Nevada Humanities presents the 2011 Nevada Humanities Chautauqua festival, June 26-30, at the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater at Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, Reno. Explore the lives and times of legendary characters including Henry VIII, CoCo Chanel, painter Thomas Hart Benton, Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King Jr., and Thomas Jefferson, during the evening programs. Each night begins with a musical performance featuring a local band. Music starts at 6:00 pm., and Chautauqua performances begin at 7:00 pm. There are plenty of comfortable chairs as well as a lawn area for those who prefer to sit on a blanket.
Nevada Humanities Chautauqua blends the insightful depth of historical research with the fun of theatrical entertainment. The Chautauqua format is simple: a performer, in the guise of a historical figure, such as Mark Twain or Thomas Jefferson, tells "first-hand" stories about important episodes in the character's life.
Chautauqua turns 20 on Thursday night. Join the celebration and cast of characters for birthday cake and a few commemorative toasts to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nevada Humanities Chautauqua in front of the stage just before the evening show. More information about these events and the Nevada Humanities can be found at www.nevadahumanities.org