Lakeside Chautauqua’s community programs allow guests of all ages to learn about the world, explore the environment and study history. A diverse range of seminars and events, from environmental stewardship and herb gardening to literary discussions and historic walking tours are held throughout the season. Whatever you choose, our community studies challenge you to think in new and exciting ways.
The Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle (CLSC), founded in 1878 by the Chautauqua Institution in New York, is considered the oldest continuous book club in the U.S. The Lakeside CLSC is a local affiliate of that organization and chooses books based on the reading list provided by the New York CLSC to read during the off-season for discussion at the roundtable sessions during the summer.
This 3 p.m. Friday program engages attendees in moderated dialogue about current international events, with an emphasis on U.S. foreign policy issues. Jeff Dieterich, a retired Foreign Service Officer with 35 years of government experience, leads the forum.
The Herb Study meets at 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Train Station. Herb enthusiasts present programs on a wide variety of herbs and their uses in food, crafts and health. Participants have the opportunity to experience the wonders of herbs and many times are able to bring samples home to try. For more information, download the Herb Study Brochure or read the weekly Lakesider newspaper.
The Lakeside Heritage Society, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving and exhibiting the history of Lakeside and the Marblehead Peninsula. The society’s museum, archives and educational programs are supported through membership dues, donations and proceeds from annual benefit sales, books and special projects.
The Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society (LESS) is an organization that coordinates educational programs and field trips to raise environmental awareness. The organization leads youth programs, service projects, tree walks and bird walks throughout the summer.
The Lakeside Women's Club has been an integral and vital part of the Lakeside experience since 1928. The organization hosts several book discussions, programs, book reviews and events for women, men and girls throughout the summer.
Symphony Pre-Concert Talks prepare listeners to fully understand and enjoy the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra concerts. A background on the life and influences of each composer, as well as an understanding of the story behind the music are discussed. Talks are held prior to selected symphony performances.