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All Star afternoon: Jamestown Tarp Skunks visit grounds to square off against Chautauqua All Stars

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KRISTEN TRIPLETT – STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

The Jamestown Tarp Skunks play the Chautauqua All Star team on Monday July 19, 2021 at the softball field. KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Chautauqua softball is always a competitive affair, but Chautauquans faced a unique challenge Monday: taking on the Jamestown Tarp Skunks, the local franchise of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. Chautauqua’s finest, dubbed the All Stars, faced the Tarp Skunks in a five-inning exhibition match at Sharpe Field. 

The All Stars came out to an early lead, putting up four runs in the first inning, but were ultimately undone by a third inning Tarp Skunks rally. The Tarp Skunks won 11-9. 

After the game, members of the community were invited to take a turn at the plate. Young and young-at-heart Chautauquans took their swings (and a few misses) to cap off a memorable afternoon at the ball field.

  • Kevin Koziol of the Jamestown Tarp Skunks pitches during their game against the Chautauqua All Stars Monday July 19, 2021 at the softball field KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • Posey Wannop goes up to bat after the 5th inning Monday July 19, 2021 at the softball field KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • Charlie Nichols of the Jamestown Tarp Skunks during their game against the Chautauqua All Stars Monday July 19, 2021 at the softball field KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • Nicholas and Patrick Ritacco hold the flag during the National Anthem Monday July 19, 2021 at the softball field KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • Will McEvoy bats for the Chautauqua All Stars Monday July 19, 2021 at the softball field KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • Nate Chub of the Chautauqua All Stars watches a play from third base during their game against the Jamestown Tarp Skunks Monday July 19, 2021 at Sharpe Field. KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • Team members from the Jamestown Tarp Skunks watch the game unfold Monday July 19, 2021 at the softball field KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

A grand finalé: MSFO, Voice Program conclude season with timeless ‘Marriage of Figaro’

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KRISTEN TRIPLETT – STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Timothy Muffitt conducts the Music School Festival Orchestra during the Student Opera’s production of Marriage of Figaro Monday July 19, 2021 in the Amphitheater. KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

After a few short, busy weeks of rehearsals, recitals and performances, Music School Festival Orchestra and Voice Program students joined forces for one final show: a collaborative production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, performed Monday in the Amphitheater.

The opera, which traditionally spans four hours, was shortened to 90 minutes with narrative sequences marking jumps in the story — but the Voice Program opted to keep in as many large ensembles, trios and duets as possible, giving as many students as possible their chance in the Amp’s spotlights.  

  • From left, Evan Lazdowski as Figaro, Seonho Yu as Count Almaviva, and Lydia Graham as the Countess during the Student Opera's production of Marriage of Figaro Monday July 19, 2021 in the Amphitheater. KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • Amanda Batista as the Countess during the Student Opera's performance of Marriage of Figaro Monday July 19, 2021 in the Amphitheater. KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • Lucy Evans, as Cherubino, and Nicoletta Berry, as Susannah performs Marriage of Figaro in the opera student's final performance at Chautauqua Monday July 19, 2021 in the Amphitheater KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • Seonho You, as Count Almaviva, Nicoletta Berry, as Susannah, and Adam Catangui, as Don Basilio perform during the Student Opera's production of Marriage of Figaro Monday July 19, 2021 in the Amphitheater KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • Maria Consamus, as Cherubino, during the Student Opera's production of Marriage of Figaro Monday July 19, 2021 in the Amphitheater KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • Bass-baritone, Evan Lazdowski performs the role of Figaro during the Student Opera's production of Marriage of Figaro at Chautauqua Monday July 19, 2021 in the Amphitheater KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • Carlos Arcos, as Antonio, performs during the Student Opera's production of Marriage of Figaro Monday July 19, 2021 in the Amphitheater KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • Timothy Muffitt conducts the Music School Festival Orchestra during the Student Opera's production of Marriage of Figaro Monday July 19, 2021 in the Amphitheater KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Good clean fun: Children’s School hosts Art in the Park

