Memorial Day Weekend FlagOver Memorial Day weekend, join us in Lakeside Chautauqua as we remember U.S. military men and women who lost their lives while serving our country and honor those retired and in active duty.

We will also kick off the summer season and offer guests a glimpse of the Chautauqua experience through the many religious, educational, cultural and recreational programs offered.

The Lakeside Chautauqua gates are in operation starting at 7 a.m. Friday, May 22 until 7 p.m. Monday, May 25.

A schedule of events is listed below. The holiday weekend will include full service hotels, complimentary shuttle service, shops, restaurants, tennis, shuffleboard, miniature golf, children’s pool and splash park and waterfront activities. All businesses will be open for the weekend.



Lakeside Heritage Society Sale
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, May 22-Monday, May 25
South Auditorium

The Lakeside Heritage Society Recycle Sale will take place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, May 22- Monday, May 25 in South Auditorium. Items for the sale include housewares, linens, furniture and lawn equipment.

Deliver donations to the Heritage Society Archives porch, located at 324 W. Third St., or call Carol Morgan for pick up at (419) 798-5217. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Lakeside Heritage Society.

Ask a gate ambassador for a complimentary 90-minute Shopping/Dining Pass to enter the grounds of Lakeside Chautauqua. A Daily or Season Auto Pass is required for parking.


The Sounds of Sousa
7:30 p.m. Friday, May 22
Hoover Auditorium

The Sounds of Sousa will kick-off the Memorial Day weekend entertainment in Lakeside.

The band will take the audience back to an era when concert bands were kings of the entertainment scene.

Formed by Marcus Neiman in 1992, The Sounds of Sousa was created to celebrate the centennial of the formation of John Phillip Sousa’s original non-military professional band.

According to Neiman, “Sousa’s concert style is characterized by its fast pace, spirited encores, use of out­standing soloists and the rousing fi­nale of his most famous composition, ‘The Stars and Stripes Forever.’”

The Sounds of Sousa is composed of some of the finest musicians in Ohio. All members are appointed based on their musical skill level, dedication to performance, professionalism and a shared belief in their founding goals.

The band is under the direction of Neiman, artistic director and conductor, as well as Frank T. Consenza, associate conductor.

Since its founding, the ensemble has been making a name, not only for their unique programming, but also for their exceptionally high musical level.


Orchestra Hall Movie: “Home” (PG)
8 p.m. Friday, May 22
3:30 p.m. & 8 p.m. Saturday, May 23 & Sunday, May 24
Orchestra Hall 

Dreamworks Animation brings to life an alien world unlike any other.

While on the run from the evil Gorg (Brian Stepanek), the Boov aliens escape to planet Earth. As they begin to invade the planet, Oh (Jim Parsons) decides to host a house-warming party. Unfortunately, he ends up inviting every alien race in the galaxy, including the Gorg.

Now the Boov have declared Oh a fugitive and, with the help for his human friend Tip (Rihanna), together they must save the Boovs and Earth from the evil Gorg before it is too late. (94 min)

Movie tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for youth (under age 12) and can be purchased at Orchestra Hall.

Please note: ask gate attendant for a complimentary Movie Pass to enter the grounds of Lakeside Chautauqua. A Daily Auto Pass is required for parking on the grounds.




Lakeside Plant Sale & Gardening Demonstrations
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 23 & 12-4 p.m. Sunday, May 24
Pedestrian Walkway on Walnut Avenue, between Second & Third Streets

The Lakeside Plant Sale will feature a variety of annuals, perennials, herbs, ground covers and small nursery stock for purchase. All proceeds from the sale will help keep the Lakeside Chautauqua grounds beautiful throughout the summer.

In addition to the Lakeside Plant Sale, there will be four gardening demonstrations provided by Corso’s Flower & Garden Center.

LANDSCAPE LOGOAnnette and Tom Mercer, landscape designers at Corso’s, will lead the gardening demonstrations. Both are alumni of Ohio State University. Corso’s will also host a question and answer tent at the event.

Demonstrations held throughout the day on Saturday, May 23, include:

10 a.m. Impressive Container Gardens
Participants in this demonstration will learn about different types of plants and design techniques to fill a variety of garden containers.

11 a.m. Landscaping Ideas to Create Your Own “Outdoor Oasis”
This demonstration will share information about the types of plants and layouts that help create a unique, outdoor oasis.

1 p.m. Light Up Your Night with Outdoor Lighting & Drip Irrigation
Participants in this demonstration will learn how drip irrigation and lighting can brighten up their landscapes at night.

