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Chautauqua week coming in June

Monday, May 21, 2018

PIQUA — The Ohio Humanities Council will present Ohio Chautauqua in Piqua from June 5-8, at the Hance Pavilion in Fountain Park. With a theme of “Modern Legends,” the five-day event combines living history, music and entertainment, education, theater, and audience interaction for an exciting cultural event the entire community can enjoy.

Each evening of Ohio Chautauqua, trained scholar-performers will assume the costume and character of historical figures as they present performances beneath an old-fashioned red-and-white-striped Chautauqua tent. Incidentally, Hance Pavilion was specifically built for Chautauqua performances beginning in the early 1900s.

On Tuesday, June 5, visit the ever-funny Erma Bombeck, portrayed by Susan Marie Frontczak. Bombeck was known for her humor and wit and believed you had to be able to laugh at life to get through it.

Wednesday, June 6 will feature labor and civil rights activist, Cesar Chavez, portrayed by Fred Blanco. Chavez is best known as founder of the United Farm Workers labor movement, which succeeded in raising salaries and improving working conditions for farm workers in California, Texas, Arizona and Florida.

On Thursday, June 7, meet Betty Friedan, portrayed by Dr. Sally Ann Drucker. Friedan was most noted for sparking the second wave of American feminism in the 20th century. She was the co-founder and first president of the National Organization for Women (NOW).

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