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AUTHORS

Peter Heller: Celine, A Novel – October 25

From the best-selling author of “The Dog Stars” and “The Painter,” Peter Heller returns to Chautauqua with a luminous, masterful novel of suspense–the story of Celine, an elegant, aristocratic private eye who specializes in reuniting families, trying to make amends for a loss in her own past. Combining the exquisite plotting and gorgeous evocation of nature that have become his hallmark, with a wildly engrossing story of family, privilege, and childhood loss, Peter Heller gives us his finest work to date. Wednesday, October 25. 7:00 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.

MUSIC

Don Alder – October 29

Don Alder plays acoustic fingerstyle guitar with a passion that has quickly earned him a reputation as Vancouver’s “best kept little secret.” His music is a unique combination of deeply textured melody and story. Lyrical and compelling, his original songs are notes of exploration–some passionate and haunting, some hard-driven, others light and teasing. Don is also recognized as one of the world’s top harp guitarists. Watch guitar virtuoso Don Alder here. Sunday, October 29. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.

LODGING

Stay with us!

Make it a complete Chautauqua experience—retire after the show to one of our cozy cottages. Special one night reservations available* for Chautauqua Community House events! Use promo code CH@Lod when booking. Click here to make reservations online now or contact lodging@chautauqua.com.

*Restrictions: Offer valid while supplies last.

CHAUTAUQUA DINING HALL

Children’s Halloween tea party – October 22

With so many hauntingly fun festivities just around the corner, what better way to celebrate the season than a Halloween tea party? Dress up your little goblins, princesses and ghouls and enjoy an afternoon of fun with creative crafts and a photo area along with a premium pot of tea served with a tiered tray of sweet and savory treats. Sunday, October 22. 2-4 PM. Price is $23 per person, $3 additional for gluten free option. Space is limited.

Reservations with a credit card required. For reservations, call 303.440.3776.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

New positions posted

We’re looking for some dedicated, enthusiastic people to join our team! These full and part time positions are based on site at the Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark:

  • Program Coordinator
  • System Support Specialist
  • Part-time Night Auditor
  • Housekeeper

Click here to learn more about these positions.

CHAUTAUQUA HISTORY

Canvas tents make for dainty apartments

In its first years, Chautauqua housed its visitors in tents manufactured by the Colorado Tent and Awning Company of Denver. The platform tents, the largest of which could be rented for the entire season for $24.00,  were furnished with items rented from J.R. Ward’s Auction House at reasonable prices:  bedstead, springs, and mattress, $2.00; table, kitchen, $0.50; straight chair, $0.15; wash stand/dresser, $3.00; bed sofas, $1.50 and $2.50.

According to The Chautauquan, when decorated with rugs, pictures, flowers and ferns, the tents were “very dainty and attractive apartments,” and residents “preferred tenting to living in any house ever built.”

But from the beginning there were complaints about the tents’ open weather conditions, hard to keep clean, and lacking in privacy. As noted in Mary Galey’s “The Grand Assembly,” Mark Twain observed, “Partitions were so thin that you could hear the women changing their minds.” Realizing that without better housing the Chautauqua might fail, the Colorado Chautauqua Association had around forty cottages built in time for the 1899 season.  However, 150 new tents were also erected for that season, and tents continued to be used by summer residents until 1916.

Interior view of a Chautauqua tent with bed and dresser.
Photo © Rocky Mountain “Joe” Sturtevant. Courtesy: Colorado Chautauqua Association archives

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