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Power of the Pillars: Arts & Entertainment

With Lakeside Chautauqua’s 150th Anniversary just around the corner, we’re excited to introduce you to Lakeside Onlinea new way to connect with friends year-round, explore the Chautauqua experience from the comfort of home and catch a sneak peek of what’s in store for the Sesquicentennial Celebration next summer.  

From December through April, join us to discuss books written by next summer’s visiting authors and speakers and participate in virtual conversations with the Chautauqua Pillar Directors and an Advent Study. 

Can’t wait until the summer 2023 season? Get a sneak peek now as Shirley Stary, Director of Arts & Entertainment, will provide insight and overview to the arts and entertainments guests will experience during summer 2023. Who will be in Hoover and how does the season or arts and entertainment come together? Plus, this session will welcome Steve Hartman, American Broadcast Journalist, who will provide a “call to action” to Lakesiders to be part of his special keynote presentation on Tuesday, July 18 at 8 p.m.  

For the inaugural year of Lakeside Online, programs will be free-of-charge. Donations are gratefully accepted to support these mission-driven programs. Visit lakesideohio.com/today to make a contribution. Sign up for one or all of the experiences. Zoom links will be sent via email 48 hours in advance of each program. For questions, contact Jeannie Fleming-Gifford, Vice President of Programming, at jeannie@lakesideohio.com

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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.  

Steve Hartman is a CBS News correspondent based in New York, a role he has held since 1998. Hartman brings viewers moving stories from the unique people he meets in his weekly award-winning feature segment “On the Road,” which airs every Friday on the “CBS Evening News” repeats on “CBS Sunday Morning.” 

 Hartman is also well known for his multiple award-winning feature series, “Everybody Has a Story.” He proved the adage by tossing a dart at a map of America and then randomly picking an interview subject from the local phone book. Debuting in 1998, and continuing for the next seven years, Hartman produced more than 120 such pieces. In 2010, Hartman reprised the series on a global scale. In partnership with NASA, each “Everybody in the World Has a Story” segment began with an astronaut in the International Space Station spinning a globe and pointing to random locations for Hartman to travel and find a story. In one month’s time, Hartman went around the world twice. 

He has won dozens of prestigious broadcast journalism awards for his work: An Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award, three national Emmy awards and nine RTNDA/Edward R. Murrow awards, including a record seven citations for best writing. 

He was a feature reporter at KCBS-TV in Los Angeles (1994-98), WABC-TV in New York (1991-94) and KSTP-TV in Minneapolis (1987-91). He began his career in broadcast journalism at WTOL-TV in Toledo as a news intern and general assignment reporter (1984-87). 

Hartman graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1985 with a degree in broadcast journalism. He is married with three children and lives in Catskill, New York.

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Feb 12, 2023


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Arts & Entertainment



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