Fine Arts Festival

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 at Oakwood offers a full menu with both indoor and outdoor lakefront dining overlooking beautiful Lake Wawasee. Children’s activities and playground are available. Attendance is free. Stop by our booth for a giveaway.

 

What: Oakwood Fine Art Festival

When: June 12, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: Oakwood Resort, Syracuse, Indiana

Free to attend. Registration requested, but not required

 

Please follow this link to register

Don’t forget to stop by the Chautauqua tent for a giveaway!

 

 

 

Lake Wawasee Historical Cruise

Chautauqua-Wawasee and the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum are once again having local historian Ann Garceau narrate a Historical Cruise of Lake Wawasee aboard the SS Lillypad II.

This popular event is always a sell-out so get your tickets early. Ann will share her knowledge about historic hotels, events, property owners, restaurants, entertainment venues, boat taxis, marinas, other points of interest and little-known facts as the SS Lillypad proceeds clockwise around the shoreline of Lake Wawasee. Snack food will be provided along with a cash bar.

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

Boarding begins at 12:30 at The Frog Tavern.

What: 2-hour Lake Wawasee Cruise

When: Thursday, May 20, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Where: The Frog Tavern, Syracuse, Indiana

Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased here.

Taps Across the Water at Dusk

To honor Memorial Day, Chautauqua-Wawasee and Syracuse American Legion Post 223 are working
together to organize “Taps Across the Water at Dusk” for a May 30 th event.

The playing of Taps will be performed in synchrony by more than thirty buglers positioned strategically around Lake Wawasee,
Syracuse Lake and Papakeechie Lake so it’s audible to all lake residents and boaters.

The organizers are seeking buglers who wish to participate by performing in the event. Interested buglers should contact
Debbie Yankosky at 574-377-7543 or Chris Longenbaugh at 574-529-0566 for more information.

 

Sponsored by: Oakwood Foundation Chautauqua-Wawasee, a 501-c3 non-profit organization provides
life-enriching experiences in support of the Arts, Education, Faith, and Recreation. To learn more see
http://www.chautauquawawasee.org or our Facebook site.

Gardening in the face of a changing climate

John Edgerton of Shelbyville, Michigan returns to Syracuse for a second workshop to explore wholistic, resilient, sustainable techniques for gardening and small farming. He will share his experience and practical knowledge on the importance of healthy soil, healthy plants, and helpful insect habitats. Other topics will include variety selection and ways to account for climate-related imbalances of diseases and insects. He will share what others in the bioregion are doing to address these issues. The Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation and the Syracuse-Wawasee Garden Club are jointly sponsoring this program with Chautauqua-Wawasee.

What: One hour presentation, followed by deeper discussion.

When: April 24, 1:00 – 4:00

Where: Syracuse Community Center, 1013 N. Long Dr, Syracuse, Indiana

Cost: Free to the Public. Please register to help us estimate attendance.

About the Presenter

John Edgerton lives with his partner and fellow farmer, Amy Newday. Together, they have done both market gardening and community-supported agriculture. John has done dozens of workshops on gardening and seed saving, most recently, at conferences sponsored by the Michigan Food and Farm Alliance, Michigan Integrative Food and Farming Systems, and KEEP GROWING DETROIT. He and Amy have worked with the Inter-Tribal Food Summit to grow out and repatriate several varieties of indigenous Northern Flint Corn. They also work with a network of northern gardeners to perform grow-out trials of Upland Rice varieties to determine suitability for our northern bioregion. John and Amy co-taught a course for seniors at Kalamazoo College on “Slow Farming” a form that is committed to limited and appropriate technology. John co-founded a local community garden in Martin, MI. He has also served as a schoolteacher in the Martin Michigan public school, and, long ago, at The Learning Center, a parent-teacher non-public cooperative elementary school, in Fort Wayne.

2021 Patriot's Day Celebration

Chautauqua-Wawasee is proud to present the 2021 Patriot’s Day Celebration.

Lincoln re-enactor, Danny Russel, brings Lincoln’s wonderful humor, honesty, love of learning, mastery of language and empathy for his fellow man to life in a one-hour presentation on the lawn at Oakwood Resort.

Chautauqua-Wawasee invites you to start the Patriot’s Day celebration with Lincoln’s tour-de-force at 4:30, then have dinner at Oakwood’s Pier & Back Porch lakeside restaurant, then return to the lawn for the 7:30 Patriotic Pops concert by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket.  Stop by our tent to receive a free patriotic gift.

