A full schedule of eclipse activities planned in the quiet community of Lakeside

Apr 2, 2024 | Entertainment | 0 comments

The historic Lakeside Chautauqua community will opens it gates to visitors for a four-day eclipse event. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

BY SHERI TRUSTY

The quiet family community of Lakeside will leave its gates wide open to welcome guests for a four-day Total Solar Eclipse Celebration. Festivities will begin on Friday, April 5, and continue until Monday, April 8, when the solar eclipse can be seen in totality from the historic Chautauqua community on the shores of Lake Erie. Admission and parking are free on all four days, but shuttle service will not be available.

Lakeside’s expansive grounds provide ample room for viewing the eclipse. Suggested viewing areas include the Dock, Bettinger Park, Chautauqua Park/Memorial Garden, Williams Tennis Campus and various streets and parks across the grounds.

“Lakeside is a walkable community which has scheduled eclipse programs for every age group, just like during the summer season,” said Lakeside Director of Education and Lifelong Learning, John Mann. “Stay for the weekend to view a once-in-a-lifetime event.”

Lakeside has a full schedule of activities planned for the four-day event. Several businesses and restaurants will be open for business each day, and the Rotary Club of Port Clinton Perch Wagon will be on site during select hours on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Families can join a self-directed, space-themed scavenger hunt each day. Scavenger hunt forms can be picked up at the front desk of the Fountain Inn at 225 Maple Ave. Completed forms can be returned to the front desk for a prize. Children can also enjoy The Storybook Trail at Cherry Park featuring “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown.

Daily activities include cornhole, basketball, sand volleyball, gaga ball, pickleball, tennis, miniature golf and shuffleboard. Participants need to provide their own equipment for some of the activities.

Friday, April 5

Family Game Night, held from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Fountain Inn Aigler Room, will feature checkers, puzzles, board games, coloring pages and activity sheets. Lakeside staff, who were trained at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, will be on hand to share information on the total eclipse. The classic movie, “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in Orchestra Hall at 122 Second St. Admission is free but donations are welcome.

Saturday, April 6

Saturday’s events include chair yoga, children’s crafts, a fused glass souvenir class, a puzzle competition and a rock painting class. The documentary “Totality: The American Eclipse” will be shown at Orchestra Hall at 3:30 p.m., and Trivia Night will be hosted at Orchestra Hall at 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 7

Rev. Karen Graham will lead a Community Worship Service at Lakeside United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m., and reenactor Rose Gabriele will portray Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut in space, in Orchestra Hall at 1 p.m. God Squad/Once Upon a Porch will host an inspirational children’s program at Bradley Temple at 2 p.m. A Sunset Praise service led by John and Bonnie Wilkie will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Pavilion West Deck.

Monday, April 8

Monday’s events include family yoga, children’s crafts and art classes. Agriculture & Natural Resources Educator Thomas deHaas will present the program, “What is a Total Solar Eclipse?” in the Fountain Inn Aigler Room at noon. Total eclipse viewing will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. across the grounds. At 3:30 p.m., vocalist and guitarist Spencer Eller will perform at the Steele Memorial Bandstand.

For information on lodging and to view a complete schedule of events, visit www.lakesideohio.com.

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