2 p.m. Perfect Patios, Wandering Walks & Wonderful Walls
The final demonstration of the day will teach participants how to make the most of their home’s outdoor spaces.

If interested in volunteering for the Lakeside Plant Sale, email or call (419) 798-5396 by Wednesday, May 20. In addition, please download and return the Volunteer Application. Visit the Volunteer page to learn about other volunteer opportunities.

Ask a gate ambassador for a complimentary 90-minute Shopping/Dining Pass to enter the grounds of Lakeside Chautauqua. A Daily or Season Auto Pass is required for parking.

During the Lakeside Plant Sale from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 23 and 12-4 p.m. Sunday, May 24, homeowners can submit a nomination form at the sign up table, which will be located near the Legacy House under a tent.

The Beautification Awards recognize four classes, including public, business, feature and residential. Entries are judged by horticulture professionals who evaluate each garden.

The gardens will be judged on the following criteria: plant material, color texture and quality, design and construction, design and hardscape, and unification and overall appearance.

This year, the 10th Annual Garden Tour will take place over multiple days from Monday, June 29-Thursday, July 2.


Memorial Day Weekend Sailing Race
9 a.m. Saturday, May 23
Lakevue Marina

The Memorial Day Weekend Sailing Race will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 23, starting from Lakevue Marina. There will be two sailboat classes for the race, 22’ and above and 30’ and above.

This is a displacement boating event. Therefore, the boats are required to have keels and a Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF) rating.

All participants are to meet at Lakevue Marina, which is located one mile outside the West Gate, at 8 a.m. for a skipper’s meeting to determine the race course. The sailing race will start promptly at 9 a.m.

Pre-registration is not required, and there is no cost to participate. Additional information will be available at the Lakeside Sailing Center or the Lakeside Information Center.


Lakeside Heritage Society Family History Day
10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23
Chautauqua Hall & Archives Center
$5/session per family or $10 for all Family History Day events

The Lakeside Heritage Society’s Family History Day events scheduled include “Genealogy 101,” a presentation from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. in Chautauqua Hall. Rebecca B. Hill, head librarian at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, will discuss basic information and techniques on genealogy research.

From 12:30-1:45 p.m., two hands-on activities will take place at the Archives Center, located behind Heritage Hall. For the first activity, children and adults will create their own family trees. The second activity is for adults to discover what information is available on their own Lakeside cottage history. Participants can select one activity or the other.

“Unearthing My Family Roots,” a presentation from 2-3:30 p.m., will take place in Chautauqua Hall. This program is led by Deb Root Shell, 1st vice president of the Greater Cleveland Genealogical Society. She will discuss her genealogical research, the sometimes unexpected stories about family members uncovered through this journey, and the interesting people and places she has encountered through her research.

Because there is limited space at the Archives Center, pre-register for the two hands-on activities at the Archives Center by contacting Gretchen Curtis at (419) 798-5519 or return the Family History Day Registration Form with payment to: Lakeside Heritage Archives, 324 W. Third St., Lakeside OH 43440.


Discover the Rhein Center: Garden Art for Everyone
2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 23
Rhein Center & Outdoor Tents
The Rhein Center staff will host two open houses during May — one over Memorial Day weekend and one during the 2015 Bonus Weekend — to introduce new and exciting projects taking place this summer.

Discover the Rhein Center: Garden Art for Everyone will take place from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 23 at the C. Kirk Rhein, Jr., Center for the Living Arts.

This family event will include tours of the facility, demonstrations by artists, free art activities for the entire family and refreshments. Guests will also learn how to make garden art.

Staff will also be on hand to assist families in creating accounts for the online class registration program. Only one account is needed per household.

This online system is a convenient and efficient way to browse, register and pay for art classes at the Rhein Center.

However, students wishing to register and pay in-person will still have the opportunity to do so on Sunday afternoons.


‘Native Plants of Ohio at Lakeside’ Walking Tours
3 p.m. & 4 p.m. Saturday, May 23
Chautauqua Park
Pre-registration required

Cheryl Harner, master gardener and Flora-Quest co-founder, will lead two walking tours at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, May 23 in Chautauqua Park, located at the corner of Sixth Street and Poplar Avenue. The walking tours will identify Native Plants of Ohio at Lakeside.

Each tour has a limited number of participants, therefore, pre-registration is required. Participants may register from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 23 during the Lakeside Plant Sale or until the tours are full. The registration table will be located near the Legacy House (217 Walnut Ave.) under a tent.

