This is Chautauqua. Community events for the whole family hosted in Syracuse Indiana and Lake Wawasee.

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The ChautauquaWawasee is dedicated to the exploration of the best in human values and the enrichment of life through a program of events focused on Art, Education, Faith, and Recreation. Our goal to to provide unique programs that enrich the individual, families and community.

Art


We celebrate, encourage and study the arts and believe they are integral to all of learning. Learn More

Education


A cornerstone principal of Chautauqua is the belief in consistence self-improvement through lifelong learning. Learn More

Faith


At Chautauqua, religious faith is perceived, interpreted and experienced as central to the understanding and expression of our social and cultural values. Learn More

Recreation


We believe the recreation experience and a healthy lifestyle are essential to the Chautauqua experience and fuller life overall. Learn More

Our goal is to “raise the bar” continually by improving the quality of programs, authors, and presenters.  Your support enables us to grow and carry out our mission of providing valuable programs related to education, arts, faith and recreation.  Our vision is for Chautauqua-Wawasee to be cited as one reason a business and/or people choose to move and live in Syracuse, Kosciusko County, and Indiana.  We promise to use all gifts wisely and responsibly toward this vision.

We are a non-profit corporation 501-(c)(3).  Consult with your tax advisor.  Donations may be tax-deductible.

Mail Donations to:

Oakwood Foundation Inc. 

Chautauqua-Wawasee
702 E. Lake View Rd
Syracuse, IN 46567

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Local History 3-Programs Series a Success Chautauqua-Wawasee and Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum joined together to offer three programs exploring local history for the period from the 1750s to the 1850s. The programs were in support of Archaeology Month. All programs were free to attend. The first program, held Thursday evening at the Syracuse Community Center, featured […]

The Chautauqua movement began in the 1870s. Teddy Roosevelt hailed it as “the most American thing in America.” On September 27-30, we will host the annual gathering of the 19 North American Chautauqua organizations at the Oakwood Resort. During the meetings, the Chautauqua organizations report on their activities and share common experiences. See More

The second annual Chautauqua Family Fun Film Festival, held at Pickwick Theater on August 6th , included more than 50 video clips and a few still photos. Ellie Johnston won the “Fun with Animals” award for her video showing her paddle board adventures with her dog. Sydney Lamb’s winning “Fun with Water” video showed Sydney […]

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2022 Featured Artists

Wawasee Oakwood 2022 Featured Artists Here is the list of the incredibly talented artists that will be at this year’s Wawasee Oakwood Fine Arts Festival!  We have entered websites wherever possible so you are able to take a “sneak peek”. Nikki Addington Stained Glass & Epoxy Resin Paul Albritton Jewelry Norah Amstutz Ceramics www.norahruthpottery.com Patrick […]

Taps Across the Water at Dusk

Taps Across the Water at Dusk Chautauqua-Wawasee and Syracuse American Legion Post #223 are collaborating for a Memorial Day tribute to honor veterans and those who have died in the performance of their duties while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Both solo and echo renditions of Taps will be audible depending on your location. Participating […]

Accepting Submissions

Chautauqua-Wawasee’s second annual Fun Film Festival is set for August 6 at Syracuse’s Pickwick Theater.  The Film Festival will feature personal phone videos of family fun on the water, biking, boating, pets, skating…anything fun or funny. The videos are uploaded by you to a dropbox for editing, adding captions, trimming, and judging.  There will be […]

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