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Kind Portrait Program: About Matthew Greene Photography

Matt Greene and his wife Lisa have visited Lakeside since the mid 1980s when friends introduced them to its unique chautauqua experience.  Each year when they visited they’d make “shopping for a cottage” part of their agenda. After a long search they did purchase a perfect little cottage on Poplar! Shortly thereafter grandchildren started to appear, […]

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Lake Erie Algal Blooms 2020: Forecast and Report Card

Staff Blogger: Sarah Brunot, Environmental Intern The health of Lake Erie’s western basin received the grade C+ in the first ever report card compiled by the University of Maryland, Center for Environmental Science. This is the first year that a report card has been created, using information and data from 2018. The report card compiles […]

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What to do to your garden this fall

Staff Blogger: Loretta Wilken, Lakeside Chautauqua Master Gardener/Groundskeeper I’m kind of a lazy fall gardener. I’ve worked pretty hard during the summer keeping my beds relatively weed free and sufficiently tamed. My spring work schedule allows me to wait and get into my garden beds at home around middle and late spring to deadhead and clean up. […]

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What YOU Can Do to Save Lake Erie

Staff Blogger: Sarah Brunot, Environmental Intern Individual support is essential to make sure Lake Erie is safe. While the increasing growth of toxic blue-green algae stems from many big agricultural and livestock farms, Lake Erie can be protected with the help of individuals and environmental groups. Here is a list of things you can do […]

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Perry Park Playground to receive major upgrade for 2021!

Thanks to the support of generous Lakesiders, final enhancements and renovations are taking place in a beloved space of our community, Perry Park.

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Lakeside’s 2020 Fall Leaf Pickup

Fall leaves are summer’s way of saying goodbye, and with that goodbye comes fall leaf pick up. Lakeside will provide free fall leaf pick up Monday-Wednesday, starting Oct. 19. The last full week of pick up will be Monday, Nov. 30-Friday, Dec. 4. Click here to download the schedule. To ensure that your leaves are picked […]

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2021 Preachers of the Week

Religion, in Christian tradition, is both personal and social holiness. There are many expressions of religion, and one’s faith journey is not the same as another’s faith journey. Each summer, Lakeside invites preachers from around the world to bring their message to our Sunday Hoover Community Worship Services at 10:30 a.m. while the Chautauqua Choir […]

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Hotel Lakeside Dining Room open until Sept. 27

The Hotel Lakeside Dining Room has been a smashing success this summer thanks to the delicious menu, unique family dining experience and the creativity of Chef Stacy Maple. A classic flare with a modern edge, Chef Stacy’s cuisine is inspired by the lake and the fresh, colorful flavors of summer. The proper Afternoon Tea has been very […]

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Tips for Sustainable Housing in Lakeside

Staff Blogger: Sarah Brunot, Environmental Intern There’s no time like this year to update your cottage to sustainability standards. It’s common for many people to worry about the upfront costs associated with making environmental improvements to their cottage, however, in the long run, these changes may even provide profits. Two members of the Lakeside Environmental […]

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A note of thanks to Dan Dudley

The Lakeside Association Board, Foundation Board, staff and community would like to thank Dan Dudley for his incredible leadership as Acting President & CFO/COO this past year. At the helm, he held steady, navigating Lakeside through uncharted waters and supporting a team that was able to deliver a new and different season, that has been […]

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Hoover Auditorium new grand drape

Typically, Lakeside Chautauqua presents more than 70 live performances each summer in historic Hoover Auditorium, including chart-topping artists, professional dancers, symphony musicians, magicians, comedians and other family entertainment. Even though we are unable to use Hoover Auditorium this season, we are excited to offer diverse cultural arts performances at Hoover for many Chautauqua seasons to […]

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A message from Lakeside Chautauqua’s President & CEO, Daniel Rogers

My first experience at Lakeside, more than 15 years ago, was in the dead of winter. Having grown up near the lake in Lorain, Ohio, I was no stranger to the cold or the beauty of a frozen Lake Erie. However, I wasn’t ready for the splendor of Lakeside in the winter against the backdrop […]

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Important Message from the Board: Presidential Announcement

The Lakeside Association Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel J. Rogers as Lakeside Chautauqua’s next President & CEO and President of the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation, effective August 10. Rogers is a skilled senior leader with a broad background in leading complex non-profit organizations that provide programming and assistance to poor, […]

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The easiest and most convenient ways to support Lakeside…

Did you know you can give back to Lakeside simply by doing things you already do? AmazonSmile, Giving Assistant, recommending grants, matching gifts and monthly gifts are convenient ways you can support Lakeside through your typical spending habits and your professional network.

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Schuler family supports student seasonal employees at Lakeside

Through raising their five children, who are between 9 and 17 years old, Bob and Jennifer Schuler have witnessed the importance of Lakeside’s seasonal employment firsthand. “My kids’ seasonal jobs at Lakeside gave them opportunities to learn responsibility, service and how to be part of a team,” said Jennifer. “Their jobs have taught them the […]

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Hotel Lakeside Dining Room takes on sustainability

The Hotel Lakeside Dining Room is recycling and composting for the first time in its history, part of a new initiative to improve Lakeside’s sustainability efforts. The restaurant is going through major changes this year, including new management, menus and sustainability goals. Jim Switzer, Lakeside’s Senior V.P. of Municipal Services, explains that, “When Lakeside decided […]

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Finding Spiritual Direction

Chip Richter tells us in one of his delightful tunes, “You’ll never be lost in Lakeside if you know this song.” The rhythm then picks up, and Chip sings the names of all the “tree” streets (plus Central!) beginning with Oak and proceeding to Poplar. It’s true—if you can remember Chip’s song, you can find […]

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2020 Faith Walk Devotional booklet

As a gift from Lakeside’s Religious Life pillar, complimentary Faith Walk Devotional booklets are available at the Administration Office, Waterfront/Information Center, hotels, Welcome Center and Fifth Street/South Gates. Lakeside is a special place. It has become sacred ground for many through the years. We invite you to make a “spiritual pilgrimage” through Lakeside, stopping at […]

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Final Pavilion enhancements underway

Last December, more than 350 Lakesiders opened their hearts and generously gave to support enhancements to the Pavilion on #GivingTuesday! Your combined gifts as a community are appreciated and have truly made a significant impact along the waterfront this summer. Your generosity has ensured the following improvements at the Pavilion: An ADA accessible ramp to […]

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Lakeside Laundromat re-opens with new management

Lakeside Chautauqua is pleased to announce the re-opening of the Lakeside Laundromat under the new management of Jennifer and Ben Linville, and Sarah and Dan Rinaldo. The Linvilles and Rinaldos are friends and long-time Lakesiders that decided to partner together to run the vacant business. You may already be familiar with Jennifer and Ben’s other […]

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Hotel Lakeside Dining Room under new management

This summer, the Hotel Lakeside Dining Room will offer more than just delicious meals, but a unique dining experience for the entire family. Announced back in December 2019, the Hotel Lakeside Dining Room is now under the management of Chef Stacy Maple, former Director of United Way Ottawa County and Executive Director of Bistro 163 […]

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Devotions for these times: “Looking at the Bright Side”

Staff Blogger: The Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach Read Philippians 4:4-9 It is hard to keep a positive attitude in these stressful times. With all that we have had to give up, reschedule and do without, the negative looms large. The Apostle Paul has a word for us. His […]

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Devotions for these times: “Living in the Shelter”

Staff Blogger: Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach Read Psalm 91 These are trying times. Two months ago, “social distancing,” “sheltering in place” and wearing masks were novel phrases and ideas. Now they are part of our daily lives. Fear abounds, and many are having trouble navigating this new environment. When […]

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Lesser Celandine

Staff Blogger: Loretta Wilken, Lakeside Chautauqua Master Gardener/Groundskeeper If you’ve recently strolled along the west end of Second Street in Lakeside, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the explosion of yellow blooms against a shiny dark green carpet. You may have also noticed that they have traveled across the road and are even popping up outside of the […]

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Devotions for these times: “Joy comes with the morning”

Staff blogger: Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach Read Psalm 30 We have often heard it said, “God will not give you more than you can handle.” Mother Theresa is reported to have said, “I know God will not give me more than I can handle. I just wish God […]

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Thank you for the delightful signs of spring

Staff Blogger: Loretta Wilken, Lakeside Chautauqua Master Gardener/Groundskeeper Pockets of blooming hyacinths lovingly tucked into gardens, stretches of daffodils, whimsically decorated beds of early spring color – these are all delightful signs of spring. They’re a calming source of visual delight and sometimes small surprises.   Homeowners share their Lakeside Love through these sometimes small, […]

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Devotions for these times: “How long, O Lord? How long?”

Staff blogger: The Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach Read Psalm 13 During this time of “sheltering in place” and quarantine, have you found yourself living the five stages of grief that Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and others say we all experience when we face loss? First, there is denial. When I […]

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Lakeside in Poetry

Staff Blogger: Ellen Venema, Rhein Center Assistant Coordinator There’s truly an art to selecting and arranging words. The rhythm, alliteration and imagery of our choices may provide another level of interest and meaning. We can create moods, set scenes and build characters with paper and pen (or computer and fingers…) and a little careful thought. […]

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Devotions for these times: Hold on to hope!

Staff blogger: The Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach This week’s devotion is based on an excerpt from a book by the popular Texas author and pastor, James W. Moore, who was Lakeside’s Preacher of the Week several summers in the past. His book is entitled Lord, Give Me Patience!… […]

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Devotions for These Times: Our Easter Assurance

Staff Blogger: Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Lakeside Chautauqua Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach Read Mark 16:1-7 The Easter story is recorded in all four Gospels, but each tells the story differently. It’s like learning about the contemporary crisis via Fox News, CNN, NBC and ABC. Each tells the story with a slightly different […]

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Connect with your Lakeside friends through a Virtual Social!

Staff Blogger: Mallory Glenn, Advancement & Communications Assistant Do you miss your Lakeside friends? Stay connected by organizing a virtual get-together on Zoom, an online conferencing service. Lakeside is a special place because of its people, and even though we can’t be together physically right now, let’s continue to connect and be social with each […]

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Did you know: Florence E. Allen visited Lakeside?

Staff blogger: Dakota Harkins, Director of Education & Heritage Programming Florence Ellinwood Allen (March 23, 1884 – Sept. 12, 1966) was a 20th century leader in the field of law – a U.S. Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; the first woman to serve on a state supreme court; […]

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Devotions for These Times

Staff Blogger: Rev. Dr. Charlie Yoost, Director of Religious Life, Lakeside Chautauqua When the Babylonians attacked Jerusalem in 586 B.C., they took as prisoners most of the inhabitants of the city. These unfortunate folks were exiled to Babylon where they were forced to live for several years. Because one of the Jewish traditions was to […]

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Get Creative with Easter Eggs this Spring

Staff Blogger: Ellen Venema, Rhein Center Assistant Coordinator Easter is coming soon! In a quest to shake up my decorations this year, I hunted up new ideas for Easter eggs. Join me in stepping outside the pre-packaged dye kit box and expand your egg-decorating repertoire with a few of these creative techniques using materials that can […]

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Did you know: Amelia Earhart visited Lakeside?

Staff blogger: Dakota Harkins, Director of Education & Heritage Programming Famed aviator Amelia Earhart is easily one of the most recognizable performers to have graced Lakeside’s Central Auditorium stage. A world-renowned flyer with a mysterious demise, Earhart has remained a source of American admiration and research for the last century. Before her illustrious days of […]

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What to Do with Spring Bulbs that are Past their Prime

Author: Loretta Wilken, Master Gardener Cheery spring blooming bulb plants will soon be peppering the garden beds in Lakeside. They’re 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’re past their prime. Here are a few pointers…

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Devotions for These Times

Staff Blogger: Rev. Dr. Charlie Yoost, Director of Religious Life, Lakeside Chautauqua The year was 1633. The place was Oberammergau, Germany. Europe was in the midst of the Thirty Years War, which would result in over eight million deaths, a little over a tenth of the continent’s population. One of the lethal outcomes of the […]

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Reach Out & Preserve Family History through the Arts

Lakeside prides itself on embracing history and tradition in each of the Chautauqua pillars of Religion, Education, Cultural Arts and Recreation.  As we move through Women’s History Month, a time to reflect on and recognize all of the contributions and accomplishments of women throughout our history and lives, consider setting aside some time to celebrate […]

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Devotions for These Times

Staff Blogger: Rev. Dr. Charlie Yoost, Director of Religious Life, Lakeside Chautauqua The Chinese character for crisis is a combination of the characters for danger and opportunity.  The crisis in which we find ourselves has definite elements of danger. The chance of contacting the coronavirus is real and concerning for all of us. The economic […]

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Dakota Harkins takes on new role as Director of Education & Heritage Programming

Staff Blogger: Elizabeth Fantozzi, Marketing & Public Relations Manager Lakeside Chautauqua is pleased to announce that Dakota Harkins will be transitioning from her role as the Lakeside Heritage Society Manager of Operations to the position of Director of Education & Heritage Programming. She has made huge strides in the preservation and teaching of Lakeside’s history. With […]

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Will you help us finish strong this fiscal year?

