2018 Ashland Chautauqua To Feature Ten Different Workshops

2018 Ashland Chautauqua To Feature Ten Different Workshops

  • 6/18/2018 2:53:36 PM
  • WMFD Digital Team
  • Local Events

ASHLAND, OH- Ten educational workshops will entertain and educate Ashland-area residents in venues across the area during this year’s Ashland Chautauqua.

“Oceans, Rivers, and Seas” is this year’s Ashland Chautauqua theme, featuring 10 daytime workshops, 5 entertaining opening acts, and 5 evening performances by scholars portraying historical persons whose lives were entwined in some way with water. Ashland Chautauqua will be held July 17 through 21 this year. The first four workshops will be held on Tuesday, July 17. All Chautauqua events are free and open to the public.

At 10:00 AM Tuesday, July 17 scholar Hasan Davis, portraying York, the enslaved explorer on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, will present a youth workshop on “Life on the Frontier” at Camp Mowana south of Ashland just off Highway 42. If weather permits, the program may be held outdoors so attendees should dress accordingly.

Scholar Karen Vuranch will lead an adult workshop at 11:00 AM. Her character this year is Grace O’Malley, 16th-century Irish political activist and pirate leader. The workshop is entitled “The Use of the Arthurian Legend as a Political Tool.” This workshop will be located at Mill Run Place at 1715 Richard Drive, Ashland.

At 2:00 PM, scholar Debra Conner, portraying fashion reporter, stylist, and Titanic survivor Edith Russell, will conduct a youth workshop especially appropriate for teens at the Ashland Public Library. It is entitled “Titanic Surprises” and is filled with interesting, little-known facts and stories.

At 3:00 PM, scholar John Anderson will conduct an adult workshop on “The Creation of the Cape Cod National Seashore.” He is portraying conservationist and writer Henry Beston, who lived very simply on Cape Cod for a year and wrote about the relationship between nature and humans. Anderson’s workshop will be held at the Ashland County Senior Center, 615 West 10th Street, Ashland.

There will be three workshops on Wednesday, July 18. At 10:00 AM scholar George Frein will present an adult workshop at the Ashland Public Library. “Melville’s Poetry” displays the versatile talents of the famous novelist who wrote Moby-Dick. At 10:30 AM scholar Hasan Davis will appear at the Loudonville Public Library Golden Center. “York Among the Natives” describes the ways that William Clark’s slave York helped the explorers interact with native people along the way on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. At 2:00 PM back at the Ashland Public Library, scholar Debra Conner will lead youngsters in creating travel art using posters and decals that were so popular in the early 20th century. Her workshop is entitled “Carried Away.”

Thursday’s schedule features two workshops. At 1:00 PM scholar Karen Vuranch will tell “Adventure Stories” for youth; the workshop will be held at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Ashland. Also, at 1:00 PM scholar George Frein will present an adult workshop at the Ashland County Council on Aging; it is entitled “Americans at Sea with Herman Melville.” The address is 240 East 3rd Street, Ashland.

The final workshop, one for youth, will be Friday, July 20 at the Myers Memorial Band Shell in Brookside Park. Scholar John Anderson will feature “Beston’s Fairy Tales and Bedtime Stories.”

The youth workshops—generally geared for ages approximately 5-12--are actually intergenerational, as parents and grandparents are welcome to attend with their children. Teenagers who attend also seem to enjoy themselves at both youth and adult workshops.

Workshops are based on the historical period in which the scholar’s character lived. They expand the attendees’ knowledge of that time period and the issues facing people who lived then. A workshop may also help those in attendance relate something from the character’s time to their own lives in the 21st century. This year’s workshops cover a span of time from the 16th century to the 20th century.

For additional descriptions of the workshops, visit ashlandchautauqua.org

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