Chautauqua Lake Research Video by Sarah Yenesel



SUNY Fredonia graduate student MaryAnn Mason is studying the different temperature layers of Chautauqua Lake this summer. Assistant professor of biology Courtney Wigdahl-Perry supervises her work and has studied algae in the lake since 2014. Together, they are looking to better understand the lake, specifically the impacts of algae mixing between the temperature layers. In this video, the two scientists explain their work and how they do it, and their interactions with the Chautauqua community.

Video: “So You Think You’re Louder Than an Opera Singer?”


Clubbers a taste of opera Friday during the Annual “So You Think You’re Louder Than an Opera Singer?” Opera Invasion at Chautauqua Boy’s and Girl’s Club. After learning about opera and musical devices from Voice Program students and Chautauqua Opera general and artistic director Steven Osgood, children were taught lines from The Ghosts of Versailles which they sang as loudly as they could to determine who among them might really be louder than an opera singer.

Video by Mhari Shaw.

Roshambo Rockstars


Jill Vialet, founder and CEO of Playworks, leads the Chautauquans in a single-elimination rock-paper-scissors tournament called Roshambo Rockstars on Monday, July 9 at Bestor Plaza.

Lily Gierszal, 8, and Bruce Gierszal celebrate Lily’s victory in the rock, paper, scissors tournament Monday, July 9, 2018 on Bestor Plaza. RILEY ROBINSON/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Children’s School Fourth of July Parade



The Children’s School celebrates Independence Day with its annual parade, which begins at the Children’s School and ends in front of the Colonnade.  In the video, students from the Children’s School sing “This Land is Your Land” in front of the Colonnade.

Video by Haldan Kirsch

Photos by Haldan Kirsh and Riley Robinson

  • Students from the Children's School sing "This Land is Your Land" outside of the Colonnade during the Fourth of July Parade on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. HALDAN KIRSCH/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER


Opera Invasion : Ballad on the Balconies


Chautauqua Opera Company’s Young Artists invade porches and the streets with ‘Ballads on Balconies,” on Sunday June 24. It is the first of six planned throughout the span of the Chautauqua Institution season.

Father and son race to repair Chautauqua’s Massey Memorial Organ




A new keyboard for the Massey Memorial Organ arrived from London on June 20, escorted by Chautauqua police. The original keys were ivory, but the replacements are made of bleached calf bone to comply with federal law. According to organ builder Paul Fischer, good keys are never plastic — they must be porous to absorb sweat and oils from the organist’s fingers.  

Repairs to the Massey Organ began in January, after snowmelt damaged the organ’s console. Paul and Mark Fischer, the father and son who reconstructed the organ in 1992, have been racing to finish repairs before the season’s start.

“I’m beyond excited,” said Jared  Jacobsen, Chautauqua’s organist and coordinator of worship and sacred music. “I’ve been living and breathing this whole thing for months.”  


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Video: How to walk the Chautauqua Labyrinth

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Last week, Lauren Artress gave a guest presentation on how to best experience the Chautauqua Labyrinth. The Labyrinth is available to Chautauquans at any time. Weekly Labyrinth walks are held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays by Norma Rees and her husband, Wally Rees.

Video: CLSC graduation


Blythe Broecker Creelan and her grandma, Polly Wilkerson Woodard graduated from the CLSC class of 2017 together on Aug. 2.

Video: The Chocolate Episode

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As a preview for the Lucy Comedy Fest, the National Comedy Center gives Chautauquans a chance to have fun with a model of the chocolate factory machine from the “I Love Lucy” episode “Job Switching.” The festival will take place Thursday to Sunday in Jamestown, New York.

Video: Weeding Chautauqua Lake


“To cut all the weeds in this lake in one season is virtually impossible,” Steve Holland said. “But I know that we’re doing a good thing for the home owners on the lake.”

Holland and James Sloan are working to tackle the miles of weeds in Chautauqua Lake.

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