As sunlight streaked across Chautauqua early Saturday morning, the scene was quite different from Chautauquans packing their cars to leave after a week at the Institution, or lazy coffee-accompanied walks around the grounds.
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Chautauquans have been acquainted with Turner Community Center and its amenities for over a decade, from the community pool to the basketball court to the state-of-the-art exercise machines. Julie Monaco, though, has been familiar with the halls of Turner for much longer than most.
A clamor of shouts and cheers rose from the Chautauqua Tennis Center this weekend. From the sound of it, last Saturday seemed like any other behind the courts.
Josh Long, one of the most familiar faces at the Institution’s Turner Community Center, recognizes this fact and relishes the opportunity to listen to and learn from regulars at the Center. As a personal trainer, Long said he enjoys his job most — and does it best — when he builds relationships with his clients.
A parent once told Beth Starks, executive director of the Chautauqua Lake Child Care Center, that she was concerned her infant wouldn’t fit in at her program, because, unlike the babies there, he cried sometimes. Needless to say, the program has a reputation for happy children.
Starks and her staff work to provide a safe and nurturing transition into Children’s School for Chautauqua’s youngest residents. The center is located in the Turner Community Center and is open to children ages 6 weeks to 3 years for the nine weeks of Chautauqua’s season. The Turner program offers two groups: the infant room and the toddler room.
Every morning, Chautauqua Health and Fitness manager Andy Freay heads to the Turner Community Center to open up shop. Both the pool and the fitness center, which boasts a large selection of treadmills, free weights and strength training equipment, open at 7 a.m. every day of the week.
The facility has to open that early, Freay said, because of the morning rush it sees, made up of Amphitheater patrons exercising before the 10:45 a.m. lecture. Then, around 3:30 p.m. or 4 p.m., more exercisers flood Turner for an after-work gym trip.