Actor and advocate Kal Penn had starred in Hollywood films and popular television shows, but he was nervous when he began his job in the White House’s Office of Public Engagement.
The highest point in the Leadville Trail 100 — a 100-mile-long ultramarathon held every August throughout the mountainous terrain of Colorado — is 12,620 feet in Hope Pass. Nearly 1,600 miles away and more than 11,000 feet lower, Jon Nassif ran Chautauqua Institution’s iconic Old First Night loop on Wednesday.
The Great American Picnic is exactly what it sounds like: a glimpse of true-blue Americana.
Megan Yip can be hard on herself. For one, she insists she sweats too much. After spending hours playing her cello, a thin layer of rosin builds up beneath the strings and her fingerprints leave a greasy glow on the fingerboard and neck. She hopes to keep her modern Italian cello, which she purchased three days before arriving at Chautauqua Institution, in pristine shape so she wipes off any grime after she plays.
Karen McCadden and Joan Bailey have been Chautauquans and family friends for years, and last Monday they shared their first lemon tart for only $6.
It’s early. The 2015 season at Chautauqua Institution began only a week ago. Gate passes and parking, late spring repairs for homeowners and confirmed room reservations for visitors — all the starting-up details are taken care of. For most, it all started seven days ago. But many seasonal employees had been here for weeks or months when this season officially began. Six of them spoke to The Chautauquan Daily about their work and their dreams.
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