This free, peninsula-wide event will include a variety of activities for the entire family to enjoy. There will be tours of the Marblehead Lighthouse, live entertainment, children’s crafts, a pumpkin-decorating contest, plein air artists, arts & crafts vendors, a farmers’ market, hayrides, sailboat rides and much more.
Marblehead Lighthouse & Wolcott House Tours
Marblehead Lighthouse Tours
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Marblehead Lighthouse State Park (110 Lighthouse Dr., Marblehead, Ohio)
($2/person, age 6 & older)
Tours of the Marblehead Lighthouse will be given to guests on the day of the festival. The Marblehead Lighthouse, built in 1821, is the second oldest lighthouse on the Great Lakes and the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation on the Great Lakes.
Free Wolcott House Tours
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Keeper’s House (9999 E. Bayshore Rd., Marblehead, Ohio)
The Ottawa County Historical Society will offer free tours of the Wolcott House on the day of the festival. It is one of the oldest surviving homes in Ottawa County and a home to the first three Marblehead Lighthouse keepers.
Live Entertainment in Lakeside Chautauqua
12-3:15 p.m., Hoover Auditorium Porch
In Lakeside, there will be live entertainment for all ages performed on Hoover Auditorium Porch from 12-3:15 p.m.
Spencer Eller & Friends
12-1 p.m., Hoover Auditorium Porch
Spencer Eller & Friends will cover songs by Johnny Cash, John Mayer, Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles during their performance.
The band consists of singer and acoustic guitarist Spencer Eller; singer Meg Mischler; and cajon player Ben Hill.
1-2:15 p.m., Hoover Auditorium Porch
A noted sound engineer and musician, Lance Horwedel, will play acoustic rock music from the 1960s, 1970s and today. He has been playing music in North Central Ohio for 25 years and is a Lakeside Chautauqua favorite.
Horwedel is a member of a Fleetwood Mac tribute band, The Rumours, two classic rock cover bands, Legends of Rock and Dazey Chain, and the hard rock band, The End.
The Magic of Eli
2:15-3:15 p.m., Hoover Auditorium Porch
The Magic of Eli will mystify the Lakeside audience with classic magic manipulation. This young magician also features a variety of juggling routines in his acts.
As one of the most decorated young magicians today, Eli is a two-time winner, and the current reigning champion, of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He has also won several other awards including, World Magic Seminar Lance Burton Award of Excellence in 2010 and 2011, Toledo’s Got Talent winner in 2010 and first place in the International Battle of Magicians in 2011.
Pumpkin-Decorating Contest Drop Off
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Hoover Auditorium Lobby
Lakeside’s Pumpkin-Decorating Contest will feature several carved, painted and decorated pumpkins. Enter an already carved, painted or decorated pumpkin to receive a 2015 (one-game) Miniature-Golf Pass. Prizes will be awarded to Most Creative Design Overall, Best Child Design (age 11 & under), Best Teen Design (ages 12-17), Best Painted Design, Scariest Design and Best Use of Props.
Announcement of Pumpkin-Decorating Contest Winners
3:15 p.m., Hoover Auditorium Porch
Following The Magic of Eli performance, the Pumpkin-Decorating Contest winners will be announced. The child and teen winners will each receive two Orchestra Hall Movie Passes. Winners of the other categories will receive two 2015 (one-day) Daily Chautauqua Passes, including auto. The overall winner will receive four 2015 (one-day) Daily Chautauqua Passes, including auto.
Festival Activities & Events in Lakeside Chautauqua
Arts & Crafts Vendors
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Wesley Lodge, Wo-Ho-Mis Lodge, South Auditorium & Adjacent Lawn
Organized by the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, there will be more than 80 arts & crafts vendors displaying quality collectibles on the day of the festival.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Walnut Avenue (between Second & Third Streets)
Local farmers will sell vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, pumpkins, jams and baked goods along Walnut Avenue.
Free Corn Hole
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Walnut Avenue (between Third & Fourth Streets)
Corn Hole will be set up on Walnut Avenue for all to play.
Free Lakeside Golf Cart Shuttle Service
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Lakeside Chautauqua Grounds
A complimentary golf cart shuttle service will be provided throughout the Lakeside Chautauqua grounds. Shuttle stops will be located at the Welcome Center, Wo-Ho-Mis Lodge, Third Street/Central Avenue, Orchestra Hall, Hotel Lakeside and Fifth Street/Walnut Avenue.
Heritage Hall Museum Open
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Heritage Hall Museum (238 Maple Ave.)
The unique history of Lakeside Chautauqua and the Marblehead Peninsula is preserved and exhibited in Heritage Hall Museum. Displays include photographs, memorabilia and antiques from the Lakeside, Marblehead and Danbury areas. The museum gift shop will also be open with 2015 Lakeside wall calendars available for purchase.
Sailboat Rides with B-About Sail Ministry (ages 10 & older)
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Departs from Pavilion/Lakeside Dock (Sign-up begins at 9 a.m.)
B-About Sail Ministry will provide sailboat rides with Captain Chad on the sailboat, Journey. The 40-minute long rides will travel along the shore to the Marblehead Lighthouse and back to Lakeside Chautauqua. Passengers must be age 10 and older. Life jackets will be provided. Each ride accommodates 16 passengers. The rides are donation only.
Free Historic Walking Tour
10:30 a.m., Meet at Heritage Hall Museum (238 Maple Ave.)
While on the grounds, discover Lakeside Chautauqua’s rich history by taking a 90-minute guided, historic walking tour through the fall foliage and past Victorian cottages.
10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Walnut Avenue (between Third & Fourth Streets)
Children will have the opportunity to participate in several fall-themed crafts on the day of the festival.
Free Miniature Golf & Shuffleboard
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Central Park
Enjoy a free game of miniature golf or shuffleboard in Central Park.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Departs from Hotel Lakeside
Hayrides throughout Lakeside Chautauqua will be provided by the McClung family of My Mother’s Market, a local farmers’ market vendor.
Musical Entertainment & Book Signing
12-1:30 p.m., The Fine Print Bookstore (202 Walnut Ave.)
Author Amy Heritage and illustrator Eleanor Hutton will be signing their book, The Lakeside Symphony Comes to Town, outside The Fine Print bookstore during the festival. Heritage and Connie Alleshouse will play a variety of flute duets during the book signing.
Linda Smith will also be signing her book, Lakeside Rascals. Both books will be available for purchase at the bookstore throughout the weekend.
Plein Air Painters
12-4 p.m., Lakeside Chautauqua Grounds
Festival attendees are invited to watch plein air artists paint outdoor landscapes across the Chautauqua community. The term “en plein air” means painting “in the open air.”
Movie: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (PG-13)
4 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Orchestra Hall
($7/adult, $3/child – age 12 & under)
Orchestra Hall will feature “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” throughout the weekend of the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival.
Shopping & Dining
Businesses will be open throughout Lakeside Chautauqua and the Marblehead Peninsula, offering sales and specials. In addition to local restaurants throughout Lakeside Chautauqua and the Marblehead Peninsula being open, food will be served from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at various locations in Lakeside.
Lakeside United Methodist Men Food
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Walnut Avenue (between Second & Third Streets)
Enjoy brats, pulled pork, chips, soft drinks and cookies. All proceeds benefit the Lakeside United Methodist Church mission projects.
Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Food
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Wesley Lodge
Feast on hot dogs, chili dogs, sloppy Joes, pulled pork, lobster bisque, soft drinks and desserts. Proceeds benefit the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival.