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 of Lakeside on our way to dinner and we wandered in just to see what was inside. Since then, we have been vacationing here every summer with my two best friends. We have a tradition of renting a different cottage every time we come and have created close friendships with other Lakesiders.

What are you most looking forward to this summer at Lakeside? I am looking forward to making new friends and enjoying everything Lakeside has to offer for an entire summer.

What do you hope to gain from this experience? I’m hoping to gain many life-long friendships as well as real-world accounting experience that I can utilize in my future career.

Name one goal you hope to achieve this summer. My goal this summer is to learn how to sail.

What are some of your hobbies and what do you enjoy doing in your free time? In my free time I enjoy working out, reading, and traveling.

What is one of your proudest moments or major accomplishments you have achieved thus far in life? I was recently accepted into a special combined degree program where I will graduate with both my Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in accounting in the Spring of 2020.

What is your dream job? My dream job is to become the CFO at Google. However, if that doesn’t pan out I’d love to be a photographer for National Geographic.

Tell us a fun fact about you. I have been called Katie my whole life, but I didn’t find out that my full name was Katherine until I was 6 years old.


Meet the 2019 LLA IT Intern, Erin Fierce:

Name: Erin Fierce
College: University of Florida
Major/Minor: Computer Science
Hometown: Tampa, FL

How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? I have been coming to Lakeside every summer for family vacation for most of my life. I am familiar with Lakeside because my grandfather was a minister, and he would come up to Lakeside every year for conference.

What are you most looking forward to this summer at Lakeside? I am most looking forward to learning about barcode scanners and getting to know more of the community at Lakeside.

What do you hope to gain from this experience? I hope to enhance my current skills as well as gain some new skills, and learn new things about the IT field.

Name one goal you hope to achieve this summer. I hope to get back on a normal sleeping schedule (now that I am done with college).

What are some of your hobbies and what do you enjoy doing in your free time? I enjoy working out, watching “The Office”, exploring new places, and spending time with friends and family.

What is one of your proudest moments or major accomplishments you have achieved thus far in life? My proudest accomplishment is graduating college with a computer science degree.

What is your dream job? My dream job is to do data analysis for a television network.

Tell us a fun fact about you. I am an alumna of the University of Florida, but I’m not a Gator fan and instead a huge Buckeye fan.

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 to go to Lakeside. The next summer we came here, we stayed at Hotel Lakeside and immediately fell in love with this place.  A couple summers later we eventually bought a cottage here. It’s called “The Portkey” after our favorite Harry Potter stories.

What are you most looking forward to this summer at Lakeside? I am really looking forward to getting to know the people I am surrounded by: my supervisors, the other interns, staff, and the Lakeside community. I get to meet new people every day, and it always puts a smile on my face.

What do you hope to gain from this experience? From this experience, I hope to gain a better confidence in my own leadership and professional skills. This position requires a lot of logistic and organizational planning in addition to good communication. I wear a lot of “hats” working here, and I love how each one challenges me in new ways. Read More

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 he was ordained a deacon.

Last June, he retired after 40 years of ordained ministry, which included serving four Ohio churches – Louisville Christ, Bucyrus Grace, Norton Johnson and Mayfield.

He currently serves as a part-time staff pastor at Church of the Lakes United Methodist in Canton, coordinating men’s ministries, caring ministries and occasionally preaching.

He plans on following the pathway and ministry of the Rev. Irwin Jennings, who retired earlier this year from the position and whose successful leadership has helped establish a lasting blueprint for the worship service.

This summer, the Rev. Dr. Scott Wilson is most looking forward to preaching against the beautiful backdrop of Lake Erie. Read More

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 last 10 years. The community has experienced expert speakers in a variety of subject matters within the Chautauqua Lecture Series and participated in hands-on learning experiences for all ages. Furthermore, community groups have expanded their offerings to provide an abundance of learning opportunities for Lakesiders.

“I believe that part of lifelong learning is a continuation of our own identity,” shares Michael Shirtz, Senior Vice President of Programming. “We learn new ideas from lectures, seminars or hands-on experiences that we can apply in our life, family and career. These experiences in the education program are satisfying our natural curiosity and intellectual wellness that enhances the dimensions of our spiritual, social, emotional and even physical wellness. So, it’s imperative that we continually focus on developing our methods and practices of educational programming.” Read More

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 as we are.

To entertain and thrill Lakesiders who spend Memorial Day weekend with us, Yesterday & Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience will bring their unique tribute show that pays homage to one of the most legendary bands in music history. This Beatles Tribute Band will perform the band’s greatest hits on Saturday, May 25.

On Saturday, June 15, Next Generation Leahy, Lakeside’s favorite Celtic family, returns to the Hoover Auditorium stage. The Leahy children, ages 8-16, will open Lakeside’s 146th season and fill Hoover with the sounds of song, non-stop fiddling and step-dancing. Read More