Lakeside Ohio is an old summer community located just next to Marblehead, Ohio, near Sandusky. And Lakeside has a legacy of being a special place to enjoy the summer, and to learn and grow together.
Lakeside was one of the first communities to affiliate with the Chautauqua movement. “Chautauqua” is a word that implies a retreat or resort that combines religious observation, summer education, recreation and cultural opportunities. Today Lakeside remains one of a handful of Chautauquas in America, with a full schedule of summer activities and recreation facilities.
The Lakeside Association also made the decision early on to sell plots of land within the community on renewable 99 year leases. Over the years, residents built cottages and houses on their plots. Almost all of the cottages are unique; many are wood houses in Victorian style, although different styles of buildings and materials can also be seen. Restaurants and shops also opened around the downtown park of Lakeside. The Lakeside Association eventually purchased additional land on its eastern side, enabling the community to grow. Recreation facilities, meeting halls, places of worship, and parks have been added over the years. The Lakeside Association is responsible for the upkeep of all roads and public services within Lakeside.
The setting was designed to be a community with a spiritual component, social component, entertainment, and a wholesome place to enjoy the summer.
Wikipedia lists Lakeside as follows:
Lakeside is a gated community from the end of May through Labor Day. To enter Lakeside during the summer Chautauqua season, individuals must pay a gate fee, which helps support maintenance and improvements in town. Activities that are provided as part of the gate fee include sport and water sport activities, as well as Christian-themed activities and worship, in keeping with the area’s history. There is a program every night in the spacious Hoover Auditorium, twenty-six shuffleboard courts, tennis courts, and all kinds of children’s activities. The summer calendar includes some activities for which there is an extra charge, such as miniature golf, movies at the Orchestra Hall theater, and a historical tour of homes. Lakeside also has a large pier jutting into Lake Erie, which offers fishing, swimming, kayaking, and sailing. Lakeside also features a handful of unique stores. Additionally, the dining opportunities in the area are varied, including numerous types of cuisine and a variety of settings. The miniature golf course opened in 1963 and was recently renovated in 2008.
Lakeside is also the home of both the prestigious annual international shuffleboard competition and the national competition.
LAKESIDE ART SHOW
So we are going to Lakeside this week for their annual Art Fair. We are honored to be participating because this is invitational. The 40th Annual Lakeside Craft & Art Show will be held Thursday, July 24-Saturday, July 26 on the lawn of Hotel Lakeside. The show will feature more than 60 exhibitors showcasing their artwork featuring photography, wood carving, handmade jewelry, painted glass and home decor. The hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, July 24 and Friday, July 25; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 26.
Before you go, you need to know there is an admission charge to enter the grounds. (The links are live and will take you to Lakeside’s website)
LAKESIDE CHAUTAUQUA ADMISSION
In order to provide quality entertainment, speakers, recreational activities and maintenance to our grounds and buildings, Lakeside Chautauqua is a gated community. Guests are required to pay a Chautauqua Pass fee to enter the grounds during the Chautauqua summer season.
Complimentary passes are also available for church services, Chaplain’s Hour, movies, shopping, dining and walking in Lakeside. To park your vehicle on the grounds, a Daily Auto Pass is required. For specific costs, visit the Admission & Chautauqua Fee Schedulepage.