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.

Guest Blogger: Allison Moon, Advancement Communications Intern A Week at Chautauqua-Wawasee When Ann Strong walked through Oakwood in Syracuse, Indiana, it reminded her of a Chautauqua, particularly the Chautauqua Institution in New York. Oakwood, located on Lake Wawasee, Indiana’s largest natural lake, was originally founded in 1893 as a permanent camp meeting ground for “spiritual edification and physical recreation,” similar to Lakeside. In more recent years, the area was known as Oakwood Inn, Conference Center and Retreat, but closed in 2008 and remained vacant for five years.