Chautauqua joins forces with Western Days in Chatfield
CHATFIELD -- Chosen Valley Chautauqua will run in conjunction with Western Days Aug. 6-9 in Chatfield.
In the Chautauqua tradition, a different program will be offered each evening. The Good Old Gospel Songfest opens the Chautauqua with a free concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Chatfield City Park bandshell.
At 8 p.m. Aug. 7, the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua will be presented in Potter Auditorium. The show features Warren Nelson and the Big Top Chautauqua Band in a performance that uses slides and music to tell of life in the Midwest.
American Magic-Lantern Theater's "Patriotic Summer Show" will be presented at 8 p.m. Aug. 8 in Potter Auditorium. Magic-lantern shows were popular in the late 19th century. This production features hand-painted glass slides depicting Victorian-era stories, accompanied by music and a variety of characters.
The Chautauqua closes with "Mark Twain Live!" starring Mike Randall as Twain, at 8 p.m. Aug. 9 in Potter Auditorium. Randall has been portraying Twain since 1972.
The three shows at Potter Auditorium will be preceded by Dixieland music from the Turkey River All-Stars and by "The Chose Valley," a musical sketch by Donald-Brian Johnson telling the story of Chatfield's first settlers. This year is Chatfield's 150th anniversary.
Tickets for the shows at Potter Auditorium are $10 each, or $25 for a three-show pass. Tickets are available in advance at Root River State Bank in Chatfield and the First State Bank of Fountain. Tickets will also be available at the door.