Put-in-Bay Community Honors Scott Pugh

The Scott Pugh Foundation hosts the first annual Bay Day event at the Twine Shanty Field (2099 Langram Road) on Saturday, 22 October 2022, from 12-4pm.

Bay Day will raise funds for Foundations Charity, which supports island scholarships, elderly island community members, and Northern Ohio families facing childhood cancer.  Entry for the event is $15.00.

The event is for everyone!

Live music from island favorites–Bob Gatewood, Ray Fogg, Allie Market, and Lucas Guy–as well as performances by the Put-in-Bay Twirling Club, featuring Jacob Seaman, and Cleveland area magician Elie Magic.

Put in Bay CommunityFace painting, balloon animals, character artist drawings, island hayrides, crafts, lawn games, and a petting zoo will keep the whole family entertained for hours.  Jump on the inflatables and let the little ones play in the soft area for babies and toddlers. Take part in the 50/50 raffle or historical island memorabilia silent auction.  Food trucks and refreshments will be available to purchase.  There truly is something for everyone.

Memorial Bench at West Shore ice ramp

In September 2021, Put-In-Bay resident Scott Pugh lost his long battle with cancer.  He was a pillar of the community and friend to all.  The Scott Pugh Foundation is rooted in the belief we all have an inherent responsibility to make a meaningful difference in the world.  Scott left us far too soon;  it is our mission to carry on his legacy via this foundation.

A Walk in Duff Woods Preserve

The newly dedicated Duff Woods Preserve, presented by Lake Erie Islands Conservancy and Put-in-Bay Park District, opens a different and unexpected landscape experience compared to the customary South Bass Island environment.

The hilly terrain and lack of water views places the visitor in a wilderness context akin to mainland settings.  A stark contrast awaits the visitor as she passes a crumbling barn near the entrance and enters the path.  One particular vista along the way reminds one to reconsider our perceptions of island scenes.

A walk through Duff Woods places one in a tranquil and remote atmosphere–soothingly quiet, subtle and mind-calming.  The text accompanying the following photos is from a poem, Walking through the Forest,  by J. Farley.

To walk through the forest
and see sunlight shinning through the trees
is like a cool, refreshing breeze
to the spirit sweltering beneath
the heat of worldly troubles.

To walk through the forest
and observe nature’s mysterious order
is like a wall erected in the path of disorder,
calming the chaotic thoughts
in the mind of modern man.

Panther Volleyball Takes One on Chin

Panther Volleyball drops tough loss at Waite, 3-0 (19-25, 22-25, 22-25).  The team played hard in the massive field house of Waite Indians, but they could not string together enough consistent plays to get the victory.

The gym is a tough arena compared to the cozy Panther Pit.  The loss moves the record to 8 wins and 6 losses on the season.  The Panthers seek a good week of practice and correcting errors to return to improving the record.

Macy Ladd tied the single-game kill record with 21 kills.  Elora Hubner reached a personal season high of 14 assists.  The Panthers enter the OHSAA volleyball tournament–their draw is Sunday.

Put-in-Bay Weekend Looks Wonderful!

“Yup, no ice.”

Put-in-Bay weekend approaches–with sunny skies, westerly breezes, plenty to do!  Oktoberfest is the main attraction, but don’t forget these other popular venues:

 

family fun

 

Perry’s Cave & Family Fun Center ~ splendid variety for good ol’ fun!

Perry's MonumentPerry’s Monument Observation Deck ~ Best view!

Lobster BisqueThe Boardwalk Upper Deck ~ Mmmm-Good!

 

 

Country House Gifts ~ Exceptional selections!

 

Island Hardware & Market ~ Best One-Stop Shop!

 

Nature Conservancy Parks ~ Rewarding environments!Put in BayBlue Heron

 

 

 

The Round House Bar ~ Rockin’ Good Time!

Panther Volleyball Takes Care of Business

“Taking Care of Business” was this afternoon’s theme at the last home game of the season for Panther Volleyball.  The student cheering section dressed for the occasion as Macy Ladd and Lilian Frederick, high school seniors, were recognized for their excellent sportsmanship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panthers roll in 3-0 (25-11, 25-18, 25-14) over NW Ohio Classics Academy.  Seniors Macy Ladd and Lilian Frederick have had outstanding seasons.  Macy and Lilian peaked at the right time and have been tremendous together this season.  Macy is a great all-around player who gets a lot of digs to target; LIlian has been finishing the plays with power.

