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New Old Time Chautauqua Circus "Be Mary" Tour


◊ ◊ ◊  JUNE 29 - JULY 5, 2019 ◊ ◊ ◊  

In partnership with Pier One Theatre and Bunnell Street Arts Center

From jugglers to magicians, from folk singers to trapeze artists, from dancers to hula-hoopists, and a 20-piece band, the New Old Time Chautauqua shows are wonder-filled events! This year they will tour Southcentral Alaska and spend a week in Homer celebrating the life and work of the late Mary Langham, a longtime Homer resident who cultivated the performing arts wherever she went. Be a part of the show! Be Mary!

June 30: Fighting Instruments of Karma show at Alice’s Champagne Palace

Starting things off Sunday evening, the Chautauqua band will put on a surround-sound musical experience featuring marches, sambas, and New Orleans jazz along with the troupe’s singer-songwriters. 8:00pm at Alice’s; $10 tickets at the door will benefit the New Old Time Chautauqua Tour.

July 2: Honoring Mary Langham on the Homer Spit

Tuesday, July 2nd will be a day dedicated to honoring Mary Langham and her work as a playwright, actress, volunteer, and producer at Pier One Theatre:

2:30pm: Parade from Seafarer’s Memorial to Pier One; all are welcome to join! Bring props! Have fun!

3:30-5:30pm: Workshops at Pier One (free; see details below)

6:00pm: Community Potluck in front of Pier One; mingle and share with the vaudevillian visitors and friends of Mary Langham

7:30pm: Show at Pier One, featuring Mary’s work produced by Homer friends & colleagues; suggested $10 admission benefits the New Old Time Chautauqua Tour

July 3: Free Events in Homer

On Wednesday July 3rd, Chautauqua will engage in community events all around town:

12:30pm: lunchtime show at Homer Senior Citizens Center; open to seniors and the general public

2:30-4:30pm: Workshops at Karen Hornaday Park (free; see details below)

2:30-4:30pm: Talks at the Pratt Museum on the Doctrine of Discovery and Alaska Healing Oils (free; see workshops details below)

8:00pm: Chautauqua performers will join local talent for Sally Oberstein’s First Wednesday Spectacle at Alice’s Champagne Palace

July 2-4: Community Service

Be Mary! Join the Chautauquans from July 2-4, 6am-2pm (project dependent) for volunteer service opportunities. Contact / to join the fun!

Community engagement and volunteering are core tenets of the Chautauqua mission and experience, and the troupe will contribute to several improvement projects while in Homer. Come out to play and join their efforts repainting the exterior of Pier One, clearing out Homer Council on the Arts facilities, and working with Bunnell Street Arts Center, the Pioneer Avenue Task Force, and local volunteers to weed flower beds and clean up trailheads. After helping us spiff up our town, look for the Chautauqua contingent in Homer’s big 4th of July Parade!

July 4: The Big Vaudeville Variety Show at the SPARC

The big finale to a week of fabulous events, Homer Council on the Arts will present Chautauqua’s last hurrah Thursday July 4 at 8:00pm at the SPARC. Join us “under the big top!” See full event details and buy tickets for this knock-yer-socks-off vaudeville extravaganza here:

Workshop Information

The New Old Time Chautauqua will be offering over 20 workshops on tour, free and open to all ages and skill levels. Participants can attend for all or part of any workshop. Specific availability will change from town to town, but sessions in Homer on July 2nd & 3rd could include Acrobatics & Circus Movement, Music & Crafts, Health & Wellbeing, and tons of silly things in between! Check out the workshop pamphlet for more information:

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What is a Chautauqua?

The New Old Time Chautauqua is the last of the old traveling Chautauqua; a unique brand of road show from the turn of the last century, intended to bring enriching education, culture, arts, and entertainment to communities throughout rural America. This popular form of live entertainment faded during the economic challenges of the Great Depression as radio broadcasts and motion pictures became mainstream.

The New Old Time Chautauqua was founded in 1981 by the Flying Karamazov Brothers, Patch Adams, and Faith Petric. Inspired by the traveling Chautauquas of the early 20th century, Chautauqua aims to be a catalyst for strengthening communities and elevating lives through laughter, inspiration, and learning. For the past 36 years, the dedicated group of performers and educators have volunteered their summer months to bring high quality live entertainment and arts education to communities throughout the United States; visiting rural communities, Native American reservations, schools, prisons, youth correctional facilities, assisted living facilities, and hospitals. More information about the fascinating history of Chautauqua can be found on their website.

The New Old Time Chautauqua’s 2019 “Be Mary” Tour was made possible with funding by Rasmuson Foundation through the Harper Arts Touring Fund, and is administered by the Alaska State Council on the Arts.