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Each summer, on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York, the community of Chautauqua Institution comes alive with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities.
Only a short drive away from southern Ontario, Chautauqua is a perfect destination for an overnight stay. The 2011 summer season begins Saturday, June 25, with performances by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Chautauqua’s weekday morning lectures attract more than 3,000 people to the Amphitheater to hear experts deliver a keynote address on a weekly theme. The 2011 platform welcomes political analyst David Gergen on “Government and the Search for the Common Good”; former director general of MI-5 Stella Rimington on “Technology, Espionage and Alliances”; NPR correspondent Susan Stamberg making “A Case for the Arts”; and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon S. Wood on “The Path to the Civil War.”
Afternoons may include a chamber music concert, Chautauqua Theater Company production, interfaith lecture in the Hall of Philosophy, or a visit to two recently renovated art galleries. Head outdoors to play 36 holes at Chautauqua Golf Club, tennis, or explore Chautauqua Lake by sailboat or kayak.
Enjoy a gourmet meal at the Athenaeum Hotel, a Victorian treasure on the grounds that has served guests since 1881, then return to the Amphitheater for an evening performance by the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra or Chautauqua Opera Company.
To plan your visit this summer, visit Chautauqua Institution’s website at www.ciweb.org or call 1 (800) 836-ARTS.