Last week, an all-star cast of speakers and performers, including Ken Burns, Krista Tippett, Jackie Evancho and the Capitol Steps, drew record numbers at Chautauqua Institution. Clear skies and brilliant sunshine only added to the charm.
I settled onto a bench behind the Pier Club one recent evening and summoned my sweet boy, who was more interested in finding things that would make a satisfying plunk when hurled into the lake.
The Seneca Indians who named Chautauqua Lake were captivated by its beauty, tranquility, and nourishing connectivity with nature, and so settled here centuries ago. The founders of Chautauqua Institution also recognized the draw of the waterfront when they first built their Sunday school training camp on Chautauqua Lake. Today, the lake is a playground for all forms of recreation, from boating and fishing to sailing and swimming, and the Institution uses its strategic position to fortify its recreational mission of relaxing intellectual engagement.