• What is Pickleball?

    Staff Blogger: Lexie Digby, Marketing & Graphic Design Manager Pickleball, a game that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong, has become a trending sport in Lakeside...

  • Earn Money for Lakeside by Shopping Online

    Staff Blogger: Allyson Lane, Advancement & Communications Assistant The holiday shopping season is here! This year, use Amazon Smile and Giving Assistant to support Lakeside by simply...

  • Handcraft Your Holiday Cheer

    Staff Blogger: Ellen Venema, Rhein Center Assistant Coordinator Times and technologies are changing. Personal correspondence by snail mail seems almost a lost art, but holidays continue to...

  • Healthy (and Happy) Choices Ease Hectic Holidays

    Staff Blogger: Ellen Venema, Rhein Center Assistant Coordinator  ‘Tis the season to be jolly! And to visit family and friends.… give back to your community… decorate the...

  • A Wedding Dream Comes True for the Smith-Poppe Family

    Lakeside Chautauqua has always been a special place for the Smith family. Kevin Smith started visiting as a young boy at his family’s cottage. When he was...

  • Live the Lakeside Mission All Year Long

    Every Sunday evening during the Chautauqua season, the Lakeside community gathers at the Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo to enjoy a live concert or presentation in Central Park. The...

  • 2017 Holiday Gift Ideas

    Staff Blogger: Alexandrea Stelzer, Director of Marketing With Christmas just around the corner, are you still searching for the perfect present? Why not give the gift of...

  • The Soundtrack of Central Park

    Staff Blogger: Ellen Venema, Rhein Center Assistant Coordinator On Nov. 28, 2017, Lakeside Chautauqua will partner with #GivingTuesday to raise funds towards revitalizing the Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo....

  • Did you know Lakeside has a lost and found?

    Where is Lakeside’s Lost & Found located? The Lost & Found is located at the Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office at 236 Walnut Ave. Does each facility have...

  • Planning a Dream Wedding at Lakeside Chautauqua

    “Standing in front of the gazebo when I was 9 years old, I told my mom, ‘this is where I am going to get married,’” said Elizabeth...

Staff Blogger: Allyson Lane, Advancement & Communications Assistant


Since 1979, the Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo has provided an open space for programming on the lakefront. It commands attention and draws people to Central Park from shuffleboard, miniature golf, the playground and Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile. The programs that have taken place for the past 38 years support the four Chautauqua pillars and a sense of family and community in Lakeside.

Over the years, the Gazebo has played host to many Sunday concerts, including the Genoa American Legion Band, Ed Caner, John and Bonnie Wilkie and, of course, Chip Richter. Today, music fills Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile thanks to the Sunday Family Night in the Park shows and outdoor concerts during Fourth of July and Week 11. During the Plein Air Art Festival, the Gazebo becomes the subject of many paintings with its beautiful backdrop along the edge of Lake Erie. Read More

The Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo has been a gathering place for nearly four decades; a site for countless concerts, open-air author visits, planned marriage proposals, a variety of family celebrations and more. Because of its noteworthy location in Central Park and along Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile, it’s often the perfect spot to simply sit and soak in the summer.

Over the years of all the loving memories created there, the Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo has yet to receive any renovations or repairs. But, because of its significance to Lakesiders thus far, it’s important that the Gazebo can remain a reliable place for events for years to come. That’s why on #GivingTuesday, Nov. 28, Lakeside is setting a goal to revitalize the Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo. We only need one thing to ensure it: your support.

Your financial support on #GivingTuesday will allow us to make some much-needed repairs and additions. These updates will not only help the Gazebo maintain its beauty, but will increase its functionality. Read More

We had several fantastic entries in the Pumpkin-Decorating Contest at the 22nd Annual Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival. Thanks to all who participated, and congratulations to our winners!

Child & Teen Winners

Best Child Design (age 8 & under) – Vivian Yoost

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Staff Blogger: Lexie Digby, Marketing & Graphic Design Manager


Photo provided by the Lakeside Heritage Society Archives

Legacy; it’s a loaded word and a heavy concept. How often have you thought about your own legacy? When did you last reflect on someone else’s legacy?

Whether we notice it or not, legacy is everywhere in Lakeside. The fellowship we share, the paths we walk and the traditions we enjoy were shaped by the hearts and hands that came before us. There were strong hands that built the literal foundations we stand on, light and talented hands of a century’s worth of performers, healing hands that illustrate our Christian gospel, and tender hands joined during a lakefront wedding.

Fritz and Karlyn Steele were two people that enjoyed the legacy of Lakeside, and who would go on to leave a legacy of their own, despite their years being cut tragically short by a car accident on Aug. 20, 1978. Read More

Check out our other off-season blog for more events and announcements.

Artists-N-Cahoots/Lakeside Store
Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday through Oct. 14;
reopens May 2018

Coffee & Cream
Open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday & Sunday through Oct. 14; reopens May 2018

Evening Song Cottage Bed & Breakfast
Open weekends through Oct. 14 Read More