Will you help us reach new heights this fiscal year by giving a gift to the area of Lakeside you love most? By supporting your favorite place or program, you’re strengthening and maintaining the Chautauqua experience and investing in a gathering place that’s dedicated to nurturing mind, body and spirit. We’re immensely grateful for your […]

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Lakeside Chautauqua enters new partnership with Ward Catering

Staff Blogger: Elizabeth Fantozzi- Marketing and Public Relations Manager Lakeside Chautauqua is pleased to announce a new culinary partnership with Ward Catering. “During our search for a new Lakeside caterer, Andy and Nickie Ward of Ward Catering stood out,” said Dan Dudley, Interim President & Chief Financial Officer at Lakeside Chautauqua. “The Wards have so […]

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Calling all Lakeside Lovers!

Calling All Lakeside Lovers! Mike and Jaime Swallow’s love for Lakeside grows every year. It has inspired them to renew their vows at the Steele Memorial Bandstand and give back to the community in a meaningful way, with a special gift to the Lakeside Annual Fund. We’re so grateful for the Lovers of Lakeside who […]

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The ocean is more than inner beauty

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2020 Hoover Entertainment Preview

A new year has officially arrived, and with it, new excitement for the coming summer at Lakeside. This year is poised to be another outstanding season, with some of Lakeside’s favorite performers returning and brand new faces that are sure to deliver. We hope you’re just as excited as we are! To entertain and thrill […]

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Stacy Maple, New Director of Culinary Arts & Wellness Programming

Staff Blogger: Elizabeth Fantozzi- Marketing and Public Relations Manager Lakeside Chautauqua is excited to announce the new Director of Culinary Services & Wellness Programming, Stacy Maple, former Director of United Way Ottawa County and Executive Director of Bistro 163 in Port Clinton. In this newly developed role, Maple will oversee the operations of the Hotel […]

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Lakeside’s Fall Leaf Pickup

Fall leaves are summer’s way of saying goodbye, and with that goodbye comes fall leaf pick up. Lakeside will provide free fall leaf pick up from Monday, Oct. 21-Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. Click here to download the schedule. To ensure that your leaves are picked up in a safe and efficient manner, please note the […]

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History of the Lakeside Pavilion

Guest Blogger: Dakota Harkins, Lakeside Heritage Society Manager Serving as a symbol of the community for 110 years, the Pavilion is easily the most recognized landmark in Lakeside Chautauqua. Although the building has endured many phases and facades overtime, the Pavilion has remained an integral part of the Lakeside experience. 1909 Pavilion Built in 1909, […]

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Pavilion East Deck to be named in honor of the Rev. Irwin & Janet Jennings

Staff Blogger: Mallory Glenn- Advancement & Communications Assistant In addition to the critical upgrades that will take place at the Pavilion for this year’s #GivingTuesday project, we’re excited to announce that Lakeside will commemorate the Rev. Irwin and Janet Jennings by naming the Pavilion East Deck in their honor. The Jennings, beloved longtime Lakesiders, have […]

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What program at the Pavilion has transformed your life?

The Pavilion is a visual focal point and highlight of the Lakeside Chautauqua experience. As one of the most photographed structures in the community and the hub for waterfront activities, it’s a building that Lakesiders easily recognize. Programs that take place here encompass all four Chautauqua pillars, bringing an array of activities. Religion The Religion […]

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5 Lakeside Holiday Gift Ideas

With Christmas just around the corner, are you still searching for the perfect present? Give the gift of happiness this holiday season, and take a look at our list of Lakeside-inspired gift ideas… 1. Lakeside Gift Cards Lakeside offers Gift Cards as a way to pay for Daily, Weekly or Partial Day Chautauqua Passes, and even […]

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2019 Pumpkin-Decorating Contest

We had several fantastic entries in our annual Pumpkin-Decorating Contest at the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival. Thanks to all who participated, and congratulations to our winners! Most Creative Design Overall “Pumpkin Power and Light” by Heather Doughty          

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Business Hours for 2019-2020 Off-Season

Artists-N-Cahoots Open weekends through Oct. 12 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday & Saturday Coffee & Cream Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday through Oct. 12; reopens May 2020 Evening Song Cottage Bed & Breakfast Open weekends through Oct. 12 The Fine Print Bookstore Open weekends through Dec. 8; reopens May 2020 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday 11 […]

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2 Lakeside restaurants recently named ‘Best of Lake Erie’

Lakeside’s very own Sloopy’s Sports Café and Lago Coastal Café have been chosen as the ‘Best of Lake Erie’ in Lake Erie Living’s September/October 2019 issue. The magazine’s special edition includes both editors’ and readers’ picks of the best dining, shopping, lodging and attractions in Ohio, Ontario, New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Recognized for their […]

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Why is Lakeside Significant?

Guest Blogger: Trish Tomlinson, Historic Preservation & Design Review Board Member Lakeside became a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. “Lakeside is significant to the nation as the largest and most intact Camp Meeting/Chautauqua ground remaining in the U.S., which is still functioning according to its original organizational plan. It […]

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Stepping Back in Time: A Family-Friendly Lake Erie Getaway to Lakeside Chautauqua

Guest Blogger: Malini Swank-Lakes and Lattes blog When you think of an old-fashioned summer, what comes to mind? For me, it conjures up images of reading on the porch of a lake house, swimming in the lake, riding your bike to grab an ice cream cone, or fishing off the dock. But in today’s busy, […]

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Exploring Lakeside, Ohio

Guest Blogger: Tieka Ellis, Selective Potential blog To start off our first full day in Lakeside, Ohio… we tried to fit in as much as we possibly could! It was such a fun day. I’d relive it over again if I could! So we woke up at our hotel at Fountain Inn and walked over […]

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Rime Time Ice Pops joins Lakeside

Staff Blogger: Reilly Wright – Newspaper Publication Design Intern As this Lakeside summer keeps with its traditions of swimming, shuffleboard and sunburns, we welcome ice popsicles from Rime Time Curiously Crafted Pops into the mix. With offbeat flavors such as avocado, peanut butter & jelly, watermelon habanero and more, Rime Time’s offering of popsicles is […]

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120 Ottawa County youth and mentors visit Lakeside as part of United Way ‘Til Next Time program

Staff Blogger: Elizabeth Fantozzi- Marketing and Public Relations Manager On Aug. 8, individuals from the Ottawa County United Way’s ‘Til Next Time (TNT) program visited Lakeside to engage in the Chautauqua programming while investing quality time in the mentor/mentee relationships that TNT offers. The TNT Mentoring Program was developed to help create and support one-on-one […]

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Old Blue’s Lakehouse builds its local story

Staff Blogger: Courtney Davis – Mobile Software Application Intern Don’t let the name fool you, there’s nothing old about Old Blue’s Lakehouse in Marblehead. Between its collection of artisan goods, home décor, apparel and unique children’s toys, this boutique offers a fresh, exciting atmosphere where shoppers rarely leave emptyhanded. Owners Kyra and Les Kulin say […]

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Sypherds donates golf carts to Lakeside’s Security fleet

Staff Blogger: Courtney Davis, Mobile Software Application Intern Sypherd’s Cycles, Lakeside’s bicycle shop, has been in operation since 1976, making it one of the oldest businesses in the community. Floyd Sypherd and his son, Tim, are co-owners of the family business. The family’s decision to open a bicycle shop in Lakeside came from their original […]

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Darby & Greg Buehler’s Lakeside Legacy

Staff Blogger: Courtney Davis, Mobile Software Application Intern Darby and Greg Buehler recently became Lakeside homeowners in 2017, but they have a longtime connection to the Chautauqua community. Greg has been visiting since he was a child and later introduced Darby when they got married. “My mother, Shirley, has been coming to Lakeside since she […]

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The Front Porch Sunday Spotlight: 2019 App Intern

Meet the 2019 LLA App Intern, Courtney Davis: Name: Courtney Davis College: Ohio University Major/Minor: English/Journalism Hometown: Dayton, Ohio How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? A friend told me about Lakeside when I was a freshman in college and he always talked about how great it was. So I knew […]

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Dwight & Alice King Impact Lakeside’s Future

Staff Blogger: Molly McNamara, Marketing Intern For almost a lifetime, Dwight and Alice King have been a part of the Lakeside community. Dwight came to Lakeside at the age of 12 to begin construction on his parents’ cottage.  During the Great Depression, his parents did not smoke, but said that if they did, they would […]

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Designing a Garden on the Spot at Lakeside Chautauqua

Guest Blogger: Julie Messervy, Author and leader in landscape and garden design theory I recently spent a few very pleasurable days at Lakeside Chautauqua on the shores of Lake Erie in northwest Ohio. For nearly 150 years, this historic one-square-mile village has been home to charming cottages that house families who partake in a wide […]

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2019 Sunday Spotlight: Educational Event Planning & Promotions Intern

Meet the 2019 LLA Educational Event Planning & Promotions Intern, Autumn White: Name: Autumn White Position: Education Department Event Planning/ Coordinating  Hometown: Sandusky, OH  College: Bowling Green State University  Major/Minor: Communications; Dance    How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? My sister interned at Lakeside in the summer of 2017, […]

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Lakeside “magic” at Copeland Oaks

Staff Blogger: Molly McNamara, Marketing Intern Iris Andrews fell in love with Lakeside on her first visit as a Youth Delegate to The United Methodist Church Conference in the 1960s. Andrews married a clergyman and attended conference every year. Although Conference kept the couple busy, the Andrews made sure to make time for classic Lakeside […]

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TNT Day, Thursday, Aug. 8

On Thursday, Aug. 8, the Lakeside Men’s Bible Study Group will partner with Ottawa County United Way and their program ‘Til Next Time (TNT) to offer area youth and mentors a special day at Lakeside. The Men’s Bible Study Group, who meets every Tuesday during the summer, collectively has an interest of putting their faith […]

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The Front Porch Sunday Spotlight: 2019 Marketing Analytics Intern

Meet the 2019 LLA Marketing Analytics Intern, Molly McNamara: Name: Molly McNamara College: Washington University in St. Louis Major/Minor: Double Major in Biomedical Engineering and Business Hometown: Bay Village, Ohio How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? Lakeside is extremely important to me. My grandparents bought a cottage in 1983, but […]

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Historic Chautauqua’s are gaining steam. Take a tour of Lakeside Chautauqua in Ohio

Wendy Pramik-Special to USA TODAY Since the late 19th century, chautauquas have been known as vacation getaways that offer more than recreation. Rooted in religious and secular education, they’re places that promise peaceful, clean fun while permitting an opportunity to renew the body, mind and spirit. We discovered this magic while visiting Lakeside Chautauqua, a gated […]

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Exploring Ohio with Kids: Lakeside

Guest Blogger: Julie Miller-What Should We Do Today? For the original blog post, please visit What Should We Do Today? https://whatshouldwedotodaycolumbus.com/lakeside-ohio/ If you’re looking for a slow-paced and peaceful family vacation on the lake, make plans to visit Lakeside, Ohio, a perfectly picturesque town on Lake Erie where there is a little something for everyone in […]

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The Front Porch Sunday Spotlight: 2019 Newspaper Publication Design Intern

Meet the 2019 LLA Newspaper Publication Design Intern, Reilly Wright: Name: Reilly Wright College: Ohio Wesleyan University Major/Minor: Communication (media production concentration)/Journalism; Politics & Government Hometown: Delaware, Ohio How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? All throughout middle and high school, I traveled with my church youth group to Lakeside for Labor […]

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Designing a Garden on the Spot at Lakeside Chautauqua

Guest Blogger: Julie Moir Messervy. Photos courtesy of Lakeside Chautauqua. I recently spent a few very pleasurable days at Lakeside Chautauqua on the shores of Lake Erie in northwest Ohio. For nearly 150 years, this historic one-square-mile village has been home to charming cottages that house families who partake in a wide range of spiritual, […]

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2019 Historic Preservation & Design Review Board Awards

Guest Blogger: Trish Tomlinson, Historic Preservation & Design Review Board Member There are many facets to rehabilitating homes in a Historic District. Preserving original features and materials are always the first priority, when possible. Each year, the Historic Preservation & Design Review Board (HP&DRB) reviews projects of many different scopes. We select some of the best projects […]

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Major General John L. Borling to speak at Chautauqua Lecture Series

Major General John L. Borling (retired United States Air Force) is a man who never gives up. Throughout his life, Borling has demonstrated exceptional resilience and strength and will share his life experiences with Lakesiders at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 17 and Thursday, July 18 in Orchestra Hall as part of this week’s Chautauqua Lecture […]

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The Front Porch Sunday Spotlight: 2019 Religious Life Intern

Meet the 2019 LLA Religious Life Intern, Ricky Sammartino: Name: Ricky Sammartino College: Ohio Wesleyan University Major/Minor: Double Major in Religion & Classics Hometown: Boardman, Ohio How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? When I was 14 my Pastor insisted I attend Lakeside Institute, which began a love affair with Lakeside. The […]

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Lakeside Chautauqua — A Family Friendly Lake Erie Weekend Getaway In Ohio

Guest Blogger: Katie Seemann-Zen Life and Travel blog For the original blog post, please visit Zen Life and Travel blog: https://www.zenlifeandtravel.com/lakeside-chautauqua-a-family-friendly-lake-erie-weekend-getaway-in-ohio/ A vacation with the whole family is a great way to enjoy the summer. There are lots of family vacation spots in Ohio, so it can be hard to know which one to choose. […]

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The Front Porch Sunday Spotlight: 2019 Hospitality Management Intern

Meet the 2019 LLA Hospitality Management Intern, Abigail Frioni: Name: Abigail Frioni College: Bowling Green State University Major/Minor: Marketing with a focus in event planning Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? I had never heard of Lakeside Chautauqua until a job fair this past January. I really […]

