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WATCH: Chautauquan runs 50K on grounds

WATCH: Chautauquan runs 50K on grounds

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.

Working toward Perfection: Already a star, School of Music cellist Yip dedicating summer to getting even better

Working toward Perfection: Already a star, School of Music cellist Yip dedicating summer to getting even better

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.

WATCH: Six stars, six dreams

WATCH: Six stars, six dreams

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.