Fans of Ohio Chautauqua know the arrival of the distinctive red and white striped tent means more than just a series of great evening performances. During their stay, the Chautauqua troupe also presents daytime programs for those who want to learn more about the lives and times of the historical figures they portray.
Old Worthington Library will host the programming for ages 10-17 when Ohio Chautauqua returns to Worthington in July.
Through theater exercises and other activities, those attending the session Gold Fever: To Go or Not to Go will learn about the dangers people faced during a six-month journey across the continent. Led by Hank Fincken, "Gold Fever" will start at 10:30am on July 9.
Also scheduled on July 9, but at 3pm, is a writing workshop that examines the power of the written word. Starting with a look at Dr. Martin Luther King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," Marvin Jefferson will encourage participants to write letters that address their own concerns.
At the turn of the 20th century, travel art posters, postcards, luggage stickers, etc. became a true art form. Kids will create their own travel art with Debra Conner on July 10 at 10:30am during her program, Carried Away.
Inspired by the descriptive passages in Henry David Thoreau's Walden, those attending Kevin Radaker's workshop, Picturing Nature, may either choose to illustrate a favorite scene or write about an event they witnessed. This session is planned on July 11 at 10:30am.
Led by Dianne Moran on July 12, the interactive program, Eyes to the West, will feature live animals as well as a display of wagon train-era and Native American items. Kids can try to identify the display objects or dress up in period-appropriate clothing, starting at 10:30am.
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