There is a sense of change in the air. While Week Nine’s plethora of entertainment and accessible erudition awaits those on the grounds, transition is close. The major arts companies have concluded their seasons. The weather is often a bit cooler. The days are noticeably shorter. Chautauqua is nearing the end of its 2015 season, and many of its seasonal employees have left to return to school or regular employment. Others remain well into the fall. Here are six of their stories.
As seasonal activity on the grounds accelerated past the midpoint of the season, a few of the Institution’s part-time employees shared their stories.
The advent of another summer season always heralds the arrival of hundreds of young people coming to work at Chautauqua Institution. Most are on summer vacation from college or high school. Many come from Chautauqua County and western New York, drawn by a familiarity with the Institution or its proximity to family homes. A few come from faraway places to make their contribution to a smooth-running summer season on the grounds.