Historic DeFuniak Springs, Florida!
2013 Schedule. Individual ticket prices below. Better to save money with a $125 Passport (book of tickets).
11:00 am – 4:30 pm: REGISTRATION / CHECK-IN - Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm: TROLLEY TOURS OF ORIGINAL FLORIDA CHAUTAUQUA CAMPUS - Begin with a tour of our Historic District as it relates to the original Florida Chautauqua Assembly. Board the trolley and learn about how the Assembly began in the 1880s and about the famous people who spoke here, like Vice President Thomas Marshall. You'll be awed by the Victorian homes built during the original assembly, and you'll understand what the original campus looked like and how our community has been so influenced by this historic event. Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood (Tickets $5)
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Welcome Party with President Teddy Roosevelt (Safari Theme!) - Meet fellow Chautauquans, faculty, and the many performers and special friends who will make your "Journey into the American Chautauqua Movement" so special. President Roosevelt (interpreted by Joe Wiegand of Tennessee) will greet you on arrival as he "returns from Africa." Dress comfortably for this event, because the Welcome Party will be a preview of the Camp Conservation live animal exhibit at the Walton County fair grounds. Bring your camera! Fair Grounds (Tickets $15)
7:30 am – 4:30 pm: REGISTRATION/CHECK-IN - Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood
7:30 am - 8:30 am: CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST/Orientation - Community Center. Tickets $5.
8:00 am - 5:00 pm: EXHIBITS OPEN:
9:15 am - 11:15 am: FEATURED KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter will discuss the significance of Chautauqua and Plains, Georgia during the American Chautauqua Movement - Walton High School Auditorium. Tickets $10
10:00 am - 2:00 pm:
11:15 am - 1:00 pm: LUNCH – Wise Education Complex. Tickets Tickets $8
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm: BREAKOUT SESSIONS
With Words for Wings, Flying Through Life with Jackie Cochran - The first American woman to break the sound barrier and the holder of more flight speed, altitude and distance records at the time of her death in 1980 than any other pilot, male or female, Jackie Cochran left her family in DeFuniak Springs determined to be someone that mattered. In her lifetime, she applied that determination to achieve fame, build wealth, and attract a circle of friends who were household names, among them U.S. Presidents Eisenhower and Johnson. But who was the woman behind the name in the record books, behind the successful cosmetics business she ran for years, and the wife of America's wealthiest man? Always in motion and always attentive to maintaining a certain public image, Jackie was not an "open book," in spite of the two autobiographies published in her lifetime. Nonetheless, in a volume that takes it name from one of those autobiographies, Stars at Noon, Florida poet Enid Shomer employs the art of word choice, juxtaposition, and verse to probe and shed light on Jackie's character. The early Chautauqua movement included poetry readings among its activities. Using Ms. Shomer's work as a means of exploring Jackie Cochran's life, this session revives that tradition not only in homage to earlier ways, but in recognition of its power to uniquely convey meaning and insight for subjects common, profound, and -- in the case of Jackie Cochran's true self -- seemingly impenetrable. Tickets $8.
(Meet an Author) The Tuskegee Airmen Story - Meet historian Dr. Daniel Haulman of the U.S. Air Force Historical Research Agency at Maxwell Air Force Base who co-authored the newly released book, The Tuskegee Airmen: An Illustrated History: 1939-1949. Many documentaries, articles, museum exhibits, books, and movies have treated the subject of the Tuskegee Airmen, the only black American military pilots in World War II. Most of these works have focused on their training and their subsequent accomplishments during combat. This publication goes further, using captioned photographs — many never published before — to trace the Airmen through the various stages of training, deployment, and combat. Hundreds of images also chronicle the critical support roles of non-ﬂyers: doctors, nurses, mechanics, navigators, weathermen, parachute riggers, and other ground support personnel, all of whom contributed to the Airmen’s success. An important feature of this book is a chronology detailing missions ﬂown. The facts presented here debunk some of the myths and inaccuracies that have developed around the legend of Airmen, including the notion that the 332nd Fighter Group never lost a bomber to enemy aircraft. A complete roster of the pilots is also included. In words and pictures, this volume makes vivid the story of the Tuskegee Airmen and the environments in which they lived, worked, played, fought, and sometimes died. - Daniel Haulman, Ph.D. (Tickets $8)
Chautauqua Brain Bowl - Just how much do you know about Chautauqua? It's time to put your brain to the test with Dr. Britt Poulson. This fun, entertaining session is where one half of the audience competes against the other half in an attempt to answer questions about various topics. Answers are determined by the group, so no one is put on the spot or embarrased. Come and see how much you know! Test your skills by engaging in this competitive quiz game orchestrated by Dr. Britt Poulson of Tallahassee, Florida. - Tickets $8.
