This week’s column will be focusing on the upcoming Chautauqua events because I just think this is a great program and what an honor for Plattsmouth to host this event.

The 2009 Chautauqua events are getting into full gear with three more Pre Chautauqua events lined up and registration deadline for the Youth Chautauqua Camp on May 15th. 



Saturday, May 2 at 10:00 a.m., the adult book club is hosting a book discussion about “All the Kings Men” by Robert Penn Warren. A special guest is Fred Krebs who portrays Senator Huey P. Long for the Chautauqua events.  Admission is free for this program and refreshments will be served.  It is open to the public whether or not you have read the book, so plan on attending this exciting event.  The book club meets at the library and this meeting will be in the auditorium.

Tuesday, May 12, at 11:30 a.m. at the Cass County Museum as part of the Brown Bag Series is the film, “The Plow that Broke the Plains” film with a panel discussion following.  This event is free and open to the public, please bring your “brown bag” lunch with you to enjoy during the event.

Sunday, May 17, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. the book discussion will be on Zora Neale Hurston’s book, “Mules and Men”.  Professor Art Durand and Professor Amy Forss will be on hand to moderate and offer their expertise as history professors.  This event is also free and open to the public. 

The Chautauqua Youth Camp is a fantastic opportunity for students in fourth to eighth grade to participate in the festivities.   They spend five days preparing and researching their own character to be presented at the Friday night performance of Chautauqua.  This event is again free to the students and lead by Dr. Ann Birney and Dr. Joyce Thierer of Ride Into History.  Space is limited for this program and registrations are due by May 15th.  The camp is held at the library from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, and 1:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday.  A flyer and the registration form are available at the Plattsmouth Community School’s website.   Dr. Cherie Larson is coordinating this program for the Plattsmouth Chautauqua committee.

The Chautauqua is from Wednesday, June 24, 2009 to Sunday June 28, 2009 with a wide array of activities including a reenactment of President Franklin Roosevelt’s visit to Plattsmouth, nightly speakers at the tent, and special daytime activities.  The Chautauqua reader is available for free with a full schedule of events at the library or you can view the whole schedule through the Chamber of Commerce’s website at  Thanks to Jeanene Wehrbein for spearheading the campaign to host Chautuaqua-it will be a lot of fun!

In related news, congratulations to Charles Jones as the new director of the Main Street Association Director.  There was a nice column in the Journal last week with updates on their activities which was great to see and read.  Please contact him at 296-5544 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on this great organization.  He was also at the Chautauqua meeting with some great ideas for the downtown merchants to add to the atmosphere of the program.

One last note, the Plattsmouth High School Musical Theater Department is putting on “Once Upon a Mattress” this Thursday, and Friday nights at 7:00 p.m. with a matinee on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 at the PHS theater.  I have been to several of these shows and they are always wonderful!