Staff Blogger: Melissa Kunz, Content Manager


Lakeside Chautauqua has so many exciting new changes happening around the grounds this summer, including tiered parking, an information center, upgraded mini golf course and more.

Check out all the upgrades happening and tell us what you are most excited about in the comments below.

Lakeside Information Center to Open at the Pavilion

This summer, a Lakeside Information Center will open at the Pavilion for guests. It will be located across from the North Coast Kite Co., in the space formerly occupied by Lakeside Landing.

To provide support to the congestion at the Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office, the information center’s location will be easily accessible for guests to ask questions about the Chautauqua program, complete reservations for waterfront activities and finalize payment for boat rentals, including standup paddleboards, kayaks and Sunfish sailboats.

It will also serve to help guests register for wooden boat rides, obtain a fishing license and regulations, and sign up for sailing lessons.

In addition, guests will be able to register and make payments for various recreational events, including the Kelleys Island Swim, 5k Raccoon Run, Triathlons and sailing races. Payment and registration will still be available at the Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office.

Guests may contact the Lakeside Information Center at (419) 798-4461, ext. 266 or For more information about the Lakeside Information Center, read more here.


Lakeside Chautauqua Introduces New Tiered Parking Fee Structure for 2015

To help with congested parking and continue our high safety standards on the grounds, Lakeside Chautauqua will introduce a tiered parking fee structure this summer.

The main objective behind the tiered parking fee structure is to encourage guests to park in the South Gate Parking Lot and the Danbury School Parking Lot at discounted rates, taking advantage of the complimentary golf cart shuttle service offered once inside the Lakeside gates.

Even with the new tiered parking fees, guests can expect the purchasing process for Auto Passes to be nearly the same. Auto Passes can be purchased at the Welcome Center, Fifth Street Gate and South Gate entrances.

The closest complimentary shuttle stop near the South Gate Parking Lot and Danbury School Parking Lot is located at the Welcome Center.

Guests are encouraged to review the new tiered parking fee structure and shuttle service information on the Lakeside Chautauqua website before their visit at

For more information about the new tiered parking fee structure, read more here.


Lakeside Enters New Partnership with Avery’s Café & Catering

With Black Tie Catering ending their services with Lakeside Chautauqua in January, Lakeside welcomes Avery’s Café & Catering owners, Scott and Josie Kluding, as the new managers of the Hotel Lakeside Dining Room & Café, Lakeside’s catering services and breakfast at Hotel Lakeside and the Fountain Inn.

The Kludings will take over as the premier catering company for Lakeside Chautauqua, as well as managing the Hotel Lakeside Dining Room & Café.

Beginning this summer, the Hotel Lakeside Dining Room & Café will be open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday.

Breakfast will shift from a continental style to a formal sit-down breakfast with a full menu for patrons. There will also be separate menus for lunch and dinner, with an average of seven to eight staple items to choose from, including gluten free and vegetarian selections. On Fridays and Saturdays, a special menu will be offered in addition the regular dinner menu.

Scott and Josie are looking for summer employees to work at the Hotel Lakeside Dining Room & Café or on the catering staff. If interested, contact (419) 798-1700 or

For more information about their plans at the Hotel Lakeside Dining Room & Café this summer, read more here.


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

Lakeside is challenging families to enter a poster in a 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. 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 goal of this contest is to share our community’s love and passion for different experiences in Lakeside.

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

For more information about the poster contest, read more here. To submit an entry or for questions, contact


“State of Lakeside” Gatherings Planned around Ohio in May

Lakeside is planning a series of “State of Lakeside” Address gatherings around Ohio during the month of May.

At each gathering, Lakeside Chautauqua President/CEO Kevin Sibbring will meet with Lakesiders, give an overview of the past year, provide an update on the Hotel Lakeside Project and Endowment for Life Initiative, discuss capital projects scheduled to be completed, and highlight the 2015 Chautauqua summer programs.

Following the presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to discuss Lakeside’s future and the current strategic plan.

For more information about attending one of these gatherings, read more here. To RSVP for one of these events, contact


Lakeside Adds 2015 Bonus Weekend to Programming Schedule

To provide additional opportunities for enrichment, Lakeside has added another weekend of Chautauqua programming from May 29-31 for a reduced rate, known as the 2015 Bonus Weekend.

Some of the weekend’s events include the inaugural Kaleidoscope of Color Run/Walk, activities at the Rhein Center, an evening Hoover Auditorium concert with Ambrosia and church services throughout the day on Sunday.

For more information about the 2015 Bonus Weekend, read more here. To book a hotel room, visit


New Enhancements to the Lakeside Miniature Golf Course

The outpouring of community support was overwhelming for Lakeside Chautauqua’s second #GivingTuesday initiative on December 2, raising more than $118,000.

Due to the support of countless Lakesiders, preparations to enhance the miniature golf course have begun. New putting green will be placed, along with new hole features and upgrades to the landscaping throughout the course.

As a way to open the 2015 Chautauqua summer season and to celebrate the progress of this treasured Lakeside activity, a dedication service will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2015.


Garden Enthusiasts are Invited to Attend Lakeside in Bloom

This summer, Lakeside Chautauqua will host gardening enthusiasts from across the Midwest for a premiere event, titled Lakeside in Bloom, from Saturday, June 27-Tuesday, June 30.

During this four-day event, Lakeside Chautauqua will offer lifelong learning opportunities through lectures, workshops, cultural arts performances and a self-guided Garden Tour, showcasing private and community gardens on the grounds.

In addition, garden enthusiasts will have the opportunity to interact with horticulture experts, participate in gardening demonstrations and purchase garden art from vendors at the Garden Marketplace and take a self-guided Garden Tour around the Chautauqua community. Registrants will be given a map of the winning gardens to explore at their own pace.

All are invited to participate in Lakeside in Bloom. Individuals can select to participate for one day or all four days. For more information about this event, visit