Lakeside Chautauqua kicks off summer season with outdoor entertainment

Jun 17, 2020 | Entertainment | 0 comments

Visit to view Lakeside Chautauqua’s updated 2020 Calendar of Events schedule. While some seating is provided in Bettinger Park, Pavilion and Steele Memorial Bandstand, guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets and to practice safe social distancing. In the case of inclement weather, events will be cancelled.

Saturday, June 20

1:30-4:30 p.m., Pavilion

Afternoon Music: Jerry Popiel

Jerry Popiel is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from the Indie rock band Cat o’ Nines and the 1970s tribute band Cowbell Fever. He performs regularly as an acoustic guitarist and vocalist, and sometimes with his backing band, Osage Orange. He has served as an opening act for Sister Hazel, The Fixx and Ambrosia, as well as Blossom Music Center VIP Club entertainment for James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Counting Crows, Matchbox 20, Dierks Bentley and the Zac Brown Band

7:30-9 p.m., Steele Memorial Bandstand

Evening Music: Helen Welch “Songwriters’ Hall of Fame”

A native of England, Welch is known for her musical theater roles and dynamic one-woman shows. She is described as having the swing of Ella Fitzgerald and the warm alto tones of Karen Carpenter, combined with soul and a cheeky British sense of humor. Helen sings the songs of Carole King, Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Elton John and so many more!

After a very successful run in the UK, Welch relocated to the U.S. to guest star in the Broadway musical Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Her immediate success landed her as a fronting vocalist for the Cleveland Orchestra, Grant Park Symphony Orchestra (Chicago), Florida Symphony and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. Since then, Welch has been producing her own shows for Cleveland’s Playhouse Square and The Akron Civic Theatre.

Sunday, June 21

6 p.m., Steele Memorial Bandstand

Evening Music: Liverpool Lads

Performing since 2009, the Liverpool Lads’ mission is to recreate the spirit, energy and carefree memories synonymous with Beatlemania of the 1960s. Their show will take the audience on an epic journey of The Beatles’ greatest hits, as well as B-side tracks and album cuts.

Monday, June 22

9 p.m., Chautauqua Park (upper level)

Outdoor Movie: “Shrek” (PG)

On Monday, June 22, “Shrek” (PG) will be featured. The Academy Award-winning film features the voices of Mike Meyers as Shrek, Eddie Murphy as Donkey, Cameron Dias as Princess Fiona and John Lithgow as Lord Farquaad. (90 mins)

Guests must bring their own chairs and/or blankets, since there will be no seating available. Please practice safe social distancing when selecting your seating area. Flashlights and bug spray are also encouraged. Concessions will be available before the movie. Golf cart parking is extremely limited; shuttle service is available. In the case of inclement weather, this event will be cancelled.

Wednesday, June 24

7:30 p.m., Steele Memorial Bandstand

Family Night at the Park: John & Bonnie Wilkie

Lakesiders John and Bonnie Wilkie will perform a fun concert for all ages, including family-friendly sing-alongs of favorite Lakeside songs. The couple currently leads the Middle Grade Madness (MGM) program at Lakeside Chautauqua. They also help host the weekly Family Picnics. Their music has the feel of a Lakeside front porch sing-along. The entire family is invited for some clapping, dancing, shouting, singing and old-fashioned fun in Bettinger Park.

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