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Krystle Wright: Behind the Camera – October 12

Krystle Wright is an adventure sports photographer – known for pushing herself to extremes. Whether she’s camping on a frozen fjord in the Arctic with 23 BASE jumpers, paragliding in the Karakoram Range in Pakistan or sleeping on the back of a yacht on the Great Barrier Reef, Krystle strives to pursue fresh challenges, to seek out undiscovered layers and dimensions in her work, and is recognized for her creativity, composition, and an indomitable spirit in the face of adversity. Join Krystle as she shares stories from her adventures behind the camera and photographs that ensued. View a selection of Krystle’s photos here. Thursday, October 12. 7:00 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.

MUSIC

Blue Canyon Boys – October 14

Winners of the 2008 Telluride Bluegrass Festival band contest, this bluegrass powerhouse consists of Gary Dark on mandolin, Jason Hicks on guitar, Drew Garrett on bass and award-winning Zach Daniels on banjo. Blending incredible brother-duet-style vocals and hard-driving instrumental proficiency, this energetic band has created an infectious brew of hard-driving Colorado bluegrass. Watch the Blue Canyon Boys here. Saturday, October 14. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.

LODGING

Enjoy a staycation and low, seasonal rates

Looking to unwind from the day-to-day routine? Take advantage of our seasonal rates and enjoy a Chautauqua getaway in one of our cozy cottages. Available in studio, one, two or three bedroom, each cottage features a full kitchen and screened-in front porch. For reservations, book online here, or contact Chautauqua Lodging at lodging@chatuauqua.com or 303.952.1611.

*Restrictions: Offer valid on new reservations only between November 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Two night minimum stay required over the weekends. Not valid February 13 – 15.

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.

CHAUTAUQUA HISTORY

Groundbreaking for Community House, 1917

This year marks the Centennial of the groundbreaking for the beautiful Community House, on March 22, 1917. Construction was complete the following February.

Soon after the Colorado Chautauqua opened in 1898, a need had been felt for a gathering place to serve as the “living room” to the original tent residents. The project was initiated in 1913 by the ladies of the Chautauqua Literary Club. The Club, represented by Mrs. C.L. Bradford, donated the $8.50 left in its treasury at the end of the summer, and Mrs. Bradford donated another $100. In 1914, cottage owner Mrs. Martha Hawks and the Rocky Mountain Climbers Club (RMCC) gave a combined total of $1,000. Over the next four years, donations totaling $3,800 flowed in, about two-thirds from Chautauquans and one-third from Boulderites.

In-kind donations were received in the form of supplies, services and waived salaries donated by the RMCC, City of Boulder, architect A.E. Saunders and contractor G.A. Geranson. The Colorado Chautauqua Bulletin solicited donations of furnishings, books and magazines.

The Community House is built on the site of The Woodbine, originally the photography studio of Rocky Mountain Joe Sturtevant. The long front porch faces east, looking over the Centennial Garden towards the Auditorium. The first floor contained meeting rooms and the upper floor featured an apartment for the Chautauqua Hostess and a dormitory for four girls. To this day, the basement still houses the Rocky Mountain Climbers Club Room.

Photo from Colorado Chautauqua Bulletin, April 1917.

Photo courtesy: Colorado Chautauqua Association archives.

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