• 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • ‘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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

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, but spreading your love of Lakeside every day you wear it.

To order, visit bonfire.com/lakeside-love-today. Orders will be accepted until January 27, while supplies last. Through Bonfire, you can ship the T-shirt directly to your home or to your valentine. Please note that the recipient may not be able to see where it came from, so make sure to let your valentine know it was you that thought of them.

All orders will ship within three weeks of the campaign, closing on Wednesday, Jan. 27. International orders may take up to 21 business days.

For questions, contact the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation at (419) 798-4461, ext. 246 or advancement@lakesideohio.com.

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 and a meander along Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile, taking in the sites of Hotel Lakeside, the Dock and Pavilion, the Gazebo and Perry Park tennis courts. Stunning homes and cottages front the ever-changing view of Lake Erie before I turn up Popular Avenue from Second Street, hiking the steep inclines with small steps and shoulders back, remembering to breathe and nod to the walkers coming at me. I continue past Third Street, Fifth Street, the Memorial Garden and Sixth Street until I come to my touchstone, the black metal fence at the end of Popular. I reach out with a finger and press before beginning the careful descent back to Second Street prior to walking back to my home on Central. Read More

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 a cottage of their own. They purchased one when their son Bede was seven months old, and the family has been coming back ever since.

Bettinger Park has always played an important role in the Browning family’s Lakeside experience. “When the boys were little, we built pond boats together in the park and enjoyed the big slide and the playground,” shared Katie. “As they got older, we could play shuffleboard and mini-golf as a family.”

Each summer, the Browning children look forward to their time in Lakeside, and more specifically, in the park.

“Now that Barrett is older, he heads to the basketball courts after pickleball, and we might not see him again until dinner,” said Katie. “He has developed friendships on the basketball courts that we know will last a lifetime. As Bede is playing basketball at school and enjoying more freedoms at Lakeside, he, too, can’t wait to join the big kids on the courts this summer.” Read More