• National Scavenger Hunt Day is May 24

    With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, Lakeside is buzzing with activity once again. As you return to Lakeside, celebrate National Scavenger Hunt Day with us...

  • Happy National Volunteer Week!

    Year after year, volunteers help to keep Lakeside running smoothly. From Spring Cleanup Day to the Lighthouse Festival and everything in between, we’re able to provide a...

  • Start a Sweet New Tradition this Easter

    Staff Blogger: Ellen Venema, Rhein Center Assistant Coordinator The centuries-old practice of building gingerbread houses at Christmastime brings the family together for some creativity and conversation (and...

  • Master Gardener Sows Summer Surprises

    Staff Blogger: Lexie Digby, Marketing & Graphic Design Manager Long before these April showers began, Lakeside’s Master Gardener Loretta Wilken has been working hard to make sure...

  • Bluebird Café Opening this Summer

    After 11 years, Dockside is closing its doors. Special thanks to Nancy and Todd Bundy and their family for their dedication to the Lakeside community. The DockDogs...

  • 10 Helpful Hints for Planning a Family Reunion

    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....

  • Small Changes to Help Spring Forward Your Wellness Routine

    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...

  • 2017 Education Highlights

    Staff Blogger: Jeanne Mauriocourt, Director of Educational Programming Lakeside’s Education Department is pleased to announce themes for the 2017 Chautauqua Lecture Series. The first week of the...

  • Calling All Rhein Center Instructors – The Time is Now; Here’s How

    Staff Blogger: Ellen Venema, Rhein Center Assistant Coordinator Rhein Center class proposals are now being accepted! Proposal documents have been emailed to those already on our list...

  • What to Do at Lakeside before the Summer Begins

    Staff Blogger: Alexandrea Stelzer, Director of Marketing Even though there’s snow on the ground, Lakeside Chautauqua is still bustling. We invite you to take some time this...

With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, Lakeside is buzzing with activity once again.

As you return to Lakeside, celebrate National Scavenger Hunt Day with us on Wednesday, May 24. Gather some of your friends and family to explore the grounds and use our list below to spot signs of the summer. Tally your findings by taking pictures, and don’t forget to add some of your own favorites to the list: Read More

Year after year, volunteers help to keep Lakeside running smoothly. From Spring Cleanup Day to the Lighthouse Festival and everything in between, we’re able to provide a memorable Chautauqua experience to so many Lakesiders because of our dedicated volunteers.

Our volunteers leave their mark all over Lakeside. They come together in the spring to help prepare the grounds and buildings for summer guests. They greet concert-goers and worshippers with smiling faces and open arms in Hoover. They work hand in hand with Lakeside’s Grounds Crew to keep the community looking beautiful. They work tirelessly on behalf of the Lakeside Fund through meetings, phone calls, emails and more. They spend time at the Rhein Center teaching classes, checking in students and nurturing an appreciation for the arts. Read More

Staff Blogger: Ellen Venema, Rhein Center Assistant Coordinator


The centuries-old practice of building gingerbread houses at Christmastime brings the family together for some creativity and conversation (and maybe a little fun competition).

This year, why not carry this tradition into the spring, with a variation for Easter. Try making graham cracker roosts for marshmallow chicks or graham cracker hutches for chocolate rabbits.

The abundance of colorful candies available around Easter may make excellent cobblestone pathways or roofing tiles. A little food coloring and coconut would make the perfect nest for some Easter eggs. Read More

Staff Blogger: Lexie Digby, Marketing & Graphic Design Manager


Long before these April showers began, Lakeside’s Master Gardener Loretta Wilken has been working hard to make sure that Lakeside can look its best long after the May flowers make their first appearance.

Last fall, Wilken and the Grounds Crew planted nearly 1,500 daffodil bulbs, along with hundreds of giant alliums and petite grape hyacinths. Some of these will stay to be enjoyed all summer long, while the spring bulbs will be dug up and stored to replant in the fall.

“Some surprise gardens will be scattered throughout the community,” she said. “Take a stroll and discover some colorful treasures, starting with newly accented beds at Hoover Auditorium.”

With the weather warming up, the Grounds Crew is preparing the final steps. Once the gardens thaw, more than 4,000 lbs. of soil conditioner will be spaded into the gardens. The greenhouse will be cleaned, and pots will be painted and prepped for more than 130 container gardens throughout the grounds. If you’d like to get involved with preparing these, volunteer for Spring Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 29. Read More

After 11 years, Dockside is closing its doors. Special thanks to Nancy and Todd Bundy and their family for their dedication to the Lakeside community. The DockDogs and DockRunner service will be greatly missed. We wish the Bundy family the very best!

 Just like many people who have spent time at Lakeside, Jen and Ben Linville know how special this place is. They cherish the traditions, honor the heritage and are excited to share this place with their young family.

But unlike many people, the Linvilles are presented with the opportunity to contribute to the special traditions in a new and exciting way, and all of Lakeside gets to take part in it.

Jen and Ben are the owners and operators of Lakeside’s newest culinary addition, the Bluebird Café, which will take the place of Dockside at the Pavilion.

Bluebird’s mission will be to offer Lakeside with fresh, simple ingredients and contribute a wholesome and healthy option to Lakeside’s taste palate. Read More