ANNUAL Chautauqua - Sept. 30, 2017
WHEN: Saturday, September 30, 2017, 9am - 5pm.
WHERE: Historic Chautauqua Auditorium and in surrounding Getzendaner Park, Waxahachie, Texas. Just 30 miles south of downtown Dallas!
WHAT: An annual free daylong cultural and educational event of speakers, programs, demonstrations, music, and exhibits which expand on a different theme each year. This event is reminiscent of the old Chautauqua held in Waxahachie 1900-1930.
2017 THEME: "CELEBRATING PUBLIC SPACES", looking at public spaces through the perspectives of history, science, city planning, art, music, and so much more!
- KEYNOTE: 9/11 Memorial: A Place of Remembrance and Resilience
Allison Blais, Executive VP of National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum (NYC)
- “All Are Welcome Here” with the Old-Fashioned Singers
Old-Fashioned Singing Project (Waxahachie, TX) kicks off the day at 9am
- Chautauqua’s Gathering Places Across America
Jon Schmitz, Archivest & Historian, Chautauqua Institution (NY)
- Thomas Jefferson: Inter-weaving Democracy & Architecture
Steven Edenbo, Thomas Jefferson re-enactor & scholar (Philadelphia. PA)
- William Sidney Pittman: First Black Architect in Texas
Dr. George Keaton, Jr, Founder and CEO of Remembering Black Dallas (Dallas, TX)
- Renaissance Spaces: Singing, Dancing & Jousting
Stonhenj Players (Waco, TX)
- Art in the Open
Sherry Owens, (Dallas, TX)
- Transforming Waxahachie Through Public Spaces
John Smith, Director of Parks and Recreation, City of Waxahachie, TX
- Inspiring Public Landscapes
Kevin Sloan, Landscape Architect (Dallas, TX)
- Soaring With the Birds of Prey
Birds of Prey Flight Demonstration from Kelley Rayner, “Last Chance Forever” (San Antonio, TX)
- Ballet Folklorico Takes the Chautauqua Stage!
Mexico 2000 Ballet Folklorico, (Dallas, TX)
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Previous Years of Chautauqua
(2016): "the world of water" - Sat. Sept. 24, 2016
A daylong celebration of WATER through history, archeology, aquaponics, sea shanties, landscape architecture, glass harp, Handel's "Water Music", and so much more. Keynote speaker was Fabien Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau telling us about his "The Great Ocean Adventure."
(2015): "Chautauqua celebrates flight" - Sat. Sept. 26, 2015
A daylong celebration of FLIGHT through human space flight, DaVinci's flying machines, ancient Mayan dances of flight, WWII pilots, and flight demonstrations of both drones and birds of prey. We also honored Waxahachie native Bessie Coleman, first female African American pilot, with a re-enactment of her life. Keynote speaker was Fred Haise, Apollo 13 astronaut, telling the "Lessons Learned from the Ill-Fated Apollo 13 Mission."