The Chautauqua Property Owners Association will host their annual area picnics from 5:30 to 7 p.m. tonight across the grounds….
Education is one of the pillars Chautauqua Institution was founded upon. At Wednesday’s Trustees Porch Discussion, the emphasis was placed on the various options on the grounds for youth education and activities.
Bicycles are both a form of transportation and recreation for many summer guests at Chautauqua Institution, and this summer the Chautauqua Property Owners Association is focused on the safety of both bicyclists and pedestrians on the grounds.
Thornton Wilder’s spirit would be pleased with the Chautauqua Theater Company today. His play, Our Town, has managed to make its way back to Chautauqua audiences, after its last performance in 1997 in the old Normal Hall.
Richard Rodriguez believes God is brown. Brown, he said, represents complexity — of religion, of ethnicity, of language.
According to Denise Fugo, who has coached numerous CEOs through the challenges of nurturing successful organizations and promoting job creation based on her experience in the restaurant industry, a family business means business.
Third-generation Chautauquan Courtney Curatolo started her time at Chautauqua Institution attending Children’s School and Boys’ and Girls’ Club. It seems fitting that her activities at the Institution have matured along with her; she now serves as president of the Chautauqua Women’s Club.
When talking about “The Pursuit of Happiness,” it becomes impossible to ignore the differences in happiness from one group of Americans to the next.
In Tuesday and Wednesday’s morning lectures, Robert Putnam and Charles Murray both argued that these differences depend on what social class a person is born into. Their solutions, however, are radically different.
Many Chautauquans bring their families to the Institution in the pursuit of lifelong learning and to get away from the stresses of everyday life. People can spend time at the beach, enjoy the morning lectures or stroll along the waterfront during their summer vacations.
Meghan and Jenna Raynor come to the Institution as employees at the Chautauqua Tennis Center to bond with friends and to enjoy the game they love.
Jenna said while some people might get tired of working with their sibling all summer, she cherishes her time at Chautauqua with Meghan.
“Who is my mother? Who are my brothers and sisters? Is it my family of origin, choice or God? Jesus’ response affirms all three,” said the Very Rev. Tracey Lind at the Wednesday morning 9:15 a.m. Devotional Hour.
“Family Values” was the title of her sermon, and her texts were Mark 3:31-35 and Acts 10:44-48.
She talked about “The Birdcage,” the movie adapted from the French film “La Cage Aux Folles.” In the movie, a Jewish gay nightclub owner and his drag queen partner pretend to be a straight couple so that his son can marry the daughter of a conservative senator. In order to avoid news reporters, they all exit the club in a drag parade to the tune “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge. The final scene is the interfaith wedding of the young couple performed by a rabbi and a minister.
“This is a wonderful 21st-century commentary on Jesus’ family values,” Lind said.