Dear Lakesiders,

As we gather to celebrate Thanksgiving next week, we are most grateful for you and every member of the Lakeside Chautauqua community.

Your passion and engagement has helped us to establish great momentum as we look to the future of Lakeside. In 2020, we hope to set the bar even higher by continuing our pursuit of program excellence and by laying the groundwork for some of our most exciting priorities outlined in the Master Plan.

Because of you, Lakeside is poised to experience another banner year as we march towards our 150 th Anniversary in 2023. Read below for details about #GivingTuesday , Chautauqua program highlights for next summer, and 2020 admission fees.
Lakeside Pavilion to be Repaired & Updated
#GivingTuesday is on Dec. 3. With your support on or before this day, critical enhancements will be made to one of Lakeside’s most cherished and iconic landmarks – the Pavilion.

The Pavilion has served as a symbol of the community for 110 years, and while it has undergone various phases and facades overtime, it has remained an integral part of the Lakeside experience. In fact, programs from all four Chautauqua pillars take place here, making it an intergenerational and social hub of the community. 

However, the Pavilion has received only minor repairs over the last 31 years. Your support as a community on or before Dec. 3 will update the Pavilion with the following:

  • ADA accessible ramp to the West Deck
  • Replace the stairs & repair structural rot
  • Rewire & enhance Wi-Fi capabilities
  • Add a fresh coat of paint
  • Install new LED exterior lighting
  • Replace Pavilion Upper Room windows
  • Add heating & cooling in the Pavilion Upper Room
  • Upgrade or replace Carillon & Pavilion clock motor
In addition to these critical upgrades, this year’s #GivingTuesday will commemorate the Rev. Irwin and Janet Jennings , as Lakeside will be naming the Pavilion East Deck in their honor.

Irwin has served as a past Chair of the Lakeside Chautauqua Board of Directors and recently retired as the Dockside Worship Service Coordinator after 12 years. Janet has served as President of the Lakeside Women’s Club and has supported the Dockside Worship Service alongside her husband.

Together, Irwin and Janet have helped strengthen Lakesiders’ relationships with God and have made a significant, positive impact on the Lakeside community.

To support enhancements to the Pavilion and honor the Rev. Irwin and Janet Jennings, visit
2020 Chautauqua Program Highlights
Because the Chautauqua program is paramount to your Lakeside experience, we're continuing to pursue excellence and opportunities in arts, religion, education and recreation. Here’s a glimpse of the signature program we have coming in 2020: 
  • May 23: Masters of Soul, a Motown Tribute
  • May 24: Guest Preacher – Bishop David Bard Michigan Annual Conference of the UMC, Lansing, MI

  • June 20-21: British Invasion Weekend with Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone, Collector Car Show featuring British autos and the Liverpool Lads
  • June 20-24: Tennis Clinic with JoAnne Russell & Steve Vaughan
  • June 22-23: Lectures-Women in Sports
  • June 24: DuffleBag Theatre "Peter Pan
  • June 28: Blues & BBQ Festival/ Military Appreciation Day
  • June 28-July 2: Preacher of the Week: Rev. Magrey R. deVega Senior Pastor, Hyde Park UMC, Tampa, FL

  • July 1: Magician Jason Bishop
  • July 5-9: Preacher of the Week: Rev. Dr. Anna Carter Florence Peter Marshall Professor of Preaching, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA
  • July 6-9: Lectures-Democracy in America
  • July 7: The Passing Zone Award-winning juggling duo
  • July 17: Sons of Serendip 
  • July 13-23: Pickleball Clinic with Simone Jardim & Chad Edwards
  • July 19: Lakeside Wooden Boat Show & Plein Air Art Festival
  • July 20-23: Lectures-The Making of the Bible
  • July 26: 5k Raccoon Run & One-Mile Fun Run
  • July 26-30: Preacher of the Week: Fr. Michael Renninger, Pastor, Saint Mary's Catholic Church, Richmond, VA
  • July 28-Aug. 14: Lakeside Symphony Orchestra Summer Concert Series
  • July 31: Lakeside Symphony Orchestra Pops Concert “The Great American Soul Book” with "American Idol’s" Melinda Doolittle

