Lakeside Chautauqua – Lecture Series & iPhone Photography Workshop – July 1-3, 2015

Hotel Lakeside, Lakeside Chautauqua, Ohio
Hotel Lakeside, Lakeside Chautauqua, Ohio

Lakeside Chautauqua, located on the Marblehead Peninsula in northwest Ohio, is the second largest of the seventeen Chautauqua communities in the United States. Founded in 1873 by a group of Ohio Methodist preachers, the Chautauqua Movement emphasizes the four “pillars” of religion, education, arts, and recreation, and was described by Theodore Roosevelt as “the most American thing in America.” Larry Bleiberg, co-author of The 100 Best Affordable Vacations, a guide published by the National Geographic Society, claims Chautauquas are “like a theme park for the mind.”

Sunrise over Lake Erie at Lakeside Chautauqua
Sunrise over Lake Erie at Lakeside Chautauqua

Lakeside Chautauqua is a great location for outdoor photography. The Lake Erie shoreline here has been described as “Ohio’s most beautiful mile.” The one square mile community includes more than nine hundred private cottages and fifty buildings that represent more than a dozen building styles, including Gothic Revival, Second Empire, Stick, Queen Anne, Shingle, Colonial, Craftsman, Spanish Colonial, and Italianate. Many of the cottages feature stately old trees and beautiful gardens, which can be viewed when strolling the quiet streets of the community.

Each week during the summer season, which runs from the second week in June for about 14 weeks, a series of lectures are held at Lakeside. I will be participating this year with the following four lectures and a workshop:

July 1     10:00 am – 11:30 am     A Photographer’s Guide to Ohio

July 1       1:30 pm –  3:00 pm     A Photographer’s Guide to Ohio – Volume 2 

July 2    10:00 am – 11:30 am     Gossamer Wings: Dragonflies & Damselflies of Ohio

July 2       1:30 pm –  3:00 pm     Mushrooms of Ohio

July 3      9:00 am –   1:00 pm     iPhone Photography Workshop  

Signed copies of my books, A Photographer’s Guide to Ohio, A Photographer’s Guide to Ohio – Volume 2, and the new, centennial edition of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens will be available for sale after the lectures.

The lectures on July 1-2 and the iPhone Photography Workshop on July 3 are free for Lakeside residents. For visitors to Lakeside, purchasing a Chautauqua Pass to enter Lakeside grants access to education programs at no additional charge. A Chautauqua Pass is $20.50 for adults and $14 for youth (ages 12-18) per day and allows free access to programs on the day you enter Lakeside, as well as until 7 p.m. the following day.

Children under age 12 and guests over the age of 90 are always free. Chautauqua Passes may be purchased in advance at or upon entering the gates of Lakeside.

To park on the grounds, an Auto Pass is required for $10 per day (complimentary shuttle service is available at select locations). Parking is also available at the South Gate Parking Lot for $5 per day (complimentary shuttle service is available from the parking lot) and the Danbury School Parking Lot for $1 per day (no shuttle service and limited parking dates based on school schedule).

For details about admission to Lakeside Chautauqua or parking, visit or contact (419) 798-4461, ext. 247.


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