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Ron Murphy
· December 29, 2017
Chautauqua is absolutely beautiful in the winter. On Thursday, Dec. 28 the grounds were covered with several inches of fresh fallen snow. The trees and bushes were bending under the weight of the sno...w , creating interesting shapes. The lake is frozen and thrice is also covered with snow creating a white blanket from one side of the lake to the other. The houses, featuring their interesting architecture and diverse colors, stood out in stark contrast to the brilliance of the sun glistening snow surrounding them. People were out and about on foot, snowshoe, and cross country skis adding some movement to the still serenity surrounding them. See More
Jim Sittnick
· February 22, 2018
If you're not wealthy, you can't afford Chautauqua. Except on Sunday. I assume it's still free on Sunday. It is a glorious place to spend a summer day. I can't quote him verbatim, but a past president... of the Institution, had stated he was proud to bring Chautauqua out of the boarding house era and into the condominium stage. He was proud. I was sad to hear that. Now it's all about $$$$$. See More
Nellie Riggs
· August 26, 2017
When I stepped into the gates at the Institute 2 years ago I had no idea what to expect. It was so much more than I imagined it to be. I have been back several times since that day and love it more time. It wasn't until this year we got to stay on the grounds. My husband, myself and our 3 children cannot wait to return.
My only suggestion would be more of a variety of healthier food options and having some fall and winter activities/festivities and extend it to year round fun.
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Julie Urso
· August 8, 2017
This place is totally AWESOME.. Dave and I have done a few coral concerts with the Erie Philharmonic and also with the Jamestown Coral Society. What fun WE had. And the people and the Historic Hotel .... The Talent of ART is all around you. History, The Beautiful setting, Quiet peaceful of musical talent by the locals who live there. To the restaurant food. And the Actor and Actresses who perform. The list goes on. Each year it's always something different. Miss it at times living now in Florida. You must go in the Fall if it's open.. The trees and the setting is just beautiful and Serene . See More
Bev Keneske
· August 28, 2017
I read all these great reviews and wonder if I stayed at the same place this weekend! It is definately beautiful and I am not sure where the lack of communication was, I just know we were not the only... ones that it happened to. My lifelong girlfriends and I booked the weekend at the Ashland b&b and went to see The Beach Boys concert, which was wonderful!!!! Spent over $500 for 2 rooms for the weekend. When we got to visitors center on Friday, we were informed it would be another $455 to get into community !!!!! Long story we were not prepared for that added expense so we had to leave the institute community where our lodging was and not go back until 10 pm!! Then we had to be up and out until 4 pm, which was a rush to get ready for concert!!! Then we had to be back out by 10 am Sunday!! When we called for our tickets, the Center suggested the Ashland to us, they never said anything about the added fees, when we called the Ashland to book rooms, they gladly took our money and again no added fees were mentioned! Someone should have said something !!! We had rooms that we were only allowed in from 10 pm to 10 am!!!! On the up note, once again the concert was great!! We met some wonderful people and we made the best of it! We always have a great and memorable time when we're together !!! We will definately go back to see The Beach Boys, but Never stay at the institute again!!! Lesson learned!!!! See More
Susan LoPresti Wilcox
· August 18, 2017
Week 8 of the 2017 season has been outstanding. The "new" amp is such a great improvement both in sound & comfort. The programming both in the morning and in the afternoon has been superb. And, as alw...ays, the Chautauqua Symphony provided top shelf evening entertainment. Thanks! See More
Scot Hull
· August 12, 2017
This is a magical place. No, really. People talk like this about many places, but Chautauqua is different. Kids ride bikes across the "town" without fear or worry. Adults of all ages talk, learn, play..., and grow -- together. And that's the funniest thing about this retreat -- I've never felt so refreshed and energized after such a "busy" week. Lectures (if you want), worship (if you like), classes (if you're so inclined), walks (just because), music (which is world class), food (and don't forget the ice cream and coffee) -- it all blends into a thing that really is very much out of date in, and out of step with, the modern world. I've never seen, or read, anything like it. My family can't wait to go; they hate to leave. We've been going for the last 10 years and cannot imagine the next 10 without Chautauqua. Did I mention I love this place? See More
Nancy H Landas
· August 19, 2017
Chautauqua Institution holds the magic of a museum, the beauty of an art gallery, the intellect of a university, the entertainment of Broadway, and the culture of a library all in one village with t...he culinary expertise and relaxation quality of a cruise ship along side a beautiful lake. See More
Amy G. Hise
· August 22, 2017
Wonderful food week at Chautauqua Institution! Great speakers, food vendors and music this week. New ampitheater is beautiful, only downside is the poor sound system. So much reverb! Hard to unders...tand the speakers. I'm sure they will fix this by next year. See More
Penny Benatovich
· September 3, 2017
This is not about the Institution- it is about 19 South and ERA Vacation Properties:
Renters’ beware- just because something seems pricey, doesn’t mean it’s worth even half of the charge.
We are long time Chautauquans and have been renting for several decades. So we are savvy to the approaches. We know the price points so we steer away from perhaps more “vintage Chautauqua charm”- for anyone not there before, that means it has not been renovated in some fashion. And there are many levels of "fashions " within the grounds!

