The New Old Time Chautauqua “Keep the Faith” Tour 2014 arrives in Sandpoint Thursday, July 17th through Saturday, July 19th, 2014.
Following in the path of similar performers from a century before, the New Old Time Chautauqua (NOTC) will be kicking off their 2014 “Keep the Faith” tour in Sandpoint, Idaho. In addition to their “big show” held at the Panida Theatre at 7:00 PM on Saturday, July 19th, they will hold several events that are free and open to the community, including a potluck, workshops, a town parade, and community service shows.
NOTC will kick off the celebrations on July 17th with a community potluck in Lakeview Park at 6:00pm–everyone is welcome! After meeting the Chautauquans, kick back for a free vaudeville teaser show, featuring a selection of their touring talent–jugglers, musicians, acrobats, magicians, and more, all backed up by a live band! Then come into the Bonner County Historical Society & Museum from 6-8 p.m., check out our new exhibit and learn more about how the Circuit Chautauqua movement started, matured, disappeared, and was reborn in the New Old Time Chautauqua. The museum exhibit also honors Faith Craig Petric (1915-2013), beloved Chautauquan and renowned folk singer, who attended the original Chautauquas nearly a century ago, and to whom this year’s tour is dedicated.
Can’t make it on the 17th? Below is a current schedule of NOTC Events (or visit their website at http://www.chautauqua.org):
On Thursday, July 17th, the Chautauqua kicks off with a potluck at 6 p.m. in Lakeview Park. Everyone in town is invited! Bring food, instruments, the kids, and a good joke to tell!
On Friday, July 18th, NOTC will be conducting community service shows. For more information, please visit their website.
On July 19th, meet the New Old Time Chautauqua at the Farmer’s Market at Farmin Park, where they will present preview acts for our shows at 12:30 p.m. Then, at 1:30 p.m., join NOTC in a raucous parade led by their marching band, rife with jugglers, stilt-walkers, and dancers. Kids, adults, and groups are welcome to join the performers and the band in the march to the Historical Village–wear a costume or come as you are!
Then, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., join them at Farmin Park for free workshops, offered in three consecutive 45-minute sessions. These workshops are geared toward children and adults alike, and accommodate community members of all skill and experience levels. Topics include juggling, magic, history, tap dance, instrument-making, and much more! For more information, please see the paragraph on the following pages or visit the NOTC website!
On Saturday, July 19th, NOTC will hold their Vaudeville Extravaganza at 7:00 p.m. at the Panida.
Advance tickets cost $15 for adults, and $10 for kids 12 and younger. You may purchase tickets at Eve’s Leaves, Eichardt’s Pub & Grill, Winter Ridge Natural Foods, and the CO-OP Country Store. At the door, tickets cost $18 for adults and $12 for kids.
The two-hour variety show offers an evening of delight for the whole family, featuring both locally and internationally acclaimed acts: high-caliber comedy, music, and vaudeville, all accompanied by a rollicking live band. Something for everyone, from age 2 to 102!