Lakeside has a rare time capsule of the natural flora in a surprisingly wild and delicate state. Seeing this portion of Lakeside nearly lost to the ages, will allow participants to understand why this region of the peninsula was selected for the Chautauqua community.

Harner is interested in all forms of flora and fauna and fascinated by the connections between botany and wildlife. She is an avid gardener and lifelong wildflower and butterfly enthusiast.

She currently serves on two land trust boards and frequently speaks as an environmental educator and advocate for conservation and land preservation.

Harner’s extensive volunteer work includes leadership at the Ohio Ornithological Society, Greater Mohican Audubon Society and Richland County Master Gardeners.

She is co-founder of Flora-Quest, a botanical eco-tourism adventure. Harner also writes a native plant, bird and butterfly blog for its website, entitled “Weedpicker’s Journal.” Visit for more information.

In case of inclement weather, Harner will provide a PowerPoint presentation on Native Plants of Ohio at Lakeside at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the Fountain Inn Aigler Room.


“Let’s Hang On!” Frankie Valli Tribute Show
7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23
Hoover Auditorium

As part of Lakeside Chautauqua’s Memorial Day weekend entertainment, “Let’s Hang On!” Frankie Valli Tribute Show will return to Hoover Auditorium.

“Let’s Hang On!” is a tribute show that leads the audience through the ca­reer of Frankie Valli & The Four Sea­sons, a popular group from the 1960s and the musical, Jersey Boys.

Not only do the four members of “Let’s Hang On!” sing the songs of this iconic group with a four-piece live band, but they also tell the story of how Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons originated.

After the group came to fame in 1962, their success grew rapidly. Although Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons were a hit in the 1960s, the music of this band has not faded.

The musical Jersey Boys is popular again with 10 years on Broadway and two touring companies. Last summer, Clint Eastwood di­rected the movie “Jersey Boys,” star­ring John Lloyd Young and Christopher Walken.

Valli continues to perform coast to coast in venues such as the Lincoln Center in New York and the Los An­geles’ Kodak Theater.

For the opening of the show, “Let’s Hang On!” will begin with songs from the early 1960s, when Valli first joined The Four Sea­sons. Rarely attempted in most live per­formances, “Let’s Hang On!” sings a capella in one of the very first sections of the show.

The second part of the show will include classics, such as “December of 1963,” “Beggin’,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Grease” and “Working My Way Back to You.”

The finale features legendary fal­setto vocals in the songs “Rag Doll,” “Sherry,” “Walk Like A Man” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.”

The group is backed by two women who perform “Locomotion,” “Be My Baby,” “Lollipop,” “Downtown,” “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “These Boots Were Made For Walkin’” and “Since I Don’t Have You.”

The tribute show consists of eight members, including Rich Bresenhan, Josh Eleazer, Dustin Fisher, Chris Bar­letta, Sammie Fousek, Heather Krueger, Bob Schubert and Bill Norman.




Hoover Community Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 24
Hoover Auditorium

U.S. Senate Chaplain Dr. Barry C. Black will serve as guest preacher at the Hoover Community Worship Service over Memorial Day weekend. The service will be accompanied by the Terra Choral Society. Dr. Black’s sermon, titled “Do What You Can,” is based on Mark 14:1-9. Children’s Church will be offered during the service.

The names of those buried in The Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park, and those who have died during 2014-2015, will be read aloud during this service.

In addition to the Hoover Community Worship Service, Lakeside Chautauqua will host a Dockside Worship Service, led by the Rev. Dr. Irwin Jennings, at 8:30 a.m. at the East Pavilion Deck. The Lakeside United Methodist Church will also host a service, led by the Rev. Vernon Shepherd, at 9 a.m.

A Dessert Reception with the U.S. Senate Chaplain Dr. Barry C. Black will take place from 12:45-1:45 p.m. on the East Pavilion Deck with light refreshments.

For those who wish to attend worship, a complimentary Church Pass may be obtained 7:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday; valid until 3 p.m. The pass includes admittance for guests and auto.

Dr. Black is currently the 62nd Chaplain of the U.S. Senate. Prior to chaplaincy on Capitol Hill, he served in the U.S. Navy for more than 27 years, ending his distinguished career as the Chief of Navy Chaplains.

He is a native of Baltimore, Md., and an alumnus of Oakwood College, Andrews University, North Carolina Central University, Palmer Theological Seminary, Salve Regina University and Alliant International University. In addition to earning his Master of Arts degrees in divinity, counseling and management, he received a Doctorate degree in ministry and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in psychology.

