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2018 Ohio Chautauqua

Tuesday-Saturday, June 19-23

Modern Legends


Step back in time and listen to Cesar Chavez, Robert F. Kennedy, Benjamin O. Davis, Betty Friedan, and Erma Bombeck at Ohio Chautauqua 2018, presented on the banks of the Maumee River in Rossford Ohio. Ohio Chautauqua 2018: Modern Legends is a five-day community event the whole family will enjoy. Enjoy living history performances, music, and education at this free one-of-a-kind cultural event.


Each evening, under the big tent, a living history expert will portray one of the most memorable and interesting "Modern Legends" who left a larger-than-life imprint on the American psyche. Following their in-character presentation with personal stories and historic details, the audience is encouraged to ask the living history guests questions about their lives in the time frame they portray. 


In addition to evening music and the Chautauqua performance, we will have side trips, hands-on family activities, and food for all to enjoy!

Ohio Chautauqua is based on the populist tradition "Circuit Chautauquas" of traveling speakers, teachers, musicians, and performers who brought entertainment and culture to small towns and rural areas across the United States. 

Rossford is honored to be chosen again to be one of the Ohio cities to host Ohio Chautauqua. Ohio Chautauqua 2018: Modern Legends is presented by Ohio Humanities with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. 


Chautauqua Media Clips - June 11, 2018


Chautauqua Modern Legends featuring Jeremy. https ://vimeo.com/259394714 

Summer In The City: June 2018 Calendar
We've endured nine long months of fall, winter, and nice spring days (interrupted by more cold days)—and summer is finally here.

Evening Performances

Gather under the tent with neighbors and friends for an evening of live music, living history, and engagement.

Rossford Veteran’s Memorial Park and Marina

300 Hannum Ave
Rossford, OH 43460

 Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
Live local music at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 19
Susan Marie Frontczak as Erma Bombeck
Music by Tim Concannon

Wednesday, June 20
Fred Blanco as Cesar Chavez
Music by El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folklorico

Thursday, June 21
Dr. Sally Ann Drucker as Betty Friedan
Music by Muddy

Friday, June 22
Dr. J. Holmes Armstead as Benjamin O. Davis Jr.
Music by Carmen Miller

Saturday, June 23
Jeremy Meier as Robert F. Kennedy
Music by Dan Cadaret


Daytime Programs for Adults

Engage in real conversations about real issues at scholar-led programs.

Rossford Library

720 Dixie Hwy
Rossford, OH 43460

Tuesday, June 19
2:00 p.m.

America Emerges as a World Power 1940 -1970 with Dr. J. Holmes Armstead (Benjamin O. Davis Jr.)

4:00 p.m.
Zoot Suit Riots with Fred Blanco (Cesar Chavez)

Wednesday, June 20
2:00 p.m.

Women in Advertising Media with Dr. Sally Ann Drucker (Betty Friedan)

4:00 p.m.
An Afternoon with Baldamar Velásquez

Thursday, June 21
4:00 p.m.

Hooked on Humor with Susan Marie Frontczak (Erma Bombeck)

Friday, June 22
2:00 p.m.

Kennedy Men: Father and Sons with Jeremy Meier (Robert F. Kennedy)

4:00 p.m.
Keep Your Airspeed Up: The Story of a Tuskegee Airman with Dr. Harold Brown

Family Day

Saturday, June 23
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

moved to Rossford United Methodist Church
270 Dixie Hwy., Rossford, OH 43460

1:00 PM -1:30 PM
To Make Gentle the Life of this World: Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy
with Jeremy Meier (Robert F. Kennedy)

1:45 – 2:15 p.m.
The Airplane, Flying the 20th Century
with Jim Armstead (Benjamin O. Davis Jr.)

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Feminism Then and Now
with Sally Ann Drucker (Betty Friedan)

3:15 – 3:45 p.m.
Character Development for Chautauqua
with Fred Blanco (Cesar Chavez)

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Legendary Children’s Stories from the mid-20th Century
with Susan Marie Frontczak (Erma Bombeck)


Book Your Room:


Ohio Chautauqua 2018 Room Block
* Sleeping rooms in your room block are $109.00 for a King room with a sleeper sofa 
* Your guests can utilize the group rate beginning Today and ending on the cutoff date Monday, May 28th, 2018
* Breakfast IS NOT included in this room rate
* Rooms are ready to be reserved by calling reservations (877-757-7135) and referencing the Ohio Chautauqua 2018 Room Block
* Rooms can also be easily reserved using your special reservation link below:

Book Your Group Rate Here: Ohio Chautauqua 2018 Room Block