Updates to Epworth Lodge Revamp Classroom Space

Posted on June 27, 2013

In the 1900s, the Lakeside Chautauqua community built Epworth Lodge in order to create a gathering place for youth to experience the Chautauqua pillars - religion, education, arts and recreation.

Today, Epworth Lodge is home to the C. Kirk Rhein, Jr., Center for the Living Arts, where Lakesiders have an opportunity to express their creativity, experience the arts and seek fellowship.

More than 120 volunteer teachers/artists instruct more than 790 classes to 6,000 students each Chautauqua season.

Even after more than 90 years, the vision that Lakeside Chautauqua originally had for Epworth Lodge continues to flourish each year.

With the outpouring of financial support to the Lakeside Fund over the last five years and the continued support this year, Lakeside has added another major project to enhance the experience at Epworth Lodge for the C. Kirk Rhein, Jr., Center for the Living Arts.

Lakeside Chautauqua has expanded the outdoor instructional space, which was completed in May.

Lakeside added six outdoor tents over paved surfaces to the area around Epworth Lodge.

The high-quality tents provide a canopy over each space, allowing 8-10 students to participate in each “classroom.” The six outdoor classrooms include tables, seating and electricity.

Three tents have been placed in the east lot, located just off Sixth Street.

The remaining three tents were erected in the south lot, located directly behind Epworth Lodge off Walnut Avenue.

The completion of this project expands classroom space, allows staff to recruit more volunteer teachers/artists and increases the availability of classes to accommodate more students each summer.