• History of the Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo

    Staff Blogger: Lexie Digby, Marketing & Graphic Design Manager Legacy; it’s a loaded word and a heavy concept. How often have you thought about your own legacy?...

  • Business Hours for 2017-2018 Off-Season

    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...

  • Lakeside’s Off-Season Events & Announcements

    Staff Blogger: Alexandrea Stelzer, Director of Marketing Even though the summer has come and gone, Lakeside Chautauqua is still bustling. In the off-season, from early-September to late-May,...

  • 144th Season Celebration

    On Sunday, Sept. 3, the Lakeside community will gather to celebrate the 144th Chautauqua summer season. To begin the celebration, local musicians and bands will play from...

  • 4th Annual Associate Members & Local Pastors Retreat

    There are several categories of clergy in The United Methodist Church. One is a licensed pastor. A person called to ministry becomes a licensed local pastor by...

  • 2018 Preachers of the Week

    2018 Preachers of the Week Religion, in Christian tradition, is both personal and social holiness. There are many expressions of religion, and one’s faith journey is not...

  • Men’s Bible Study Group offers area youth and mentors a day to remember

    Staff Blogger: Lexie Digby, Marketing & Graphic Design Manager On Tuesday, Aug. 15, the Lakeside Men’s Bible Study Group is hoping to help create connections that could...

  • International Shuffleboard Champion

    A lifelong Lakesider represented the classic Lakeside pastime well last month when he became the 36th International Shuffleboard Association (ISA) World Singles Championship winner. On July 28,...

  • Pool Presents New Opportunities

    Staff Blogger: Casey Sudzina, Advancement/Communications Intern The grand opening of the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus has made 2017 a memorable summer. But to one family of...

  • Bluebird Café has Taken Flight

    Staff Blogger: Casey Sudzina, Advancement/Communications Intern This summer, there was a new little birdie in town. Bluebird Café was built in place of Dockside, located on the...

Guest Blogger: Bev Beatty, Rhein Center Instructor

For the past decade, I have been privileged to teach art classes at the Rhein Center. I will be in Lakeside again to teach classes during Week 7 (July 29-Aug. 4) and Week 8 (Aug. 5-11), and I want to give something back to Lakesiders.

Every day during those two weeks, I will leave a small piece of art somewhere in Lakeside, and it will be free for the taking to the finder.

It could be anything from a piece of jewelry or a painted rock, to a small painted canvas or a tiny woodcarving. They will not be hidden, they will be in plain sight – perhaps on a bench or a table. The art will be in a plastic bag, which will be clearly marked as “free found art.”

My email address will be included if you wish to let me know that you have found the art, although this is not necessary. I just want to take the opportunity to brighten someone’s day in an unconventional way, in hopes that the idea might catch on.

There are only three things to keep in mind:

  1. Please do not litter the plastic bag.
  2. If you find the art and do not want it, please leave it for someone else to find.
  3. I will not leave the art in stores, so don’t badger shopkeepers about it.

Also, Rhein Center staff will not know what or where it is either – this isn’t like “find the frog in the flowerpot.”

Keep your eyes open for a plastic bag that you just happen upon.

Staff Blogger: Rebecca Mullins, Advancement/Communications Intern

The Lakeside Business District is usually calm in the mornings with people quietly shuffling in and out of Coffee & Cream sipping on coffee or waiting in line to eat Patio donuts. However, that atmosphere changes twice a week when the vendors for the Farmers’ Market roll in.

