Lawrence group revitalizes 120-year-old tradition

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A 120-year-old tradition has found new life in Lawrence.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that a group called the Lawrence Creates Makerspace put on an event Friday called the Winter Chautauqua. Organizers said a chautauqua is traditionally an informal community meeting meant to entertain and educate those in attendance. The event is made up of different acts about five minutes in length.

Throughout the evening, participants read stories, recited poems, sang songs, danced and played instruments. One performer clucked her poem like a chicken, later providing the audience with a translation of the barnyard noises.


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