  • Aug. 1-2: Sailing Regatta
  • Aug. 7: Prayer Breakfast with Luke Witte, former OSU and Cleveland Cavaliers basketball player
  • Aug. 9-13: Preacher of the Week: Rev. Dr. Myron F. McCoy, Senior Pastor, First UMC at the Chicago Temple, Chicago, IL
  • Aug. 10-13: Life Scholars Week-Great Composers
  • Aug. 15: Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Keith Paluso
  • Aug. 17-20: Life Scholars Week – The 19th Amendment
  • Aug. 22: Antique Show
  • Aug. 24-27: Life Scholars Week – The World of Art
2020 Admission Fees
Each November, the Lakeside Chautauqua Board’s Finance Committee begins the budgeting process for the upcoming year and determines the sources of revenue that will be needed to support the Lakeside grounds, facilities and our signature summer Chautauqua program. With what has been created in recent years, including the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus, Bettinger Park sports courts, a new restaurant and the Hubbard Pickleball Center, there's more value in a Chautauqua Pass than ever before.

The work of the Finance Committee was presented to the Board at the November meeting, and the Board approved the following for 2020:

  • Regular pricing for Memorial Day weekend, June, August and Labor Day weekend will be the same as 2019, $24.50 for adults and $16.25 for youth. As always, kids age 12 & under and guests age 90 & older are free.
  • Peak pricing for July. A Daily Chautauqua Pass in July will be $28 for adults and $18 for youth (ages 13-24). 
  • Premium pricing still applies to Friday and Saturday Passes purchased on that day. Passes purchased on Friday and Saturday will cost $30 during regular price periods and $33.50 during July's peak price period. There's no premium pricing for Youth Passes. Please remember that guests can bypass this increase by purchasing passes in advance or buying a multi-day pass.
  • The last week in August will still include Reduced Rate Passes. From Sunday, Aug. 23 through Thursday, Aug. 27 during Week 10, Daily Chautauqua Passes will be $16 for adults and $10 for youth. There will also be limited Chautauqua programming during this time.
  • With Labor Day being very late, and Week 11 mostly in September, the gates will not be in operation during that time. Gates will not operate Monday, Aug. 31 through Thursday, Sept. 3, therefore, there will be no programming and most facilities will not be in operation at this time. Gates will go back into operation on Friday, Sept. 4 and operate through Labor Day weekend. The weekend will include the usual Labor Day weekend programming.
  • Season Chautauqua Passes continue to offer the most value for those wishing to enjoy Lakeside frequently during the summer. For 2020, a Season Chautauqua Pass purchased before June 1 will cost $820 for adults and $470 for youth.
  • Coupon books will no longer be sold. However, in order to provide similar value to our loyal Season Chautauqua Pass holders, we will offer Season Pass holders the opportunity to buy $200 gift cards for $170. Season Pass holders may purchase up to a maximum of 3 cards or $600 in total gift card value for only $510. The gift cards offer much more flexibility as they can be used to purchase other types of passes, like Auto or Golf Cart Passes, plus any unused card value this year can be used in future years.

The Finance Committee will continue working on the budget throughout the winter, with the budget ultimately being approved by the Board at its February meeting. Lakeside’s 2020-2021 fiscal year will begin April 1.
Stay Tuned & Plan a Winter Weekend to Lakeside
Continue to read our monthly e-newsletters for more details about #GivingTuesday and for more sneak peeks of what we have in store for you next summer.

Also, j oin us for "A Lakeside Christmas" on Saturday, Dec. 7. This all-day event is filled with a Jingle Jump , children's activities, family entertainment, holiday movies, sleigh rides, Christmas Dinner, holiday shopping, dining and much more. Special rates are being offered at the Fountain Inn that weekend. Don't miss out!

As Thanksgiving approaches, we wish you a holiday full of family love and cheer.

In the spirit of Chautauqua,
Dan Dudley
Lakeside Chautauqua, Acting President & CFO/COO
Kurt Geisheimer
Lakeside Chautauqua Board of Directors, Chair
Lakeside Chautauqua
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