By Kevin Greer
Lakeside Communications Manager

The Chautauqua season just started and Director of Recreation & Wellness Katalin Domotorffy is off to a good start. Last year, she encountered the same problem many other managers all over the country are having — lack of people. But that won’t be the case for her this summer.

“Last year we were very short-staffed,” Domotorffy said. “But this year, we’ve had so many applications.”

With all the recreation programs offered this season, Domotorffy will need the help. Lakeside has added new classes to the schedule and other favorites are returning.

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, swimming lessons will be available for ages 12 and under. Classes are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus. The classes are kept small, most limited to five students per instructor. Online registration opens every Thursday to register for the following week’s lessons at lakesideohio.com/registration.

Lakeside will also take part in the World’s Largest Swim Lesson on June 23 to bring awareness to the importance of water safety and swimming skills to prevent drowning.

If you’re looking for new programs at the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus, Logrolling will be available for the first time in the pool for kids and families. No experience is needed and there will be experienced instructors for all skill levels. Classes start June 14 and run Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. For registration information, visit lakesideohio.com/registration.

The pool has two slides, water features and volleyball net and is open 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday and noon-5:30 p.m. Sundays. Lap swim for ages 18+ are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday all summer. The pool is available to reserve for private parties, with slide, logrolling and a basketball hoop as options for your gathering. For more information or to book a pool party, contact conference@lakesideohio.com or call 419-798-4461, ext. 279.

Linda Green will again teach the popular Chair Yoga on Saturdays from 10-11 a.m. in Drackett Hall. There are several wellness and fitness classes offered at the Wellness Center, pavilion decks and Memorial Garden throughout the summer.

The Magruder Hospital Fitness Room at the Wellness Center with weights and cardio equipment is open daily from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. until Labor Day for guests ages 14+. A maximum of 10 people is permitted at a time.

For younger swimmers, the Splash Pad and Chlidren’s Pool are open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. for children and families to enjoy at the waterfront. Kids can have a blast splashing around while parents can enjoy the view of Lake Erie.

Pickleball is a fast-growing sport, and the Hubbard Pickleball Center is one of Lakeside’s most popular attractions. The courts are open for play Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays 12-5 p.m. Mixers take place from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. daily, except Sundays.

Players of all skill levels are invited to take part in the All-Lakeside Pickleball Tournament July 20-22. The event offers both singles and doubles divisions.

Simone Jardim, the top-ranked female player in the Professional Pickleball Association Standings, hosts a three-day Nike Pickleball Camp July 14-16 at the Hubbard Pickleball Center. This adult camp (for ages 18+) is designed to address your specific needs, increase your knowledge of the game and help you improve in a fun and friendly environment. Jardim will also lead a 3-hour clinic on July 13 alongside world top-ranked pros.

Carrina V.L. de Vera is a top pickleball player in Northeast Ohio and is an IPTPA & PPR Certified Pickleball Teaching Professional. She is hosting several clinics, public and private, on June 26 and 27 for players of all skill levels.

When the temperatures warmed up during an early April weekend, some Lakesiders got the itch to play pickleball, so they helped Domotorffy get the courts ready.

“The nets are going up earlier in the season and staying up longer because everybody wants to play as long as they can,” Domotorffy said. “Only rain and snow will stop them.”

Bettinger Park is another Lakeside hotspot with 26 shuffleboard courts. It’s open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sundays 12-9 p.m. Shuffleboard Moonlight Madness will take place every Monday from 9-10 p.m. for shufflers age 13+. Pre-registration is requested at 8:45 p.m. at the Shuffleboard Shack for 25 cents, and there is a maximum of 32 players. There are several tournaments for all ages this summer, including state and national events. Visit lakesideohio.com/calendar to see tournament dates.

The Williams Tennis Campus is open for play Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays 12-5 p.m. The center has three fast-drying HarTru courts, two natural clay courts and two hard courts. Three additional hard courts are located along the lakefront in Perry Park.

Lakeside will once again welcome back JoAnne Russell and Steve Vaughan to lead a Tennis Clinic June 21-24. Russell achieved No. 1 in the World Doubles rankings in 1977 and Vaughan has been involved in tennis all his life as a competitor, coach and director. Players of all ages and ability levels can benefit from improving their skills at this popular clinic.

The All-Lakeside Tennis Tournament is a five-day event beginning Monday, July 25. Players may enter a maximum of three events of the 15 combined singles and doubles categories. The Williams Family Doubles Tournament is July 7. What makes this event unique is players must partner with a family member.

