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Hitting the write note: Writers’ Center celebrates 25 years at Chautauqua

Hitting the write note: Writers’ Center celebrates 25 years at Chautauqua

It was 95 degrees the day the newly renovated Alumni Hall was dedicated in 2007. Rows of chairs were set up in the blazing sun, but the crowd stood in the shade.

The history of the Chautauqua Writers’ Center, now celebrating its 25th season, has always seemed to consist of a determined few fighting to support literary arts on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution.

This Sunday, following a 3:30 p.m. reading on the Alumni Hall porch, the Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends invites the public to join in a reception celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Writers’ Center. The reading will feature poet Phil Terman and prose writer Kristin Kovacic, while the reception will include an introduction by Institution President Tom Becker.

Chautauqua literary community remembers Rodney Lay

Chautauqua literary community remembers Rodney Lay

Rodney Lay spent the majority of his life without poetry.

The England-born engineer’s work ethic kept him focused, and his family kept him busy. After hearing about Chautauqua from friends at church, Rodney, his wife, Meg, and their three children spent a week at Chautauqua — a trip that eventually led to more weeks and a buying a home on Ames with friends.

After Rodney retired from more than 35 years as an electrical engineer, he had time to take classes and to explore the grounds.

“He had a real desire to not have lived an empty life,” Meg said. “He would go to everything at Chautauqua. I would get tired just looking at him.”