Perhaps you have had Chautauqua on your bucket list. Or maybe you’ve only heard of it, aware that it is an historical site for intellectually oriented vacations located in the far western region of NY state - sometimes called summer camp for seniors. Last summer several members of the classes of 1955 and 1956 spent a week attending classes, lectures, concerts and just “doing their own thing.” Some came for the whole week, others for part of the week. Some came with spouses, other companions, or by themselves. It was such a success that Marilyn Chou (Choo-Choo) and Ann Hoopes have agreed to head up a 2019 reprise.
Chautauqua is organized into “theme” weeks. Our week (July 14-20), this summer, is The Longevity Opportunity: How Longer Lives are Changing the World.” Days are filled with lectures and evenings include concerts and other performances. Some of the lecturers on the schedule are the Dean of the Columbia School of Public Health, the Director of the Stanford University Center for Longevity, and Scott Kelley, former astronaut. Evening performances include the Pittsburgh Ballet, the Venice Baroque Orchestra, a play, and several performances of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. This is just a sampling. The website (chq.org) has a complete schedule for the week.
It is time now to make your arrangements since lodging options are limited. Call 800-821-1881 for print materials or access the website. You also may call the Athenaeum, the hotel on campus, directly - 716-357-4444. Mention that you are part of the Wellesley group.
Costs (room, board, and travel) will vary A week long “gate” pass covering most, but not all activities will cost $489 if you buy it before May 31 and $539 thereafter.
If you are interested or just curious, feel free to give Choo Choo or Ann a call -
Nine classmates have already signed up - Carol Becker, Marylin Chou, Elinor Constable, Marilyn Fishel, Enid Gollub, Ann Hoopes, Joan Leiman, Lura Mountford and Patty Potts. We hope you will consider joining us.
All the best,
Martha (Goldberg) Schimberg