ooops….pushed the wrong button; let’s resume the Chautauqua beginning.

Check-in is Saturday and we try to be all set up by cocktail time…we made it again with Donna & John Schubert’s assistance.  Here it is…back and front….14 Gebbie.

Sunday, we get the weekly bike rentals.

Then, we head to the Ampitheater (the heart of the Institution) for the church service to audition Rev. Tom Long from Emory U. in Atlanta.


Reverend Long (on the right) is a professor of Preaching…and he’s really good…big ovation following an outstanding sermon on hopefulness.  No hell and damnation this week…whew!  The organist is Jared Jacobsen…he blasts those big pipes and scares the audience at times.  The head of the Dept. of Religion is Rev. Robert Franklin (L), who leads the service and arranges all of the 9 weeks of programming in the weekday 1PM time slot.

Then, the bonus today (in addition to sunny and 75 degrees) is Art in the Park…a craft show by the Lake.

Some of the craftspeople are working right at their booths and making fine things and silly stuff, too.

Parked our bikes and got a nice homemade lunch at the Hurlbut Church.  (I love to say that name; it sounds dirty somehow)…delicious choice from their Lemonade Stand on Pratt Street.  Nothing too fancy for us.

Each year, there is a theme for the season, adopted by the Literary Society.  In a nutshell this expresses why we have come back here for our 8th time.


Thanks to Susan & Craig Scott for their inspirational first invitation to stay at their restored Victorian condo about 9 years ago.  We will dine with them several times this week…they look marvelous…and their place is “the best” on the whole campus.  Lots of other Sanibel and Captiva people in attendance at Week #7 at Chautauqua.


John and Donna cresting a hill on N. Lake Drive.  John has his Buckeye hat and Donna’s bike basket holds her “sit-upon” which is a necessity to enjoy more than a few minutes in those wooden pews in the Ampitheater.DSC_1321.jpg

More to come…stayed tuned.  



Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 13-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 54 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.

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  • We are anxiously waiting for your reports. Tell Butch to take it easy on the bike. Dick & Linda


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