Dear Lakesiders, 

As we enter the month of May, we have many things to look forward to. Winter has finally departed, and flowers are bursting forth in Lakeside. We are counting down until Memorial Day weekend when we can be reunited with our Lakeside friends to kick off another great Chautauqua season.

At each of the recent Lakeside Gatherings in Florida and across Ohio, we celebrated the outstanding success of the 2017 Chautauqua season and shared our excitement about the upcoming season. We also provided an update on Lakeside's Master Planning activities. We invite everyone to attend our next Community Forum at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 26 in Hoover Auditorium for a detailed briefing on the Master Plan draft and outlined next steps. We hope you can join us for this exciting and informative update. 
 
In the meantime, we want to keep you updated on the status of our shoreline after an intense Nor'easter storm ravaged the peninsula, our expanded wellness programming and our almost-complete Master Plan draft.
Shoreline Repair
It has been two weeks since a massive wind and rain storm hit the Marblehead Peninsula and caused damage to much of our Lakeside shoreline. Since then, the Lakeside Grounds Crew has been doing as much as they can to clean up the debris and make the area safe to enjoy again. Outside contractors were hired to remove the larger debris that was thrown onto the Splash Park and Children's Pool, and special equipment was needed to replace the sand in the beach.

Thankfully, there was no heavy damage to the Pavilion, but the Splash Park, Children's Pool and the adjacent patio did suffer. Fencing was ripped away and will need to be replaced before the summer. Concrete will need to be poured to fill in the erosion under the patio and along the Pavilion walkway.

For good measure, the dock will be inspected this month, and Lakeside will hire divers to thoroughly examine the interior structure of the dock.

 
Elsewhere on the shoreline, conversation terraces were damaged and our Grounds Crew has been working to repair those. Rip rap was torn away by the heavy waves that were crashing into the shoreline, and those will need to be replaced to prevent further erosion. Lakeside will be hiring a service with a boat and crane to replace missing boulders.

In Central Park, just north of the shuffleboard courts, one large tree was uprooted and needed to be taken down.

The storm caused vast damage across the Marblehead Peninsula. Bay Shore Road will require repairs to be complete, and the Lafarge Quarry dock is shut down for the summer.

We have established a shoreline repair fund for those who wish to assist with this unexpected damage. If you would like to make a gift to help with the repair, we thank you graciously.   
Wellness Programming
As our Programming staff works to finalize the new wellness classes for the summer, we are reminded that wellness is the practice of nurturing mind, body and spirit. We are delighted to offer classes and seminars that reinforce our commitment to wellness.

Stretch the mind
A theme during our Week 6 Chautauqua Lecture Series is Lifespan Memory. Ohio Wesleyan University Professor of Psychology, Lynda K. Hall, PhD, will explore factors that influence long-term memory, including accessibility of knowledge, cognitive aging and memory malleability.

Strengthen the body
The Wellness Center will open on Saturday, May 26 with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. and an open house immediately following. The Wellness Center will host classes such as Zumba, Strength Training, Senior Chair Exercise Class, Experienced Yoga, Basic Yoga, PoundFit, Gentle Wellness Yoga, Chair Yoga, Reflexology, Tai Chi and Family Yoga.

In addition to the wellness and exercise classes, Lakesiders will also have access to the equipment room,which will offer Precor treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes and some weight machines.
 
Nurture the spirit
Lakesiders will have an opportunity to experience a portable labyrinth this summer.  People walk the labyrinth as a tool to enhance prayer, contemplation, meditation, all parts of wellness. Created over 4000 years ago, the labyrinth is based on sacred geometry, with the most famous one built in the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Chartres, France.
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Master Planning
As we continually and optimistically look to Lakeside's future, we remain deeply grateful for the engaging feedback that the Lakeside community has provided along the way.

As mentioned before, the Community Forum on May 26 will provide Lakesiders with a detailed update following additional work by MKSK, the urban planning firm hired to assist Lakeside in developing a long -ange Master Plan for the community.

At the end of last summer, MKSK had completed a full audit of all existing buildings, streets, walkways and infrastructures. Lakeside was provided with the full and extensive report and we will use their findings to help plan for short-term maintenance and to care for our historic buildings and structures all across Lakeside. In addition to the building audit, MKSK also provided several suggestions on street circulation, wayfaring signage and drainage and how projects should be phased in as part of a long term strategy.

 
With regard to long-term improvements to the Lakeside grounds, MKSK presented some refined conceptual ideas for five major focus areas - South Lakeside & a Cultural Arts Campus, Chautauqua Corridor, Recreation and Wellness Campus, Downtown, and the Lakefront & Central Park. There were also ideas pertaining to the greater Danbury and Marblehead community and how we can work together in the long-term to provide a more comprehensive guest experience on the Marblehead Peninsula.

As summer approaches, please watch for additional communications about Master Planning.
The prolonged winter weather and recent storms last month have set back many contractors working in the area by more than three weeks, including many we rely on. Lakeside is working diligently to have projects completed; however, some work may be delayed into June.
 
As you can see, there is much going on, and our momentum continues to build. We are all part of an exciting time in the history of Lakeside Chautauqua. We hope you feel the excitement! During the recent Lakeside Gatherings, hundreds of Lakesiders shared their enthusiasm for Lakeside's Master Planning effort and optimism about the future of our slice of heaven on earth. We look forward to welcoming you back home in the coming weeks!

Yours in the spirit of Chautauqua,
Kevin Sibbring
President & CEO
Lakeside Chautauqua