by Everett Chase
Not a stranger to a park or theater in Boulder City, Chautauquan scholar, Clay Jenkinson, will appear for his third successive year as the featured performer in the eleventh annual Boulder City Chautauqua on September 10 and 11 at 6:30 P.M.
Desi and Amy Arnaz' historic Boulder Theater on Arizona Street will host the event. Jenkinson, the artistic director of the Great Basin Chautauqua, and the co-founder of the modern Chautauqua movement, slips into the robust character of the rough riding, Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States. Roosevelt, who occupies a space on Mt. Rushmore, fills the bill as one of our countries most animated presidents.
Jenkinson will be followed by David Fenimore, who will display his talents as Woodie Guthrie, a guitar playing, boxcar riding, radio personality of the 1930's and 40's. Woody hit the "big time" as a popular Los Angeles radio singer and musician. It was"...something about his piercing voice and deceptive simple lyrics...fired the imaginations of fruit pickers, union organizers and other leftists," says, Fenimore.
Doris Dwyer, a Professor of History at Western Nevada Community College in Fallon and an experienced Chautauquan, will pair up with Woody Guthrie for Saturday night's entertainment. She will take on the persona of Aimee Semple McPherson.
McPherson was a well-known Evangelist for the 20 years from 1920 to 1940 with a temple in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles. Widely known throughout the nation because of well-presented "illustrated sermons," McPherson, however, was not without controversy.