At 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater, the 14-year-old soprano Jackie Evancho will make her Chautauqua debut, performing with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in “An Evening with Jackie Evancho.”
Chautauqua Institution covers 750 acres, and traversing the grounds from its most northern to most southern points can be quite a hike. But last Sunday, members of the Bestor Society and various Chautauqua Foundation and Institution leaders made the trek to the south side of the grounds for the annual president’s address.
Throughout the summer, the NOW Generation, made up of Chautauquans aged 21 to 40, has been hosting a variety of events for young individuals and families. Last Wednesday, the NOW Gen gathered at Fowler-Kellogg Art Center for a gallery reception and exclusive tour of the School of Art’s Annual Student Exhibition
Each year, hundreds of Chautauquans pour their time, energy and resources into various volunteer efforts on behalf of the Institution. At 5:30 p.m. this past Tuesday at the Golf Club, a volunteer recognition reception was held to honor those who have participated in the different volunteer organizations at Chautauqua.
Many Chautauquans value the Institution for its wealth of programming, opportunities and activities. For Jennifer McDowell, Chautauqua represents a haven for her and her son, Peter, who has Down syndrome.
With the Promise Campaign in its public phase and 34 new Chautauqua Fund volunteers in place this summer, the Chautauqua Foundation is propelled by excitement around the possibilities that surround each season at Chautauqua, said Tina Downey, director of the Chautauqua Fund.
Last Wednesday in the Athenaeum Hotel parlor, the Chautauqua Foundation hosted the ninth annual Eleanor B. Daugherty Society Luncheon for its members.
Family brought her here, nostalgia brought her back, and for Sally Moore, her rekindled love for the Institution is the driving force behind her decision to become a Chautauqua Fund volunteer.
The pulse of art beats through Chautauqua’s veins. Whether it is listening to the sounds of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in the Amphitheater, seeing a row of young ballerinas in line for lunch, or attending a Friday night performance in Bratton Theater, there are myriad ways for Chautauquans engage with one art form or another.
For Ruth Gerrard Cole, family roots at Chautauqua run almost as deep as the Institution’s history.