The Chautauqua Community Band, under the baton of Jason Weintraub, performs its annual lunchtime Old First Night concert Tuesday afternoon on Bestor Plaza. [SLIDESHOW]
Stanley Lewis has served as a visiting artist at Chautauqua Institution’s School of Art each year for the past 25 years, but he’s interested in far more than his own work. [w/ SLIDESHOW]
The declining health of Chautauqua Lake has received more attention recently, as government reports detail the deterioration of the lake quality and physical manifestations of the lake’s ill state continue to appear more frequently.
For Chautauquans, a leading cause for concern is the blue-green algae infestations at the Institution’s four beaches; public health concerns about the algae have caused Chautauqua’s recreation officials to close the beaches for periods of time in early August for the past several years. [w/ SLIDESHOW]
Photos by Benjamin Hoste and Brian Smith | Staff Photographers
Photos by Brian Smith and Roxana Pop | Staff photographers.
The awards ceremony for the Chautauqua in Bloom event, sponsored by the Bird, Tree & Garden Club and chaired by Barbara Zuegel, was held on July 26 at Smith Wilkes Hall. Many beautiful gardens are visible in Chautauqua this season, and everyone’s efforts in maintaining their gardens were acknowledged and admired. [w/ SLIDESHOW]
Photos by Greg Funka | Staff Photographer
Scenes from Saturday’s world premiere of the Chautauqua Institution original inter-arts production ‘The Romeo & Juliet Project.’ [SLIDESHOW]
On Friday, Norton Hall hosted — and will host again tonight — Chautauqua Opera Company’s fine and funny production of Giuseppe Verdi’s final (and, some would argue, his greatest) opera: Falstaff, based on the beloved comic character from Shakespeare. Even without juxtaposition to this weekend’s Romeo and Juliet-based multi-arts extravaganza, Falstaff — dominated, as it should be, by a great physical comedy performance from American bass Kevin Glavin — shows what magic Shakespeare and music can work. Jay Lesenger’s diverting staging, very solidly led by James Meena, should be a definite destination for anyone who only knows Verdi’s “red sauce” tragedies, like La traviata, Rigoletto or Aida. Sung in English (or at least British, in Andrew Porter’s cleverer-than-most translation), it’s actually the kind of show — not too long, with swift action, a range of humor from rueful to belly laugh-inducing and a happy ending romantic subplot — that even folks who think (or think they think) that they “don’t like opera” might want to sample. [w/ SLIDESHOW]
Noon. Sunday, July 21. Tickets. Hot dogs. Potato salad. Baked beans. Lemonade. Watermelon. Relish. Onions. Ketchup. Mustard. Forks. Spoons. Knives. Dessert. Thursday Morning Brass. Silent Auction. Face painting. Book sale. Carnival games. Prizes. Fortune teller. Good company. Conversation. Fair weather. Friends. Family. Alumni Hall Lawn. St. Paul’s Grove. Chautauqua. New York. America.
This is The CLSC Alumni Association’s Great American Picnic of the 2013 Season. [SLIDESHOW]