New Old Time Chautauqua's
2015 Summer Alaska Tour and more!
Hello Friends of New Old Time Chautauqua!

Thank you for all your support and interest in the New Old Time Chautauqua (NOTC).  At this very moment, Chautauquans are gathering from near and far in Bellingham, WA, for the pre-Chautauqua gettin' everything ready phase of our summer tour. Details on that and much more below!
AKqua Chautauqua takes to the ferries!
NOTC did an Alaska ferry tour many years ago, but that being the days of prints photos, we couldn't wrangle an image from then for this newsletter, so here's one from a Washington State Ferry in 2012 - we are super excited to hit the marine highway on the Alaska State Ferries again later this week!

Summer Tour 2015: Southeast Alaska June 16 - July 17
It's been 23 years since our last journey up the inside passage. We will be traveling by ferry on the Alaska Marine Highway System. At 4 ½ weeks it will also be one of our longest tours for many a year. We will be traveling some most of the isolated towns in this country through some of the most beautiful landscape imaginable. On the schedule are visits to Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Juneau, Hoonah, Haines and Sitka. We will be going to prisons in Ketchikan and Juneau, playing at Pioneer Homes (Alaska’s senior centers), and youth detentions centers. We will also be collaborating with Tlingit Nation along the way.
This year we will be working with our host cities to deepen further our connection with each community. The museum exhibit will be shown in the local museums as it is also the case that the original Circuit Chautauquas played SE Alaska nearly a hundred years ago.
Touring the Southeast is costly as we will have to pay the Alaska Marine Highway for tickets (we are getting a 50% discount). We appreciate your support so that we can continue to fulfill our mission of bringing Chautauqua to rural towns and celebrating community through education, entertainment and laughter! That is a gentle reminder that you can help support this work through your generous donations.

Info about the tour is on our website:, and each show has a Facebook event, all linked from our Facebook page, so please invite anyone you might know in the towns we'll be visiting.
And stay tuned for photos and updates from the road there and on our blog!
  Ketchikan   June 22  webFB      Juneau   July 3  webFB        Sitka   July 12  webFB      
    Wrangell     June 26  webFB      Hoonah  July 8    webFB                
      Petersberg June 30  webFB       Haines   July 10   webFB                              

Chautauqua Show in Bellingham - June 17th!
We're kicking off the tour with a full-on Chautauqua show, warming up for the tour, at the
Bellingham Circus Guild space Wednesday, June 17th at 7:30pm. Please join us (only
an hour and a half from Seattle!), tell your friends, and if you can't make it, send some love in
the way of financial support through our PayPal donate link! Bellingham show Facebook event

Follow along on the tour on our blog and Facebook page

2015 Cool Stuff!

EG Conference, Monterey, May 2015:
This spring, Chautauqua had the amazing opportunity to strut our stuff at the EG Conference in Monterey, California. EG sprung from the world of TED, started by TED's original founder. The speakers and attendees were an amazing group, and a huge group of us were able to attend the conference, soaking up the whole thing until we had the honor of being the last up for the weekend. NOTC founder Paul Magid gave a talk about the history of both the Chautauqua circuits and New Old Time Chautauqua, and then, as a surprise to the attendees, the Fighting Instruments of Karma Marching Chamber Band/Orchestra marched into the auditorium to play out the conference in style! You can see our piece on the recorded livestream on the EG Website; go to 7:42 (that's 7 hours and 42 minutes, at the end of the Saturday session). We will post links to the edited video when it's available.
Photo by George Krieger - NOTC marching onto the EG stage.

Earlier in the day, the Flying Karamazov Brothers, who have performed several times at EG, made a brief appearance, squeezing 8, count 'em, 8! Ks onto the little stage to start off Saturday's session. This time, check out the beginning of the recorded livestream, at 16 minutes in.

New New Old Time
Chautauqua Website!

Life-long Chautauquan Sophie Pipia took on the challenge of creating a new website for  NOTC this year. It's a work in progress, as we add all our current content, and connect with our past events, images, and other resources. We've got links to sign up for this newsletter (tell your friends!), donate to NOTC, see who our members and board are, check out galleries from several tours, read about our mission and programs, and much more! As always, it's at


Coming up
Festival of the River
In what has become an annual benefit event, we once again are bringing our community and skills to the Festival of the River. This unique event, produced by the Stillaguamish Tribe, is a wonderful festival; a ménage of rock/country/folk music, Pow Wow, logger games, food booths, environmental demonstrations, river swimming and us! At the festival the New Old Time Chautauqua offers two daily parades, workshops, ambient entertainers – jugglers, musicians, stilt-walkers and more, and a one-hour variety stageshow. It will be August 8 & 9, 2015 - please
join us - it's free!

Fall Benefits
We don't have any planned yet, but you bet we will! We're always open to new places and people to put on benefit shows for New Old Time Chautauqua, so please get in touch if you have ideas.

Stillaguamish Festival of the River 2014 - Michelle Bates photo


We are working with Washington State Parks Folk and Traditional Arts person Debbie Fant to tour 5 or 6 Washington State parks in the summer of 2016. We will be working to bring awareness to the parks and collaborating with nearby towns fulfilling our mission as well.

What People Said About Chautauqua last year:

"It's a pleasure to know you Chautauqua folks; see you next time." (Libby, Montana) James Mari 

"Had a blast with all the workshops and at the show at Ohs! Thanks for coming to our little town!"
 Heidi Sarina Lipke 

From a member of the Kootenai Heritage Council in Libby, MT:
"Wow, what a great show and what a way to reach a community that is in need. We felt a sense of community that lacks so greatly in our area. People are coming up to us and thanking us for having you perform. Wanting to know when you will be back and missing you already. 

We have racked out brains to try to bring something to this community that would generate the warmth and appreciation that you achieved. I can not even express what it meant to me to watch my grand daughter give a solid standing ovation to the juggling act through their entire performance. She was elated. I had an elderly lady grab my arm at the end of the show and state "I am so happy I don't want to leave and I don't want them to go"! 

Thank you for this wonderful event and hopefully we can have more.



We appreciate the support of our audiences and the communities we visit. Please help us continue what we do by spreading the word, sharing our video, or donating towards our tour costs. We run a very low-budget tour operation camping in tents and feeding our 60-person troupe from our portable outdoor kitchen, but every cent helps us keep the vehicles on the road and the musicians, performers, workshop leaders and tour organizers going! 


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New Old Time Chautauqua on the road!

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