June 27. 2009
We are snuggly nestled in our room at The Ashland guest house in the Chautauqua Institution (CI). The CI is a 738 acre educational center and Victorian village on the west shore of Lake Chautauqua, NY. It was founded in 1874 as a center where Methodist ministers, superintendents and Sunday school teachers could come together to study teaching methods. Over the past 135 years it has evolved into a cultural and educational center with a variety of venues available to visitors and residents.
Our first taste of culture was provided by The Golden Boys, Bobby Rydell, Fabian, and Frankie Avalon. These guys, well into their sixties, put on quite a show and shared some video clips of them in their hay day, the late 1950s. Frankie Avalon’s son (one of his eight children) accompanied him on the drums and Don Everly’s son,Edan, was his guitar player. Young Everly and Frankie did a medley of the Everly Brother’s greatest hits. That young man can play and sing as well as his Dad and Uncle Phil.
Link to learn more about Chautauqua. http://www.ciweb.org/