Boulder City Chautauqua 


Great American Humorists

Will Rogers, Julia Child, Erma Bombeck, Mark Twain

Friday & Saturday, October 22/23, 2021
Boulder Creek Pavilion | 1501 Veteran's Memorial Drive

(corner Adams Blvd & Veteran's Memorial Drive)

featuring performances by

Steve Cottrell, Sharon Resnikoff, and Bob Buetler/Elaine Hardy

Julia Carolyn Child (Aug 15, 1912 – Aug 13, 2004) was an American cooking teacher, author, and television personality. She is recognized for bringing French cuisine to the American public with her debut cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and her subsequent television programs, the most notable of which was The French Chef, which premiered in 1963.


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payable to Boulder City Chautauqua to:
Boulder City Chautauqua
PO Box 61994
Boulder City, NV 89006

Tickets $15 per Performance

​​SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1:00 PM & 6:00 PM 

Chautauqua Scholar Meet and Greet Reception  $35

Thursday, October 21, 5:30pm

Our 1:00 PM Matinee will feature locals Bob Buetler and Elaine Hardy, on trumpet and piano for a little classy jazz, followed by Chautauqua scholar Susan Marie Frontczak presenting Erma Bombeck

At 6:00 PM, the exciting finale of the weekend will feature local-favorite folksinger Steve Cottrell, who will cast his spell before handing the stage over to McAvoy Layne for his acclaimed portrayal of Mark Twain.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Nov 30, 1835–Apr 21, 1910), known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. He was lauded as the "greatest humorist [the United States] has produced", and William Faulkner called him "the father of American literature". His novels include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), the latter often called "The Great American Novel".


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1:00 PM Matinee - ​Erma Bombeck  

Erma Louise Bombeck (Feb 21, 1927–Apr 22, 1996) captured with poignancy and humor the ups and downs of a new American phenomenon: the suburban housewife. Believing you had to be able to laugh at life to get through it, she revealed and poked fun at the housewife's daily labors 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 struggles of women whose lives otherwise felt invisible and taken for granted. Find out how Erma got started as a humorist.  And chuckle along as she pokes fun at kids, lawns, husbands, household appliances, and especially herself in her absurd attempt to be everything the books, magazines, and advertisements say we are supposed to be. 

Boulder City Chautauqua


Beginning  August 1, tickets will be available at:
Ace Hardware, 541 Nevada Way;
Boulder Dam Hotel, 1305 Arizona Street;
Boulder City Chamber of Commerce, 100 Nevada Way

Boulder City Recreation Center
(check or cash only)


The 2021 Boulder City Chautauqua will kick off at 6:00 PM on Friday, October 22, 2021, with a preliminary musical performance by local baladeer Sharon Resnikoff. Chautauqua scholars Doug Watson and Karen Vuranch will then present  Will Rogers and Julia Child.

William Penn Adair Rogers (Nov 4, 1879 – Aug 15, 1935) was an American stage and film actor, vaudeville performer, cowboy, humorist, newspaper columnist, and social commentator from Oklahoma. He was a Cherokee citizen born in the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory and was known as "Oklahoma's Favorite Son". As an entertainer and humorist, he traveled around the world three times, made 71 films (50 silent films and 21 "talkies"), and wrote more than 4,000 nationally syndicated newspaper columns. 


Pre-Show Dinner at the Boulder Creek Grill, adjacent to the Pavilion.

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