• What program at the Pavilion has transformed your life?

    The Pavilion is a visual focal point and highlight of the Lakeside Chautauqua experience. As one of the most photographed structures in the community and the hub...

  • 5 Lakeside Holiday Gift Ideas

    With Christmas just around the corner, are you still searching for the perfect present? Give the gift of happiness this holiday season, and take a look at our...

  • History of the Lakeside Pavilion

    Guest Blogger: Dakota Harkins, Lakeside Heritage Society Manager Serving as a symbol of the community for 110 years, the Pavilion is easily the most recognized landmark in...

  • 2019 Pumpkin-Decorating Contest

    We had several fantastic entries in our annual Pumpkin-Decorating Contest at the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival. Thanks to all who participated, and congratulations to our winners! Most Creative Design Overall “Pumpkin...

  • Business Hours for 2019-2020 Off-Season

    Artists-N-Cahoots Open weekends through Oct. 12 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday & Saturday Coffee & Cream Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday through Oct. 12; reopens May...

  • 2 Lakeside restaurants recently named ‘Best of Lake Erie’

    Lakeside’s very own Sloopy’s Sports Café and Lago Coastal Café have been chosen as the ‘Best of Lake Erie’ in Lake Erie Living’s September/October 2019 issue. The...

  • Why is Lakeside Significant?

    Guest Blogger: Trish Tomlinson, Historic Preservation & Design Review Board Member Lakeside became a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. “Lakeside is...

  • Stepping Back in Time: A Family-Friendly Lake Erie Getaway to Lakeside Chautauqua

    Stepping Back in Time: A Family-Friendly Lake Erie Getaway to Lakeside Chautauqua

    Guest Blogger: Malini Swank-Lakes and Lattes blog When you think of an old-fashioned summer, what comes to mind? For me, it conjures up images of reading on...

  • Exploring Lakeside, Ohio

    Exploring Lakeside, Ohio

    Guest Blogger: Tieka Ellis, Selective Potential blog To start off our first full day in Lakeside, Ohio… we tried to fit in as much as we possibly...

  • Rime Time Ice Pops joins Lakeside

    Staff Blogger: Reilly Wright – Newspaper Publication Design Intern As this Lakeside summer keeps with its traditions of swimming, shuffleboard and sunburns, we welcome ice popsicles from...

Staff Blogger: Molly McNamara, Marketing Intern

For almost a lifetime, Dwight and Alice King have been a part of the Lakeside community.

Dwight came to Lakeside at the age of 12 to begin construction on his parents’ cottage.  During the Great Depression, his parents did not smoke, but said that if they did, they would have spent 25 cents a day.  So, to fulfill their dream of owning a cottage in Lakeside, they began putting aside 25 cents a day.

After many years of saving, they were able to afford the land and materials to construct a cottage. Dwight, his brother and his father built 417 W. Fifth Street, which, with Dwight’s loving attention, still stands today.

After dating Dwight for a year, Alice first visited Lakeside at the age of 16. The couple would often take walks along the lakefront and on the dock. “Lakeside is a place where, regardless of age, people hold hands,” Dwight notes. The Kings’ most cherished memories at Lakeside are those of their time here as teenagers, walking and holding hands. Read More

Guest Blogger: Julie Messervy, Author and leader in landscape and garden design theory

I recently spent a few very pleasurable days at Lakeside Chautauqua on the shores of Lake Erie in northwest Ohio. For nearly 150 years, this historic one-square-mile village has been home to charming cottages that house families who partake in a wide range of spiritual, educational, cultural, and recreational activities throughout the summer. Not since childhood summers at our family’s “camp” on Galway Lake, NY, have I been around families enjoying old-fashioned, simple pleasures like shuffleboard, volleyball, bike-riding, watching the sun go down, and reading on deep shady porches.

On the morning of my first day, I gave my Designer’s Way lecture to a large and enthusiastic group. That afternoon, in the blazing heat, together with Loretta Wilken, Lakeside Chautauqua’s Master Gardener, I ran a workshop with at least 60 people who all collaborated in designing a new garden for Lakeside. (Right: A cacophony of vibrant colors awaited the workshop participants.) Read More

Meet the 2019 LLA Educational Event Planning & Promotions Intern, Autumn White:

Name: Autumn White
Position: Education Department Event Planning/ Coordinating 

Hometown: Sandusky, OH 

College: Bowling Green State University 

Major/Minor: Communications; Dance 


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

My sister interned at Lakeside in the summer of 2017, where she worked with the Lakesider newspaper. During her time here, my family and I came to visit and since then I always wanted to spend a summer in Lakeside. Read More

Staff Blogger: Molly McNamara, Marketing Intern

Iris Andrews fell in love with Lakeside on her first visit as a Youth Delegate to The United Methodist Church Conference in the 1960s. Andrews married a clergyman and attended conference every year.

Although Conference kept the couple busy, the Andrews made sure to make time for classic Lakeside traditions, such as walking along the dock and catching up with old friends.

Her children, of course, loved Lakeside and took advantage of the beautiful lake, mini-golf and ice cream.

In more recent years, Andrews has enjoyed the addition of the Children’s Splash Pad and the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus. Both add value to the community without compromising the original Lakeside “magic.” “There’s something about Lakeside that I’ve always described as ‘magic,’” says Andrews. “It draws you back, and you really want to return as often as possible.” Read More

On Thursday, Aug. 8, the Lakeside Men’s Bible Study Group will partner with Ottawa County United Way and their program ‘Til Next Time (TNT) to offer area youth and mentors a special day at Lakeside.

The Men’s Bible Study Group, who meets every Tuesday during the summer, collectively has an interest of putting their faith into action.

“This interest we had collided with some things we learned about the area,” said Bob Brymer and Randy Donithan, members of the Men’s Bible Study Group. “Forty-eight percent of students in Ottawa County are on a free or reduced lunch plan, which to us said that there are great opportunities here to serve.” Read More