Help Chautauqua build its traveling kitchen!

The New Old Time Chautauqua (NOTC) is an intergenerational nonprofit organization of performers, educators, children, lofty ideas, and bad jokes. We are the world's last traveling Chautauqua, and have been serving up education, entertainment, and laughter in collaboration with hard-to-reach communities and Tribal Nations throughout the Greater Northwest for 41 years. (Learn more  at

As Napoleon once didn't say, "An army marches on its stomach."

Our all-volunteer organization brings parades, free workshops, big circus shows, and community service projects - all while camping in a big group and cooking for ourselves - and sometimes the community in the form of potlucks and cookouts.

When we stop after traveling for a long day from the last community we have served, we currently have to take nearly everything out from the present kitchen trailer, set it up, and try to remember how it all goes together. This often takes over an hour, leaving our hungry members even hungrier as we work to get the kitchen up and running.

The good news - NOTC is taking on a marvelous and transformational project at this very moment to make it all run smoother.

The new kitchen trailer is being built with a simple idea in mind: Upon arrival, the chefs will be able to open the door, stride to the refrigerator, open it, pull out the makings for the next meal, and start chopping, peeling, or heating, No setup will be needed to start prep!

Click here  to view more pictures of the trailer in process and the floor plans.

Some history: Three years ago, a generous man, Bill Woodson, of Port Townsend, WA. donated to NOTC a 1997 F-350 Econoline Van with a 7.3 Diesel motor, perfect for pulling a 24' long X 8'5"-wide Cargomate trailer full of things. The van has been working like a charm and drove all the way to Alaska and back, pulling the old and heavy horse trailer, our leaky kitchen on wheels. Mr. Woodson still had the trailer that went with the original van- the 24' x 8'5" one. This year he was ready to donate the trailer as well. We took him up on the offer.

The Kitchen has always the heart of Chautauqua. It's where Chautauquans gather at all times of day to commune with each other while breaking bread. The last trailer - bless its heart - was not only used on Chautauqua but went on to serve other causes, such as going to Standing Rock, where it became the heart of our effort there, known as Salmon Camp. We were able to cook up 500 meals 3 times a day. The new trailer will revolutionize future missions to show up for the communities we serve.

This longer, wider, lighter, modern trailer will transform daily life on Chautauqua while on tour. The new trailer has a value of about $10,000. We are hoping to raise that sum again to help our army of volunteers remake this trailer into a fully-functional, clean, efficient, and fun place to work.

Budget Breakdown:

Trailer repair - $1,200 (new tires, repacking the bearings, new sky lights)
Paint Job - $500
On-Demand Heater - $600
Plumbing Supplies - $150
Chest Freezer - $1,600
New refrigerator - $3,000
Solar panel / electrical system - $1,700
Lumber - $800
Miscellaneous kitchen supplies - $450
Your contribution will be transformational to our work with far-flung rural communities. Please contribute what you can and help us reach our goal of $10,000!



  • Hannah Parker
    • $100 
    • 2 yrs
  • Morgan Magid
    • $100 
    • 2 yrs
  • Mark Warren
    • $100 
    • 2 yrs
  • Matthew Riggen
    • $100 
    • 2 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $50 
    • 2 yrs

Fundraising team (2)

Fiona Rose
Raised $400 from 3 donations
Seattle, WA
New Old Time Chautauqua
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.
Paul Magid
Team member
Raised $200 from 2 donations
This team raised $1,845 from 21 other donations.

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