Lakeside Ohio

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, along with photographer-naturalists Art Weber and Jim McCormac, for a three-day photography workshop along the beautiful shores of Lake Erie from Wednesday, Sept. 20-Friday, Sept. 22. Participants will explore everything from landscapes and macro to wildlife.

At the workshop, 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 third 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.

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.

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Lakeside Chautauqua Admission

In order to provide quality entertainment, preachers, speakers, recreational activities and maintenance to our grounds and buildings, Lakeside Chautauqua is a gated community. Guests are required to pay a Chautauqua Pass fee to enter the grounds during the summer season.

Complimentary Passes are available for church services, Faith for Living Hour, laundry, movies, shopping and dining in Lakeside. To park your vehicle inside or nearby Lakeside a Daily Auto Pass is required. For specific costs, visit the Admission & Chautauqua Fee Schedule page.

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