Chautauqua-Wawasee hosts Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Experience and“Hope Floats” Cardboard Boat Regatta at the Oakwood Resort

Chautauqua-Wawasee is proud to present an exciting 2013 programming season. The season kicks-off with a two-day programming extravaganza beginning with a Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Experience that will feature the Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s Harrison String Quintet on Friday, May 31st and the “Hope Floats” Cardboard Boat Regatta on June 1, 2013.

The Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Experience will be held at the new Oakwood Resort on Friday, May 31st from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Experience wine samplings, delectable chocolates and artisan cheeses from Chalet Party Shop, Belmont Beverage, DeBrand Chocolates, Swissland Cheese and more!  Experience scrumptious appetizers prepared by Chef Matt Hawkey with Grill N Grate BBQ. In addition, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s Harrison String Quintet will take you from Bach to Rock as they play the music of Bach, The Beatles, Dave Brubeck, Mozart and more! This exquisite evening will also be the “launch” to Saturday’s Cardboard Boat Regatta. Limited tickets are available and must be purchased in advance.

On Saturday, June 1, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the shores of Lake Wawasee at Oakwood Beach will offer quite a unique site as cardboard boats race during the Hope Floats, Cardboard Boat Regatta. Cardboard boat entries can be submitted by individuals, businesses, churches, social groups, etc. Entries receive two tickets to Wine, Cheese & Chocolate experience on Friday evening. These are life-size cardboard boats that will consist of a 1-3 person crew! Free admission for spectators and fans, just bring a lawn chair or blanket and prepare to be entertained. Fun for the whole family! Food, snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. Boat Entries are $25 and include 2 tickets to Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate event.

Tickets for the Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Experience and boat entry forms are now available at Grill N Grate BBQ, 1009 South Huntington Street, Syracuse, Indiana; Syracuse Community Center, 1013 North Long Drive, Syracuse; on-line at

Other Chautauqua-Wawasee events include Ft. Wayne Philharmonic’s Patriotic Pops Concert and Barbeque of Seville, Neighbors in our World II religious series Go – Go – Going Green Educational Series, Tour Des Lakes Cycling and much more!

Chautauqua-Wawasee is truly dedicated to our community by providing quality programming utilizing the four pillars of the Chautauqua Institution which consist of Arts, Education, Religion and Recreation. For more information on these or any of our programs visit or call Marlies at 574-518-1094.