Get your fill of vaudeville


LA GRANDE — A vaudeville show with circus arts, music, a parade and free workshops will pop up in La Grande on July 22.

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The New Old Time Chautauqua, a nonprofit arts organization, celebrates the form of entertainment that started in the 1870s and remained popular until the mid-1920s. Between the Great Depression and the emergence of radio broadcasts and motion pictures, the type of show faded from mainstream interests.

Every summer, The New Old Time Chautauqua visits rural towns throughout the Pacific Northwest, Canada, and the northern Midwest, offering the unique experience.


The New Old Time Chautauqua kicks off the day with a parade at 11:30 a.m. A 20-piece marching band, jugglers, stilt-walkers and hula hoopers will lead the procession, which starts at the corner of Adams Avenue and Greenwood Street and ends at Max Square. The public is also welcome to join the parade and are encouraged to wear a costume.

Performance workshops

Free workshops will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the Cook Memorial Library, 2006 Fourth St. Participants of all ages and skill levels can attend.

The first session is from noon to 1 p.m. and includes instruction on juggling, crafting your own tutu, the Marimba, face painting, earth geography and an ancient Indian practice known as Ayurvedic medicine.

The second session is from 1 2 p.m. and features magic, juggling, puzzle making, feather crafting, singing in rounds and the Chinese exercise Qi Gong.

The show

A vaudeville extravaganza takes place at the La Grande High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. with locally and internationally acclaimed jugglers, acrobats, dancers, magicians, mimes and musicians.

“The Flying Karamazov Brothers will wow you with their hilarious juggling and theatrics; magician Joey Pipia’s marvel-packed illusions will leave you astonished; hula hooper extraordinaire Vanessa Vortex astounds with coordination and grace, and the Pipia Sisters delight with whimsical songs on dueling tubas,” according to a press release for the event.

The cost is $12 for adults and $8 for children younger than 12.  Tickets are available at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Community outreach

While the organization is in La Grande, it will also provide performances at senior centers, assisted living facilities and youth centers.

Additional details

The New Old Time Chautauqua was founded in 1981 by the Flying Karamazov Brothers, Patch Adams and Faith Petric. For more information, visit

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