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Lakeside Chautauqua names Daniel Meyer as Lakeside Symphony Orchestra Music Director & Conductor

This summer, the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra (LSO) brought multi-generational crowds to their feet with exciting and engaging performances led by six guest conductors from across the country. Beyond the stage, these conductors discussed their passion for symphonic music and visions for the future direction of the LSO. The energy was sustained throughout the summer with buzz on the street as audiences shared their concert experiences. After reviewing hundreds of survey responses and comments…

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Gazebo Upgrades Taking Place

Last year, many Lakesiders gave gifts on #GivingTuesday to help renovate the Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo. Because of your generosity, we will be gathering at a refreshed Gazebo next summer for family concerts, activities and weddings. As we exit our busy season of events and activities, the park is being prepared for construction teams to arrive and get to work on revamping the Gazebo for next summer. To improve the aesthetics of the space, a fresh coat of white paint will be added, along …

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Remembering Robert L. Cronquist

Lakeside Chautauqua is saddened to share of the passing of longtime Lakeside Symphony Orchestra Music Director & Conductor, Robert L. Cronquist on September 11, 2018. Cronquist came to Lakeside in 1970 from serving for 22 years as the Director of the Mansfield Symphony. He replaced William Penny Hacker, who founded the LSO in 1963 and served as the first conductor . Cronquist assumed the leadership of the LSO with a vision of reorganizing the orchestra and taking it from just a “festival”…

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Submit Photos for Lakeside Photo Contest

Lakesiders of all ages are invited to submit photos to be featured in the 2019 Calendar of Events brochure, as well as on Lakeside’s social media pages, website, The Front Porch blog, Lakesider newspaper, advertisements, etc. Images should represent people enjoying Lakeside through photos of families, traditions, children, religion, education, cultural arts (special events and programming), recreation, landscape or architecture. Photos are needed for following panels of the Calendar of Event…

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Wellness Center usage after Labor Day

Beginning Monday, Sept. 3, usage of the Wellness Center at the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus will switch to a monthly subscription plan. All Lakeside property owners are eligible to sign up. This will include usage of the Magruder Hospital Fitness Room for individuals age 14 & older. Wellness and exercise classes are yet to be determined, as they are dependent on instructor availability and community interest. If classes are offered, those interested will pay an additional ‘per-clas…

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Announcement: Swimming at the Waterfront

Earlier this summer, Lakeside experienced high bacteria levels in the water, and for that reason, we have been proactively monitoring the water quality. Because of the direct sunlight and calm waters yesterday, August 2, the algae was forming a scum on the surface of the water around the beach and swimming areas. The surface scum was prevalent enough that it was not possible to keep swimmers out of the scum. For this reason, Lakeside posted signs to inform guests that the beach area and w…

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2018 Important Gate Information

Starting Memorial Day weekend (May 25-28) and continuing through the Chautauqua summer season (June 16-September 3), the gate hours are as follows: Fifth Street Gate: 24 hours a day/7 days a week. South Gate: 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday; 7 a.m.-1 a.m. Thursday-Saturday (includes the South Gate booth and Route 163 black iron gate outside the South Gate Parking Lot). East & West Second Street Gates: 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. During closed h…

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BGSU President to visit Lakeside, July 27

Recently-appointed President of Bowling Green State University (BGSU), Rodney K. Rogers, PhD, and his wife, Sandra Earle, PhD, will visit Lakeside on Friday, July 27. All are invited to meet Rogers and Earle at a reception held in their honor by Kurt and Debby Geisheimer from 6-7:30 p.m. at 541 Laurel Ave. Light supper fare will be served. Reservations are appreciated; RSVP to (419) 350-3595 or Prior to the reception, Lakeside is also hosting Timothy W. Davis, PhD, Associa…

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