Staff bloggers: The Rev. Dr. Norman Dewire & Gretchen Colon


A community is created by the people who gather, share, learn and grow. A community welcomes strangers for dinner, invites neighbors to sit on the Front Porch and sincerely asks another their life story.

Matthew 25:35-36 reminds us just how we are to truly care for one another in community:

“I was hungry and you fed me,

I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,

I was homeless and you gave me a room,

I was shivering and you gave me clothes, 

I was sick and you stopped to visit, 

I was in prison and you came to me.” 

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Looking for something fun to do Memorial Day weekend? Join us in Lakeside Chautauqua as we remember U.S. military men and women who lost their lives while serving our country, and honor those retired and in active duty. We will also kick off the summer season with a variety of Chautauqua programs for the entire family.

Below is just a taste of the festivities scheduled for the weekend. To view the entire calendar of events, read our latest e-newsletter.


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In our fast-paced world full of modern conveniences, many families are searching for a unique destination to rest, renew and reconnect with loved ones. Aren’t you?

Since 1873, Lakeside Chautauqua has welcomed families to the Lake Erie shore to take part in a Chautauqua experience dedicated to nurturing mind, body and spirit. The experience is a step back in time to a place where values, traditions and family remain the focus.

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Welcome to The Front Porch, the official blog of Lakeside Chautauqua!

Since 1873, Lakeside Chautauqua has welcomed families to Ohio’s Lake Erie shore to take part in a Chautauqua experience dedicated to nurturing mind, body and spirit.

Lakeside is a year-round destination, although our summer Chautauqua program draws families from across the world to participate in a variety of spiritual experiences, educational lectures, cultural arts programming and recreational pursuits.

More than 900 Victorian cottages line the quaint streets of our waterfront community. Most have a cozy front porch, perfect for relaxing, reading, drinking iced tea, playing card games and especially for welcoming conversation.

So, welcome to our Front Porch! This blog will feature Lakeside stories, travel tips, how-to articles, snapshots, guests’ experiences and interviews with staff.

To create the conversation, share your thoughts and pictures, or tell us why your family returns to Lakeside each year. Your stories make our conversation authentic and true, allowing others to learn and grow. So, let your creativity and imagination run wild.

We only ask that you respect everyone’s thoughts in your comments and feedback – be polite and considerate. Also, please understand that this is a moderated blog, and comments will be reviewed.

We look forward to our Front Porch conversations with you.