My husband’s family has been going to the Chautauqua Institute on Chautauqua Lake in New York every summer for over twenty years. The easiest way I can describe the place is to lift this quote from a brochure. It’s “at once a summer encampment and a small town, a college campus, an arts colony, a music festival, a religious retreat and the village square.”
Last summer we went there with our two boys.We spent a chunk of each day in said village square, and that’s where I took this photo. A couple of girls were making huge bubbles, some bigger than beach balls, and all the kids were chasing them around. I asked them if they mixed their own bubble formula, and they shared their secret formula with me:
1 gallon water
1 cup Joy dishwashing liquid
1 tablespoon Karo corn syrup, “to make the bubbles stickier so they last longer.”
They also said that they’re constantly on the lookout for oversize and oddly-shaped bubble rings, which they scavenge for at yard sales, dollar stores, and places like K-Mart and Wal-Mart.