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Staff Blogger: Lexie Digby, Marketing & Graphic Design Manager


Photo provided by the Lakeside Heritage Society Archives

Legacy; it’s a loaded word and a heavy concept. How often have you thought about your own legacy? When did you last reflect on someone else’s legacy?

Whether we notice it or not, legacy is everywhere in Lakeside. The fellowship we share, the paths we walk and the traditions we enjoy were shaped by the hearts and hands that came before us. There were strong hands that built the literal foundations we stand on, light and talented hands of a century’s worth of performers, healing hands that illustrate our Christian gospel, and tender hands joined during a lakefront wedding.

Fritz and Karlyn Steele were two people that enjoyed the legacy of Lakeside, and who would go on to leave a legacy of their own, despite their years being cut tragically short by a car accident on Aug. 20, 1978.

Fred “Fritz” Steele III was a third generation Lakesider; the son of Suzanne Easton Steele and Fred Edward Steele, Jr. His grandparents, James Easton and Hulda Louise Nichols, purchased a cottage at 161 Oak Ave. in 1933. Eighty-four years later, that original cottage is still standing and is currently owned by Fritz’s sisters, Marcia Steele and Rustin Levenson.

At the time of the accident, Fritz was only 28-years-old and his wife, Karlyn Marie Thygesen Steele, was only 25. The young couple was living in Toledo where Fritz worked as a real-estate agent. He had spent nearly every summer of his life in Lakeside, and Karlyn found it easy to adopt her husband’s love for the community. Fritz enjoyed playing the electric guitar, and Karlyn exercised her vocal talents by singing in a choir.

Although Hoover Auditorium had been standing tall since 1928, Lakeside was lacking an outdoor music venue in the 1960s and 1970s, so to honor Fritz and Karlyn, the Steele family donated the funds for the Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo. At a meeting in May 1979, the Lakeside Association Board of Trustees, led by the Rev. Irwin Jennings, gave the project their approval.

Photo provided by the Lakeside Heritage Society Archives

The Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo is the third structure of its kind to exist in Lakeside. The first bandstand, which was dated back to 1881, was a simple wooden box, uncovered and elevated on stilts. During this era of Lakeside, Central Park was known as Lake Park, and it looked quite different than it does today. This rudimentary bandstand, and the one that would come after it, stood where the current Miniature Golf course is now. This area near the lake was called the “Grove” and was described as “a forest as shady and dense as nature can make it.” Instead of recreational courts and benches, it was a site for hundreds of hammocks to swing between the trees.

The second bandstand was more sophisticated, as it included a roof, sat lower to the ground and had the round shape of a gazebo. From 1916-1962, this bandstand hosted a concert in the park at 3 p.m. every day.

In 1963, the landscape of Central Park drastically changed when the second bandstand was taken down to make way for the Miniature Golf course. From 1963-1979, there was no bandstand.

When the time came to honor Fritz and Karlyn with a memorial, special care was taken to ensure the memorial would be fitting and personal. The gift of a bandstand would honor their love for music, and to provide the intimate touch, the family commissioned their friend and renowned architect, Orville Bauer, to design it.

Bauer had a hand in some iconic Northwest Ohio buildings, as he was a partner in one of Ohio’s oldest architecture firms, which amidst several name changes, was once known as Richards, Bauer & Moorehead, and then Bauer, Stark & Lashbrook. Some of his firm’s work included the Commodore Perry Hotel, the Ohio Building, the Toledo Club, the Valentine Theatre, the downtown Toledo YMCA building and contributions to area college campuses.

The design and building of the gazebo didn’t take long, and the structure was dedicated as the Steele Memorial Bandstand on Aug. 19, 1979, one year after the fatal car accident. Use of the gazebo began in 1980 as a site for daily Vespers, and beginning in 1981, events expanded to include Sunday concerts, much like we have today.

Over the past 38 years, the Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo has been the setting for so many memories. There have been concerts and worship events, weddings, lectures, author visits and nature programs. As a cornerstone spot on Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile, many have chosen the gazebo to be the focus of a painting, a shady spot for a family reunion or a stage for a marriage proposal.

For #GivingTuesday, Lakeside would like honor this gift that so many people have benefited from. By revitalizing this treasure of the Lakeside landscape, future generations can find joy in this piece of Lakeside legacy.

To give a gift…

  • Make an online donation today or on Tuesday, Nov. 28.
  • Call (419) 798-5396 to give a gift over the phone.
  • Make a check payable to the “Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation,” Attn: Giving Tuesday, 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, Ohio 43440 with “Giving Tuesday” in the memo line.

Check out our other off-season blog for more events and announcements.

Artists-N-Cahoots/Lakeside Store
Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday through Oct. 14;
reopens May 2018

Coffee & Cream
Open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday & Sunday through Oct. 14; reopens May 2018

Evening Song Cottage Bed & Breakfast
Open weekends through Oct. 14 Read More

Staff Blogger: Alexandrea Stelzer, Director of Marketing


Even though the summer has come and gone, Lakeside Chautauqua is still bustling. In the off-season, from early-September to late-May, Lakeside offers many events and activities, even though most of the shops, restaurants, services and bed & breakfasts/guest houses have closed until next summer.

We invite you to take some time this fall, winter and spring to visit Lakeside and explore the community during the off-season.

Upcoming Events…

    • Orchestra Hall Movies: Movies are shown on weekends through the fall. For upcoming movies and show times, visit the Movies page on our website.
    • Quilt Workshop: Anyone with a passion for quilting is invited to join Sharon McConnell, a pattern designer and teacher, for a two-day “Classic Curved Quilts” Workshop in Lakeside from Friday, Sept. 8-Saturday, Sept. 9.
    • Photography Workshop: A special fall program will take place Wednesday, Sept. 20-Friday, Sept.  22 in Lakeside. Join Sigma Pro photographer David FitzSimmons and naturalist-photographer Jim McCormac, for an exciting workshop that will include both classroom and field experience. More than $1,000 in door prizes will also be offered throughout the three days.
    • Lakeside Property Owners Association (LPOA) Meetings: The LPOA holds a meeting for homeowners in October and May, as well as in the summer. For more information, visit the LPOA page on our website.
    • Historic Preservation & Design Review Board (HP&DRB) Meetings: The HP&DRB holds several meetings during the off-season and throughout the summer. For more information, visit the HP&DRB page on our website.

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On Sunday, Sept. 3, the Lakeside community will gather to celebrate the 144th Chautauqua summer season.

To begin the celebration, local musicians and bands will play from 12-4:30 p.m. on the Pavilion decks and at the Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo.

Next, a community-wide picture will be taken by a drone at 6:30 p.m. on the dock. In the event of inclement weather, the picture will be cancelled.

Immediately following the picture, a Summer Celebration will be held on the Pavilion East Deck. We will gather to celebrate this special community and how Lakeside has touched the lives of newcomers and families who have visited for generations. The event will include hymn singing and reflections of the season from Lakeside Chautauqua President/CEO Kevin Sibbring and other Lakesiders. Read More

There are several categories of clergy in The United Methodist Church. One is a licensed pastor.

A person called to ministry becomes a licensed local pastor by attending a five-year Course of Study School. The school is operated by the “national church ministry office” and generally taught on a United Methodist seminary campus.

Those who graduate are licensed local pastors. With additional coursework, some become associate members of an annual conference.

Lakeside Chautauqua will host a Fellowship of Associate Members & Local Pastors Retreat from Sunday, Aug. 20-Wednesday, Aug. 23. Read More