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We’d like to thank those who attended this weekend’s Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival, and especially thank our volunteers who continue to make this annual tradition a success.

Staff Blogger: Gretchen Colón, Vice President of Advancement & Communications   Cold winter days are when people dream the unexpected and begin to plan for the spectacular. Most likely, one stays inside near a warm fire; a perfect place to dream on those chilly, winter days. Lakeside’s history began on one of those very days more than 140 years ago. Thanks to the generosity year in and year out of so many Lakesiders, thousands of families and individuals have visited, recharged and renewed their spirit along the Lake Erie…

The Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival, a cherished fall tradition, will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 in Lakeside Chautauqua and throughout the Marblehead Peninsula. This free, peninsula-wide event will include a variety of activities for the entire family to enjoy. There will be tours of the Marblehead Lighthouse, live entertainment, children’s crafts, a pumpkin-decorating contest, plein air artists, arts & crafts vendors, a farmers’ market, hayrides, sailboat rides and much more. The Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival is sponsored by the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and Lakeside…

An Overnight in Charming Lakeside Chautauqua, OH Lakeside Chautauqua, Ohio is situated on the southern shore of Lake Erie. Back in 1873, a group of Methodist preachers came to this idyllic locale, set up some benches and pitched their tents, and “raised the praise” in what later became Lakeside Chautauqua.   Initially purposed to train Sunday School teachers, it expanded to become a summertime family resort. The idea of a Chautauqua is a retreat setting that combines worship and Bible study with intellectual, creative and cultural enrichment, peaceful…

Guest Blogger: Cheryl Harner Travel is the best way to experience the vast wonders of nature, and I have done my share. The verdant forests of West Virginia, the rocky mountains of Colorado, and the breath-taking vistas from Big Sur California, each are special for their own unique flora and fauna. Nothing annoys a plant enthusiast more than golf-course grass in the middle of a dessert or palm trees in Nevada! Seriously, we should travel to experience each unique location, not to visit some homogenization of landscape or…

Reservations are now being accepted for a Fall Weekend Getaway at the Fountain Inn during the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival weekend. Stay one night and receive 50% off your second night, available Friday, Oct. 10 and Saturday, Oct. 11. The discount is available for standard rooms only, suites are excluded. Quantities are limited and rates are subject to availability. Each reservation includes complimentary Wi-Fi and continental breakfast. Book online, and use the promocode: FALLFEST14, or call the reservation line at (419) 798-4461, ext. 230.

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but what about #GivingTuesday? Lakeside Chautauqua has joined #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving. Taking place on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, #GivingTuesday harnesses the collective power of non-profits, families, businesses and individuals to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. For the second year, Lakeside Chautauqua will partner with the national #GivingTuesday movement and introduce an initiative that supports recreation in the community. On this day of giving, we will collect donations to enhance the miniature golf…

Staff Blogger: Allison Moon, Advancement Communication Intern   With scheduled presentations for 2014 titled, “Michigan Cities: How Did They get Those Crazy Names?” and “A Conversation with Henry Ford & Thomas Edison,” it is clear that the Ypsilanti, Mich. Chautauqua program combines education and entertainment flawlessly. Chautauqua at the Riverside has been well received by the community. “The community is active in preserving the history of Ypsilanti,” Valerie Kabat, Program coordinator, said. “They really seem to embrace this sort of thing.” This year, Chautauqua at the Riverside will…

The Carters Re-establish Plains Chautauqua Lakeside Chautauqua’s management team visited Plains, Ga. for the commu­nity’s first weekend Chautau­qua program, inspired by for­mer President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn. The small farming com­munity began as a one-day brief educational program that emphasized its history. However, with the encour­agement of Rosalynn, the Plains Chautauqua programs are now generated for larger audiences with diverse top­ics. Rosalynn was instrumen­tal in resurrect­ing the Plains Chautauqua, and President Carter served as the keynote speaker at the event.

Guest Blogger: Allison Moon, Advancement Communications Intern   A Chautauqua on Lake Michigan Story “Bay View is really home to me,” Betsy Loyd Harvey said. “When I think of going home, I go to Bay View.” Can any Lakesiders relate? Does this sound familiar to Frank Gwalthney’s kids at Ocean Park? Harvey is the fifth generation of her family to spend thesummertime in Bay View, Mich., a Chautauqua on Lake Michigan. Harvey’s great-great-grandmother first visited Bay View to breathe in clearer air when she had hay fever.