Chautauqua’s Birthday & Astronomy Program
JULY 26, 2019
At Chautauqua Auditorium

Yes, Chautauqua Auditorium IN THE MIDDLE OF SUMMER!
The Waxahachie Enterprise of June 26,1900 beckoned the folks to "the cool sequestered nooks of West End Park..." The original 2-week Waxahachie Chautauquas were always held in the Texas heat.   It was the perfect time - the crops were planted and the kitchens were hot.  And they dressed like this:
What:           Birthday Party!  Involves cake, ice cream, singing and TELESCOPES.
                     (Birthday cake graciously provided by Pettigrew Academy)
What Else: 
"Could Anyone Else Be out There?
                     Searching for Exoplanets is Alive and Well in Texas"

Where:        Chautauqua Auditorium, Waxahachie, TX
When:          Friday, July 26, 2019, 7:30pm (Astronomy at 8pm)

Sunset:        8:30pm
Skies:          Forecast is "clear"!
Cool things: Blue Bell ice cream
                       Ice cold water
                       Snowie Cones of Texas brings Sno Cones
                       Hand Fans
                       Ceiling Fans
                       Auditorium breezes

Questions - and Answers:
  • Are other solar systems out there?
  • How are planets and star systems discovered?
  • How many stars have planets and how many can support life?
  • Can I see stars that have other planets??
Dr. Richard Olenick is Professor of Physics at the University of Dallas, where he teaches astronomy and astrophysics as well as advanced physics courses.    His research interests lie in exoplanet searches and binary star evolution.  He has been a Guest Observer for the Kepler space telescope.  He was also named Texas Professor of the Year, is a Minnie Stevens Piper Professor, and has supervised over fifty undergraduate theses in physics.

Arthur Sweeney is an adjunct instructor in the physics department of the University of Dallas.  Mr. Sweeney is a retired instrument engineer/scientist. His research interests are in instrument development  and exoplanet searches.  He is also the founder of A. F. Sweeney & Associates, a real-time computer systems consulting company.
There is no CHA_TA_Q_A without U.

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 (The Chautauqua Preservation Society is
a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.)
2019 Chautauqua Sponsorship Campaign Begins!

Your company can be a 2019 sponsor of the Waxahachie Chautauqua too!  Find out about opportunities and benefits here:  SPONSORSHIP 

Invitation from your President - HERE

What programs can you sponsor and how do you benefit? HERE

HERE is the form to print and send with your donation!

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(Chautauqua Preservation Society 501(C) (3):   ID Number 75-2856177)

 the FIRST Sponsor of the 2019 Waxahachie Chautauqua!
Thanks to all who helped put together the Waxahachie Chautauqua 4th of July  float and to those who rode along with it or who waved at it!  
Special thanks to our honorees Chuck Beatty and Vicki Claybon Sellers, who represented the Prairie View Interscholastic League.  Don't know what that is?  Discover it at the Waxahachie Chautauqua Assembly on Sept 28th!!
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