Ohio Humanities Presents Ohio Chautauqua in Rossford



History comes to life  in Rossford June 28 through July 2 when Ohio Humanities brings its  Ohio Chautauqua 2016 tour to Rossford. The theme for 2016 is “The Natural World” featuring chemist Marie Curie, Iroquois leader Cornstalk, Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, President Theodore Roosevelt, and zoologist Dian Fossey.

Building on the 19th-century tradition established on the shores of New York’s Chautauqua Lake, Ohio Chautauqua is a five-day community event that combines living history performances, music, education, and audience participation into a one-of-a-kind cultural event the entire community will enjoy.

Daytime activities feature stimulating adult programs and hands-on workshops for youth hosted at the Rossford Library, 720 Dixie Highway. Each evening, family, friends and visitors gather as live music fills the air in Veterans Park at the Marina, 300 Hannum Avenue with convenient parking and buses from Rossford High School.

Then, a talented performer appears on stage, bringing a historic figure to life through personal stories and historic detail. This enriching and delightfully entertaining experience is perfect for every generation. With its warm, nostalgic vibe, this truly unique experience is sure to open minds and start conversations. A daily schedule can be found online at www.VisitRossfordOhio.com or www.OhioHumanities.org.

Sponsors of Ohio Chautauqua 2016 in Rossford, Ohio include Ohio Humanities, the Rossford Convention & Visitors Bureau, ProMedica Bay Park Hospital, Lake Erie Living Magazine, Welch Publishing, Wood County Cultural Arts Grant, TARTA, Northwestern Water & Sewer District, the Rossford Business Association, Meijer Rossford, Costco Perrysburg, Camping World, the City of Rossford and the Rossford Library.

Daytime Programs

Rossford Public Library
720 Dixie Highway, 

Programs for youth begin at 10 a.m.

Tuesday, June 28: Dan Cutler: Prehistoric People—How Primitive Were They?
Wednesday, June 29: Susan Marie Frontczak: Once Upon a Time—Frankenstein
Thursday, June 30: Dianne Moran: Animal Researchers
Friday, July 1: Chuck Chalberg: Roosevelt as a Hunter & Explorer
Saturday, July 2: Susan Marie Frontczak: Storytelling: Science and Engineering through Stories

Programs for adults begin at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, June 28: Dan Cutler: How the “Skin Trade” Changed Traditional Native Values
Wednesday, June 29: Susan Marie Frontczak: Does a Clone Have a Soul – or – Grappling with the Monster
Thursday, June 30: Dianne Moran: Dian Fossey, Passionate Mountain Gorilla Researcher and Defender
Friday, July 1: Chuck Chalberg: Roosevelt’s Character and Roosevelt as an American Character
Saturday, July 2: Susan Marie Frontczak: Marie Curie—What Almost Stopped Her

Evening Performances

Rossford Veteran’s Memorial Park and Marina
300 Hannum Ave., 

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 28: Susan Marie Frontczak as Marie Curie
Wednesday, June 29: Dan Cutler as Chief Cornstalk
Thursday, June 30: Susan Marie Frontczak as Mary Shelley
Friday, July 1: Dianne Moran as Dian Fossey
Saturday, July 2: Chuck Chalberg as Theodore Roosevelt

Live local music at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 28 – Acoustic Penguin – Old time fiddle tunes along with some jazz and swing tunes.
Wednesday, June 29 – The Grande Royale Ükulelists of the Black Swamp – A vocal/ukulele quartet that plays all kinds of music – from Bertolt Brecht to Harry Belafonte to James Brown to the Beatles and beyond.
Thursday, June 30 – The Root Cellar String Band – Old time music of pre-1940’s rural America and the southern Appalachian mountains.
Friday, July 1 – Tim Tegge – A lyrical journey with original songs that are funny, sad, poignant, and thought-provoking.
Saturday, July 2 – Kerry Clark – A musical Norman Rockwell.

Food vendors including Country Lane BBQ, Marco’s Pizza, Jeanies Weenies and Ice Cream, Elephant Ears and Funnel Cakes that will be open at the Park from 6-9 p.m.