Ohio Chautauqua-Geauga announced the addition of an art show of historic artisans, which will run through the five-day festival of music, drama, and other cultural entertainment July 3-7. The Geauga Council for Arts and Culture is sponsoring the Ohio Chautauqua-Geauga Historic Artisans Show. The show will feature metal work, hand-made brooms, hook rugs, woven rugs, clay objects, hand-made soap, felt work, water colors, and blown glass.
The art show will run from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Lennah Bond Activity Center at Century Village Museum in Burton throughout the festival. Throughout the week, many of the artisans will offer demonstrations in the museum’s historic buildings. Some of their work will be available for purchase. Madelon Horvath, president of the Geauga Council for Arts and Culture, said a program for children is planned for Wednesday, July 4. The program will invite children to paint pots, listen to stories, and bob for apples.
The 2012 Ohio Chautauqua, sponsored and presented by the Ohio Humanities Council, is a five-day festival that combines music, drama and other entertainment to focus on the time “When Ohio was the Western Frontier.” The festival’s trademark red-and-white-striped tent will go up on the grounds of Geauga Historical Society’s Century Village Museum July 3-7.
The Ohio Chautauqua tent will serve as the central location for five free evening performances by renowned humanities scholars, who assume the costume and personality of historical figures: Iroquois leader Chief Logan on July 3; Oliver Hazard Perry, hero of the Battle of Lake Erie, July 4; York, a Lewis and Clark Expedition member July 5; frontier aristocrat Margaret
Blennerhassett July 6; and pioneer naturalist Johnny Appleseed July 7.
Throughout the week, these same scholars will come out of character to present ten additional daytime programs on varying topics at five other venues around the county. Five of these programs will be aimed at younger audiences, and five will be geared toward adults.
Geauga County is one of only five sites throughout the state chosen for the privilege of hosting the 2012 Ohio Chautauqua. All Ohio Chautauqua-Geauga performances and workshops are free of charge and will be held on schedule rain or shine. For more information and a schedule of Ohio Chautauqua events, please visit the Ohio Chautauqua Website.