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Chautauqua comes to the People’s Center

By Adriana Fehrs

PABLO — The New Old Time Chautauqua, of Seattle, will be performing at the People’s Center on July 28 as a part of their 2014 ‘Keep the Faith’ tour.

The Circuit Chautauquas, or ‘Tent Chautauquas’, are a part of the larger nonprofit organization, ‘Chautauqua’, whose mission “is to build community through laughter, entertainment and education.” They present programs to diverse communities with a focus on under-served areas, and partner with local groups to organize and present community events. Paul Magid, of the New Old Time Chautauqua, defines them as a comedy/variety troupe. The last time they performed in the area was in 2007.

This year The New Old Time Chautauqua is partnering with the People’s Center. Earlier last month, the group reached out to local venues and Native American performers to set up a show. Magid contacted Marie Torosian, People’s Center Education Director/ Museum Coordinator, and set up a date and decided on the workshops they will offer.

The troupe will be doing a three-day cycle in the area, beginning on July 27 – where they will start in Hot Springs. The first day is scheduled as a community potluck dinner and a 25-piece marching band show. July 28 is scheduled for the Community Show/potluck at the People’s Center, and on July 29 Chautauqua will host a parade in Hot Springs.

At the People’s Center on Monday July 27, The New Old Time Chautauqua will present two 45-minute sessions; each session will have several workshops to choose from. The sessions will start at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. After which, a community potluck will go from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The community show will begin at 7 p.m. outside the People’s Center under the arbors, which will be a combination show of the workshops.

Ten different workshops have been picked for the event. Participants can choose from clowning – which will provide instructions on the finer things of being a clown- drum and percussion, face balancing – which will teach on goers the art of balancing things on your face – slacklining – learning how to ‘walk the line’ – spoon playing, mask making, magic, hoola hoop instruction, instrument making, kiddy corral – a mixture of bubble blowing, feather balancing, tumbling, clowning, and mask making for the little one – and juggling.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Marie Torosian at (406) 675-0160, or email her at Or contact Paul Magid at (917) 754-2191 or visit the Chautauqua website at

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