The street is lined with pop-up tents bursting with everything from fresh vegetables and homemade pies to coffee brewed to perfection. People gather along the street to buy all of these simple, fresh ingredients. Here are some of my favorite vendors at the market. Read More

Staff Blogger: Erin White, Visual Communications Intern

I took a stroll down Sycamore Ave during my lunch break on a sunny Lakeside afternoon. Although I walk this road every day to work, I always seem to notice something new each time. Leaving the intern house, I hear birds calling to one another and spot a squirrel running across the street. To my right, sits the grooviest van I’ve ever seen. The van’s vibrant cherry red and white paint glistens in the sun. Complete with Woodstock, peace signs and other retro decals, it looks like it was driven straight out of the 60s. I continue forward and pass a friendly woman walking her dog, she waves and smiles as we pass each other. Farther down the road, I can always count on the house at 453 Sycamore Ave. to have new chalk art in their driveway, today was colorful hearts, stars and other doodles. Read More

Guest Blogger: Bruce Stambaugh, Lakesider

Lakeside, Ohio. Those back-to-back names seem too ordinary, too mundane to be considered a desired vacation destination. For our family, though, like thousands of others, that’s exactly what Lakeside, Ohio means.

We have been traveling there every year at least once a year for three decades. To other Lakesiders, that’s chunk change. Families have been returning to the Chautauqua on Lake Erie for generations.

It’s no wonder. Founded in 1873 as a church retreat, Lakeside has become so much more than that. Indeed, its Methodist roots run deep into the thin soil atop the limestone bedrock of Marblehead Peninsula.

Given its founding, religion certainly is one of the four core pillars of the seasonal programming of this summertime magnet. Arts and entertainment, recreation and education are the other pillars that have lured thousands back to Lakeside’s comforting grounds, cottages, eateries and camaraderie year after year.

Our family is one of those. My parents took my brothers, sisters and me to Lakeside only on occasion. We lived many miles away, and with no expressways, it was a time-consuming trip, to say the least. I never forgot the happy memories we shared there. We picnicked under giant shade trees only yards away from the alluring Lake Erie.

But as we grew, left home, formed our own families, Lakeside was forgotten. Then came the summer of 1987. It was the most heart-wrenching three months of my life. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, one tragedy after the other unfolded. While serving on the local rescue squad, I faced first-hand the hurt and hardship, the pain and anguish of too many folks and their kin that I knew.

After the son of a close friend and colleague had been killed in an auto accident, I’d had enough. I desperately needed a reprieve before school began in late August. The peaceful memories of Lakeside flooded my brain.

My wife, son, daughter and I spent an extended, restful, spiritually rewarding weekend lounging in the quietness, enjoying the scenery, the relaxed pace of Lakeside, mini-golf under those even bigger shade trees and sunsets on the dock.

Besides being renewed and refreshed, we were hooked. A summer vacation at Lakeside became a standing reservation. The kids could ride their bicycles freely and safely in the gated community. Activities for all ages abound, even if it was just sitting on a park bench watching the boats sail by. A different program finished off each evening unless we made an ice cream stop on the way back to our quarters.

As the kids grew, our vacations expanded into a full week. When we became empty nesters, Neva and I found a bed & breakfast that we called home for several consecutive summers. Besides relishing the amenities of Lakeside, we made lifetime friends with the other guests.

Ironically, our friendship circles expanded exponentially when that bed & breakfast closed. We found a new summer home just down the street. We’ve been enjoying the sweeping front porch of Maxwell Hospitality House on the corner of Walnut Avenue and Third Street for years now.

To help celebrate retirement, this year we expanded our loving Lakeside to two weeks. We enjoyed friends, dominoes, entertainment, lectures, presentations, strolling, sunsets and, yes, exchanging greetings with strangers, an unwritten Lakeside requirement. The second week, we added shuffleboard and children’s activities since our grandchildren and their parents joined us.

There’s only one Lakeside, Ohio. It’s gratifying to know its goodness and kindness will continue to be appreciated by family members for years to come.

Name: Hadley Moss
Position: Arts/Entertainment Intern
Hometown: Alliance, OH
College: Kent State University
Major/Minor: Marketing/International Business

How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story?

Both of my parent’s families came here for years and my parents bought a cottage on Oak in 1994 and named it ‘Eriesistable’. I have been coming to Lakeside all summer, every summer for the last 22 years. I couldn’t imagine summer without Lakeside. My mom always tells us that when my sister and I were little and it was a dreary winter day, we would beg her to bring us to Lakeside since we thought it was beautiful and sunny all the time! Read More