by installing new front steps. A handicapped-accessible entrance facing Scott is the third major aspect of the building project.

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Lynda Johnson Robb, daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson, and Susan Ford Bales, daughter of President Gerald Ford, speak Wednesday morning in the Amphitheater.

Bales, Robb discuss unique life of being commander-in-chief’s daughter

Most people can relate to a teenager’s difficulty dealing with homework, school dances and friends while growing up.

But only a few people understand what it’s like to deal with those things under the white-hot spotlight of being a presidential child.

Lynda Johnson Robb and Susan Ford Bales shared their stories with journalist John Avlon during Wednesday’s morning lecture in congruence with the Week Nine lecture theme, “The Presidents Club.”

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