WHAT: An annual free daylong cultural and educational event of speakers, programs, demonstrations, music, and exhibits which expand on a different theme each year. This event is reminiscent of the old Chautauqua held in Waxahachie 1900-1930.
WHEN: Saturday, September 30, 2017, 9am - 5pm.
WHERE: Historic Chautauqua Auditorium and in surrounding Getzendaner Park, Waxahachie, Texas. Just 30 miles south of downtown Dallas!
2017 THEME: "CELEBRATING PUBLIC SPACES", looking at public spaces through the perspectives of history, science, city planning, art, music, and so much more!
9am – Opening Ceremonies kick off the day with Songs of Welcome and other surprises.
10am - 5pm - Inspiring and intriguing programs, concerts, exhibits, and demonstrations. All about PUBLIC PLACES of community, wilderness, remembrance, prayer. art, dance, music, and imagination.
Discover Thomas Jefferson's belief that America’s Open Public Spaces could help preserve our democracy for all time - through Thomas Jefferson historical re-enactor & researcher Steven Edenbo from Philadelphia, PA.
List of all programs, details, and schedule at www.waxahachiechautauqua.org/events
- William Sidney Pittman: First Black Architect in Texas
Dr. George Keaton, Jr, Founder and CEO of Remembering Black Dallas (Dallas, TX)
- Renaissance Spaces: Singing, Dancing & Jousting
Stonhenj Players (Waco, TX)
- Transforming Waxahachie Through Public Spaces
John Smith, Director of Parks and Recreation, City of Waxahachie, TX
- Inspiring Public Landscapes
Kevin Sloan, Landscape Architect (Dallas, TX)
- Soaring With the Birds of Prey
Birds of Prey Flight Demonstration from Kelley Rayner, “Last Chance Forever” (San Antonio, TX)