2012 Two Rivers Chautauqua September 14-15

7th Annual Two Rivers Chautauqua Presents Inventive Minds

This year, Two Rivers Chautauqua will feature some of history's most creative characters, including Henry Ford, Mary Shelley, Albert Einstein and Dr. Seuss during evening performances on Friday, Sept. 14 and Saturday, Sept. 15. All events will take place at Cross Orchards Historic Site in Grand Junction during the Colorado Wine Festival. Combining the two events in one fabulous fall trip is highly recommended!

On Friday, Sept. 14, musical entertainment will begin under the big tent at 5:30 pm, and Young Chautauquan student scholar-performers from Mesa County School District #51 will portray their historical characters beginning at 6:30 pm.

At 7:00, Dr. Seuss, portrayed by George Frein, will take the stage to inform and amuse the audience. Dr. Seuss is the pen name of Theodor Seuss Geisel, one of the most beloved children's authors of all time.  He penned 46 children's books, often characterized by silly characters and made-up words. His birthday, March 2, has been adopted as "Read Across America Day".

Dr. George Frein, a scholar/performer for the Great Plains Chautauqua Society until 1997, has portrayed Father De Smet, Henry Adams, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, John Adams, John Winthrop, John James Audubon, Abraham Lincoln and others.

At 8:15, Henry Ford, portrayed by Doug Mishler, will speak about his life, the early automobile industry, and his many production innovations.  Ford is widely considered to be one of the most creative industrialists in American history.

Doug Mishler is well known to fans of Chautauqua.  He has performed in over 1,000 Chautauqua presentations, bringing to life P.T. Barnum, Theodore Roosevelt, Ernie Pyle, Andrew Carnegie, and many others.

On Saturday, Sept. 15, join us at Barnes & Noble Bookstore for Coffee With Chautauquans at 9 a.m.

Also on Saturday, the second session of Young Chautauqua performances by local students will begin at 1:00 and continue throughout the afternoon until 5 pm.

Other afternoon activities will include a lecture by Professional Chautauquan Susan Marie Frontczak about writer Mary Shelley beginning at 12 pm, an Albert Einstein lecture by Frank Mullen at 1 pm, and lectures about Dr. Seuss and Henry Ford presented by George Frein and Doug Mishler at 3 and 4 pm.

At 6:30 pm, the Young Chautauquans will make their final appearance under the big tent, to be followed at 7:00 pm by Susan Marie Frontczak as Mary Shelley.  Shelley is most well known as the author of the novel Frankenstein, but there is much more to be learned about her, both professionally and personally.

Susan Marie Frontczak has been bringing history to life for over 20 years.  She has presented in schools, theaters, festivals and universities all over the United States, and was invited to develop a living history of Mary Shelley in connection with the American Library Association's traveling exhibit, "Frankenstein, Penetrating the Secrets of Nature."

At 8:15, Frank Mullen will present Albert Einstein, the German physicist who revolutionized physics with his general theory of relativity and his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect.  Einstein was visiting the United States when Adolf Hitler came to power, and he never returned.  In 1940, Einstein became a U.S. citizen and was a part of the Manhattan Project, the research program that developed America's first atomic bomb.

Frank Mullen has portrayed such famous and intriguing characters as Babe Ruth, Henry VIII, Benedict Arnold and Edward R. Murrow for for over 15 years.  He is a regular at the Great Basin Chautauqua in Nevada.

Mesa County Libraries has put together a wonderful reading list for Two Rivers Chautauqua.  To see the list, click here.

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