Chautauqua Institution opens its 135 season.

For those of you who have not had the pleasure of visiting the Chautauqua Institution In Chautauqua New York you are missing and adventure that has something to offer everyone in your family,


Chautauqua Institution is a unique place and very difficult to describe. About the closest I could ever come to giving it a brief description is to cal it “Shangri La” The institution is a cultural and learning center that sit on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in NW New York State. What add to its charm are the quaint Victorian houses, abundant gardens and the beautiful lake views.

I had the pleasure of working there for four years. I worked for the Chautauquan Daily. The daily is a newspaper that carries all the events that happen daily for the nine-week summer program they offer in the summer.  Just imaging a new paper that closes its doors each summer and reopens with a new staff that they train in 10 days to put out a daily newspaper six days a week for nine weeks in a row. It amazed me each year to see a newspaper come to live in that short of time. And the quality of the paper is excellent.

The Chautauqua Institution opened up for there 135 season on Saturday June 21. The opening evening entertainer was Bos Skaggs who performer at 8:15 pm in the Amphitheater. Week Ones lecture series is Sport in America. During the day there are lectures and many events for both adults and children.

If you haven’t visited the Chautauqua Institution before make sure to include it in your schedule this summer. For more information and a schedule of events check out their web page: 

There is a gate fee to enter the gorunds Monday through Saturday but Sunday is free. Take advantage and see what you have been missing.

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