Rain Holds Off for Put-in-Bay Pomp and Circumstance

L-R: Hill, Market, Kostura, Domer, Ontko, Poe

Put-in-Bay High School Commencement exercises at Perry’s Monument proceeded on schedule Friday evening, in spite of afternoon showers, strong wind, and heavily overcast skies.  This year’s graduation class included only two students, Kathryn Olivia Byrnes and Jacob Dillon King.

Superintendent Steve Poe and the Put-in-Bay School Board presided over the event.  Ms. Barbara Rowles, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Superintendent welcomed all, and Ms. Christine Ontko was the keynote speaker.

Ms. Byrnes delivered the valedictory address, Ms. Gay Pippert led Grades 5-8 Choir singing “Friends of the Bay” and “Put-in-Bay School Alma Mater.”  Mr. Poe, Mr. Domer, and honored guests delivered multiple scholarship announcements.

Prioritize Your Visit to Put-in-Bay

A visit to Put-in-Bay opens a wide array of sightseeing, dining, and entertainment options.  From the South Bass Island Lighthouse to Scheef East Point Nature Reserve, from Perry’s Monument to Stone Lab Aquatics Center, and from DeRivera Park to the Village dining and shopping, there is no shortage of good times.  However, certain places stand out as must-visit priorities.  In the coming weeks, PiBDaily™ will share our take on The Best of Put-in-BayClick images to enlarge!

For Memorial Day Weekend we’ve chosen to highlight the following locales.  Each offers a unique and rewarding experience which earns its place on your priority list.  Let’s dive in!

The Boardwalk Family of Restaurants presents incredible choices for good food, excellent drinks, and great atmosphere.  Visit The Boardwalk Upper Deck for superb seafood and the best waterfront view!

Prefer a Key West lifestyle, then relish the outdoor setting right by Park Place Boat Club at The Keys.  This is the spot for tasty and refreshing beverages.  If you’re looking for the old world flair, don’t miss Hooligans Irish Pub.

Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center is the spot for good ol’ family fun.  You’ll want to explore the cave, try your skill in the maze, or compete in a friendly round of miniature golf.  And for a real treat, check out the famous Butterfly House!

Memorial Day Weekend Music Update for Put-in-Bay

Click to see Music Venue Lineup!

The line-up for Put-in-Bay music is available through a portal presented by Put-in-Bay Daily™.  All schedules provided by business operators.

The following venues indicate exciting acts for Memorial Day Weekend:

Beer Barrel has four different entertainers

Boat House features a Bon Jovi tribute

Frosty’s has three different performers

Mojito Bay has three different performers

Reel Bar features Hey Monea!

Round House Bar presents Mad Dog, Paul Franks, and Shake Shake Shake

Memorial Day Service at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial

Perry's Visitor CenterPut-in-Bay, Ohio – Park Rangers, volunteers, special guests, and the Put-in-Bay community will honor the fallen at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial during a Memorial Day Service at 11am on Monday, May 30. The Memorial column will open immediately following the ceremony at approximately 12pm.

“After two years of marking this solemn occasion with a simple wreath laying, we will once again all come together on Memorial Day to honor the men who died in the Battle of Lake Erie and all service members who lost their lives in service to our country” said Superintendent Barbara Rowles.

The service will begin at 10:55am with a procession from the Visitor Center to the Memorial plaza where a brief service will take place starting at 11am. A wreath will be placed in the Memorial’s rotunda over the spot marking the location where the three American and three British naval officers who died in the Battle of Lake Erie are interred together. As has been the tradition in recent years, Park Rangers will hand out red carnations with the name of an Ohioan who has died in the line of duty. This year Dan Polk will be our special guest leading us in singing the National Anthem at the beginning of the service. He is well known to Ohioan’s for leading the National Anthem for the Guardians, Browns, and Bengals.

Superintendent Rowles said Park Rangers and volunteers will also attend the American Legion’s Memorial Day Service starting at 12pm at Maple Leaf Cemetery. All are encouraged to attend both services and to observe a moment of silence in a National Moment of Remembrance at 3pm.

Ohio Turnpike & State Highway Patrol Host Event Timed for Bike Week

Ohio Turnpike to Host Customer Appreciation Event at Commodore Perry Service Plaza on Friday, May 27th.  The Ohio Turnpike and the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) are teaming up ahead of Memorial Day to host a customer appreciation event at the turnpike’s Commodore Perry Service Plaza in Clyde, Ohio, on Friday, May 27.

Everyone is invited to attend the event, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service plaza on the Ohio Turnpike is located at milepost 100 eastbound in Sandusky County.

The event coincides with National Motorcycle Awareness Month and the kickoff of Ohio Bike Week in Sandusky, Ohio.

“Our customer appreciation events provide travelers and local residents and their families with a fun, almost carnival-like atmosphere to meet with turnpike staff and participating service plaza partners as well as discuss traffic safety issues with OSHP troopers,” said Adam Greenslade, director of marketing and communications for the Ohio Turnpike.

The OSHP will display a patrol car inside the service plaza for the public to see a cruiser up close. The Ohio Turnpike and OSHP also want to remind motorists to drive safe as the 100 deadliest days of summer begin from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.

Miss Ohio Bike Week 2022, Rachel / Image by Mad River

With Ohio Bike Week kicking off on May 27, there will be an increase in the number of motorcycles traveling on Ohio roadways and in the Sandusky area.

“Motorcycle safety is a shared responsibility among all on our roadways,” said Lieutenant Brett Gockstetter, Milan Post commander. “We encourage motorcyclists to wear their protective gear, ride trained and sober, and have a motorcycle endorsement. All simple steps to keep themselves and others safe on our roadways.”

The turnpike’s service plaza partners, AVI Foodsystems will provide $1 hot dogs and other items for lunch, and Applegreen USA Welcome Centers will provide complimentary samples from Starbucks and Auntie Anne’s. Kona Ice will provide complimentary flavored ice cones, courtesy of the Ohio Turnpike.

Grizzly, a radio host with 94.5 WXKR Classic Rock in Toledo, will broadcast live at the event. Cumulus Broadcasting and the Ohio Turnpike are hosting prize contest giveaways that include chances to win tickets to a Toledo Mudhens’ game and Jet Express, and gift cards for Alan Miller Jewelers and Forest View Recreation Bar and Grill. No purchase is necessary. Click here to enter and for contest details.


Charles Cyrill
Public Information OfficerOhio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission

Cell: 440.821.3399 / charles.cyrill “at” ohioturnpike.org

Sergeant Ryan E. Purpura

Public Information Officer (Northwest/Southwest Region)

Public Affairs Unit

Ohio State Highway Patrol

Office: 419.352.2481

Cell: 419.619.0329

repurpura “at” dps.ohio.gov

Sunday Wedding and Environs at Put-in-Bay

“Going fishin’!”

Newlyweds Gab & Corey Connor

The Village of Put-in-Bay settles into a calm and relaxing morning on a Sunday.  People mill about with coffee cups, fishers head to the Lake, and boaters prepare for outbound travel.  Golf carts line Delaware Street, where post-breakfast shopping takes place. Time to board the Tour Train! And one especially cheerful couple celebrates marriage at the Historic Park Hotel!

“Gone fishin’!”