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Public Can Make Summer 'Historical' at “Chautauqua 2007: Food for Thought”

SOURCE: Maryland Humanities Council
This July, the Maryland Humanities Council and some of the greatest luminaries in food history will be assembling under the tent at “Chautauqua 2007: Food for Thought.” Join whistle-blowing scribe Upton Sinclair, activist Cesar Chavez, innovator and culinary adventurer George Washington Carver, and the ultimate foodie Francophile, Julia Child, for a showcase of performances guaranteed to stimulate both mind and stomach.

Now in its 13th year, MHC’s Chautauqua is an anticipated summer tradition that brings audiences face-to-face with famous historical figures.

Attendees will have the chance to ask Upton Sinclair not only what prompted him to pen The Jungle, his classic criticism of the meat-packing industry, but also his take on free-range farming. Or, learn what position George Washington Carver might volunteer on genetically-engineered crops. Would Julia Child offer her classic cooking show in high-def should it be produced today? What might Cesar Chavez say about the current immigration debate?

“The word that consistently surfaces regarding our Chautauqua event is ‘magical,’” says MHC executive director Peggy Burke. “Participants comment that the tented environment and performances make this event unlike any other they’ve attended.”

MHC’s Chautauqua tent show takes place from July 5-16, 2007, beginning at 7 PM for four nights under a big-top tent at Garrett Community College, McHenry (July 5-8); Chesapeake College, Wye Mills (July 9-12); The College of Southern Maryland, La Plata (July 9-12); Montgomery College–Germantown (July 10-13); The Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville (July 12-15); and Cecil Community College, North East (July 13-16).

All Chautauqua programs are free and open to the public. Sites are handicapped accessible. If sign language interpretation is needed, call 410-685-4185 by June 21.

“Chautauqua 2007: Food for Thought” is made possible with support from Constellation Energy, the Maryland Division of Historical and Cultural Programs, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information on MHC’s Chautauqua, contact Judy Dobbs at the Maryland Humanities Council at 410-685-4185 or

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This story was published on June 14, 2007.