Saturday, August 8, 2009

Chautauqua Institution, New York

I've been lucky enough to make two trips to Chautauqua in the past week. Chautauqua Institution is just an hour an a half away, on the shore of Chautauqua Lake in New York. Founded in 1874, the summer retreat is based on four pillars: arts, education, religion and recreation. Over the years, the Institution has hosted speakers that include: Susan B. Anthony, Lucille Ball, Gary Trudeau, Tim Zagat, Amelia Earhart and many Presidents. Visitors park their cars outside the gates, then walk the picturesque streets. As you stroll around the perfectly manicured grounds, you feel transported into another world. Musicians, artists and speakers seem to be around every corner.

Bob on one of the brick covered streets

Bob and I visited during Cinema Week (each week has its own theme). We heard Matthew Modine speak in an outdoor amphitheater.

An artists painting.

Ben sitting on a chair in someone's yard. Their sign invites visitors to sit, relax and think awhile.

Me with my mom, aunt and kids.

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