Folks throughout Jefferson County were treated to 10 amazing shows put on by the New Old Time Chautauqua, from Sunday July 16, through Thursday July 20.
The New Old Time Chautauqua is a group of 40 musicians, jugglers, hula hoopers, mimes, magicians, acrobats, and comedians based out of the Puget Sound area, who travel throughout the Pacific Northwest bringing entertainment and education through parades, shows, and workshops to communities large and small.
The New Old Time Chautauqua gave performances, parades, and workshops at 10 different venues throughout the county, including the Kids Club, the Jefferson County Library Rodriguez Annex, the Culver Park, the old Warm Springs Elementary gym, the Crooked River Ranch Chapel, High Lookie Lodge, East Cascade Assisted Living, Deer Ridge Correctional Facility, the Relay For Life, and the Madras Performing Arts Center.
Ethos music teacher, Sophie Pipia, who performs with and serves on the board of the New Old Time Chautauqua, enlisted the help of the Jefferson County Library District youth services specialist, Lorene Forman, in arranging funding and scheduling for the group to come to the community.
Generous grant money from the Jefferson County Cultural Coalition and the Bean Foundation helped to fund the New Old Time Chautauqua's week in Jefferson County.
The New Old Time Chautauqua also donated three beautiful homemade baby quilts to the community to be given away to needy families.