Daytime Chautauqua Workshops Beat Mid-Summer Boredom

Daytime Chautauqua Workshops Beat Mid-Summer Boredom

  • 6/20/2017 8:49:10 AM
  • Larry Stine
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ASHLAND, OH - Just about everyone has heard about the Ashland Chautauqua evening performances, but the daytime workshops may be the best-kept secret for livening up those mid-summer blahs.

Ashland Chautauqua will be held July 18-22 this year.

The workshops are held Tuesday through Friday of that week.

They are free and open to the public so it's time to mark the calendar.

Each scholar who portrays a character in the evening programming also presents two public workshops in the daytime.

The workshops fall into two categories: youth or adult.

The youth workshops, generally geared for ages approximately 5-12, are actually intergenerational, as parents and grandparents are welcome to attend with their children and teenagers who attend also seem to enjoy themselves.

The workshops are based on the historical period in which the scholar’s character lived; they expand the attendees’ knowledge of that time and the issues that people living then faced.

A workshop may also help those in attendance relate something from the character’s time to their own lives in the 21st century.

This year’s Ashland Chautauqua theme is “Voices of Courage.” The characters are Rosa Parks, Bessie Coleman, “Mother” Jones, Maria von Trapp, and Martin Luther King, Jr., all who lived in the 20th century.

Scholar Becky Stone will portray Rosa Parks on Tuesday, July 18 at 8 p.m. in the Guy C. Myers Memorial Band Shell in Brookside Park.

The two workshops conducted by Stone will be on Wednesday morning and Friday morning. “Montgomery, AL- A Pot Ready to Boil” is the title of the adult workshop to be held at the Loudonville Public Library at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The youth workshop, “Why They Took a Stand Together,” will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Myers Band Shell (rain location is Ashland YMCA).

Returning scholar Ilene Evans who portrayed Harriet Tubman last year will perform as Bessie Coleman, the daring woman aviator in the early 20th century, in the Wednesday evening program.

Her two workshops will be on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

The youth workshop will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Ashland Public Library.

It will be a participating adventure entitled, “A Growing up in the 1920’s - African-American Expressive Art in Dance, Stories, Games, and Songs.”

The adult workshop will be held at Mill Run Place senior housing in Ashland at 11 a.m. Thursday. The workshop title is “Our Proper Sphere - Women’s Changing Role in American during the Roaring Twenties.”

Thursday’s evening performance is union organizer “Mother” Jones, portrayed by Ashland Chautauqua’s perennial and popular scholar, Karen Vuranch.

 Her workshops will be held on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday afternoon.

The Tuesday workshop for youth is entitled “Appalachian Storytelling.”

It will be held at 2 p.m. at the Ashland Public Library.

“COAL: That Dirty Four-Letter Word” is the adult workshop, to be held at the Ashland County Council on Aging at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

On Friday evening, scholar Elsa Wolff appears as Maria Von Trapp, whose story of courage was made popular in the movie, “The Sound of Music.” Wolff’s workshops will be on Tuesday morning and Wednesday afternoon.

The adult workshop at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Ashland Public Library will be entitled, “Tell Your Life Story!”

The youth workshop at the Kroc Center at 1 p.m. Wednesday features Wolff in her familiar professional role as “The Guitar Lady.”

That means fun and song for all who attend.

The final character of Ashland Chautauqua 2017 will be Martin Luther King, Jr., portrayed on Saturday evening, July 22, by scholar Marvin Jefferson.

Jefferson’s workshops will be Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

The adult workshop, “Remembrances of the 1960’s - A Time of Change,” will be at the Ashland County Senior Center at 3:30 p.m.

The youth workshop will be at the Park Street School (located at Park Street Brethren Church) at 10 a.m. Thursday.

It is entitled “Power of the Written Word!”

For a chronological listing of the workshops and their locations, please go to the Ashland Chautauqua website,

Workshops are well-attended, but there is always room for more. 

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