The Lakeside Fund is Vital Each Year

Posted on July 27, 2016

The generous spirit of Lakeside’s founders, and the many gifts received from early guests, has built our Chautauqua community.

Thanks to the generosity of many Lakesiders year in and year out, thousands of families and individuals have visited, recharged and renewed their spirit along the Lake Erie shoreline.

The Lakeside Fund annual giving campaign bridges the gap between income and the actual cost of Chautauqua programming, as well as the preservation and maintenance of Lakeside’s beautiful grounds and many historic structures.

Here are a few areas the Lakeside Fund has helped improve or enhance the Lakeside Chautauqua experience.   

Bradley Temple: replaced the foundation; completed interior and exterior improvements; and updated technology.

C. Kirk Rhein, Jr., Center for the Living Arts: installed six tented “outdoor” classrooms to serve more students and replaced the flooring; completed exterior painting; and installed new equipment for arts classes.

Chautauqua Hall: added new flooring, ceiling, lighting, furniture, technology and lectern to improve guests’ experience; and mounted new signage.

Chautauqua Park & Memorial Garden: acquired land outside perimeter fence to establish Lakeside’s fourth major park supporting the four Chautauqua pillars; installed a formal ‘living’ memorial garden, reflecting pool, wooded walking trails, garden paths and formal garden beds, public artwork, fountain, comprehensive irrigation system and outdoor classroom for nature programming.

Children’s Splash Park: built new children’s pool and splash park features; and installed sitting area/fencing.

Hotel Lakeside: improved inner courtyard and garden beds; purchased outdoor dining tables and chairs; installed sound system and wireless internet service; added fencing; replaced foundation; exterior/interior painting; remodeled dining room and kitchen equipment; added new in-room amenities and mattresses; and remodeled the addition of the Barbara Lane Memorial Suite.

Fountain Inn: refreshed guest rooms and common areas; installed new LCD TVs, cable and wireless internet service; and purchased new mattresses.

Hoover Auditorium: completed technology upgrades, including better sound, screens, projectors and wireless internet service; installed a gallery exhibition space; added cooling fans and seating to provide greater comfort for patrons; repaired roof; and installed irrigation systems for adjoining gardens.

Wesley Lodge: remodeled interior and service walls; and installed A/C and kitchen equipment.

Lakesiders are invited to give a gift to keep the ball rolling. Visit to give an online gift today. Checks can be made payable to the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation and mailed to 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, Ohio 43440.