Updated: Mar 22
Welcome to this month’s FREETOGO blog post.
Now that summer is upon us, time to go where one can especially enjoy the wonderful summertime weather!
1) First, I am going to direct you to a place that most don’t even know exists. The place is the Chautauqua Institution and is located in Western New York.
My wife, Renee, and I went there for the first time when she was pregnant with our first child, Casey. After experiencing just how special the Chautauqua Institution was, we were hooked. We then returned every year for twenty-four years until we were no longer able to travel.
One of the many reasons we became hooked was what we saw during their ‘Old First Night’, a celebration of the anniversary of its founding in 1874.
About 5000 people gathered in their outdoor amphitheater one night for singing and various celebration speeches. At one point during the night, the speaker asked everyone to stand. He then asked everyone to sit down if this was their first year at Chautauqua. He continued with the same question asking people if they had been in attendance every year for five years, then ten years, twenty years, and so on.
The year we were there, 1994, there were still people standing when he asked if anyone had been coming to Chautauqua every year for 100 years!
Anyway, here are a couple of videos of the Chautauqua Institution. They can be found in the Special & Unique category.
The Chautauqua Institution was founded in 1874 in a remote corner of Western New York as a place of learning, renewal, and inspiration. Chautauqua has always been -- and continues to be --unique. It is a true utopia, where the arts, philosophy, current events, religion and education synergize and thrive. "Chautauqua: An American Narrative" traces the institution's history and impact, and captures its contemporary essence and energy. From a NASA engineer, a former U.S Supreme Court Justice, renowned authors, scholars, and performers, learn what makes Chautauqua one of the most distinctive summer destinations in America.
2) Next, as I mentioned in the title of this blog post, we are going to the zoo and aquarium.
These videos can be found in the Zoos & Aquariums category.
A visit to the San Diego Zoo in San Diego, California. An expansive property with hundreds of species of animals. One of the top zoos in the entire world!
The aquarium features whale sharks, manta rays, penguins, beluga whales, dolphins, sea lions, and thousands more animals.
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