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AUTHORS

John Gierach: A Fly Rod of Your Own– December 14

Fly-fishing Hall-of-Famer and author John Gierach brings his sharp sense of humor and keen eye for observation to the Community House tomorrow evening.

In his book “A Fly Rod of Your Own,” Gierach takes us into his world and scrutinizes the art of fly-fishing. He travels to remote fishing locations where the airport is not much bigger than a garage and a flight might be held up because a passenger is running late. He explains why even the most veteran fisherman seems to muff his cast whenever he’s being filmed or photographed. He describes the all-but-impassable roads that fishermen always seem to encounter at the best fishing spots and why fishermen discuss four-wheel drive vehicles almost as passionately and frequently as they discuss fly rods and flies. Thursday, December 14, 7:00 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.

MUSIC

The Aaron Walker Quartet: A Gypsy Holiday – December 16

The Aaron Walker Quartet returns to the Community House, performing their own Bohemian style of jazz music to beloved holiday favorites. The quartet comprises of Aaron Walker on lead guitar with Luke Smith on rhythm guitar, Gary Sloan on stand-up bass and Joe D’Esposito on violin.

Aaron Walker is a world-class guitarist with many radio and TV appearances to his credit. He has been a featured performer on PBS and the Food Network television stations, at prestigious jazz festivals in the United States, and in countries such as Costa Rica, Iceland and Germany.

Listen to the Aaron Walker Quartet here. Saturday, December 16. 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.

LODGING

Chautauqua Holiday Party Package

Make the most of the holidays with an unforgettable escape to Chautauqua. We invite you to book your festivities with us!

Gather your friends, co-workers and family and enjoy the relaxing and magical atmosphere of the Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark. Stay in a charming cottage nestled against the Flatirons and savor a holiday-inspired dinner in the intimate atmosphere of the Chautauqua Community House. For more information or to book your holiday party, contact lodging@chautauqua.com or call 303.952.1611.

Restrictions: Offer valid on new reservations only through February 12, 2018. Minimum of 20 guests required. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Tax and gratuity not included.

CHAUTAUQUA DINING HALL

Afternoon Tea Service – December 12 – April 28

Enjoy afternoon tea in front of the cozy fireplaces at the Chautauqua Dining Hall. Afternoon tea service includes a classic, three-tiered assortment of fresh baked sweet & savory treats and a pot of premium tea. Served daily from 2 – 4 PM. Cost: $23.00 per guest or $28.00 per guest with sparkling champagne. 24 hour advance reservations with a credit card are required.

To make reservations, please call 303.440.3776.

CAREERS

Now hiring

Applications are now being accepted for customer service–oriented team members to fill the following full-time and part-time openings:

• Box Office Manager
• Housekeeping Supervisor
• Part-time Housekeeper

For a complete list of job openings and information, click here.

CHAUTAUQUA HISTORY

Long before there were quiet and clean Segways to transport Chautauqua visitors about the grounds, there were burros.

From 1898 through about 1910, burros could be rented at a burro rental facility across Baseline Road from Chautauqua. Visitors of all ages and genders rented the supposedly gentle quadrupeds, which could be ridden side-saddle or astride, and even by two riders at once. The Boulder Daily Camera once reported, “A stately southerner was seen astride a burro the other day and was working not only his arms and legs, but also his jaws in trying to persuade the brute to move. When the ‘canaries’ sound off at regular intervals every day, the music is really something immense.”

Unlike Segways, they were living creatures, and left evidence of their vitality behind them. A rule was passed prohibiting burros from walks, roads and trails within the park and finally from the park itself, but they continued their work on the perimeter. Unlike Segways, burros could and did go off the grounds and up the trails into the nearby mountains, being ridden for “tramps” (hikes) and used as pack animals for cookouts and camping.

A popular pose for having one’s picture “tuck” by Rocky Mountain Joe Sturtevant, Chautauqua’s official photographer, was sitting atop a burro in front of Joe’s log cabin studio, The Woodbine.

Photo courtesy: Colorado Chautauqua Association.

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