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From entertaining concerts and shuffleboard tournaments to engaging lectures and children’s programs, Lakeside Chautauqua has a variety of opportunities for your family vacation this summer. Browse the monthly or daily calendars and search the event list to plan your visit to Lake Erie. The calendar changes frequently, so check back for updates to the programming schedule.

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Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival


Oct 12, 2013
09:00am – 04:00pm

Lakeside and the Marblehead Peninsula

The Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival, a cherished fall tradition, will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 in Lakeside and throughout the Marblehead Peninsula.

This free, peninsula-wide event will include a variety of activities for the entire family to enjoy. There will be tours of the Marblehead Lighthouse, live entertainment, children's crafts, pumpkin-decorating contest, arts & crafts vendors, farmers' market, hayrides and much more.

The Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival is sponsored by the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Lake Erie Shores & Islands and Lakeside Chautauqua.

Marblehead Lighthouse & Wolcott House Tours

Marblehead Lighthouse Tours
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Marblehead Lighthouse State Park (110 Lighthouse Dr., Marblehead, Ohio)

Tours of the Marblehead Lighthouse will be given to guests on the day of the festival. The Marblehead Lighthouse, built in 1821, is the second oldest lighthouse on the Great Lakes and the oldest in continuous operation on the Great Lakes.

Free Wolcott House Tours
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Keeper’s House (9999 E. Bayshore Rd., Marblehead, Ohio)

The Ottawa County Historical Society will offer free tours of the Wolcott House on the day of the festival. It is one of the oldest surviving homes in Ottawa County and a home to the first three Marblehead Lighthouse keepers.

Live Entertainment in Lakeside

12-3:15 p.m., Hoover Auditorium Porch

In Lakeside, there will be live entertainment for all ages performed on Hoover Auditorium Porch. From 12-1:30 p.m., Lance Horwedel will play acoustic rock music from the 1970s and 1980s. Lakeside favorite, Chip Richter & The Munks, will perform a family-friendly show from 1:45-3:15 p.m.

Pumpkin-Decorating Contest

Pumpkin-Decorating Contest Drop Off
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Hoover Auditorium Lobby

Lakeside’s Pumpkin-Decorating Contest will feature several carved, painted and decorated pumpkins. Enter an already carved, painted or decorated pumpkin to receive a 2014 Miniature-Golf Pass. Prizes will be awarded to Most Creative Design Overall, Best Child Design (age 11 & under), Best Teen Design (age 12-17), Best Painted Design, Scariest Design and Best Use of Props.

Announcement of Pumpkin-Decorating Contest Winners
3:15 p.m., Hoover Auditorium Porch

Following Chip Richter’s performance, the Pumpkin-Decorating Contest winners will be announced. The child and youth winners will each receive two Orchestra Hall Movie Passes. Winners of the other categories receive four 2014 Daily Chautauqua Passes. The overall winner receives four 2014 Daily Chautauqua Passes and a $25 gift certificate to the Hotel Lakeside Café.

Festival Activities & Events in Lakeside

Arts & Crafts Vendors 
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Wesley Lodge, Wo-Ho-Mis Lodge, South Auditorium & Adjacent Lawn

Organized by the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, there will be more than 80 arts and crafts vendors displaying quality collectibles.

Farmers’ Market
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Walnut Avenue (between Second & Third Streets)

Local farmers will sell vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, pumpkins, jams and baked goods. Eco-friendly bags are available for purchase at the Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office for $1.

Free Corn Hole
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Walnut Avenue (between Third & Fourth Streets)

Corn Hole will be set up on Walnut Avenue for all to play.

Free Lakeside Golf Cart Shuttle Service
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Lakeside Grounds

A complimentary golf cart shuttle service will be provided throughout the Lakeside grounds. Shuttle stops will be located at the Welcome Center, Wo-Ho-Mis, Third Street/Central Avenue, Orchestra Hall, Hotel Lakeside and Fifth Street/Walnut Avenue.

Heritage Hall Museum Open
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Heritage Hall Museum (238 Maple Ave.)

