Welcome to The Pennsylvania Chautauqua
The purpose and mission of The Pennsylvania Chautauqua shall be the advancement of literary, scientific, intellectual, physical and social welfare and the promotion of cultural and religious activity, recreation and entertainment.
For over 125 years the Pennsylvania Chautauqua has been a quiet retreat where art, culture, spiritualism, nature and community come together.
The Pennsylvania Chautauqua is located in the borough of Mount Gretna, a small Victorian community founded in the late 1800’s as a summer resort. Initially the only way for residents to reach their cottages in the tree-covered rolling hills of south central Pennsylvania was to travel by train. Mount Gretna was a stop along the Cornwall Lebanon Railroad line that has since become the Lebanon Valley Rails to Trails. Our streets were footpaths until automobiles became the mode of travel. Many of the original cottages surround an open-air playhouse where numerous cultural events are held. Our quaint atmosphere attracts many visitors every summer for Gretna Music, the Original Mt. Gretna Cicada Music Festival, Gretna Theater, and the Mount Gretna Area Historical Society, a visit to the local ice cream shop and lake, or just a walk in the woods. While we enjoy our quiet winters, we welcome with open arms the visitors who come to experience the Pennsylvania Chautauqua, stroll the tree lined streets, admire the historical buildings and participate in the variety of programs we offer to fulfill our mission.
To support our mission please donate to the Foundation
|What Is A Chautauqua?|
Chautauqua was founded as an outdoor educational experience for Sunday school teachers by John Heyl Vincent, a Methodist Minister and Lewis Miller, a local businessman on Lake Chautauqua, New York in 1874. The summer camp format proved to be popular with families - thus began The Chautauqua Institute. After its inception the movement spread rapidly through the United States, bringing education, culture, physical and religious activities as well as entertainment to rural America. There were over two hundred Chautauquas at the height of the movement. The advent of the automobile, the radio and movie theaters caused the demise of most of the Chautauquas.
Chautauqua today is organized around its four pillars: Arts, Education, Religion, and Recreation. Each area is woven into the schedules of the Chautauquas.
If you are interested in learning more about the programming offered by the Pennsylvania Chautauqua, view our Summer Programs
You can learn more about Chautauquas by visiting one of the 17 existing Chautauquas that comprise the Chautauqua Trail and by visiting the following web site. http://www.chautauquatrail.com
|Chautauqua Cares: A Newsletter Dedicated to the Health and Well-Being of Our Community|
|Over 100 Trees and Shrubs Planted!|
In early May, volunteers planted over 100 trees and shrubs in Soldiers Field. Chautauqua has joined the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership which is a collaborative effort of national, regional, state and local agencies, conservation organizations, outdoors enthusiasts, businesses, and citizens committed to improving Pennsylvania's communities, economy, and ecology by planting 10 million trees throughout the Commonwealth.
Click the logo to read more.
|Pennsylvania Chautauqua Pole Banner|
This decorative double-sided pole banner makes a nice addition to any cottage. Finished size 23.75” x 51" with double pockets.
$110 includes tax.
Click here to order online or call 717-964-3270. Checks payable to PA Chautauqua.
|What Makes the PA Chautauqua Special?|
Chautauquans treasure the peace and tranquility of our community. For many residents, relaxing, reading, reflecting, and rocking on porches is the highlight of the summer. Neighborly consideration encourages that noisy outside projects be done September thru May, leaving the summer months and Sundays “quiet” for everyone’s enjoyment.
Did you know Chautauqua has a number of springs scattered throughout our grounds? One is by the tennis court pavilion and another is near the Porch and Pantry in the park area.
On a Saturday afternoon, volunteers cleaned out brush and overgrowth to reveal one of these springs. In addition, these folks and others (not pictured), planted ten redbud trees.
Volunteers are the heart and soul of our community. To find your place in helping, contact us HERE
or call the office at 717-964-3270.
Pictured left to right:Don Kensinger, Lynne Davies, Sarah Minnich, Mike Sherman
|Message from the President of the Pennsylvania Chautauqua|
I hope this letter finds you well; I’d like to think the Cicadas are serenading us out of our Covid quarantine.
