October 3-4, 2015 is the first That Chautauqua Thing intergenerational learning weekend. Taken from the historical Chautauqua (events from 1880-1920 era, which would bring families from miles around to hear speakers, learn a new skill, and just socialize), this weekend offers events and workshops that will appeal to all generations. Especially for kids, we have the “working up an appetite” kids games, which will feature tug of war, sack races, etc at historic Willson Brewer Park, followed by Larry the Magician who will delight and amaze! In that area, you may also tour the historical buildings on the site and visit the Depot Museum, see messages sent by telegraph, and check out the hand-made soaps and wood carvings. For all generations and especially appealing to Little House on the Prairie fans, we offer two free Laura Ingalls Wilder presentations, featuring re-enactor Sarah Uthoff. Storyteller Mike Zahm, will give two presentations and offer a Storytelling Workshop for a modest fee. It’s a great pairing for a creative youth and a parent or grandparent. The older youth with an interest in archeology and tools of the pre-industrial era will enjoy the Artifacts Road Show (and all are encouraged to bring their arrow points, spearheads, or hammerstones to be evaluated), and perhaps take one of the workshops on flint-knapping or arrow making. There’s also a family-friendly bicycle ride on Saturday which will be a leisurely ride along a concrete surface path, with stops along the way for snippets of historical interest along the Boone River Recreational trail. Come join us in Webster City, Iowa for the weekend of fun!