Helping Hands Community Supporter

  • Thank you to an Allstate volunteer for empowering people and our community. Brian Hawkins gave his time and helped us to receive a $500 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands Grant. The Allstate Foundation supports the causes that Allstate agency owners, financial specialists and employees care about most by providing Allstate Foundation Helping Hands Grants to nonprofits where they volunteer their time to help communities thrive. Brian is an enthusiastic community supporter serving on our Board of Directors while also serving as President, Kiwanis Club of DeFuniak Springs. Thank you Brian for all that you do for us!

Young Readers Create TOCK

The Chautauqua Young Readers finished their mascot, Tock, while reading and discussing, “The Phantom Tollbooth” last week. They even enjoyed eating “half baked ideas” at their own banquet! The children worked really hard and have had so much fun together. 
If you have a child, ages 8 and up, who would like to participate in this program, please contact Kelly Powell-Goff; [email protected]
They meet twice a month on Thursday, at the rehearsal hall of the Chautauqua Theater @ 4:00 PM. There is a small fee of $10 per month. We will be announcing the NEXT BOOK soon!!! Stay tuned for more exciting adventures! 

“Water Under the Bridge” AUDITIONS

We are excited about our upcoming partnership with Grit & Grace, July 19, 20 and 21st. Our theatre will host their production of “Water Under the Bridge”. Auditions for this production will take place April 23 and 27th. The flyer below contains additional information. Please note the number to call for additional information. This number is NOT our office number.

New Adventures For Young Readers

The Florida Chautauqua Young Readers held their inaugural meeting on Thursday, March 28 at the Florida Chautauqua Rehearsal Hall. Participants created a paper mache’ version of Tock, the dog who accompanies Milo on his travels through the tollbooth gates into The Kingdom of Wisdom. Young Readers will continue this project and other projects as they travel on their reading adventures. It is not too late to join the group. If you are interested, contact Kelly Powell-Goff, for program details; [email protected] We are super excited about the return of this program and the young readers’ literary journey.

Students working on “TOCK”!

Young Readers Return

Kelly and Khameo invite you to join them as we reintroduce The Florida Chautauqua Young Readers Program at The Florida Chautauqua in downtown DeFuniak Springs.  All young readers, ages 8 and up, are invited to join this exciting program.  Participants will meet twice a month, on Thursday afternoons at 4: OO PM in our rehearsal hall, 840 Baldwin Avenue.  Readers will discuss selected books, participate in a book related activity and enjoy a book themed snack.  Participation fee is $10 per month, March 28-May 23, with each participant providing their own book.   The first book selection will be, “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster.  Pre-registration is required to secure a seat.  Please contact Kelly Powell Goff at: [email protected]  Deadline for registering is March 25. 


Kelly is a 35 year old graduate of University of Florida with a degree in English and Religious Studies. Her hobbies include baking, painting, and knitting. 

Her daughter, Khameo, is a 9 year old 3rd grader at West DeFuniak Elementary. She loves cats, llamas, arts and crafts, nature walks, and dance. They both, of course, love the theater!  Kelly participated in our theatre as a young child and her children now continue the tradition. 

Chautauqua Bricks/Seats On Sale

Leave Your Mark Downtown at The Florida Chautauqua Theatre! Purchase a commemorative brick or seat for someone you know. Exciting for any occasion but especially for those hard to buy for relatives, friends or neighbors! Has your child been in a production? Buy them a brick! Great for their Christmas stockings! (Shhhh, it’s a surprise!) This Christmas, share the gift that will last a lifetime and beyond.

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Christmas PIGMENT Class

Believe it or not, Christmas is right around the corner and we can help you decorate your door “in style” with our CHRISTMAS DOOR HANGER! Our next PIGMENT class will be held Friday, November 30, 6:00 PM @ The Florida Chautauqua Rehearsal Hall in downtown DeFuniak Springs. All supplies are provided with the $35 class fee. Bring a friend and your favorite beverage! Reserve your place:

PIGMENT Class and All Things Pumpkin Spice

Happy Fall Y’all!  We are excited to announce the project for Pigment this month. Sticking with the theme of all things “pumpkin spice” we will be painting a fall canvas with a pumpkin. This versatile masterpiece can hang on a wall, be layered on a shelf with decorations or hung on your front door with a wreath. Join us October 6th, 9:00-11:00 a.m., at The Florida Chautauqua Theatre in downtown DeFuniak Springs! Bring a friend and your favorite beverage. Class registration is required by Oct 3 to reserve your place and canvas!  Class size is limited!! All supplies provided for $35.  Go to:

 See you soon!

St Joe Community Foundation Awards Grant

EXCITING times at the Florida Chautauqua Theatre!

On Friday, June 29, at 1:00 pm, April Wilkes from the St. Joe Community Foundation presented a very generous foundation check that will enable us to begin Phase 1 of our lighting renovation project.
Our current lighting system is at a point of total system failure. The last show had us flipping breakers and tripping switches- an electrical nightmare! The system was installed when our theater was restored in 1996 – it is OLD! Replacement estimates are running at around $120,000.00. We have to raise a tremendous amount of money and are most appreciative of this St. Joe Community Foundation Grant.

Inspiration Institute Presents …

The FL Chautauqua Theater presents, PIGMENT, Tuesday, June 12, at the theater rehearsal hall in downtown 848 Baldwin Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, FL.  Join us for a fun night painting a wooden door hanger.  All supplies will be included in the registration fee.  Bring your friends AND your favorite beverage.  Space is limited and registration is required by June 3.  Registration is here on our website under the “programs” tab.  Claim your seat TODAY! Click here to register.  Fees must be paid to secure a seat.  For additional information contact:   [email protected]