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Chautauqua Institution
Wishing the entire Chautauqua community
—from those ringing the Miller Bell Tower at midnight to those celebrating around the world—a new year filled with peace and joy.

Photo_contestPhoto Contest
Winter has finally arrived on the grounds, and we’re asking the community to help celebrate by sharing your photos of the season. Send us your favorite “Chautauqua in Winter” photos and we’ll share them on our Facebook page. One photograph will also be chosen to be published in the upcoming winter Chautauquan.

Send your photos to Make sure to include photographer’s name as well as the date and location of your photo. Files should be under 10MB and attached as a jpeg file.

Sleigh Rally and Rides at CHQ
Sleigh RidesExperience winter at Chautauqua with the Currier & Ives Sleigh Rally at noon Sunday, Jan. 20. The friendly horse-drawn sleigh driving competition will be held in the South Parking Lot, and the public is invited to enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides through the Institution.

Sleigh rides through the Institution grounds are also offered every weekend this winter, beginning Dec. 29 through Feb. 24. Tickets are available for purchase at the Chautauqua Bookstore. For more information, call 716-357-6472.

For other reasons to visit Chautauqua County this winter, visit the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau website.

Last chance to maximize impact of your gift to Chautauqua Fund
The leadership challenge grant currently being offered by the Institution’s trustees and Foundation’s directors will end Dec. 31. Any Chautauqua Fund gift made before the end of the year that is an increase from a contribution made in 2011—or a new gift—will be matched 100 percent. Click here or call 716.357.6404.

2013 tickets on sale Jan. 7
Long-term gate passes go on sale and registration for youth and recreation programs begin Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.

Tickets can also be purchased in person 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Main Gate Welcome Center.

To order, contact the Chautauqua Institution Box Office at 716.357.6250 or visit

New this year: Tickets for theater, opera, Amphitheater Specials,  and Special Studies registration are available April 1, 2013.

CTC to bring Clybourne Park to Chautauqua
Chautauqua Theater CompanyChautauqua Theater Company has announced their second major production of the 2013 Season, Bruce Norris’ Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play Clybourne Park, to run July 19 through July 28 at Bratton Theater. Written in response to Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, this razor-sharp satire "applies a modern twist to the issues of race and housing and aspirations for a better life," according to the Washington Post.

CTC’s 30th anniversary season will also include an American classic by Tennessee Williams (to be announced this spring), Williams Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors Aug. 9 through Aug. 16 and two New Play Workshops July 11-13 and Aug. 1-3. Tickets go on sale April 1, 2013. Click here for more information.

Family Entertainment Series
Family EntertainmentThe 2013 Family Entertainment Series has gone to the dogs … and some reptiles and other furry friends. The series of free performances on Tuesday evenings in Smith Wilkes Hall includes Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix on July 2, featuring 12 rescue/shelter dogs, and Nickel City Reptiles and Exotics on July 23.

For the young reader in your family
Four selections for the 2013 Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle Young Readers program have been announced. This year’s classic selection is Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, with a presentation/discussion of the book planned for Week One to complement the week’s “Our Elegant Universe” theme. For Week Three’s exploration of “America, 1863,” the Young Readers selection is Lincoln’s Last Days, adapted from Bill O’Reilly’s bestselling historical thriller, Killing Lincoln. And for Week Nine of the 2013 Season, during a weeklong examination of health care issues, Young Readers offers two selections: The Fault of Our Stars by John Green for ages 12 and up and Sharon Draper’s Out of My Mind for younger readers.

Special programs that explore the week’s Young Readers selection are offered at 4:15 p.m. Wednesdays each week of the Chautauqua season.

Book Chat