2019 Programming Achievements

Posted on September 24, 2019

Lakeside’s 2019 Chautauqua season saw record numbers with performances by legendary artists, Lakeside Symphony Orchestra concerts and Wednesday family entertainment, welcoming more than 77,000 guests to Hoover Auditorium.

Marquee entertainers, such as Amy Grant, Three Dog Night, Wynonna Judd, comic Brian Regan and Stars of The Peking Acrobats, topped the list of packed audiences.

The diversity of shows, ranging from rock & roll tributes and classical music, mixed with Broadway and theatre acts, to singer-songwriters and up and coming artists, continue to showcase Hoover Auditorium as a central gathering place to celebrate the arts.

The popular 7:30 p.m. Family Entertainment Series engaged all generations with shows like Mutts Gone Nuts, Columbus Zoo animals and fun-filled magic shows, making Wednesday nights a must-see experience.

The Lakeside Symphony Orchestra rang in a new era with Music Director & Conductor Daniel Meyer. The orchestra’s new youth concerts and educational programming developed a whole new audience of future symphony-goers, while longtime fans were ignited by incredible programs with guest artists, ballet dancers, Pops music and programs with new repertoire and timeless classics.

In addition to Hoover, the Rhein Center remains a favorite Lakeside hotspot with a continued increase in interest and participation in arts classes and activities, while the programs at the newly renovated Steele Memorial Bandstand brought in engaging performances that featured world music, gospel and spirituals, and family favorites.

Religious Life saw much growth in guests experiencing Hoover Community Worship, Dockside Worship and Vespers services. The diverse teachings of preachers, such as Rev. Olu Brown, Rev. Becca Stevens and many others, continue to add great discussions, meditation, lessons, and prayer to Faith for Living Hour and Religious Life seminars and workshops.

The Chautauqua Lecture Series, educational workshops and many seminars featured presentations by author Wm. Paul Young, Dr. Michael Roizen and retired Major General John L. Borling. From cooking and gardening, to history and kids’ programs, building up teen programs at The Underground, and all the wonderful activities offered by Lakeside’s community groups, education and hunger for lifelong learning is alive and well at Lakeside.

With the new sports courts at Bettinger Park, kids and families enjoyed volleyball and basketball from early morning to late into the evenings. The tennis and new pickleball courts were bursting with players of all ages and levels, enjoying clinics with Wimbledon’s JoAnne Russell and a destination camp with pickleball pro Simone Jardim. Hundreds of kids took to the shuffleboard courts as Lakeside hosted the annual youth, state and national tournaments. Though the lake level was higher than expected, that didn’t stop the sailing and waterfront activities from being successful as the Kids Set Sail program surpassed 10,000 attendees this summer.

As the 2019 year fades into great memories, Lakeside is eagerly planning for 2020 with a continued lineup of great musical acts, enhanced family programming and a new focus on lifelong learning.

We look forward to opening the season with an encore performance of one of Lakeside’s favorites, Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone!

Stay tuned for teasers and highlights of 2020…