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View one-of-a-kind Masterpieces at the Art Show

Staff Blogger: Elizabeth Fantozzi, Marketing & Public Relations Manager Art is a way for people to express themselves, think outside the box and stretch their creativity beyond limits. It allows you to see the world through someone else’s eyes and connect, all with a paintbrush. This year, artist Molly Constein is featuring two paintings in […]

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Sunday Spotlight: Lakeside Leadership Academy – Environmental/Horticulture

We would like to introduce the Lakeside community to this summer’s Environmental/Horticulture Interns. Meet the 2019 LLA Environmental/Sustainability Intern, Ben White: Name: Ben White College: Miami University Major/Minor: : Biology and Environmental Science Hometown: Davenport, IA How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? I grew up coming to Lakeside as a […]

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Sunday Spotlight: Lakeside Leadership Academy – Accounting/IT

We would like to introduce the Lakeside community to this summer’s Account/IT Support Interns. Meet the 2019 LLA Accounting Intern, Katie Castrigano: Name: Katie Castrigano College: The Ohio State University Major/Minor: Accounting Hometown: Hudson, OH How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? Eleven years ago, my family drove past the gates […]

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Sunday Spotlight: 2019 Advancement & Events Intern

Meet the 2019 LLA Advancement & Events Intern, Ashley Huntington: Name: Ashley Huntington College: Hamilton College Major/Minor: Women and Gender Studies/ Theatre & Government Hometown: Tiffin, OH How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? When my family and I moved to Tiffin ten years ago, people told us we needed […]

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​Lakeside welcomes the Rev. Dr. Scott Wilson as Coordinator of the Dockside Worship Service

Staff Blogger: Elizabeth Fantozzi- Marketing and Public Relations Manager Lakeside Chautauqua warmly welcomes the Rev. Dr. Scott Wilson as Coordinator of the Dockside Worship Service this summer. The Rev. Dr. Wilson was first introduced to Lakeside in 1978 when he and his wife, Barbara, attended the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church, and […]

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Education program transforms with varied instruction strategies to enhance learning

Each summer, thousands of Lakesiders take part in lectures and additional educational programs at Lakeside. These social, contextual interactions are central to our intellectual wellbeing, and at Lakeside, we want to ensure that you have an opportunity to grow by participating in a variety of educational experiences. Lakeside’s education program has grown exponentially over the […]

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2019 Hoover Entertainment Preview

Staff Blogger: Kelsey Pepa, Digital Communications Coordinator A new year has officially arrived, and with it, new excitement for the coming summer at Lakeside. This year is poised to be another outstanding season, with some of Lakeside’s favorite performers returning and brand new faces that are sure to deliver. We hope you’re just as excited […]

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Spread the Lakeside Love on Valentine’s Day!

Did you LOVE our Valentine’s Day T-shirt appeal last year? Just like last year, you can show your love by purchasing a $25 Lakeside T-shirt ($15 for youth) – and an extra one for your special valentine! All proceeds benefit the Lakeside Annual Fund. By purchasing this special Lakeside T-shirt, you’re not only supporting Lakeside, […]

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‘Touch the Fence’

Guest Blogger: Erika French “I touched one fence today,” I tell my sister. She understands the basics of what that means since she has walked with me before. About a two mile walk in Lakeside, starting out from my home on Central Avenue, walking down Fourth Street to Oak Avenue, then down to the lake […]

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Bettinger Park, the ‘Heartbeat of Lakeside’ for the Browning Family

Staff Blogger: Alana Tarry, Director of Development Cade Browning remembers coming to Lakeside as a high schooler to visit his grandmother at her cottage, Miriam’s Mansion. It wasn’t until Cade and Katie were married and had their son Barrett that they visited Lakeside as a family. They immediately fell in love and started looking for […]

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2018 Holiday Gift Ideas

With Christmas just around the corner, are you still searching for the perfect present? Why not give the gift of happiness and take a look at our list of Lakeside-inspired gift ideas… Lakeside Gift Cards This year, Lakeside introduced Gift Cards as a way to pay for Daily, Weekly or Partial Day Chautauqua Passes, and even […]

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2018 Pumpkin-Decorating Contest

We had several fantastic entries in our annual Pumpkin-Decorating Contest at the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival. Thanks to all who participated, and congratulations to our winners! Best Overall & Most Creative Design “Mr. Hoover Picks a Winner” by Heather Doughty Look closely… this unique design is a replica of last year’s Pumpkin-Decorating Contest winners and is currently displayed at […]

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It’s the Great Pumpkin-Decorating Contest, Lakesiders!

Welcoming the return of fall weather to our Lake Erie shore, October brings a beautiful, multi-hued landscape of autumn leaves, cool breezes off the water… and the excitement of the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival with its annual Pumpkin-Decorating Contest! When: Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018             Pumpkin Drop-Off – 9:30-11 a.m.             Awards Presentation – 1-1:30 p.m. […]

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Business Hours for 2018-2019 Off-Season

Coffee & Cream Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday through Oct. 13; reopens May 2019 Evening Song Cottage Bed & Breakfast Open weekends through Oct. 13 Heritage Hall Museum Gift Shop Open for the Lighthouse Festival, Oct. 13; by appointment any other day; reopens May 2019 Idlewyld Bed & Breakfast Open through mid-November; reopens […]

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A Royal Visit to Lakeside

Guest Blogger: Cheryl Harner, Lakesider It was a collision of two of nature’s greatest phenomena, an insect migration and a hurricane, in a drama played out over Lake Erie. Southbound monarch butterflies, travelers they are called, the last generation of the 2018 broods, were headed out of Canada on a course for Mexico. They had […]

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The Shade Tree: 25 Years of Business and Loyalty

Candy, cards, souvenirs, and sundries line the shelves of The Shade Tree. A woman browses the card section while her son grabs a handful of individually wrapped taffy. This season marked the 25th year that The Shade Tree has been in business. As a celebration, The Shade Tree offered customers a variety of deals centered […]

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Mere observation brings renewal

Guest Blogger: Bruce Stambaugh I’m sitting on a bench beneath the shade of a determined sugar maple tree, perhaps its verdant growth encouraged by the view I’m enjoying. Who or what wouldn’t be heartened with these delightful surroundings. Youngsters set sail on skiffs, their teenage teachers guiding them into and out of the steady east […]

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Sunday Spotlight: 2018 Advancement & Communications Intern

Name: Mallory Glenn Hometown: Bowling Green, OH College: University of Mount Union Major/Minor: Writing/Communications and Sociology How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? I first heard about Lakeside at a career fair in Columbus. I was really impressed with the wide variety of communication-related internships available. I looked into the […]

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Choose Radiant Windows and Radiant Remodeling

Staff Blogger: Mallory Glenn, Advancement and Communications Intern Are you looking to renovate your home? If so, look no further than Radiant Windows and Radiant Remodeling based out of Oak Harbor, Ohio. Radiant Windows and Radiant Remodeling are locally owned, faith based businesses that are accredited with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). The businesses stem […]

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Sunday Spotlight: 2018 Recreation Intern

Name: Kristopher Glover Hometown: Chicago, IL College: Xavier University Major: Sports Management How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? I got a random email from my school’s career office and applied for the job. What are you most looking forward to this summer at Lakeside? I am really looking forward […]

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Preacher of the Week: Bishop Sally Dyck

Bishop Sally Dyck will serve as Lakeside’s Preacher of the Week from July 29-Aug. 2. This week is supported by the Rev. Ruth C. Shannon Endowment. She will preach at the Hoover Community Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 29 in Hoover Auditorium. Having grown up on a farm in rural Washington state and […]

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Reflecting on Seven Years at Lakeside Chautauqua

Staff Blogger: The Rev. Dr. Ned Dewire, Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach At the end of the summer, I will retire from my position as the Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach. This is a bittersweet moment for me. Lakeside has graciously received my wife Shirley and me, and we have come […]

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The Wesley Communities: The Ideal Fit for a Lakesider

Staff Blogger: Mallory Glenn, Advancement and Communications Intern People choose The Wesley Communities for the same reason that people choose Lakeside: the faith, kindhearted community and multifaceted focus on wellness. The Wesley Communities is a nonprofit organization that provides high-quality housing, healthcare and services for older adults in central Ohio. They manage three continuing care […]

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Encountering brief & beautiful stories on the job

Staff Blogger: Danielle Zoellner, Photography/Videography Intern I met Maple Woods while photographing her next to a plant because I liked the colors. She caught me, I apologized and we laughed it off. We made small talk about photography, dogs, and some other things I can’t remember. I told her I really liked her outfit; it […]

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Les Cunningham Day of Caring

Staff Blogger: Mallory Glenn, Advancement and Communications Intern Whether they knew him as the Mayor of Lakeside, the happy man on the three-wheeled bike or the man with the clipboard; the patriotic dock singer, the leader of God Squad’s children’s procession, or the doorman at the Kite Shop, everyone knew Les Cunningham. Les was a […]

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Sunday Spotlight: 2018 Print/Visual Communications Interns

Name: Molly Chacey Hometown: Mount Vernon, OH College: Bowling Green State University Major: Visual Communications Technology How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? I heard about Lakeside from Sammi at school. Once I mentioned Lakeside to my family and friends, all of a sudden everyone knew about Lakeside. What are […]

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Marblehead Bank: Small but Mighty

Staff Blogger: Mallory Glenn, Advancement and Communications Intern In an age where big banks dominate the financial industry, Marblehead Bank is a brave, shining exception, managing not just to survive, but to thrive. Marblehead Bank does not take a one-size-fits-all approach to its customers, but instead strategically designs its services to meet their customers’ particular […]

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Sunday Spotlight: 2018 Conference & Event Planning Intern

Name: Natalie Swift Hometown: Wooster, OH College: University of Findlay Major/Minor: Marketing/Event Management How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? I heard about internship opportunities at Lakeside through a professor who forwarded me the information. I had never heard of it until I secured a position and then multiple groups […]

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Preacher of the Week: The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long

The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long will serve as Lakeside’s Preacher of the Week from July 8-12. This week is supported by the Rev. Dr. Bud Cox Endowment. He will preach at the Hoover Community Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 8 in Hoover Auditorium. An ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the […]

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Top 10 Things to Do Fourth of July Week

Staff Blogger: Mallory Glenn, Advancement/Communications Intern Take one peak at the calendar and it’s clear that you’ll never be bored at Lakeside. Sometimes there are so many things to do that it can be difficult to choose. To help you out, here’s a chronological list of the Top 10 Things to Do in Lakeside during […]

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Sunday Spotlight: 2018 Youth Education & Music and Educational Event Planning & Promotions Interns

Name: Jillian Goulet Position: Youth Education and Music Intern Hometown: Delaware, OH College: Heidelberg University Major: Psychology How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? My family has been coming to Lakeside my whole life. Quite a few of my friends from Heidelberg have been previous interns. My best friend had […]

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Preacher of the Week: The Rev. Starsky D. Wilson

The Rev. Starsky D. Wilson is a pastor, philanthropist and activist pursuing God’s vision of community marked by justice, peace and love. He will serve as Lakeside’s Preacher of the Week from July 1-6. This week is supported by the Gretchen A. Curtis Endowment. The Rev. Wilson is Pastor of Saint John’s Church (The Beloved […]

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Fourth of July Celebration

Lakeside Chautauqua’s Fourth of July celebration begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 with the popular Children’s Bike Parade departing from Perry Park. Participants of all ages should arrive early with an already-decorated bike. In advance of the Children’s Bike Parade, we encourage families to designate a place for children to find their families after […]

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Sunday Spotlight: 2018 Photo/Video Intern

Name: Danielle Zoellner Hometown: Milan, OH College: Mount Vernon Nazarene University Major/Minor: Journalism and Media Production/Graphic Design and Intercultural Studies How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? I heard about Lakeside for the first time at a Career Fest in Columbus, OH. Even though I have lived in such close […]

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Why I Returned to Lakeside

Staff Blogger: Sammi Piroska, Print/Visual Communications Intern On Sunday, May 14, 2017, I was full of excitement as I drove through the South Gate to 645 Sycamore Ave., where my peers awaited each other’s arrival. Each intern settled into their room and laughter filled the house as more and more people settled in. As move-in […]

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15 Authors Visiting Lakeside This Summer

Staff Blogger: Kelsey Pepa, Digital Communications Coordinator As a part of the Chautauqua Lecture Series, Faith for Living Hour and for select evenings in Hoover Auditorium, 15 authors and illustrators will be sharing their talents, expertise and experience with the Lakeside community this summer. Mark your calendars and get these books on your summer reading […]

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Preacher of the Week: Carl McColman

Carl McColman, a contemplative writer, speaker, retreat leader and catechist, will serve as Lakeside’s Preacher of the Week from June 24-28. This week is supported by the Hottenroth Family. McColman will lead the 10:30 a.m. Hoover Community Worship Service on Sunday, June 24. In recognition of Hoover Auditorium’s 90th Anniversary, this worship service will include […]

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Religious Life Department Presents Musical Opportunities

Guest Blogger: Michael Shirtz, Coordinator of Religious Life Music When it comes to views on religion and faith, music has the ability to give lives meaning in different ways. Martin Luther once said, “Next to the Word of God, music is the greatest treasure in the world.” Whether we are at a concert, in a […]

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Grow the mind, body and spirit

Staff Blogger: Alana Tarry, Director of Development Dedicated and compassionate Lakesiders, Howard and Joann Strauch, have a long and meaningful history with Lakeside Chautauqua. Howard was first introduced through his Methodist Youth Fellowship group in 1944, and Joann had known of Lakeside for many years before her first visit during the summer of 1968. Howard […]

