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


The year was 1633. The place was Oberammergau, Germany. Europe was in the midst of the Thirty Years War, which would result in over eight million deaths, a little over a tenth of the continent’s population. One of the lethal outcomes of the war was disease, notably the bubonic plaque, a deadly, contagious disease.

In spite of its remote location, and its efforts to quarantine those entering the town for a period of time after which there would be an inspection for signs of the disease, a man unknowingly carrying the disease got passed the guards, and infected his family. Within a few months’ time, 84 of the town’s nearly 600 residents had died.

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Lakeside prides itself on embracing history and tradition in each of the Chautauqua pillars of Religion, Education, Cultural Arts and Recreation. 

As we move through Women’s History Month, a time to reflect on and recognize all of the contributions and accomplishments of women throughout our history and lives, consider setting aside some time to celebrate the women around you and those who came before.

Sit down (in person or remotely) with friends and family and share stories of the amazing, comical, harrowing, peculiar, courageous and everyday happenings in your history.

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

The Chinese character for crisis is a combination of the characters for danger and opportunity.  The crisis in which we find ourselves has definite elements of danger. The chance of contacting the coronavirus is real and concerning for all of us. The economic impact of the shutdown of services, limitations on travel, and possible shortage of essential provisions is unprecedented and may harm the well-being of all of us. We are in a world crisis. The dangers are very real.

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Staff Blogger: Elizabeth Fantozzi, Marketing & Public Relations Manager

Lakeside Chautauqua is pleased to announce that Dakota Harkins will be transitioning from her role as the Lakeside Heritage Society Manager of Operations to the position of Director of Education & Heritage Programming.

She has made huge strides in the preservation and teaching of Lakeside’s history. With this new transition, Harkins will lead the Education Department and be an official liaison to the Lakeside Heritage Society.

Harkins was first introduced to Lakeside as the Educational Programming Intern in 2014 and returned in 2015 as the Education Assistant to Jeanne Mauriocourt, who previously held the role of Director of Education from 2011-2019.

“I started off in the Education Department with Jeanne, first as an intern and then as an assistant, so I had the chance to see how she worked,” said Harkins. “I saw her interact with the speakers and the audience, and learned a lot from her.”

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Will you help us reach new heights this fiscal year by giving a gift to the area of Lakeside you love most? By supporting your favorite place or program, you’re strengthening and maintaining the Chautauqua experience and investing in a gathering place that’s dedicated to nurturing mind, body and spirit. We’re immensely grateful for your support.

As an additional thank you, if you give $50 or more before the fiscal year closes on March 31, you will be entered in a drawing to win an exclusive Lakeside blanket, perfect for cool evenings by the lake! The drawing winners will be announced on April 2.

The Chautauqua experience at Lakeside is made possible through the passion, dedication and support of Lakesiders like you. No matter the size, every contribution is meaningful and positively impacts Lakeside so that friends, families and guests of all ages can continue to cherish and enjoy our uniquely special community. Through your collective support, we were able to accomplish incredible things this year.

Because of your kindness and care, the beauty, blessings and brilliance of Lakeside are more evident now than ever before.

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