With the ringing of the bells, another year of reading has begun for the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle.
Thunderstorms bookended the men’s softball championship game on Monday, though it probably would not have prevented the Slugs and Pounders from duking it out on the diamond.
Ask about Peg Snyder to those who know her, and one will hear ringing endorsements.
As sunlight streaked across Chautauqua early Saturday morning, the scene was quite different from Chautauquans packing their cars to leave after a week at the Institution, or lazy coffee-accompanied walks around the grounds.
Recognition Day is a scene out of time. White-clad graduates march, music plays, flower petals drift through the air. Lewis Miller and John Heyl Vincent are even there.
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If they weren’t playing for anything, they wouldn’t be keeping score.
While all the attention seemed to be focused on the Amphitheater, the Hall of Philosophy and Bratton Theater during Week Seven, a dramatic performance was also playing out on Sharpe Field. Four teams in the men’s league contended for softball supremacy in a week long bout of comebacks and generational rivalries.
Brothers- and sisters-in-arms march under a vaulted arch as music plays and children throw flower petals. It may sound like a Roman triumph, but it’s actually more of a literary one — all part of the festivities for the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle’s Recognition Day.
Chautauqua Institution is saturated with the tradition of re-creation through recreation. To anyone who grew up on Sharpe Field, softball is part of that tradition.