MOUNT VERNON — The Chautauqua Series, now in its 13th season, continues Thursday, Aug. 15 with F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

To speak of this famous couple is to invoke the Jazz Age, romance, and outrageous early success with all its attendant perils. Their names summon flappers, reckless spending, gleaming hotel lobbies, smoky speakeasies, ocean journeys, white suits, smart dresses, and nostalgia for lost innocence. In spite of leading short, nomadic lives they defined an era and left an abundance of artistic achievements.

The couple will be portrayed by Jim and Amy K. Stoner, veterans of the Chautauqua stage, having presented more than 20 characters between them.

Opening the program will be Joe Rollin Porter from Cleveland. Joe is a blues guitarist specializing in music from the early 1900s and has been receiving acclaim for his most recent CD, “Take This Hammer” and charted in the top ten for independent blues station playlists.

The Chautauqua Series is held in the lower level at the Grand Hotel, 12 Public Square, in downtown Mount Vernon. The facility is accessible to those with special needs such as walkers, wheel chairs, service dogs and strollers. Doors open at 6 p.m. The program will start at 7 p.m. with F. Scott and Zelda coming on at 7:45 p.m., with a Q&A with the audience immediately after the Fitzgerald’s program.

The Chautauqua Series is organized and brought to you by Elixir Presents, the Grand Hotel and supported in part by a generous grant from the Ariel Foundation. These programs bring year round living history to our community and are presented on a donation basis. All donations go directly to the performers.

For more information about this and upcoming presentations, please visit, or call 740-392-3018. To receive a “Gentle Reminder” email on the Sunday before each program, contact Mike Petee at


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