It’s Sporting Lives for Chautauqua 2015 at CCBC Catonsville

Jun 03, 2015 | by Jacquie Lucy | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.761.2482 (cell)

July 10-12, Center for the Arts Theatre

The Community College of Baltimore County and the Maryland Humanities Council invite you to enjoy “Sporting Lives” for three evenings of Chautauqua 2015 at CCBC Catonsville. Plan to join us at 7 p.m., July 10-12, 2015 in the Center for the Arts Theatre at CCBC Catonsville, 800 S. Rolling Road. The program is free and open to the public.

“Sporting Lives” brings three athletic super stars from the past to the CCBC stage.

Friday, July 10 - Gwen Briley-Strand brings Olympian Wilma Rudolph to the stage. Did you know that Rudolph suffered from Infantile Paralysis as a child?

Saturday, July 11 - Gene Worthington is at bat as ‘the Babe’! Did you know that by the time that Ruth retired from baseball in 1935, he held 56 major league records many of which still stand today?

Sunday, July 12 - Mark Megehee sprints to victory as mega-athlete Jim Thorpe. Did you know that King Gustav V of Sweden called Olympian Thorpe “The greatest athlete in the world”?

Find out more about these fascinating 20th century athletes by attending the three evenings of Chautauqua at CCBC Catonsville.

The name “Chautauqua” (pronounced shuh-TAW-kwa) comes from Chautauqua Lake in New York, where Chautauqua began in 1874 as a training course for Sunday school teachers. In the early decades of the 20th century, Chautauqua took to the road as part of the Lyceum movement, bringing lectures and entertainers to towns across America. Although it died out in the 1920s, Chautauqua was revived by state humanities councils in the 1970s.

This year the Maryland Humanities Council marks the 21st performances of Chautauqua, bringing celebrated figures from the past to life through interactive performances that engage and inspire audiences of all ages. Scholars perform as historical figures and then have a conversation with the audience. Chautauqua events are held in six regions of the state each summer. Past historical figures have ranged from President Abraham Lincoln to Martin Luther King, Jr., from Francis Scott Key to Julia Child.

CCBC’s School of Liberal Arts began sponsoring Chautauqua 11 years ago under a tent on the Catonsville campus. Over the years, the tent gave way to the air-conditioned and accessible Center for the Arts Theatre.

For additional information about “Sporting Lives,” visit

For special accommodations or other questions, call 443-840-4668.

(Illustrations are by artist Tom Chalkley and are available for use by the media at


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