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Meet the 2018 Teen Center Leaders

Staff Blogger: Lexie Digby, Marketing & Graphic Design Manager As the Teen Center enters its third year of operation, two new leaders are preparing for another great year. Molly McConnell, of Wilmington, N.C., is pursuing a degree in secondary English education at East Carolina University. After just earning her associate’s degree at Cape Fear Community […]

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Rhein Center instructor gives back with Abandoned Art

Guest Blogger: Bev Beatty, Rhein Center Instructor For the past decade, I have been privileged to teach art classes at the Rhein Center. I will be in Lakeside again to teach classes during Weeks 1, 2, 5 and 6, and I want to give something back to Lakesiders. Every day during the weeks that I […]

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Mahls Encourage Giving

Staff Blogger: Mallory Glenn, Advancement/Communications Intern Tim and Cindy Mahl are sitting on their new porch as their three fluffy spaniels of varying shades skitter about, occasionally jumping into their laps or barking at squirrels. While they’re currently permanent residents of Avon, Ohio, the Mahls explain that Lakeside is where they feel most at home. […]

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Lakeside Welcomes André Thornton

Lakeside welcomes André Thornton, former Cleveland Indians first baseman, for a special event highlighting his faith journey. He will serve as the keynote speaker for Lakeside’s 2nd Annual Prayer Breakfast at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3 in Wesley Lodge. In addition to Thornton’s story, the Prayer Breakfast will also include a testimony from Abbey Allerding, […]

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Art Show Remembers Neil Glaser

The Lakeside Art Show will display original artwork from Tuesday, July 3-Saturday, July 28 in the lobby of Hoover Auditorium. In addition to showcasing the talent of local artists of all ages, this year’s show will feature a special retrospect of Neil Glaser, a renowned Lakesider who recently passed away. In memory of him and […]

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Guest Preacher: The Rev. Carl Gladstone

Lakeside’s special 10 a.m. Hoover Community Worship Service on Sunday, June 10 in Hoover Auditorium will be led by the Rev. Carl Gladstone. The Rev. Gladstone serves as regional staff of the Young People’s Ministries, North Central Jurisdictional of The United Methodist Church in Detroit, as well as the Board President for the Young Leaders […]

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The Five Senses of a Summer at Lakeside

Guest Blogger: Hallie Parker, Lakesider Lakeside is a special place where I get to spend the summer. It awakens the five senses. I hear the waves crashing against the rocks, shuffleboard discs sliding down the court, and golf carts beeping as they back up. I see colorful sailboats zipping across Lake Erie, fireworks blasting through […]

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Guest Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr.

The Rev. Dr. Zan W. Holmes, Jr. will share his message, “Are We Good Stewards of Our Wounds?,” at the 10:30 a.m. Hoover Community Worship Service on Sunday, June 3 in Hoover Auditorium. He’s Pastor Emeritus at St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church, a 6,000-member congregation in Dallas, where he served for 28 years. He […]

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New Saturday Rhein Center Classes Open for Early Registration

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 […]

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Pool to Open Memorial Day Weekend

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 […]

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Support Lakeside by Donating Items from Our Amazon Wish List

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 […]

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Amy Beeler: Veteran Vendor at the Lakeside Craft & Art Show

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 […]

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Honor Your Loved One this Memorial Day Weekend

Every year at the Memorial Day weekend Hoover Worship Service, we formally remember loved ones who have died over the past year. Together as a Lakeside community, we remember the loves ones that we have lost and hold them close to our hearts. This year at the Hoover Community Worship on Sunday, May 27, you […]

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New in 2018

Spring has arrived, and we can’t wait to welcome our Lakeside friends back for another exciting summer. To help you make the most of it, we want to share new things that Lakeside is working on to improve your experience. Mark your calendars for new programs, carve out time to walk through a new garden […]

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What to Do at Lakeside before the Summer Begins

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 (unless otherwise noted), and join fellow Lakesiders in Wesley […]

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Keep Sharing the Lakeside Love

Part of Lakeside’s charm is that it’s a unique experience for everyone – inspiring worship services, challenging educational lectures, creative art classes, recreational matches. Disconnecting from our daily routine and connecting with friends and family makes Lakeside special. With less than 100 days until Memorial Day Weekend, we are eagerly awaiting the enriching and inspiring […]

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World Affairs Dialogue

At the end of the 2017 Chautauqua season, Jeff Dieterich announced his retirement as moderator of the Foreign Affairs Forum. Jeff began the Forum, has been the only person to lead it, and was uniquely qualified to do so based on his Foreign Service experience. It is only fitting that the title of the program […]

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Lakesider reflects on traveling through Jordan, Part 1

Guest Blogger: Hilary McCune Hilary McCune, a Lakesider who was a part of the Holy Land trip, spent two extra days in the Holy Land to explore Jordan and all it has to offer. At the end of our tour of Israel, we said heartfelt goodbyes to half of our traveling companions as they returned […]

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Lakesider reflects on traveling through Jordan, Part 3

Guest Blogger: Hilary McCune Hilary McCune, a Lakesider who was a part of the Holy Land trip, spent two extra days in the Holy Land to explore Jordan and all it has to offer. Our third day in Jordan began with a slow morning to enjoy the Dead Sea or take advantage of the Crowne […]

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Lakesider reflects on traveling through Jordan, Part 2

Guest Blogger: Hilary McCune Hilary McCune, a Lakesider who was a part of the Holy Land trip, spent two extra days in the Holy Land to explore Jordan and all it has to offer. On Day two of our tour of Jordan, we set out early for our trip to Petra and back. Our day […]

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Day 8: From the Mount of Olives

Staff Blogger: Gretchen Colón, Vice President of Advancement & Communications *This blog was written by Gretchen Colón on Friday, Feb. 16 local time The bus dropped us off at the very top of the Mount of Olives, which is adjacent from the Old City of Jerusalem. It was cold and windy at the top, but […]

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Day 7: Nablus in the West Bank

Staff Blogger: Gretchen Colón, Vice President of Advancement & Communications *This blog was written by Gretchen Colón on Friday, Feb. 16 local time Our trip began in on northern end of the West Bank of the Jordan River overlooking the city of Nablus. From our viewpoint, we were able to see Jacob’s Well, where Jesus […]

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6 Steps for Planning Your Family Reunion at Lakeside

Lakeside 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, our Conference & Event Planning staff will work closely with you to make sure the setting fits your family’s needs. Here are six […]

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Day 6: Magdala

Staff Blogger: Gretchen Colón, Vice President of Advancement & Communications *This blog was written by Gretchen Colón on Thursday, Feb. 15 local time. The beautiful and ancient city of Magdala sits just at the base of the Mount Arbel and was discovered in 2006 A.D. Because it had been covered for so long, it is […]

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Our EO Leader, FJ

Staff Blogger: Gretchen Colón, Vice President of Advancement & Communications As we continue our travel, I pause with gratitude for our EO trip leader, FJ. We met FJ at the airport when we arrived in Israel – many of us for the first time. FJ greeted us with the warmest hospitality and he had a smile […]

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Day 5: Cana

Staff Blogger: Gretchen Colón, Vice President of Advancement & Communications *This blog was written by Gretchen Colón on Wednesday, Feb. 14 local time. We began the morning with the story of the wedding at Cana. We walked down a narrow street that was lined with fresh fruit markets and saw the church that remembers the […]

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Day 4: Caesarea, A Magnificent City

Staff Blogger: Gretchen Colón, Vice President of Advancement & Communications *This blog was written by Gretchen Colón on Tuesday, Feb. 13 local time. Today was a day at the sea! Caesarea, a beautiful city on the Mediterranean coast, was a gift to Herod the Great and took more than 12 years to complete. As we […]

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Bethlehem, House of Bread

Staff Blogger: Gretchen Colón, Vice President of Advancement & Communications *This blog was written by Gretchen Colón on Monday, Feb. 12 local time. Our second day of learning and exploring we head to Bethlehem, which in Hebrew translates to ‘house of bread.’ We boarded our charter bus and after admiring how our driver maneuvered through […]

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2018 Education Highlights

Staff blogger: Jeanne Mauriocourt, Director of Educational Programming Education is paramount to the Lakeside experience. It allows us to engage in meaningful discussion and exchange ideas and opinions about the world around us.  Each summer, experts, historians and researchers present on an array of themes to give us new insights, challenge our thinking and broaden […]

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Day 2 of our Journey to the Holy Land

Staff Blogger: Gretchen Colón, Vice President of Advancement & Communications *This blog was written by Gretchen Colón on Monday, Feb. 12 local time. A Journey to the Dead Sea As we prepare for our first group outing, we are thankful for the abundance of good food and strong coffee for our breakfast before the trip. […]

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Lakeside Holy Land Trip Departs from New York – Follow the Journey from Your Home

Staff Blogger: Gretchen Colón, Vice President of Advancement & Communications *This blog was written by Gretchen Colón on Saturday morning, Feb. 10 local time. On Feb. 9 several Lakesiders set out on a 10-day journey to the Holy Land. The trip was organized by Educational Opportunities Tours (EO), an organization that plans educational group trips […]

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Engage Your Imagination and Move Your Feet This February

Staff Blogger: Ellen Venema, Rhein Center Assistant Coordinator The 2018 Winter Olympics are almost here! From Feb. 9-25 we get to live vicariously through our televisions, travel to South Korea, mingle with the world’s top athletes and compete for the gold. Some may gather with friends and food to watch the U.S. vs. Russia hockey […]

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Now Hiring Seasonal Employees

Lakeside is now seeking summer employees. Earn income while having fun in the sun, meeting Lakesiders and developing new friendships and networking connections. On your days off, visit nearby Cedar Point, Put-in-Bay, Kelleys Island, the Marblehead Peninsula and other local attractions.

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2018 Hoover Entertainment Preview

Staff Blogger: Lexie Digby, Marketing & Graphic Design Manager A new year has officially arrived, and with it, new excitement for the coming summer. This year, which happens to be the 90th anniversary of Hoover Auditorium, is poised to be another outstanding season. With some of Lakeside’s favorite performers returning and brand new faces that […]

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Don’t Miss these 2018 Summer Events

Staff Blogger: Gretchen Colon, Senior Vice President of Advancement & Communications We’ve planned special summer events for you and your family to meet new friends and support Lakeside at the same time. These opportunities are right around the corner and require the purchase of a ticket, which are going fast. Read below to find out […]

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2018 Calendar of Events Brochure

Lakeside’s highly anticipated 2018 Calendar of Events brochure has arrived! The brochure is filled with highlights of Lakeside’s 145th anniversary season. To be included on our mailing list, email your name and home address to marketing@lakesideohio.com. Please note if you’d like to receive the brochure annually. In the meantime, check out Lakeside’s website and Facebook […]

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5 Ideas to Spread Some Lakeside Love this Valentine’s Day

Staff Blogger: Allyson Lane, Advancement & Communications Assistant Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s never too early to show your love for Lakeside. Here are five ways you can spread the Lakeside love this year. Purchase an ‘I Love Lakeside’ T-Shirt Show your love by purchasing an exclusive $25 Lakeside T-shirt ($15 […]

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New Album from the Michael Shirtz Quartet

Guest Blogger: Arica Pfirsch, Michael Shirtz Quartet Manager This summer, Lakeside welcomes the return of the Michael Shirtz Quartet on Tuesday, Aug. 21. At this special concert, the quartet will perform songs from their latest album, Blue Skies.

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What is Pickleball?

Staff Blogger: Lexie Digby, Marketing & Graphic Design Manager Pickleball, a game that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong, has become a trending sport in Lakeside and around the country in recent years, resulting in the Lakeside Chautauqua Board of Directors approving a plan to build eight dedicated pickleball courts south of the Williams […]

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Earn Money for Lakeside by Shopping Online

Staff Blogger: Allyson Lane, Advancement & Communications Assistant This year, use Amazon Smile and Giving Assistant to support Lakeside by simply shopping online like you already do. It’s no extra cost to you, and you can help support the Chautauqua experience from the comfort of your couch. Amazon Smile When you shop using Amazon Smile, […]

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Handcraft Your Holiday Cheer

Staff Blogger: Ellen Venema, Rhein Center Assistant Coordinator Times and technologies are changing. Personal correspondence by snail mail seems almost a lost art, but holidays continue to be the exception to the rule. The Christmas season keeps postal workers busy as the nation carries out the beloved tradition of sending cards and gifts. Since many […]

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Healthy (and Happy) Choices Ease Hectic Holidays

Staff Blogger: Ellen Venema, Rhein Center Assistant Coordinator  ‘Tis the season to be jolly! And to visit family and friends.… give back to your community… decorate the house… keep track of the kids while they’re on school break… finish all those year-end work projects… wait in long lines with other last-minute shoppers… and prepare that […]

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A Wedding Dream Comes True for the Smith-Poppe Family

Lakeside Chautauqua has always been a special place for the Smith family. Kevin Smith started visiting as a young boy at his family’s cottage. When he was a teenager, the family bought the Upper Shelf, a small shop in the business district, where they lived upstairs for several years. Years later, after Kevin was married […]

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Live the Lakeside Mission All Year Long

Every Sunday evening during the Chautauqua season, the Lakeside community gathers at the Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo to enjoy a live concert or presentation in Central Park. The Sunday Family Night in the Park series created an enriching cultural experience that nurtured relationships, welcomed new friends and renewed the spirit – all part of the Lakeside […]

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2017 Holiday Gift Ideas

Staff Blogger: Alexandrea Stelzer, Director of Marketing With Christmas just around the corner, are you still searching for the perfect present? Why not give the gift of Lakeside? Take a look at our list of Lakeside-inspired gift ideas… Chautauqua Pass Certificates Share the Chautauqua experience with friends and family this holiday season. For more information […]

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The Soundtrack of Central Park

Staff Blogger: Ellen Venema, Rhein Center Assistant Coordinator On Nov. 28, 2017, Lakeside Chautauqua will partner with #GivingTuesday to raise funds towards revitalizing the Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo. The Central Park Gazebo is a favorite feature along Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile, drawing Lakesiders and guests alike for performances, ceremonies, celebrations and more. But what is it […]

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Did you know Lakeside has a lost and found?