Wings of Opportunity: The Wright Brothers' Time in Alabama - Yes, the Wright Brothers WERE in Alabama. Julie Hedgepeth Williams, author of Wings of Opportunity, has uncovered the rich but untold story of the famous inventors' brief time in Montgomery, Alabama, where they established the nation's first civilian flying school in 1910 and flew the world's first night flights. Alabama's capital city had been wishing mightily for a way to remake its image as a progressive place, and the unexpected arrival of the Wright Brothers and their "aeroplane" made city leaders ecstatic. They planned to publicize the city based on the fact that there were only two airplanes legally in the air in early 1910 -- and one of them was in Montgomery. The only drawback was the unfortunate fact that the Wright Brothers had no intention of acting as publicists for Montgomery. The city's tussle with the Wright Brothers over publicity, as well as citizens' awe at hosting one of the two airplanes in the nation, made for much humor. - Julie Hedgepeth Williams (Guests $8)
Performance Tea: President Theodore Roosevelt - The 26th President once said "Chautauqua is the Most American Thing in America." Now, you can have an armchair discussion over tea with President Theodore Roosevelt (interpreted by Joe Wiegand of Tennessee). Enjoy this incredible monologue from the man you will believe is the 26th President of the United States sitting directly in front of you! - Joe Wiegand, Community Center (Tickets $18)
1:45 pm - 2:00 pm:
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm: BREAKOUT SESSIONS
4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Parlor Reading With Wallace Bruce's Great Granddaughter - Meet a direct decendant of Wallace Bruce who will read a sample of her great grandfather's world-renowned poetry in the parlor of his historic cottage on Circle Drive in Historic DeFuniak Springs. Enjoy servings of wine and cheese while you enjoy this historic session. She (Rusty Bowman) will be introduced by her legendary great grandfather (interpreted by Chuck Puckett) who not only was the longest serving president of the original Florida Chautauqua Assemblies, but who also served as U.S. Consul General to Edinburg, Scotland, was a personal friend of Robert Todd Lincoln, and the first person to have erected a statue of an American president (Abraham Lincoln) on foreign soil. 404 Circle Drive. Tickets $18.Integrating the Disabled into Chautauqua - More schools like the Chautauqua Learn & Serve Charter School in Panama City, Florida and programs for people with developmental disabilities are taking the learning experience outside of traditional classes. Find out from the founder of this special school, Cynthia McCauley, how these special needs students and individuals are traveling to Chautauqua, New York and even volunteering in other countries to enhance their skills, behaviors, and habits of citizenship needed for life as an independent adult. Tickets $8
6:30 pm: EVENING DINNER PERFORMANCE
A Multi-Media Dinner Performance: An American Tapestry - Enjoy your dinner (catered by Walton High School Culinary Art Class) and a performance tour of American History that will be remembered not just for the musical performance by world renowned flutist Donna Wissinger and pianist Joy Myers, but for the informative and eloquent narration that weaves a tapestry of America’s rich and eventful past. The show is complimented by masterful paintings of great American artists. More than a concert, the show integrates the talents of local students with these nationally renowned artists for an evening in true Chautauqua style family entertainment and learning! Community Center. (Tickets $25)
7:30 am – 4:30 pm: REGISTRATION/CHECK-IN - Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood.
7:30 am - 8:30 am: CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST - Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood. Tickets $5.
8:00 am - 5:00 pm: EXHIBITS OPEN:
9:00 am - 10:15 am: KEYNOTE PRESENTATION - The Chautauqua Trail
Meet many of the leaders of the 14 Chautauquas in North America and listen to their brief presentations about what you will experience when you visit their Chautauquas and communities. - First United Methodist Church Sanctuary. Tickets $10
10:45 am - Noon: BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Noon - 1:15 pm: LUNCH – Your Choice of any Chautauqua Meal at these Locations:
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm: Civil War Skirmish - Bring your lunch to the Civil War Camp area to observe a Civil War Skirmish by The Walton Guard - Lake Yard
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm: BREAKOUT SESSIONS
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm: BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Parlor Reading With Wallace Bruce's Great Granddaughter - Meet a direct decendant of Wallace Bruce who will read a sample of her great grandfather's world-renowned poetry in the parlor of his historic cottage on Circle Drive in Historic DeFuniak Springs. Enjoy servings of wine and cheese while you enjoy this historic session. She (Rusty Bowman) will be introduced by her legendary great grandfather (interpreted by Chuck Puckett) who not only was the longest serving president of the original Florida Chautauqua Assemblies, but who also served as U.S. Consul General to Edinburg, Scotland, was a personal friend of Robert Todd Lincoln, and the first person to have erected a statue of an American president (Abraham Lincoln) on foreign soil. 404 Circle Drive. Tickets $18.A Rare Titanic Family: A Firsthand Account of the Titanic - Author of A Rare Titanic Family, Julie Hedgepeth Williams will be telling her great-uncle Albert Caldwell's story of how he and his wife and baby all survived the Titanic in 1912. They were one of the few families on the Titanic to survive intact. Albert lived to be 91 and told the story of the Titanic to Julie many times. Julie presents a fascinating PowerPoint slideshow based on the firsthand account as Albert told her and as he told to both Chautauqua audiences in 1912 and audiences around the nation from 1912 to 1976. But there was much he never told, which Julie found out through research. She discovered that Albert and Sylvia were fleeing their employer in Siam..., and the employer was waiting for them when they finally arrived on the rescue ship in New York. The fascinating story of this cat-and-mouse chase around the globe, which included a tragic trip on the Titanic, has delighted audiences in 10 states. Tickets $8
6:00 pm: EVENING DINNER PERFORMANCE: Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Rider Feast - You're invited to the big tent behind the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood to meet the president who once declared Chautauqua "The Most American Thing in America." You'll be treated to a feast of venison, quail, and even buffalo, along with some treats from the Gulf of Mexico! President Roosevelt will also introduce you to some of America's heros, some who are tribe members of the Muscogee Nation of Florida , some who are Frontiersmen and others who are soldiers of the American Civil War. You'll also be treated to some of the regions best artwork which will be for sale during the stand-up dinner where you will have a chance to say goodbye to the many friends you met during the historic 2013 Florida Chautauqua Assembly! Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood. Tickets $25.
7:30 am - 8:30 am: CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
8:00 am - 5:00 pm: EXHIBITS OPEN:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm: Plein Air Paint Out and Art Sale - Hospitality Tent & Lake Yard
10:00 am - WORSHIP SERVICES (Your choice, below)
Noon – 1:00 pm: LUNCH – Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood. (Guests $8)
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm: Civil War Skirmish – Lake Yard
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Walton Heritage Museum, Circle Drive