• Devotions for these times: “Looking at the Bright Side”

    Staff Blogger: The Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach Read Philippians 4:4-9 It is hard to keep a positive attitude in these...

  • Devotions for these times: “Living in the Shelter”

    Staff Blogger: Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach Read Psalm 91 These are trying times. Two months ago, “social distancing,” “sheltering in place”...

  • Lesser Celandine

    Staff Blogger: Loretta Wilken, Lakeside Chautauqua Master Gardener/Groundskeeper If you’ve recently strolled along the west end of Second Street in Lakeside, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the explosion of...

  • Devotions for these times: “Joy comes with the morning”

    Staff blogger: Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach Read Psalm 30 We have often heard it said, “God will not give you...

  • Thank you for the delightful signs of spring

    Staff Blogger: Loretta Wilken, Lakeside Chautauqua Master Gardener/Groundskeeper Pockets of blooming hyacinths lovingly tucked into gardens, stretches of daffodils, whimsically decorated beds of early spring color –...

  • Devotions for these times: “How long, O Lord? How long?”

    Staff blogger: The Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach Read Psalm 13 During this time of “sheltering in place” and quarantine, have...

  • Lakeside in Poetry

    Staff Blogger: Ellen Venema, Rhein Center Assistant Coordinator There’s truly an art to selecting and arranging words. The rhythm, alliteration and imagery of our choices may provide...

  • Devotions for these times: Hold on to hope!

    Staff blogger: The Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach This week’s devotion is based on an excerpt from a book by the...

  • Devotions for These Times: Our Easter Assurance

    Staff Blogger: Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Lakeside Chautauqua Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach Read Mark 16:1-7 The Easter story is recorded in all four Gospels,...

  • Connect with your Lakeside friends through a Virtual Social!

    Staff Blogger: Mallory Glenn, Advancement & Communications Assistant Do you miss your Lakeside friends? Stay connected by organizing a virtual get-together on Zoom, an online conferencing service....

Staff blogger: Dakota Harkins, Director of Education & Heritage Programming


Florence Ellinwood Allen (March 23, 1884 – Sept. 12, 1966) was a 20th century leader in the field of law – a U.S. Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; the first woman to serve on a state supreme court; and one of the first two women to serve as a U.S. federal judge.

When her family moved from Utah to Ohio, Allen’s father took a post as a linguistics professor at Case Western Reserve University. Learning Greek and Latin before she was a teenager, Allen grew up in the glow of her father’s academic career at the university.

She herself graduated from Case in 1904 with bachelor’s degree in music then moved to Germany to develop her musical skills with plans to become a concert pianist. An unfortunate injury brought an end to her musical career, and Allen moved back to Ohio in 1906, where she worked as a music critic for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland.

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Staff Blogger: Rev. Dr. Charlie Yoost, Director of Religious Life, Lakeside Chautauqua


When the Babylonians attacked Jerusalem in 586 B.C., they took as prisoners most of the inhabitants of the city. These unfortunate folks were exiled to Babylon where they were forced to live for several years.

Because one of the Jewish traditions was to travel to Jerusalem to the Temple to celebrate the high holy days, the exile created considerable challenges for the practice of traditional faith. “How can we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?” the Psalmist asked (Psalm 137:4), echoing the sentiment of the faithful.

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Staff Blogger: Ellen Venema, Rhein Center Assistant Coordinator


Easter is coming soon! In a quest to shake up my decorations this year, I hunted up new ideas for Easter eggs. Join me in stepping outside the pre-packaged dye kit box and expand your egg-decorating repertoire with a few of these creative techniques using materials that can usually be found around the house.

For those who don’t mind the mess:

Botanical Eggs

Clean your eggs with vinegar. Choose some small leaves, herbs or other thin, flat plants. Brush the back of the botanical with egg white and gently stick it to the surface of your egg, smoothing out all the bubbles. Then wrap your egg in a 4-inch section of panty hose, tying it closed behind the egg. Drop the egg into a dye solution. Remove when your desired color is achieved. Pat dry, and then carefully remove the panty hose and peel off the botanical. Let dry.

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Staff blogger: Dakota Harkins, Director of Education & Heritage Programming


Famed aviator Amelia Earhart is easily one of the most recognizable performers to have graced Lakeside’s Central Auditorium stage. A world-renowned flyer with a mysterious demise, Earhart has remained a source of American admiration and research for the last century.

Before her illustrious days of flying, Earhart held many careers. She was a pre-med student at Columbia, a nurse for wounded World War I soldiers in Toronto, an English tutor for Syrian and Chinese refugees, a photographer, social worker and truck driver. She lived in Kansa, Iowa, Minnesota, California, Massachusetts, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Toronto and New York. All of the early days of work and travel led to her first flight at a Long Beach air show with pilot Frank Hawk in 1920. Earhart was 23.

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Author: Loretta Wilken, Master Gardener


Cheery spring blooming bulb plants will soon be peppering the garden beds in Lakeside. They’re always a welcomed sight and a teaser of much more color to come. The question often arises of what to do with these beauties once they’re past their prime. Here are a few pointers… Read More