2019 Florida Chautauqua Assembly in DeFuniak Springs
Plans are set for the 2019 Florida Chautauqua Assembly, January 24-27, 2019 in historic DeFuniak Springs. The assembly is an annual 4-day educational program for families featuring notable keynote speakers, educational breakout sessions, performance teas, evening dinner performances and exhibits relating to an annual theme. The 2019 theme is “A Journey Into Main Street America” featuring a keynote presentation by Patrice Frey, executive director of Main Street America in Chicago, Illinois.
Full schedule and registration information at www.FloridaChautauquaAssembly.org
Individual tickets are $10-$25 (see “Schedule” online)
One Day Passports (tickets) are $75 ($120+ value)
Two Day Passports are $150 ($240+ value)
Ms. Frey’s presentation will be held at the First United Methodist Church on Friday, January 25 at 9am. Florida Main Street Coordinator Katherine Beck from the Florida Division of Historical Resources will be Saturday’s general session speaker. Ms. Frey will be honored for her life’s work throughout the country with a tree planting ceremony following her presentation in the DeFuniak Springs Lake Yard with Florida Chautauqua Association board members, City of DeFuniak Springs officials and representatives of the Florida Forest Service who orchestrate Arbor Day promotional activities throughout the state.
The 2019 assembly is held in various buildings and facilities throughout DeFuniak Springs. Free outdoor exhibits will be held in the Lake Yard on Circle Drive which include a Civil War camp with battle reenactments, Florida Frontiersmen Settlement Camp, and Indoor Nature Trail by the Florida Forest Service and Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, and an exhibit of vintage campers by the Tin Can Tourists. A free art exhibit and numerous art demonstrations will be held at Northwest Florida State College’s Chautauqua Campus, 908 US Highway 90 West, on Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26, 8am-5pm.
The keynote presentation, most breakout sessions, the evening dinner performances and performance teas are all ticketed events. Money-saving Passports and Day Passes are available for those wishing to attend all events throughout the 4-day assembly or for Friday’s events or Saturday’s events only. Full schedule and registration information at www.FloridaChautauquaAssembly.org or call (850) 892-7613 to find out how to register or purchase individual tickets. All exhibits are free and open to the public and are also listed on the web site.
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