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Old Worthington Library to host youth workshops for Chautauqua

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The 2014 Ohio Chautauqua troupe is ready to share Journey Stories July 8-12 in Worthington.

Ohio Chautauqua groupies (yes, they do exist) know the arrival of the big red and white tent means more than just a series of great evening performances. During their stay, the Chautauqua troupe also presents programs and events for children and adults interested in learning more about the lives and times of the historical figures portrayed in "Journey Stories."

Old Worthington Library (820 High St.) will serve as the location for the youth workshops (ideal for children ages 10 and older). They begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, with Hank Fincken's presentation of "Gold Fever: To Go or Not to Go; That is the Question." Through theatre exercises and other activities, participants will learn what dangers people faced during a six-month journey across the continent. Additional youth workshops include:

* July 9 at 3 p.m., explore the "Power of the Written Word" in this writing workshop led by Marvin Jefferson

* July 10 at 10:30 a.m., get "Carried Away" with Debra Conner as you learn about and create your own travel poster

* July 11 at 10:30 a.m., create your own nature scene during "Picturing Nature" with Kevin Radaker

* July 12 at 10:30 a.m., Dianne Moran leads "Eyes to the West," an exploration of Native American life (complete with live animals!)

Ohio Chautauqua programs for adults will be held at the Griswold Center (777 High St.) beginning with a 1 p.m. presentation of "Titanic Surprises" in which Debra Conner will share little-known facts about the ill-fated ship. Workshops for adults continue:

* July 10 at 1 p.m., Marvin Jefferson explores "Dr. King's Last Great Dream"

* July 10 at 3 p.m., Kevin Radaker discusses "Thoreau's Passion for Wild & Wilderness"

* July 11 at 1 p.m., "A Profound Destiny" features Dianne Moran sharing stories of Native American captives

* July 12 at 1 p.m., explore the "California Trail: Then and Now" with Hank Fincken

In addition to the workshops, there will also be a free "Goldmining Flapjack Breakfast" for kids and parents on the lawn of the McConnell Arts Center (777 Evening St.) on Friday, July 11, at 7:30 a.m. Get up early 'cause we'll have cakes on the griddle!

Ohio Chautauqua evening performances will be held under the big tent at the McConnell Arts Center each evening, July 8-12, at 7:30 p.m., with musical entertainment starting at 6:30 p.m. All Ohio Chautauqua programs are free and presented by Ohio Humanities with local support provided by the McConnell Arts Center, Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries and Holiday Inn of Worthington.

A complete list of programs can be found online at ohiohumanities.org. Please call 614-807-2604 with any questions.

Lisa Fuller is director of community engagement at Worthington Libraries.