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Old First Night: 139 years and counting …

Old First Night: 139 years and counting …

Twenty-four years ago, when eighth-generation Chautauquan Dick Karslake was first tasked with emceeing the Old First Night celebration, his stomach churned with a mixture of butterflies and dread. He was nervous about doing justice to a celebration so bound up in the history and tradition of Chautauqua Institution.

Luckily for Karslake, his son, who knew a thing or two about nerves owing to his experience in theater, called him the weekend before Old First Night with some much needed words of encouragement.