Staff Blogger: Melissa Kunz, Content Manager


All across America, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated once a year as a day to give thanks. A day dedicated to giving grateful acknowledgement to individuals who have given their efforts, favors or time.

In between passing the plate of turkey around the dinner table, or savoring that last bite of pumpkin pie, Lakesiders are taking the time to give thanks to the special people or for the irreplaceable moments in their lives.

We asked our Facebook community and Lakeside Chautauqua staff members to share what they are thankful for this year.

Ellen R. Cox, Sandy Judd and Anna Boring all shared that they were most thankful for their families. Sue Deakin Flasche also shared that she was thankful for her family, especially the addition of little Eddie.

“This holiday season, I am grateful to be in Ohio, and not just celebrating with my family but also being around for all the small things that make spending the holidays with your family so wonderful.” – Sarah Milheim, Advancement & Communications Coordinator

I am thankful for the love of family, and that we are coming from three states to celebrate this Thanksgiving holiday together. It’s a rare treat to all be in the same place at the same time. Every one of us recognizes how precious and special this is. I feel lucky and grateful.” – Susie Cantor, Director of Staff Development

This year, Wendy Witker Stahanczyk is “thankful to have grown up in Lakeside!” Carolyn Beears is also thankful for Lakeside and continued to share that she was, “so thankful for many, many, many Lakeside memories, and all my Lakeside friends and family.”

“I am incredibly blessed to have a loving husband, a wonderful family and circle of friends, and colleagues to work alongside who are committed to keeping Lakeside Chautauqua alive for generations to come.” – Shirley Stary, Vice President of Programming

Ruth Craver Shannon shared with our Facebook community that she is thankful for, “the gift of life itself… and this wonderful place in which to be living it.”

No matter what your plans are this Thanksgiving, in the midst celebrating the holiday, take a moment to give thanks to everything you are thankful for this year, and each Thanksgiving to come.

We would love to hear what you are thankful for this year. Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.