In 2006, Dr. Black authored his autobiography, From the Hood to the Hill, and in 2011 he published The Blessing of Adversity.


Memorial Day Weekend Brunch
10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, May 24
Hotel Lakeside Dining Room & Café

All are invited to attend the Memorial Day Weekend Brunch at the Hotel Lakeside Dining Room & Café.

Scott and Josie Kluding of Avery’s Café & Catering will prepare a buffet-style menu, including pancakes, ]cheeses and vegetables, bacon, sausage, hash brown casserole, sausage gravy and biscuits, pastries, muffins, croissants, chef carved ham, smoke gouda scallop potato, green beans almandine, tossed salad and dinner rolls. Assorted cakes, pies and brownies and fresh fruit will be available for dessert.

One third of the proceeds from the brunch will be donated to the preservation of the Hotel Lakeside in celebration of its 140th anniversary this year. Visit for more information about this event.

The Hotel Lakeside Dining Room & Café will also be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, May 22, Saturday, May 23 and Monday, May 25. In the case of inclement weather, the outdoor portion of the café will be closed.

Ask a gate ambassador for a complimentary 90-minute Shopping/Dining Pass to enter the grounds of Lakeside Chautauqua. A Daily or Season Auto Pass is required for parking.


Lakeside Heritage Society presents a Brief History of Memorial Day & Documentary
2-3 p.m. Sunday, May 24
Chautauqua Hall

The Lakeside Heritage Society will present a brief history of Memorial Day and the documentary, “Hallowed Grounds: America’s Overseas Military Cemeteries,” a 2009 PBS special from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, May 24 in Chautauqua Hall.

Many people are aware of the famous American military cemetery at Omaha Beach, Normandy, but few know there are 21 other U.S. military cemeteries in eight different countries.

These cemeteries, created and maintained by the U.S. government through the American Battle Monuments Commission, are permanent memorial sites. Collectively they contain the remains of 125,000 Americans. There are 94,000 more names commemorated on the Walls of the Missing.

“Hallowed Grounds” is the first major documentary made about these shrines, and brings them all to life with powerful storytelling.


Jack Hanna “Into the Wild – Live”
6 p.m. Sunday May 24 (Jack Hanna Meet & Greet)
7 p.m. Sunday, May 24 (“Into the Wild – Live” Show)
Hoover Auditorium

Jack Hanna, director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, will travel to Lakeside with his favorite zoo friends for a special event in Hoover Auditorium over Memorial Day weekend.

Prior to the “Into the Wild – Live” show, Hanna will sign autographs from 6-6:45 p.m. in Hoover Auditorium Lobby. Guests are invited to form a line on the Hoover Auditorium Porch at 5:45 p.m., and the doors will open promptly at 6 p.m. Autographs will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hanna’s “Into the Wild – Live” show not only examines the importance of wildlife conservation, but features some of his favorite animal ambassadors onstage for an educational and entertaining experience the entire family is sure to enjoy.

“I have loved animals since I was a young boy growing up in Tennessee,” said Hanna. “I could never have imagined where my life would take me – and it’s only getting wilder.”

When he started his position with the Columbus Zoo in 1978, attendance was low and Hanna made it a priority to increase it by offering educational and entertaining events.

By 1983, Hanna was featured on “Good Morning America” to educate people across America about animals.

Since then, he has been a regular guest on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Larry King Live,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Hollywood Squares,” “Maury ,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Fox News” and several CNN programs.

In 2007, a new television show featuring Hanna was created and titled, “Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild.” In each episode, Hanna explores the corners of the globe, while discovering animals and cultures and educating viewers. The show won Daytime Emmy Awards in 2008, 2012 and 2013.

“My hope is that, together, we can appreciate, value and protect wildlife for generations to come,” shared Hanna.


Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony
10:30 a.m. Monday, May 25
Second Street & Pavilion Circle (Central Park)

This year, Lakeside Chautauqua will host the peninsula’s Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 25.

The parade will begin at Central Avenue and Fifth Street, travel north on Central Avenue, west on Second Street and proceed to Pavilion Circle, located in Central Park, where the Memorial Day Ceremony will take place. The rain location for the ceremony is Orchestra Hall.

There is no charge for admission to enter Lakeside Chautauqua or for parking for the Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. Guests may enter the gates from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.


