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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.

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Northern American History Series

Chautauqua-Wawasee and the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum are once again collaborating to offer a 3-day series of educational and entertaining programs focused on northern Indiana native American history. All programs are free to attend.

Thursday, September 1- 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Using Maps to Unlock the Past (1866 – 1903)

As Kosciusko County Surveyor, Mike Kissinger, has done a great deal of historical research and will share his findings and interest in Kosciusko County and the lakes area. Of special interest are old maps, Indian reservations, old schools/homes, and the stories of past residents.

About the Presenter: Mike Kissinger

Mike is a lifetime resident of the North Webster area and lives on the property that family acquired from the U.S. government in 1845. A 1979 graduate of Wawasee High School, he has worked in the County Surveyor’s Office for the past 41 years, Mike was licensed as a Professional Surveyor in 1999 and was selected as the County Surveyor when his friend & mentor, Richard Kemper, retired in 2015.

 

Friday, September 2- 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Reenacting Richard Stone’s Journal (1827-1842)

In 1827, as some of the first white settlers in Noble County, Richard Stone and his family set up a trading post at the junction of two highly traveled trails, known today as U.S. 33 & SR 5. The Indian village of Chiefs Papakeechie and Wawasee was just six miles away. Using Richard Stone’s journal, reenactor Jim Hossler will relate the life and times at the newly established trading post.

About the Presenter: Jim Hossler

Jim has lived in Noble County for the last 30 years. He has been a member of Stone’s Trace Historical Society for the last past 14 years, and the President for the last 9 years. Stone’s Trace is a historic site in Noble County that has restored Richard Stone’s tavern and three other pre-Civil War buildings. He and his wife, Pam, have five children and six grandchildren. He says “I’ve always enjoyed history, and I love teaching the kids and the people about Stone’s Trace.” Read more at www.stonestrace.com. A “Vintage Christmas” is planned for December 3, 1:00 –4:00pm. Jim owns and operates a small trucking company.

 

 

Saturday, September 3-  SIX individual programs are listed below 

Bring Your Own Artifact 10:00 – Noon /Led by Jim Bickel & Michelle Eddington

Do you have an old artifact that you aren’t sure what it is or when/where it originated? Jim and Michelle are available to examine your artifact and
(hopefully) tell you all about it.

Tribute to the Eastern Woodland Natives 10:00 – Noon /Led by Dan Lima, reenactor of Eastern Woodland Natives

Veteran reenactor Dan Lima will delight you with the lives of Potawatomi Chief Five Medals and Miami Chief Wawasee and his brother Chief
Papakeecha whose reservation was located near present-day Indian Village in Noble County.

 “Life and Times of Five Medals” discussion 10:00 – Noon  /Led by Mike Judson at WACF Amphitheater

Mike Judson, president of Five Medals Living History, Inc., will discuss the life and times of the Elkhart River Potawatomi Chief Wonongaseah (a.k.a. Five Medals).  Five Medals led his people in the defense of their homeland from the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1794 to the War of 1812.

1774 French Marine 10:00 – 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.

Flintknapping Hands-on Demonstration 10:00 – 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!

Atlatl Weapon Demonstration 10:00 – Noon /Led by Jamie Clemons

The atlatl was a tool that uses leverage to achieve greater velocity in dart or spear-throwing and includes a bearing surface that allows the user to
store energy during the throw. Jamie will be demonstrating types from around the nation and allowing the public to participate with samples.

 

Details: www.facebook.com/ChautauquaWawasee or
www.syracusemuseum.org

Over Memorial Day weekend, Chautauqua Wawasee and Syracuse American Legion Post 223 hosted the second annual “Taps Across the Water” to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

The following local men gave the last full measure of devotion to our country:

 

Civil War:

Hiram Bonner, John Bonner, Joseph Clemens, George Epert, George Gordy, Thomas Orr, David Snyder, Andrew Tom, James Veneman, Andrew Maloy, and Cyrus Weaver

 

World War 1:

Phil Garriott, Hugh Sloan, Fred Smeltzer, Bryan Vanpherson, and John Wilbur Wilkinson.

 

World War 2:

Curtis Bushong, Ernest Miller, Charles LeCount, Robert LeCount, Richard Ruple, Edward Whirledge, and Paul Thomas Xanders.

 

Korean era:

Carlyle Bob Weaver.

 

Vietnam War:

Max Irwin Baer, Dennis Lee Brock, Robert Wayne Ellis, Jerry Denver Thomas, and Kenneth Eugene Willard.

 

Second Iraq war:

Jim Snyder.

 

…that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg, November 19, 1863.

We wanted to share this fun slideshow with you!

The kids had a great time making their very own art projects at the Oakwood Wawasee Fine Arts Festival this year!
We hope you enjoy this slideshow illustrating how very proud these young Picassos were.

 

 

 

Patriotic Pops Concert-The Tradition Continues

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic is returning to Syracuse after a one-year absence to perform the annual patriotic pops concert at Lake Wawasee on Sunday, June 26.   The concert is held outdoors on the lawn of Inn at Oakwood Resort.  

This concert is a celebration of the American Spirit, featuring songs such as Armed Forces Salute, Presidential Polonaise, Sing Out America and others, concluding with the 1812 Overture.  The public is invited to attend, bringing a chair or blanket, or anchor your boat near the beach at Oakwood Resort Inn. The Fort Wayne Philharmonic is led by Andrew Constantine, Music Director.

