Lakeside Chautauqua warmly welcomes the Rev. Dr. Scott Wilson as Coordinator of the Dockside Worship Service this summer.

The Rev. Dr. Wilson was first introduced to Lakeside in 1978 when he and his wife, Barbara, attended the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church, and he was ordained a deacon.

Last June, he retired after 40 years of ordained ministry, which included serving four Ohio churches – Louisville Christ, Bucyrus Grace, Norton Johnson and Mayfield.

He currently serves as a part-time staff pastor at Church of the Lakes United Methodist in Canton, coordinating men’s ministries, caring ministries and occasionally preaching.

He plans on following the pathway and ministry of the Rev. Irwin Jennings, who retired earlier this year from the position and whose successful leadership has helped establish a lasting blueprint for the worship service.

This summer, the Rev. Dr. Scott Wilson is most looking forward to preaching against the beautiful backdrop of Lake Erie. Read More

Each summer, thousands of Lakesiders take part in lectures and additional educational programs at Lakeside. These social, contextual interactions are central to our intellectual wellbeing, and at Lakeside, we want to ensure that you have an opportunity to grow by participating in a variety of educational experiences.

Lakeside’s education program has grown exponentially over the last 10 years. The community has experienced expert speakers in a variety of subject matters within the Chautauqua Lecture Series and participated in hands-on learning experiences for all ages. Furthermore, community groups have expanded their offerings to provide an abundance of learning opportunities for Lakesiders.

“I believe that part of lifelong learning is a continuation of our own identity,” shares Michael Shirtz, Senior Vice President of Programming. “We learn new ideas from lectures, seminars or hands-on experiences that we can apply in our life, family and career. These experiences in the education program are satisfying our natural curiosity and intellectual wellness that enhances the dimensions of our spiritual, social, emotional and even physical wellness. So, it’s imperative that we continually focus on developing our methods and practices of educational programming.” Read More

Staff Blogger: Kelsey Pepa, Digital Communications Coordinator

A new year has officially arrived, and with it, new excitement for the coming summer at Lakeside. This year is poised to be another outstanding season, with some of Lakeside’s favorite performers returning and brand new faces that are sure to deliver. We hope you’re just as excited as we are.

To entertain and thrill Lakesiders who spend Memorial Day weekend with us, Yesterday & Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience will bring their unique tribute show that pays homage to one of the most legendary bands in music history. This Beatles Tribute Band will perform the band’s greatest hits on Saturday, May 25.

On Saturday, June 15, Next Generation Leahy, Lakeside’s favorite Celtic family, returns to the Hoover Auditorium stage. The Leahy children, ages 8-16, will open Lakeside’s 146th season and fill Hoover with the sounds of song, non-stop fiddling and step-dancing. Read More

Did you LOVE our Valentine’s Day T-shirt appeal last year? Just like last year, you can show your love by purchasing a $25 Lakeside T-shirt ($15 for youth) – and an extra one for your special valentine! All proceeds benefit the Lakeside Annual Fund. By purchasing this special Lakeside T-shirt, you’re not only supporting Lakeside, but spreading your love of Lakeside every day you wear it.

To order, visit Orders will be accepted until January 27, while supplies last. Through Bonfire, you can ship the T-shirt directly to your home or to your valentine. Please note that the recipient may not be able to see where it came from, so make sure to let your valentine know it was you that thought of them.

All orders will ship within three weeks of the campaign, closing on Wednesday, Jan. 27. International orders may take up to 21 business days.

For questions, contact the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation at (419) 798-4461, ext. 246 or

Guest Blogger: Erika French

“I touched one fence today,” I tell my sister.

She understands the basics of what that means since she has walked with me before. About a two mile walk in Lakeside, starting out from my home on Central Avenue, walking down Fourth Street to Oak Avenue, then down to the lake and a meander along Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile, taking in the sites of Hotel Lakeside, the Dock and Pavilion, the Gazebo and Perry Park tennis courts. Stunning homes and cottages front the ever-changing view of Lake Erie before I turn up Popular Avenue from Second Street, hiking the steep inclines with small steps and shoulders back, remembering to breathe and nod to the walkers coming at me. I continue past Third Street, Fifth Street, the Memorial Garden and Sixth Street until I come to my touchstone, the black metal fence at the end of Popular. I reach out with a finger and press before beginning the careful descent back to Second Street prior to walking back to my home on Central. Read More