In 1928, Lucy Coit Fanning Norton donated a welcome gift to Chautauqua Institution — a gift that would house hundreds of operas and entertain Chautauquans for many generations.
About a year before her death, Florence Norton dictated her memoir to her caretaker, Alice O’Grady, over breakfast each morning. The autobiography, titled Flossie: Recollections of the Life of Florence H. Norton 1913-2011, will be released during the Chautauqua Opera Guild’s annual gala at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Webb’s Restaurant.
The gala is one of the Opera Guild’s fundraisers for the Chautauqua Opera Young Artists Program. Proceeds from the event fund merit-based monetary awards for the opera company’s singers. The amount given depends on the guild’s fundraisers. Hale Oliver and Virginia DiPucci are event co-chairs.
Florence championed opera at Chautauqua Institution, a program with strong ties to the Norton family. Her husband’s grandmother, Lucy Norton, funded the construction of Norton Hall in 1929.