Florida Chautauqua Assembly 2016: A Journey Into America - Life Since Leave It To Beaver
The Florida Chautaqua Assembly returns to Defuniak Springs January 28-31, 2016 where you'll experience performances, exhibits, teas, and presentations to take you on a journey into America from the late 1950s to the present. In other words, life since the television show "Leave it to Beaver" aired in the late 1950s showing an American family which had dinner together, worked for a living and enjoyed many of the innocent things in life.
The child star of the show, Jerry Mathers (a.k.a. "The Beave") is this year's featured keynote speaker.
Florida Chautauqua Assembly 2016: "A Journey Into America: Life Since 'Leave It To Beaver'"
Thursday, Jan. 28 - Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016
Thursday, January 28
Your journey begins the moment you check-in at the Assembly with a tour of the original campus of the historic Florida Chautauqua Assembly and a welcome party you'll attend with many of our faculty.
Friday, January 29
Begin the day with a featured keynote presentation by Jerry Mathers who will open your Chautauqua learning experience with an informative session about his life since the television show first aired in the late 1950s and his perception of American life throughout the past few decades. You'll then be treated to your choice of educational breakout sessions and/or performance teas. Ever had tea with Thomas Edison or Henry Ford? You'll think you are when you attend this year's performance teas with actor Hank Finken who professionally interprets the inventor of the light bulb or the first assembly line of the automobile. Conclude the day with a wonderful meal and country performance dinner.
Saturday, January 30
Another keynote presenter to set your stage for another day of learning and fun with different sessions and events. Enjoy the exciting exhibits in our historic Lake Yard including antique RV shows, Civil War camp and batle re-enactments, Florida Frontiersmen Settlement Camp, Art Shows and more! Conclude your journey with another great meal and performance.
Sunday, January 3
The journey continues with more Lake Yard activities around our many exhibits you did not have a chance to explore duriing the past three days because of your busy itinerary. Now's the time to catch up for the last Civil War battles and tasty treats at the Florida Frontiersmen Settlement Camp you didn't get a chance to try...or to buy that artwork you've been thinking about from your favorite artist.
The schedule continues to unfold right up to the moment of the event, so please check back weekly to learn about the new developments with our presenters, session topics and exhibits being planned for your visit to the historic Florida Chautauqua Assembly January 28-31, 2016!
The Florida Chautauqua Assembly is a 4-day educational program for families featuring famous keynote speakers, educational breakout sessions, performance teas, evening dinner performances and exhibits relating to an annual theme.
Art, music, exhibits, breakout sessions, keynote speakers, history, books & film, wine receptions, theater productions, art class, nature, civil war camp and skirmish, performance teas, dinner performance, plein air painting and art sale, and much more.
Get the entire schedule and register online. Purchase a full passport or individual tickets to events.
Download the 2016 brochure and registration package.
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