Where is Lakeside’s Lost & Found located? The Lost & Found is located at the Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office at 236 Walnut Ave. Does each facility have its own Lost & Found? No, we ask that all facilities bring their lost and found items to the Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office. If you’ve lost your wallet […]

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Planning a Dream Wedding at Lakeside Chautauqua

“Standing in front of the gazebo when I was 9 years old, I told my mom, ‘this is where I am going to get married,’” said Elizabeth (Adams) Peck. The first time the Adams family visited Lakeside, was to pick up Elizabeth’s brother from the East Ohio Youth Annual Conference in 1993. The family immediately […]

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Gazebo Provides Unique Home for Programming & Lakeside Tradition

Staff Blogger: Allyson Lane, Advancement & Communications Assistant Since 1979, the Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo has provided an open space for programming on the lakefront. It commands attention and draws people to Central Park from shuffleboard, miniature golf, the playground and Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile. The programs that have taken place for the past 38 years […]

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Plans for the Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo

The Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo has been a gathering place for nearly four decades; a site for countless concerts, open-air author visits, planned marriage proposals, a variety of family celebrations and more. Because of its noteworthy location in Central Park and along Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile, it’s often the perfect spot to simply sit and soak […]

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2017 Pumpkin-Decorating Contest Winners

We had several fantastic entries in the Pumpkin-Decorating Contest at the 22nd Annual Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival. Thanks to all who participated, and congratulations to our winners! Child & Teen Winners Best Child Design (age 8 & under) – Vivian Yoost

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History of the Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo

Staff Blogger: Lexie Digby, Marketing & Graphic Design Manager 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 […]

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Business Hours for 2017-2018 Off-Season

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

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Lakeside’s Off-Season Events & Announcements

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 […]

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144th Season Celebration

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. […]

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4th Annual Associate Members & Local Pastors Retreat

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 […]

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2018 Preachers of the Week

2018 Preachers of the Week Religion, in Christian tradition, is both personal and social holiness. There are many expressions of religion, and one’s faith journey is not the same as another’s faith journey. Each summer, Lakeside invites preachers from around the world to bring their message to our Sunday Hoover Community Worship Services at 10:30 […]

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Men’s Bible Study Group offers area youth and mentors a day to remember

Staff Blogger: Lexie Digby, Marketing & Graphic Design Manager On Tuesday, Aug. 15, the Lakeside Men’s Bible Study Group is hoping to help create connections that could change lives. The men are partnering with the Ottawa County United Way and their program ‘Til Next Time (TNT) to offer area youth and mentors a day to […]

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International Shuffleboard Champion

A lifelong Lakesider represented the classic Lakeside pastime well last month when he became the 36th International Shuffleboard Association (ISA) World Singles Championship winner. On July 28, after a week of tournament play, Michael Hirsch claimed the sought-after golden cue in Niteroi, a city in Rio, Brazil. According to the ISA, “Michael is one of […]

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Pool Presents New Opportunities

Staff Blogger: Casey Sudzina, Advancement/Communications Intern The grand opening of the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus has made 2017 a memorable summer. But to one family of Lakesiders in particular, the new pool has changed a life. Marky Beatty has been coming to Lakeside all his life, and has made quite a home for himself. […]

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Bluebird Café has Taken Flight

Staff Blogger: Casey Sudzina, Advancement/Communications Intern This summer, there was a new little birdie in town. Bluebird Café was built in place of Dockside, located on the East side of the pavilion. Bluebird’s signature staple is healthy eating, so I was personally very excited to try Bluebird, as the healthy options they were offering seemed […]

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Locate unique pieces with The Abandoned Art Project

Guest Blogger: Bev Beatty, Rhein Center Instructor For the past decade, I have been privileged to teach art classes at the Rhein Center. I will be in Lakeside again to teach classes during Week 7 (July 29-Aug. 4) and Week 8 (Aug. 5-11), and I want to give something back to Lakesiders. Every day during […]

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Taste the Freshness at the Farmers’ Market

Staff Blogger: Rebecca Mullins, Advancement/Communications Intern The Lakeside Business District is usually calm in the mornings with people quietly shuffling in and out of Coffee & Cream sipping on coffee or waiting in line to eat Patio donuts. However, that atmosphere changes twice a week when the vendors for the Farmers’ Market roll in. The […]

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A Stroll Down Sycamore

Staff Blogger: Erin White, Visual Communications Intern I took a stroll down Sycamore Ave during my lunch break on a sunny Lakeside afternoon. Although I walk this road every day to work, I always seem to notice something new each time. Leaving the intern house, I hear birds calling to one another and spot a […]

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Lakeside, Ohio: 30 years of renewal

Guest Blogger: Bruce Stambaugh, Lakesider Lakeside, Ohio. Those back-to-back names seem too ordinary, too mundane to be considered a desired vacation destination. For our family, though, like thousands of others, that’s exactly what Lakeside, Ohio means. We have been traveling there every year at least once a year for three decades. To other Lakesiders, that’s […]

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Sunday Spotlight: 2017 Arts/Entertainment and Religious Life Interns

Name: Hadley Moss Position: Arts/Entertainment Intern Hometown: Alliance, OH College: Kent State University Major/Minor: Marketing/International Business How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? Both of my parent’s families came here for years and my parents bought a cottage on Oak in 1994 and named it ‘Eriesistable’. I have been coming […]

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Preacher of the Week: The Rev. David Felten

After spending a year in Western Australia, the Rev. David Felten’s experience helped shape his future ministry of starting a new church, Via de Cristo, from scratch in the Northeast area of Scottsdale, Ariz. He grew his church into a dynamic faith community by serving a niche group of spiritual seekers. The Rev. Felten will […]

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Reflections from the LLA Religious Life Intern

Guest Blogger: Tony Giannamore, Religious Life Intern Growing up in the Methodist church, Lakeside was a place I would hear about every year, starting around the end of May until the second week of June, also known as Annual Conference time. I experienced the community first-hand during my freshman year of high school, visiting for […]

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Share Your Summer: Host an Orphan

Guest Blogger: Colleen Smitek, Lakesider We all know that Lakeside is the best place ever to spend a summer. What if you had the opportunity to share the experience with a child who doesn’t have a family? Project 143 is a non-profit organization that brings orphans from Eastern Europe to the U.S. for five-week stays […]

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The Most Magical Place in the World

Staff Blogger: Noah Eblin, Video/Photography Intern Imagine a magical place. Imagine a place where you can go to get away from everything. A child’s paradise, where there is fun, adventure and ice cream to be had around every corner. It’s a place that families wait patiently all year to vacation at. Where are you imagining? […]

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Sunday Spotlight: 2017 Accounting/IT Intern

Name: Natalie Howard Position: Accounting/IT Intern Hometown: Tiffin, OH College: Ohio University Major/Minor: Accounting & Business Pre-Law/Environmental Studies How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? I first came to Lakeside when I was 4 months old. My parents had decided to vacation in Lakeside one week during that summer. For […]

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Lakeside Welcomes Jerry Lucas

Lakeside Chautauqua welcomes NBA All-Star and gold-medal Olympian Jerry Lucas this Friday, July 28 for three special events highlighting his three life journeys: faith, memory and athletics. Lucas will serve as the keynote speaker for Lakeside’s first Prayer Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in Wesley Lodge. The Prayer Breakfast is in memory of Jim Kettlewell and […]

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Linda Green, Founder of Omnigreen

Staff Blogger: Casey Sudzina, Advancement/Communications Intern Linda Green, a longtime Lakesider, is the owner and founder of Omnigreen, a company that has offered services focused on natural and holistic healing for more than 40 years. She is an herbalist, aroma therapist, naturist and yoga instructor. Her earliest memory as a child was of her exploring […]

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New Recycling Bins Placed Across the Grounds

Last summer, Lakeside Chautauqua received a grant from the Ottawa Sandusky Seneca (OSS) County Joint Solid Waste District and a donation from the Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society (LESS) to purchase recycling containers, which have recently been placed around the Lakeside grounds. The goal of the Competitive Funding Grant Program is to enhance recycling opportunities for […]

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Chautauqua Lecture Series Theme on Refugees

Steve Walker, Guest Blogger Who are refugees? Where to they come from? What is the vetting process? Do they present a danger to American security? Who is responsible for their resettlement in the U.S.? Where are they resettled in the U.S.? What has been the impact of reducing refugee arrivals from 110,000 to 50,000? From […]

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Sunday Spotlight: 2017 Educational Programming and Youth Education & Music Interns

Name: Lexi Winkelfoos Position: Educational Programming Hometown: Mount Gilead, OH College: Baldwin Wallace University Major/Minor: Communication Studies/Public Relations How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? I have been fortunate enough to be able to visit some family friends, the Wendt Family (you may remember them from handing out bananas in […]

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A Walk Through Lakeside: Cherry Avenue

Staff Blogger: Rebecca Mullins, Advancement/Communications Intern Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. That is what came to mind when I first ventured down Cherry Avenue. Why? Because one of my favorite movies growing up was “Mary Poppins,” and the Banks family resided on 17 Cherry Tree Lane. While the street names are not exactly the same, the fun and wonderment […]

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Help Us Plan for the Future

In addition to the Master Plan discussions Lakeside is facilitating this summer, we are asking the community to provide feedback on the Chautauqua programming that Lakeside offers. Over the summer, there will be a series of questionnaires to collect your input, specifically related to Lakeside’s program offerings. This Programming Assessment will work hand-in-hand with the […]

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10 Things You Can do to Save our Lakes!

Show up and show your support – thank you for joining us at the “All Hands on Deck” event! Let our senators know that you want to protect our Great Lakes. Come to Dan Egan’s lecture on July 12 in Hoover Auditorium. Take a trash bag on your next lakefront walk – and fill it. […]

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Lakeside CLSC to hold 4th Annual Graduation

The Lakeside chapter of the Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle (CLSC) will hold its 4th Annual Graduation of the 21st century at 2:45 p.m. Sunday, July 23 in Chautauqua Hall, following a Lakeside Heritage Society lecture, entitled ‘The Catholic Chautauqua Summer School: Rejected Relic or Living Legacy?’ The lecture, which is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., […]

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Sunday Spotlight: 2017 Print/Visual Communications Interns

Name: Erin White Position: Print/Visual Communications Intern Hometown: Sandusky College: BGSU – Firelands Major/Minor: Visual Communication Technology/Arts How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? I heard about Lakeside from my classmate at BGSU – Firelands. She explained how she was interning for their marketing department for college credit. She expressed […]

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Preacher of the Week: Pastor Philip Gulley

Pastor Philip Gulley, a Quaker pastor who has been featured on Indiana’s PBS affiliate for his television show “Porch Talks,” challenges us to rediscover the values of Jesus. He will serve as Preacher of the Week from July 9-13. His sermon for the 10:30 a.m. Hoover Community Worship Service on Sunday, July 9, “Fences,” is […]

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History of Ottawa County–The First 175 Years

Guest Blogger: Linda Huber, Board Member, Ottawa County Historical Society In 2015, the Ottawa County Historical Society decided to celebrate the first 175 years of Ottawa County history by publishing a coffee table-style book with photographs and narrative. The society brought together a team of dedicated county residents to research, write, edit and deliver an […]

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Sunday Spotlight: 2017 Advancement & Communications Interns

Name: Casey Sudzina Position: Advancement & Communications intern Hometown: Niles, OH (Youngstown) College: Ohio State University Major/Minor: Strategic Communications & Sport Industry/Business How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? This is actually my first summer at Lakeside and with my experience these last few weeks I couldn’t be happier with […]

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Preacher of the Week: Dr. Brian McLaren

Named by TIME as one of the “25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America” and featured as a guest on the “Larry King Live Show,” Dr. Brian McLaren will bring to Lakeside his thoughts about what he calls a new kind of Christianity and simple ways to help people deepen their faiths. He will serve as […]

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Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus Prepares to Open

Campus Buildings The Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus is located on the corner of Laurel Avenue and Sixth Street. Within the campus sits the entry building, pool building, community swimming pool and wellness center, which are all handicap accessible. Walking into the facility, there is a ramp and a patio table with chairs covered by a bright blue […]

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What’s New in Lake Erie Shores & Islands

Guest Blog: Lake Erie Shores & Islands The summer season is now in full-swing in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands! Start your to-do list with some of the newest Shores & Islands attractions: Hot Ways to Stay Cool Lakeside’s Pool & Wellness Center – Lakeside Chautauqua is opening the all-new Grindley Aquatic & Wellness […]

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Lakeside’s Survivor Tree

Guest Blogger: Bill Smith, Lakeside Tree Advisory Team On April 26, a seedling from the Oklahoma City Survivor Tree was planted in Lakeside on the hill overlooking The Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park. This small American Elm is intended to be a reminder to all of the faith, hope and strength of survivors who have […]

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Blue Candy on the Beach

Guest Blogger: Olivia Yadav, Lakesider In my life, there are school friends, and then there are Lakeside friends. They each serve their own purpose, and are often very different. My Lakeside friends are my family. I’ve grown up with them since I first came here many years ago. Some of the best memories we share […]

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Sunday Spotlight: 2017 Guest Services and Hospitality Management Interns

Name: Lauren Petrarulo Position: Guest Services Intern Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania College: John Carroll University Major: Management and Human Resources How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? I found out about Lakeside through the Career Service Office’s online list of internships. As I was scrolling down through multiple internships, the Lakeside […]

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Preacher of the Week: The Rev. Dr. Heather Murray Elkins

Serving as a pastor at a smoky, dingy truck stop with pinball machines, showers, greasy sandwiches and many bone-weary truck drivers, the Rev. Dr. Heather Murray Elkins shines a new light on ministry. Bringing her life experiences from the truck stop pulpit to Lakeside, she will serve as Preacher of the Week from June 25-29. […]

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Volunteer at the Rhein Center this Summer!

