Historic DeFuniak Springs, Florida!
DeFuniak Springs Community Center:
All of our teas are "performance teas," meaning there will be educational, live entertainment during your sitting. Each tea is a
1-hour, 15 minutes session from arrival to departure and includes a performance of a minimum of 45-minutes. Tickets $18.
Advanced RSVP required by calling (850) 892-7613. Your reserved ticket may be picked up at the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood during the Assembly and prior to your scheduled tea.
2013 Teas are TBA, stay tuned for further information.
Interpreted by Decendent & Author Julie Hedgepeth Williams
Have tea with Titanic survivor Sylvia Caldwell who, with her husband Albert, along with their infant son Alden, were one of the few families to survive the Titanic intact. Sylvia will be interpreted by Albert's great-niece, Julie Hedgepeth Williams. Find out how Sylvia and her family were fleeing their jobs, wound up on the Titanic, were rescued, and how Albert has been telling their story at Chautauquas throughout the nation.” (Guests $18)
Interpreted by Joe Wiegand of Tennessee
"Chautauqua is the most American thing in America," says President Theodore Roosevelt. Take a journey into Teddy Roosevelt's life, accomplishments, and why he feels the American Chautauqua Movement was so significant during 19th Century America. Interpreter Joe Wiegand has presented Present Roosevelt through monologue presentations at The White House and in countless performances for the National Park Services and organizations and schools throughout the United States.
Interpreted by Joe Moore
He was a dubious, gun-toting Florida governor who lived in DeFuniak Springs and attended the historic Florida Chautauqua Assembly. Professing to be a Baptist preacher, he was suspected of printing money in the basement of his home and bribing people for votes. Interpreted by Jim Moore, you'll learn so much about this governor and how he impacted the lives of Floridians during the great Assemblies.
Interpreted by Gregory Garland & Thomas Cloud
These two attorneys were adversaries during the great Scopes Trial. You won't believe how they get along behind the scenes and how their notariety influenced many presentations during the American Chautauqua Movement.
Because the original Chautauqua Assembly in New York was created by Methodists as a summer training institute for its ministers and Sunday school teachers, it seemed appropriate to invite the founder of Methodism, John Wesley (1703-1791), to be one of our presenters. Please come have tea with Reverend Wesley (interpreted by Britt Poulson of Tallahassee) and hear his story of growing up in England, the founding of the Methodist church in America and how the Chautauqua movement began.- Community Center (Guests $18)