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Marblehead, Lakeside chamber members earn Bright Star Award

Mary Ann and Dave Hirsch with Lakeside Chautauqua and the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce were awarded Bright Star 2018, awarded to a chamber that has made a major impact in the past year.

The Chamber Bright Stars for 2018 were recognized recently at the semi-annual Chamber Leadership meeting and 11th annual Chamber Bright Star Awards presentation of the Northern Ohio Area Chambers of Commerce (NOACC) at Pinstripes, located at the new Pinecrest in Orange Village. About 40 chambers of commerce across northern Ohio nominated a person from their chamber as their “Bright Star,” to recognize a chamber member who has “made a significant impact on the chamber through membership, retentio…

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New Restaurant Opening in South Lakeside

As one of the first deliverables of the Master Plan, Lakeside is excited to partner with Gabe Zeller and Julie Mesenburg, creators of Barra, a Sandusky-based, modern Mexican restaurant, to offer a diverse new dining option in Lakeside. Gabe and Julie will open "Lago Coastal Café" in the existing grounds building on Sixth Street, across from the Williams Tennis Campus. Approved at the November board meeting, renovation will begin this month thanks to a donation from a generous Lakeside family. T…

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Meet the Rev. Dr. Charlie Yoost: Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach

Although stepping out of retirement to assume a full-time ministry position wasn’t something the Rev. Dr. Charlie Yoost had planned for, he sees very clearly that this position has chosen him and he has enthusiastically accepted the call. Beginning in September, Yoost is the new Director of Religious Life and Church Outreach. “It seemed like a natural connection,” said Yoost. “I’m retired and have been looking for a way to give back and help the church, but in a different way than being a loca…

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Meet Michael Shirtz: Senior V.P. of Programming

Up until this point, Michael Shirtz has been best known to Lakesiders as a jazz musician – a talented piano player and a charming voice and stage presence. But as Lakeside’s new Senior V.P. of Programming, Shirtz now has the chance to show off his many other, especially his experiences and passions for education, outreach, business and wellness. In his new position, Shirtz will lead Lakeside in enhancing all areas of a programming – religion, education, arts and recreation. He will work closel…

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You Helped Break Lakeside's #GivingTuesday Record!

Because of your incredible generosity, you broke Lakeside's #GivingTuesday record by raising $495,516! We pause today to give tremendous thanks for the gifts and blessings Lakeside has received on #GivingTuesday and every day. Your collective donations have made a huge impact and will go towards the renovation of the basketball, sand volleyball and multi-purpose courts in Bettinger Park, a major capital project. Special thanks to a Lakeside family who stepped forward in a big way with …

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Sports Courts Renovation Details

In one week, Lakesiders will come together as a community to raise money to renovate the basketball, sand volleyball and multi-purpose courts in Bettinger Park. Your support on or before #GivingTuesday (Nov. 27) will fund the following renovations: New lighting and buried electrical lines Resurfacing, rotating and expanding the current main basketball court to include multiple court configurations and six basketball hoops. Better drainage for a new sand volleyball court that will utilize a rub…

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Gazebo Upgrades Starting to Take Place

Construction teams will be onsite the first week of December to start renovating the Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo in Bettinger Park. Last year, many Lakesiders gave gifts on #GivingTuesday to help enhance this beloved gathering space. Because of your generosity, we'll be gathering at a refreshed Gazebo next summer for family concerts, educational lectures and weddings. The aesthetics of the space will be improved by adding a fresh coat of white paint and a new roof. Our Grounds Crew will e…

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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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