summer fun film festival 2021

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.

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.

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.

Purchase tickets HERE.

On Aug. 26, 1920, Hoosier women won the right to vote.

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, and Syracuse has designated the week of August 23-29 as “Women’s Suffrage Centennial Celebration” week. Chautauqua-Wawasee will be putting on a number of events, partnering with the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum, Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber and Indiana Humanities.  Stay tuned!  More details to follow!

We have not canceled May events yet, but will make that decision May 1.  Refunds will be made promptly for the Lillypad Cruise if canceled.  Stay safe!

Chautauqua-Wawasee has received notice that Purdue University has announced the cancellation of all extracurricular events which includes Purdue Varsity Glee Club performances.  We are very disappointed because their performance scheduled for April 24 here in Syracuse was approaching a sell-out.  We are in the process of refunding all ticket sales; that process will complete by March 12.  To be clear, the April 24 event is canceled.  We have been given a tentative reschedule date in October, and will share more information once this is finalized.

James E. Caskey, president of the Kenneth and Lela Harkless Foundation, announced $85,500 in grants have been awarded to various organizations within the Syracuse community.

The grants were awarded to the following: Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum, $16,000; Teen Parents Succeeding, $12,000; Syracuse Parks Department, $10,000; Syracuse Cemetery Association, $10,000; Oakwood Foundation Chautauqua-Wawasee, $7,000; Lilly Center for Lakes and Streams, $5,000; R.E.A.L. Services, $5,000; town of Syracuse, $5,000; Syracuse-Wawasee Rotary Club, $4,000; Kosciusko Community Senior Services, $4,000; Lakeland Youth Center, $3,000; Wawasee Supermileage, $2,500; Syracuse-Wawasee Garden Club, $1,000; and Fort Wayne Philharmonic, $1,000.