Chautauqua Is Not The Sound A Chicken Makes

Last month, we had a booth at the Chautauqua at the Howard Steamboat Museum. In case you don’t know what a Chautauqua is, here’s some history on the movement.

So we set up on Authors’ Row, under a big ol’ shade tree, right near the fountain, within easy listening distance of the music. We brought our own food and water and spent a fine two days visiting with our fellow authors, attendees, and other vendors. We shopped, schmoozed, and sold books hand over fist.

The weather was perfect this year. Maybe a little warmish, but basically perfect.

Jamey Aebersold’s group playing jazz for hours? For free? OH, yes!

Also some first-class chorus groups and concert bands, and all for free, once you paid your entrance fee or paid for your vendor space. And did I mention the entertainment was free?

The first year we did this, we divided the time for the two days, so nobody had to stay more than a couple of hours, but most of us didn’t want to leave when our time was up. The year it rained like a big dog, we wrapped plastic around the tent and invited other vendors to join us. It was like the stateroom scene from A Night At The Opera.

We’re already looking forward to 2013.

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One Response to Chautauqua Is Not The Sound A Chicken Makes

  1. I am a New Albany, Indiana blogger, freelance writer and author interested in learning more about the Southern Indiana Writers group. If your meetings are open to visitors I would like to attend one.

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