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Chautauqua returning in 2014

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Ohio Chautauqua will make a return visit to Worthington in 2014.

Every summer, a troupe of Ohio Chautauqua scholar-actors visits four or five Ohio communities to present living history programs under big-top tents. A series of historical re-enactments are held in the evenings, with workshops for children and adults during the day.

The program is sponsored by the Ohio Humanities Council and Ohio State University's Humanities Council, which recently announced that Worthington would be a host city next year.

No dates have been set, but expect the programs to be held between mid-June and mid-July in front of the McConnell Arts Center, according to a spokesperson for the Worthington Libraries.

Worthington was host to Ohio Chautauqua in 2003, as part of the city's bicentennial celebration, and again in 2007.

The Friends Foundation of the Worthington Libraries and the MAC co-sponsored the 2014 application.

"Chautauqua is such a fantastic community event," said Rick Bradley, president of the Friends Foundation. "It makes history fun and engaging for the whole family and provides us with a great opportunity to show off Worthington to visitors."

The 2014 theme will be "Journey Stories," and the troupe will feature five characters who provide diverse perspectives on the theme. Hank Fincken will be 1849ers J.G. Bruff; Marvin Jefferson will be Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.; Dianne Moran will be Indian captive Olive Ann Oatman; Debra Conner will be Titanic survivor Edith Russell; and Kevin Radaker will be writer and philosopher Henry David Thoreau.

Other 2014 host cities will be Gallipolis, New Richmond and Warren.

Volunteers are needed to help plan and publicize community events surrounding the Worthington Chautauqua. Anyone interested should call Lisa Fuller, director of community engagement at the Worthington Libraries, at 614-807-2604.

The theme for the 2013 Ohio Chautauqua is When Ohio Was the Western Frontier. Presentations are planned for Lakewood, June 25-29; Madison, July 2-6; Rossford, July 9-13; Bexley, July 16-20; and Coshocton, July 23-27.

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