Spring Sessions 2010

Friday, April 9, 2010 - 7:00pm to Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 12:00pm


Farmington-Scipio Region
Welcomes Friends
to Spring Sessions

April 9–11, 2010
Chautauqua Institution

Old Pier Building at Chautauqua
The Old Pier Building at Chautauqua (circa 1900)
Courtesy of Chautauqua Institution Archives


Minutes of Spring Sessions 2010

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Documents of the Session

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We will again be meeting on the campus of the Chautauqua Institution, in the southwest corner of New York State. Chautauqua Institution is a famous historic place along Lake Chautauqua that holds music and education programs in the summer. Our time together will be enhanced by the quiet atmosphere and lovely places to walk and enjoy the scenery. Attenders may wish to refer to www.ciweb.org for maps and links to local places of interest. As in previous years, we will be in Bellinger Hall, which has comfortable, dormlike bedrooms, a dining room, and committee meeting rooms.

Registration: Advance registration is necessary for meals, housing, and childcare. The registration form indicates the prices for rooms and meals. You may register by mail or electronically. To register by mail, fill out the registration form and mail it with your check for the registration fee and meals to Bronwyn Mohlke, 52 Gray Rd., Ithaca NY 14850. To register by e-mail and pay your registration fee using PayPal, see online registration information (opens in new window). After March 22, the registration fee increases by $5 for each adult. Friends are reminded that financial help may be requested from monthly meetings, regional meetings, or committees. There are also designated funds through the scholarship fund, which you may request on your registration form.

Hospitality: If you would like accommodations with someone from Farmington-Scipio Region for either Thursday or Sunday night as you travel to/from Chautauqua, arrangements are being coordinated by Bronwyn Mohlke.

Childcare will be provided during meetings times on Saturday and Sunday. In order to have enough caregivers available, we will need the number and ages of children who plan to attend no later than March 22. Parents will be responsible for any children who have not been registered by the 22nd.

Featured Speaker, Jon Schmitz: Chautauqua has played a unique role in the cultural history of New York State and of the United States. Jon will talk about the history of Chautauqua as well as the Quaker intersections with the Institution. Friends General Conference was founded during a meeting at Chautauqua. Jon Schmitz has been archivist and historian for the Chautauqua Institution since 2002.

Youth Program: Teens and preteens will have shared time with Sarah Mandolang, Nick Dosch, and Autumn Star, who have just returned from working in Indonesia. We will have activities on Messages and Practices of Peace. We have the freedom to be involved in sessions with all Friends. And of course, we can use active games and small-group discussions to get to know each other better. We will make the final decisions about our program together.

Young people must be accompanied by their parent(s) or a designated sponsor. Registration forms for youths must be sent in with those of their parent(s)/sponsor. For further information you may contact Donna Beckwith at dmbeckwith [at] yahoo.com.

Committee Meetings and Displays: Requests for committee meeting rooms and display space should be sent to Eleanor Doud, Fredonia Monthly Meeting, 716- 782-3570; edoud [at] windstream.net. Committees may use the Friday evening time to meet as well as the times specified in the schedule. Please include the time for which you need space and the number of people that you expect to attend the committee meeting.

Note: Chautauqua Institution requests that we not bring our own food into Bellinger Hall. If you have not had supper along the way, you may wish to know that Andriaccio’s Restaurant is just a few feet north and across the road from the Chautauqua main gate. Some light snacks will be available Friday evening at Bellinger Hall. Wireless internet access will be available in the dining room at Bellinger Hall.

Agenda: Agenda items will be listed in April InfoShare and sent out to the NYYM global e-mail list.

Motels in the Area: Comfort Inn, Jamestown, NY, 716- 664-5920; Best Western, Jamestown, NY, 716-484-8400; Webb’s Motel, Mayville, NY, 716-753-2161; Clarion Inn, Jamestown, NY, 716- 664-3400.

Directions to Chautauqua Institution

Interstate 90 (New York Thruway) to Westfield exit. After exit, turn left onto Rte 394 through Mayville (approximately 7 miles). Approximately 3 to 4 miles from the light in Mayville (stay on 394) Chautauqua’s main entrance/gate will be on the left.

Interstate 86 (formerly Rte 17 & Southern Tier Expressway) going west. (Several miles past the Jamestown exit there is a split in the road. Follow the road toward Erie, PA.) After crossing the bridge across Chautauqua Lake, take exit 8 (the first exit immediately after the bridge), Mayville/Lakewood, Route 394. At end of the exit turn right toward Mayville. Go approximately 4 miles; Chautauqua’s main entrance/gate will be on the right.

Public transportation:

Plane to Buffalo or Jamestown, NY, or Erie, PA

Bus to Buffalo, NY, or Erie, PA

Train to Buffalo or Rochester, NY

Regional Friends are coordinating transportation from public transportation points to Chautauqua. Please indicate your needs on the registration form.

Two phone numbers where individuals might be reached at Bellinger Hall are 716-357-6241 or 716-357-6240. If you have any questions regarding travel or meeting room requirements, please feel free to contact Eleanor Doud at 716-782- 3570 or edoud [at] windstream.net.


Friday, April 9
7:00–8:30 P.M. Meeting for worship with attention to holding our YM in prayer
8:45 Fellowship & singing (Friends are encouraged to bring songbooks.)
Saturday, April 10
7:30–8:30 A.M. Breakfast
8:30–9:00 Registration
9:00–9:45 Meeting for worship
10:00–12:00 P.M. Meeting for worship with a concern for YM business
12:15–1:30 Lunch
  Sessions Committee meets
1:45–3:30 Committee meetings
3:45–5:15 Committee meetings
5:30–6:30 Dinner
7:00–9:00 Invited speaker
Sunday, April 11
8:30 A.M. Meeting for worship
9:00–10:30 Meeting for worship with a concern for YM business
11:00–12:00 P.M. Meeting for worship
12:15 Lunch and farewells

Sessions Documents


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