Dear Lakesiders,

Improving Lakeside’s infrastructure is vital to the future of Lakeside. Community members, homeowners and third-party professionals have expressed concerns regarding the deterioration, drainage issues, runoff, and safety of Lakeside’s streets and sidewalks.

To help address these concerns, Lakeside began working with MKSK, an urban designing and engineering consulting firm in Columbus, in 2019. MKSK assessed the state of Lakeside’s infrastructure and provided pre-engineering recommendations.

Through MKSK's work, we have learned that the project is extremely complex and a significant undertaking. The scope of the project is still open as financing and costs have drastically changed since we first started gathering information. Lakeside’s Leadership Team is revising the plan to fit our needs, financial capacity, and maintenance plan.

Property owner assessment rates will be determined by the Lakeside Board of Directors based on the street and infrastructure scope of work, cost of construction, and the interest rates on potential borrowed funds.

Throughout the summer, Lakeside hosted 13 Neighborhood Gatherings and seven Community Porch Talks where Lakesiders discussed various topics, including streets, drainage, and infrastructure. The feedback was helpful at these gatherings, but more questions have surfaced, and we are determined to provide answers and collect feedback.

The Lakeside Board and staff Leadership Team are committed to listening, to considering the opinions and ideas of the Lakeside community, and to answering your questions. We ask for your patience as we prepare responses to all the questions. We have created a central hub at where we are loading FAQs, communications and links.

Lakeside will also post upcoming town hall meetings and gatherings on this infrastructure webpage. We will continue meetings throughout the year, both virtually and in-person.

As Lakesiders, we are stewards of this special place, and working together achieves better results toward a promising future for Lakeside. Let us plan and work together to ensure the safety, cleanliness, and maintenance of our community for future generations. 
With gratitude,
Jane Anderson            
Chair, Association Board 
Kip Greenhill,
President & CEO, Lakeside Chautauqua 
Message from the President/CEO
Lakeside announces V.P. of Advancement & Marketing
Lakeside Chautauqua is excited to welcome Gretchen Colón as the new V.P. of Advancement & Marketing.

Colón served Lakeside previously as Senior V.P. of Advancement & Marketing. Beginning in 2007, she worked closely with both Lakeside boards to help nurture the culture of generosity and to raise over $20 million in support of Lakeside’s mission.

She developed familiar tools like Lakeside’s #GivingTuesday and spearheaded the Lakeside Pool & Wellness Capital Campaign, bringing together a team, which included many volunteers and community members. In addition, she worked with the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation Board to develop and complete a strategic fundraising plan post-campaign, gathering insight from board members, donors and many stakeholders.

Colón's family has a long connection with Lakeside. Her grandfather, a pastor, first stood on Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile after WWII. He was a young, widowed father with two daughters to raise. For him, Lakeside became a place of healing, renewal, rest and love. Her mother, a pastor, grew up coming to Lakeside. Four generations later, Colón continues to return to Lakeside with her husband and their three girls to find renewal, reunion and reconnection. Read more...
Alex Stelzer named Senior Director of Marketing

For 13 years, Stelzer led Lakeside's marketing and communications efforts. During this time at Lakeside, she helped launch a revamped website, played an integral role in the creation of Lakeside’s first online hotel reservations system, oversaw all operations of the Lakesider newspaper, partnered with Programming to manage the production of the annual Calendar of Events brochure, and helped establish Lakeside’s first organized internship program, the Lakeside Leadership Academy.

She spearheaded communications and advertising plans, transitioned Lakeside into new markets, secured national media stories, helped increase website traffic and gate volume, guided Lakeside through a rebrand and elevation of the website, and opened many of the communication channels we still use today. Read more...
Chip Richter launches "Once Upon a Porch," a new year-round program 
For 28 summers, Lakeside’s own minstrel, Chip Richter, has been leading kids (and grownups) to Bradley Temple for “more fun than a kid should be allowed to have.” 

Now, Chip is looking to expand God Squad, Lakeside’s beloved children’s program, through a new online streaming show for the whole family. The new show will be called "Once Upon a Porch." The vision is to create the same safe, nurturing environment families experience at God Squad and Lakeside and deliver it right to your living room.

Thanks to the Grindley family and friends, in memory of Ted Grindley, a new theatre set and stage is being created in Bradley Temple. It will have state-of-the-art cameras and sound equipment for “Once Upon a Porch.” Additional improvements will be made with window and door repairs, new seats, carpet and fresh paint.

Ted strongly believed that two of Lakeside’s great treasures were Chip Richter and God Squad. These gifts will allow "Once Upon a Porch" to be experienced all year long, a dream come true for Chip and his fans. 

