Elling House presents Chataqua
On Sat., March 17, the Elling House Arts & Humanities Center in Virginia City will host its third Chautauqua of 2018. The EHAHC hosts a winter series of Chautauquas in January, February, March and April. The monthly event begins with a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. and performances start at 7:30 p.m.
The Chautauqua brought entertainment and culture for the whole community with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers and specialists of the day. First popularized in the 19th and 20th centuries, the Chautauqua is hailed as a sharing of entertainment and intellectual knowledge - Teddy Roosevelt claimed it was "the most American thing in America ". Today the tradition continues with a variety of writers, musicians and special topic speakers taking center stage at the Elling House.
The Chautauqua is open to all seeking entertainment, intellectual or spiritual growth and local culture. Each participant performs 1-2 songs or a 5-minute reading. Nightly performances highlight 10 reserved spots with two swing spots available for impromptu appearances. Those wishing to be on stage are encouraged to contact Toni James to make reservations at (406) 843-5454, email: firstname.lastname@example.org