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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 Photography Workshop


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Join Sigma Pro photographer David FitzSimmons, along with photographer-naturalists Art Weber and Jim McCormac, for a three-day photography workshop along the beautiful south shore of Lake Erie from Tuesday, Sept. 20-Thursday, Sept. 22. Participants will explore everything from landscapes and macro to wildlife.

Photograph sunrises, sunsets, wetlands, Lake Erie shorelines, birds, flowers, glacial grooves, the Marblehead Lighthouse and more. Plus, enjoy a private bird photography session at Back to the Wild Wildlife Rehabilitation & Nature Education Center.

The second annual workshop will feature both classroom and field sessions. Registration includes meals and lodging. Sigma will provide a variety of loaner lenses in popular mounts. Plus, more than$1,000 in door prizes.

FitzSimmons, a Sigma Pro photographer, has been published in Shutterbug, Popular Photography, Professional Photographer and Outdoor Photographer.

His 11 books include non-fiction children’s board books and picture books in his Curious Critters series and two books on vernal pools - Animals of Ohio’s Ponds and Vernal Pools and Salamander Dance (April 2016).

Weber, the founder and former Director of the National Center for Nature Photography, is a well-known nature photographer, journalist and author.

He has published thousands of nature photographs, written hundreds of columns and released two critically acclaimed books. Weber’s works have won more than 100 state, regional, national and international awards.

McCormac, a pre-eminent Ohio naturalist, works for the Ohio Division of Wildlife. He specializes in birds, education and wildlife diversity.

He is the author of several books, including Birds of Ohio, Wild Ohio: The Best of Our Natural Heritage and The Great Lakes Nature Guide. McCormac also writes a column entitled “Nature” for the Columbus Dispatch.

Check out images and participant comments from last year’s workshop on the Lakeside Chautauqua Photo Workshop Facebook page and download the brochure.


Registration includes the workshop, meals and accommodations. The workshop runs from 3 p.m. Tuesday to early afternoon Thursday. To register, complete the 2016 Lakeside Photography Workshop Registration Form.

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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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