Photo of New Old Time Chautauqua 2014 tour standing on the site of the 1924 Chautauqua performance grounds in Orofino, ID
2014 Fall Newsletter
Hello Friends of New Old Time Chautauqua!
We're still buzzing (or is that recovering?) from this summer's tour, at the same time as we're gearing up to come together again!
After taking our tour far off into Montana and Idaho this summer, we're coming together again in Mount Vernon, Olympia, and Vashon Island, WA for a weekend of theater shows and community shows! The Lincoln Theater (Mount Vernon) and Capitol Theater (Olympia) are regular venues for NOTC, and this will be our second visit to Open Space for Arts & Community on Vashon Island, which we hope to make a regular stop on our circuit.
Performers for these shows include (in a variety of combinations): Flying Karamazov Brothers, NANDA,
Mud Bay Jugglers, Joey Pipia, Poki, The Pipia Sisters, Scramble, PepperJill & Jack, Euphonium Spaceship, Carey Cramer, Ty Vennowitz, Sara Sparrow, Kevin Murphy, Skitnik, Godfrey Daniels,
Amy Engelhardt, Alex Allen, Yipee & Ki Yay, and of course, the Fighting Instruments of Karma Marching Chamber Band/Orchestra! (see links to many of these performers here)
Friday, October 17th, 7:30pm at the Lincoln Theater in Mount Vernon, WA
Saturday, October 18th, 7:00pm at the Capitol Theater in Olympia, WA
Sunday, October 19th, 4:00pm at Open Space for Arts & Community on Vashon Island
2013's show at Open Space for Arts & Culture featured 6(!) Flying Karamazov Brothers! This time Open Space will feature NANDA & Mud Bay Jugglers, but the Ks will be in Mount Vernon and Olympia!
Earlier This Year
2014 Keep the Faith Tour!
2014's summer tour honored the life and memory of Faith Petric, with a tour that visited her hometown of Orofino, ID, and a show that traced the history of the Chautauqua movement. We also created a museum exhibition that showed historical Chautauqua images and documents in each town.
We "Chautauqua-ed" in a wide range of communities and venues, including the Kootenai-Salish, Pend d'Oreille and Nez Perce tribes.We had a wide range of community shows, at senior centers, prisons and a psychiatric hospital; and enormous community involvement in the parades and workshops.
Check out the tour blog to get the play-by-play from the road and see photos from Libby, Eureka, Sandpoint, Hot Springs, Orofino and Spokane.
4th of July!
Before the tour took off, a group of Chautauquans went to Darrington, WA to celebrate July 4th with the community around Oso, WA, which suffered a huge landslide earlier this year. We had a great time playing music, performing, and parading around town. Read Eben's report on the afternoon.
Festival of the River
Once again, we had the pleasure of joining with the Stillaguamish Tribe at the Festival of the River in Arlington, WA. In between our parades, workshops and shows, we got to enjoy the music the tribe offers, and we had the honor of parading into the Pow Wow arena to open the festivities.
Stephen Bent leads Chautauqua's first choir! Photo by Jon Crandell
What People Said About Chautauqua in 2014:
"The show in Libby was the best over-all performance at the Libby Memorial Events Center ever!! It made this old man feel young again!!!"
James Mari, Libby, Montana
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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Header photo of the 2014 Keep the Faith tour, by Chris Leeming.