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Power of the Pillars: Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

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After a successful launch last winter, Lakeside Online is back! Through April 2024, join virtual conversations with the Chautauqua Pillar Directors; create meaningful connections through Centering Prayer, Advent and Lenten Studies; get a behind-the-scenes look at the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra; and introduce young Lakesiders to Chip Richter’s interactive Once Upon a Porch series.

Can’t wait until the 2024 Chautauqua summer season? Catch a quick glimpse as Shirley Stary, Director of Arts & Entertainment, provides insight and an overview of the arts and entertainers we will experience next summer. Stary will highlight the top marquee acts who will take center stage in Hoover Auditorium and the Steele Memorial Bandstand. 

Lakeside Online programs are free of charge and easily accessible via Zoom. Donations are gratefully accepted to support these mission-driven gatherings. Visit to contribute. Register now for one or all of the Lakeside Online experiences. Zoom links will be sent via email 48 hours in advance of each program.


Shirley Stary serves as the Director of Arts Programming and joined Lakeside Chautauqua staff in 2005. Her responsibilities include coordinating over 75 nightly arts and entertainment programs during the summer Chautauqua season as well as arts festivals, exhibits and entertainment events across the grounds. Stary also functions as the orchestra manager for the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra.  

Prior to her role with Lakeside Chautauqua, Stary was employed for 13 years as Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Student Activities, as well as adjunct faculty, at Ashland University.  Other previous positions include English Instructor in Yokosuka, Japan (1991-93) and Actors’ Equity Stage Manager for the San Diego Repertory Theatre (1986-1991).  

Stary received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Technical Theatre from Ashland University and a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from the University of Akron.  

Stary has served as a board member for the Firelands Musical Arts Series, the Ohio Arts Presenters’ Network, the Ashland Symphony Orchestra and the National Association for Campus Activities.  She also served on several grant review panels for the Ohio Arts Council and is a member of the Ohio Citizens for the Arts.   

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Feb 18, 2024


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm



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