Letter from the President: Generations Experience a Strong “Sense of Place” at Lakeside Chautauqua

Posted on September 20, 2013

A “sense of place” is described in so many ways across various fields and disciplines. To some, it may simply be a geographic location while to others a “sense of place” may be spiritual, emotional, historical or a complex feeling. Whatever the definition, it surely describes a variety of characteristics that make it unique.

Cultural geographers, anthropologists, sociologists and urban planners have studied why certain places hold special meaning to particular people, or have a stronger “sense of place.”

Some of these characteristics might include the historic story, a feeling of belonging, strong human engagement, a childhood memory or experience, a spiritual connection, the natural landscape, cultural interaction, intellectual growth and much more.

Throughout the past 140 years, generations of Lakesiders have felt a strong “sense of place” at Lakeside Chautauqua. As you entered the gates this season, you connected, reconnected and felt this strong sense of feeling.

Through dynamic worship services, you grew spiritually, enjoyed an array of music and explored new concepts.

Many learned about new concepts and ideas through the Chautauqua Lecture Series and dedicated time to the recreational pursuits.

Each night in Hoover, you gathered and experienced new performing arts and listened to chart-topping music.

We truly experience and enjoy a place where religion, education, arts and recreation are celebrated as a part of our culture.

Our friends from America in Bloom shared this last year about their experience, “Lakeside is indeed a special place due to the four pillars and all who have embraced them since its inception in 1873. Others, without that pillar of faith are at best a one or two-legged stool destined to fall, or at least not reach the desired sense of community; we all yearn for that. We admired your sense of purpose, service to community and commitment to excellence. These combined are a thing of great beauty, approaching, perhaps, the ‘City on a Hill’ we are encouraged to be.”

How do you define this strong “sense of place” at Lakeside Chautauqua? We invite you to reminisce and share your stories about the 140th Chautauqua season. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to reminisce and share your Lakeside Chautauqua experience. We also invite you to post a story on our Stories from the Lake page about why you feel Lakeside Chautauqua has a strong “sense of place.”