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Dear Friends,

A new Chautauqua year is beginning and once again the Florida Chautauqua Board of Directors would like to thank everyone who has made and continues to make our programs possible.  The Florida Chautauqua Incorporated held the first Chautauqua session here in DeFuniak Springs in 1885.  It was an inauspicious beginning with programs and classes held in simple buildings, even tents, around our beautiful Lake DeFuniak.  From this heritage, the Florida Chautauqua seeks to maintain and carry forward that same spirit, which emphasizes the best in each of us.  Your financial support allows us to provide the highest quality artistic and educational opportunities to our area through our performances and school programs.

Chautauquans come from everywhere in our community.  YOU are a Chautauquan, if you were in the audience and enjoyed the magic and wonder of “Alice In Wonderland” or the holiday performance of, “Crazy Cranky Christmas”.  Possibly, you knew a child involved in our Music and More Workshops developing students’ self confidence, speaking skills and musical techniques. Acknowledging the artistry of photography and our community’s historic background we are selling packages of notecards featuring “Doors of DeFuniak”.  These make a wonderful gift. Please call the office for purchase details.

We believe deeply in what we do and want to be able to continue to provide an artistic venue for the youth of our area and quality programming for all of our citizens.  From light bulbs to insurance to electricity, our operating costs continue to climb.  Our volunteers are working more diligently than ever to keep the doors open and the performances going.  Support from YOU, our sponsors, is vital.  The Florida Chautauqua Inc. is a non-profit (501c3) organization operated by volunteers within our community.  Please consider a financial, tax deductible contribution to help secure artistic programming and maintenance of The Florida Chautauqua Theatre.  Be part of the community team that is, THE FLORIDA CHAUTAUQUA, Inc.!


Cynthia S. Roehm, President