Thanks to all who made the 25th anniversary of Enid’s Chautauqua in the Park on June 11-15 a rousing success.
With beautiful weather the first four nights, the water misters and fans under the tent in Humphrey Heritage Village were not really needed, and when weather threatened the fifth night Northwestern OSU president Wayne McMillin welcomed us inside the college.
Five scholars impersonated historical figures, from Pizarro to Picasso, whose Hispanic influence on American culture is significant. Over 1,600 people from Enid and surrounding areas, including 36 students from NOC and NWOSU, were in attendance through morning workshops and evening performances. The students were supervised by Dr. Delisa Ging of NOC and Dr. McMillin of NWOSU.
In addition to the presentations of leading Hispanic figures, a special workshop was presented by Dr. John and Laurel Provine on the history of Chautauqua, from its beginning in New York to the establishment of Enid Chautauqua. The Provines have been associated with leadership of Enid Chautauqua for many years.
Chautauqua is a way of making history come alive, as scholars not only lead workshops but impersonate the historical characters. At the end of each presentation the scholar answers questions from the audience as the character and then as the scholar.
Since Chautauqua is a free event, it is dependent on sponsors of many levels. The Major Event Sponsor this year was Park Avenue Thrift, with many other groups and businesses coming on board as Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors. Platinum Sponsors were Enid Arts Council, Rick’s Pharmacy and Visit Enid. Gold sponsors were Johnnie and Gary Atwood, R.W. Dense, Will and Katie Gungoll, Robert L. Rogers, John and Marsha Scott, Security National Bank, Tinker Federal Credit Union and Myra Ward.
Several Enid businesses also helped in various ways. They were Atwoods, Braum’s, Coca Cola, Culligan, Dandy’s Deli, Jumbo Food, McAlister’s Deli and Pepsi Beverages.
The folding chairs used in the tent were donated by First Baptist Church.
Martha Hatt, Secretary Enid Chautauqua Council