Staff Blogger: Emily Messino, Conference & Events Manager

Whether it’s an afternoon picnic or a weekend trip, a family reunion should be something that everyone can enjoy. As Lakeside’s Conference & Event Manager, I’ve learned a lot about what goes into planning a successful event. Here are 10 tips that will help your next family reunion go as smoothly as possible.

  1. Collect contact information

It’s important to have updated contact information on all family members to ensure everyone receives details about the reunion.

  1. Ask for ideas

Send out a survey to see what places people are interested in and what types of activities they enjoy. Remember, Lakeside is a great place to plan a summer family reunion – there are lots of accommodations to choose from and you can plan group activities ranging from a family shuffleboard tournament to a concert in Hoover Auditorium.   Read More

As these words are being typed, it’s still snowing in Lakeside, but the official start of spring is only a couple weeks away, and summer will be here in the blink of an eye.

As warmer weather approaches, it brings to mind many thoughts of renewal and regeneration. Spring brings us baby animals, new growth in our gardens and rain that washes away the dreariness of winter. What better time to begin something new in your own life?

This spring, let’s take a closer look at our wellness routines. Are you happy with your choices? Would you like to do better?

In Lakeside, we’ve been discussing wellness for a while now. We’re thrilled to be opening the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus this year, and we look forward to incorporating even more healthful opportunities for the mind, body and spirit into the Lakeside Chautauqua experience over the years to come. Read More

Staff Blogger: Jeanne Mauriocourt, Director of Educational Programming

Lakeside’s Education Department is pleased to announce themes for the 2017 Chautauqua Lecture Series.

A_Peace_of_My_Mind_Book_CoverThe first week of the season will feature A Peace of My Mind,” a multimedia exhibit on display in Hoover Auditorium (June 17-24). In addition, author and photographer John Noltner, the founder of “A Peace of My Mind,” will lecture on his project, which explores the meaning of peace, one story at a time. Funding for this program is provided by the Ohio Arts Council.

Responding to Adversity (July 3) features Rosemarie Rossetti, PhD, who shares lessons learned about living with conviction after a tragic accident left her paralyzed from the waist down and discusses her nationally-acclaimed home with features promoting accessibility, safety and greater independence.

 Freelance writer Mark Roth uncovers mysteries of the human face, based on his award-winning series as a science writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette during the theme on The Human Face (July 5-6).

 Lake Erie & the Great Lakes (July 12-13) features Dan Egan, award-winning journalist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, speaking on his new book The Death & Life of the Great Lakes.  In addition, Kristen Devanna Fussell, PhD, of will discuss the research initiatives of Ohio Sea Grant/Stone Laboratory, and members of the Lake Erie Foundation will present about the work of this newly formed advocacy group. A webinar presenting the Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Predictions will also be hosted by Lakeside. Read More

Staff Blogger: Ellen Venema, Rhein Center Assistant Coordinator

IMG_3519Rhein Center class proposals are now being accepted!

Proposal documents have been emailed to those already on our list of previous and potential teachers. If you believe you should be on our list but have not yet received an email, please check your junk/spam folder, and then send an email to

If you’re not on our list and would like to lead a class at the Rhein Center this summer, here’s what’s involved in the commitment:  Read More

Staff Blogger: Alexandrea Stelzer, Director of Marketing

COE 2017Even though there’s snow on the ground, Lakeside Chautauqua is still bustling. We invite you to take some time this winter and spring to visit Lakeside, explore the grounds and participate in some of our activities.

Attend our Monthly Community Potlucks
From January-May, Lakeside hosts Monthly Community Potlucks. Mark your calendars for the third Thursday of every month, and join fellow Lakesiders in Wesley Lodge at 12 p.m. for a lunch filled with homemade food and fellowship. Bring a side dish or dessert to share.

Join our mailing list to receive the Calendar of Events Brochure
Start planning your Lakeside summer vacation, and join our Calendar of Events mailing list. Simply email your name and home address to Please indicate if you’d like to receive the brochure annually. Our brochure is free! If you can’t wait for your brochure to be delivered, find out what’s happening at Lakeside this summer by visiting Read More