• 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...

  • The Shade Tree: 25 Years of Business and Loyalty

    Candy, cards, souvenirs, and sundries line the shelves of The Shade Tree. A woman browses the card section while her son grabs a handful of individually wrapped...

  • Mere observation brings renewal

    Guest Blogger: Bruce Stambaugh I’m sitting on a bench beneath the shade of a determined sugar maple tree, perhaps its verdant growth encouraged by the view I’m...

  • Sunday Spotlight: 2018 Advancement & Communications Intern

    Name: Mallory Glenn Hometown: Bowling Green, OH College: University of Mount Union Major/Minor: Writing/Communications and Sociology How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside...

  • Choose Radiant Windows and Radiant Remodeling

    Staff Blogger: Mallory Glenn, Advancement and Communications Intern Are you looking to renovate your home? If so, look no further than Radiant Windows and Radiant Remodeling based...

Guest Blogger: the Rev. Gary Olin


And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.” NRSV

“In Christ there is no east or west, in him no south or north; but one great fellowship of love throughout the whole wide earth.”

This hymn by John Oxenham is affirmed time and again at Lakeside Chautauqua though the wonderful opportunities to connect with people of faith who have a global vision and experience.

While at the Farmer’s Market earlier this season, Sally and I were wearing our T-shirts from the United Methodist mission in Liberia, Africa, when were we stopped by a couple on the street. Read More

Happy Fourth of July, Lakeside!  We hope you have a great day celebrating and a happy holiday weekend.

Fourth of July

Celebrate the Fourth of July on The Front Porch. How are you celebrating the Fourth of July in Lakeside? What are you looking forward to today? Tell us in the comments below.

Guest Blogger: Allison Moon, Advancement Communications Intern


A Week at Chautauqua-Wawasee

When Ann Strong walked through Oakwood in Syracuse, Indiana, it reminded her of a Chautauqua, particularly the Chautauqua Institution in New York.

Oakwood, located on Lake Wawasee, Indiana’s largest natural lake, was originally founded in 1893 as a permanent camp meeting ground for “spiritual edification and physical recreation,” similar to Lakeside.

In more recent years, the area was known as Oakwood Inn, Conference Center and Retreat, but closed in 2008 and remained vacant for five years. Read More

Guest Blogger: Allison Moon, Advancement Communications Intern


In late April, the Advancement & Communications Department moved from the Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office to the Legacy House.

The Legacy House is located at 217 Walnut Ave., across from Artists-N-Cahoots, the Lakeside store.

With the generous help of the Lakeside Spring Cleanup Day volunteers and the Lakeside Chautauqua Maintenance Department, the space was transformed into the Legacy House, including eight offices and a conference room. Read More

Are you planning to spend the Fourth of July at Lakeside?  We’ve put together a list of some useful travel tips to help you back to Lakeside with ease. See you soon!

Travel Tips - 4th of July

You’re invited to join The Front Porch conversation. What’s your favorite Fourth of July tradition at Lakeside? How you do celebrate the Fourth of July? Tell us in the comments below.