The whole family is invited.  The music starts at 7:30; come early to enjoy a balloon artist and face painting for children’s fun and entertainment.  Stop by the Chautauqua-Wawasee tent to receive a patriotic gift. 

This year’s concert is made possible by gifts from Kosciusko County Community Foundation, Steel Dynamics Foundation, Chautauqua-Wawasee, Wawasee Property Owners Association, Harkless Foundation, Judy Pursley, Jim & Kay Young, and Al Zacher. 

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 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.

Date and time

Thu, September 29, 2022

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Location

The Frog Tavern

1116 South Harkless Drive

Syracuse, IN 46567

This event will sell out so click HERE to purchase tickets now!

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 Appenzeller Matted and Original Prints
Brad Baker Acrylic Painting
Richard Barnhart Wood    www.pawpawpaddleworks.com
Andrea Bojrab Oil Painting www.andreabojrab.com
Jan Campbell Alcohol Ink, Acrylic, Wood Felting
Lisa Cooper Mixed Media Art Quilts
Daniel Driggs Oil & Acrylic Painting www.DanielDriggs.com
Anita Driscoll Jewelry www.etsy.com/shop/CuteByNatureJewelry
Barbara Eden Jewelry
Beth Forst Oil Painting www.BethForst.com
Katherine Gaff Ceramics www.katherinegaff.com
Tyler Hamilton Jewelry www.spectralstone.com
Randall Harden Oil & Acrylic Painting www.randallscottharden.com
Anji Hensley Mixed Media Capricious Whimsy/Instagram
Fred Inman Wood Turning & Scroll Saw www.iwoodartist.wordpress.com
Lynn Kee Pebbles, Driftwood, Beach Glass www.facebook.com/groups/lakeshorecreations/
Julie Kuhn Metal
Sally Mahnken Stained Glass  
Sunday Mahaja Metal Sculpture www.mahajaarts.com
Kim Marcadis Ceramics https://marcadisarts.wixsite.com/home
Claire McGrath Silverware
Rick Reiff Pottery & Photography Facebook: ReiffHaus
Kelly Roth Pottery Facebook & Instagram @ Kelly Pottery Design
Ron Richcreek Pottery
Golden Seaton Mixed Media Facebook: Just Golden’s
Nannette Swaidner Gourd Art http://Gourdsbymckenzies@facebook.com
Deborah Swihart Hand-Painted & Brick-Stitched Wood 
Ann Szeplaki Oil Painting & Jewelry www.ann-szeplaki.fineartamerica.com
Elizabeth Wamsley Clay https://artbankgallery-studio.godaddysites.com
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 musicians include members of our community and surrounding areas, including veterans, community bands, high schools, educators, and professionals.

On Sunday, May 29, at 9:09 pm, Taps will be played simultaneously by buglers strategically placed on Wawasee, Syracuse Lake, and Papakeechie Lake. Taps will be audible on all three lakes. We are requesting one minute of silence starting at 9:08 prior to the performance.  Participating musicians include members of our community and surrounding areas, including veterans, community bands, high schools, educators, and professionals. The musical director is Dr. Matt Murdock, an educator who resides in North Webster.

 

What: Memorial Day Tribute

When: May 29, 9:08pm – 9:09pm

Where: Your pier, pontoon, the shore at public areas, Lakeside Park, Oakwood Resort lawn

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

Locations for this event are as follows-

Syracuse locations: pier 442, Syracuse public pier, pier 58

Papakeechie: water spill outlet

Wawasee locations: piers# 35, 58, 95, 123, 142, 143-J120, 153, 198, 304, 345, 435, 484, 559, 599, 640, 676, 694, 731,754, 795. 

You may also hear the event outdoor at the Channel Marker, Frog, Oakwood, the main channel bridge by the Channel Marker, and the public boat launch.

 

Love nature? Love butterflies?

Love Nature?  Love butterflies? 

This is the topic to be explored at one session of the upcoming Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation’s Earth Day Festival on April 30.
WACF is organizing more than twenty educational, fun, hands-on programs, and activities to be held outdoors at WACF Education Center south
of Syracuse.
Plan to stop by the Chautauqua-Wawasee booth because they need your help to save the Monarch butterfly!
You will learn from the butterfly lady herself, Cindy Gackenheimer, Flutterby Gardens, Claypool, as she shares about the metamorphosis of a butterfly, the Monarch migration pattern this year, and practical steps you can take to help the Monarch.  The booth will provide a “kid-friendly” hands-on learning experience where participants can play a migration game. Also, a special craft is offered which involves stamping the butterfly life cycle on a take-home canvas bag, along with free pollinator seeds to plant which attracts butterflies to your garden or landscape for years to come.
Cost: Free
When: Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation, located at 11586 IN-13, south of Syracuse.
You may also visit our Facebook site for details or updates.  Or, as always, you may give us a call at 574-377-7543.
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 prizes for categories such as Best Pet Video, Best Tubing Video, and others.  So, add to the fun by uploading your phone videos via the link at the bottom of this page.  Please record in landscape format if you wish to participate.

What:  Film Festival (Your Phone Videos)

When:  August 6, 10:00-11:00am  

Where:  Pickwick Theater, Syracuse

Tickets:  All Free

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

 

Please submit videos HERE.