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New Old Time Chautauqua, 2010
 

 
Dear friends,
 
In 1981, a small group of performers, health care practitioners and educators revived a turn-of-the-century social movement. Three decades later, as we head into 2011, the New Old Time Chautauqua invites you to help us mark a major milestone. It’s our thirtieth anniversary.
 
What’s the secret to our longevity? Community.  Looking back, we’re struck that – through an unwavering web of support – our all-volunteer tours have been able to impact so many lives. We’ve forged 30 years worth of connections with audiences as far away as Hurricane Katrina-ravaged coasts of Mississippi and Louisiana and with performers as nearby as the next seat over on the bus.
 
This past year alone, our Redwood Vaudeville Tour crossed Northern California, starting with a tribute to our elder, Faith Petric, in her home town of San Francisco. Along the way, we partnered with community organizations including The Solar Living Institute (Hopland), The Dance Palace (Pt. Reyes), Connections (Sebastopol), Willits Shakespeare Company (Willits), Camp Winnarainbow (Laytonville), Mateel Community Center (Redway) and the Round Valley Indian Reservation (Covelo).
 
Those were not the only communities touched by Chautauqua in 2010. That exuberant quartet of acrobaticalists,  NANDA, presented a benefit for us in May as part of the run of their full-length show The Jacket at Fort Worden in Port Townsend, WA. We also partnered with the Great Peninsula Future Festival on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula for our third year in a row, helping to spread the word about sustainable living.
 
Over the past thirty years we’ve learned that bringing laughter, music and fun can be a needed respite from a difficult and confusing situation, such as among the heroic volunteers and citizens in the Gulf Coast.  We felt humbled that people who had lost and endured so much were still generous, gracious and full of gratitude.  This experience was life-changing:  no longer an arts organization that sometimes did service, NOTC became a service organization that used art to fulfill a mission of helping to build community through laughter, education and entertainment.
 
In the last five years we have partnered with local non-profits in Washington, Montana, California and Idaho.  Because the work was shared, the net profits were also shared, with the proceeds supporting arts and educational programs for kids, programs for homeless women, community centers, community radio stations, neighborhood gardens and environmental and sustainability organizations in all the communities where we visited.
 
We hope you’ll continueto support our mission with a tax-deductible donation helping to make our 30th year the best one yet.  You can use the PayPal
link in this email or the one on the ‘Donate’ page of our website.  Or send a check or money order to us the old-fashioned way, to  P.O.Box 70173, Seattle, WA 98127, made out to New Old Time Chautauqua
 
All signs point to good things for New Old Time Chautauqua. We’re headed toward a return engagement at Seattle’s Moisture Festival, the world’s premiere vaudeville/variety festival, for a matinee performance on Sunday, March 20th, at 3:00 pm.  And our summer 2011 tour plans – destination Alaska – are taking shape as we speak.
 
Our individual lives are only as strong as our sense of community.  Please join us by contributing toward another year of laughter, inspiration, idea sharing, long talks and life-changing vaudeville. Our non-profit organization couldn’t have thrived for so long or brought so much necessary joy into the world without people like you.
 
Warmest wishes and sincere gratitude,
 
The New Old Time Chautauqua

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