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The Briefly column will appear every weekday and on Saturdays at It is intended to provide space for announcements from Institution-related organizations. If a meeting or activity is featured that day in a story, it should not be repeated in the Briefly column. Submit information to Cloey Olkowski, editorial office manager, at Please provide the name of the organization, time and place of virtual event, and one contact person’s name with phone number. Deadline is 5 p.m. EDT three days before publication.

Chautauqua Theater Company Brown Bag

At 12:15 p.m. EDT Tuesday, July 21, on the CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch, Chautauqua Theater Company hosts a Brown Bag Lecture on the second New Play Workshop of the season, Tomorrow Will Be Sunday (working title), by playwright Heather Raffo, directed by Jenny Koons. The New Play Workshops are funded by the Roe Green Foundation.

Piano Program Master Class

At 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday, July 21, on the CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch, award-winning pianist and School of Music faculty member Boris Slutsky leads a master class.

Literary Arts Contests

Writers of all ages are invited to submit their poetry or prose by Sunday, Aug. 2, to the writing contests sponsored by Friends of the Chautauqua Writers’ Center (formerly Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends.) Prizes are awarded in the adult, young adult, and youth categories. For more information and submission instructions, please go to  Please direct any questions to

Authors’ Hour

Chautauqua authors will read from their work 12:15 p.m. EDT every Thursday on Zoom during Weeks One through Nine. Find more information at Direct any questions to Week Four’s authors are  Carol Jennings (poetry), author of The Dead Spirits at the Piano, and Fred Zirm (poetry), author of Object Lessons, Stages of Development.

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Birkenstock enthusiast and lover of all things yellow, Cloey Olkowski is the office manager at the Daily. This will be Cloey’s fourth season at the Daily and 20th season at Chautauqua. A native of Buffalo, New York, she is a recent graduate of SUNY Oswego, where she majored in public relations with double minors in graphic design and psychology. Three seasons ago she placed second in the Old First Night Run/Walk and hopes to take home the virtual gold this season.