Monday, August 04, 2008

A Week at Chautauqua

After leaving Niagara Falls, we drove down to Chautauqua. If you are unfamiliar with the Chautauqua Institution, you can read about it here. It is very hard to explain -- it is kind of like an amazing camp for grown-ups. A pedestrian community devoted to arts, education, religion, and recreation, it is a rich experience.

Each week has a specific theme with guest lecturers of international renown. The past week focused on world health issues in the them "Healing the Globe." Each morning I attended a talk on a topic connected with world health; each evening we attended a symphony, ballet, or other wonderful performance in the huge amphitheatre.

Joe took a sketching class and a painting class. I took a class on Christian spirituality. I did a lot of stitchery for the "Living the Dream" quilt. We relaxed, we talked, we played, we learned. We had a marvelous time. Here are some random photos that Joe took during our stay.


Juliann in WA said...

Sounds lovely and that sculpture is awesome!

The Calico Cat said...

I did not realize that Chataqua was still going on. Glen Echo (right outside of DC) had one for about 1 year in the late 1800's or early 1900's. Read about it in the brochure while waiting to tour the Clara Barton home.

paula, the quilter said...

That sculpture reminded me of your profile pic or 'logo'. There is a Chataqua park in Boulder CO. I wonder if it is affiliated. I do know that e-Town is sometimes recorded there.

peggy said...

LOVE the sculpture at the beginning of this post!!!

Perry said...

This looks like a magical place. Very soothing. I love the sculpture! Glad your vacation was so wonderful. You both deserved it after the last several months.