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MUSIC

The Mulligan Brothers – November 17

This Friday, the Mulligan Brothers bring their warm, honest, straight-to-the-heart sound back to the Chautauqua Community House.

From Mobile, Alabama, The Mulligan Brothers have spent the last three years touring throughout the U.S. and Europe, playing their brand of American folk rock. The voice and lyrics of Ross Newell draw listeners in, where the harmonies of Greg Deluca, Ben Leininger and Melody Duncan make the songs soar or haunt from the shadows. Deluca plays drums and Leininger is on the bass. Fiddler Melody Duncan joined the band last year, bringing a female voice and perspective. Listen to a live version of “Lay Here” by The Mulligan Brothers here. Friday, November 17. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.

AUTHORS

Adam Bradley: The Poetry of Pop – November 29

Join University of Colorado, Boulder professor and author Adam Bradley as he reads from his path-breaking book, “The Poetry of Pop”. The book reveals the poetic artistry of popular songs; they are music first, but also comprise the most widely disseminated poetic expression of our time. Bradley shows that pop music is a poetry that must be heard more than read, uncovering the rhythms, rhymes and metaphors expressed in the singing voice. At once a work of musical interpretation, cultural analysis, literary criticism and personal storytelling, this book illustrates how words and music come together to produce compelling poetry, often where we least expect it. Wednesday, November 29. 7:00 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.

FILM

Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators

Since its first publication in 1941, over 75 million Curious George books have sold in more than 25 languages. “Monkey Business” explores the lesser known tale of George’s authors, Hans and Margret Rey. From fleeing Nazi-occupied France on handmade bicycles to encounters with exotic animals in Brazil, the Reys lived lives of adventure that are reflected in the pages of one of the most treasured children’s book series of all time. James Erekson, associate professor of reading at the University of Northern Colorado, will introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion. Watch the official trailer hereFriday, December 1. 7:00 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.

LODGING

Community House Event Night Specials

Looking for a quick getaway – a performance at the Chautauqua Community House and a relaxing stay in one of our cozy cottages is the perfect option. Fora limited time, we are offering special one night reservations in our cozy cottages for Chautauqua Community House events*. For more information, click here. For reservations, call 303.952.1611 or email lodging@chautauqua.com.

*Restrictions: Offer valid while supplies last.

CHAUTAUQUA DINING HALL

Wine Wednesdays!

Every Wednesday from now until March 28th is Wine Wednesday at the Chautauqua Dining Hall! From 5:00 PM to close, enjoy 50% off all bottles of wine from our list. No reservations necessary. Valentine’s Day not included.

SUPPORT

Schedule your Colorado Gives Day online donation today!

Please give where you live and support us on Colorado Gives Day, Tuesday, December 5! This 24-hour movement is a chance to increase the value of your donation, thanks to the $1 Million Incentive Fund. Created by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, the fund increases the value of every dollar donated proportionally. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Colorado Chautauqua Association relies on your generosity to help sustain Boulder’s 120 -year-old National Historic Landmark.

Take your time and schedule donations at your leisure! Your donations will process on Colorado Gives Day, December 5. Pre-schedule your donation today by simply clicking here now. Thank you for your support!

CHAUTAUQUA HISTORY

Chautauqua in World War II

Chautauqua experienced World War II for four summers – 1942, 1943, 1944and 1945. Almost all the Chautauquans were the mothers, wives, or children of servicemen. They made their way to Chautauqua as best they could in the face of rationed gasoline and rubber tires, and erratic and limited trains as troop trains were prioritized over all unessential travel. Once here, they supported the war effort, and waited.

In 1942, program attendance and residency were down. The high upper windows of the Auditorium were blacked out so that movies could be shown starting at 7:30 p.m., now required nationwide.

The next summer, a white elephant sale was held to raise funds for war bonds, which the Colorado Chautauqua Association bought to “build a post war improvement fund.” Children purchased war stamps weekly at the Chautauqua office.
By the summer of 1944 the decline had begun to reverse itself, and by the next summer attendance and residence figures had returned to pre-war levels.

Photo of Chautauqua residents in the summer of 1945. Photo courtesy: Colorado Chautauqua Association Archives

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