Lakeside’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 gardening to literary discussions and historic walking tours are held throughout the summer. Whatever you choose, our community studies challenge you to think in new and exciting ways.


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 round table sessions during the summer.


Gardening Program

Ask the Gardener

Visit the Farmers' Market on Tuesdays from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. to speak with Lakeside's master gardener, Loretta Willken. Bring your gardening questions and photos for identification.

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. Unless otherwise noted, the programs take place at the Train Station. Topics for the 2019 season are as follows:

JUNE 20: Garden for Wildlife- Create a National Wildlife Federation Certified Habitat Garden with Connie Roop
Special Location: 620 Jasmine Street (Rain location: Train Station Patio)

JUNE 27: Weeds: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly with Beth Weichel

JULY 11: Butterflies and Native Plants - A Natural Symbiosis with Cheryl Harner
Special Location: Meet at West Pavilion (Rain location: Train Station)

JULY 18: The Lowdown on Ground Covers with Debby Geisheimer

JULY 25: Oh, Glorious Day (Lily)! with Barb and Rick Kidwell

AUGUST 1: Botanical Art Work, Clay and Plaster Hands-On Project with Lou McPeek

AUGUST 8: Health and Safety in the Garden with Elaine Mylander

AUGUST 15: Common Culinary Herbs Used As Medicine with Mary Colvin, RH

AUGUST 22: Stop and Smell the Roses with Loretta Wilken

AUGUST 29: Hydrangeas Demystified and Enjoying Their Blooms thru Winter with Loretta Wilken


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.