JOHN DAY – The Grant County Chamber of Commerce is seeking ideas an input for a chautauqua – an event showcasing local ideas, culture, crafts and music – next summer.
The John Day River Territory Chautauqua is tentatively set for the weekend of June 16-18, with the location to be announced.
“We’re looking for people who want to participate and share their knowledge and talents on a wide array of topics,” said Chamber board member Dave Driscoll.
Chautauquas have a rich tradition in America, with roots in the late 1800s, when all ages would gather to discuss and share skills and traditions in a picnic or camp setting.
Locally, communities such as Dayville have hosted chautauquas in the past.
Driscoll said the Chamber board envisions an event for Grant County residents to share the things that make the county special, currently or from its past. The event will provide a gathering for local residents, but also a draw for tourists and others interested in the John Day River region’s attributes and history.
“We’re looking for anyone who wants to help with the event by adding an exhibit, demonstration, talk or performance,” said Driscoll.
“We think people have local knowledge that would be great to share – whether the focus is geology, astronomy, mining, birding, recreation, natural resources, agriculture, pioneer crafts, music – the list of possibilities is endless,” he said.
Planning is just getting underway, and volunteers are welcome to add input.
Anyone interested in getting involved in the Chautauqua should contact Driscoll at 248-719-2122 or email@example.com, or call the Chamber at 541-575-0547.