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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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Labor Day Weekend Entertainment at the Pavilion & Central Park


Sep 3, 2017
12:00pm – 04:30pm

Pavilion & Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo (map)

To celebrate Labor Day weekend, live music will be played from 12-4:30 p.m. at the Pavilion and Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo.

Brass Band of the Western Reserve
12-2 p.m. Pavilion East Deck

The Brass Band of the Western Reserve (BBWR) was established in 1997 with high musical standards and a lot of enthusiasm. The band consists solely of brass instruments, which attributes to its unique and dynamic sound.

Membership includes musicians of all walks of life including music educators, students, accountants, attorneys, information technology, specialists, pastors and truck drivers.

Dr. Keith M. Wilkinson is the Director of the BBWR and has enjoyed playing such an integral part in the development of the ensemble. The band has recorded several albums, with its most recent, Fanfare and Celebration, released in 2013.

Matt Jergens
2-3 p.m. Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo

Comedy juggler Matt Jergens will return to Lakeside for a non-stop, entertaining show. His favorite tricks include balancing a basket of eggs on a 20-foot pole, juggling razor-sharp knives and riding around on a tall unicycle. The audience will be left on the edge of their seats as Jergens appears to defy gravity in a never-before-seen kind of way.

Jergens learned how to juggle in 1993, as he began tossing and catching clay balls, which instantly sparked an interest. Over the next few years, he met several jugglers and learned new and fascinating ways to manipulate objects.

Once he began college at Ohio State University, he learned the business side of show business from his roommate. Jergens also learned how to work with agents and used the money he earned from juggling gigs to pay his way through school.

After college, he started working for venues such as Holland America Cruise Line, Universal Studios Florida, Hershey Park and others. Now, he travels and performs for audiences nationwide.

The Professors
3-4:30 p.m. Pavilion West Deck

The Professors weave the music of the 1960s – the music that changed the world and defined a generation – into their innovative shows. Classics from The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Byrds, The Animals and many more come alive in a fun, high-energy performance that brings audiences of all ages to their feet.

Bruce Roberts (guitar and vocals) started his first band, The Mods, in Columbus in the 1960s and has performed with some of Central Ohio’s top acts. His passion for music led him to Barry Hayden and, together, they formed the core of what was to become The Professors.

Jim Lynch (guitar and vocals) has been a driving force in the Central Ohio music scene since the mid-1960s. Some of his career highlights include stints in The Lapse of Time, The Gears, Spittin’ Image, The Alligators, The Hipnotics and more. His guitar and vocal skills allow him to meld perfectly with the rest of the band, and his personality and enthusiasm has made him a favorite of The Professors’ “students” everywhere.

Billy Zenn (bass and vocals) first stepped on stage at age 7 as a ventriloquist. However, his entertainment aspirations took a turn toward music when The Beatles first appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Beginning with his first band and continuing to his current home with The Professors, Zenn is a performer who means what he says and delivers every time.

Greg Winter (drums and vocals) brings a wealth of experience to the band, including performances with Willie Pooch, Tony Monaco, John Boertsler, Dave Workman, Paradise Island, Hank Marr, Chip Willis and Yogi Cowan.


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