The Rhein Center truly appreciates all of the wonderful people who lend a hand throughout the summer. Here are a few ways to get involved this season: The lawn chairs in front of Rhein Center need to be decoratively repainted A driver is needed Weeks 4 & 5 to transport the plein air easels for […]

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Journey Through the Bible

You’re invited to take a ‘Journey through the Bible’ with Lakeside Chautauqua from February 9-19, 2018. Explore the land of Biblical history and discover the beauty of the places where Jesus walked and taught. Lakeside is partnering with Education Opportunities Tour for an 11-day adventure. Arrive in Tel Aviv and travel to Bethlehem, Jericho, Qumran, […]

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Sunday Spotlight: Manager of Operations at the Lakeside Heritage Society

Lakeside Leadership Academy alumna Dakota Harkins has returned to Lakeside as the new Manager of Operations at the Lakeside Heritage Society (LHS), and she has Indiana Jones to thank for it. “I’ve just always been attracted to history ever since I was younger,” she said. “It probably started with the movies I watched, movies like […]

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97th Annual Lutheran Chautauqua Preacher of the Week: The Rev. Dr. Karoline M. Lewis

Teaching around the U.S. at more than four seminaries, the Rev. Dr. Karoline M. Lewis will share the importance of relating biblical text to our lives today. She will serve as Lakeside’s Preacher of the Week from June 18-22, during the 97th Annual Lutheran Chautauqua Week. She will preach at the Hoover Community Worship Service […]

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“A Peace of My Mind” Part II

Guest Blogger: John Noltner, will bring his multimedia exhibit “A Peace of My Mind” to Hoover Auditorium from June 17-24, 2017. He will also be speaking as part of the Chautauqua Lecture Series on June 20 (8:15 p.m.), June 21 (10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.) and June 22 (10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.) He continues […]

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Sunday Spotlight: 2017 Conference and Event Planning Intern

Meet the 2017 Conference and Event Planning Intern, Layne Archer. Name: Layne Archer Hometown: Zanesville, OH College: Marietta College Major: Organizational Communication How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? I had never been to Lakeside before last month. I attended a job fair in Columbus, OH and met Emily Messino […]

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East Ohio Conference Dining Options

Lakeside is home to a wide variety of restaurants and dining options. Fantastic food and friendlier service are the things that define a meal here at our beautiful Chautauqua. Whether you’re craving chicken salad, a hot donut, a juicy cheeseburger or a hot dog, you can find it here! Coffee & Cream Coffee & Cream […]

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Preachers of the Week: Bishop Tracy S. Malone & The Rev. David A.E. Whitt

Lakeside’s 10 a.m. Hoover Community Worship Service on Sunday, June 11 will be led by Bishop Tracy S. Malone. Her sermon, “Live the Promise,” is based on Isaiah 40:25-41. The Rev. David A.E. Whitt will serve as the keynote speaker. Bishop Malone was elected to the East Ohio Conference in 2016. She has also served […]

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The Lemonade Kids

For the last nine years, Logan Martens and Molly McNamara have hosted a lemonade stand to benefit Imagine No Malaria during the East Ohio Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. Imagine No Malaria is an organization that helps to prevent and treat malaria in Africa. To date, they have raised more than $80,000 with the […]

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Lakeside earns sixth Tree City USA honor

Guest Blogger: Bill Smith, Lakeside Tree Advisory Team Lakeside Chautauqua was recently recognized as a Tree City USA community at the Northwest Ohio Awards Ceremony hosted by Lakeside Chautauqua and its Tree Advisory Team. This is the sixth time the Chautauqua community has been honored with this nationally-recognized award. The awards were presented to Tree […]

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“A Peace of My Mind” Part I

Guest Blogger: John Noltner, will bring his multimedia exhibit “A Peace of My Mind” to Hoover Auditorium from June 17-24, 2017. He will also be speaking as part of the Chautauqua Lecture Series on June 20 (8:15 p.m.), June 21 (10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.) and June 22 (10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.) Over the […]

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Sunday Spotlight: 2017 Video/Photography Intern

Meet the 2017 LLA Video/Photography Intern, Noah Eblin. Name: Noah Eblin Hometown: Ashley, OH College: Bowling Green State University Major: Visual Communications Technology How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? I heard a lot about Lakeside from friends in high school, so when I saw this internship opportunity, I was […]

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Preacher of the Week: The Rev. Dr. Scot Ocke

The Rev. Dr. Scot Ocke will share about unceasing prayer with the Lakeside community at the 10:30 a.m. Hoover Community Worship Service on Sunday, June 4 in Hoover Auditorium. His sermon, “Persistently Praying for Justice,” is based on Luke 18:1-8. Prior to being appointed to Superintendent of the Maumee Watershed District in the West Ohio […]

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Memorial Day Weekend Guest Preacher: The Rev. Doug Johns

The Rev. Doug Johns will serve as guest preacher at the Hoover Community Worship Service over Memorial Day weekend. His sermon, titled “Who am I?,” is based on Jeremiah 1:4-40 and John 15:16-17. Children’s Church will also be available. The guest preacher is supported by Bob & Becky Brymer. The names of those buried in […]

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Lakeside Plant Sale & Gardening Demonstrations

The Lakeside Plant Sale will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 27 and 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 28 on Walnut Avenue, between Second and Third Streets. Annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, colorful hanging baskets, pots and pre-planted container gardens will be for sale. Lakeside will also be selling the same fertilizer that the Grounds […]

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Lakeside Master Planning Presentation & Workshop: May 27, 2017

Lakeside Chautauqua is conducting a formal master plan with MKSK, an urban design, landscape architecture and planning firm. All are invited to an Introduction & Ideas Workshop at 9:30 a.m. to provide ideas and feedback for the planning process. Through this community engagement, new ideas will emerge, concepts will be tested and critical needs will […]

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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 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 […]

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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 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 […]

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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 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 […]

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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 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 […]

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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 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 […]

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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. 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 […]

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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 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 […]

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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 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 […]

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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 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 […]

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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 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. […]

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15 Reasons to Intern at Lakeside Chautauqua

Staff Blogger: Kelsey Pepa, Marketing & Digital Communications Intern I was fortunate enough to be an intern as part of the Lakeside Leadership Academy last summer at Lakeside Chautauqua. During my internship, I came to see that Lakeside is so much more than a few shops, restaurants, a couple hotels and an auditorium—it’s a community. […]

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6 Steps for Planning Your Family Reunion at Lakeside

Staff Blogger: Emily Messino, Conference & Events Manager Lakeside 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. […]

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Literature Lovers of Lakeside… Enjoy Discussion & Activities Galore

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 […]

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Exciting Entertainment to Rock Hoover this Summer

Staff Blogger: Lexie Digby, Marketing & Graphic Design Manager As opening weekend gets closer and closer, it’s hard to contain the excitement for the summer, especially with such a great lineup of Hoover entertainment awaiting Lakesiders as they return. All shows begin at 8:15 p.m. unless otherwise noted. The Chautauqua summer season will officially begin […]

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Literature Lovers of Lakeside… Engage in Community & Lifelong Learning

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 […]

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Literature Lovers of Lakeside… Always Have a Book at Hand

Staff Blogger: Ellen Venema, Rhein Center Assistant Coordinator February 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 […]

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Coming Home to Lakeside

Staff Blogger: Allyson Lane, Development Assistant Lake Erie has always held a special place in my heart, long before I ever loved Lakeside. When I was younger, my grandparents owned a condo in Port Clinton where I made countless memories playing and exploring the surrounding area. Unfortunately, my grandparents sold their condo when I was […]

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Tease Away the Winter Blahs with Games & Puzzles

Staff Blogger: Ellen Venema, Rhein Center Assistant Coordinator Dreary January – month of oft-forgotten resolutions, month of reflection and planning, month of wind, snow and ice. It appeals to the homebody in each of us. Short on light and enticing temperatures, it is a month where we often have to fight our hibernation instincts and […]

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Looking for a Summer Job or Internship?

Lakeside is now seeking summer employees and interns. Earn income while having fun in the sun, meeting Lakesiders and developing new friendships and networking connections. On your days off, visit nearby Cedar Point, Put-in-Bay, Kelleys Island, the Marblehead Peninsula and other local attractions. A variety of summer employment opportunities are available in the following areas: […]

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2017 Calendar of Events Brochure

Lakeside’s highly anticipated 2017 Calendar of Events brochure has arrived! The brochure is filled with highlights of the Chautauqua summer season. To be included on our mailing list, email your name and home address to marketing@lakesideohio.com. Please note if you’d like to receive the brochure annually. In the meantime, check out Lakeside’s Facebook and Twitter […]

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2017 Monthly Community Potlucks

During the winter and spring months, Lakeside hosts a handful of events and activities across the grounds, even though most of the shops, restaurants and businesses have closed until the summer. From January-May, Lakeside invites friends and neighbors to gather for Monthly Community Potlucks. The gatherings are great for reconnecting with other year-round community members […]

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Participate in our Wellness Questionnaire

Since December, the Wellness Advisory Team has been working on a wellness questionnaire to collect input from community members. The questionnaire is divided into four parts that takes roughly 15-20 minutes to complete. The four parts include: Input about wellness Fitness and wellness activities Nutrition and what’s important to you and your family Demographic and contact […]

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Behind-the-Scenes: Religious Life

Whether you’re a spiritual seeker or fully confident in your beliefs, Lakeside Chautauqua is a safe haven for discovery and reassurance of your faith journey. After all, as the Rev. Dr. Ned Dewire reminds us, “The foundation of Lakeside was a Methodist camp meeting. Today, Christian values are still just as integral to the Lakeside […]

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Spread the Lakeside Love this Valentine’s Day

Do you and your valentine love Lakeside? Do something different this year, and spread your Lakeside love! Lakeside holds a special place in the hearts of so many. Countless engagements, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and reunions take place here each year. For Valentine’s Day, we want to spread the Lakeside love and send more than 100 […]

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Behind-the-Scenes of the Rhein Center

Staff Blogger: Ellen Venema, Rhein Center Assistant Coordinator The C. Kirk Rhein, Jr. Center for the Living Arts lives on because of the generous nature of Lakeside. In gratitude for that kindness, we would like to take you behind-the-scenes for the first of multiple glimpses into the off-season work that makes the summer season so […]

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Winter Family Craft: Mason Jar Snow Globe

Staff Blogger: Ellen Venema, Rhein Center Assistant Coordinator There’s something simply magical about a snow globe. Whether they transport you back to a place of childhood innocence and wonder, or just please your decorative eye, snow globes are sure to bring about a smile. Try making one of these rustic renditions with your family this […]

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Support Life-Changing Lakeside Moments

Guest Blogger: Bill Drackett, Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation, Chair Lakeside Chautauqua holds a special place in the hearts of so many because of its mission to nurture the mind, body and spirit. Special moments happen every day in Lakeside… A peaceful walk along Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile The sounds of the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra A creative […]

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Your Support Today Helps Improve the Hoover Experience

Staff Blogger: Ellen Venema, Rhein Center Assistant Coordinator Each person passing through the gates experiences Lakeside in their own unique way. Wide-ranging programming across all four Chautauqua pillars engages the diverse interests of Lakesiders and guests of all ages. One couple may take in a Chautauqua Lecture Series presentation and rent a sailboat, while another […]

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2016 Holiday Gift Ideas

Staff Blogger: Alexandrea Stelzer, Director of Marketing With Christmas just around the corner, are you still searching for the perfect present? Why not give the gift of Lakeside? Take a look at our list of Lakeside gift ideas… Chautauqua Pass Certificates Share the Chautauqua experience with friends and family this holiday season. For more information […]

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#GivingTuesday Brings Enhancements to Hoover Auditorium Sound & Lighting

‘Tis the season of gathering, reflecting, remembering, sharing and receiving the long-awaited Lakeside Chautauqua Calendar of Events brochure in the mail. As we enjoy the changing autumn weather and scenery, Lakeside staff is hard at work finalizing next summer’s roster of preachers, lecturers and performers. It can be an arduous process, especially with the evening […]

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Teach Children about Giving Back on #GivingTuesday

Staff Blogger: Jessica Kidd, Director of Annual Giving As Lakeside Chautauqua joins #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving on November 29, 2016, we invite you to share the spirit of giving with your own children or grandchildren. Teaching a younger generation about the power of giving is as simple as showing them how in real […]

