What to Do at Lakeside Before the Summer Begins

Staff Blogger:Melissa Kunz, Content Manager


Even though there is 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 Potluck Luncheons

From January-May, Lakeside hosts Monthly Community Potluck Luncheons. Mark your calendars for the third Thursday of every month, and join fellow Lakesiders in Wesley Lodge for a lunch event filled with good food and fellowship. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. Please note that the March Community Potluck Luncheon has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 26.

Join our Mailing List to Receive the Calendar of Events Brochure

Start planning your Lakeside summer vacation, and join our Calendar of Events mailing list. Simply email your name and home address to guestinfo@lakesideohio.com. Our annual brochure is free! If you can’t wait for your brochure to be delivered, find out what’s happening at Lakeside this summer by visiting www.lakesideohio.com/calendar.

Book Your Cottage Rental for the Summer

Lakeside Chautauqua Realty, the community’s largest cottage rental provider, has already started taking reservations for weekly summer rentals. Visit www.lakesideohio.com/accommodations/cottage-rentals to view availability and pictures of each cottage rental.

Volunteer at Spring Cleanup Day or Year-Round at Lakeside

Do you like to volunteer? Lakeside offers several volunteer opportunities throughout the calendar year. Volunteers are needed at special events during the off-season, including Spring Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 25. Or, if you like to write, consider volunteering as a guest blogger.

Celebrate Mom at our Mother’s Day Brunch

Lakeside will host a Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 10 in the Hotel Lakeside Dining Room & Café. A special menu will be prepared to celebrate the special occasion. This year, the brunch will be catered by Avery’s Café & Catering. Read about our new partnership with Avery’s Café & Catering.

Plan to Visit Over Memorial Day Weekend

As part of Lakeside Chautauqua’s Memorial Day weekend entertainment, “Let’s Hang On!” Frankie Valli Tribute Show will perform on Saturday, May 23 in Hoover. In addition, Jack Hanna, director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, will travel to Lakeside with his favorite zoo animals for a special event on Sunday, May 24. Review the full list of the holiday weekend programming at www.lakesideohio.com/calendar.

Join us for Additional Programming during the New 2015 Bonus Weekend

For this year, Lakeside has added another weekend of Chautauqua programming from May 29-31 for a reduced rate. On Friday, May 29, Michael Shirtz will return to Hoover Auditorium to present “The American Songbook Story” with the band Trio Not. The following day, Lakesiders are invited to participate in the first Kaleidoscope of Color Run/Walk with family and friends. This event replaces the Lakeside Fund Run/Walk. Activities are also scheduled at the Rhein Center throughout Saturday afternoon. In the evening, Ambrosia, a 1970s blues and R&B group, will perform in Hoover. As the 2015 Bonus Weekend draws near, more details will be confirmed at www.lakesideohio.com/calendar.

Apply for a Summer Job or Internship

Still looking for a summer job? Seasonal employment opportunities are available in Event Planning, Hospitality, Maintenance/Service, Programming and Recreation. Visit the seasonal employment page to view available positions and job description. The Lakeside Leadership Academy is also accepting applicants for the 2015 internship program. Help spread the word to college students and recent graduates who would benefit from this hands-on learning experience. Visit the Lakeside Leadership Academy page to view available positions, job descriptions and more. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 6.

Plan a Wedding or Family Reunion

Lakeside Chautauqua has long been a special destination for groups to gather for weddings, family reunions, youth retreats, conferences, girlfriend getaways and business meetings. Plan a memorable gathering at Lakeside any time of year.

Check Out Renovations to the Miniature Golf Course

Despite the cold weather, renovations to the miniature golf course are underway. The crew is scrapping and removing the green carpet material from the course. They have also removed all of the wooden bumpers at each hole. Visit Lakeside to see the progress, or view pictures on our Facebook page.

Support the Lakeside Fund before March 31, 2015

Do you love Lakeside? Please consider giving a generous gift to the Lakeside Fund before our fiscal year-end on March 31, 2015. Donate online today to continue to enrich the lives of your children and grandchildren through the many religious life services, educational programs, cultural arts events and recreational activities. To make a donation by phone, call (419) 798-5396 or email advancement@lakesideohio.com for more information.

Do I Need to Purchase a Chautauqua Pass during the Off-Season?

During the off-season, a Chautauqua Pass is not required to enter the grounds of Lakeside. The Lakeside gates will be in operation over Memorial Day weekend (May 22-25, 2015), the 2015 Bonus Weekend (May 29-31, 2015) and during the Chautauqua programming season (June 21-Sept. 7, 2015). You are welcome to explore Lakeside at your leisure during the winter and spring months. Please note that most of the gates close at approximately 8 p.m. and open at approximately 6 a.m. during the off-season, however the Fifth Street Gate is accessible 24 hours per day. For information on 2015 Chautauqua Pass fees for the summer, visit the 2015 Admission & Chautauqua Pass Schedule page.

Where can I Park in the Winter and Spring?

Lakeside offers limited parking to its guests and residents year-round. During the off-season, guests are invited to park at one of Lakeside’s various parking lots, including the South Gate Parking Lot, near the Lakeside Schoolhouse, near Bradley Temple, the Fountain Inn and Hotel Lakeside, as well as along each street that does not have designated parking. During the off-season, an Auto Pass is not required to enter the grounds of Lakeside. For information about parking during the summer season, visit the 2015 Admission & Chautauqua Pass Schedule page.

What Businesses are Open during the Off-Season?

Year-round businesses in Lakeside (with limited hours) include Marilyn’s, Marilyn’s Two, Sloopy’s Sports Café and the Lakeside Laundromat. All Lakeside businesses will be open for Memorial Day weekend (May 22-25, 2015) and throughout the Chautauqua programming season (June 21-Sept. 7, 2015).

How Can I Stay Connected to Lakeside Year-Round?

Stay up-to-date on the latest news and pictures at Lakeside Chautauqua by signing up to receive our monthly e-newsletter, and connecting with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Where can I View Homeowner & Campground Announcements?

Lakeside homeowners and Campground residents are encouraged to check the Homeowners & Campground Updates page on our website throughout the year. During the off-season, we include information about gates, our House Watch program, trash and recycling services, and leaf pick-up schedules.

These are just a few of the many ways to spend time with family and friends during the off-season at Lakeside. How do you spend time at Lakeside during the winter and spring months? Do you plan a visit back to Lakeside to attend any of our upcoming events? Tell us in the comments below.

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