Staff Blogger: Emily Messino, Conference & Events Manager


reunion3Lakeside Chautauqua is an ideal location to plan your next family reunion and can deliver a unique experience with a beautiful backdrop. Once you decide to host your summer reunion with us, I will work closely with you to make sure the setting fits your family’s needs.

Here are six things to keep in mind when planning your family reunion at Lakeside… Read More

Staff Blogger: Ellen Venema, Rhein Center Assistant Coordinator


In this month of highlighted relationships, we wrap up our celebration of National Library Lovers’ Month with a look at more of the opportunities for engaging in literary community during the summer season in Lakeside.

In addition to the Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle, there are many book-related activities happening on the grounds. Many of these are organized by the Lakeside Women’s Club (LWC) and The Fine Print bookstore.

Staff&Volunteers_Week_4_Patterson0234Lakeside Women’s Club

The Lakeside Women’s Club (LWC) has a home in Green Gables at 161 Walnut Ave. between Orchestra Hall and Central Park.

They have offered a lending library to the Lakeside community since 1941, recently celebrating its 75th anniversary.

“We don’t issue library cards, and anyone – men, women, children – may borrow books,” explains LWC President, Janet Jennings. “We use the old-style card pocket in the back of the book procedure. Our younger patrons who are used to checking out books electronically think this is ‘cool.’”

The lending collection is ever-evolving, as donated books are distributed to the library and the LWC’s Annual Book Sale. A variety of books, many newly-published, and a wonderful children’s selection grace their shelves.

“Last summer, with the help of some local teenagers, we un-dated and increased our teen selection,” offers Betsy Kennedy, current librarian of Green Gables.

The LWC library also keeps on hand any titles being read by their book discussion groups. Read More

Staff Blogger: Lexie Digby, Marketing & Graphic Design Manager


Summer is only a few short months away, and Lakeside Chautauqua has an exciting summer lineup of performers ready for when you return.

drowsylads3The Drowsy Lads will take the stage as the first Hoover performance of the summer on Friday, May 26. An Irish band founded in 2003 by brothers Daniel and John McKewen and friends Bryan Brookes and Josh and Phil Franck, they have made their mark on the Irish music scene.

The holiday weekend fun will continue on Saturday, May 27 with Always ABBA, a tribute group that brings an undeniable energy to audiences with their take on timeless tunes such as “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “Super Trouper” and “Mama Mia.”

grass-roots-photo04On Sunday, May 28, Memorial Day weekend will close with the 1960s and 1970s rock & roll band, The Grass Roots. With their hits “Midnight Confessions,” “Sooner or Later” and “Two Divided by Love,” they helped define the radio waves of a generation.

The Chautauqua summer season will officially begin on Saturday, June 17 with a performance by Brass Transit, who will pay tribute to the decades-long, multi-platinum songbook of the band Chicago. Beyond just performing the songs, Brass Transit embodies the very music they are paying tribute to. Read More

Staff Blogger: Ellen Venema, Rhein Center Assistant Coordinator


Lakeside winters can be charmingly beautiful. But, more often than not, that beauty is accompanied by biting winds off the water, perilously slick roadways and tingling ears and toes. What better time to nestle in and explore the world from the comfort of your own home?

Did you know that Lakeside is home to a group that participates in one of the oldest distance learning programs in the country?

Our celebration of National Library Lovers’ Month began with an introduction to two local libraries. Next, we spotlight an assembly of booklovers who deeply value self-improvement and being part of a literary community: the Lakeside Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle (CLSC). Read More

Staff Blogger: Ellen Venema, Rhein Center Assistant Coordinator


IMG_9627February ushers in an amplified season of love and passion, as Valentine’s Day reminds us to add a little extra effort when conveying our love for the special people in our lives.

With so much devotion in the air, many open their hearts a bit wider for meaningful organizations, as well. The more recent tradition of National Library Lovers’ Month embraces February thoughtfulness, bringing communities together in support and celebration of their local libraries.

Did you know that when you’re staying in Lakeside, you need never be without a good book? Our community is home to a host of organizations and businesses offering books and book-related activities.

This three-post series will highlight and celebrate some of the literary opportunities within the gates and surrounding area. Read More