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Behind-the-Scenes with the Director of Educational Programming

Staff Blogger: Allyson Lane, Development Assistant Leading up to #GivingTuesday (on Nov. 29), we’re taking you behind-the-scenes at Lakeside to show you what it takes to deliver exceptional programming and events, maintain our historic buildings and care for our beautiful grounds year after year. Education is the basis of the Chautauqua experience, expanding our minds […]

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Behind-the-Scenes of the Conference & Event Planning Office

Staff Blogger: Allyson Lane, Development Assistant Leading up to #GivingTuesday (on Nov. 29), we’re taking you behind-the-scenes at Lakeside to show you what it takes to deliver exceptional programming and events, maintain our historic buildings and care for our beautiful grounds year after year. This week, we’re featuring the work of our Conference & Event […]

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Leaf Luminaries Bring a Warm Glow to Autumn Decorations

Staff Blogger: Ellen Venema, Rhein Center Assistant Coordinator Halloween trick or treating is just around the corner. If you haven’t decorated your front porch and want to dress it up for the occasion, try adding autumn leaf luminaries. Use the atmospheric glow to guide little monsters and superheroes alike up the path to your door. […]

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2016 Pumpkin-Decorating Contest Winners

We had several fantastic entries in the Pumpkin-Decorating Contest at the 21st Annual Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival. Thanks to all who participated, and congratulations to our winners! Child & Teen Winners Cutest Pumpkin Design/Best Use of a Small Pumpkin – Marissa Lubowicz

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Lakeside’s Off-Season Events & Announcements

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 […]

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Guest Preacher: The Rev. Steven Court

Lakeside Chautauqua welcomes the Rev. Steven Court as guest preacher on Sunday, Sept. 4. The Rev. Court is a pastor who received his call to ministry while serving as a volunteer youth leader. A native of Galion, Ohio, he was deeply influenced by and came to faith at St. Paul United Methodist Church (UMC). After […]

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Guest Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Valerie Stultz

Lakeside Chau­tauqua welcomes The Rev. Dr. Valerie Stul­tz on Sunday, Aug. 28. Having spent much of her life in education, the Rev. Dr. Valerie Stul­tz believes she is called to guide people of all ages to Christ through deep lis­tening, informed teaching and passionate preaching. She is a retired clergy member and District Su­perintendent of […]

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Preview of the 2017 Preachers of the Week

Religion, in Christian tradition, is both personal and social holiness. There are many expressions of religion, and one’s faith journey is not the same as another’s faith journey. Each summer, Lakeside invites preachers from around the world to bring their message to our Sunday Hoover Community Worship Services at 10:30 a.m., while the Chautauqua Choir […]

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Art with Heart

Staff Blogger: Josh Hilgenberg, Advancement/Communications Intern Rick Dziak was born and raised in Marblehead, Ohio. Ask him about his first Lakeside experience, and he simply replies that Lakeside was “always there” – he worked at the drug store with his mother before it became The Shade Tree, he attended school on Walnut Avenue for the […]

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Week 10 Chautauqua Lecture Series: In Pursuit of Knowledge

Staff Blogger: Jeanne Mauriocourt, Director of Educational Programming From August 22-25, 2016, this exciting Chautauqua Lecture Series theme will provide off-site educational experiences in collaboration with historical and cultural sites in Ohio, including the Liberty Aviation Museum, the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums at Spiegel Grove, the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and the […]

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Sunday Spotlight: Meet the New Marketing/Graphic Design Manager

Name: Alexandria Digby, call me Lexie! Position: Marketing & Graphic Design Manager Hometown: Fostoria, Ohio Where did you graduate college and with what degree? I graduated from the University of Dayton with my bachelor’s degree as a communication/public relations major and photography minor in 2015, and just earlier this year I also earned my master’s […]

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Guest Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Peggy Streiff

“I don’t remember a time when I did not know the love of God,” says the Rev. Dr. Peggy Streiff about the blessings in her life. “I love the church, and I love God’s people.” The Rev. Dr. Streiff began her professional career as a sixth grade teacher in her hometown of Memphis, Tenn., after […]

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Kathie Bracy Celebrates 50 years with Lakeside Symphony Orchestra

Staff Blogger: Lexie Digby, Marketing/Graphic Design Manager Kathie Bracy knew at a very young age that music would be a part of her life, even if she didn’t know in what capacity. Now, she is celebrating her 50th season with the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra (LSO). As one in a family of five musical children, she […]

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From Recovery to the Raccoon Run

Staff Blogger: Lexie Digby, Marketing & Graphic Design Manager In July 2015, things had taken a turn for the worst for Claire Corcoran. The girl who loved physical activity and adventure had found herself limited to a wheelchair. After an emergency room visit and an unexpected discovery of illness, Corcoran began a 50-day hospital stay. […]

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Teen Center hosts “Lakeside Spirit Week”

Our new Teen Center hosted “Lakeside Spirit Week” from July 18-22 to inspire teen Lakesiders in the community. Throughout the week, they were awarded points based on participation in a variety of events. Monday was titled, “Inspiring Lakeside,” in which teens wrote notes that encouraged and uplifted those who found them tucked away in special […]

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Rhythmic Circus: My Favorite Hoover Show of the Summer

Staff Blogger: Allison Seemann, Print/Visual Communications Intern Dancing doesn’t come easy to me. So, watching people dance always fascinates me. Add in tap shoes, and I’m all in. On July 23, I experienced a show in Hoover Auditorium that featured tap dancing, along with singing, beat-boxing and lots of comedy. I had heard from fellow […]

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Sunday Spotlight: 2016 LLA Religious Life/Programming Interns

Meet the 2016 LLA Religious Life/Programming interns, Kayla Keller and Lindsey Shrock: Name: Kayla Keller College: Capital University Major/Minor: Religion and Art Therapy/Psychology Hometown: Carey, OH How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? I received an email one day from the Capital University career center about an internship position that […]

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Preacher of the Week: Dr. Christine Pohl

Many of us long for a sense of community – a place where people know and welcome us. Is Lakeside just a place to vacation? Or is Lakeside a community where people find belonging? As Preacher of the Week, Dr. Christine Pohl, Associate Provost and Professor of Christian Ethics and Church in Society at Asbury […]

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Dinner & Dessert Recipes: Spicy Garlic Lime Chicken with a Blueberry Tart

Chicken is great for a quick, simple entrée, but it can be easy to get stuck in a rut with this protein. Try this refreshing twist using fresh ingredients like lime and other spices to give your dinner a spicy kick. We’ve also added a sweet dessert recipe to round out the meal. Shop our […]

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Jack Craig, Rhein Center stained glass instructor for 17 years

Staff Blogger: Molly Dorsey, Print/Visual Communications Intern It’s been 17 years since the Rhein Center opened its doors to the art lovers of Lakeside. Around the same time, the Rev. Amy Shaw, then Director of the Rhein Center, asked Lakesider Jack Craig to teach a stained glass class, making him the first Rhein Center instructor. […]

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Week 8 Snapshots 2016

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Visit with The Friends of the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden

Lakeside Chautauqua welcomes The Friends of the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden. Please note that pre-registration at the Legacy House, located at 217 Walnut Ave., is required for some events. The suggested donation should be brought to the event or activity and given to a Friends of the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden […]

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Crane Folding at the Rhein Center

The folding of 1,000 cranes for peace has become a worldwide symbol of concern for the children who are victims of armed conflict. The origami crane has become an international symbol of peace since World War II when, inspired by the traditional Japanese story that if one folds 1,000 paper cranes one’s fondest wish will […]

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The Maders Have Just Made a Difference

Staff Blogger: Josh Hilgenberg, Advancement/Communications Intern For almost 20 years, Karen and Lee Mader have been building a better Lakeside, starting in their cottage. The two rediscovered Lakeside on a visit with their friends who own a cottage on the grounds. They fell in love immediately – Karen could hardly believe a place like this […]

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My First Rhein Center Class: Fused Glass Bracelet

Staff Blogger: Allison Seemann, Print/Visual Communications Intern As the Print/Visual Communications Intern and editor of the Lakesider newspaper, I receive the list of arts classes from the Rhein Center, and every week I scan the list to see if I want to take a class. Of course, I want to take them all. One particular […]

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If Lakeside Were a Person

Staff Blogger: Molly Dorsey, Print/Visual Communications Intern If Lakeside were a person, I imagine she’d be a grandmother, the type of grandmother whose house always smells like cookies. Her cottage would always have scents wafting from the windows from all the cooking and baking.

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Sunday Spotlight: Waterfront/Recreation Manager

Name: Jordan Murphy Position: Waterfront/Recreation Manager Hometown: Oxon Hill, Maryland What school did you go to or are currently attending? In 2014, I graduated from Frostburg State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Park & Recreation and a Concentration in Community Program Delivery. I am currently in Graduate school at Ashland University pursuing my Masters […]

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Preacher of the Week: Rev. Dr. Stephen Butler Murray

Bringing his expertise on the history and contemporary relevance of Christian theology and ethics, religion and the arts, inter-religious dialogue and homiletics, the Rev. Dr. Stephen Butler Murray will serve as Preacher of the Week from August 7-11. This week is supported by the Tropf family in memory of Warren and Joan Tropf. The Rev. […]

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Dreams Come True at Lakeside Chautauqua

Guest Blogger: Bruce Stambaugh, Lakesider As I walked along the lakeshore on my morning stroll, the clock tower chimed “All is well with my soul.” I smiled at the apt anthem. Indeed, that’s just how I felt. After all, I was at my favorite vacation spot, Lakeside, Ohio, the Chautauqua on Lake Erie. My wife […]

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What’s Trending in Fashion this Week? Handbags

Staff Blogger: Alexis Oatman, Advancement/Communications Intern Summertime is here, and so are a variety of colorful handbags at Lakeside. The perfect handbag is a statement and not just a place to store your Chautauqua Pass, wallet or phone as you browse the downtown business district. Lakeside shops have a selection of completely original and handmade […]

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Volunteers are Vital to Life at Lakeside

Volunteers are essential to the quality of the Lakeside Chautauqua experience, helping in just about every part of programming. In the spring, they assist with the beautification of the grounds during Lakeside Spring Cleanup Day. Volunteers also maintain Lakeside’s many gardens in the summer months and teach children to sail for the first time at […]

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Lakeside Heritage Day 2016

To celebrate Lakeside Chautauqua’s rich history and oldtime traditions, Heritage Day will take place from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7 on the Hotel Lakeside lawn. The event will kick-off with a cookout provided by the Hotel Lakeside Dining Room from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in front of the hotel. The menu will include a choice […]

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2016 Local Pastors & Associate Members Retreat

There are several catego­ries of clergy in The United Methodist Church. One is the 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.

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A Stroll Up Central Avenue

Staff Blogger: Molly Dorsey, Print/Visual Communications Intern Children were giggling, discs were scraping the shuffleboard courts, golf carts were humming as they flew by and relaxed laughter was floating in the air around me as I started my descent up Central Avenue. The Budd-Dallas Showboat was the first thing to catch my eye. The majestic […]

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Sunday Spotlight: 2016 LLA Marketing and Photography Interns

Meet the 2016 LLA Marketing and Photography interns, Kelsey Pepa and Renée Poucher: Name: Kelsey Pepa School: Bowling Green State University-Firelands Major/Minor: Visual Communications Technology/Marketing Hometown: Marblehead, OH How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? I grew up in Marblehead and practically lived in Lakeside at my childhood best friend’s […]

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Preacher of the Week: Dr. Peter Rollins

Along our spiritual journey, we need to experience new thoughts and perspectives that challenge us to engage with God, join a dialogue about the Holy and learn new thoughts about worship from around the world. This is important in our Chautauqua experience. From July 31-Aug. 4, Dr. Peter Rollins will bring a different perspective to […]

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Summer Recipe: Broiled Pork Chops with Basil Butter & Summer Squash

This fresh entrée is perfect for any family dinner or backyard get-together with friends. The basil butter is the star of the dish, seasoning the pork and adding a rich flavor to the roasted squash. Most of the ingredients needed for this meal can be purchased at the Farmers’ Market right here in Lakeside. Here’s […]

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Week 6 Snapshots 2016

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The Seven Wonders of Lakeside

Staff Blogger: Molly Dorsey, Print/Visual Communications Intern Lakeside itself should be one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Tucked away in a little known town in Ohio, it’s a small gem hidden on Lake Erie. Those who know about Lakeside feel sorry for those who don’t, and those who don’t, have no idea what […]

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A Walk Through Lakeside: Poplar Avenue

Staff Blogger: Alexis Oatman, Advancement/Communications Intern My walk begins at Poplar Avenue and Second Street near Perry Park. The water is calm as the light shines over the park as if angels were peering through the clouds. The sun is hot and beating, but the lake brings in a refreshing breeze over my skin. Perry […]

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Living Into Community: Promise-Keeping

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of the word ‘Promise-Keeping’ is to pledge to do, bring about or provide. It’s a basis of trust. You can’t make a promise about something that you’re not in control of. Keeping our word is essential if you want to be a person of integrity. Dr. Christine Pohl, Associate […]

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“Do Your Kids Ever Catch YOU Reading?”

Guest Blogger: Laura Sassi, Author of Goodnight, Manger This summer, one of my favorite bloggers, Pragmatic Mom, www.pragmaticmom.com,will once again be running a wonderful challenge, entitled “Kids Caught in the Act of… Reading!” www.pragmaticmom.com/2016/06/summer-reading-programs/, and all summer parents will send in adorable pictures of kids caught in the wonderful act of … reading!

