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Ohio Chautauqua starts July 8

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It is nearly time to awaken that inner lifelong learner and take a journey to the red-and-white-striped tent.

It is once again Chautauqua time in Worthington.

For five consecutive nights beginning Tuesday, July 8, the 2014 Ohio Chautauqua will take stage inside the big-top tent, which will be set up on the grounds of Thomas Worthington High School, near the McConnell Arts Center.

Beginning at 7:30 each night, a professional Chautauqua actor will assume the identity of a historical figure to present a one-person show, followed by questions and answers and chats with the audience.

Each day, the actors will hold workshops for children and for adults, focusing on some aspect of the figure or the time period in which he or she lived.

The theme of this year's Ohio Chautauqua is journey stories. Each figure has gone through a physical or spiritual journey -- or both -- and will share that with the audiences.

The evening shows will feature Martin Luther King Jr. on Tuesday; Henry David Thoreau on Wednesday; Indian captive Olive Ann Oatman on Thursday; J. Goldsborough Bruff, Gold Rush topographer, on Friday; and Edith Russell, Titanic survivor, on Saturday.

Each evening performance will be preceded by music under the big top.

Ohio Chautauqua is presented every summer by Ohio Humanities. Worthington is the fourth and final stop on the summer tour this year.

It is being sponsored by the MAC and the Friends Foundation of the Worthington Libraries.

Worthington hosted Chautauquas in 2003 and 2007 and drew huge crowds. It returns in response to overwhelming interest showed by community members, said Lisa Fuller, spokeswoman for the Worthington Libraries.

The actors and the figures they will portray are Marvin Jefferson, Martin Luther King Jr.; Hank Fincken, J. Goldsborough Bruff; Debra Conner, Edith Russell; Dianne Moran, Olive Ann Oatman; and Kevin Radaker, Henry David Thoreau.

Workshops for children will be at the Old Worthington Library. Adult workshops will be at the Griswold Center.

The daily schedule is as follows:

* Tuesday: 6:30 p.m., musical entertainment, Adam Schlenker Family Tree; 7:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr.

* Wednesday: 10:30 a.m., youth workshop with Hank Fincken; 1 p.m., adult workshop with Debra Conner; 3 p.m., youth workshop with Marvin Jefferson; 6:30 p.m., entertainment, Worthington Chorus; 7:30 p.m., Henry David Thoreau.

* Thursday: 10:30 a.m., youth workshop with Debra Conner; 1 p.m., adult workshop with Marvin Jefferson; 3 p.m., adult workshop with Kevin Radaker; 6:30 p.m., entertainment, Thomas Worthington marching band; 7:30 p.m., Olive Ann Oatman.

* Friday: 7:30 a.m., gold-mining flapjack breakfast, for children at the MAC, 777 Evening St.; 10:30 a.m., youth workshop with Kevin Radaker; 1 p.m., adult workshop with Diane Moran; 6:30 p.m., entertainment, MAC chamber group; 7:30 p.m., J. Goldsborough Bruff.

* Saturday: 10:30 a.m., youth workshop with Dianne Moran; 1 p.m., adult workshop with Hank Fincken; 5 p.m., dinner on the "deck of the Titanic," special invite-only event, at the MAC; 6:30 p.m., entertainment, Jesse Henry; 7:30 p.m., Edith Russell.

All programs are free and open to the public.

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