Tour Locations:

Lion's Park


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La Push

NOTC will be part of Quileute Days, with our band playing in the parade on Saturday, July 16 at noon, followed by some NOTC workshops. Should be great fun!

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NOTC will be part of Quileute Days, with our band playing in the parade on Saturday, July 16 at noon, followed by some NOTC workshops. Should be great fun!


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Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA


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The New Old Time Chautauqua presents


THE 40 +1 Anniversary Tour


Celebrating the 40th +1 Year Anniversary of the New Old Time Chautauqua
1981 - 2022


Media Contact: Paul Magid | 917–754-2191 |


The New Old Time Chautauqua (NOTC) is back. After a two year hiatus  the NOTC is roaring back to life. This year’s tour starts where NOTC began, at the Oregon Country Fair. NOTC then travels to the “Westside” of the state of Washington and finishes on Orcas Island. NOTC is partnering with 4 Native Nations; the Hoh Indian Tribe, The Quinault Indian Nation, in Tahola and Queets, the Quileute Tribe in La Push, and the Lummi Nation on Orcas Island. 













This years NOTC is in an eight day residency with the Hoh Tribe. Camping on their reservation . The NOTC participqntssand members of the tribe will get to know each other, collaborating with NOTC on combined workshops, service projects, parades, potlucks, story telling, and music. While at the Hoh Tribe NOTC will be traveling to the nearby Native Nations to collaborate with the Queets Village, the Quinault Indian Nation, and the Quileute Tribe.



NOTC will also be performing in 3 Washington towns, Olympia, Forks, and Eastsound on Orcas Island. The show in Olympia will be performed at Lion’s Park Tuesday, July 12th at 6:30pm, featuring not only NOTC performers but two local groups as well. The show in Forks will be at Rainforest Arts Center at Wednesday, July 20th at 7pm and the show in Eastsound on Orcas Island at the Seaview Theatre will be a matinee on July 24th at 1pm.



NOTC is a not-for-profit 501(C)3 intergeneration, all volunteer organization of 40-60 people while touring and a community of 100s year round. NOTC’S mission is to act as a catalyst and a forum for ideas working towards building community through entertainment, education, and laughter. NOTC was founded in 1981 by the Flying Karamazov Brothers and other educators and performers. NOTC works with rural communities and Native Nations throughout the Greater Northwest including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Northern California, British Columbia, Alberta, and Alaska. NOTC programs include Service Projects, Shows for Elders, Potlucks, Parades, Workshops, and Shows.



The NOTC is part of the great Chautauqua Movement the began in 1874 on Lake Chautauqua in northwestern New York. The idea was to combine Education and Entertainment into a series of events that acted as a catalyst for ideas and for building community. And that is what happened. In its heyday, literally a 1,000 traveling Chautauquas and 100s of placed based Chautauqua throughout the U.S. and Canada playing to over 40,000,000 people a year. With the advent of radio, movies, and in the midst of the Great Depression the Chautauqua Movement all but disappeared. It wasn’t until 50 years later, when NOTC was founded in 1981, that the traveling Chautauqua was reborn, the only one anywhere.  “Chautauqua isn’t simply about entertainment, our purpose runs deeper,” said Chautauquan Kristin Crowley, an expert in clowning and foolery. “It’s about inspiring individuals to show up intentionally and participate meaningfully in conversation and in building relationships.”



NOTC will be fielding a great group of performers on tour. 


They include Artis, the world’s finest spoon players, a poet, and story teller, Vanessa Vortex, a mind boggling great hula hoop artiste, Kym Trippsmith, a singer songwriter with a bent for challenging our hearts and minds, Dmitri Karamazov of the Flying Karamazov Brothers, who will MC and challenge the audience to bring objects difficult to juggle (heavier than ounce, lighter than 10 pounds, and no bigger than a breadbox), Jim Page, an amazing guitarist, writer, songsmith who has graced many important stages and created many albums over his long career, Godfrey Daniels, a towering figure (he’s nearly 8’ tall), Mr. Daniels plays with a large red ball to match his large red nose and leaves no heart untouched, Sheila Nichols, a pianist and songstress who created some amazing hit albums.  Harry Levine, has a golden voice and a wonderful touch with any string instrument he finds and Joey Pipia, magician, delusionist, and a funny as all get out!



