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Friday, March 12, 2021

Chautauqua Institution 2021:
President Michael E. Hill talks about program limitations, and
NYS attendance rules, restrictions

In a valiant effort to head off a multitude of emails and phone calls, the President of the Chautauqua Institution has written a letter to all Chautauquans and the general public about the current status of its programming for the 2021 season. Also addressed was the attendance standards as they apply to the New York State Coronavirus regulations. 

Although these regulations may be changing right up to the beginning of their season and quite possibly within the time frame of the season, Mr. Hill addresses it from the perspective of the current standing regulations. If current inoculations continue according to plan and if the public continues to cooperate, particularly with respect to the wearing of masks, visitors to both Chautauqua and Silver Lake might be surprised by the lifting of some, if not all, of the coronavirus rules.

For your convenience, the entire Chautauqua letter is available for reading in the section which follows the "read more" link below and to the left:

2021 Season Update From President Michael E. Hill
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Chautauqua Institution :: 2021 Season Update
Dear Chautauquans,

The message we posted yesterday regarding the 2021 Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra season has sparked great enthusiasm for the forthcoming summer as well as a desire to know more. We join our entire community of communities in feeling increasingly hopeful about our prospects for a wonderful summer at Chautauqua.

I write today to provide a more comprehensive update on the state of planning in view of continuing requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to give you a sense of our thinking at this time: What we know; what we do not know; and when we expect to know more. 

Please know that in all cases, we are attempting to offer an experience that comes as close as possible to normal times. Where we are not able to achieve that goal, it will be because state or local restrictions remain in place or because, by the time state and local restrictions are lifted, we will have lost the lead time necessary to book speakers, preachers and performers, hire staff and prepare facilities, or otherwise plan all the programs we wish to offer. 

We do not yet have specific state or local guidance as to what will be required this summer. The landscape is changing quickly, and re-opening guidance right now is focused on the weeks ahead, not on the months ahead. We continue to be in regular contact with officials at all levels of government. Based on current trends, this is what we expect will be the impact of COVID-19 on your 2021 Summer Assembly experience at Chautauqua:
  • We will continue to keep patron, staff, and community safety as our top priority.
  • We are continuing to plan for worship, lecture and performing arts programming in the Chautauqua Amphitheater, and theater, opera and voice programs at a new and temporary Performance Pavilion on Pratt Avenue. 
    • Additional programs for smaller audiences will be presented in the Hall of Philosophy and Smith Wilkes Hall.
    • Outdoor movies will be offered when possible in various locations on the grounds. Chautauqua Cinema will offer movies at its Higgins Hall location as regulations and feasibility permit.
    • All programs will be offered in accordance with COVID-19 regulations, which may cause some modifications to some types of presentations, particularly the performing arts, for the safety of all involved. For example, our performers will be more stationary and farther apart on our stages than we normally see.
    • We have confirmed and announced (or are preparing to announce) 52% of planned 10:30 a.m. lectures (Chautauqua Lecture Series); 20% of planned 1 p.m. lectures (Interfaith Lecture Series); and 70% of weekly pastors; and 55% of planned evening entertainment programs. This work continues. Bookmark this page for the complete list of programs confirmed and announced to date, including pre-season programs.
    • In-person programs will be simulcast on CHQ Assembly as much as possible, when permitted by speaker and artist contracts. A limited number of Summer Assembly events will be presented only on CHQ Assembly.
  • We will be required to adhere to strict crowd and queue control for all events in these venues and otherwise. This will mean procedures will be in place to get into and out of our events — which will represent a slightly different experience for our returning patrons. Similar procedures will be implemented across the country in response to regulations.
  • Patrons will be required to wear face masks in our venues or anywhere it is difficult to stay 6 feet away from those not in your household, except when seated at a dining venue. 
  • Vigilant hand washing and other personal hygiene practices will continue to be encouraged to prevent disease spread.
  • Food and beverage operations will be able to operate according to state guidelines, including requirements that one be seated to consume a beverage or eat. We will also present new foodservice offerings to enhance and augment existing venues (more to come on this later this spring). The Farmers Market and Bestor Fresh Market will continue to be offered as well.
  • Chautauqua Golf, Fitness, Tennis, Sports Club, and Sailing programs and operations will be open for business, with Golf opening as soon as weather permits this spring; Tennis starting operations in late May; and Sports Club and Turney Sailing Center opening with the start of the Summer Assembly in late June. Chautauqua Health & Fitness at Turner is operating now and will continue to do so. We will not operate the fitness location at Heinz Beach in 2021. 
  • Chautauqua Children’s Beach will be open during the Summer Assembly, lifeguard staffing permitting.
  • We will offer Youth and Family programs as announced in February.
  • We will offer a combination of face-to-face and online master and enrichment classes through Special Studies. These programs will be available for registration in mid-May.
  • New York state has removed the quarantine requirement for those coming from out of state, beginning April 1. This does not apply to international travelers currently. 
  • We know we will need to continue to be flexible and prepared to change as state regulations regarding COVID-19 safety and compliance change. 
What we do not yet know about the impact of COVID-19 on your 2021 Summer Assembly experience:
  • Our plan anticipates we will need to limit event attendance to 50% of venue capacity. State regulations as of this date (March 12, 2021) do not yet permit us to accommodate 50% of the capacity of the Amphitheater (or 2,200 guests in the venue). We are continuing to follow daily policy changes and announcements which are moving in the desired direction, that is, carefully becoming less restrictive. 
  • We do not yet know whether the state will require COVID-19 testing for people to enter event venues.
  • We do not yet know whether the state will require us to see proof of COVID-19 vaccination from adults for people to enter event venues.
When do we expect to know more?
  • We expect that state policy will continue to fluctuate over the next two months or more. We will wait until May 1 to decide whether regulations known or projected at that time call for us to significantly modify our program or operations plan for 2021.
  • We expect to make registration for youth programs (Children’s School; Group One; Club) available by the end of March.
  • By May 1, we expect to share more information about single ticket sales to Amphitheater popular entertainment and Performance Pavilion covered seating (lawn seating is included with all Traditional Gate Passes and Grounds Access Passes, subject to availability).
We thank you for your continued patience as we navigate increasingly hopeful, yet still uncertain waters. You have our promise that we will share any new information quickly as we keep our focus on creating a safe and wonderful 2021 Chautauqua experience. 