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  • The Children's School hosts Art in the Park on Thursday July 15, 2021 on Bestor Plaza KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • Teddy Spahr paints during the Children's School Art in the Park event on Thursday July 15, 2021 on Bestor Plaza KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • Gael Griffith, left, and Miles Corporandy study one another during a draw each other activity at an Art in the Park event on Thursday July 15, 2021 on Bestor Plaza KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • The Blue Room from the Children's School paint a large canvas during Art in the Park on Thursday July 15, 2021 on Bestor Plaza KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • Leigh van Straaten and Annabel Burry get ready to paint during an Art in the Park event hosted by the Children's School on Thursday July 15, 2021 on Bestor Plaza KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • Chautauqua Institution President Michael E. Hill says hello to the children during the Children's School Art in the Park event on Thursday July 15, 2021 on Bestor Plaza KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • Isabelle Lyndall shows off art paint hands during the Children's School Art in the Park event on Thursday July 15, 2021 on Bestor Plaza KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • Gilbert Reeve paints during the Children's School Art in the Park event on Thursday July 15, 2021 on Bestor Plaza KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Children’s School Blue Room students paint a large canvas during Art in the Park Thursday on Bestor Plaza. The children, decked out in smocks and oversized shirts, spent the afternoon expressing their creativity on paper and canvas (and the occasional hand, arm, and leg).

A show of excellence: Piano Competition Winners’ Recital

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  • Chautauqua Piano Program Competition Winners, from left, Jung-eun Kim, Andrew Chen, and Charles Berofsky receive a standing ovation from the audience after performing Sunday, July 11, 2021 on the Amphitheater stage. DAVE MUNCH/PHOTO EDITOR
  • Chautauqua Piano Program Competition winner Andrew Chen performs Sunday, July 11, 2021 on the Amphitheater stage. DAVE MUNCH/PHOTO EDITOR
  • Chautauqua Piano Program Competition runner-up Charles Berofsky performs Sunday, July 11, 2021 on the Amphitheater stage. DAVE MUNCH/PHOTO EDITOR
  • Chautauqua Piano Program Competition Jung-eun Kim, who placed third, performs Sunday, July 11, 2021 on the Amphitheater stage. DAVE MUNCH/PHOTO EDITOR

Ceramic creations: Special Studies courses offer colorful outlet

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KRISTEN TRIPLETT – STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

  • From left to right, Fran Goodwin, Colleen Law, Sue Eluard, Sophie Van Seventer, Camille Van Seventer, and Adilene Rosales talk while putting wax on their clay creations during a beginner ceramics class on Thursday June 30, 2021 in the Art Quad. KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • Ceramic instructor Wes Hart unloads the kiln after firing students work overnight on Friday July 1, 2021 in the Art Quad. KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • Ceramic instructor Adilene Rosales holds one of the student's finished pieces on Friday July 2, 2021 in the Art Quad. KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • Ceramic instructors Wes Hart and Adilene Rosales unload the kiln that the student's creations fired in on Friday July 1, 2021 in the Art Quad. KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • Merel Latour studies the various colors before glazing her clay work on Thursday June 30, 2021. KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • Glaze samples sit on one of the countertops at a beginner ceramics class July 1st, 2021. KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • A beginner class works on ceramics in the art quad July 1st, 2021. KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • Instructor, Wes Hart, shows student, Colleen Law, how to dip her bowl into the glaze during a beginner class on Thursday July 1, 2021 in the Art Quad. KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Each weekday, people of all ages and skill levels come together to learn ceramics in the Arts Quad. This is a time for Chautauquans to learn a new skill, express their creativity, and make new friends. Whether they want to make a dish, a pencil holder, or a custom creation, the opportunities are limitless.

The classes, offered through Chautauqua Special Studies, are held Monday through Friday. Students are guided through the entire ceramics process, from throwing to glazing, then take home their finished creation.

An American moment: Chautauqua celebrates being together again for July 4

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  • Alex Mathews, bass-baritone, performs during the Independence Day celebration on Saturday July 3, 2021 in the Amphitheater. KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • The American Flag unfurls from the Amphitheater ceiling as guest conductor William Eddins leads the Music School Festival Orchestra in “Stars and Stripes Forever” during the Independence Day Celebration Saturday. KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • Guest Conductor Williams Eddins interacts with the crowd during the Independence Day Celebration on Saturday July 3, 2021 in the Amphitheater. KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • Parks Zachry, 6, waves her flag high above the crowd Sunday, July 4, 2021 while listening to the Chautauqua Community Band’s Fourth of July Concert with her dad Andrew Zachry on Bestor Plaza. DAVE MUNCH/PHOTO EDITOR
  • From left, Dan Reeder, Maddy Reeder, 5, Amina Hagner, 6, and Carol Reeder show their patriotic spirit Sunday, July 4, 2021 while listening to the Chautauqua Community Band’s Fourth of July Concert on Bestor Plaza. DAVE MUNCH/PHOTO EDITOR
  • Chautauquans fill Bestor Plaza Sunday, July 4, 2021 for the Chautauqua Community Band’s Fourth of July Concert. DAVE MUNCH/PHOTO EDITOR