Sadly, this year there were no places available through our fantastic regular property management group - Maple Group Realty. We ventured to an unknown but decent looking house (the online pictures did it wonders) through ERA Vacation Properties (our first time in all these years to rent through them).

Never before have we paid so much for an uninhabitable place. The pictures didn’t look much like the place we walked into after a 10- hour drive. My mother had spoken with 3x to people at Vacation Properties who assured her walker would fit. She ended up not being able to come, but she wouldn’t have made it up to the house with the gravel driveway and slate slabs to the stairs to the porch, well enough been able to get into the bedroom or bathroom.

We called the office 5 times on Sunday- but ERA Vacation Properties doesn’t work on Sundays. We had to find our own habitable solution – but couldn’t move in until it was cleaned – but again, since they aren’t working, had to stay another sleepless night at this atrocious, over-priced, dubiously safe house. We asked ERA Vacation Properties for someone to come to the house to walk through- but no one bothered.

There is a litany of outrageous, safety concerns and “highlights” of our sleepless and unfortunate 45 hour stay at 19 South- but here are the most egregious:

-no light on stairs to the second floor – had to use flashlight- not to mention scary lighting throughout the house.
-exposed knob and tube wiring in the kitchen- I don’t think anyone from the grounds has been by to check fire codes- and if they have, heaven help the houses 15 feet away on 3 sides.
-2 of the 4 bedrooms had no shades on the windows
-windows were so old, they either didn’t open, or in the case of a few needed instructions to tell you how to open/prop them so you don’t lose a hand.

However, the top reason this place is unsafe over-priced and made us feel we were robbed…
-squirrels sawing on the roof to get in at night and mice (or larger) running within the walls all night (got up to cram the $400 of groceries into the refrigerator so the animals wouldn’t steal that at least.

Bottom line:
Had this house been priced appropriately, we never would have thought to stay there. We spent a mere $300 more on a gorgeous home the previous year with our tried and true property management regulars, so when we saw the price on this one at ERA Vacation Properties, we figured – how bad can it be?

Well, it was horrible… and what would stick in anyone’s craw is that ERA Vacation Properties didn’t explain to these delusional owners about the price points. So, we got to pay for 2 places for our 6 days of “vacation” thanks to just plain greed.

