By D. Smetana
3 Sep 2013
For many years I have held a fascination for Chautauqua institute. Starting with an idea for a 2 week retreat for religious and social instruction in 1873, it has evolved into the cultural, religious, educational, and recreational oasis that it is today. During the season it is a flurry of activity with classes, lectures, and performances of all types. But my favorite time is the off season, when you can wander its narrow streets, gaze at the varied architecture, and experience the calm and welcoming ambiance that is uniquely Chautauqua.