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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.

Tallman Tracker Organ Recital
Joshua Stafford, interim organist for Chautauqua Institution, gives a recital on the Tallman Tracker Organ in the Hall of Christ, broadcast at noon EDT Wednesday, Aug. 19, on the CHQ Assembly Video Platform immediately following the Chautauqua Lecture Series presentation of the day.

Chautauqua Opera Company Master Class Broadcast
At 10 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Aug. 19, on the CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch, Chautauqua Opera Company broadcasts its weekly master class, led by Guest Artist Elaine Alvarez. Each master class will feature the Guest Artist of the week coaching four or five Young Artists, working on a wide variety of repertoire. During the event, hosts will offer commentary and answer questions submitted by attendees. This week’s class includes Young Artists Samina Aslam, Kelly Guerra, Chasiti Lashay, Daniela Magura and Wan Zhao.

CVA 2020 Online Auction
From noon EDT Wednesday, Aug. 19 to 11:59 p.m. EDT Saturday, Aug. 22, Chautauqua Visual Arts hosts the CVA 2020 Online Auction. Featuring works by 22 professional artists, proceeds benefit the CVA School of Art student scholarships. Register and bid online at Learn more at

Smith Memorial Library News
The Smith Memorial Library is now open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT on weekdays, and from noon to 3 p.m. EDT on Saturdays. Capacity is limited, face coverings are required, and social distancing rules apply. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult, and computers and office services are available on a limited basis. Enhanced sanitization and book-quarantine protocols are in place, and touchless browsing is encouraged. Safe return bins will be located throughout the Smith. Any transactions will be contact-free, and the preferred payment is exact change. While newspapers are currently unavailable, magazines may be checked out by request. In-person programs, meetings, and food and beverage sharing are not permitted. Remote services continue at and, or by calling 716-357-6296.

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The author Cloey Olkowski

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.