Very soon, Lakesiders can also bring a piece of Bradley Temple home by purchasing the old seats. To honor a child, grandchild or even great-grandchild, community members will have an opportunity to sponsor new chairs in spring 2023. As the project gets underway and the “Once Upon Porch” episodes go into production, we’ll share the enhancements and changes of this special building through e-newsletters and social media.

This unique experience aligns with the vision of Captain Bradley and his wife who generously donated the money to build Bradley Temple, a treasured place so long ago. Learn more about "Once Upon a Porch..."
Chautauqua Wawasee hosts 2022 Chautauqua Trail Annual Meeting
The Chautauqua Trail Annual Meeting brings together community members and staff leadership from Chautauquas throughout the country. This year, the meeting was hosted by Chautauqua Wawasee in Syracuse, Indiana in late September.

Kip Greenhill, Charles Allen, Gretchen Colon and several Lakeside community members were in attendance. This 39-year tradition centers around discussion and the exchanging of ideas on topics such as programming, staffing, fundraising, security and more. Next year, Lakeside will host the Chautauqua Trail meeting Thursday, Aug. 10-Sunday, Aug. 13 during our 150th Anniversary.  
Christmas & New Year's Eve in Lakeside
There’s no place like Lakeside for the holidays! Start your celebration early by attending 'Lakeside Christmas' on Dec. 2-3 and 9-10. Visit with Santa, attend a cookie decorating workshop, see a family movie in Orchestra Hall, and enjoy live entertainment with Chip Richter. View the schedule of events and sign up now for pre-registered activities.

This New Year's Eve, gather your friends and family for the Donut Drop at the Lakeside Pavilion. At this one-of-a-kind event, dance under the stars and watch the giant inflatable donut drop from the Pavilion to ring in the New Year. Enjoy music with DJ Sean Gill, donuts and a blessing for 2023.

For all the winter festivities, the Fountain Inn is open with special rates. It's another chance to experience Lakeside year-round. Book your stay today...
Family-Owned business opens in Lakeside 
A Danbury graduate and her college-age son have teamed up to open Lakeside’s newest business, SmoothieSide. Donna Edwards and Alex Edwards jumped into their mother-son venture as a way to fulfill Alex’s longtime dream of owning a business in Lakeside. SmoothieSide, a year-round business, hosted a grand opening on Oct. 8.

After graduating from Danbury High School, Donna lived elsewhere for 30 years but returned each summer for an extended stay.

“My mom is still here, so we always came home every summer. My kids call this their second home,” Donna said. “SmoothieSide all got started because Alex really wanted a business in Lakeside.”

When they heard a Lakeside building was becoming available, they started brainstorming business ideas, focusing on products that weren’t yet available in the community. Read more...
Family Trio taking over Bluebird Cafe & Lakeside Laundromat
The Murphy family rents the “Green Peace” cottage in Lakeside for a week or two every summer. At least three members of the family will now be visiting a little more often. 

Robert Murphy, his daughter Rachel Chwalik and son-in-law Andrew Chwalik are the new owners of the Lakeside Laundromat and Bluebird Café. Andrew is very enthusiastic to get started on their new venture. 

“Lakeside is a fun spot that we’ve been going to for years, and we’re excited to be even more involved in the community,” Andrew said. “I think we’ll be a great team with all of our different mindsets.” Read more...
Save the Date for #GivingTuesday on Nov. 29
Seven-year-old Macey comes running toward the Pavilion wearing her swimsuit with a beach towel in tow. Her smile is as big and bright as the sun. It’s her family’s annual week at Lakeside and she’s eager to experience it all – art classes, swim lessons, God Squad, concerts, sunsets, playgrounds, games on the front porch and, first on her list, cannon balls off the dock.

This special place helps Macey and her family retreat from the hustle and bustle of life. It’s a time to pause, rest, recharge, reconnect and explore one-of-a-kind opportunities that allow Macey to just be a kid - growing, learning, playing and laughing.

These precious moments are only a snapshot of the millions that happen at Lakeside every summer. You have an opportunity to enhance the 'Power of the Chautauqua Pillars' for Macey and the thousands of individuals and families who visit Lakeside through a gift to the Lakeside Impact Fund for #GivingTuesday.

Taking place on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, #GivingTuesday harnesses the collective power of nonprofits, families, businesses and individuals to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. Give a gift today or on Tuesday, Nov. 29 to strengthen the 'Power of the Chautauqua Pillars.'
Thank you for caring passionately about Lakeside. Coming together as a community creates the spirit of Chautauqua. 
Kip Greenhill
President & CEO, Lakeside Chautauqua
Lakeside Chautauqua