New Old Time Chautauqua hosts a scintillating array of workshops for the whole family - to inform, delight, illuminate and inspire. Come to play, have fun, learn a new skill from masters of their art, educators, historians, Chautauquans, and other masters; listen to words from our local Indigenous community, and share your own creativity, history, and experience. Each workshop will be about 45 minutes long as participants can choose from a wide variety of offerings. Workshops include: Juggling; Hula Hoop; Magic; Quilting: Playing Spoons; Song Swap; Kumihimo; Spontaneous Storytelling; Playing with Planet Earth; Fundamentals of Storytelling; The Doctrine of Discovery: the Christian Legal Justification for Native American Land Seizure and Genocide: Thriving After Head Injuries, Epigenetics and Child Development: How Children’s Experiences Affect Their Genes and there are even more workshops too!!! Workshops are intended to deepen the sense of understanding, engagement, community building, creativity and joy inspiring all.


NOTC travels with a marching band, jugglers, stilt walkers, hula hoopers, banners, etc… We encourage each community we visit to join in the parade including Veteran Honor Guard, Organizations, Societies, Tribal Affiliates, etc… We also encourage local musicians and school music students to come and play music in the parade. NOTC will provide the sheet music and make time for rehearsals.


This is an event to celebrate community while eating a great meal. In 2017, for instance we had a great feed in Brocket, Alberta with the Piikani Nation including donated tribal salmon, buffalo, and lots of fry-bread. It’s a place time to get to know each other while dancing, drumming, and hearing music. This is also a time for announcements, prayer, and speech given by community leaders.


Every community has a place for the elderly, the sick, or those in need that could use a laugh, hear a song, learn/teach a skill, or hear/tell a story. NOTC goes to Elder Centers, Youth programs, Schools, Jails, and Prisons and not only shares music and performance but also speaks to Elders, kids, teachers, nurses, inmates, and staff in one on one dialogues.


Every community has something that needs being done - putting in new fire pits in a park, improving trails, removing trash from a creek or neighborhood, cleaning a graveyard, cleaning out an old building. These are just some of the projects we have worked on in various Native Nations. Ideally, on any Community Service Project, we work as a team with members of the community to make a visible improvement of shared community space. This often involves teams of 20 Chautauquans and an equal number of tribal members.

Featured Performers:


The Flying Karamazov Brothers were born on April 23, 1973 at a renaissance fair in northern California. Their vast theatre credits are too numerous to list. Oh, ok. Besides having played in 5 of their own Broadway and 2 Off Broadway Shows over the years they have shared stages and screens collaborating with Frank Sinatra, Placido Domingo, The Grateful Dead, The Who, Dolly Parton, Robin Williams, Patrick Dempsey, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Ken Kesey, Allen Ginsberg, Kenny Rogers, Los Lobos, The Smothers Brothers, Click and Clack the Tappett Brothers, Joyce Brothers and many, many, more. They have appeared on TV shows including “Late Show with David Letterman,” "Seinfeld", "Ellen", "The Tonight Show", "The Today Show", “Good Morning America”, "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" and many others. They starred in the hit film The Jewel of the Nile. They have performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, The Seattle Symphony, The Canadian National Symphony, the Toronto Symphony and many other orchestras. They won an Obie award in 1980 for their show, Juggling & Cheap Theatrics which played at the Goodman Theatre, Arena Stage, BAM, London’s West End and moved to Broadway and was taped for a television special on Showtime. And guess what, the troupe has been centered in Port Townsend since 1986! Paul Magid, aka Dmitri Karamazov lives here still. Paul was a co-founder of the New Old Time Chautauqua in 1981.


