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.

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Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle

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.


World Affairs Dialogue

This 3 p.m. Friday program engages attendees in a moderated discussion about current world affairs and the impact they have on the U.S.


Get Growing! Gardening Program

Thursday programs at 8:30 a.m., coordinated by Lakeside's Master Gardener, provide opportunities to learn more about gardening topics.

The 2018 schedule is as follows:

June 21: Growing a Healthy Tree Population (Walk & Talk) with Domenic Liberatore & Martin Brosch

June 28: New Plants Produce New Results with Steve Coughlin & Sharon Barnes

July 5: Gundlach Garden Tour (Walk & Talk) with Marilyn & Bill Dudrow

July 12: A Circle of Life: Mindful Gardening with Cheryl Harner

July 19: Christmas in July: With a Bushel of Apples & a Pine Tree with Polly Albrecht

July 26: Mulberry Creek Miniatures with Mark & Karen Langan

August 2: Growing the Delightful Dahlia with Dwight King

August 9: Fading Summer Perennials, Glorious Fall Bloomers with Debby Geisheimer

August 16: Pinterest Posts: Fabulous or Failure? with Lou McPeek

August 23: Artful Tufa Rock Planters with Succulents with Kathy & Jim Maloney

August 30: Hydrangeas Demystified (Walk & Talk) with Loretta Wilken


Herb Study Programs

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.


Lakeside Heritage Society

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.


Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society

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.


Lakeside Women’s Club

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

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.