Repeated requests to discuss with the owner of ERA Vacation Properties have gone ignored.
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Jenean Roth
· May 21, 2017
"Off-season" CI is so fun. I had done a walking tour last year and loved it so much I bought one of the books about Chautauqua Institution in the Book Store. We roamed and toured and walked, referring... to my little book and bits I remembered from my tour before. Every time I go I find at least one new hidden gem, usually more. Refreshing, safe, interesting, clean, lovely place to walk with my girls. Woman working Book Store was friendly, warm, professional, and quite enjoyable. Gentleman working (right at closing) the reception center was friendly and helpful. I am never disappointed going to Chautauqua Institution. See More
Wendy Ann
· June 11, 2017
Chautauqua is a place like no other. The homes with inviting front porches where people can discuss the issues of the day on immaculately cared for wicker chairs.
It's a place of peace, tranquility, ...hope and joy. Where all the arts are celebrated and families are joined. The open amphitheatres accommodate the best vocalists, symphonies and philosophers. It is food for the soul. See More
Michael Siewert
· August 1, 2017
I was disappointed in all of the automobiles I saw driving around yesterday. We found ourselves having to "move put of the way" WAY too much. Having an elder with me, it became extremely annoying. In ...past years the Institute seemed to be very strict about not having motor vehicles on the property. See More
Emily Christine Russell
· August 27, 2017
Truly a place like no other. It has and will always be my favorite place on earth!
Nancy Bacho Kenny
· December 30, 2017
If you want to feel like you are living in an imaginary snow globe, go to Chautauqua Institute in the winter months. Bring your Cross-country skis. You'll love the peace and quiet and beautiful surroundings.
Kelly Carlin
· November 26, 2017
Last summer I got a chance to spend the week there. I was part of the programming for the week - Comedy and the Human Condition. It was an honor to be a part of the conversation and community. I am al...l in. Signed up for next year already. See More
Yukari Nakada Copeland
· December 4, 2017
It was nice place. But wish they had more food place and bigger gift shops.
Chris Strok
· July 10, 2017
Great place to hang out on a Sunday if you are not a summer resident. Free to the public until 2 pm. And anyone who would rate the Institution low just doesn't get it.
Laurie Ann Cunningham
· August 20, 2017
A community which values the arts and lifelong learning like no other I've seen. People with open minds and open hearts love this place.
Denyse Lewis
· August 19, 2017
It is a must attend. Beautiful and inviting community. There is one bar/ restaraunt that stays open until 11pm. We had a ball with good music, good wine and awesome bartenders. Can't wait until next s...eason to return frequently. See More
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Ringing in 2018 at the Miller Bell Tower
Time to name the winners of the Winter Village sweepstakes! Winners will be contacted by phone or email later this afternoon.

We are pleased to join our friends and neighbors in the greater Chautauqua region in celebrating #WorldWaterDay today. In 2012, we partnered with National Geographic to present a week called "Water Matters." Today, we revisit the opening lecture of that week, featuring Dennis Dimick, the magazine's then-executive environmental editor, and Sandra Postel, founder and director of the Global Water Policy Project:…/dimick-postel-make-case-f…/

Revisi...t the full scope of the "Water Matters" week through @chqdaily's coverage — including programs featuring Enric Sala, Sylvia Earle (from 40 feet below the surface in the Gulf of Mexico!), Brian Skerry, Don Belt and more — here:

Chautauqua Institution is tirelessly committed to its role as a leader for conservation initiatives, particularly with regard to our beloved Chautauqua Lake. In recent years, we've invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in projects that have demonstrated successful reductions in nutrient load (nitrogen and phosphorus) entering the lake through aggressive stormwater management practices that apply natural mitigation methods.

For more on these efforts, we encourage you to explore the Lake Management page at our website:

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Suzanne Nossel, chief executive officer of PEN America, continues our Week Five dissection of "The Ethics of Dissent" with a lecture on Tuesday, July 24, in the Amphitheater. PEN America is the leading human rights and free expression organization. As CEO since 2013, Nossel has overseen a doubling of the organization’s staff and budget and groundbreaking work on free expression in Hong Kong and China, Myanmar, Eurasia and the United States. Previously, her career spanned government service and leadership roles in the corporate and non-profit sectors; she has served as the chief operating officer of Human Rights Watch and as executive director of Amnesty International USA.

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Sara J. Bloomfield, director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, opens our Week Eight discussion of "The Forgotten: History and Memory in the 21st Century" with a lecture on Monday, Aug. 13, in the Amphitheater. As director, Bloomfield leads a global institution that raises Holocaust awareness, deepens understanding of the lessons of the Holocaust, confronts denial and advances genocide prevention.

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In honor of #WorldPoetryDay and #WomensHistoryMonth, we bring you "Omitted from Genesis"—penned by one of Chautauqua Institution's original "Grand Dames," poet and author Florence Rebecca Richmond (1883-1961).

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Beloved performer and comedian Laraine Newman will close our week on "The Art of Play," Week Three, with a lecture on Friday, July 13, in the Amphitheater.

Newman is a founding member of the Los Angeles improv troupe The Groundlings and an original cast member of "Saturday Night Live." She began studying improv and mime at the age of 16 and continued to study improvisation and mime until graduating Beverly Hills High School, and studied mime with Marcel Marc...eau in Paris. At the age of 19, she appeared in the New Theatre For Now at the Mark Taper Forum and was accepted to the Theatre School at Cal Arts, but left after three months to join an improv workshop with her sister Tracy that later became The Groundlings. In 1974, Newman appeared in a Lily Tomlin special produced by Lorne Michaels. After seeing her in The Groundlings a second time, he hired her for "Saturday Night Live."

