Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration
For those looking for a unique fun-filled Christmas family activity, Old Fashioned Christmas is returning November 27, 6:00 – 8:00PM. Yes, Santa will be there. And the Live Nativity and Sleigh Rides are all set…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 visit from Rudolph, the reindeer…who will be available for petting. The event will be held outdoors on the grounds of Oakwood Resort, with activities starting with music near the Oakwood Inn. At 6:15 we will light the Christmas tree and sing carols around the lighted tree. Then you and your family may stroll up the lighted path to see Santa and Mrs. Claus. Take pictures with the kids! Listen to an elf read the Night Before Christmas. Stop along the path to listen to two different barbershop quartets sing carols. Get warmed up with some hot chocolate and munch on a cookie. Watch out for the Grinch! Other characters will be roaming the grounds and available for pictures too. Stroll up to the historic Oakwood chapel to hear the Christmas story read. Stop to see the live nativity on your way to the chapel. 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 Facebook site www.facebook.com/ChautauquaWawasee for information and updates.
When: November 27, 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
Where: Oakwood Resort Inn (outdoor event…dress for the weather)
Who: Free to the Public.
For more details:
Email questions to: debbie@CHQW.org
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.
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!
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 9:00AM to noon on Saturday, September 4, at the Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation pavilion. 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 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 as 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.
Chautauqua Wawasee has arranged for The Wagon Wheel Symphony of the Lakes Orchestra to delight us by performing the Patriotic Pops concert this year! The date for this event is June 27 and starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Oakwood Resort.
This Warsaw orchestra, led by Dr. Jason Thompson, will not disappoint!
Chautauqua-Wawasee is planning the first annual Summer Fun Film Festival for August 7. The Film Festival will be a collection of personal phone videos of individuals, friends or family having fun on the water, biking, boating or around their home. The videos will be provided to Chautauqua Wawasee who will edit each to a short duration and combine with other videos for a free one-time showing on Saturday, August 7, from 10:00am to noon at the Pickwick Theater in Syracuse.
“This is an opportunity for the entire Lakes community to become involved by sharing their videos. Essentially this will create a short movie about our community; we’re excited that the Pickwick Theater has agreed to be our venue!”. The process to upload videos promises to be simple. The video along with contact information is submitted online HERE. Videos must conform to specific guidelines such as length (2 minutes or less), format (landscape only),and subject matter. Videos must be submitted by July 29, 2021.
Anyone is eligible to submit a video. Prizes will be awarded for the Best Video in categories such as: Fun with pets; Tubing fun; Relaxing this summer; Family Fun; Biking Fun; and others yet to be defined. Questions may be directed to Debbie Yankosky at 574-377-7543.