Coach Schuffenecker is proud of the two girls.  He says, “You always hope your seniors maximize their potential their senior season and these two girls play above my expectations.  They have been extraordinary this season.”

Lilian finished the game with 14 kills and 8 aces while Macy had 9 aces and two kills.  She had a storybook finish to her last game at the Jim Poulos recreation center.  Up 24-14, Macy came up to the line and fired an ace to win the match.

It was an emotional moment in the gym.  The girls celebrated the win and it moves the record to 8 wins and 5 losses on the year.

The Panthers are happy with the win, but tomorrow morning they need to refocus for a tough road game at Waite.  Just two weeks ago the Panthers lost a tough four-set match.   The game can be viewed on the school YouTube page at 6 pm.

Coach Shuffenecker expresses sincere congratulations to the team and thanks everyone who cheered to get our growl on!

 

Celebrate Fall with Put-in-Bay Oktoberfest

Put in Bay Oktoberfest28th annual Oktoberfest, sponsored by  Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce, features German food offerings, cold beer, and live polka!

Oktoberfest is open on Saturday, 10/08, from 11am-7pm;  Sunday, 10/09 from noon-5pm.

Put in BayFantastic food items in the tent at DeRivera Park include brats, potato pancakes, apple dumplings, pierogi, cabbage and noodles, chicken paprikash and wonderful desserts. Music from the Phil Yan Polka Band will entertain both days.

OktoberfestSouvenir apparel and beer glasses will be made available for sale. There will also be many raffles going on throughout the festival. Purchase a two-day pass for a discount!

Check out other Put-in-Bay attractions!

 

2022 Put-in-Bay Sports Car Races a Wrap!

Sam Halkias victory lap following the Put-in-Bay Cup race.  Photo by John Rees

With five racing groups, an Exhibition class plus non-racing “street” entry options, the 2022 Put-in-Bay Sports Car Races saw a robust 133 total entries this year with a record number of female entrants making the race grid.

Sam Halkias and Greg Limber celebrate with fancy footwork! Photo by John Rees

In the prestigious “Put-in-Bay Cup Race,” Sam Halkias of Westerville, Ohio, again took the checkered flag, repeating his victory from 2021. Finishing second in the Cup Race was Greg Limber of Elyria, Ohio, in his deceptively fast Volkswagen Beetle. Greg overcame a mid-pack starting position to finish ahead of third-place Lee Poseidon of Cleveland in his Jaguar XKE.

Not far behind Lee, the red Mustangs of Mike Sedlack of Brighton, Michigan (’68 302 notch-back) and Cory Barack of Saint Clairsville, Ohio  (’66 2+2) thundered and slid around nose-to-tail for most of the race and put on a heck of show.

Featured marques for 2022 included MG and Triumph sports cars, attracting a field so well-subscribed that group three was split into separate groups, but there was still room on the grid for an “MG/Triumph Feature Race.”  In that one the TR6 of Sam Halkias (Port Clinton, Ohio) took the win with the MG TDs of Kurt Byrnes (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) and Steve Konsin (Roswell, Georgia) taking 2nd and 3rd.

The Put-in-Bay Sports Car Races commemorate and celebrate the original road races sanctioned on the island from 1952-1959 by the Cleveland Sport Car Club. The modern-day event began in 2012 and is renowned for its convivial atmosphere, sportsmanship and camaraderie among all who participate.  This year’s event was proudly presented by The NOCO Company, a Cleveland, Ohio, based manufacturer serving global markets with a broad range of automotive battery maintenance and charging products.

Complete race results for the 2022 Put-in-Bay Sports Car Races can be found at www.pibroadrace.com.

By Manley Ford, Put-in-Bay Road Race Heritage Society

Put-in-Bay Police Commission Closing in on Policing Agreement

Put in Bay Village

Photo by Kathi Spayde

Update: 30 September 2022

Per Township Trustee Chris Cooper,  “A proposal for police services is hoped for by October. Nothing has been finalized or decided regarding whether or not the Township will go with the Sheriff or the Village. The word ‘agreement’ in the original post is causing some confusion with some residents.”

Village Mayor Jessica Dress opened the Put-in-Bay Police Commission meeting on Tuesday evening by reporting the Village and Township have met to discuss the contract for policing in the Township.  Both Dress and Put-in-Bay Township Trustee Chris Cooper note they hope to have an agreement by the beginning of October.

