Chautauqua Preservation Society - June 2016
"The World of Water"

You're Invited...

Chautauqua Game Show
When: Fri. July 15, 2016, 7pm
Where: Ellis County Women's Building
Cost: Free

Come to be a game show contestant & win prizes
-  or come to watch & learn!   

How much do you really know about your WATER??  Or about Waxahachie's Chautauqua history??

HINT:  Do not study for this quiz!

Game Show Host:

Rob McCollum

Robert McCollum is a writer, presenter, and producer based in Dallas.  He also serves as Creative Director for the UK-based production company Twist & Shout Communications. For two years, Robert was seen each weekday as the host of WFAA-TV's "Good Morning Texas", and later went on to serve as producer.

In addition to extensive work

on-camera, McCollum found his niche in the voice-talent world, serving as the voice of Fiat and Taco Bueno as well as hundreds of commercials, industrial videos, video games and anime projects. Rob is the father of two girls, who are both better actors than he is.

 Bring A Little Water to Chautauqua!

Bring water to Chautauqua!On Sept. 24, bring a little water to the Chautauqua Assembly - from your favorite river, lake, creek, ocean, well, tank, pond or any other wet source.

As you begin your summer travels and activities, remember to bring back a little water from both near and far.

As part of Opening Ceremonies at 9am on 9/24, all your waters will be gathered together and then used for a very special purpose.  Water directly from Lake Chautauqua in New York will begin the water collection.

IN 2016

By popular demand, the North Texas Drone User Group will return to Chautauqua 2016 to demonstrate their drones in Getzendaner Park and display their latest vehicles.   "So what do drones have to do with water?" you may ask.  Well...

Drones have been playing an increasing roles in assisting in recent water rescues by helping to find flood victims and delivering life vests and  safety lines to rescue the victims.

Also, both aerial and underwater drones have become more & more important in data collection for oceanic research and weather prediction.  

And more....


Water helps heal Veterans through "Heroes on the Water"

Heroes on the Water helps warriors relax, rehabilitate and reintegrate through kayak fishing and the outdoors.  On Sept. 24, this non-profit organization will bring their mission and their stories to Chautauqua.

National organization:  Heroes on the Water
Local Facebook page: DFW Heroes on the Water

Heroes on the Water helps the Nation’s warriors and veterans from all branches of the United States military unwind using the therapeutic qualities of fishing from kayaks. What looks like a day trip of paddling and fishing is in fact something much deeper and long-lasting.

Founded in 2007, the unique kayak fishing program allows the participants a chance to decompress from the stresses associated with combat and the physical rigors of rehabilitation. Participants receive basic kayak fishing and paddling instruction, angling clinics and paddling classes for participants with skill sets ranging from beginners to the most experienced paddlers.

"Classroom on Wheels" Travels to Chautauqua to Teach about Groundwater

On Sept. 24th, Getzendaner Memorial Park will host the 36-foot long trailer from the Prairielands Groundwater Conservation District  to educate the public about groundwater and water conservation.

To accomplish this, the air-conditioned trailer has been outfitted as an interactive “museum on wheels.”, which has been traveling and teaching since last October. 

Participants enter the trailer and walk through exhibits which include a model of our region’s aquifers with working storm clouds, streams, and wells; a large water well model displaying the various parts and operating features; and water conservation in the home display that will also test students’ math skills; and a video station.


Waxahachie Chautauqua
Summer Assembly and Encampment

May 31, 1916 - June 6, 1916

The 1916  Waxahachie Chautauqua avoided politics and "muck-raking" because they were already so widespread during that election year - right in the middle of World War I.  The Chautauqua was held for just one week and held earlier than usual - perhaps hoping for respite from summer heat. 

So exactly 100 years ago this week, folks from all over Ellis County were gathered in the Chautauqua Auditorium and in  tents in the park, with 80 people scheduled for the program. 

From the 1916 Waxahachie Daily Light:
  • There were record crowds with “people present from all the outlying towns of Ellis County” (WDL 6/6/1916). 

  • Tickets to the Chautauqua Assembly were on sale at all drugstores.

  • Care was given in selecting this year’s program to avoid “muck-raking and sensational agitation”. They also avoided politics since it was so prevalent everywhere else this election year. (WDL 5/30/1916.)

  • There were 80 people on the program, 15 more than ever before.

  • The drama “The Melting Pot” was presented by the Redpath-Horner circuit with a cast of 10 actors from New York. Two performances were given each day – one at 3 o’clock and one at 8 o’clock.

Re-Member Your Membership

If you haven't yet joined Chautauqua  for 2016, now is the time!

TO JOIN, simply click the following:  

Help keep Chautauqua going in Waxahachie and be part of the "World of Water" in 2016!  Watch for more programs to be revealed and special invitations coming your way.  

Also, please start considering Sponsoring a Program. 
Help us to continue to bring good quality programs to the Chautauqua!

The Chautauqua Preservation Society is an (IRS 501(c)3) non-profit organization.
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Waxahachie, TX 75168
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