The opening performance of Ohio Chautauqua's Modern Legends tour will commence under the big red and white tent located at the City Park.
On Tuesday night, June 12, at 7:30 PM, scholar Susan Marie Frontczak will present an in-character performance as Erma Bombeck, humorist, author, newspaper columnist, and Ohio native.
Live dulcimer music performed by Linda Sigismondi will begin at 6:30 PM.
In the event of inclement weather, this performance will be held in the historic Ariel Opera House at 426 Second Avenue.
Erma Bombeck (February 21, 1927 -- April 22, 1996) captured -- with great poignancy and humor -- the daily life of a new American phenomenon: the suburban housewife. Believing you had to be able to laugh at life to get through it, she captured the essence of the housewife's daily struggles in her column "At Wit's End" three days a week, eventually appearing in 900 newspapers across the country and in books such as I Lost Everything in the Post-Natal Depression and The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank. She brought to American awareness the life of millions of women whose lives otherwise often felt invisible and taken for granted. She let women across America know: You are not alone. In fact, we number in the millions. I, too, am an American housewife, and I will laugh by your side.
Susan Marie Frontczak has performed living history programs professionally for 17 years and has been a professional storyteller for 28 years. She has been part of Ohio Chautauqua since 2010. Through Colorado Humanities, she is also active in Chautauqua training with both children and adults.
Ohio Chautauqua is presented by the Ohio Humanities Council and is free and open to the public.