Put in Bay TownshipThe Township’s major requirements are the presence (not necessarily on duty) of one officer on Middle Bass during the three summer months and two officers in the Township during the summer.

Mr. Cooper confirms a very small number of calls for Police assistance come from Middle Bass Island–roughly 9% of the 39% of Township calls.  He stated more patrols have been witnessed in the Township, but police response to calls needs to be improved.  A Put-in-Bay Police officer in attendance explained the Village Police routine is to complete a Village patrol and then ride into and patrol the Township.

Ms. Joey Wolfe, Put-in-Bay Township Police Levy spokesperson, repeatedly noted that during Levy meetings the Middle Bass residents indicated police service currently provided is acceptable.  $220,000 to $260,000 is anticipated from the Township Police Levy, if it passes.

Village Council Member Judy Berry points out Village parking fees should be anticipated for 2023.  Assuring that Resort Tax payments are made by businesses is being pursued with the State.

In summary, Mr. Cooper confirms the final agreement with the Village will be compared to an agreement provided by the County Sheriff.  The agreements, along with results from the Township Police Tax Levy ballot, will be used to determine the best way for the Township to proceed.  Mayor Dress stated no future Police Commission Committee Meetings are planned.

Reported by Put-in-Bay Property Association representative Kathi Spayde.

Miller Boat Line Provides “What’s Open” List

Miller Boat Line kindly releases the “What’s Open” list for October 2022 at Put-in-Bay.  Don’t miss the spectacular autumn vibes on South Bass Island!

Click HERE for the current Miller Ferry schedule.

AB Lodging & Cart Rental– Daily (419) 285-7433
Anchor Inn-
Daily (419) 285-5055
Ashley’s Island House– Daily (419) 285-2844
Beer Barrel– Daily/Closed Mon-Tues (419) 285-7281
Black Squirrel B&B
– Daily (419) 285-7181
Boardwalk Upper Deck– Weekends thru 10/1 (419) 285-3695
Boathouse– Weekends (419) 285-5665
Butterfly House–  9 October ’22 Last Day (419) 285-2446
Cameo Pizza– Thurs-Mon thru 10/22 (419) 285-4444
Candy Bar– Weekends  (419) 285-2920
Carriage House– Daily (419) 285-2212
Chicken Patio– Weekends
Commodore Resort– Daily (419) 285-3101
Country House
– Daily (419) 285-3104
Crystal Cave Tour
– Daily (419) 285-2811
Dockside Gifts– Weekends thru 10/23 (419) 285-7300
E’s Carts– Daily/Closed Tues (419) 285-5553
Erie Island Karts– Daily (419) 285-5278
Erie Islands Petroleum/Pit Stop– Daily (419) 285-7041
Fishbowl– Daily (419) 285-3833
Frosty’s– Daily/Closed Mon & Thurs (419) 285-3278
Getaway Inn– Daily (419) 285-9012
Goat Soup & Whiskey–  Closing 2 October ’22 (419) 285-4628
Hooligans– Daily thru 10/1  (419) 285-3695
Island Beverage Center– Daily
Island Bike & Cart Rental– Daily (419) 285-2016
Island General Store-Daily (419) 285-4091
Island Hardware Store– Daily (419) 285-6887
Joe’s Bar– Daily (419) 285-5637
Lime Kiln Bus– Daily, 10/3 Wkds Only (419) 285-4855
Mr. Ed’s– Thurs-Mon (419) 285-5042
Margarita’s on the Rocks– Weekends (419) 285-3040
Mariner’s Locker– Weekends thru 10/23 (419) 285-7005
Misty Bay Boutique– Daily thru 10/23 (419) 285-7925
Mojito Bay– Daily, Weather permitting
Mossbacks– Daily (419) 285-8888
Pasquale’s– (419) Monday: 8am to 1pm
Tuesdays & Wednesdays: Closed
Thursdays & Fridays: 8am to 1pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 7am to 2pm
Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center– Daily (419) 285-2283
Butterfly House, Perry’s Cave Tour, Gift Shops, Gem Mining, Putt-Putt.
Perry’s Monument Visitors Center– Daily (419) 285-2184
Perry’s Monument Observ. Deck– Daily/Closed Tues & Weds (419) 285-2184
Put-in-Bay Brewery– Weekends (419) 285-4677
Put-in-Bay Surf Shop– Daily (419) 285-2242
Put-in-Bay Taxi– Daily (419) 285-6161
Put-in-Bay Tour Train– Wkds – Groups call for prior tours 419-285-4855
Put-in-Bay Township Parks & Trails– Open Daily
Dodge Woods Storywalk, Massie Cliffside Preserve, Scheeff East Point Nature Preserve & Jane Coates Wildflower Trail
Put-in-Bay Winery– Daily (419) 285-3343
Red Moon– Weekends (419) 285-2323
Round House Bar– Weekends thru 10/23 (419) 285-2323
Reel Bar– Daily except 10/11 & 10/17 (419) 285-1318
Shirt Shack– Daily weather permitting
South Bass Island State Park– Daily
Subway– Daily (419) 285-1000
Taco Bay– Weekends (419) 285-0610
Tipper’s– Daily/Closed Mon-Tues (419) 285-8477
Wharfside– Daily (419) 285-4511

