1965 Getzendaner Park Plan:
We continue to realize how lucky we are to have the sole remaining building from the original Chautauquas in Texas. Thanks to Parks Dept. Director John Smith and his crew for digging up this old City of Waxahachie Park Plan dated "10-19-65". 
"Sports Diplomacy:  Get In The Game!"
Yes, the Power of Sports can even change the world.

Join Chris Dial (founder of Basketball Embassy), and Laura Dixon (head of external relations for Spurs Sports and Entertainment) for an interactive discussion on the integral role Sports Diplomacy efforts play in building ever-strengthening relations between countries around the world.

The language of winning and losing is one we all know well.  Sports diplomacy uses the universal passion for sports as a way to transcend linguistic and sociocultural differences and bring people together on common ground.  

Laura Dixon serves as the head of external relations for Spurs Sports and Entertainment. She leads the organization’s government, advocacy and business development efforts beyond San Antonio. Since 2012, she has worked with the State Department on sports envoys, fellowships and business consulting programs that connect passionate leaders and organizations across the globe.
More about Laura Dixon...
Chris Dial founded the Basketball Embassy in San Antonio in 2014, which works with players and coaches worldwide.  In 2009 he formalized a working relationship with the Turkish Basketball Federation which has taken him to over 50 towns and cities in Turkey. Since then he has worked with countries such as Romania, Greece, Israel, Palestine, Bulgaria, Sweden, and many, many more. Born and raised in San Antonio, Chris was a high school varsity basketball coach in the San Antonio area from 2000 to 2015.  More about Chris Dial...
To Modern
The Victorian Fencing Society, together with the Fencing Institute of Texas, will bring the evolution of fencing alive on the Chautauqua stage through demonstrations,costumes and stories.
Fencing, the art of offense and defense with a sword, was practiced by men and women as an exercise and pastime in the Victorian Era.  Fencing has been an Olympic sport since the first Olympics in 1908.

The Victorian Fencing Society offers a unique class that combines a low impact workout and the discussion of historical topics of the 18th and 19th century that exercises both the brain and the body.

The Fencing Institute of Texas is a salle d’ armes  for Olympic sport fencing and has been training athletes in the DFW area since 2000. Its mission is to heighten the awareness of the sport of fencing along with working with the US Fencing Association to bring national tournaments to the area.   All of the coaches at the Fencing Institute of Texas are credentialed by the US Fencing Association Coaches College or US Fencing Coaches Association.
More on ....Victorian Fencing Society and Fencing Institute of Texas
Ancient Sport of Falconry
When the Birds of Prey soar though the trees of Getzendaner Park on September 28, they will be demonstrating not only their beauty and grace, but also the ancient hunting skills of these raptors.
Falconry is the sport of hunting with falcons and the art of training falcons to hunt with humans. It began long ago in Asia. In the Middle Ages, Crusaders learned falconry and brought it back to Europe, where kings and lords often maintained falconers who hunted for game with hawks and eagles as well as falcons.

Last Chance Forever Birds of Prey Conservancy from San Antonio is dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned birds of prey, scientific investigation, and education.  Their educational programming seeks to inspire an interest in, and awareness of, the natural world which we share with all living things. 
Stonhenj Players Bring Back Renaissance Era

The Stonhenj Players return to Chautauqua to offer their interactive high-energy performances - to entertain, educate, and transport us to the Renaissance era.
This year they not only will display an exhibit of their unusual collection of Renaissance armor and swords, but they will offer the chance for participants of all ages to try their hand at safe jousting and sword play for all ages.

This organization of actors, stage combatants, dancers and singers will provide their amazing combined acapella voices that will resonate once again in Getzendaner Park with sea shanties, English folksongs, and Celtic ballads.

Stonhenj performs regularly at Scarborough Faire as well as at other festivals, museums, schools, fairs, pubs, and madrigal feasts.
Local Artist Will Add Art to Music
Local  artist, Leah Lawless-Smith, will bring her talent and imagination to Chautauqua as she creates a work of art inspired by the performance of the Marbriago Trio. We will have the unique privilege of witnessing her creation during the 45 minute concert. Ms. Lawless-Smith's completed painting will be part of the silent auction that will begin following the concert. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Special Olympics of Texas.
Waxahachie artist Leah Lawless-Smith  has been teaching art for 18 years, currently at Ennis High School and Navarro College. She has had her artwork shown in numerous juried exhibitions around Texas, including at the Plaza of the Americas in Dallas, Pearce Museum in Corsicana, the Irving Art Center and the Atrium Show in Frisco.

Her paintings reflect her interest in collecting and in vehicles and she is also excited by portrait painting. She is influenced by the brushwork and the use of color by Vincent Van Gogh. She says that her "goal is to accomplish a fun piece that gives the viewer an eclectic work of artwork with sass."  
More about Leah...

Another Art Form on the Stage!
An additional art form will be a part of the Marbriago Trio's musical look at sports at Chautauqua. During a portion of their concert, sports-themed movie clips will accompany their performance.

Many arts demonstrate the power of sports!
MORE NEWS - Details coming...
  • Trash Can Transformation: Time to reserve your Trash Can Is NOW!
  • Sept. 28th at Chautauqua:
    • Waxahachie High School Culinary Arts Dept. offers lunch 11am-2pm!
    • Coffee from Fresh Market will be offered free 7-10am!
    • Easy stretching and warm-ups offered at 8:15am with the folks from Camp Gladiator
    • Bocci tournaments at 11am and noon offered by Special Olympics of Texas
    • MORE!
Great Ways to Support the Chautauqua Heritage of Waxahachie:  

VOLUNTEERING: Join us on Sept. 28th for an hour or two to help this all-day, jam-packed Chautauqua event run smoothly. Look at volunteer options HERE

SPONSORSHIPS: Your company can choose a program to sponsor or else make a general donation for the annual Chautauqua on Sept. 28. Your company will be recognized in signs and in media while you also help to make the Chautauqua FREE to all. Become a Sponsor HERE

MEMBERSHIPS:  It's not too late to become a 2019 member!  Members are the building blocks of the Waxahachie Chautauqua and keep us going, growing, and improving. Become a Member HERE

For more information, contact Maureen Moore:
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