Posts tagged “Chautauqua

Race at the Cape

Posted on May 22, 2012

Last Saturday, hybrid and electric cars “raced” vintage cars down the main drag in Cape May, New Jersey. The so-called “Race at the Cape” was a reenactment (with a contemporary twist) of a historic beach race between Henry Ford and Louis Chevrolet in Cape May in 1905. For Ford and Chevrolet, speed was the object. For Saturday’s “racers,” raising awareness about energy efficiency was a greater goal. Race at the Cape kicks off the 2012 program of the Cape May Forum, “Running on Empty? The Future of Energy” (June 2-3). Founded in 2010 in the spirit of the longstanding Chautauqua Institution in western New York, the Cape May Forum creates a similar venue for intellectual tourism (albeit much less extensive than Chautauqua’s full season…

A Gen-X Chautauqua?

Posted on April 4, 2012

Seemingly a world away from the placid waters of Lake Chautauqua in western New York, Generation-X devotees of ’90s indie-rock bands came together for a three-day tour of the Caribbean – and unprecedented access to the rockers themselves. A recent New York Times article about the Weezer Cruise pinpoints an emerging niche within cultural tourism:  the music cruise. Perhaps the music cruise (even an indie-rock one) isn’t completely novel. More than a century ago, the Chautauqua Institution first promised artistic, educational, and religious programs that enabled visitors to partake of a cultural smorgasbord against the backdrop of a beautiful lake. Chautauqua continues to thrive by packaging stimulating cultural offerings in a Victorian village by the water. The Weezer Cruise unconsciously mimics Chautauqua’s model – packaging fast-paced,…