The annual Flavours of Muskoka Chautauqua event is an amazing tasting evening featuring great chefs, wineries, breweries, and distilleries along with a sampling of Muskoka Chautauqua’s unique experiences. Live music and a silent auction add to the fun. As Muskoka Chautauqua’s main fundraiser, it’s great food for a great cause: raising funds for arts education in Muskoka. This year’s 20th annual fundraiser will support new creative programs that will help strengthen personal, social, and emotional well-being for children and youth in Muskoka.
Flavours was a huge success last year and we hope to see everyone again (in-person) in 2021! For 2020, Flavours will be held virtually, promoting our past vendors on how they have adapted to COVID-19 an our fundraising component will be an online auction of hand painted paddles
Artists in Residence
Muskoka Chautauqua offers weekly Artist-in-Residence programs for July and August at both Clevelands House Resort on the shores of Lake Rosseau, and at The Village Hall in Windermere. These programs provide daily, hands-on workshops with professional artists for kids & adults alike. However, due to COVID-19, these programs will only be offered virtually for 2020.
If you are an artist, or know of an artist who would like to get involved in this program, please complete the application below or send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out these short videos to see what the Artists-in-Residence were been up to at The ‘New’ Baldwin’s Resort last summer!
Celebrate Opera with the 2017/2018 NY Metropolitan Opera Encore Season at the Rene M Caisse Theatre.
Arts in Education
Whether you’re an avid reader or just enjoy good conversation, Muskoka Chautauqua Reads is part of our Summer Season Program. In some cases, the authors themselves may show up to read from their books.
2020 Reading List
Cheryl Cooper, Coming Looking for Me
Lynne Golding, The Beleaguered
Audrey Jolly, On the Back of the Wildebeest
Lloyd Walton, Chasing the Muse: Canada
2017 Reading List
Origami Peace Cranes by Sue DiCiccio
2016 Reading List
Room by Emma Donoghue
Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
The Lost Chord by Ian Thomas **Author Ian Thomas was at the library to read from his book and sign copies.**
The Year of The Flood by Margaret Atwood
2015 Reading List
The Thief’s Journal,
The Beauty of the Husband, A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos,
The Ballad of Murray McLauchlan: Getting Out of Here Alive,
With Knowing Eyes: Canadian Women in Song,
The Mayor of MacDougal Street: a Memoir,
2013 Reading List
Navigating Canada’s Health Care: A User Guide,
The Power of More,
Healthy Starts Here,
Phoenix: The Life of Norman Bethune,
Little Ship of Fools,
2012 Reading List
John A, The Man Who Made Us,
Jereymy’s War 1812,
Whispering Pines: the Northern Roots of American Music,
The Hidden World of Huckleberry Rock,
2011 Reading List
The Way the Crow Flies,
The Bishop’s Man,
Merchants of Doubt,
A Lifetime of Secrets: A PostSecret Book,
2010 Reading List
Local Library: Global Passport,
The Wabeno Feast,
Unlocking the Doors: A Woman’s Struggle against Intolerance,
The Summer before the Storm,
Reading Lists of the Past
The original Reading Circle was established in 1922. The intention of the Reading Circle was to introduce and advance the works of Canadian authors. It is interesting to note that the study of Canadian literature was not considered credit-worthy at the University of Toronto until after World War II, and then only as a subject of graduate study.
Chautauqua weeks hosted famous authors of the day such as Bliss Carman, G. D. Roberts, E. J. Pratt, and Dorothy Livesay reading from their works, accessible to their readers and discussing issues of the day. Chautauqua provided inspiration and intellectual challenge for its members.
1927 Reading List
The Sweet of the Year,
1926 Reading List
Lords of the North,
William Henry Drummond,
One Act Plays, Second Series,