"A year round center for retreats and renewal at Chautauqua Institution offering a positive radiant expression of United Methodist Christianity. Providing for spiritual refreshment, quiet renewal, friendship and fellowship!"

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Fireworks, Friends and Fun!!

It was a week of spontaneous scenes of joy and moments of thoughtful reflection! Politics was the overall theme, however, civil discourse was in evidence at Chautauqua and the United Methodist House as led by our chaplain Rev. Tom Parkinson.
Rev. Tom Parkinson, Amy & son, Isaac

Isaac thoroughly enjoyed the House

The week was a reunion of United Methodist friends:

Sue and Doug Grove-DeJarnett
Bishop William Boyd Grove and wife, Mary Lou

Carl Sandy Williams

Pat and Larry Taylor

Chris Redmond, our webmaster
It was the Fourth of July and that is a special day at Chautauqua. 
Bestor Plaza

The United Methodist House hosted its first 4th of July picnic with over 50 people in attendance.

New grill
Eating - a Methodist talent
Friends for many years
Girls from Georgia

Male companionship on the porch.
The Stolls

Host's relatives, the Luce family

The following activities took place this past week:
Dorothy and Austin had their first concert.
John Ridgeway performed at the tea.

Tea ladies from Bemus Point

The other Wes Moore, author, comes to visit.

The House gets a new item -- thanks to the Jacksons.

Hail storm,

A wet lecture

and tender loving care of 'our ' gardener.

A week to remember..... and remember..... and remember!
Week 2 gang

Sunday, July 1, 2012


Roger Rosenblatt has many friends (Billy Collins, Julie Andrews, Norman Lear, etc) and our porch remains the greeting center for our guests and many other 'friends.'

Three Taps Party

Susan enjoyed her first
visit to Chautauqua

Tea for one (Emily)

Hosts' life long friends Joan & Bonnie

The Struchens of Manhattan
Sunday regulars the Bloomsters
The Warren girls
Iris and Mort of Cleveland
Cody of Denver
Lakewood/Erie Tea Group
Bill Ward's folksy style
Under the able leadership of Rev. Emma Smith the House was blessed with thought provoking messages.
Rev. Emma Smith
Porch talk

All in all, the first week was a vibrant start to the 124th year of Methodist hospitality.