The conductor raises his baton to the ceiling, the orchestra comes to the crescendo of “Stars and Stripes Forever,” and the American Flag unfurls above the stage as the audience rises to its feet in applause. For many Chautauquans it is the quintessential Fourth of July moment, one they look forward to each year. While this year’s Independence Day festivities were a bit different than years past — with guest conductor William Eddins holding the baton, and the Music School Festival Orchestra and Chautauqua Voice Program taking the stage for the annual Independence Day Celebration in the Amp — the weekend signaled a joyous return of some of Chautauqua’s most beloved traditions, of families and fireworks, of celebration and community, in a gathering that President Theodore Roosevelt once described as “typical of America at its best.” 

Home at last: After a year of COVID separation, Chautauquans at last return home to grounds – and each other

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Chautauqua has always been about convening. After a year spent socially distanced, Chautauquans are finally able to come together once more in the community they all love.

All across the grounds, families are holding picnics, Chautauquans are engaging in conversations on porches and benches, once-empty homes are filled with life, and friends old and new are being reunited, many having not seen each other since the 2019 Summer Assembly Season. 

With Chautauqua Institution President Michael E. Hill’s Three Taps of the Gavel on Sunday, the season has officially begun, and the most essential element of the Chautauqua Experience, Chautauquans themselves, have come to convene for this 148th Summer Assembly. 

It has been a long and painful road, but Chautauquans who have waited two years for this moment are finally home at last.

  • From left to right, Hank Semmelhack, Lucia Mouat and Tricia Semmelhack sit on a bench to discuss the day's events, Sunday, June 27, 2021 on Bestor Plaza. KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • Steve Drabant and his wife Sue Drabant, left, go through photos with brother-in-law Safwat Andrawes during a family picnic by the Miller Bell Tower Thursday, June 17, 2021. Long time Chautauquans Steve and Sue were showing around Safwat, who is on the grounds for the first time visiting from Kenya. KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • From left to right, Regan Sims and Portia Rose greet Kathy Greenhouse at a local Play "Read-In" on June 24, 2021. KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • From left to right, Nafi Sall, Michael Furman, Dylan Baker, Macy Veto and Elena Stanley talk during an afternoon picnic on Bastor Plaza on June 23, 2021. The group are all interns for the International Order of the Kings Daughters and Sons. KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
  • Linda Bunch works to help prep her daughter's inn for the summer season while her grandson, Sam Webler, keeps her company in Chautauqua, June 21, 2021. KRISTEN TRIPLETT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

JLCO, Marsalis bring “Ever Fonky Lowdown” to Amp stage

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The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performs Wynton Marsalis’, “The Ever Fonky Lowdown,” alongside dancers, vocalists, and Wendell Pierce as the money-loving Mr. Game during the performance on Thursday, Aug 22, 2019 in the Amphitheater. ALEXANDER WADLEY/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Chautauqua serves up local fare in third annual Food Festival

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A Chautauqua Fourth of July in Pictures

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Each summer, Chautauquans showcase their American spirit with a day filled with celebrations of country and community. The Children’s School parade, Chautauqua Community Band concert, Independence Day Pops Celebration, and fireworks over a flare-lined Chautauqua Lake make for an Independence Day celebration like none other.

Here are some of the local producers at the heart of Week 9 Food & Film Festival

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  • Grapes at 21 Brix Winery start to ripen on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 at 21 Brix Winery in Portland, NY. HALDAN KIRSCH/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Locally Sourced

Wheels of Wanderer cheese rest in the aging room on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 at Reverie Creamery in Mayville, NY. After the cheese is aged for 6 months it is washed in a porter from Southern Tier Brewing Company to provide a malty flavor to the brine. HALDAN KIRSCH/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

This week’s Chautauqua Food & Film Festival will bring artisan food producers from

throughout Western New York to the Institution for cooking demonstrations,

competitions and tastings. Among the participants are local artisans of the Chautauqua Lake

area. Wine and food from 21 Brix Winery, Green Heron Growers and Reverie Creamery are

just a sampling of the many gastronomic pleasures that will be around the grounds all week.

