Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month and Chautauqua Wawasee would like to take the opportunity to honor some of the amazing ladies who have made a huge impact in the world we live in.

Please visit our Facebook page during the month of March to celebrate these lovely ladies along with us!

Oakwood Wawasee Fine Arts Festival 2022

If you have juried art we are adding a select few new artists in 2022.  This expands the number of artists from 30 to 35.  The Festival is in a park setting, attended by families. Attendees and artists appreciate the intimate size of this annual show…and come back year after year.

2021 Old Fashioned Christmas

Our 2021 Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration was a HUGE success!

Thank you to all who volunteered, donated, and attended!  Because of YOU, this evening was magical!

Please enjoy this slideshow and we hope to see each and every one of you next year.

 

Make sure to visit us on Facebook to stay up to date on all of our events!

 

Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration

Looking for a unique fun-filled Christmas family activity?  Chautauqua’s Old Fashioned Christmas is the answer.  After Thanksgiving’s turkey stupor, on Saturday, November 27, come to Oakwood Resort in Syracuse.  Yes, Santa will be there with his reindeer, and yes, you can pet them!  Enjoy the Live Nativity and Sleigh Rides …and, of course, the Big Tree Lighting.  The popular reading of the Christmas story from the Bible at the historic Oakwood Chapel is planned.  New this year is a photo booth for family Christmas pictures, using your phone camera.  Be on the lookout for characters who are roaming around:  Frosty, the Grinch, Rudolph, Buddy-the-Elf, Toy Soldier, and Gingerbread Man. The event will be held outdoors on the grounds of Oakwood Resort.  The festivities start with music near the Oakwood Inn at 6:00 p.m.  Music and carols will be sung around the 60 foot Christmas tree which will be lit at 6:15.  Then you and your family may stroll up the lighted path to see Santa and Mrs. Claus. Take pictures with roaming characters! Listen to an elf read  “Twas the Night Before Christmas”.  Two barbershop quartets will be strolling around singing carols, along with two other music groups.  Get warmed up with some hot chocolate and munch on a cookie.  Don’t forget to pick up some Deer food to take home for Santa’s reindeer. Stroll up to the historic Oakwood chapel to hear the Christmas story read from the Bible.  On your way to the Chapel, stop to see the live nativity.  And you’ll want to relax and enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride around the park.  These are just some of the many fun activities at the Old Fashioned Christmas celebration.    Hope for a bit of snow, but if severe weather occurs, check the Chautauqua-Wawasee website www.chqw.org or Facebook site www.facebook.com/ChautauquaWawasee for information and updates.  

 

When:  November 27, 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. 

Where:  Oakwood Resort  (outdoor event…dress for the weather)

                Syracuse, Indiana    

Who:  Free to the Public. 

For more details: 

  Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChautauquaWawasee  

  Website:  www.CHQW.org 

  Email questions to:  debbie@CHQW.org

Native Americans of northeast Indiana

Chautauqua-Wawasee and Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum are collaborating to offer the third annual series of three programs that explore the history of Native Americans in northeastern Indiana.

The three programs are presented over a three-day period, September 2-4, with the first two one-hour programs held at the Syracuse Community Center; the third program will be held from 9:00 AM to noon on Saturday, September 4, at the Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation Amphitheater. All programs are offered free of charge and open to the public. Each program features presenters with expert knowledge and provides an interactive environment for discussion and hands-on examination of artifacts.

This year’s programs are:

Thursday, September 2, 6:30 – 7:30 at the Syracuse Community Center

Dr. Jeff Pyle will discuss and display a portion of the renowned Fred Bartol Collection of Prehistoric Indian Artifacts. This is considered to be one of the finest collections of mid-west pre-historic Indian relics! It was compiled by Warsaw’s Fred Bartol, who began collecting at a young age and collected his entire life. Upon his death in 1972, the collection was packed up and put away until Dr. Jeff Pyle acquired it in 2019.

Friday, September 3, 6:30 – 7:30 at the Syracuse Community Center

Notre Dame professors and researchers, Dr. Mark Schurr and Dr. Madeleine McLeester, will be speaking about what archaeologists know about northern Indiana from the very first humans to settle here over 10,000 years ago through the historic occupations of the Potawatomi and Miami, with a special focus on Kosciusko County. The speakers will also present some new results from their ongoing research, the Kankakee Protohistory Project, which investigates how past societies used the Kankakee Marsh environment as well as changes to the marsh itself through time. Join us for an evening filled with everything from woolly mammoths to sprawling mound centers, and uncover Indiana’s unique and rich archaeological past.

