Michael O’Brien organizes an Ultimate Frisbee game at 2 p.m. every Sunday on the Boys’ and Girls’ Club campus at the south end of the grounds. Above and at right are scenes from last Sunday’s match, played on Field Four.
John Denton looks down at 5-year old Caroline, who has just managed to pull off a second-long handstand near the playground. It’s his last day at Children’s School.
Sitting criss-cross in the middle of the teepee, Chautauqua Children’s School teacher John Denton debriefs the audience on the upcoming egg-hatching operation it is about to endure. Kneeled down like a gargoyle, Denton looks over to the trolls-in-training, the students, and his fellow teachers to deliver the news.
It’s been 12 years since the Children’s School debuted its annual “Troll Play,” in honor of Chautauqua’s birthday and to raise money for Old First Night.
Teacher Clarissa Savage, in a pale pink tutu, leads a group of 4s up Wythe. Some girls are wearing primary-colored “princess” dresses and feathered pink hats. A few boys don cowboy getups, painted-on spectacles and Wild West vests they’ve been sporting since the beginning of the week.
Before the 3-year-old members of Children’s School marched out to perform traditional folk songs for their parents, they sat restlessly listening to a story read by their counselor.
At 9 a.m. last Thursday at the Children’s School, the group of 5s, who were wearing their “incognito faces” and donning code names, were also visited by a very special guest.