DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. -- Chautauqua Assembly '99 will be held in
this Panhandle community, Feb. 26 to 28.
The Chautauqua Institution, an 800-acre community in upstate New
York, stages an event called Chautauqua each summer. It features
cultural, recreation and religious activities as well as
The Florida event is a miniversion of the New York one. At the
Florida assembly, educational topics are discussed, exhibits
viewed, and concerts and stage plays presented, according to F.
Diane Pickett, founder and president of Chautauqua Center here, the
Travel photographer Carl Purcell will be among the guest
lecturers who will conduct nearly 40 seminars, Pickett said.
Other guests include authorities on Monet paintings, porcelain
paintings, Russian history, vine fruits, magazine illustrations,
investment strategies, pioneer women, genealogy, gardening,
creative crafts and recycling.
In addition, there will be some stage productions, including one
based on Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women."
DeFuniak Springs, off Interstate 10, is noted for its Victorian
mansions. Most of these mansions overlook a lake in the center of
There will be a tour of the city's historical buildings,
including the homes, Pickett said.
During the Chautauqua Assembly '99, the Best Western, Comfort
Inn and Ramada Inn will charge rates that are less than $40 per
night for rooms, she said.
The Seaside resort area, near Destin, is within reasonable
driving distance, she said.
Guests staying there are eligible for 20% discounts applicable
to Chautauqua activities, she added.
A $25 fee allows visitors to attend most Chautauqua activities,
which cover three days.
Chautauqua Assembly '99, Phone: (850) 892-4300