The Florida Chautauqua Assembly is a 4-day educational program for families featuring famous keynote speakers, educational breakout sessions, performance teas, evening dinner performances and exhibits relating to an annual theme.
Welcome to DeFuniak Springs (Walton County) Florida, home of Florida's Historic Chautauqua! From January 28 through 31, 2016, you'll experience performances, exhibits, teas, and presentations on the original campus of what was once nationally recognized as the "Education Resort of the South" (1885 to 1927).
The 2016 Florida Chautauqua Assembly is designed to take you on a journey into America from the late 1950s to the present. In other words, life since the television show "Leave it to Beaver" aired in the late 1950s showing an American family which had dinner together, worked for a living and enjoyed many of the innocent things in life. The child star of the show, Jerry Mathers (a.k.a. "The Beave") is this year's featured keynote speaker.
Thursday, January 28: Your journey begins the moment you check-in at the Assembly with a tour of the original campus of the historic Florida Chautauqua Assembly and a welcome party you'll attend with many of our faculty.
On Friday, January 29, you'll begin your day with a featured keynote presentation by Jerry Mathers who will open your Chautauqua learning experience with an informative session about his life since the television show first aired in the late 1950s and his perception of American life throughout the past few decades. You'll then be treated to your choice of educational breakout sessions and/or performance teas. Ever had tea with Thomas Edison or Henry Ford? You'll think you are when you attend this year's performance teas with actor Hank Finken who professionally interprets the inventor of the light bulb or the first assembly line of the automobile. You'll conclude your day with a wonderful meal and country performance dinner.
On Saturday, January 30 you'll be introduced to another keynote presenter to set your stage for another day of learning and fun with different sessions and events. This year, you'll be provided an opportunity to simply enjoy the exciting exhibits in our historic Lake Yard including antique RV shows, Civil War camp and batle re-enactments, Florida Frontiersmen Settlement Camp, Art Shows and more! Once again, you'll conclude your journey with another great meal and performance.
On Sunday, January 31, your journey continues with more Lake Yard activities around our many exhibits you did not have a chance to explore duriing the past three days because of your busy itinerary. Now's the time to catch up for the last Civil War battles and tasty treats at the Florida Frontiersmen Settlement Camp you didn't get a chance to try...or to buy that artwork you've been thinking about from your favorite artist.
Our schedule (your itinerary) continues to unfold right up to the moment of the event, so please check back with us weekly to learn about the new developments with our presenters, session topics and exhibits being planned for your visit to the historic Florida Chautauqua Assembly January 28-31, 2016!