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The Day Hate Came to Chautauqua
8/13/2022 1:47 pm
12:43 PM. Friday, August 12, 2022. Lockdown.
Many days in Chautauqua's long history will live in memory. Today will be one of those. As with other significant events in our lives, there will be a before and after. Yesterday marked all the days before violence came to Chautauqua. In all the days after, we will know what it felt like to see evil and hatred intrude upon our space, our home, our peace.
As my colleagues and I sat together in the front room of Alumni Hall, our minds were muddled with questions: What should we be doing? Is there anything we're forgetting about? How can I help those I am sheltered with? How is everyone really doing under the surface? What's going on out there?
One of us lives near the Tops Market in Buffalo - another place where evil brutally raised its head just a few short months ago. Old wounds, recently begun to heal, opened up.
Another was sitting in the front row of the Amp when Mr. Rushdie was attacked. Although we offered everything at our disposal to reassure her, her thoughts were on getting home to a familiar, solid place of comfort. She attempted to get there but was turned back at the gate, told no one was allowed to leave. She came back to us and, though a poor substitute, we did our best to console.
One bustled around, making sure everyone had all the comforts they needed - food, water, restrooms, coffee, tea, phone chargers, books to read - all the while wondering how Sony, who was on stage introducing Mr. Rushdie when he was attacked, was holding up. Lifting prayers for everyone, over and over.
And all of us tried to avoid thinking the worst, while hoping for the best - that Mr. Rushdie and Mr. Reese would be fine.
Checking our phones. Checking our emails. Reassuring family and friends we were safe. Reassuring each other everything would be okay. Looking for some shred of normalcy in what was supposed to be a routine Friday. Desperate to hear good news. Pretending to work while our thoughts were elsewhere.
When lockdown ended, my husband came to pick me up. He couldn't get past the Main Gate, so I walked, pulling my luggage-filled wagon behind me, to meet him there. I didn't realize how emotionally drained I was until I saw him standing in the parking lot. I leaned into his shoulder and let the tears come, trying to make sense of what happened, worried about everyone's well-being as we scattered to our homes for the weekend.
Last night, from the comfort of my living room, I watched the Vigil Service in the Hall of Philosophy. Michael Hill reminded us that our place in the world is to keep holding conversations. We need to meet each other in commonality, peace, and kindness. He is right, of course.
And so, today, I will rest. Tomorrow, I will pick up my shield and go back out into the world to do what I can for peace. My Chautauqua friends, colleagues, and I will stand shoulder-to shoulder and we will talk, and we will show grace, and we will pray that this kind of evil never comes here again.
8/2/2022 11:59 am
Special Announcement from the CLSC Alumni Association Board:
Announcing the retirement of the following board members at the end of the 2022 season. The Alumni Association would like to thank them for their many years of service:
Dick Karslake President
Don Greenhouse, Treasurer
Gary Dobler, Guild President
Jim Kullberg, Finance Chair
Please come to Alumni Hall at 5:00 pm on August 23rd to celebrate their contributions. Also honored will be Marianne Karslake who started the tradition of the Silent Auction, raising funds for the Alumni Association’s scholarships.
This Interim Board will be voted on
during the annual meeting before the Gala
on Wednesday, August 3 at 5:30, on the lawn of Alumni Hall
President: Pat McDonald
VP of Building and Grounds: Bill Crittenden
Secretary: John Ford
Treasurer: Laura Ryan
Finance Chair: Griff McDonald
Banner Chair: Charlotte Crittenden
President of the Seven Seals: Ellen Chamberlin
Historian: Mary Lee Talbot
Librarian: Donna Dominick
Recognition Week 2022
7/29/2022 11:17 am
The countdown is on! Recognition Week officially begins in less than 48 hours!
Below is a line-up of the events - places, dates, and times - for your convenience. We look forward to seeing many of you back on the grounds next week as we catch up with old friends and celebrate the Class of 2022.
Sunday, July 31
10:45 am - Amp - Baccalaureate Ceremony
8:00 pm - Amp - Vigil Ceremony and Sacred Song Service
9:00 pm - HOP - Remainder of Vigil Ceremony and Kate Kimball White Gift Presentations
9:30 pm - Alumni Hall - Reception for the Class of 2022
Wednesday, August 3
8:15 am - Hall of Christ - the Class of 2022 gathers
8:45 am - Bestor Plaza - Alumni arrive and gather behind their banners
9:00 am - HOP - Recognition Day Ceremony
12:15 pm - Alumni Hall Lawn - Luncheon for the Class of 2022 and their guests. Tickets for graduates are free. Guest tickets are $15. They can be purchased in advance at the front desk of Alumni Hall.
5:30 pm - Alumni Hall Lawn - Alumni Gala - Light dinner for all alumni. There will be a brief meeting followed by dinner. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance at the front desk of Alumni Hall.
Thursday, August 4
12:15 pm - Ballroom at Alumni Hall - Guild Graduate Luncheon - For alumni who are who are entering the Guild of Seven Seals or moving up a level. Those entering the Guild or moving up a Guild level are free. Guest tickets are $15 and may be purchased in advance at the front desk of Alumni Hall.
7/19/2022 9:00 pm
Our Brown Bag event today features Stephine Hunt presenting a discussion on this year's Chautauqua Prize Winner: All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler by Rebecca Donner. Come hear Stephine introduce and discuss this timely piece of literature.
Jeff Margolis takes us on a trip to New Orleans tonight as we view the National World War II Museum through his eyes. If you can't make it in person, there is a Zoom link below the photo of Jeff that will allow you to watch his presentation live tonight.
Join our Eventide via Zoom:
7/14/2022 1:21 pm
MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND THE GREAT AMERICAN PICNIC AND THE SILENT AUCTION!!
THIS SUNDAY, JULY 17!!
THE PICNIC RUNS FROM NOON - 2:30 ON THE LAWN OF ALUMNI HALL
THE SILENT AUCTION IS IN SEAVER GYMNASIUM AT 55 SOUTH LAKE - 12-4!
EAT! SHOP! ALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE! SUPPORT YOUR ALUMNI ASSOCIATION!
Hours in Season
9 - 5