Staff Blogger: Ellen Venema, Assistant Coordinator of the C. Kirk Rhein, Jr. Center for the Living Arts


This summer, the Rhein Center will hold classes seven days a week, increasing the activity options for weekend Lakesiders. In addition to hosting Art in the Park on Sundays, the Rhein Center will now hold classes 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays June 30-Aug 18 in Epworth Lodge.

Special Early Registration

Unlike the weekday class registration, which will continue to open at 8 a.m. on the Thursday before each week of classes, the new Saturday classes are available for registration anytime throughout the summer. Online signups opened May 1 and in-person registration will be available starting June 4. Read More

With only a few weeks until the summer season, the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus is nearly ready for a complete opening of its facilities on Saturday, May 26. The Wellness Center is now complete and ready for use once the fitness equipment arrives, and the swimming pool, which earned a spot in Lake Erie Living Magazine “Best Of” list for 2018 is filled with water.

“We are filling the pool a little early this year because this is the first time we are opening the pool after a winter,” said Dan Dudley, Lakeside Chautauqua CFO/COO. “We want to ensure all the equipment is working properly and that we have plenty of time to make adjustments if needed.”

Patterson Pools, who constructed the 6,000 sq ft pool for Lakeside, will be here within the next week to review all the machines and equipment. Returning and new lifeguards and pool staff will also be arriving soon for training and orientation.

In addition to the pool being prepared, the Wellness Center will open for the first time on Memorial Day weekend as well. Wellness programming is being planned and exercise equipment is on its way. We hope you plan to join us for a new wellness class this summer season.

Help us spread the word that the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus officially opens in only 23 days. Share this blog with your friends and family and invite them to join us for another joyful summer season.

We’ll see you soon at the pool!

Throughout the summer, the many programs that take place in Hoover Auditorium, Orchestra Hall, the Rhein Center, Teen Center and more require a lot of support. Now in addition to donating to the Lakeside Annual Fund or volunteering your time and talent, you are able to assist these programs by purchasing items from Lakeside’s Amazon Wish List.

To purchase and donate an item from our Wish List, you simply add the item to your cart, check out and pay for it like a normal Amazon purchase. The item will automatically be shipped to Lakeside for use during our Chautauqua season. Items like batteries for Hoover Auditorium and Orchestra Hall or art supplies for the Rhein Center are easy additions to your order and will be frequently used during the summer. Read More

Author: Loretta Wilken, Master Gardener


Cheery blooming bulb plants will soon be peppering the garden beds in Lakeside. They are always a welcomed sight and a teaser of much more color to come. The question often arises of what to do with these beauties once they are past their prime. Here are a few pointers… Read More

Staff blogger: Casie Eller, Programming Manager


The Lakeside Chautauqua Craft & Art Show has been a tradition for the last 45 years. During that time, we’ve been able to bring some incredibly talented vendors to Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile. One of those talented artists is Amy Beeler.

Beeler is from Oregon, Ohio and has been a vendor at the Lakeside Chautauqua Craft & Art Show for more than 10 years. Having always been a creative person, she pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bowling Green State University where she fell in love with metalsmithing.  After college, Beeler worked as a commercial bench jeweler in the Toledo area, where she was able to develop her skills in working with metals. Read More