Please contact our information office via email at infooffice@chq.org with any specific questions you may have regarding your Chautauqua experience. We will do our best to provide a timely response.
All my best,

Michael E. Hill
For your information, here is a link to the current state guidelines for Phase Four Industries, which include Arts and Entertainment organizations.

For your information, here is a link to the current New York COVID-19 Travel Advisory. Please note this does not yet reflect the above-referenced April 1 lift on out-of-state quarantine regulations.

For your information, guidance on masks from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Walter D. “Pete” Mairs, 81, died peacefully on July 23, 2021. Born in Avon, N.Y., on Sept. 3, 1939, Pete was a longtime resident of Geneva, N.Y., and these past many years in Buffalo, N.Y., as well as his beloved Silver Lake. Pete is survived by his wife, Linda Bergstrom Mairs, a loving and true companion; children, Mimi C. Mairs, Jonathan B. Mairs; sisters, June Huff, Helen Dole; brother, Thomas Mairs; stepchildren, Daniel Brinkworth, Jennie Ramsey; sister-in-law, Anne Bergstrom, eight beautiful grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. A service and celebration of life is planned for the fall when all can share the joy of Pete’s life together. Arrangements by Stephenson – Dougherty Funeral Home, Avon, N.Y.

Editor's Note: It was a privilege knowing and working with Pete Mairs during his presidency of the Silver Lake Institute. He was a kind and gentle man, but also firm in his leadership. I served as Treasurer and Chaplain of SLI during those years and I could always depend on Pete's presence in the worship service. He was a man of faith and a gem of a human being. May he rest in God's care.


Gerald C. Sahrle, 80, of Perry, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born on Oct. 10, 1941, in Wayland, N.Y., to the late Charles A. and Helen I. (Blowers) Sahrle. Gerry was a line foreman for 32 1/2 years for NYSE&G, working out of the Perry and Hamburg locations, and was a Town of Perry Councilman. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Constellation Lodge -404 in Perry. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and woodworker. He is survived by his wife, Valary A. (Conley) Sahrle; 1 son, Gerald (Pamela) Sahrle II of Silver Springs; 2 sisters, Millie Edmond of Greece, Bonnie Fink of Winston-Salem, N.C., 3 brothers, Ronald (Linda) Sahrle of Dansville, Robert (Susan) Sahrle of Springwater, Kenneth Sahrle of Dansville; 5 grandchildren, Bradley Musscarella, Stone and Winston Sahrle, Conley and Cooper Gayton; along with many nieces, nephews and friends. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Sahrle, who passed away in 2012. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Gerry will be laid to rest in West Perry Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Perry Center Fire Department, P.O. Box 204, Perry, NY 14530. For more information, please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence, visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street, Perry, NY 14530.