Artis the Spoonman is a living myth. Since 1972 he has created a state-of-the-arts cultural legend. From the sidewalks and bars of Seattle, San Francisco,Manhattan,Sidney, London, Dublin, Munich and Singapore, to the theaters of Broadway,the stages of International and National television and the recording studios of Frank Zappa and Soundgarden, his spellbinding, faster-than-the-eye-can-trackspoonplaying has been a passionate rhythm enhancement for Rock, Fusion, Folk,Jazz, Bluegrass, Classical and Uncategorizable music, virtually everywhere. His avante-garde percussion, coupled with his contagious spirit, will change your life- or at least your ideas on cutlery.


Sheila Nicholls has released 3 critically acclaimed albums: Brief Strop, Wake, Songs from the Bardo. In each album, smattered between songs of desire and yearning, are rousing feminist fantasies, testimonies to the failure of war, commentaries on the ridiculousness of worldwide chest-beating, anthems to the freedom gained if we just rewrote our collective mythology, and the personal eternal journey to rewrite one’s own. Lyrically unique, she is propelled by a singular voice that is alternately confronting and magnetic. The Guardian has said, “she sounds like a cross between Liz Phair and Kate Bush” while LA Weekly remarked, “she has a battery acid wit, a fierce rebellious streak and is just plain seductive.


Hula Hoopist and Vaudeville Performer Vanessa Vortex has been a circus fan her entire life. Raised in New York City by Broadway superstars, Vanessa now draws on years of growing up under dancing feet and hanging out on both sides of the backstage curtain. Miss Vortex performs several circus style hula hoop acts designed to suit all types of events and audiences. Her unique tricks and captivating stage presence are inspired by her background in dance and theater and her passion for juggling, fire twirling and acrobatics. Vanessa enjoys creating original eye-catching material which give her performances exceptional flair. She has made appearances across North America as part of circus and vaudeville shows and as a solo artist in nightclubs and at special events around the world.


Since 1999, the surprising and compelling Godfrey Daniels has delighted audiences throughout the United States and Europe.With the naïveté of a child and the world-weariness of a philosopher, Godfrey evokes instant laughter in his viewers. The mere presence of Godfrey encompasses a panorama of moods from concern to embarrassment, curiosity to hilarity, and all of this without the utterance of a single word.His props are minimal and his actions spare, but Godfrey captivates his fans with his subtle and whimsical sense of humor and uncanny appearance. Playful, yet statuesque, this gentle giant inspires awe and captures hearts wherever he goes. His timeless and universal appeal set him apart from other iconic figures of the entertainment world. Godfrey Daniels is a favorite among audiences of all ages.


The medieval troubadour’s work consisted of entertainment and propaganda, praising the brave and ethical, mocking the hypocritical, teaching the uninformed, and maintaining the people’s spirits during times of oppression. Jim Page is a modern troubadour; his work is topical song-spinning with love, poignance, and reflection in his lyrics, and very, very fast guitar-picking. He is in the American musical lineage of topical singer-songwriters that includes Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs and Janis Ian, Bruce Springsteen and Frank Zappa.


Born in Scotland, Kym writes stories, poetry and folk ballads laced with political satire, unvarnished truths, mystical clarity, family honesty and sly humor. Host of the Feisty Females—a collective of amazing West Coast female singer/songwriters—Kym sings stories alive, weaving characters from the highways and byways of our joyous and sometimes weary world with haunting melodies, fearless lyrics and a rich creamy voice that takes listeners into the heart of her musical musings. She seeks to embody the loving healer by practicing the arts of herbal magic, lymphatic drainage massage and Ayurveda. Kym hosts the weekly Feisty Females Radio Show at KOWS 107.3 fm ( out of Occidental every Friday from 11am to 1pm, manages a stilting troupe (Diva Galactika), and produces all kinds of powerful events here and there as the CEO of Amazon Productions. Also known as Mamazon, Kym is the “way cool” mom of two extraordinary kids who inspire her to work and sing for environmental justice and peace every day.


