The New Old Time Chautauqua
Saturday, July 30th at 7:00pm
The New Old Time Chautauqua is one of our favorite returning shows, and this time America’s only traveling circuit Chautauqua, is joining forces with Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission for a 2016 summer tour of seven state parks and nearby communities.
Chautauquas were based on the idea that learning continued throughout life. The Chautauqua Movement began in 1874, bringing a mix of education and entertainment to communities throughout the nation. When a Chautauqua came to town, all normal activity stopped as citizens dedicated a week of their lives to learn, be entertained and join with their community.
Each Chautauqua takes place over several days, with events occurring one day in the nearby town and another day in the state park. Each Chautauqua includes entertaining and educational workshops in parks and towns, a community potluck in each state park, live music, speakers and a grand parade—community participation encouraged—through the town. Each Chautauqua comes to a close with a family-friendly finale featuring Broadway stars, a big band, aerialists, comedians, jugglers and more.
The 2016 New Old Time Chautauqua-Washington State Parks Tour schedule:
July 14 – 16
Fields Spring State Park, Anatone Lapwai, ID (near Lewiston)
July 18 - 19
Lewis & Clark Trail State Park Dayton
July 22 - 23
Fort Simcoe State Park, White Swan Toppenish
July 25 - 26
Bogachiel State Park Forks
July 29 - 30
Larrabee State Park, Bellingham Mount Vernon at the Lincoln
Local schedule so far:
July 29: Potluck and workshops at Larrabee State Park
July 30 Workshops, Parade, Community Project, Performance at the Lincoln
Aug. 1 - 2
Conconully State Park, Conconully Tonasket
Aug. 5 - 6
Curlew Lake State Park Republic
Advance Tickets: $20 for Adults, $15 for Seniors and Sudents, $10 for children 12 and under, and FREE for kids under 5 with accompanying Adult (limit-two free tickets per household). Members, as usual, get a $2 discount!