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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Then and Now

Local historian Ann Garceau will narrate a Historical Cruise of Lake Wawasee aboard the SS Lillypad II 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 […]

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 […]

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Thomas Jefferson played by J.D. Sutton

Chautauqua-Wawasee is inviting you for an encounter with Thomas Jefferson the man who defined American Independence. World-renowned Jefferson re-enactor, J.D. Sutton, as 77-year-old Mr. Jefferson is retired, but still busy.  He’s looking back on his life, reflecting on his “services” to our country, the things he’s been able to accomplish as well as things left undone. […]

Chautauqua-Wawasee is holding the 8th annual Wawasee Oakwood Fine Arts Festival on May 28 in the park of Oakwood Resort in Syracuse, Indiana. This Festival brings together over 30 local and regional artists from around Indiana and beyond. All art has been juried to qualify for inclusion in the festival.  The beautiful outdoor setting provides […]

WACF Earth Day Event

Love Nature? “How do you know it loves you back?” Chautauqua Wawasee has a unique program for WACF’s Earth Day, April 30.  For the first time ever, Dani Tippman, Cliff Kindy and John Edgerton are collaborating to discuss a message of hope, harmony, and humility.  10:00 – 10:50 a.m.  REMEMBRANCE:  Water is Life; Human/Plant diversity […]

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