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‘Art in the Park’ expected to shine this year

‘Art in the Park’ expected to shine this year

VACI Partners and the artists included in the Art in the Park sale are doing an anti-rain dance this year. And this is not just because of how rainy the past two weeks have been; rather, during last year’s art sale, it rained so hard even the fused glass under Wendy Cohen’s tent got wet and Sean Huntington lost one of his watercolor paintings.

BTG to honor Campbell with tree dedication

BTG to honor Campbell with tree dedication

The Bird, Tree & Garden Club is honoring three Chautauqua Institution leaders this season with tree dedications as a special celebration of BTG’s 100-year anniversary. At 4:15 p.m. today at St. Paul’s Grove, a bur oak will be dedicated in honor of the Rev. Joan Brown Campbell, retiring director of the Department of Religion. The grove is located by the Hall of Missions and the Hall of Philosophy.

BTG President Margery Buxbaum said that the BTG has collaborated with the Department of Religion over the years and is pleased to announce the recognition of Campbell at the first of the tree dedications.

Seneca Nation representative presents today for BTG’s Native American Storytelling

Seneca Nation representative presents today for BTG’s Native American Storytelling

At 4:15 p.m. today at the Mabel Powers Firecircle, William Crouse Sr. from the Seneca Nation of Indians will present his Native American Storytelling for the Ravine program sponsored by the Bird, Tree & Garden Club. The Firecircle is located in the South Ravine on the lake side of Thunder Bridge.

Crouse is a member of the Hawk Clan and a faith keeper of the Coldspring Longhouse on the Allegany Territory of the Seneca Nation. Crouse leads the Allegany River Dancers, a Seneca dance group that has performed throughout North America and Europe.

Thursday Morning Brass and more to raise funds with annual Lenna concert

Thursday Morning Brass and more to raise funds with annual Lenna concert

On a Thursday morning in the Hall of Christ, trumpet player Paul Weber stood from his chair to conduct the brass ensemble he started almost 14 years ago, snapping his fingers to keep up their tempo. Joe Prezio, co-founder of the ensemble and other Chautauqua Amateur Music Program groups, called out, “Italians don’t march to 120.”

It was another Thursday morning rehearsal and another march rehearsed for Chautauqua’s Thursday Morning Brass, the first amateur music group founded on the grounds, whose spirit has added a whimsy and lightheartedness to the season that impacts the members as much as the Chautauqua community.

Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall, the Thursday Morning Brass will perform their annual concert, but this year, the ensemble will also feature its fellow amateur music groups the Summer Strummers and the Dixie Lakesiders, as well as a tuba-euphonium quartet that has never performed before.

Banner season for Purple Martins

Banner season for Purple Martins

While this season’s weather has been a factor in lowering some agricultural production rates, the purple martin population at Chautauqua has experienced the opposite end of the spectrum.

A higher number of birds than ever recorded have fledged at Chautauqua, that is, have matured and left their nests — an indication of the most successful breeding season ever at the Institution.

That did not happen naturally. Humans need to care for the birds for the birds to have successful survival rates. At Chautauqua, naturalist Jack Gulvin fills that role and dutifully records the numbers of eggs laid, hatched and fledged. Each year, he forwards his detailed data sheets to the Purple Martin Conservation Association for inclusion in their Project Martinwatch.

Baldwin teaches nature journaling in BTG Lake Walk

Baldwin teaches nature journaling in BTG Lake Walk

The Lake Walk this week, “Nature Journaling and MUCH More,” features Mark Baldwin, director of education at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History in Jamestown. Participants should come prepared to explore, write, sketch and share what they record.

Participants should bring their own blank journals and one or a few pencils. It is imperative, Baldwin said, that the pages have no lines.

Attendees should meet at 6:30 p.m. tonight under the covered porch at the Heinz Fitness Center — below the YAC — on South Lake Drive at the corner of South Avenue. The Bird, Tree & Garden Club sponsors this week’s Lake Walk in cooperation with the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy. Baldwin is pleased to be at Chautauqua on behalf of the BTG and Watershed Conservancy.

Photos: Life on the lake

Photos: Life on the lake

Photos by Greg Funka.

Fishermen try their luck off the shore of the lake. A photographer aims to capture effect of the light from the sunrise on Chautauqua Lake. Miller Bell Tower glows after dusk. Families relax on a sunny day at Children’s Beach. Mason Hill laughs along as he pilots a boat full of Group 5 Girls.

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