The unique history of Lakeside and the Marblehead Peninsula is preserved and exhibited in Heritage Hall Museum. Displays include photographs, memorabilia and antiques from Lakeside, Marblehead and Danbury. The museum gift shop will also be open with 2014 Lakeside wall calendars available for purchase.

Sailboat Rides with B-About Sail Ministry (ages 10 & older)
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Departs from Pavilion/Lakeside Dock (Sign-up starts at 9 a.m.)

B-About Sail Ministry will provide sailboat rides with Captain Chad on the sailboat, Journey. The 40-minute long rides will travel to the Marblehead Lighthouse and back to Lakeside. Passengers must be age 10 & older. Life jackets will be provided. Each ride accommodates 15 passengers. The rides are donation only.

Free Historic Walking Tour
10:30 a.m., Meet at Heritage Hall Museum (238 Maple Ave.)

While on the grounds, discover Lakeside’s rich history by taking a 90-minute guided, historic walking tour through the fall foliage and past the Victorian cottages.

Children’s Crafts
10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Walnut Avenue (between Third & Fourth Streets)

Children will have the opportunity to participate in several fall-themed crafts.

Free Miniature Golf & Shuffleboard 
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Central Park

Enjoy a free game of miniature golf or shuffleboard in Central Park.

11 a.m.-4 p.m., Departs from Hotel Lakeside

Hayrides throughout Lakeside will be provided by the McClung family of My Mother’s Market, a local farmers’ market vendor.

Family Movie: "Planes" (PG)
 4 p.m. & 8 p.m., Orchestra Hall
($6/adult, $3/child-12 years & under)

“Planes” is a 2013 computer-animated adventure starring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a fast-flying crop duster who dreams of competing in the most exhilarating around-the-world race. The only problem is Dusty’s fear of heights and his inability to race. Luckily, Dusty has a mentor, Skipper (voice of Stacy Keach), who is an encouraging buddy that helps him to qualify for the competition. The defending champ of the race, Ripslinger (voice of Roger Craig Smith), begins to be intimidated by Dusty because of his speed and sportsmanship. The real question is, will Dusty get over his fear’s and win the race? (92 mins)

Shopping & Dining

Businesses will be open throughout Lakeside Chautauqua and the Marblehead Peninsula offering sales and specials. In addition to local restaurants throughout Lakeside and the Marblehead Peninsula, food will be served from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in various locations in Lakeside.

Lakeside United Methodist Men Food
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Walnut Avenue (between Second & Third Streets)

Enjoy brats, pulled pork, chips, soft drinks and cookies. All proceeds benefit the Lakeside United Methodist Church mission projects.

Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Food
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Wesley Lodge

Feast on hot dogs, chili dogs, sloppy Joes, pulled pork, lobster bisque, soft drinks and desserts. Proceeds benefit the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival.

Fall Weekend Getaway Special

Reservations are now being accepted for a Fall Weekend Getaway Special at the Fountain Inn. Stay two nights and receive 50% off your entire stay, available Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12. Continental breakfast is complimentary with each reservation.

To book your stay, contact (419) 798-4461, ext. 230 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). This rate can also be accessed online 24/7 by using the promocode: FALLFEST13. Available for standard rooms only – suites excluded.

Calling All Volunteers

Lakeside Chautauqua  would like to extend a sincere thank you to the many volunteers who have dedicated time to support the mission of Lakeside. Even though the summer season has ended, Lakeside continues to rely on the time and talent of its many volunteers.

Lakeside Chautauqua would like to invite volunteers to assist at the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. Volunteers are needed for set-up, children’s crafts, shuttle service, the Lakeside booths at Wesley Lodge and Walnut Avenue and cleanup. Volunteers are not required to work the entire day, as shifts will be available. To volunteer, contact (419) 798-4461, ext. 248 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Purchasing a Daily, Saturday or Season Chautauqua Pass includes admission into Lakeside Chautauqua and all shows in Hoover Auditorium, plus additional benefits. A separate "ticket" is not necessary to attend a Hoover show. As always, children age 12 and under and guests over age 90 are always free. Parking is an additional charge. Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes may be purchased online at or upon entering the gates of Lakeside. Please allow two weeks for online processing. There are no reserved seats for Hoover shows; seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. Present your Chautauqua Pass upon entering Hoover Auditorium.

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