The seasonal resort community boasts more than 400 of them, many of which have been in the same family for four generations. But Bay View also boasts a rich cultural history. The community, which celebrates its 130th anniversary this summer, was founded in the 1870s as a Methodist summer retreat. Soon after, it also became known as one of the region’s hubs of the “Chautauqua” movement—a Victorian-era adult education philosophy that championed bringing intellectual and cultural events to rural communities.
Today, Bay View carries on that cultural tradition with a summer lecture series and music festival that’s one of the longest running in the country. Among the highlights of this year’s music calendar: Concerts by Grammy-winning artist Paula Cole (July 8) and neo-swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (July 28).
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