Julie Rockcastle takes a seat with her dog in the Shiitake Mushroom Yard on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at Green Heron Growers in Sherman, NY. HALDAN KIRSCH/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Shiitake Mushrooms grow on logs in the Mushroom Yard on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at Green Heron Growers in Sherman, NY. Green Heron prepares every piece of wood with Shiitake spawn to produce the mushrooms. HALDAN KIRSCH/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Old First Night Fun

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  • The Chautauqua community Band performs during the family-friendly Chautauqua Birthday celebration and Annual old First Night Concert, Tuesday, August 7, 2018 on Bestor Plaza. BRIAN HAYES/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

 

Chautauqua Institution officially turned 144 years young with its annual, all-day Old First Night and Annual Fund Day festivities Tuesday. The activities began on Bestor Plaza with the Family-friendly Chautauqua Birthday Celebration. That day, donors to the Chautauqua Fund were entered into a drawing for a half-day pontoon boat rental. The winner was 4-year-old Lily Hird (every gift, regardless of size or the size of the Chautauquan, matters!), and her family, of Youngstown, Ohio. Thanks to the collective birthday gift of this community throughout Annual Fund Day and the evening of Old First Night, over $26,000 was raised in support of the 2018 Chautauqua Fund. Later that evening in the Amphitheater, the traditional Old First Night included such beloved traditions as the Drooping of the Lillies and a Vespers litany penned by Bishop John Heyl Vincent. The day featured something from both new and longtime Chautauquans alike, all in the spirit of honoring and celebrating the continuous, lived mission set forth by the Institution’s founders:
A shared space for learning, for recreation in every sense of the word, and for community.

Gateways to Open Minds: CLSC Class of 2018

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  • Messenger Steve Piper, left, and Watchman Carl Badger lead CLSC alumni to the Amphitheater after the 2018 CLSC Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018 in the Hall of Philosophy. HALDAN KIRSCH/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

On Wednesday, Aug. 8, the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle Class of 2018 were honored in Annual Recognition Day, where CLSC alumni going as far back as 1963 march together to the graduation ceremony in the Hall of Philosophy. The class adopted “Gateways to Open Minds” in honor of Chautauqua Institution President Michael Hill’s call to turn the Institution’s “gates into gateways.”

Fierce & Free: MSFO & Voice Program bring ‘Carmen’ to life

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  • Amanda Bottoms, Mezzo-Soprano, performs as the titular character in "Carmen" on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 in the Amphitheater. HALDAN KIRSCH/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

 

On Monday, Aug. 6, a collaboration between the Music School Festival Orchestra and Chautauqua Voice Program bring George Bizet’s Carmen to life. The opera consisted of students from the Chautauqua Voice Program taking on the main roles with the Music School Festival Orchestra providing live orchestral music.

 

Pas de Blur: One Evening, Two Art Forms

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  • Finn Faulconer and Christiana Cecere perform "Peasant Pas de Deux(Giselle)" during An Evening of Pas de Deux featuring Alumni Artist, Wednesday, August 2, 2018, in the Amphitheater. BRIAN HAYES/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

 

Curated by School of Dance Director of Contemporary Studies Sasha Janes, An Evening of Pas de Deux featuring Alumni Artists on Wednesday, Aug. 1, in the Amphitheater featured former students who have gone on to become company members at such esteemed troupes as New York City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, and The Washington Ballet, among others. The evening highlighted the incredible grace and technical skill these dancers possess, and provided an opportunity to showcase an additional art form.

The process of creating these photographs combines several techniques. All photos were made entirely in-camera; no fancy post-processing work was used. Traditionally, a fast shutter speed is used to stop motion and ensure sharp photos. For these photos, a slow shutter speed was used — anywhere between half a second to a full five seconds — to capture the graceful motion of the dancers. A technique called multiple exposures was also used. This process allows multiple frames, between two and nine, to be stacked, in-camera, into one image.

Rockin’ on Air

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  • Josie Dawson performs "70s Road Trip" with the Group 4 girls during the Chautauqua Boys and Girls' Club Airband Performance, Thursday, August 2, 2018, in the Amphitheater. BRIAN HAYES/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

 

The Annual Air Band competition took place Thursday, Aug. 2. As a result, the children from the Boys’ and Girls’ Club ended up busting some moves.

 

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