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FILM

Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys – November 3

“Aatsinki” is a story of action and work, of small moments between husband and wife, father and daughter, animal and man, man and landscape. The film follows brothers Aarne and Lasse Aatsinki, along with their wives and children, for the span of one year. Their seasonal routines are quietly observed, as well as the difficulties and joys of a life so closely tied to the land. “Like chords in a song or phrases in a poem, certain activities — whittling wood, tagging ears, boiling water — repeat with ceremonious solemnity, establishing a vital rhythm that’s emphasized by the film’s naturalistic soundtrack,” Jeannette Catsoulis wrote in The New York Times. Watch the official trailer here. Friday, November 3. 7:00PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.

TALKS

Little Roman Farm: From Swords to Plowshares – November 13

After deployments as logisticians in Iraq and Afghanistan, Ben and Leticia Ward retired from the U.S. Army and created the Little Roman Farm, a small-scale intensive urban farm located within the city of Fountain, Colorado. The pair adopted organic growing practices they learned during their overseas tours and took it further, eschewing all pesticides and artificial fertilizers in favor of sustainable, healthy, and nature-friendly techniques. Ben and Leticia will be discussing what it was like to re-enter civilization and start a farm, and how they built Little Roman Farm mostly from repurposed and recycled army supplies. Monday, November 13. 7:00 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.

EXPLORERS

70 Years of Rocky Mountain Rescues – November 16

In January 1947, the Boulder County Sheriff called several local mountaineers to look for a lost girl. Despite their best efforts, the search was unsuccessful and the girl’s body was later discovered close to her mountain home. Her tragic death, and others in the mountains that winter, brought concerned community members together at a public meeting at Boulder High School. What resulted was the formation of Boulder’s highly regarded Rocky Mountain Rescue Group (RMRG), one of the oldest rescue groups in the country.

Long time RMRG members will share how the organization has grown over the past seven decades and some of their extreme rescue stories. Learn more about the RMRG here. Thursday, November 16. 7:00PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.

LODGING

Enjoy seasonal low rates at Chautauqua!

Enjoy the beautiful winter scenery or take in an event at the Community House during your stay. Save 20% on new reservations between November 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018 on all cottages and Missions House Lodge. View more info here. For reservations, call 303.952.1611 or email lodging@chautauqua.com.

*Restrictions: Offer valid on new reservations only between November 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Two night minimum stay required over the weekends.

CHAUTAUQUA DINING HALL

Happy Hour returns!

Sit back, relax and enjoy menu favorites at a discounted price. Choose from a delicious variety of salads, burgers, beer and more. Served daily from 3–6 PM. View the full happy hour/midday menu here. For reservations, email reservations@chautauquadininghall.com or call 303.440.3776.

2017 PATRON SURVEY

Tell us what you think!

As we begin planning for next summer, we’d like to hear your thoughts about your experiences at Chautauqua this past year, as well as your suggestions for programming and improvements. By participating in our patron survey, you will be entered to win a pair of general admission tickets for the 2018 summer season. Take the brief survey here. Survey closes November 10, 2017.

CHAUTAUQUA HISTORY

Mary Galey: An Instrumental Figure in Chautauqua History

Cottage # 1, one of the first permanent cottages at Chautauqua, was moved from downtown Boulder when it was bought by Mrs. Redwine of McAlester, Oklahoma, in 1899. It bore little resemblance to the present Cottage # 1.

In 1918, Mrs. C.J. Hindman of Tulsa, Oklahoma bought the house for $600. When the Hindmans moved in they had two children – but by 1925, they had three more and needed a bigger house. They had the house substantially enlarged and remodeled by John Blanchard, a Boulder contractor.

Mary Galey, born in 1922, was the third child, four months old her first summer at Chautauqua, and she spent every summer afterwards here until her death in 1996. In 1948, she married Thomas Galey and by 1970, the Galey family moved in year-round. Over the course of that decade, Mary Galey was instrumental in saving Chautauqua from destruction.

By the early 1970s, Chautauqua’s cultural mission had been reduced to showing old movies at the Auditorium in the summer, and the buildings were falling apart from neglect. The City of Boulder, owner of the land, the Auditorium and the Dining Hall, was considering razing the buildings and developing a convention center.

In 1974, Mary created a slide presentation using early photographs taken by the official Chautauqua photographer, Rocky Mountain Joe Sturtevant to explain Chautauqua’s historical importance. She gave at least 100 of these programs to Boulder organizations, and in 1978, when the debate over Chautauqua came to a head, the seeds she had sown produced a citizens’ outcry against destruction and for preservation. Chautauqua was saved. Land-marking, fundraising, renovation and new programming followed and continue today.

Photo of present Cottage # 1, circa 1946. Photo courtesy: Colorado Chautauqua Association Archives

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