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MUSIC

Jimmy Weber: I Moved a Mountain – November 4

Celebrate Veteran’s month with county rocker and U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Retired, Jimmy Weber. Deployed five times, Sgt. Master Weber entertained our troops around the globe, as part of the U.S. Air Force Band and on U.S.O. holiday tours.

During his illustrious music career, Jimmy has shared the stage with Kenny Rogers, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Rascal Flatts to name a few, and opened for Rodney Atkins and the legendary Beach Boys. One listen to Jimmy’s music draws comparisons to his influences, including the Eagles, Vince Gill and James Taylor. Jimmy’s Chautauqua Community House concert will feature songs off of his album, “I Moved a Mountain,” as well as selections from Johnny Cash, George Jones, Glen Campbell and classic rock and roll. Listen to Jimmy Weber here. Friday, November 4. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Special discount for veterans and active military. Buy tickets online.

EXPLORER

Eric Larsen: On Thin Ice, The Melting Arctic – November 10

Polar adventurer, mountaineer and expedition guide Eric Larsen kicks off Chautauqua’s new Explorer Series with stories and observations from 20 years of traveling in some of the most remote and extreme environments on the planet. To date, Eric has completed more North and South Pole expeditions than any other American in history. Included in that list are the first ever summer expedition to the North Pole as well as a world record expedition to the South Pole, North Pole and top of Mt. Everest all within a 365-day period. In May of 2014, Eric and teammate Ryan Waters traveled unsupported from northern Ellesmere Island to the geographic North Pole in 53 days in what realistically will be the last North Pole expedition in history. The journey was featured on Animal Planet in the U.S., on Discovery Channel globally and in his new book “On Thin Ice.” His current no shower record is 72 days.

Eric has dedicated his adult life to sharing his love for the outdoor world with others. As an educator, he strives to connect people to places and issues. Thursday, November 10. 7:00 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.

CHAUTAUQUA DINING HALL

New fall menus

With cooler evenings and shorter days, there’s no better time to nestle in next to the Dining Hall’s cozy fireplaces and savor some of the new fall-inspired menu items. Choose from house made elk sausage, butternut squash and pear flatbread or a steaming bowl of green chili or shitake mushroom risotto. Or, enjoy happy hour small plates and drink specials served daily from 3-6PM. Open daily at 8AM. View all menus here. For reservations, call 303.440.3776 or email reservations@chautauquadininghall.com. 

HOLIDAY PLANNING

Host your holiday party at Chautauqua!

Have more guests than you have room? Consider the historic Chautauqua Community House (b. 1918) for your holiday festivities! Whether a holiday cocktail hour or a formal seated dinner, the Chautauqua Community House can accommodate up to 100 guests in the Grand Assembly Hall, featuring original wood floors, large gas fireplace, wrap-around indoor balcony, piano, service kitchen and a buffet/dining area. Downstairs two intimate venues are available both with flagstone gas fireplaces providing a warm, welcome ambiance. For pricing and reservations, please call 303.952.1611 or email lodging@chautauqua.com.

CHAUTAUQUA HISTORY

During the Victorian era (1837-1901), both men and women became interested in health and fitness. Early Chautauquans at this time enjoyed classes in ‘physical culture’. The men’s gymnastics club was formed early on. They performed exercises with apparatus known as “Indian Clubs.” The clubs, made out of wood and shaped a bit like bowling pins, originated in Persia and were encountered by the British in India, hence the name. They were made in a variety of weights and sizes. The simple calisthenics and stretches performed with the clubs kept soldiers in the Indian military in good shape by developing strong shoulders and core muscles. The exercises were emulated by the British and Americans, including women and children. The clubs even made an appearance as a men’s gymnastics event called ‘club swinging’ in the 1904 Olympics.

We’d love your feedback on this new column! Send your ideas and comments to history@chautauqua.com.

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Men’s gymnastics club circa 1900. Colorado Chautauqua Association archives.

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