"Comedy and Humanity" in 2018!

So…what is comedy?  What is its purpose in our lives?  In our family? In our community? Why is it good to laugh together?   What is funny to one age-group or one culture or one type of person type?  Let’s explore - and let’s laugh too!

Programs for 9/29/2018 - confirmed so far....

KEYNOTE:  "THE SPIRITUALITY OF LAUGHTER" with Rabbi and Stand-up Comic Bob Alper

   Rabbi Bob Alper

Rabbi Bob Alper

On Sept. 29, 2018, Rabbi Bob Alper will take the Waxahachie Chautauqua stage to speak on “The Spirituality of Laughter”.  Rabbi Alper is an ordained rabbi who served congregations for fourteen years and holds a doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary.  He says this prepared him well for a 27-year comedy career with wonderfully unique material presented in a way that's intelligent, sophisticated, and 100% clean.

Rabbi Alper performs all across North America and England, at corporate events, theatres, non-profits, conventions, private parties, churches, and, naturally, synagogues. Last summer he appeared at to a standing ovation before 2,700 people at New York's famed Chautauqua Institution.

The rabbi-comedian draws tremendous media attention, and, among others, has been seen on The Early Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Showtime, the BBC, and CNN.


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“LAUGHTER LEAGUE” Brings Medical Clowning to the Chautauqua

Professional medical clowns from “Laughter League” will show and discuss how the transformative power of humor impacts the healing process in lives of the children and families they serve.

Laughter League performers work with Child Life departments and medical staff to identify patients in need of a laugh. They are an integral part of the circle of care in many hospitals, providing distraction during procedures, encouraging kids to walk, eat, take medicine or simply empower them for a few moments during their hospitalization.


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(2017): "celebrating public spaces" - Sat. Sept. 30, 2017

 A daylong celebration of PUBLIC SPACES through architecture, history,  art, drama, dance, birds of prey, and landscape architecture.  It included programs on public spaces in Waxahachie, TX and Chautauqua across North America.  Keynote speaker was Allison Blais,  Executive VP of National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum (NYC) speaking on "A Place of Remembrance and Resilience."

See 2017 PRESENTATIONS 9/30/2017 (pdf)
See 20
17 FLYER (pdf)
See 2017 EXHIBITS & DEMOS) (pdf)

See 2017 SCHEDULE on 9/30/2017
See 2017 Joshua Chapel Celebration 9/29/2017

See 2017 "WAXAHACHIE DAY" 7/26/2017
See 2017 "Chautauqua Grove" Dedication 7/26/2017
See 2017 VIDEO


(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."

See 2016 PRESENTATIONS (pdf)
See 2016 FLYER (pdf)
See 2016 EXHIBITS & DEMOS (pdf) 

See 2016 SCHEDULE for the day of 9/24/2016
See 2016 BROCHURE (pdf) 


(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."   

See 2015 FLYER (pdf)
See 2015 PRESENTATIONS (pdf)
See 2015 EXHIBITS & DEMOS (pdf)
Houston Chronicle article about the 2015 Chautauqua festival.