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Food for Thought -- Fresh, Clean Food
Download full menu (see "file" below) of freshly prepared salads, sandwiches and dinners. Order dinners in advance for pick-up. Fresh baked breads and baked goods, Perry's Ice cream, gourmet coffee, smoothies, and a delightful assortment of hostess and home goods. Visit us on the ground level of the St. Elmo on Bestor Plaza. Open 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily during the summer season.
Brickwalk Cafe Grab-N-Go
Salads, wraps, sandwiches, and snacks are available at the Brick Walk Cafe on Bestor Plaza daily for that quick bite to eat. Full menu also available for order daily. Check out the daily special on the chalkboard outside.
The Famous Brothers LIVE at Contemporary Art Gallery Sunday, August 19, 8-10 PM
Live at The Contemporary Art Gallery, 5031 W. Lake Road, Chautauqua, New York 14757 (shuttle service provided by Chautauqua Suites -- call 716-269-7829): Laugh out loud at the antics of these country boys from Monkey's Crevice, West Virginia! Enjoy bluegrass 3 part harmony with a comedic twist. With special guest singer/songwriter Greg Miller, who will open the show with a selection of original music. Tickets $10 (at the door) -- click the "Info" link below for the Facebook event. Join the event and get 2 for 1 admission. About: The Famous Brothers hail from the mining town of Monkey’s Crevice, West Virginia, where they created a unique three-part harmony style and wrote most of their memorable song list -- featuring titles like “I Got Twenty Ways to Kill You With My Swiss Army Knife”. Their critically-acclaimed revue HERE COME THE FAMOUS BROTHERS! ran for five months at Chicago's Royal George Theater and resulted in a cast album of the same name; they've since put out two other cds, INBRED TALENT and BORN FAMOUS. Their series of concerts at the Lakeshore Theater garnered them a “Critic’s Choice” in the Chicago Reader.
Afterwords Cafe
Located on Bestor Plaza, above the bookstore. In-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.
Stedman Corners
At the Literary Arts Center Weekdays: Noon - 2 p.m. (or until sold out) "Brown Bag" upscale sandwiches
Hurlbut Church
Located on corner of Pratt & Scott | 716.357.4045 Lunch | Mon.–Fri.: 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Dinner | Thursday: 5 p.m.–7 p.m. Lemonade Stand | Sundays, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Hurlbut features a sociable church fellowship atmosphere and can accommodate large groups. Lunches offer six selections: soup and sandwich, fruit platter, turkey salad, veggie wrap, soup and salad and the daily special. Thursday’s dinner is turkey with a wide variety of homemade desserts. We promote the use of biodegradable or reusable products; so please bring your own travel mug and/or take-out containers
Farmers Market
Located next to the Main Gate Welcome Center. The market features vendors displaying farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, fresh gladiolas and more! Monday-Saturday 7-11am (Summer Season Only)
Nonperishable Food Drives
Dispose of nonperishable foods in the cartons inside the north entrance of the post office. Mayville Food Pantry makes the food available to needy families in Chautauqua Lake Central School District. Hurlbut Church is accepting nonperishable food items for the Asheville Food Pantry. Food donations may be dropped off at the Scott entrance of Hurlbut Church.
CHQ&A Podcast -- Listen today!
CHQ&A is the flagship podcast of Chautauqua Institution, featuring interviews with prominent guests who participate in Chautauqua's summer season of programs in the arts, education, interfaith dialogue and recreation. Hosted by Jordan Steves, Chautauqua's director of communications, with interviewers from around the Chautauqua community. Click "Info" below to link to the podcast homepage.
CHQ Tech Squad to the rescue!
Contact CHQ Tech Squad, located in the Colonnade Building across from 2 Ames, for all your personal computer and mobile device support. Open Monday-Friday -- House calls from 9:00:11:00 am; Store from 11:30-3:30; House calls from 3:30-5: 30 pm ; Services Offered: Hardware Repairs; Software Support (helping with office and other programs when people are unsure how to use them); Driver Fixing; Selling of New Devices and Accessories (Chargers, Laptops, Wifi Routers, Headphones, Mice, Keyboard, AntiVirus); Wifi Setup and Install; House Calls for Issues at Home; Setup of Streaming Devices (Apple TV, Fire Stick, Roku etc); DirecTV now setup help; Virus Removal and Tune-up; Machine Reformats and Data Backup and Moved to New Device; Private lessons available for most technologies and available by request. 80 dollars an hour -- Half hour minimum.
Ice Cream!!
Chautauquans love their ice cream! Ice cream is available at three locations on Bestor Plaza: Brickwalk Cafe and Food for Thought (ground level, St. Elmo) offer hand-dipped Perry's Ice Cream and the Plaza Market in the Colonnade offers a variety of ice cream bars, pints and popsicles.
Bestor Fresh Market -- Wednesdays 9 am- 1pm
Fresh vegetables, locally sourced meats, eggs and other staples accessible on Bestor Plaza each Wednesday of the summer season. Photo Credit == The Chautauquan
Daily Guided Historical Bus Tours of the Grounds
Enjoy a bus tour of the grounds guided by a knowledgeable tour guide. Tours are available daily at 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm (Disabled access), and 4:00 pm. Purchase tickets for $5 at the Main Gate Ticket Office inside of the Hess Welcome and Business Center. Tours depart from the marked Tour Departure Bus Stop located just inside of the Main Gate (to the right).
2018 Special Studies Course Catalogue
More than 500 courses are available this year offered by some 300 faculty. Brouse the catalogue here:
Welcome to Chautauqua Institution. You are invited to Explore, Rethink and Recharge as you experience our community for the first time. Information staff are available at the Visitor Center in Bestor Plaza daily from 9 AM to 5 PM.
2019 Themes
Chautauqua's 2019 weekly themes are available for viewing at
Free Notary at Bestor Plaza Visitors Center
Drop-ins welcome at the Welcome Center (Summer Season Only), but call and make an appointment to ensure a Notary is available and to reduce wait time. No charge for those with a valid Chautauqua gate pass. 1.800.836.ARTS

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