Friends of Chautauqua Theater began their relationship with Chautauqua Theater Company 20 years ago, watching the company’s productions from uncomfortable chairs crammed in close proximity to one another.
Predictions of sunny weather for this weekend have both the coordinators and vendors of this summer’s first Art in the Park excited and hopeful that rain and gray skies will not damper the popular event.
“The Romeo & Juliet Project is a clarion call to the rest of the regional area and the United States and Canada,” Chautauqua Institution President Thomas M. Becker said. “I think it’s a way of saying, ‘Come and look deeply at a community that is capable of this extraordinarily huge and unreplicated undertaking. Look at the investment we’re making, and look at what an incredibly high level each of these areas is performing.’ ”
VACI Partners and the artists included in the Art in the Park sale are doing an anti-rain dance this year. And this is not just because of how rainy the past two weeks have been; rather, during last year’s art sale, it rained so hard even the fused glass under Wendy Cohen’s tent got wet and Sean Huntington lost one of his watercolor paintings.