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FILM

Abrazos – September 14

During the filming of his documentaries, Director Luis Argueta has witnessed the negative consequences of familial separation caused by a broken immigration system. The ones most affected by the separation are the children. Join us tonight for his film, “Abrazos” and watch the story of 14 of them and their inspirational journey from Minnesota to Guatemala to meet their grandparents for the first time. After being separated for nearly two decades, these families are able to share stories, strengthen traditions and begin to reconstruct their cultural identity. Watch the official trailer here.

Director Luis Argueta will lead a post screening discussion. Presented in partnership with the Latino Task Force of Boulder County. Wednesday, September 14. 7:00 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.

FAMILY THEATER

The Treasures of Toothless Jack – September 18 – October 30

Remember those books where you got to choose your own adventure? In “The Treasures of Toothless Jack” by Joaquin Aviña, audience members get a chance to choose the path of the play’s two friends as they are pulled into a mystery, challenge bad guys and search for lost treasure. Will it lead to countless riches or will they face a less fortunate fate?

Buy early! Each hike is capped at low numbers and tends to sell out in advance. Recommended for ages five (5) and older. Show length: 2 hours. September 18 – October 30. Chautauqua Picnic Shelter. Buy tickets online.

TALKS

Suffragists, Home Economists and First Ladies – September 22

In 1992, Smithsonian curator Edith (Edie) Mayo developed a new exhibition of the first ladies collection based on political and social history rather than fashion and furnishings. “First Ladies: Political Role and Public Image” incorporated women’s history scholarship and shifted the focus to the evolving roles and contributions of the first ladies.

Ms. Mayo worked for over forty years as a curator and historian at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH). At NMAH, she actively collected for the museum’s holdings in women’s history, politics, civil rights and voting rights, and strongly advocated the importance of 20th century collecting in museums. Join us for a special evening as Ms. Mayo shares stories from her rich career, including curating the First Lady exhibit, and discusses the role of women and reform throughout the nation’s history and on the Chautauqua Movement. Visit the First Ladies exhibition website here. Thursday, September 22. 7:00 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.

MUSIC

The SteelDrivers – September 24

Winners of the 2016 Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album, The SteelDrivers’ innovative, soulful brand of bluegrass has made them one of the most successful bands on the contemporary bluegrass scene.
This Nashville powerhouse has inspired accolades from critics like NPR’s Ann Powers, who praised their “dazzling bluegrass musicianship,” and PopMatters’ Arnold Pan, who extolled the band’s “virtuosic ‘bluegrass” songs that take classic Americana instrumentation and give it an intense, soulful inflection.” The SteelDrivers speak in their own accent, one that charms and sears and beguiles. This is a band like no other, by inclination, but not by calculation. Watch “Long Way Down” from their Grammy-winning album here. The Railsplitters will open this show. Saturday, September 24. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Buy tickets online. Ride the FREE HOP 2 Chautauqua to this show.

HOLIDAY PLANNING

Host your holiday festivities at Chautauqua

It’s not too early to start your holiday planning! For intimate family gatherings or private parties, consider the historic Chautauqua Community House or the masterfully restored Dining Hall to host your holiday event this year!

Need a spare room for out of town guests? Chautauqua’s 57 cottages and Missions House Lodge are the perfect option for hosting and entertaining visitors. No need to pump up the air mattress or clean out the basement when your guests can enjoy the privacy of their own cozy accommodations.

For reservations, call 303.952.1611 or email lodging@chautauqua.com.

CHAUTAUQUA DINING HALL

Children’s Halloween tea party – October 29

Gather your little goblins, princesses or ghouls and celebrate Halloween at the Dining Hall! Wear your costume and enjoy fun and creative crafts, a dress up and photo area along with afternoon tea served on white linen with a tiered tray of sweet and savory treats. Served 3-5 PM. Space is limited. Reservations with a credit card are required. Please call 303.440.3776.

CHAUTAUQUA HISTORY

We’re pleased to announce the addition of a new, bi-weekly history column. In this section, you’ll learn new tidbits about the fascinating history of Chautauqua and view historical images from our archives. We’d love your feedback on this new column! Send your ideas and comments to feedback@chautauqua.com.

Texans came to Boulder

In September of 1897, a couple of influential Texans traveled to Boulder. Members of the Texas Board of Education had been working on the idea of establishing an enriching educational summer retreat for their women schoolteachers in a cool mountain climate. Their vision led to a pivotal institution in Boulder. George F. Winston, University of Texas president, accompanied by his wife and their daughter and Dr. Thomas Dudley Wooten, chairman of the Texas Board of Regents, made the trip to investigate possible sites. Boulder civic leaders feted the group enthusiastically, as they were competing with other towns including Denver and Colorado Springs to win the Chautauqua. Little did they know that the professional summer school they created would bring education and culture to the community Boulder for over 100 years, and later become Boulder’s only National Historic Landmark.

Chautauqua grounds view toward Boulder. Historic photo.

Chautauqua grounds view to Boulder. Photo: Colorado Chautauqua Association archives

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