Category Archives: Redwood Tour

What is Chautauqua? Ask Stephen Bent

Since he first became a Chautauquan in 2004, co-band leader and Flying Karamazov Brother Stephen Bent has had to field the question “What is Chautauqua?” Here’s his heartfelt answer, re-posted from a Facebook blog he composed after the Redwood Vaudeville … Continue reading

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Closing Circle: Best of Chautauqua

What’s worse than waking up for a 7:30 a.m. high school biology test — worse than waking up from a week-long bender in Tijuana — worse than waking up after being cryogenically frozen for 7,000 years and finding out that … Continue reading

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Camp Winnarainbow, Mateel Center

Like a suitcase that just barely holds those final, smashed items of clothing, we were able to pack just-that-much-more-than-we-ever-thought-possible into the end of Chautauqua 2010. The aforementioned community shows were one example. Another shining example was Camp Winnarainbow. On July … Continue reading

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Cop and Bells at Covelo Reservation

Audience participation can be tricky. Unless you are Strangely. At the Moscow Circus of Bellingham, he learned to choose just the right volunteers (insert a throng of cute children) — and even the perfect victims (was that serious-looking police man … Continue reading

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Reservation, Round House, Seniors, Soup Kitchen

Sometimes, we may operate with the understanding that Chautauqua is here to parade into a town and give our gift to a community. On Monday, we were humbled and honored to travel to the Round Valley Reservation in Covelo and … Continue reading

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Chautauquans live on air at KMEC

Big news. An hour’s worth of it! Our fabulous aerialist and songbird, Alyra, landed us a spot on KMEC, Ukiah’s alternative radio station.  Her father, Govinda, is the show host, and he put up with a large pack of Chautauquans … Continue reading

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Chautauqua Sonnet by Joannie Murayama

Chautauqua Sonnet By Joannie Murayama This poem, which was shared with Chautauquans at the beginning of the Redwood Vaudeville Tour, describes a strange phenomena that can happen when living with 60 other people for 24/7. She introduced the poem by … Continue reading

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