Lakeside’s special 10 a.m. Hoover Community Worship Service on Sunday, June 10 in Hoover Auditorium will be led by the Rev. Carl Gladstone.

The Rev. Gladstone serves as regional staff of the Young People’s Ministries, North Central Jurisdictional of The United Methodist Church in Detroit, as well as the Board President for the Young Leaders Initiative.

He’s a singer/songwriter, recording artist and performer of “original acoustic music on the prophetic edge,” with projects including original albums and hymn collaborations with the texts of Charles Wesley and abolitionist hymnals of the 19th century. Read More

Guest Blogger: Hallie Parker, Lakesider


Lakeside is a special place where I get to spend the summer. It awakens the five senses.

I hear the waves crashing against the rocks, shuffleboard discs sliding down the court, and golf carts beeping as they back up.

I see colorful sailboats zipping across Lake Erie, fireworks blasting through the night sky, and paint splattered on easels at the Rhein Center for the Arts.

I smell fragrant flowers growing in the gardens, skunks roaming the streets at night, and the mouth-watering smell of Sloopy’s pizza.

I taste delicious, cold Whistle Stop ice cream, scrumptious rainbow sprinkles on Patio donuts, and tasty candy from Marilyn’s.

I feel sticky ice cream dripping down the cone onto my hand, the smooth wings of mayflies as I pick them up and throw them at my cousins, and the beat of the music in my chest from the band at Hoover Auditorium.

Lakeside is my favorite place in the summer to treat my eyes, my ears, my nose, my fingers, and my taste buds! There is no place like Lakeside.

The Rev. Dr. Zan W. Holmes, Jr. will share his message, “Are We Good Stewards of Our Wounds?,” at the 10:30 a.m. Hoover Community Worship Service on Sunday, June 3 in Hoover Auditorium.

He’s Pastor Emeritus at St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church, a 6,000-member congregation in Dallas, where he served for 28 years. He was also Adjunct Professor of preaching at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas for 24 years.

The Rev. Dr. Holmes, Jr. has authored several books, including Reaching for Renewal and When Trouble Comes, and has written chapters in Power in the Pulpit: How America’s Most Effective Black Preachers Prepare Their Sermons. He’s also widely known for his role as narrator and host of the “Disciple I Bible Study” video series.   Read More

Staff Blogger: Ellen Venema, Assistant Coordinator of the C. Kirk Rhein, Jr. Center for the Living Arts


This summer, the Rhein Center will hold classes seven days a week, increasing the activity options for weekend Lakesiders. In addition to hosting Art in the Park on Sundays, the Rhein Center will now hold classes 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays June 30-Aug 18 in Epworth Lodge.

Special Early Registration

Unlike the weekday class registration, which will continue to open at 8 a.m. on the Thursday before each week of classes, the new Saturday classes are available for registration anytime throughout the summer. Online signups opened May 1 and in-person registration will be available starting June 4. Read More

With only a few weeks until the summer season, the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus is nearly ready for a complete opening of its facilities on Saturday, May 26. The Wellness Center is now complete and ready for use once the fitness equipment arrives, and the swimming pool, which earned a spot in Lake Erie Living Magazine “Best Of” list for 2018 is filled with water.

“We are filling the pool a little early this year because this is the first time we are opening the pool after a winter,” said Dan Dudley, Lakeside Chautauqua CFO/COO. “We want to ensure all the equipment is working properly and that we have plenty of time to make adjustments if needed.”

Patterson Pools, who constructed the 6,000 sq ft pool for Lakeside, will be here within the next week to review all the machines and equipment. Returning and new lifeguards and pool staff will also be arriving soon for training and orientation.

In addition to the pool being prepared, the Wellness Center will open for the first time on Memorial Day weekend as well. Wellness programming is being planned and exercise equipment is on its way. We hope you plan to join us for a new wellness class this summer season.

Help us spread the word that the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus officially opens in only 23 days. Share this blog with your friends and family and invite them to join us for another joyful summer season.

We’ll see you soon at the pool!