Join fellow tennis fans for Breakfast at Wimbledon at the Williams Tennis Campus. Watch the women’s final Saturday, July 9 and men’s the following day. Both matches start at 9 a.m.

The 5K Raccoon Run is one of Lakeside’s most popular recreational events. It takes place Sunday, July 31 with the One-Mile Fun Run at 8 a.m., followed by the 5K Raccoon Run at 8:30 a.m. The course starts at the corner of Second Street and Walnut Avenue and ends on Third Street in front of Hoover Auditorium. Awards will be given immediately following the race. Check lakesideohio.com/registration for details.

The Society of Old Salts (S.O.S.) organizes several big boat races throughout the season. They also help run the Mouse Island Sailing Race and Lakeside Regatta, which are the Sunfish and Laser sailboat races.

“It is the most beautiful site seeing over 30 Sunfish leave the waterfront all at once to race around Mouse Island,” Domotorffy said. “The Regatta is also super exciting as you see the whole sailing community, young and old out on the water, racing against each other. It is an intense, yet friendly competition.”

Kids Setting Sail is a free program offered by members of S.O.S. Sundays from 2:30-4:30 p.m. for children ages 5-10. Weather permitting, this program is offered weekly during the summer. Those participating are given Sunfish boat rides courtesy of veteran sailors who are committed to sharing the sailing experience with all.

Women on Water (W.O.W.) offers Level 1 (Beginner) and Level 2 (Intermediate) Sailing Classes for women. Each session includes five days of classroom and on-water instruction and is certified through the U.S. Sailing Association. Level 1 runs June 27-July 1 and Level 2 is Aug. 8-12. Classes are instructed by Celeste Cook Williams, a U.S. Coast Guard Near Coastal Master Captain, sailing teacher veteran and co-founder of the Lakeside Sailing Center. Register early as class size is limited. Cost is $110 for the week. For more information, visit lakesideohio.com/registration or contact the Waterfront Rental Center at infocenter@lakesideohio.com or 419-798-4461, ext. 266.

The Lakeside Sailing Center offers weekly sailing classes for ages 10+ with limited spots for ages 8+. All sailing classes are taught by U.S. Sailing Certified Instructors on Optis and Sunfish watercrafts. All participants must pass a swim test on the first day of class. Cost is $95 for the week and registration opens at 8 a.m. Thursday the week before classes start. Private lessons are available for both children and adults throughout the summer depending on instructor availability. Cost is $60 per lesson.

If you’d rather sit back, relax and have an expert take you out on the lake, the Lakeside Wooden Boat Society offers a variety of options to experience the beauty and rich history of Lake Erie and Lakeside from the seat of beautifully restored wooden boats. The 30-minute Boat Rides depart Monday and Thursday from the end of the L dock until Sept. 1. Rides begin at 6 p.m. with the last ride departing at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $26 for adults and $10 for youth (ages 4-12). Maximum 6 passengers. Hour-long Sunset Cruises depart Monday and Thursday from the end of the L-dock at 8 p.m. and return to Bar Harbor Community Marina. The cost is $40 for adults and $15 for youth (ages 4-12). Each cruise requires a minimum of four passengers, with a maximum of six. Register at lakesideohio.com/registration.

Private Charters are available on either the Amazing Grace or Miss Muffet to celebrate weddings, birthdays, anniversaries or other special events. Dates and times are dependent on weather and captain availability. Bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages or have us cater it. Please contact conference@lakesideohio.com or call 419-798-4461, ext. 279 to book your cruise.

The Waterfront Rental Center has an inventory of 35 various watercrafts within the rental fleet. They’re identified either with “LS” for those provided directly by Lakeside or “S.O.S” if donated to Lakeside by the Society of Old Salts. The watercraft fleet is owned and managed by Lakeside and is available for the enjoyment of all guests and residents. Paddleboards, kayaks and various sailboats are available to rent. Visit lakesideohio.com for more information and pricing.

Domotorffy is in her second year and has enjoyed her role at Lakeside. With a full staff and many COVID restrictions lifted, she’s looking forward to a busy summer.

“I feel it is my first responsibility to support the Recreation Team, so they have a safe, supportive and fun working environment where they are part of a team and love to come to work,” Domotorffy said. “If I can create that experience for them, they will be able to do the same for the community and guests making it a fun and memorable summer for all.”