Thursday, July 4, 2019

Photo of the Day: Chautauqua (NY) Community Band, 4th of July

Shortly after noon today, in Bestor Plaza, vacationers like me gathered to listen to patriotic tunes like “God Bless America” and “Stars and Stripes Forever” at Chautauqua Institution. The conductor of this spirited and festive music was Jason Weintraub.

This has been a longtime vacation site for me, but I had not visited this picturesque lakeside Victorian-era community during this particular week until now.

Several American Presidents have come to this National Historic Site, most notably Franklin Roosevelt (who delivered his “I hate war” speech here at the Amphitheater) and his cousin Theodore, a four-time visitor who said Chautauqua was the most American thing in America.

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