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Environmental Quality Roundtable: Great Minds of the Great Lakes

Staff Blogger: Josh Hilgenberg, Advancement/Communications Intern On July 9, Lakeside Chautauqua hosted an Environmental Water Quality Roundtable in response to last year’s destructive algal bloom, described as “off the charts” by Senator Rob Portman (on a scale of 1-10, the algae was a 10.5). In attendance were distinguished panelists who spoke on the progress and […]

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Living Into Community: Truthfulness

Staff Blogger: Alexis Oatman, Advancement/Communications Intern Being truthful is one of the most important traits someone can possess. To live truthfully, one must have a just mind and understand that without trust in every area of life, it lacks meaning. Dr. Christine Pohl, Associate Provost and Professor of Christian Ethics and Church Society at Asbury […]

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Strengthen our Chautauqua Community for the Future

Guest Blogger: Kurt Geisheimer, Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation Board Member I think you will agree that Lakeside has affected the course of our lives in many ways. It strengthens our connection to friends, family, spouses and children. It encourages us to be the best version of ourselves and nurtures our minds, our bodies and our spirits. […]

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Sunday Spotlight: 2016 Advancement/Communications Assistants

Meet the 2016 Advancement/Communications Assistants, Lindsay Hahn and Allyson Lippert: Name: Lindsay Hahn School: Ohio State University ATI Major/Minor: Agribusiness/ Animal Science Hometown: Fremont, OH How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story?  I live about 25 minutes from Lakeside. I would come here with my family and friends during the […]

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Preacher of the Week: The Rev. Dr. Michael Slaughter

Better known as a chief dreamer and spiritual entrepreneur of ministry marketplace innovation, the Rev. Dr. Michael Slaughter took a 90-member congregation to more than 4,000 members. His call to afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted challenges all to wrestle with God and their God-destinies. The Rev. Dr. Slaughter is the lead pastor at […]

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My Favorite Place in Lakeside

Guest Blogger: Allison Seemann, Print/Visual Communications Intern Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile is nothing short of the name itself. There are so many views and flowers to be seen that you don’t even notice you’ve walked an entire mile. As you walk east, Lake Erie, flower beds and rocks lay to the left, while large cottages […]

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Feel Empowered with the Power 9®

Blue Zones is an organization that knows just about everything about leading a happy, healthy, and above all, long life. Its leaders teamed up with National Geographic to research and narrow down the most important factors to longevity, so even the average person can become a centenarian. Join Tony Buettner, Senior Vice President of Business […]

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Creativity Blossoms at the Rhein Center

Guest Blogger: Joyce Christman, Rhein Center Artist Ten folks sit at a long rectangular table at the Rhein Center. In front of them is an odd looking cardboard contraption with soft fabric. There are tools of various shapes, colors and sizes. The students are quiet, looking a bit apprehensive and thinking, “OMG! Did I really […]

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Magical Moments with Lakeside’s Fairy Gardens

Staff Blogger: Alexis Oatman, Advancement/Communications Intern When you visit Lakeside Chautauqua, there are so many things you can do – shop or dine in the business district, walk along Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile or see a show in Hoover Auditorium, to name a few. Yet, there are hidden gems among this quiet community, the fairy […]

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Sunday Spotlight: 2016 LLA Hospitality and Guest Services Interns

Meet the 2016 Lakeside Leadership Academy Hospitality and Guest Services interns, Danielle Duff and Elaine Haas: Name Danielle Duff School Bowling Green State University Major/Minor International Business and Management/French Hometown Alliance, OH How did you hear about Lakeside? A job listing through the career center at Bowling Green State University is how I was first introduced to […]

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Guest Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Gary V. Simpson

At the age of 15, the Rev. Dr. Gary V. Simpson stepped into the pulpit to provide the message and challenge the congregation about serving God. Since then, he has lectured at Harvard Divinity School, Yale Divinity School and Princeton Theological Seminary. The Rev. Dr. Simpson, Senior Pastor of Concord Baptist Church of Christ in […]

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Jim & Betty Jane Young: Thinking About Young Ones

Staff Blogger: Josh Hilgenberg, Advancement/Communications Intern Jim and Betty Jane Young made Lakeside a priority for their children. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Jim’s occupation required Betty Jane and their children to move constantly, never living anywhere more than two to four years. Their long list of residencies includes Texas, Arizona and even […]

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Sunday Spotlight: 2016 Accounting/IT Intern

Meet the 2016 Lakeside Leadership Academy Accounting/IT intern: Tyler Harp Name Tyler Harp School Heidelberg University Major/Minor Accounting/Music Hometown Northwood, OH How did you hear about Lakeside? I heard about Lakeside and its wonderful opportunities by Josh Hilgenberg and also one of my fraternity’s advisors, Ashley Helmstetter. What are you most looking forward to this […]

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Week 3 Snapshots 2016

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Guest Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Ronald C. White, Jr.

The Rev. Dr. Ronald C. White, Jr. is the author of several books, including A. Lincoln: A Biography, a New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times bestseller. He will bring an authentic message to Lakeside while serving as Preacher of the Week from July 10-14. This week is supported by Phil & Sally […]

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A Day In the Life of a Little Lakesider

Staff Blogger: Kelsey Pepa, Marketing & Digital Communications Intern What does an average day in Lakeside look like for you? Is it spent on the dock fishing or swimming? Do you sit on the Hotel Lakeside front porch and read, do a puzzle or converse with friends? Or do you simply drive around on a […]

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New York Times Bestselling Author Visit: Paula McLain

The Fine Print bookstore is pleased to announce an Author Visit with Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife. McLain will speak at Lakeside at 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 15 in Orchestra Hall with a book signing to follow. 

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10 Ways to Give

Staff Blogger: Josh Hilgenberg, Advancement/Communications Intern For more than 140 years, generations of Lakesiders have enjoyed the relaxing and renewing environment that Lakeside Chautauqua provides. Because of the generosity of others, Lakeside has been able to continue to provide these meaningful and memorable experiences. Here are 10 ways to give back to the Chautauqua community […]

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Planting Seeds & Pulling Weeds: Hilty Succeeds

Staff Blogger: Josh Hilgenberg, Advancement/Communications Intern Jan Hilty has been a Lakesider since she was a kid, participating in church camps and visiting her great aunt and uncle’s cottage with her family. After a few years of hiatus from Lakeside, she came back with her husband for a wedding. Already on the search for a […]

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Sunday Spotlight: 2016 Print/Visual Communications Interns

Meet the 2016 Lakeside Leadership Academy Print/Visual Communications interns: Allison Seemann and Molly Dorsey. Name Allison Seemann School Baldwin Wallace University Major/Minor Graphic Design/Public Relations & Studio Art Hometown Napoleon, OH How did you hear about Lakeside? My mom visited here last year and I saw an internship opportunity through my Career Services Network at […]

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Guest Preacher: Rev. Dr. James Moore

As Minister in Residence at Highland Park United Methodist Church (UMC) in Dallas, Texas, the Rev. Dr. James Moore spends his time teaching, preaching and writing. He will serve as Lakeside’s Preacher of the Week from July 3-8. This week is supported by Bob & Becky Brymer.  At the 10:30 a.m. Hoover Community Worship Service […]

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Devotional: Lakeside as a Community

Guest Blogger: Randy Snow, Lakeside Chautauqua Board of Directors Chair As my son and his family were traveling to Lakeside to visit us, as they approached the Thomas Edison Bridge, our grandson, Charlie, who was about 5 at the time, told his Dad, “Dad, this is the Bridge of Happiness” meaning they were coming to […]

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Week 2 Snapshots 2016

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Chautauqua Lecture Series Recap: Jose Luis Mas, the Cuban Revolution

Staff Blogger: Josh Hilgenberg, Advancement/Communications Intern Jose Luis Mas is a Cuban born attorney now residing in Columbus, Ohio. Following the Cuban Revolution, his family was evacuated when he was only 12 years old. On June 27, he joined us in Lakeside to discuss the history of Cuba from someone who saw the aftermath with […]

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What’s Trending in Food this Week? Ice Cream

Staff Blogger:  Alexis Oatman, Advancement/ Communications Intern Ice cream has been around since the reign of the Romans, but now that summer is upon us, ice cream is the staple of the season. Here at Lakeside, there are several places you can find this chilled delicacy – Coffee & Cream, The Patio Restaurant, Whistle Stop, […]

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Pool & Wellness Center Update – July 1, 2016

Since the Pool & Wellness Center idea began, the Lakeside staff, boards and Pool & Wellness Community Taskforce have, appropriately, received a multitude of questions about what lies on the horizon. We would like to begin by thanking Lakesiders for taking a vested interest in the future. What will the whole thing look like? Walking […]

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Celebrate Fourth of July in Lakeside

Lakeside is home to many traditions, but there’s none quite like the Fourth of July celebration that takes place every year. Families line the sidewalks down Second Street to watch the parades, and then move their chairs down by the waterfront to save their seat for the spectacular firework show at night. It’s a celebration […]

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This Year’s Fourth of July Parade Grand Marshal: Tom Edwards

Staff Blogger: Lexie Digby, Marketing & Graphic Design Manager The Grand Marshal for this year’s Fourth of July Float Parade will be Tom Edwards, who served as Lakeside Executive Director from 1981-1988, a very transformational time in Lakeside’s history. Edwards was born in Bay City, Mich. in 1939, grew up in nearby Port Clinton and […]

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Lakeside Shufflers are Atop the World

In October, four longtime Lakesiders earned top 10 spots at the 34th International Shuffleboard Association (ISA) Tournament, held in Clearwater, Fla. The World Singles format featured 48 women and 60 men, selected by 10 nations, competing in separate divisions. World Singles are now held on alternate years from World Team events. The top 10 earn […]

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Embrace Your Faith

When you visit Lakeside, one of the benefits of the Chautauqua experience are the many ways to embrace your faith. Lakeside is a wonderful place to reflect and grow spiritually. During its 11-week summer season, Lakeside Chautauqua offers ample opportunities to participate in programs within the religion pillar, one of the four pillars of the […]

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Sunday Spotlight: 2016 Programming/Education Interns

Meet the 2016 Lakeside Leadership Academy Programming/Education interns: Macy Winkelfoos and Julia Bereck. Name Macy Winkelfoos School Wittenberg University Major/Minor Communications & Graphic Design/Art History Hometown Mount Gilead, OH How did you hear about Lakeside? I heard about Lakeside through my family friends, the Wendt Family. Mr. & Mrs. Wendt, as well as their three […]

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Guest Preacher: Rev. Dr. Valerie Bridgeman

The leader of WomanPreach! and published author, the Rev. Dr. Valerie Bridgeman, will serve as Preacher of the Week from June 26-30. This week is supported by The Rev. Ruth C. Shannon Endowment. At the 10:30 a.m. Hoover Community Worship Service on Sunday, June 26, she will provide a message based on Galatians 5:1, 13-15. […]

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Pool & Wellness Update – June 2016

Dear Lakeside Community, Throughout the summer of 2015, Lakesiders were asked to imagine what Lakeside could and should be in the years to come.  Input was gathered through multiple surveys, numerous roundtable discussions, interviews and social media. All of this outreach and input is helping us build the necessary framework to develop a master plan […]

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Week 1 Snapshots 2016

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Faith for Living Hour: What do We Expect of the Holy Spirit?

Staff Blogger: Josh Hilgenberg, Advancement/Communications Intern Faith for Living Hour is a staple for Lakeside’s religious life programming. For the most part, the service is typical, but what makes it unique from others is the person behind the podium – on June 20, Bishop Emeritus Pastor Mark Hanson preached to the congregation on the topic […]

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Ted Hough Celebrates 20 Years at Hoover Auditorium

You may not know him by name, but if you have spent any time attending Hoover evening performances, you will recognize him, or at least the back of his head. Ted Hough, Hoover Auditorium Audio Engineer & Technical Director, will mark his 20th anniversary of working in Hoover this week. His first show was a […]

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Life for Lakeside

Staff Blogger: Josh Hilgenberg, Advancements/Communications Intern The Endowment for Life Initiative was launched in 2012. Its goal is to raise the endowment to $12 million by 2023 and emphasize deferred giving – pledging an endowment gift or naming Lakeside as a beneficiary in an estate, IRA or life insurance policy. As it stands now, the […]

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New Master Gardener: Loretta Wilkin

Staff Blogger: Alexandria Digby, Marketing & Graphic Design Manager A key charm of Lakeside is its natural beauty. Keeping the flowers fed and the grass green is a full-time job for Lakeside’s new Master Gardener, Loretta Wilkin. Every day, Wilkin makes her rounds to keep up with the various gardens, flower beds and potted plants […]

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10 things for Grandparents to do with their Grandchildren at Lakeside

Lakeside is a wonderful place to spend time with family, creating memories that last a lifetime. But, have you ever thought about what there is to do with your grandchildren? Well, don’t fret, we’ve put together a list of 10 things that Grandparents can do with their Grandchildren at Lakeside.

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What’s Trending in Fashion this Week? Necklaces

Staff Blogger: Alexis Oatman, Advancement/Communications Intern Summertime not only means backyard barbecues and Fourth of July, but new fashion trends! This week, we’ll be tackling necklaces. A unique necklace can make an outfit go from drab to fab in minutes. They range from a simple form of expression to an all-out statement. Here at Lakeside, […]

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