2019 Schedule

Thursday, January 24, 2019

10am-4pm: REGISTRATION/CHECK-IN

  • St. Agatha's Episcopal Church, 144 Circle Drive.

6pm-8pm: WELCOME PARTY

  • Enjoy an evening of heavy hors 'doeuvres, wine and beverages while meeting the fellow Chautauquans and faculty with whom you will be sharing an enlightening weekend together.  Community Center, 361 North 10th Street.  Tickets $15.

Friday, January 25, 2019

7am-4:30pm: REGISTRATION/CHECK-IN

  • St. Agatha's Episcopal Church, 144, Circle Drive.  

7am-9am: BREAKFAST AT ST. AGATHA'S

  • Enjoy a full hot breakfast at charming, historic St. Agatha's Episcopal Church in the heart of the original grounds of the Florida Chautauqua.  Eggs (your way), bacon, sausage, hash browns, grits, toast, pancakes, juice, coffee.  144 Circle Drive.  $8

9am-10:15am: FEATURED KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

  • Preserving and Celebrating Main Street.  Speaker TBA.  First United Methodist Church, 88 Circle Drive. $15.

10:30am-11:45am: BREAKOUT SESSIONS & TEA

  • Session 1:  First United Methodist Church, 88 Circle Drive.  $10
  • Session 2:  First United Methodist Church, 88 Circle Drive. $10
  • Session 3:  First United Methodist Church, 88 Circle Drive. $10
  • VICTORIAN TEA ON CIRCLE DRIVE: Enjoy a peaceful tea in one of the most historic sites on Circle Drive -inside the vicarage of St. Agatha's Episcopal Church. Sponsored by the McLeod Clan. 144 Circle Drive. $20

NOON - 1:15PM: LUNCH


1:45pm - 3pm: GENERAL SESSION 

  • General Session: Tin Can Tourists Holidays and Highways:  Tim Heintz.  First United Methodist Church, 88 Circle Drive. $10

3:30pm - 5pm: BREAKOUT SESSIONS & TEA

  • Session 1:  TBA.  First United Methodist Church, 88 Circle Drive. $10
  • Session 2:  TBA.  First United Methodist Church, 88 Circle Drive. $10
  • Session 3:  TBA.  First United Methodist Church, 88 Circle Drive. $10
  • Performance Tea: "Laura Ingalls Wilder."  Sponsored by Chuck Hinson.  Servers provided by Regency Hospice.  Northwest Florida State College Chautauqua Center, 908 U.S. Highway 90 West $20.

5pm - 5:30pm: VESPERS

  • Vespers:  St. Agatha's Episcopal Church, 144 Circle Drive.  Free

5pm - 6:15pm: WINE RECEPTION

  • Enjoy some "down time" at historic Hotel DeFuniak with your choice of a glass of wine just before the evening dinner performance.  Hotel DeFuniak, 400 East Nelson Avenue. $15.

6:30pm-9pm: EVENING DINNER PERFORMANCE

  • Details TBA.  Community Center, 361 North 10th Street. $25.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

7am-4:30pm: REGISTRATION/CHECK-IN

  • St. Agatha's Episcopal Church, 144 Circle Drive.

7am-11am: BREAKFAST AT ST. AGATHA'S

  • Enjoy a full hot breakfast at charming, historic St. Agatha's Episcopal Church in the heart of the original grounds of the Florida Chautauqua.  Eggs (your way), bacon, sausage, hash browns, grits, toast, pancakes, juice, coffee.  144 Circle Drive. $8.

9am-10:15am: GENERAL SESSION

  • Five Famous Floridians Who Created Main Street:  A detailed look into the lives and achievements of the five Floridians who contributed the most to creating our modern "Main Street."  Thomas Cloud.  First United Methodist Church sanctuary, 88 Circle Drive. $10.

10:30am-11:45am: BREAKOUT SESSIONS & PERFORMANCE TEA

  • Session 1:  First United Methodist Church, 88 Circle Drive. $10
  • Session 2:  First United Methodist Church, 88 Circle Drive. $10
  • Session 3:  First United Methodist Church, 88 Circle Drive. $10
  • Session 4:  First United Methodist Church, 88 Circle Drive. $10
  • PERFORMANCE TEA:  "Laura Ingalls Wilder."  Sponsored by Walton County Heritage Association.  NW Florida State College Chautauqua Center, 908 US Highway 90. $20

NOON-1:30pm:  LUNCH

  • Details TBA.  

1:45pm-3pm: GENERAL SESSION

  • Main Street in the American Imagination: This is a look backwards at the transformation of the idea of Main Street that speaks to the heart of America.  We will start with the present, including real and fantasy Main Streets of today right here in Florida. Then we head to the beginning, the "City on the Hill,"and examine how that idea has shape-shifted over time.  Writers who have influenced our idea of Main Street include Mark Twain, Sherwood Anderson, and of course the man who made the term famous, Sinclair Lewis.  Politicians have mined the image of Main Street at least since William McKinley's front porch campaign of 1896.  It's Hollywood, however, that has done the most to mold our idea Main Street in films ranging from "It's a Wonderful World" and "Wizard of Oz" to the darker "High Noon" and "Last Picture Show," not to mention countless television series. Greg will tie it all together in a way that will help us understand better our neighborhoods, towns, and even the Chautauqua itself.Gregory Garland.  First United Methodist Church, 88 Circle Drive. $10

3:30pm-4:45pm: BREAKOUT SESSIONS & PERFORMANCE TEA

  • Session 1:  First United Methodist Church, 88 Circle Drive. $10
  • Session 2:  First United Methodist Church, 88 Circle Drive. $10
  • Session 3:  First United Methodist Church, 88 Circle Drive. $10
  • PERFORMANCE TEA:  "Winston Churchill."  Interpreted by Bruce Collier.  Sponsored by Grit & Grace.  NW Floida State College Chautauqua Center, 908 US Highway 90. $20

5pm-5:30pm: VESPERS

  • St. Agatha's Episcopal Church, 144 Circle Drive.  Free

5pm-6:15pm: WINE RECEPTION

  • Enjoy some "down time" at historic Hotel DeFuniak with your choice of a glass of wine just before the evening dinner performance.  Hotel DeFuniak, 400 East Nelson Avenue. $15

6:30pm-8pm: EVENING DINNER PERFORMANCE

  • Details TBA.  Community Center, 361 North 10th Street. $25