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Mail Tribune 100, March 25, 1921

March 25, 1921

ASHLAND TO CUT “CANNED” TALENT 1921 CHAUTAUQUA

Ashland, March 25.— Instead of abandoning Chautauqua this approaching assembly season, the term will be extended to cover six weeks, but will be a reversion to individuality features which characterized gatherings of former days. In other words, “canned” talent will not be impressed into service along stereotyped program lines. Printers would be apt to term the change an elimination of “plate matter,” in favor of the substitution of more original ideas and methods.

Chautauqua will merge its activities with those of summer schools, conferences, and perhaps camp meetings, as all of these attractions have been mentioned in connection with an intellectual and social observance of the summer vacation season. If local talent cannot meet all of the demand, there is in the valley and state to draw upon for exponents of the best in music, art, literature and oratory. Community sages, writers, musicians, university clubs, lecturers and poets are available in local and adjacent fields, not to mention numerous speakers in the “stump” classification. At all events the formal cut and dried schedules of the lyceum era are to be discarded in favor of a new departure, or rather a return to the old informal sings, discussions, and social visits.

This decision has been arrived at after an expression of opinion not only from the Chautauqua organization and its patrons, but also from the public in general at a meeting called to consider the matter.

Eminent talent for abroad will continue to be a factor on the local circuit at intervals.

The assembly season of 1921 will witness a merger of the Chautauqua summer school activities exemplifying its highest ideals, under control of a specific board of directors to be nominated by a committee representing the Southern Oregon assembly and the Ashland Chamber of Commerce on the basis of a mutual co-operative boost.

Music being indispensable as an adjunct to the entertainment season, the band as reorganized, is planning a wide scope of lively accompaniments ... The adult organization will be augmented by a boys’ band. Loveland is an ex-service man, lately returned here from Puget Sound naval centers. In a business way he is manager of the music department in Enders’ store. Both vocalist and instrumentalist, his services cover the range of an efficient concertmeister. A score of prospective members have already lined up for the men’s and boys’ organizations respectively, and a lot of new instruments are already on the way for the boys’ unit to launch a concert movement to supplement the main aggregation’s efforts in a series of midsummer entertainments.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com