Final Chautauqua report for 2015.

Susan and Craig Scott stopped by our house on their morning walk today.  We owe them for introducing us to Chautauqua and they always know what’s going on.  We have to take our seat cushions back for them to store at their condo before we left the grounds today.  (those benches in the Amp are tough on the tush and the backbone, too)

We bought 2 of these 6 years ago to soothe our tender butts.
We bought 2 of these 6 years ago to soothe our tender butts.
Craig and Susan Scott's entry to the 2nd floor condo. Among the best properties in the entire village.
Craig and Susan Scott’s stairway to their 2nd floor condo. Among the best properties in the entire village.

Lunch at Brazill’s in Westfield (10 miles from the village and almost to Lake Erie; 5 miles from the entrance to our Route 90 road to the Buffalo Airport).  Saw our favorite waitress again…Alex.  She’s getting married in the fall and relocating to Richmond, VA.  We are trying to hook her up with Amy’s college pal, Crystal, in Richmond to look for a job.

The Staffords tend to be let’s just say “concerned travelers” and we got to the Buffalo airport about 2 hours before their 5PM flight…a little closer than they’d like, but it’s an easy airport.  Their Southwest counter was mobbed.  We went to US Air and checked in for our 5:25PM flight to Philly.  We planned to meet them inside the terminal…after the TSA check.

Well, there was some snafu in DC with planes that messed up the whole east coast…their flight was cancelled.  They just called and are driving to Pittsburgh (about 2 hours) to get a flight tomorrow.  Maybe they’ll have another meal at Brazill’s on Main.

Here are some real last thoughts on our trip.

We may have mentioned the organ music…it’s a big part of the Amphitheater’s aura – both sight and sound.

Huge pipes dominate the rear wall of the Amp.
Huge pipes dominate the rear wall of the Amp.
The organ is played by the director of music. He didn't know when to be light-handed however...he drowned out the singers from time to time.
The organ is played by the director of music. He didn’t know when to be light-handed however…he drowned out the singers from time to time.

We haven’t mentioned much about kids…but, they are in abundance attending a lake-oriented summer camp on the grounds.  Here’s just one example…

We watched this little girl yank her dog around the quad for a while.
We watched this little girl yank her dog around the quad for a while.
She was really cute, but the dog must have been sore after this exercise.
She was really cute, but the dog must have been sore after this exercise.

Religion is alive and well at Chautauqua although it is much more about learning in the broadest sense as you can tell from our content this week.  Many faiths are in evidence on the grounds through “houses” which welcome visitors; usually with overnight rooms for the faithful.

This is the
This is the “Catholic House”. There’s a Jewish Center and others for about 10 Christian denominations. The place started as a way for Methodists to teach lay people to be Sunday School leaders 140 years ago.

Most of you know that Nancy and I have a “thing” about labyrinths.  We found one just being built as we first arrived here in 2005.  It is finished now.  We had some work to do for some of our dear friends who are facing challenges – Susie Howard, Kathy Morris,  Dick Plumeri, et al. – so, we walked on Wednesday.  Time stands still on a labyrinth, but it takes only 8 minutes to walk to the center and out again on this 35 foot diameter/7 circuit layout.  Very soothing, calming and peaceful pursuit we recommend to you and your psyche and your soul.  You can find one near you at http://www.labyrinthlocator.com.

The labyrinth at Chautauqua is a beauty, made of rivers rocks on grass.b it's too near the main road, but they planted some trees last year to soften the traffic sounds.
The labyrinth at Chautauqua is a beauty, made of rivers rocks on grass.  It’s too near the main road, but they planted some trees last year to soften the traffic sounds.

Travel News flash…the Staffords have made it to the Pittsburgh Airport for their 6PM flight to Denver (by way of Chicago)…it’s Sunday at 1PM now.  All the best to them for making it home to Steamboat Springs, CO by Monday night.  They did eat at Brazill’s again and found a Bed and Breakfast nearby for the night.

Public art embellishes the Victorian Era architecture in a pleasing and sometimes whimsical way.  These ladies below are about 6 feet high.

Here are a whole choir of those statues I showed you earlier. There must be 100 of them scattered throughout the grounds here. Scott's will have one in their new Captiva house.
Here are a whole choir of those statues I showed you earlier. There must be 100 of them scattered throughout the grounds here. Scott’s will have one in their new Captiva house.

Here is a good-bye shot of the ladies, headed to the main quad.

Nancy and Louise did lots of walking and talking.
Nancy and Louise did lots of walking and talking.

Finally, I wanted to give a you a throwback photo that my sister, Christy, just fished out of the archives.  Yesterday, she visited with her best buddy, Susie, and shared this with her.  She sent it to me, since it was right around this time when Butch Stafford came to live in our town…we have been best buddies since then.  How sweet it is.

Susie Howard, Christy Roach, Nana Roach and little Chippy Roach...circa 1955.
Susie Howard, Christy Roach, Nana Roach and little Chippy Roach at 13…circa 1955.

So long until next journal hits the airwaves.

chiproach

Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 13-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 53 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids (2 in college). Helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education.

One comment

  • Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and great pictures as well as my old photo! Love those hightops, Chippy!

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