What:  Lincoln performance by Danny Russel

When:  June 27, 4:30 – 5:30

Where:  Oakwood Resort, Syracuse, Indiana

Tickets: Free

See www.ChautauquaWawasee.org or follow us on Facebook or call 574-377-7543

Oakwood Fine Arts Festival

Calling all artists! Sign-up for the 2021 Oakwood Fine Arts Festival is OPEN!

Chautauqua-Wawasee is holding the 7th annual Oakwood Fine Arts Festival on June 12 in the Oakwood Resort park in Syracuse, Indiana.  This Festival brings together 30 local and regional artists from around the northern Indiana area.

When:  June 12, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where:  Oakwood Resort, Syracuse, Indiana

 

For more information, or to sign up, please contact Debbie

Email: debbie@chqw.org

Phone: 574-377-7543

And feel free to spread the word!  Let’s make this year’s festival, an amazing one!

Chautauqua-Wawasee thought it might be fun to have a Secret Santa Drawing!

We can’t give you too many details, or we’d spoil the surprise, but we hope you’ll visit our Facebook Page for details.

Our “Secret Santa” was VERY generous this year!

Old fashioned christmas

Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration

For those looking for a unique fun-filled Christmas family activity, Chautauqua-Wawasee, along with the Syracuse Parks Department and Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber of Commerce, plan the 2nd annual Old Fashioned Christmas at Oakwood Resort for November 28, from 6:00 to 8:00. The celebration is open to the public, free of charge, no registration is required.  The event will be held outdoors on the grounds of Oakwood Resort, with activities starting at 6:00 around the tree near the Oakwood Inn.  Wawasee High School choir and bands are slated to be on hand.  At 6:15 the countdown to lighting 7000 lights on Oakwood’s magnificent 70-foot tree begins. After the lighting, Oakwood’s Christmas magic begins with activities sure to get grandma, grandpa, moms, dads, and children of all ages in the Christmas spirit like olden days. Starting at the Oakwood Inn, stroll up the lighted path to see Santa and Mrs. Claus to hear Christmas wishes while taking precautions to keep Santa and children safe from covid-19. Take pictures with the kids! Listen to an elf read the Night Before Christmas. Stop along the path to listen to the old fashion barbershop quartet sing carols. Warm by a yuletide log and sip some hot chocolate while munching on a cookie. Watch out for the Grinch!  Other characters will be roaming the grounds and available for pictures too. Follow the path up past the Live Nativity to the historic Oakwood chapel to hear the Bible’s Christmas story read; social distancing is set to keep everyone safe. And you’ll want to relax and enjoy a horse drawn sleigh ride around the park.  Stop by the Syracuse Chamber of Commerce’s booth to pick up a child’s craft to take home. These are just some of the many fun activities at the Old Fashioned Christmas celebration. Hope for a bit of snow, and dress warmly, and wear a scarf and face mask to protect yourself and others. Stop in the Oakwood Coffee and Creamery or The Pier and Back Porch restaurant as both will be offering specials to guests of the Old Fashioned Christmas celebration. The Syracuse Chamber of Commerce suggests that you come out early to shop small business Saturday in Syracuse from 10 am to 6 pm! A prize patrol will be out and about from 11 am to 1 pm checking in to see who is shopping! You could be a winner if we catch you shopping in Syracuse! Special thanks to our prize sponsor Mohawk Pier & Lift! Stay in touch by visiting our Facebook Page for information and updates.

When: November 28, 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
Where: Oakwood Resort Inn (outdoor event…dress for the weather)
Syracuse, Indiana
Who: Free to the Public. No registration needed.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChautauquaWawasee
Website: www.CHQW.org
Email questions to-   debbie@CHQW.org

Chautauqua-Wawasee has asked local historian Ann Garceau of the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum, and Erin Lomax of the Smithsonian Institute to share their knowledge of “What’s in the Depths of Lake Wawasee?”

Based on their research, they will surprise, entertain and delight with stories about cars, boats, coins, and other relics known to have been lost, found or submerged in the waters of Indiana’s largest natural lake.

To ensure the safety of all, face masks are required and social distancing is expected.  This event will sell-out so buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

What:  2-hour Lake Wawasee Cruise

When:  October 10, 1:00 – 3:00 pm; boarding begins at 12:30

Where:  The Frog Tavern, Syracuse, Indiana

Tickets: $25 here

 

Chautauqua’s event for July 30 with the Parkview YMCA has been canceled due to Covid-19 concerns.  Parkview is offering this class on a regular schedule, as a virtual event, so visit their website for details.