The Union County Cultural pARTnership and Union County Convention and Visitors Bureau have announced the 2010 Ohio Chautuqua celebration in Union County will take place July 27-31.

The Union County Cultural pARTnership and Union County Convention and Visitors Bureau have announced the 2010 Ohio Chautuqua celebration in Union County will take place July 27-31.

Marysville was named one of four communities selected as 2010 host sites. The other three are Gallipolis, Ashland, and Hudson.

An application to serve as a host community in 2010 for Ohio Chautauqua was submitted on Sept. 24, 2008 by a committee consisting of Deborah Crawford, Liz Meeder and Christy Clark. On Dec. 11, 2008, Fran Tiburzio of the Ohio Humanities Council conducted a site visit of Union County. During the day she met with Mayor Chris Schmenk, Meeder, Steve Conley, City of Marysville Parks and Recreation Director, Crawford, President of the Union County Cultural pARTnership, Clark representing the pARTnership and Convention and Visitors Bureau and representatives from other arts organizations.

Tiburzio also visited the Richwood Civic Center, Marysville Public Library and several parks.

"Union County presented a terrific application, and I was so impressed by the community support I saw during my site visit," she said. "I look forward to working with such a friendly and enthusiastic group of people, and I can't wait to bring Ohio Chautauqua to this wonderful community in 2010."

Ohio Chautauqua is a five-day event that combines living history, music and entertainment, education, theater, and audience interaction in an exciting cultural event the entire community can enjoy. The theme in 2010 will be set in the 1930s era. This series will explore the legacies of those who helped shape our modern world. Characters for Ohio Chautauqua 2010 are W.C. Fields, Margaret Mitchell, Paul Robeson, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Orson Welles.

Major presentations occur under a large red & white striped tent and begin with local musical entertainment. Each evening, a different living history program is offered. During Chautauqua presentations, a scholar becomes a figure from the past, giving a monologue that showcases the person's importance in culture. The audience then has the opportunity to ask questions of the character. The evening concludes after the scholar steps out of character to answer more audience questions. The events are free to the public.

The committee submitting the application decided to theme each night of the event. Tuesday will honor the military, Wednesday is Senior Night, Thursday is Youth Night, Friday is Date Night followed by Saturday serving as Family Night. Activities and concessions will be developed around the theme for the evening. In addition to the living history performances, other exciting activities include "behind-the-scenes" programs and workshops for adults and children will be held throughout the county in Marysville, Richwood and Plain City.

Dayton Power and Light, Memorial Hospital of Union County, City of Marysville Parks and Recreation and the Union County Convention and Visitors Bureau are presenting sponsors of the five-day event. To volunteer or for more information, contact Clark at 937-642-6279 or cclark@unioncounty.org.