Saturday, September 4, 9:00 – Noon at the Wawasee Area Conservancy Ruddell Pavilion

Five individual programs are being offered:

Myaamia (Miami Native American) Plant Traditions 9:00 – 10:30

Led by Dani Tippmann at WACF Amphitheater

Follow Myaamia history as we look at the lives of the plants who accompany us on our journey through time. [See insert for more details]

French Influence in the area 10:30 – Noon

Led by Joe Zdziebko

Joe Zdziebko, dressed as a 1750s French Marine will display and discuss his equipment, uniform, musket, furs, maps, etc. He will also talk about old sayings that are still used today. [See insert for more details]

Flintknapping Hands-on 10:30 – Noon

Led by Jeff Mesaros

Want to know how native American artifacts were made by hand? Jeff Mesaros will show you how. And here’s your chance to try making one!

Kayak Display 10:30 – Noon

Led by Mike Smith

Mike will display and describe his hand-built 17-foot sea kayak.

Archaeological Dig for Children 10:30 – Noon

Led by Jamie Clemons

Through this hands-on activity, students will “dig” for artifacts, documenting findings through drawings and notes.

The ChautauquaWawasee website and Facebook have more details, as does the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum and their website. Please call with questions at 574-377-7543.

www.chautauquawawasee.org

www.facebook.com/ChautauquaWawasee

www.syracusemuseum.org

Based in Syracuse, Chautauqua-Wawasee is a non-profit organization that provides life-enriching programs for the northern Indiana region.

Cliff Kindy

Chautauqua-Wawasee is hosting an evening with author and peace-seeker Cliff Kindy, an Indiana organic farmer. His book Resurrection Peacemaking recounts his thirty years working with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), facing violent, unjust regimes in Iraq, Colombia, Israel/Palestine, Nigeria, Mexico and other trouble spots around the world. Cliff and other CPT volunteers have repeatedly put their lives on the line as they chose to accompany targeted and beleaguered indigenous people who were striving to end violent occupation and warfare in their own lands. This striving is not only for far-away peoples. It is for us.

Cliff says, “Why will people be willing to risk their lives to confront violence or injustice? For me, that willingness is grounded in the gospel story of Jesus’ resurrection. For others, it will be based in love and goodness. Nonviolence for me is powered by the spirit of resurrection on Easter; it topples empires. But it also exposes the practitioner to transformation; all parties are transformed, or better, ‘plowshared’. Are we willing to nurture our imaginations and take the risks required to replace violence with nonviolence? If so, how would this change America, in terms of policing, politics, wars, family disputes, mass killings, and criminal justice?”

In this workshop, Cliff will…

1. Share some direct encounters that CPTers have had with violence and injustice;

2. Explain why nonviolent tools are better than violent methods, by any measure, including effectiveness, cost, availability and consequences.

What: Presentation, discussion, and workshop

Where: Syracuse, Indiana, Oakwood Resort, Event Center

When: October 6, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Free to attend. Registration requested, but not required…helps us plan room size.

To register go to www.CHQW.org or call Debbie at 574-377-7543 or go to Facebook.com/ChautauquaWawasee

Or, you may register at Eventbrite BY CLICKING THIS LINK.

Lake Wawasee Historical Cruise

Chautauqua-Wawasee is repeating last year’s successful “Lake Wawasee, Then & Now” presentation by local historian Ann Garceau of the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum.

As Ann shares interesting stories about historic structures that stood around the lake, you will be able to better visualize them with the aid of a provided pamphlet, Then and Now, picturing what you are hearing about while enjoying what is built there now. Among places that Ann highlights will be the numerous hotels, marinas, entertainment venues, neighborhoods and historic homes.

This event will sell-out so buy your tickets early.

Boarding begins at 12:45 at The Frog Tavern.

What: 2-hour Lake Wawasee Cruise

When: October 7, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Where: The Frog Tavern, Syracuse, Indiana

Tickets: $25 and can be purchased HERE.

Family Film Festival

The Chautauqua Fun Film Festival is this Saturday, August 7, at 10am at the Pickwick Theater in Syracuse.  Attendance is free.  The Festival consists of video clips shot by Syracuse-area residents of fun family times around the lake or home.  Over fifty clips were submitted by area residents showing dogs having fun in the water, kids doing silly things, bouncing and flipping tubes, fireworks, biking and other family fun times.  The videos were collected and submitted over the last 45-days, orchestrated by Chautauqua-Wawasee, and produced into a fast-paced film by Ryan Snider and Matt Wuthrich, recent Wawasee High School graduates.   Following the viewing, awards will be presented in five categories:  Fun with pets, kids’ fun, biking, tubing and a wildcard category.  The public is invited to this one-time community event 10:00am – 10:30am.  We certainly hope to see everyone there!

Movie Night at The Pickwick Theatre

Please upload your short video HERE and visit our Facebook Page for more details!