Chautauqua Returns to Boulder City in October

The Boulder City Chautauqua Team announced that the event would be returning for performances and a meet-and-greet in October. We are so excited to have this great event back in our town. The theme this year is Great American Humorists including Erma Bombeck, Julia Child, Will Rogers and Mark Twain. The performances are scheduled as follows:

  • Friday, October 22 at 6:00PM: Julia Child and Will Rogers
  • Saturday, October 23 at 1:00PM: Erma Bombeck
  • Saturday, October 23 at 6:00PM: Mark Twain

All performances will take place at Boulder Creek Golf Club Pavilion, located at 1501 Veterans Memorial Drive. Musical performances will take place before each show. Local balladeer Sharon Resnikoff will kick things off Friday evening; Boulder City’s Got Talent winner and trumpeteer Bob Beutler will be joined by Elaine Hardy on keyboard for Saturday’s matinee; and local favorite Steve Cottrell will begin the Saturday night festivities. A special meet-and-greet will be held Thursday, October 21 at 6:00PM. The donation for tickets is $35. You may write for tickets here: Boulder City Chautauqua, PO Box 61994, Boulder City, 89006, or purchase online at their website, bcchautauqua.org. Tickets are $15 per performance. The tickets can be purchased at the website or by check or cash at any of the locations below:

  • Ace Shopper Stopper, 541 Nevada Way
  • Boulder City Chamber of Commerce, 100 Nevada Way
  • Boulder City Parks and Recreation Department, 900 Arizona Street
  • Boulder Dam Hotel, 1305 Arizona Street

If you don’t know much about the Boulder City Chautauqua, here is some additional information sent to us by their Project Director, Ihla Crowley:

“Chautauquas are a wonderful experience, where history comes alive when scholars portray historical characters. Over the past 25 years, Boulder City residents have been loyal followers. Many will remember the first 10 of those years under a huge tent pitched in Bicentennial Park, near the gazebo. In 2002, after Desi Arnaz Jr. and his wife Amy renovated the Boulder Theatre, the event moved indoors; the first event they allowed in the new venue other than Miss Amy’s dance company productions.

Boulder City resident Ihla Crowley was the first Boulder City Chautauqua Project Director, working with the Boulder City Museum and Historical Association for 10 years, followed by Sara Weber and a faithful team of volunteers. After a few years, Miss Amy partnered with Sara, and she helped the organization become its own 501c3 Non-profit Organization.

After Miss Amy’s untimely death a few years ago, Sara continued as Project Director until 2020, when Ihla was enlisted to return to the helm, along with a few fresh volunteer faces. Although in recent years the event was held with two performances in the same day, with just two characters depicted, the decision was made last year to return to the original format of four characters spaced over the course of a weekend. Although we had to wait a year for this event, it is heartening to know that after this forced hiatus it will return in 2021 in all its former glory.”

We are really looking forward to this tradition returning to Boulder City!

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