Lakeside Celebrates Fourth of July

Posted on June 26, 2012

Fourth of July community activities begin at 10 a.m. with the Children’s Bike Parade in Perry Park. Participants of all ages should arrive early with an already-decorated bike. Due to a worldwide helium shortage, balloons will not be distributed for bikes this year.

Following the bike parade will be the Fourth of July Float Parade at 10:15 a.m.

The Grand Marshals for the float parade will be the Lakeside Leadership Academy (LLA) interns.

The Lakeside Leadership Academy was established in 2008 and serves as a junction for recognizing, mentoring and supporting past, present and future leaders who have or will contribute to the spirit of Lakeside Chautauqua.

The LLA interns provide leadership among seasonal employees and gain valuable and unique experience throughout the summer.

This valuable experience is a proven road to success, and the LLA was created to preserve and engage cross generational support and leadership within the community.

During Lakeside’s 139-year history, it has been the summer home to countless young people who later blossomed into leaders in their chosen fields. This longevity is due in part to the contributions and leadership born from within generations of families who continue to include Lakeside in their annual vacation plans.

The LLA connects some of those high achievers with today’s young people who are destined to become success stories of tomorrow.

This year's LLA includes 12 interns: Colin Andrews (Lakesider Co-Editor), Emily Donathan (Youth Education/Music), Kayleigh Fladung (Journalism/Marketing), Rachel Gruber (Group Sales/Events), Jessica Kidd (Advancement/Fundraising), Kelly Krispinsky (Educational Programming), Melissa Kunz (Lakesider Co-Editor), Becky Machovec (Advancement/Fundraising), Bethany McFarland (Group Sales/Events), Tyler Smith (Hospitality Management), Meredith Storey (Operations) and Chelsea Wellman (Arts/Entertainment Management). Individuals or groups may enter the float parade by completing a participant form, available at the Lakeside Chautauqua Office. The deadline to enter is Saturday, June 30. Both parades will travel east to west on Second Street. Spectators are invited to dress patriotically, as part of this Lakeside holiday tradition. Join fellow Lakesiders on the lawn of Hotel Lakeside to enjoy a Fourth of July cookout starting at 11 a.m. The cookout will be catered by Jason Platfoot of the Hotel Lakeside Café. Meals will include a hamburger, BBQ pork or brat, potato salad, chips and a cookie for $6. Water and pop will be sold for $1. Central Ohio Brass Band (COBB) will perform from 6-8 p.m., at the Steele Memorial Bandstand, offering a selection of familiar patriotic tunes. COBB formed in 1989 as the Ohio Collegiate Brass Band with a mission "to promote the Brass Band tradition through excellent artistic and educational performances for musicians and communities." This non-profit organization includes a diverse group of individuals from the Central Ohio community. Read 'Cultural Arts' page 13 for more information about COBB's performance. At 9:45 p.m., or dusk, fireworks off the Lakeside Dock will offer a spectacular finale to the day.