Staff Blogger: Ellen Venema, Rhein Center Assistant Coordinator

hoover-auditorium-1Each person passing through the gates experiences Lakeside in their own unique way. Wide-ranging programming across all four Chautauqua pillars engages the diverse interests of Lakesiders and guests of all ages.

One couple may take in a Chautauqua Lecture Series presentation and rent a sailboat, while another may escort children to God Squad, ballet class, the Wednesday Night Picnic and the Splash Park.

Some members of a family may spend a whole week taking Rhein Center classes and fishing on the dock, while the rest of the family wake up early each day for Yoga, sit in on the Faith for Living Hour and spend the afternoons walking the nature trails and weaving through the streets on bicycles until the whole family gathers in the evening for their annual shuffleboard tournament. The possibilities are endless.

Most often, no matter their other varied interests, Lakesiders come together in Hoover Auditorium.

Perhaps most recognizably a hub for the cultural arts pillar, Hoover hosts religious and educational programming, as well. Weekly worship services and lectures make use of the same space and technological systems as the arts performances.

As you may have already heard, Lakeside’s 2016 #GivingTuesday initiative is focusing on Hoover.

Being able to bring in big name entertainers and modern acts that require more technology is simply one reason for raising money to enhance Hoover Auditorium’s sound and lighting systems. Sunday worship services, chorale concerts, symphony performances, gallery shows, lectures and more will all be positively impacted by the technological enhancements.

hoover-community-worship“There are currently pockets in the auditorium and on the stage where it’s difficult (maybe impossible) to hear clearly,” explains the Rev. Dr. Ned Dewire, Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach. “Our Sound Engineer does a great job with the equipment we have, but new equipment that is better balanced for the Hoover stage and audience would be significantly better. Regarding the lighting system, during Hoover Community Worship, there are inevitable dark spots on the stage. The Chautauqua Choir members often struggle to read music because of the dim light. Upgrades to the lighting system would mean better lighting across the stage for everyone.”

Also, in the interest of environmental stewardship and cost reduction, by beginning to replace our existing lighting with LED light fixtures, we will decrease Hoover’s energy footprint, as well as reduce the heat generated by traditional lighting. No one enjoys those extra degrees on stage during a summer heat wave.

We invite you to join us on Tuesday, Nov. 29 and consider making a donation towards the enhancement of future Hoover programming across all Chautauqua pillars. Become a VIP Supporter and share the Lakeside love!

Make an online donation today or on Tuesday, Nov. 29. Call (419) 798-5396 to give a gift over the phone or make a check payable to the ‘Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation,’ Attn: Giving Tuesday, 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, Ohio 43440 with ‘Giving Tuesday’ in the memo line.