Editor's Note: Gerald and Valarie could always be seen in the family pew with Pamela, Stone and Winston at Perry First United Methodist Church and continue to be loved. Gerry will be sorely missed. Both were supporters of the Arts at the Silver Lake Institute and Valarie was active in painting and participating in the Annual Show in August. Valarie's presence was always valued and appreciated.


"Kathy P." passed November 8, 2021, of Hamburg and Boston, NY. Beloved daughter of Joseph and Barbara Michalak; loving sister of Daniel Michalak; devoted wife of the late Jeffrey Praczkajlo; cherished mother of Jennifer (Shawn) Jump; loving babcia of Lily Jump; also survived by many beloved family members and friends who became her family. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Editor's Note: "Kathy P." as she was better known to us at Silver Lake was an annual summer visitor for most of the last number of years at the invitation of Silver Laker Julia Hoffner. She stayed at the Hoffner Cottage, and became known as both the fun visitor with the vivacious smile to the neighbors at the intersection of Haven Ave. and the Ames Walkway. Kathy P. and Julie could be seen walking and talking between the cottage and the Hoffner boathouse where they could be close to the water. She was also occasionally seen at the Saturday morning breakfasts at Stoody Hall. Her stay was anywhere between 4 days and a week where she had the opportunity to develop a love for Silver Lake. She was not yet eligible for retirement when late last week she developed "a cold" and had to remain home from her job. She did not update her condition over the weekend so the local police made a wellness visit and found her deceased on Monday. She was one of those many people who found Silver Lake and friendship for brief respites where she also found new strength and energy to return to work. She is being particularly mourned by those in the Haven/Ames neighborhood. She will be memorialized next summer at the annual Celebration of Life Memorial Service at Epworth Hall.


Brenda Joan Paddock, 82, of Perry, born April 15, 1939, now resides in heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Brenda met Jesus as her Savior in 1965. She met him in person on Nov. 14, 2021. She had a beautiful homecoming with music, singing and praying, leading her into Glory. Her last words were “I am well, I am well.”

Brenda’s greatest loves were her family and friends. Brenda had five children with her husband Roger: Don and Daelene Paddock of Florida, Jody and Tim Von Sanden of Pavilion, Bradley and Jeanie Paddock of Warsaw, Jennifer and Paul Guy of Massachusetts, and Nathan and Jill Paddock of Perry.

Brenda dearly loved her grandchildren: Jessica Morillo, Nikki and Clint O’Brien, Luke Paddock, Paul Paddock, Ian and Brooklyn Paddock, Joe and Louana Paddock, Burke and Megan Paddock, Aaron Paddock, Ellen Paddock, Andrew Paddock, Rachael Paddock, Abigail Paddock, Erik and Cassandra Von Sanden, Jacquelyn and Michael Jones, Tim Von Sanden, Brandon and Brandee Paddock, Jamey and Laura Paddock, Peter and Kara Guy, Candy and Jay Waitkevich, Marlo and Ryan Bolger and Jenna and Rory Peterson.

Brenda was blessed and loved her great grandchildren: Chloe, Olivia and Nicholas Von Sanden, Joshua and Jaxon Morillo, Jameson and Cassandra O’Brien, Atlas Paddock, Noah and Ezra Jones, Colton, Brantley and Charlotte Guy, Cameron Waitkevich, Amelia Bolger and Brennen Leonard.

Brenda is also survived by her brother and sister in laws; Frank and Emma Paddock, Viva and Jim Phillips-Richardson and Kurt and Lynn Paddock.

Brenda first started working as a secretary at Perry Central School. She then assisted her husband building Paddock’s Breeding Service. Roger and Brenda together built and ran the Sandsabarn teenage nightclub. Brenda was owner and operator of Serendipity Travel. Brenda’s pleasures included playing organ and piano. She played at a number of area churches along with performing for her loved ones. UPDATED -- Brenda also played with conviction at both indoor and outdoor services at the Silver Lake Institute where her grandson, Luke, sang at Epworth Hall on several occasions and was appreciated by all who heard his inspiring voice.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents Noble and Freda Buckland, her husband Roger and son Bradley.

A Committal service at West Perry Cemetery will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, November 17 at 11 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Life at LaGrange Baptist Church at 4 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made in Brenda’s honor to the LaGrange Baptist Church 7092 LaGrange Rd. Perry, NY 14530 or to the First Congregational Church P.O. Box 156 Perry, NY 14530. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St., Perry, N.Y. 14530. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com.

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