Community Events

Events hosted by community members
Free Shuttles to the National Comedy Center Daily
Free Shuttle to and from the National Comedy Center -- daily departures during Chautauqua's summer assembly season from the Athenaeum Hotel (9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) and the Dr. Robert R. Hesse Welcome and Business Center (Main Gate) (9:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.) Call to reserve 716-484-2222 or visit
Contemporary Art Gallery, Mayville
Located in the big barn at the Red Brick Farm. A gallery featuring contemporary artists' work. Open late June through Labor Day weekend. For transportation by courtesy van from Chautauqua Institution to the Gallery, call Chautauqua Suites 716.269.7829.
Health and Medical Services at Chautauqua
The Allegany Health Network Clinic at Chautauqua is open 8 - 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. Monday - Friday during Chautauqua's summer assembly season. Walk in to make an appointment or call 716-357-3209. Location is 21 Roberts Avenue (near the Amphitheater on the street that runs behind the Brick Walk Cafe).
The Art of Investing
“Art of Investing – in Life: Your Life and Your Community’s Life” -- Discussion Group led by Chautauquan Dennis Galucki at Smith Memorial Library. Free and open to the public.
Artists partner with boutique to benefit CHQ Fund
Rita Argen Auerbach and six fellow Chautauqua artists have partnered with boutique owner Pat Finson to donate proceeds from the sale of art at the Pat's at Chautauqua shop to benefit the 2019 Chautauqua Fund. Pat's is open daily in the St. Elmo.
Men's Softball
Great community event! All welcome to watch and cheer their favorite team. Subs are periodically needed. Please contact team captains below if interested in playing: Mark Altshuler 551-795-5550 Erik Tarr 716-581-2209 Dan Miller 443-956-6558 Henry Walsh 412-980-4333
Business Center
Located in the Robert R. Hesse Welcome and Business Center at the Main Gate, the Business Center desk is open daily. Features for 2019 include: A new Xerox Instant Print kiosk -- a self-serve solution that lets walk-up users secure print, copy and fax services. The USB thumb drive port provides for print-from and scan-to services. It also provides complete compatibility with common mobile printing applications, offering on-demand access to Dropbox, Google Drive, SharePoint, OneDrive and EFI PrintMe cloud locations. Payment is done at the kiosk through a credit card. The fee schedule is on the Business Center Reference Sheet (attached); in addition to the shared workspace, private office suites can be rented. Laptop rentals, while using either space, are available; Frank Finnerty will provide notary services at the Business Center Monday to Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Additional on-grounds options are available from staff, appointment appreciated. See the Business Center Reference Sheet for details.
Smith Memorial Library
The Smith Memorial Library is part of the Chautauqua County Library system. The Cohen Recording Studio is located on the ground level. 9 Week Chautauqua Season Hours: Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Sunday: 12 p.m.–3 p.m.
Everett Jewish Life Center Since the beginning of the 2009 summer season, the Everett Jewish Life Center has been a hub of activity, programs and lectures. There are more events at the Everett Center than days in the summer season, and hundreds of Jews, non-Jews and Chautauquans benefit from this remarkable new home.
Map of Chautauqua Grounds
Download a PDF of the map of Chautauqua's grounds or pick one up at our Welcome Center, Visitor Center, Colonnade or Athenaeum Hotel. For a link to the Google Map of Chautauqua Institution, go to:,+NY+14757/@42.2078119,-79.467661,18z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x882d521c4f9e76d7:0xf5b549f9409d369!8m2!3d42.209774!4d-79.4668445
Afterwords Cafe
Located on Bestor Plaza, above the bookstore, we are open year-round for lunch and early dinner, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (See the menu attached.) Summer Assembly Season Hours are Sunday–Thursday: 7:30 a.m.–7 p.m. | Friday & Saturday: 7:30 a.m.–8 p.m. The Afterwords Café offers fine private roast coffee, pastries, bagels, fresh fruit and paninis made with hearty breads and ingredients including fresh eggs, smoked salmon and local produce. Midday gives way to an array of fresh salads, traditional and gourmet style sandwiches, quiche, numerous soup choices and desserts.
Contemporary Issues Dialogues
Every Wednesday at 3:30pm, engage in dialogue with one of the week's Amphitheater speakers in the intimacy of the Women's Club living room. Limited to the first 50 participants. A schedule is not available at this time.
Maj Jongg, Monday and Friday from 2:30-5
Every Monday and Friday from 2:30-5 (wks 2-9), join the Chautauqua Women's Club for games of Maj Jongg at the CWC House.

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