Chautauqua Theater Company alums have been through a lot over the years — surviving the days spent in Bellinger Hall, making the arduous trek to the “Murder Bar” for libations and looking out for wild animals lurking on the grounds. Many have gone on to bigger things, quite literally — the Great White Way, for instance.
There’s a reason some traditions stick around.
Dancers don’t always have to be romantically invested in their partners to create a beautiful ballet pairing. But according to Anna Gerberich and Pete Leo Walker, principal dancers of the Charlotte Ballet and real-life power couple, it certainly doesn’t hurt.
The 10:45 a.m. Sunday Service of Worship and Sermon will feature the sacrament of Holy Communion as part of a special worship service in the life of Chautauquans.
Bestor Plaza had a melancholy air on the evening of the final concert of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra’s 2013 Season. Just a few children were playing, and quietly. There were good-byes to compose and memories to secure before the leave taking could start.
The new Chautauqua Advocates program enlists Chautauquans to spread the word about the Institution in their home communities during the off-season. Advocates are invited to host gatherings for friends or colleagues who might be interested in Chautauqua as a summer vacation destination.
Dr. Richard Gilfillan thinks that basically every health professional has walked a career path paved with good intentions. No one who has stepped up to the podium this week in the Amphitheater, the Hall of Philosophy or anywhere else on the grounds hates the idea of making people healthy.
“No one comes here and says they want to provide fragmented health care at an unreasonable cost,” he said.
Soon after becoming director of the Comprehensive Burn Center at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Dr. Richard Fratianne met a young woman named Gloria who had been burned from the waist up. A life-threatening injury, her burns covered 60 percent of her body.
Those at the burn center put Gloria through five major surgical procedures, Fratianne said. They rebuilt her face with skin grafts so she could open and close her eyes normally and so she could eat and drink without drooling; though her cheeks were stiff, she could still smile. A job well done, the surgeons thought to themselves.
The United States spends almost twice as much per person on health care as any other developed country.
“ ‘Where is this money going?’ is the question that ought to haunt us,” Dr. Timothy Johnson said, “and will be hanging over our heads the rest of this afternoon.”
Photos by Brian Smith | Staff Photographer