Join the ‘Can’t Wait for Lakeside to Open the Summer Season’ Poster Contest

Lakeside is challenging families to enter a poster in new competition titled, ‘Can’t Wait for Lakeside to Open the Summer Season’ Poster Contest.

Families are encouraged to work together to create a foam board poster displaying what they are looking forward to this summer at Lakeside. The artwork can be a drawing, painting, collage, mural or story about what your family loves about Lakeside.

The goal of this contest is to share our community’s love and passion for different experiences in Lakeside.

Entries must be created or mounted to a 20″ x 30″ foam board poster, which can be found at office supply stores or major retailers.

The ‘Can’t Wait for Lakeside to Open the Summer Season’ poster boards will be displayed in the Hoover Auditorium lobby throughout Memorial Day weekend, the 2015 Bonus Weekend and during Labor Day weekend.

The poster boards will be judged by the community during Memorial Day weekend, and awards will be announced at the Jack Hanna “Into the Wild – Live” show at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 24. Ballots will be available at the Hoover Information Desk during the Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23 Hoover performances.

Contest rules include:

  • The poster must be made of foam board
  • The poster must be white and measure 20” x 30” (recommended thickness is 3/16” or 1/4”)
  • The design must be in a vertical/portrait format
  • The poster must be light enough to hang from wire on the display walls of Hoover Auditorium. Staff will drill two small holes for hanging on the top corners of the board
  • The design should represent a drawing, painting, collage, mural or story about Lakeside
  • The design must include the family’s name and year (easily read) in the front, lower, right-hand corner of the poster
  • Only one poster per immediate family
  • Submit to the Hoover Auditorium lobby from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday May 22 and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday May 23
  • Posters will remain with Lakeside Chautauqua throughout the season, and can be picked up following the Hoover Auditorium concert on Sunday, Sept. 6

For questions, contact


Save on Season Chautauqua Passes

In order to support the Lakeside Chautauqua mission, provide quality programming in all four Chautauqua pillars, and maintain the facilities and grounds, guests are required to pay a Chautauqua Pass fee to enter the grounds during Memorial Day weekend, the 2015 Bonus Weekend and the Chautauqua summer season.

A Daily Chautauqua Pass, which is a reduced price for Memorial Day weekend, is required to enter the grounds; $12.25 for adults and $8.75 for youth (ages 12-18) per day.

Season Chautauqua Passes are available for adults and youth. Children under the age of 12 and guests over the age of 90 are always free, but require complimentary passes, which are available upon entering Lakeside Chautauqua. A Partial Day Chautauqua Pass (valid 3 hours) is also available for $6.75.

Guests are encouraged to purchase Season Chautauqua Passes before Sunday, June 1 at a discounted rated of $620. For orders received on after June 1, the price will be $655. Season Auto Passes are available at a discounted rate of $145 before June 1. For orders received on after June 1, the price will be $165.

Children under the age of 12 and guests over the age of 90 are always free, but require complimentary passes, which are available upon entering Lakeside Chautauqua.

Dine at one of Lakeside Chautauqua’s many restaurants or explore shops at no charge with a Shopping/Dining Pass. A Shopping/Dining Pass is valid for 90 minutes and must be signed by the manager of the establishment or the event. An Auto Pass is not included.

Attend a Sunday morning worship service at no charge with a Church Pass. Church Passes are available from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday; valid until 3 p.m. The pass includes admittance for guests and auto, and will be collected upon departure.

A Daily Auto Pass is required for Memorial Day weekend. To park on the grounds, the cost is $10 per day (complimentary shuttle service is available at select locations). Parking is also available at the South Gate Parking Lot for $5 per day (complimentary shuttle service is available from the parking lot).

The Danbury School Parking Lot will not be available for parking over Memorial Day weekend, as school is still in session. Guests may park for free at the three-hour parking lot (limited parking), located at the entrance of the Fifth Street Gate.

A Season Auto Pass is $145 (purchased by May 31) and $165 (purchased after June 1). Purchasing a Season Auto Pass grants access to park inside the games. Limited, free parking (valid for three hours) is still available at the Fifth Street Gate.

To drop off, unload or load vehicles, a complimentary, short-term, 30-Minute Drop-Off Pass may be obtained. Guests will then be asked to return their vehicle to the designated parking lot after they are finished.

We invite you to purchase passes online. Please allow a minimum of two weeks for processing. You may also complete and return the Chautauqua Pass Order Form by mail, or while on the grounds, visit the Hoover Ticket Office.

For details about admission to Lakeside Chautauqua, visit or contact (419) 798-4461, ext. 247.