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New York Times columnist David Brooks will offer final thoughts on "American Identity," our Week Two theme, with a lecture on Friday, July 6, in the Amphitheater.

A highly sought-after social and political commentator, Brooks is the author of THE SOCIAL ANIMAL: THE HIDDEN SOURCES OF LOVE, CHARACTER, AND ACHIEVEMENT and, most recently, THE ROAD TO CHARACTER. He became an op-ed columnist for The New York Times in September 2003. Brooks has been a senior editor at The Weekly Standard and a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Atlantic, and is currently a regular commentator on the “PBS NewsHour.”

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Congrats to our friends and artistic partners at Charlotte Ballet, under the leadership of Hope Muir, for just completing their American-premiere run of "The Most Incredible Thing"! The show received some terrific press earlier this month in The New York Times:…/the-pet-shop-boys-most-incredible…

The British pop duo, whose ballet “The Most Incredible Thing” has its American premiere this week, have always been interested in the classical arts.

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Taína Caragol of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, will open our Week Two inquiry into "American Identity" with a lecture on Monday, July 2, in the Amphitheater.

Caragol is curator of painting and sculpture and Latino art and history at the National Portrait Gallery. Since 2013 she has led the effort to increase the representation of Latino historical figures and artists at the museum. During that time she has added over 130 portraits t...o the museum’s collection and curated the exhibitions “Portraiture Now: Staging the Self,” and “One Life: Dolores Huerta,” which is being expanded and redesigned for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service starting in 2018. She is also co-curator of “Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze,” “The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11-Present,” and “UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light, Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar.”

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#CHQ2018 lecturer Kory Stamper was featured on yesterday's Fresh Air with Terry Gross rebroadcast! Stamper will continue our Week One celebration of "The Life of the Written Word" on Thursday, June 28.

New words that enter the dictionary must meet three criteria, says Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper: widespread use, sustained use and meaningful use. Originally broadcast April 19, 2017.

Lots of great #CHQ2018 news to share in our mid-March round-up!

For our mid-March round-up of Chautauqua news, we're announcing a nearly complete Interfaith Lecture Series, a trove of new Amphitheater lecture confirmations, three more entertainers and an addition to the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle reading list.

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We launch Week Nine, "Documentary Film as Facilitator: Storytelling, Influence and Civil Discourse," with a panel conversation over two days convened by Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ken Burns. Collaborating to produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made, the panelists (including Geoffrey C. Ward and Dayton Duncan) will explore the art of storytelling through documentary film as well as the process of film production — lessons learned, boundaries crossed and aspirations for the future.

The conversations will form the centerpiece of the Week Nine Chautauqua Food & Film Festival, in which filmmakers will gather with film and food lovers for a festival featuring screenings, conversations and great fare.

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It’s day 14 of Music in Our Schools month! My day started with opening mail from kindergartners, thanking Chautauqua Institution for our Arts Integration trip t...o Appleton WI. The amazing Julie Mayer from Badger Elementary School translated the drawings and writing - too cute #chqartsed #MIOSM #MusicConnectsUs National Association for Music Education

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CHQ Director of Religion Maureen Rovegno, St. Bonaventure University President Emeritus Sr. Margaret Carney, and Robert H. Jackson Center President and CEO Susan Murphy discuss their participation in the December 2017 Western New York Interfaith Journey to the Holy Land, which was sponsored by the Buffalo Jewish Federation. Special thanks to Greg Peterson for moderating the panel.

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The hit public radio series Selected Shorts comes to the Amphitheater on July 16 to present "Love, Laughter, and Vodka," an evening of hilarious, surreal, moving and romantic tales by some of the greatest Russian writers. This program is a unique night of literature in performance, designed to showcase both the history and thriving presence of literary and performing arts at Chautauqua.

Selected Shorts is produced by Symphony Space in New York City and broad...cast on more than 150 stations around the country. The series began in 1985 and was conceived with a simple premise: take great stories by well-known and emerging writers and have them performed by terrific actors of stage and screen. While the Selected Shorts podcast consistently ranks as one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes with over 100,000 downloads every week, this is your chance to see it live in a place beloved by writers and actors alike.

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