Staff Blogger: Alexandrea Stelzer, Director of Marketing

COE 2017Even though there’s snow on the ground, Lakeside Chautauqua is still bustling. We invite you to take some time this winter and spring to visit Lakeside, explore the grounds and participate in some of our activities.

Attend our Monthly Community Potlucks
From January-May, Lakeside hosts Monthly Community Potlucks. Mark your calendars for the third Thursday of every month, and join fellow Lakesiders in Wesley Lodge at 12 p.m. for a lunch filled with homemade food and fellowship. Bring a side dish or dessert to share.

Join our mailing list to receive the Calendar of Events Brochure
Start planning your Lakeside summer vacation, and join our Calendar of Events mailing list. Simply email your name and home address to Please indicate if you’d like to receive the brochure annually. Our brochure is free! If you can’t wait for your brochure to be delivered, find out what’s happening at Lakeside this summer by visiting

“State of Lakeside” Gatherings
Lakeside is planning a series of “State of Lakeside” Address gatherings around Florida and Ohio during the months of March and April. At each gathering, Lakeside Chautauqua President/CEO Kevin Sibbring will meet with Lakesiders, give an overview of the past year, provide an update on the work at the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus, discuss Master Planning and highlight the 2017 Chautauqua summer programs. For gathering dates, visit our “State of Lakeside” Address page.

Book your cottage rental for the summer
Lakeside Chautauqua Realty, the community’s largest cottage rental provider, has already started taking reservations for weekly summer rentals. Visit our website to view availability and pictures of each cottage rental. Street Sotheby’s International Realty  is also taking reservations for the summer.

Volunteer at Spring Cleanup Day or year-round at Lakeside
Do you like to volunteer? Lakeside offers several volunteer opportunities throughout the calendar year. Volunteers are needed at special events during the off-season, including Spring Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 29. Or, if you like to write, consider volunteering as a guest blogger.

Hotel LakesideCelebrate Mom at our Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet
Lakeside will host a Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, May 14 in the Hotel Lakeside Dining Room. A special menu will be prepared to celebrate the special occasion. Reservations are recommended. To make a reservation, contact (419) 798-1700.

Plan to visit over Memorial Day weekend
As part of our Memorial Day weekend entertainment, Always ABBA will perform a special ABBA tribute concert at Hoover Auditorium on Saturday, May 27. In addition, the rock & roll band The Grass Roots will perform on Sunday, May 28. Review the full list of the holiday weekend programming at

Apply for a summer job or internship
Still looking for a summer job? Seasonal employment opportunities are available in Event Planning, Hospitality, Maintenance/Service, Programming and Recreation. Visit the seasonal employment page to view available positions and job descriptions. The Lakeside Leadership Academy is also accepting applicants for our 2017 internship program. Help spread the word to college students and recent graduates who would benefit from this hands-on learning experience. Visit the Lakeside Leadership Academy page to view available positions, job descriptions and more. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 3.

Master Planning Underway
Lakeside Chautauqua’s development of a master plan is a critical component for the future. This plan will provide a framework for sustainability, development and preservation within the Lakeside community. Lakeside is engaging MKSK, an urban planner and landscape designer based in Columbus, Ohio, to complete the two-year study. Your input is vital throughout this process, and everyone’s story is important to developing the future of Lakeside. Visit our new interactive master plan website to share your Lakeside story, pictures and more! 

Wedding 3Plan a wedding or family reunion
Lakeside Chautauqua has long been a special destination for groups to gather for weddings, family reunions, youth retreats, conferences, girlfriend getaways and business meetings. Plan a memorable gathering at Lakeside any time of year.

Support the Lakeside Fund before March 31, 2017
Do you love Lakeside? Please consider giving a generous gift to the Lakeside Fund before our fiscal year-end on Friday, March 31. Donate online today to continue to enrich the lives of your children and grandchildren through the many religious life services, educational programs, cultural arts events and recreational activities. To make a donation by phone, call (419) 798-5396 or email for more information.

Participate in our Wellness Questionnaire
Since December, our Wellness Advisory Team has been working on a wellness questionnaire to collect input from community members. The questionnaire is divided into four parts that takes roughly 15-20 minutes to complete. The four parts include:

  • Input about wellness
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Nutrition and what’s important to you and your family
  • Demographic and contact information

Your input is very valuable. We encourage you to take our wellness questionnaire and share it with friends and family that visit Lakeside.

Remember a Loved One
Each year, at the Memorial Day Weekend Hoover Worship Service, we formally remember loved ones who have died throughout the year. If a loved one has passed away during the 2016-2017 year, please accept our condolences and download a Memorial Remembrance Form. Complete the form with information about your loved one to be included in the worship service bulletin. Forms are due by Friday, April 21. 

Historic Preservation & Design Review Board Meetings
Historic Preservation & Design Review Board (HP&DRB) meetings are held at 9 a.m. Saturdays from March-October at the Train Station, unless otherwise noted. View the 2017 meeting schedule.

Spring Leaf Pickup
Lakeside Chautauqua will provide free spring leaf pick up from April 3-21. Click here for more information.

Do I need to purchase a Chautauqua Pass during the off-season?
During the off-season, a Chautauqua Pass is not required to enter the grounds of Lakeside. The Lakeside gates will be in operation (and a Chautauqua Pass is required) over Memorial Day weekend (May 26-29, 2017) and during the Chautauqua programming season (June 17-Sept. 4, 2017). You are welcome to explore Lakeside at your leisure during the fall, winter and spring months. Please note that most of the gates close at approximately 8 p.m. and open at approximately 6 a.m. during the off-season, however the Fifth Street Gate is accessible 24 hours per day. For information on 2017 Chautauqua Pass fees for the summer, as well as our Saturday Chautauqua Pass, visit the Admission & Chautauqua Pass Schedule page.

Where can I park in the winter and spring?
Lakeside offers limited parking to its guests and residents year-round. During the off-season, guests are invited to park at one of Lakeside’s various parking lots, including the South Gate Parking Lot, near the Lakeside Schoolhouse, behind Hoover Auditorium, near Bradley Temple, the Fountain Inn and Hotel Lakeside, as well as along each street that does not have designated parking. During the off-season, an Auto Pass is not required to enter the grounds of Lakeside. For information about parking during the summer season, visit our  Admission & Chautauqua Pass Schedule page.

What businesses are open during the off-season?
Year-round businesses in Lakeside (with limited hours) include Marilyn’s, Marilyn’s Two, Sloopy’s Sports Café and the Lakeside Laundromat. All Lakeside businesses will be open for Memorial Day weekend (May 26-29, 2017) and the Chautauqua programming season (June 17-Sept. 4, 2017).

How can I stay connected to Lakeside year-round?
Stay up-to-date on the latest news and pictures at Lakeside Chautauqua by signing up to receive our monthly e-newsletter and connecting with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Even in the off-season, there are stories to share. Follow our blog.

Where can I view Homeowner & Campground announcements?
Lakeside homeowners and Campground residents are encouraged to check the Homeowners & Campground Updates page throughout the year. During the off-season, we include information about gates, our House Watch program, trash and recycling services, and leaf pick-up schedules.

These are just a few of the many ways to spend time with family and friends during the off-season at Lakeside. How do you spend time at Lakeside during the winter and spring months? Do you plan a visit back to Lakeside to attend any of our upcoming events? Tell us in the comments below.