We are sad to announce that the October 23rd concert, featuring The Purdue Varsity Glee Club, has been cancelled. Purdue has decided to cancel all concerts for the rest of 2020. We hope to see them back in 2021, however as of this moment, we do not have any word on a date. Stay tuned for more information.
On Aug. 26, 1920, Hoosier women won the right to vote. At first glance, the meaning behind that statement is simple. But the real story goes much deeper. In Indiana, almost seventy years passed between the first calls for women’s voting rights and the passage of the 19th Amendment. And, though momentous, 1920 is just one milestone in a long and ongoing journey, and access to the voting booth is just one part of what it means to be an equal part of the democratic process.
Starting this Spring and Summer, the Women’s Suffrage Centennial is being celebrated throughout Indiana and America. August 26 has been designated Women’s Equality Day. Syracuse has designated the week of August 23-29 as “Women’s Suffrage Centennial Celebration” with Chautauqua-Wawasee putting on a number of events, teaming with the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum, Syracuse Public Library, Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber and Indiana Humanities.
The first program is a presentation by Melissa Gentry titled “From Seneca Falls to Seymour and South Bend: Mapping Indiana’s Suffrage History” which asks the question “What can we learn by mapping Indiana’s women’s suffrage movement and its leaders?” Her program, based on “story maps” reveals that Indiana—and Hoosier suffragists in particular—were ideologically, economically, racially, and socially diverse. Melissa’s multimedia story maps depict some of the people and places connected to the history of women’s suffrage. Melissa Gentry is the Map Collection Supervisor at the Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection, where she provides instruction programs and curates special exhibits at Ball State University and the Muncie community. This first program will be held at Oakwood Resort Inn on August 26, from 6:30-7:30.
The following Saturday, August 29, will feature two programs, one in the morning, and one mid-day. The morning will be a Children’s program, led by Margo Wilson from 10:00 to 11:00 at the Syracuse Public Library. Following that, starting at 11:30 an Ice Cream Social is planned for Lakeside Park at the gazebo. The Ice Cream will be provided by Joe’s Ice Cream. The event will also feature suffragists and brief historical presentation by Beth Beams.
The fourth program will be a presentation by Marsha Miller titled “From Amanda to Zerelda: Hoosier Suffragists Who Raised A Ruckus”. This presentation explores the chronological history of women’s suffrage in Indiana through historical costume and a suffragist song, or two! Marsha introduces Hoosier women who helped shape the movement, including Amanda Way, Grace Julian Clarke, Mary Garrett Hay, Helen Cougar, Zerelda Wallace and May Wright Sewall with a special focus on Ida Husted Harper and Eugene and Kate Debs. Marsha Miller has taught more than 4,800 information literacy sessions at Indiana State University and coordinates library social media. This presentation will be at the Syracuse Community Center on September 5 from 2:00 to 3:30.
More details will be provided by a series of historical articles starting later this summer. Stay in touch here or on our Facebook www.facebook.com/ChautauquaWawasee. Chautauqua-Wawasee is a Syracuse-based non-profit organization that provides cultural enrichment and entertainment through programs focused on the Arts, Education, Faith and Recreation.
It is with great sadness that we announce that the Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s Patriotic Pops concert, has been cancelled for 2020, due to the pandemic.
We look forward to this amazing event in the future.
Due to COVID-19, the May 21st Historic Lake Wawasee “Then & Now” cruise aboard the S.S. Lillypad has been rescheduled for July 31. All those who purchased tickets for the May 21 program are being refunded, and will need to purchase tickets for the July 21st cruise. Tickets for the new date may be purchased HERE.
This event is limited to 110 people and will sell-out so buy your tickets early.
What: 2-hour Lake Wawasee Cruise
When: July 31, 1:30 – 4:00 pm boarding begins at 1:00
Where: The Frog Tavern, Syracuse, Indiana
Tickets: $25 per person.
Chautauqua-Wawasee is holding the 7th annual Oakwood Fine Arts Festival June 12 in the park of Oakwood Resort in Syracuse, Indiana. This Festival brings together 30 local and regional artists from around the northern Indiana area.
The outdoor setting provides a family-friendly environment. Food vendors are onsite for snacks and lunch, with outside seating available. Also, The Pier and Back Porch, a lovely on-site restaurant, offers a full menu with both indoor and outdoor lakefront dining. Attendance is free, and ample parking is available. Like every year, the Oakwood Fine Arts Festival is sure to be an event to remember.
We can’t wait to see you there!
What: Oakwood Fine Art Festival
When: June 12, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Oakwood Resort, Syracuse, Indiana
Chautauqua Wawasee is pleased announce the second annual Oakwood Old Fashioned Christmas. This is the time that Oakwood comes alive for the Christmas Holidays. Come and Join us!!
The beautiful Christmas Tree, in the front of the Oakwood Inn, will light up in all of it’s splendor at 6:20pm. Last year’s most popular was either Santa Claus or the Christmas Story read from the Bible in the Chapel, or possibly the live nativity or pictures with the Elf, Grinch, Frosty or Reindeer characters? Everything from last year is back and more. More fire pits for warm! More hot chocolate. Hot coffee. Listen to Strolling Quartets singing Christmas songs. Be sure to catch a Sleigh Ride around Oakwood!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Location: Oakwood Inn 702 E. Lake View Road, Syracuse, IN 46567
Date: November 28th, 2020
Open to Public — No Charge
Food and Stay available at the Oakwood Inn & Restaurant & Bar 574-457-7100