Dear Lakesiders,

Over the weekend, a dusting of snow fell upon Lakeside. This snowfall seemed to parallel what we're experiencing in the world today. The colorful spring flowers popping out from under the snow reminds us that there will be color, beauty and rebirth after the cold and smothering snow of COVID-19. 

We come to you again with our weekly response to the effects of COVID-19. I hope this note finds you and your family healthy and safe. We continue to monitor and follow state and local health directives while preparing to open our venues as soon as it is safe to do so.

As you plan for spring, please keep the following in mind:  

  1. The State of Ohio’s ‘Stay at Home’ mandate remains in place through May 1, 2020. The mandate requires all Ohioans to stay at home and that non-essential travel is prohibited. To help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in Ohio and to protect our friends, neighbors and vulnerable populations, please stay home.
  2. The Ottawa County Community Partners – consisting of the Ottawa County Health Department, Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency and Magruder Hospital – is communicating that anyone coming to Ottawa County should plan now, visit later. So for now, please stay home and safe.

We know that Lakesiders are anxious to return to open their cottages and see the Lake, but now is not the time to do so. Please heed the orders of the state and county and resist the urge to visit Lakeside at this time.

This week, the Lakeside Chautauqua Board of Directors will meet. We will discuss COVID-19 and plans that staff has developed for operating under various conditions that may exist throughout the summer and varying levels of state and local health directives.

The Board will review the operational, financial and staffing changes that have already occurred and the future cuts in programs and staffing that will be necessary for Lakeside to operate with reduced expectations for the season. We will also discuss reduced pricing for the season that is justified by those reduced expectations.
Over the next two weeks, we will communicate how the Lakeside Board and staff intends to operate Lakeside for the season. Obviously, any notion of operation will be dependent on future loosening of the ‘Stay at Home’ mandate, as well as directives established by the State of Ohio for the safe operation of businesses, restaurants and venues for recreation, education and entertainment.

We are glad that Ohio is starting to consider steps to reopen activities within the state in the future . We realize that this will be a slow process and that it will proceed with a series of steps. However, it gives us hope that Lakesiders will be able to enjoy some portion of the summer.

We look forward to welcoming you back, when the time is right , but that time is not now.
Daniel Dudley
Lakeside Chautauqua, Acting President & CFO/COO
Memorial Day Weekend
Assuming that the State of Ohio’s ‘Stay at Home’ mandate is relaxed by Memorial Day weekend , we’re planning to modify the holiday weekend schedule to maintain safety and social distancing, while providing a social closeness and human connection.

Hoover concerts, movies and other large gatherings have been cancelled or rescheduled. See below for a list of new events and activities that celebrate the spirit of Chautauqua and the meaning of Memorial Day. In the case of inclement weather, all outdoor activities will be cancelled. The schedule will be updated as events are finalized. View the tentative schedule
Coronavirus FAQs
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How can I help Lakeside?
At this time, the best way to help is to  protect yourself and other s  by staying informed about the governor’s 'Stay at Home' mandate and practicing safe social distancing/gathering restriction protocols. As we navigate through these challenging times, you can:

  1. Purchase your Season Chautauqua and Auto Passes.
  2. Make early donations to the Lakeside Annual Fund. We thank you for all the ways you support Lakeside, and we hope that we can continue to count on your support in the months ahead.
  3. Stay connected with Lakeside friends by writing letters or hosting Zoom/Facebook Messenger social gatherings.
  4. Volunteer to help deliver Ward Catering's to-go meals and grocery baskets. Contact for details.
  5. Click here to continue sharing your ideas so that we may include them in our future thoughts and discussions
  6. For the most up-to-date news and decisions at Lakeside, visit our e-newsletter or follow Lakeside Chautauqua's official Facebook page.
Lakeside Chautauqua
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