Chautauqua Hall Updates Improve Lecture Series

Posted on June 22, 2013

The Lakeside Chautauqua community demonstrated its commitment this year to the Lakeside Fund. As a result, Lakeside Chautauqua was able to update its main educational facility.

Lifelong learning was at the heart of the Chautauqua Movement from its beginning. The Lakeside Chautauqua Education Department continues this tradition by welcoming professors and professionals in various fields to share their expertise.

This year, themes include The World Today, The 1960s and All Things Americana as a part of the Chautauqua Lecture Series. In preparation for the 2013 Chautauqua season,

Lakeside Chautauqua has made several improvements to Chautauqua Hall, the central location of lectures, formerly known as the Fountain Inn Green Room.

Key facility elements were needed to better present the Chautauqua Lecture Series, including an inviting atmosphere, quality audiovisual equipment and comfortable seating. The room lacked warmth, and the chairs did not provide adequate support and comfort for lectures.

Director of Educational Programs Jeanne Mauriocourt explained, “The previous space presented challenges, such as unsupportive seating and an inability for all audience members to clearly see audiovisual materials used by the lecturer. Many upgrade opportunities existed when the funding became available.”

The walls were refreshed with paint and two flat screen TVs were mounted in place of the one projection screen. The TVs will allow for better viewing of audiovisual materials. New window treatments were purchased to better control lighting. Supportive and comfortable chairs were also purchased and new carpet was installed.

Vice President of Programming Shirley Stary commented, “The revitalization of the Chautauqua Hall integrates audiovisual equipment properly, improves aesthetics and promotes further enjoyment of the Chautauqua Lecture Series for all participants.”