Lakeside Chautauqua summer entertainment July 12-18

Lakeside Chautauqua summer entertainment July 12-18

Lakeside Chautauqua’s Hoover Auditorium, one of the cultural hot spots on Lake Erie, hosts a variety of musicians, comedians, illusionists, dancers and bands nightly. Daily fun and family entertainment await guests of all ages. Visit for a complete list of the 2014 entertainers.

Purchasing a Daily or Season Chautauqua Pass grants access to all evening shows in Hoover Auditorium at no extra charge. Guests must present Chautauqua Passes upon entering Hoover Auditorium.

A Daily Chautauqua Pass is $19.75 for adults and $13.75 for youth (ages 12-18) per day. Children under age 12 and guests over the age of 90 are always free. Chautauqua Passes may be purchased in advance at or upon entering the gates of Lakeside Chautauqua. 

To park on the grounds, a Daily Auto Pass is required for $8.25 per day (shuttle service available). Free, limited parking is available at Danbury High School (no shuttle service). Please note that seats for Hoover Auditorium performances are given on a first-come, first-served basis.

This week’s Hoover Auditorium entertainment includes:

Saturday, July 12
8:15 p.m. Hoover Auditorium (115 Third Street)
CeCe Winans

CeCe Winans, multiple Grammy, Stellar and Dove Award-winning gospel artist, will take the stage of Hoover Auditorium at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, July 12 with hits from her gold- and platinum-certified albums. Winans is considered one of today’s most genuine gospel artists, and her passion for God is evident in her positive and inspirational music.

She has been recording solo since 1995 and is known for her songs “Alone in His Presence,” “Everlasting Love” and “His Gift.” Winans has made appearances on “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America” and “Oprah.” She has also graced the covers of Essence, Today’s Christian Woman, CCM and Jet.

Sunday, July 13
6 p.m. Steele Memorial Bandstand (Central Park)
Family Night in the Park: Rachel & the Beatnik Playboys

Four professional musicians will bring their American roots, along with the music of country, blues, rock, jazz and swing, to this week’s Family Night in the Park concert. Rachel & the Beatnik Playboys, including Rachel Brown, Bill Watson, Roy King and Dave Huddleston, combine all musical influences into a sound that brings incredible musical intensity to their performances.

Brown is an experienced singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. She has opened for many top artists, including Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley and Alan Jackson. Brown has also performed in many local bands, such as Hillbilly Idol and Blue Moon Express.

Monday, July 14
8:15 p.m. Hoover Auditorium (115 Third Street)
Jennifer Pharr Davis

All-in-one author, record-holding hiker and business owner, Jennifer Pharr Davis, will speak on the Hoover Auditorium stage for the first time.

Davis is known as the first woman to hold the overall record for hiking the Appalachian Trail, hiking 2,181 miles in less than 47 days. She also currently holds endurance records on the Long Trail in Vermont and Bibbulmun Track in Western Australia. Davis has hiked more than 12,000 miles of long distance trails on six continents.

Through her accomplishments, Davis was named a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Ultrarunning Magazine’s 2011 Top Female Performance and Blue Ridge Outdoors Person of the Year in 2008. She has appeared in or contributed content to several outdoor magazines, including Blue Ridge Outdoors, Shape and Fitness, Backpacker, Trail Runner and Men’s Journal.

At Lakeside, Davis will talk about her love for hiking, along with the physical and emotional challenges she experienced.

She will inspire and engage the audience with stories of trials, joys, frustrations and successes in her epic tales from the trails. A book signing will follow the lecture.

Tuesday, July 15
8:15 p.m. Hoover Auditorium (115 Third Street)
Run Boy Run

Rooted in the traditional music of the Appalachian South, Run Boy Run will perform a selection of traditional, original and familiar material at Lakeside Chautauqua.

Formed in the summer of 2009 from Tucson, Ariz., Run Boy Run’s all-acoustic format blends bluegrass, folk and old-time American lingo with touches of classical and jazz. The band is brother and sister Matt Rolland (fiddle, guitar) and Grace Rolland (cello, vocals), sisters Bekah Sandoval Rolland (fiddle, vocals) and Jen Sandoval (mandolin, vocals) and bass player Jesse Allen.

Wednesday, July 16
8:15 p.m. Hoover Auditorium (115 Third Street)
The Magic of Stephen Knight

Prepare to be amazed by the magical world of mystery where illusion turns into reality with Stephen Knight. Whether he is turning a volunteer into a magician’s apprentice or floating a woman in mid-air, Knight will keep the audience actively thinking through his various tricks.

In addition to his tricks, he will engage comedy, drama, music, audience participation and special effects to create a unique and memorable performance for all ages.

Over the last 20 years, Knight has mastered the art of theatrical illusion.

Step into Knight’s world of magic and illusion, and by the end of the evening, he will have captivated the audience’s imagination after engaging in a mind-bending whirlwind of entertainment that can only be described as pure magic.

Thursday, July 17
8:15 p.m. Hoover Auditorium (115 Third Street)
A Night of Conversation & Song with Peter Yarrow

Legendary singer and songwriter Peter Yarrow, of the group Peter, Paul & Mary, will bring the folk renaissance of the 1960s to Hoover Auditorium this week.

Yarrow, a gold- and platinum-selling artist and Grammy Award-winner, is known for his songs “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “Day is Done,” “The Great Mandala” and “Light One Candle.” 

Friday, July 18
8:15 p.m. Hoover Auditorium (115 Third Street)
The Contours with Joe Billingslea

The Contours with Joe Billingslea will once again “shake ‘em down” in Hoover Auditorium with their impeccable harmonies, high-energy choreography and Motown grooves. The R&B group is ranked as one of the top 500 R&B artists, according to “Top R&B Singles 1952-1995” compiled from Billboard Magazine. In the late 1950s, Billingslea and his partner left their musical group, The Majestics, to form their own vocal group. They recruited two other men and formed the quartet, The Blenders. After a fall-out audition, Billingslea decided to start a clean slate and change the group’s name to The Contours.

Lakeside Chautauqua is a family destination that has pioneered the act of nurturing mind, body and spirit since 1873. One of the few remaining Chautauqua communities in the U.S., Lakeside Chautauqua offers a variety of spiritual, educational, cultural arts and recreational opportunities. Located between Cleveland and Toledo on Lake Erie’s south shore, Lakeside Chautauqua is a gated community that provides rest and renewal in addition to hundreds of enlightening and entertaining experiences. For more information on vacationing or living the Lakeside Chautauqua experience, visit or call (419) 798-4461.

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