Harry Levine graduated Clark University with a BA in music and in 1984, he founded the satirical theater and musical group called Citizens Band. They toured the West and by the late ’80s Harry added work as a percussionist with a juggling troupe called The Mud Bay Jugglers. This led to a fascination with juggling and in 1995, he joined The Mud Bay Jugglers as a full time member, touring the US and Canada. It took so well that he was asked to play a part on stage with the Flying Karamazov Brothers … a job that he still does from time to time when called. Harry’s been involved with the New Old Time Chautauqua for many years.


Mind-Bending Wonder. Unforgettable Entertainment. Fast, funny, and amazing, audiences roll with laughter, gasp in stunned surprise, and leave every show feeling elated, inspired, and awed by this magician’s standout performance. From high-end stage shows and boutique close up productions, to trade shows, cruise ships, and exclusive corporate and company parties, Joey Pipia’s unique brand of entertainment has wowed audiences across the US and around the world for over thirty years. Joey’s one-man show, “Delusions of Grandeur” enjoyed a sold out run at Seattle’s Center House Theater, and his spectacular close-up production, “The Magic Chamber”, played to full houses at Seattle’s Tony award-winning Intiman Theatre.


When The New Old Time Chautauqua began in 1981 to take the Country Fair shows on tour around the Pacific Northwest, the Fighting Instruments of Karma went along as both marching and stage band. The Band began in 1975 with "The Chumleighland March" by Carl Spaethe, expanded shortly thereafter into "The New Chumleighland March" by his alter ego Thaddeus Spae, which continues to be our theme march. FIKMCB/O play Sousa marches, other classic 19th and early 20th century marches, a version of "Teddy Bears' Picnic", Cumbias, Beatles tunes, a Bollywood Wedding March, a Mexican waltz, and has marched on Chautauqua from Washington to Alaska!


Tedd Judd - Neuropsychologist

Thriving After Head Injuries

Most people recover well from head injuries, especially the milder injuries. But not everyone does. Some people wind up changed when they hit their head hard in a car crash, football or other sports injuries, falls, getting attacked by other people, and other ways. Often the person will look OK after the injury and so it’s harder for other people to realize that they have been changed. Sometimes it’s harder to learn, harder to concentrate, harder to make good decisions, or harder to keep your balance. Some people will have a lot of headaches or dizziness. One of the most common problems is sudden anger.Chautauqua’s tuba player, Tedd Judd, is also a neuropsychologist, a psychologist that workswith people with head injuries. He works with a lot of Native people, especially the Makah andLummi. While Chautauqua is in town, Tedd would like to meet with folks who are learning howto cope after head injury and also to meet with their loved ones. There are no easy fixes orcures, but many have gone this way before. Many have found ways to cope, to learn, to grow, and to thrive. We can learn together about what kinds of things help.


Carol Carruth - Epigenetist


Epigenetics and Child Development: How Children’s Experiences Affect Their Genes

Epigenetics explains how early experiences can have lifelong impacts.

The genes children inherit from their biological parents provide information that guides theirdevelopment. For example, how tall they could eventually become or the kind of temperamentthey could have.The old idea that the genes we inherit from our parents are “set in stone” has been disproven. “Epigenetics” is an emerging area of scientific research that shows how environmental influences—children’s experiences—can change whether and how genes release the information they carry.


Paul Magid and Ron Johnson (Makah Tribe)

The Land and Sea of West Coast Tribes - A historic look at the Colonization of the Washington’s West Coast

The People’s have been living on the rivers at the edge of what is now called Washington State since time immemorial. When the Europeans arrived, they came with a culture and language that demanded submission to their culture, their religion, and their laws. This workshop will look at what occurred and where we are today in respect to the Native Nations Chautauqua will be visiting this year.


Kate Dean - Jefferson County County Commissioner

Jefferson County’s population mostly resides on its far east corner. However, the county stretches all the was from the Puget Sound to west coast of Washington State. The majority of the people living far from the county government are the very people with whom we’ll be collaborating this summer, The Native Nations of Washington State’s west coast. Kate will sit in communion with her cJefferson County constituents to hear and discuss the issues that face them.