Community Programs

Lakeside’s community programs allow guests of all ages to learn about the world, explore the environment and study history. A diverse range of seminars and events, from environmental stewardship and gardening to literary discussions and historic walking tours are held throughout the summer. Whatever you choose, our community studies challenge you to think in new and exciting ways.

Please see the calendar of events for detailed information on the programs below. 

Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle

The Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle (CLSC), founded in 1878 by the Chautauqua Institution in New York, is considered the oldest continuous book club in the U.S. The Lakeside CLSC is a local affiliate of that organization and chooses books based on the reading list provided by the New York CLSC to read during the off-season for discussion at the round table sessions during the summer.

Gardening Programs

Ask the Gardener
Visit the Farmers Market on Tuesdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. to speak with Lakeside’s master gardener, Loretta Wilken. Bring your gardening questions and plant photos for identification.

Get Growing! Gardening Program
Thursday programs at 1:30 p.m., coordinated by Loretta Wilkin, provide opportunities to learn more about gardening topics. Unless otherwise noted, the programs take place at the Train Station.

Lakeside Heritage Society

The Lakeside Heritage Society, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving and exhibiting the history of Lakeside and the Marblehead Peninsula. The society’s museum, archives and educational programs are supported through membership dues, donations and proceeds from annual benefit sales, books and special projects.

Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society

The Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society (LESS) is an organization that coordinates educational programs and field trips to raise environmental awareness. The organization leads youth programs, service projects, tree walks and bird walks throughout the summer.

Lakeside Women’s Club

The Lakeside Women’s Club has been an integral and vital part of the Lakeside experience since 1928. The organization hosts several book discussions, programs, book reviews and events for women, men and girls throughout the summer.