The Chautauqua Experience


 

 

I wanted to share some more of my experiences at Chautauqua with you. It truly is like walking into another world. A world that is quieter and beautiful. Fragrance fills the air. Faintly, from the direction of the lake you can hear laughter and giggling.

 

My first thing to do is to take pictures. I took over 600 photos. No you won’t have to look at all of them. I allow the energy fill me and take me to my calm space. We walked down the main street, which is brick, and found ourselves at Bestor plaza. I released a sigh of contentment.

 

After the big band performance, we went down to the lake for the fireworks. I sat on a bench while Amy video taped them. Chautauqua has a bell tower and it played patriotic songs while we watched the July 4th fireworks. We left about eleven to go back to our motel. The next day was filled with walking the streets and looking at the great old homes, a little food, going to the lake and seeing the opera, Madame Butterfly. It was a fantastic performance. I have seen it before but this one had perfect music, every note was precise and the voices were angelic. We had run into friends and we all ended up going to the opera together.

 

Amy did an internship for the opera almost thirty years ago and she went to visit her old haunts. I went to the bookstore and noodled around and went to the bookstore. Complete happiness descended upon me and I moved slowly through the shelves. They touch all subjects with their inventory and promote Chautauqua authors.

 

We went to a poetry and prose reading. I love to go to readings anywhere. Here the readings took place on a wide porch which wraps itself around two sides of the house. Authors can stay there if they wish. We sat in wicker furniture, feeling the gentle breeze on the cheek and words sailing through the air to your heart. A really good experience. Then we went to an art show in the park. It was fun to wander around enjoying the beauty and immersing ourselves in all of the talent and beauty that filled the park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Elmo's Door. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

St. Elmo’s Door. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

Inspiration stump at Lily Dale. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Inspiration stump at Lily Dale. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

Flowers photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Flowers photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

 

 

Lily Dale, NY. Spiritualist community

Lily Dale, NY. Spiritualist community

                                                                                                                            Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

All-women's big band from Buffalo NY. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio

All-women’s big band from Buffalo NY. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio

 

Hall of Philosophy. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Hall of Philosophy. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

 

Day Lily. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Day Lily. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

 

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

 

 

Clematis. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Clematis. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

Art show. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Art show. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

Art Show. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Art Show. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

 

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

Father and son. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Father and son. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

 

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

 

 

 

photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

 

Bats the official night visitors on the grounds. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Bats the official night visitors on the grounds. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

 

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 Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

 

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

 

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           Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

 

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio  2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

 

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         Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

 

Fourth of July fireworks. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Fourth of July fireworks. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Winter is Losing the Battle


It was 54 degrees today and tomorrow it will be 60 degrees. I am so excited. You can almost feel Ole Man Winter losing his grip on the Earth and on our souls. We are tired of the cold and the gray days. We are tired of the ache in our bones. So we look, we look for every sign that spring in nearing. The geese have returned and I heard birds singing today. I though I would show you some photos of the beginning of Winter losing its grip.

Vermillion lighthouse

Vermillion lighthouse

Vermillion beach. The lake is beginning to thaw farther out.

Vermillion beach. The lake is beginning to thaw farther out.

Sunset at the beach

Sunset at the beach

Since Vermillion sits on Lake Erie, there are many streets but some people have waterways which freeze in winter.

Since Vermillion sits on Lake Erie, there are many streets but some people have waterways which freeze in winter.

In spring and summer local travel is done by boat.

All Photography copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2013