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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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Photography Workshop with David FitzSimmons


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Lakeside Chautauqua Grounds

Join Sigma Pro photographer David FitzSimmons and naturalist-photographer Jim McCormac for a three-day photo workshop along the beautiful south shore of Lake Erie, exploring everything from landscapes and macro to wildlife.

From September 20-22, photograph sunrises, sunsets, wetlands, Lake Erie shorelines, birds, wildflowers, glacial grooves, Marblehead Lighthouse, and more. The workshop features both classroom and field sessions. There will be more than $500 in door prizes, too.

Registration includes six meals and two nights’ lodging at the Fountain Inn. Space is limited. Sign up today.

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. Curious Critters Ohio is one of 14 state-focused board books helping introduce the youngest readers to animals in their own backyards.

McCormac, a pre-eminent Ohio naturalist, is retired from 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.

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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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