Lakeside receives Ohio Capital Budget funds


We’re thrilled to announce that $550,000 in state funding for Lakeside Chautauqua was included in the Ohio Capital Budget approved by the Ohio General Assembly. Lakeside will receive $450,000 for erosion mitigation and prevention of the western shoreline through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and $100,000 for the restoration and enhancements to Hoover Auditorium.
We’re grateful to Ohio State Senators Theresa Gavarone and Stephanie Kunze and Ohio House Representative DJ Swearingen for their time in meeting with Lakeside’s leadership and for supporting these investments in our community.
“This funding will be transformational for Lakeside,” said Kip Greenhill, Lakeside Chautauqua President & CEO. “It reinforces and strengthens our western shoreline so that we can withstand Nor’easters and Lake Erie’s changing water levels, as well as allow us to begin to imagine how we might provide even higher quality entertainment and expand our Chautauqua season in Hoover Auditorium.”
Under the leadership of Greenhill, Lakeside has undertaken revisions to how we manage and operate our $11 million organization by implementing the next best practices to make better and more timely decisions, save money, and streamline the operations of our nonprofit organization. One initiative has been aggressively pursuing outside government funding.
“The preparation for these government grants required hours of work and the collaboration of multiple departments,” said Greenhill. “I’d like to thank the Lakeside Team for their cooperation in this process, and give special thanks to Mallory Glenn, our Development Director, who was instrumental in ensuring Lakeside submitted the best application.”

Chautauqua Jazz Week Experience, June 12-16


The Chautauqua Jazz Week Experience (June 12-16) is a new program introduced by musician Michael Shirtz and inspired by the musical art form of Jazz. Featuring artists-in-residence and guest musicians, this experience includes a series of opportunities for music students, educators, and enthusiasts to celebrate Jazz through participation in workshops, sessions, lectures, concerts, and interactive performances.
Exploring the music from its roots through its influence in today’s modern genres, students of all ages will explore the impact of Jazz, its legends and innovators, hallmark recordings and compositions, and its everlasting cultural exchanges on the world stage. Registration for the four Featured Workshops is $35 per workshop, limited space available. Register by Friday, June 10. Please note: the Chautauqua Lecture Series, concerts and performances during Chautauqua Jazz Week Experience are open to the Lakeside community and included in the cost of a Daily, Weekly or Season Chautauqua Pass. Only the all-day Special Workshops require paid registration.
The Chautauqua Jazz Week Experience is made possible by the Ohio Arts Council’s 2022 Arts Resiliency Initiative Community Grant, the largest grant Lakeside has received from OAC. The OAC is funded in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature. The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.

Climate Change & Lake Erie lectures


Save the date and plan to attend one or all four sessions of this new lecture series developed by the Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society (LESS) and Lakeside Wooden Boat Society (LWBS) in partnership with Lakeside Chautauqua.
This Climate Change & Lake Erie Lecture Series, held in Orchestra Hall, features expert scientists and thought leaders presented both with in-person and virtual formats on June 15, June 22, June 29 and July 6. From global climate change to toxic cyanobacterial blooms, each session includes a one-hour thought-provoking and informational lecture followed by Q&A.

Neighborhood Gatherings


As we approach our 150th Anniversary, it’s imperative that we start to think intentionally about the future of Lakeside. From admission fees and growing the endowment to the next generation Chautauqua experience and guests’ expectations, we must purposely plan for the future.
We’re committed to listening, keeping you informed and inviting you to be a part of the conversation this summer. Your voice, ideas and insights matter.
Join us at a Neighborhood Gathering this summer, held graciously in a number of Lakesiders’ homes or the Train Station. To RSVP to a gathering, visit Please include each attendee’s name. Spots are limited per location. Once you sign up, we’ll contact you with arrival and location details.
Hoover Auditorium: Behind the Curtain Tours 
Hoover Auditorium has served as Lakeside’s cultural arts and community hub for more than 90 years. This summer, take a tour backstage and on stage to learn about the unique history behind this venue and how we hope to preserve it for the next 90 years.
For those who wish to participate in our Behind the Curtain Tours, meet in the lobby of Hoover Auditorium at 3 p.m. Wednesdays from July 6-August 10. Tours are approximately 30 minutes plus a Q&A session. Pre-registration is not required.
As we think about the preservation of our historic venues and the future of our community, stay informed by joining us for a Behind the Curtain Tour of Hoover Auditorium this summer.

Thank you, volunteers!


On behalf of Lakeside Chautauqua, the Foundation and both Boards, I’d like to thank our countless volunteers who step forward each week to help with the many Chautauqua pillar programs, historic buildings, and beautiful grounds. Lakeside volunteers are the lifeblood to creating and enhancing the Chautauqua experience.
If you’d like to get involved this summer and meet new friends, consider joining the Lakeside Chautauqua Volunteer Corps. Visit to view our Volunteer Portal of available opportunities and sign up.
Many of you step forward to work alongside the staff and graciously lend a helping hand. Thank you for your time, expertise and dedication to our community.
Kip Greenhill
President & CEO, Lakeside Chautauqua