Thank you West Ohio Conference for spending the week at Lakeside Chautauqua.

The Lakeside Chautauqua Recreation Department has a full schedule of special events planned for the 2014 summer. Guests and residents are invited to participate in all events. From the Annual 5k Raccoon Run and the Sailing Regatta, to the Kelleys Island Swim and triathlons, Lakeside is working to provide athletes with a variety of recreational opportunities. For more information on any event or to download event forms, visit

Guest Blogger: Rick Wolcott, Director of Communications, East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church Youth Annual Conference (YAC) is a weekend for youth from the East Ohio Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church to gather for a time of worship, leadership development and fellowship.  It is a weekend for teens planned by teens. YAC 2014 will meet at Lakeside Chautauqua from Friday, June 13-Sunday, June 15. This year’s theme is Navigate.

Hooray! There are only 10 more days until the Chautauqua Summer Season starts!

Guest Blogger: Allison Moon, Advancement Communications Intern A Chautauqua-by-the-Sea Story Frank Gwalthney’s Chautauqua-by-the-Sea story may sound familiar to many Lakeside stories told on a Front Porch. Gwalthney had planned to spend the summer of 1965 painting for his high school teacher, Mr. Mitchell. His teacher invited him to go to a place he described as a “Baptist gathering place.” Gwalthney was 18 years old and completely uninterested. Nevertheless, he agreed to come along.

The 2014 Lakeside Chautauqua Lecture Series offers a wide-range of learning opportunities this summer.

Guest Blogger: Lisa Streight, Conference Communications, West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church From Sunday, June 8-Wednesday, June 11, the clergy and lay members of the West Ohio Annual Conference will gather on the shores of Lake Erie at Lakeside Chau­tauqua for their 45th conference ses­sion. Members and guests will worship, learn and deliberate in community, making important decisions and celebrating milestones in ministry. Throughout the week, nearly 2,500 West Ohio United Methodists will experience workshops, bible stud­ies, ordination services, special events and attend to the business…

  It’s a beautiful day on the lake. Wish you were here!

Did you know that Lakeside Chautauqua’s Hotel Lakeside has been named ‘Best Hotel Room View’ on the 2014 Best of Ohio Reader’s Ballot from Ohio Magazine? The waterfront hotel, built in 1875, features a beautiful wrap-around porch, showcasing the most dramatic views of Lake Erie and the islands. Many Lakesiders enjoy this peaceful setting to reconnect with friends, relax with a good book or end the day with a sunset.

WHAT IS ‘CHAUTAUQUA?’ ‘Chautauqua’ represents a community that welcomes all people to gather and participate in lifelong learning opportunities through four pillars: religion, education, cultural arts and recreation.   LAKESIDE & THE CHAUTAUQUA MOVEMENT Established in 1873, Lakeside was among the first communities founded as part of the Chautauqua Movement in North America, a cultural and educational movement that flourished during the 19th and 20th centuries.