Victorian Chautauqua: History, Music, Artisans, & More

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The Victorian Chautauqua is July 10-11, 2021. It is a fun, family event that celebrates the rich history of Mountain Lake Park. The itinerary is filled with something for every age and interest.

History of the Victorian Chautauqua

In 1874, a Methodist resort was founded in Chautauqua, New York. That is where the term originated. The goal was to provide faith-based learning along with cultural exposure. Lectures and classes were offered to Victorian vacationers throughout the summer months. The natural setting led to the addition of outdoor recreation.

As the event grew in popularity, the second Chautauqua in the United States was founded as Mountain Lake Park in Garrett County. Its location along the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad made it ideal. A small group of ministers and businessmen started with 800 acres for the proposed resort. At its peak, it included an open-air theater, an assembly hall, clay tennis courts, and more than fifty summer cottages dating back to 1882. Vacationers flocked to the mountains to escape the summer heat. The location hosted many notable lecturers including, Mark Twain, William Jennings Bryan, and President Taft.

The 2021 Victorian Chautauqua

Taking place July 10th and 11th, the modern event will include many traditional Chautauqua events and activities. Between performances, there will be organized activities for kids. They include make ‘n’ take, face painting, and playtime with bubbles. Numerous artists will be on hand as well.

Victorian Chautauqua Schedule

Saturday, July 10

9:00AM-9:30AM

Opening Ceremonies | Welcome!

Chautauqua History, Invocation, Chautauqua Song

Martin Tent

9:30AM-10:30AM

Trekking the Pikes

Performed by: Rich Pawling

COLORFUL CHARACTERS DROVE CONESTOGA WAGONS WHEN ROADS WERE ROUGH AND SOMETIMES DEADLY

Martin Tent

9:30AM-10:30AM

Mark Twain

Portrayed by Richard Hill

ONE OF AMERICA’S GREATEST ORATORS IS REVIVED WITH HUMOR AND SENSIBILITY

Burlington Tent

10:45AM-11:45AM

B&O Railroad in Garrett County

Lecture by Neal Brooks

LEARN HOW THE RAILROAD WAS PIVOTAL TO GARRETT COUNTY’S EARLY PROSPERITY

Martin Tent

12:00AM-1:00PM

President Grover Cleveland

Portrayed by William Grant

FIND OUT WHY THE 22ND AND 24TH PRESIDENT WAS NO STRANGER TO GARRETT COUNTY

Martin Tent

12:00PM-1:00PM

Dan Baker

Jazz Guitarist

UNIQUE INSTRUMENTAL GUITAR ARRANGEMENTS OF SONGS RANGING FROM JOHN COLTRANE TO JOHN LENNON

Burlington Tent

1:15PM-2:15PM

Mark Twain

Portrayed by Richard Hill

ONE OF AMERICA’S GREATEST ORATORS IS REVIVED WITH HUMOR AND SENSIBILITY

Martin Tent

2:30PM-3:30PM

Community Hymn Sing

Led by: Sean & Debi Beachy

A CHAUTAUQUA TRADITION FROM 1882 LIVES ON AS ATTENDEES JOIN IN ON CLASSIC HYMNS

Burlington Tent

2:30PM-3:30PM

B&O Railroad in Garrett County

Lecture by: Neal Brooks

LEARN HOW THE RAILROAD WAS PIVOTAL TO GARRETT COUNTY’S EARLY PROSPERITY

Deaconess Tent

2:30PM-3:30PM

Trekking the Pikes

Performed by: Rich Pawling

COLORFUL CHARACTERS DROVE CONESTOGA WAGONS WHEN ROADS WERE ROUGH AND SOMETIMES DEADLY

Martin Tent

3:45PM-4:45PM

The Unsinkable Molly Brown

Portrayed by JoAnn Peterson

SHE SURVIVED THE SINKING TITANIC AND WAS A SYMBOL OF STRENGTH FOR ALL WOMEN 

Burlington Tent

3:45PM-4:45PM

Dan Baker

Jazz Guitarist

5:30PM-6:30PM

Beard & Mustache Contest

Sunday, July 11

12:30PM-1:00PM

Welcome Back!

Mayor, Don Sincell

INTRODUCTIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Martin Tent

1:00PM-2:00PM

MLP Tennis Club

Lecture by Kathie Smith

THE OLDEST LASTING INSTITUTION IN THE TOWN COMES TO LIFE THROUGH ITS HISTORY AND PERSONAL STORIES.

Burlington Tent

1:00PM-2:00PM

Hammered Dulcimer & Banjo

Betty & Tom Mattingly

MOTHER & SON ENSEMBLE WILL PERFORM SOOTHING HAMMERED DULCIMER AND BANJO MUSIC

Historic Ticket Office

1:00PM-2:00PM

Marsh Mountain Consort

Recorders and Viola da Gamba

CLASSICAL RENAISSANCE WORKS ON RECORDERS FROM SOPRANO TO CONTRABASS AND VIOLAS DA GAMBA

Assembly Hall Auditorium

1:00PM-2:00PM

Suffragist, Alice Paul – Young & Old

Portrayed by Joanna Guy & Liz Cannon

THE LASTING IMPACT OF A LEGENDARY SUFFRAGIST IS DEPICTED BY MOTHER & DAUGHTER DUO

Martin Tent

2:15PM-3:15PM

Community Hymn Sing

Led by Sean & Debi Beachy

A CHAUTAUQUA TRADITION FROM 1882 LIVES ON AS ATTENDEES JOIN IN ON CLASSIC HYMNS

Burlington Tent

2:15PM-3:15PM

Local Civil War

Lecture by Steven French

LEARN HOW GEN. BENJAMIN F. KELLEY STYMIED LIGHTNING RAIDS AT UNION OUTPOST GUARDING THE RAILS

Deaconess Tent

2:15PM-3:15PM

Margaret Brent & The Indians

Performed by Mary Ann Jung

MEET THE FIRST FEMALE LAWYER, LANDOWNER, AND WOMAN TO DEMAND THE VOTE IN 17TH CENTURY AMERICA 

Martin Tent

3:30PM-4:30PM

Unsinkable Molly Brown

Portrayed by JoAnn Peterson

SHE SURVIVED THE SINKING TITANIC AND WAS A SYMBOL OF STRENGTH FOR ALL WOMEN

Martin Tent

3:30PM-4:30PM

“Tay” In The Park

Presented by Mary Sincell McEwen

MOUNTAIN LAKE PARK RESIDENT AND ARTIST, TAY SINCELL WAS A FORCE DURING THE SUFFRAGIST MOVEMENT. HEAR ABOUT HER LEGACY AND DEVOTION TO HER COMMUNITY.

Burlington Tent

4:45PM-5:30PM

Local Civil War

Lecture by Steven French

LEARN HOW GEN. BENJAMIN F. KELLEY STYMIED LIGHTNING RAIDS AT UNION OUTPOST GUARDING THE RAILS

Burlington Tent

5:30PM-6:30PM

Buffalo Run

ENJOY HOME-GROWN MUSIC THAT BEAUTIFULLY DETAILS LIFE ON THE MOUNTAIN TOP

Martin Tent

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