As many of you know, the Stockholders of the Pennsylvania Chautauqua approved the transfer of Soldiers Field to the Foundation at our May 21 Special Meeting. The Resolution can be found by logging in to the Pa Chautauqua website and going in to the Residents Section.
Approval of this transfer will allow us to meet the grant requirements of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and qualify for a $350,000.00 grant to the Foundation for the acquisition and improvements to Soldiers Field. We plan to use this grant to reimburse the Chautauqua acquisition costs for the original purchase of Soldiers Field including reimbursement for the remaining debt of $174,000, the mortgage paid on the loan since 2018, payoff of the remaining mortgage to JBT, and the cost of the second subdivision. Members of the Foundation Board of Trustees will be meeting with officials from South Londonderry Township over the next few months to help us with the transfer and we’ll keep you posted on their progress.
So, what’s next? The focus of our July 2021 Stockholders Meeting will be our trees. Look at the difference between the above pictures of our Hall of Philosophy. While many of us chose to live in this beautiful community because we love being surrounded by trees, we have some decisions to make about how we want to preserve this habitat. The Board of Managers budgets for tree removal on an annual basis. However, the age of our trees coupled with the recent oak decline suggests more significant financial resources are needed for tree management. We’ve begun working with an arborist to identify and prioritize trees that are dead, dangerous, and pose the most risk to our community. You can reference the Tree Maintenance and Removal Policy on the Pennsylvania Chautauqua website in the Resident’s section under Policies and Procedures.
We look forward to hearing your thoughts at our next meeting –
On behalf of and with great gratitude for the Pa Chautauqua Board of Managers,
President, Pennsylvania Chautauqua
|Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show|
READ OUR THANK YOU FROM
THE 2021 MOUNT GRETNA OUTDOOR ART SHOW
MARK THE DATE for 2022
AUGUST 20 & 21
Check the Outdoor Art Show website frequently for updates
THANK YOU to our Art Show Committee and Volunteers for bringing the Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show back after a very complicated year!
Thank you to our dedicated artists for sharing your amazing talent with us.
Thank you to our gourmet food vendors who share the art of cuisine.
Thank you to our Borough Staff and Volunteer Fire Company for transforming our town to welcome thousands of visitors to experience the distinctive charm of Mount Gretna.
Thank you Ryan Fretz for our community art project that uniquely reflects the spirit of creativity that lives here.
Thank you to our musicians who enliven our show.
Thank you to our emergency services providers for keeping us all safe so that we could experience the show in person and together this year.
Thank you to our Kids Art Show leaders who allow the next generation to experience the wonders of creativity.
Thank you to community members who graciously adapt to the show’s preparation, the crowds during and cleanup afterwards.
Mark your calendar: Art Show 2022 is August 20-21!
Art Show Director
YOU CAN SUPPORT THE ART SHOW ALL YEAR LONG
Hello Local Mount Gretna Puzzle People. In addition to our collectible posters, we have 500 piece jigsaw puzzles of the 2020 Art Show available for your stay at home days. Posters available by calling 717-964-3270. Prices vary. Puzzles may be ordered: 1. online HERE
2. by stopping at the Borough Office (under the Post office
$25 check (tax is included) to Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show, PO Box 637, Mount Gretna, PA, 17064.
|FIRE COMPANY FUNDRAISER|
Mt. Gretna "Strong at Home"
RAISED TO DATE! $11,935.86
The community came through big time!
The Mt. Gretna Community Volunteer Fire Company, has had to cancel numerous fundraisers. With a huge thank you for your generosity during our “Filling the Boot” campaign, we ask you to continue your support by looking for boots at various locations around Mount Gretna such as Mary Hernley's flower stand, The Hideaway and the Pizza Shop.
The Pennsylvania Chautauqua
PO Box 637
Mount Gretna, PA 17064
General Inquiries: 717-964-3270
Hall of Philosophy Rental: 717-964-3270
Summer Programs: 717-964-1830
Worship Services: 717-737-8133 or 717-964-3050