Pumpkin Decorating Contest
October 9 | Hoover Auditorium Lobby - Third St.
Pumpkin Drop-Off | 9:30-11 a.m.
Awards Presentation | 1-1:30 p.m.
Enter a carved, painted or decorated pumpkin to receive a $5 Slack House gift card. 

Prizes will be awarded to Best Child Design (age 8 & under), Best Youth Design (ages 9-12), Best Teen Design (ages 13-17), Best Painted Design, Best Lakeside-Inspired Design, Best Design Using Pumpkin/Natural Materials and Best Use of Props. The Most Creative Design Overall will be chosen from the above categories.
Fountain Inn Open House
October 9 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m |225 Maple Ave. 
Come to Lakeside for the Lighthouse festival and visit the Fountain Inn's Open House! Enjoy refreshments in the lobby, visit the Art Gallery and tour a room.
Community News
Buddy Benches
One of the most exciting and creative projects from summer of 2021 was the creation of three “Buddy Benches,” a project that was brought forward by Youth Ministry Leader, Bret Johnson. While spearheaded by the children and youth of the community, the idea of “Buddy Benches” came to be embraced and supported by Lakesider's of all ages.

Johnson had seen schools collect plastic bottle caps to be re-purposed and formed into benches where folks are invited to sit and talk with a friend. “Why not Lakeside?” Johnson asked. Fellow youth and children's ministry leaders quickly embraced the idea.

The initial hope was to collect 250 pounds of bottles caps through God Squad, Middle Grade Madness (MGM), and the Underground for one “Buddy Bench.” Lakesiders got behind this project in an amazing way. “Every morning my mailbox was full of bottle caps!” commented Dr. Charles Yoost, Lakeside's director of religious life.

By the middle of August Lakesiders had collected enough bottle caps for three, six-foot benches. 

To make this dream a reality, the work didn't stop there. Teens and leaders washed and sorted bottle caps. To raise funds needed for the transformation from bottle caps to benches, youth sold concessions at Orchestra Hall during family movies. Generous Lakeside families also made donations. MGM leaders, John and Bonnie Wilkie, graciously agreed to transport bottle caps to the facility in Indiana and pick up the completed benches in time for the Closing Celebration on Labor Day weekend where the benches were presented to the community.

Each area of youth ministry chose a color for one of the benches. Next summer, Lakesiders will be able to enjoy sitting on a comfortable, blue, green, or yellow bench. 

“It is amazing what Lakesiders can do when we all work together. This project is just one example of the transformation that happens when people of goodwill join together in friendship and creativity,” said Dr. Yoost. 

A decision will be made soon on the continuation of this project at Lakeside. In the meantime, Lakesiders are invited to continue collecting bottle caps this winter. Any caps that are not used by Lakeside will be donated to another group working on a similar project.
Monday Night Trivia
Join us on Monday evenings at 5 p.m. for Trivia on Walnut Plaza. Gather your family and friends, grab your favorite food, and join us to rack your brain with fun facts, laughter and more. Compete for prizes and bragging rights! Rain location: Slack House Historic Cafe.
Spiritual Retreat
Seasons of Life: Discerning God in Change
With Spiritual Directors Ginny Pippin and Rev. Tom Frost 

This Fall take time to listen to the quiet voice within. Where has God been and where is God taking you?

This short but impactful weekend on discernment will be a time for: 
  • Individual and Communal Prayer 
  • Presentations and Reflection
  • Spiritual Direction

For more information, click the link below. To register for the event, contact Steve Koenig at 419.798. 4461, ext. 259 or programming@lakesideohio.com.

Reservations are limited. Please reserve your spot by October 19.
Volunteer your talents this fall, winter and spring!

A warm thank you to the more than 300 volunteers who helped make the 2021 summer season such a success! The Chautauqua experience would not have been possible without you.

While summer might be over, there is plenty of work to be done around the Lakeside grounds this fall, winter and spring. Those staying or visiting the Lakeside area throughout the year are invited to join the Lakeside Volunteer Corps. Your help is needed to assist with leaf pick-up, trimming, weed whacking, facility maintenance, administrative tasks, various programming events and more.  

Be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, November 13 and Saturday, November 20 from 9 a.m. – noon, to get together and help cleanup leaves throughout the grounds. 

Those interested are welcome to reach out to Melanie Edris, development & communications manager, at development@lakesideohio.com or 419.798.4461, ext. 246.
Visit lakesideohio.com/volunteer for more details! 

The Lakeside staff and Volunteer Corps greatly appreciates any time you may be able to give. Thank you in advance for your dedication to preserving and enhancing the Lakeside experience and community!
Do you treasure the Lakeside experience year-round? 

Join the 1873 Fellowship by establishing a monthly gift to support the Lakeside Annual Fund. Monthly giving is a convenient way to increase your annual donation and support the Chautauqua experience year-round. Monthly giving allows you to give in manageable increments through automatic deductions from your credit card, debit card or checking account. By committing to a monthly gift of any amount, you become a member of the 1873 Fellowship. To begin a monthly gift, visit lakesideohio.com/monthly or call the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation at 419.798.4461, ext. 246. Thank you in advance for your continued love and support of Lakeside. 
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