Put-in-Bay Police Commission Closing in on Policing Agreement

Put in Bay Village

Photo by Kathi Spayde

Update: 30 September 2022

Per Township Trustee, Chris Cooper,  “A proposal for police services is hoped for by October. Nothing has been finalized or decided regarding whether or not the Township will go with the Sheriff or the Village. The word “agreement” in the original post is causing some confusion with some residents.”

Village Mayor Jessica Dress opened the Put-in-Bay Police Commission meeting on Tuesday evening by reporting the Village and Township have met to discuss the contract for policing in the Township.  Both Dress and Put-in-Bay Township Trustee Chris Cooper note they hope to have an agreement by the beginning of October.

Put in Bay TownshipThe Township’s major requirements are the presence (not necessarily on duty) of one officer on Middle Bass during the three summer months and two officers in the Township during the summer.

Mr. Cooper confirms a very small number of calls for Police assistance come from Middle Bass Island–roughly 9% of the 39% of Township calls.  He stated more patrols have been witnessed in the Township, but police response to calls needs to be improved.  A Put-in-Bay Police officer in attendance explained the Village Police routine is to complete a Village patrol and then ride into and patrol the Township.

Ms. Joey Wolfe, Put-in-Bay Township Police Levy spokesperson, repeatedly noted that during Levy meetings the Middle Bass residents indicated police service currently provided is acceptable.  $220,000 to $260,000 is anticipated from the Township Police Levy, if it passes.

Village Council Member Judy Berry points out Village parking fees should be anticipated for 2023.  Assuring that Resort Tax payments are made by businesses is being pursued with the State.

In summary, Mr. Cooper confirms the final agreement with the Village will be compared to an agreement provided by the County Sheriff.  The agreements, along with results from the Township Police Tax Levy ballot, will be used to determine the best way for the Township to proceed.  Mayor Dress stated no future Police Commission Committee Meetings are planned.

Reported by Put-in-Bay Property Association representative Kathi Spayde.

Put-in-Bay Students Learn Elections Process

The 89th Ohio House of Representatives hopeful Jim Obergefell came to visit Put-in-Bay School on Monday, 26 September 2022, to discuss the elections process.

Mr. Obergefell talked to high school students about the importance of local elections and the process of running an election.

He and his campaign manager, Heather Griffiths,  spent an hour with students and discussed how campaigns work.  The kids gained insights about how information and data drive  a campaign.

Put-in-Bay School thanks Mr. Obergefell and Ms. Griffiths for making time to speak and educate our students.

Panther Volleyball Gets Workout vs. Waite

Students as “embarrassing community.”

Panther Volleyball set the crowd on fire Monday afternoon as the visiting Indians deliver strong competition.

Coach Schuffenecker’s guidance and encouragement keeps Panthers going right to the last seconds of game four, but the Panthers fall short in their comeback effort against Waite.

Put-in-Bay’s slow start proved costly:  the  team lost in four games (15-25, 25-14, 23-25, 27-29).

After a rocky ride to the island on a windy fall day, the Indians started off hot with an 8-0 lead.  Coach Schuffenecker knew his team could play better than the first game. They settled in and won the second game.  After the second game, both teams locked-in very entertaining volleyball.

The final two games were back and forth with neither team able to pull away.  At the end of the of games three and four Waite found a way to make a few more plays.

The effort was there for the Panthers.   Senior Lilian Frederick topped her kill mark from last Thursday and reset the school record with 21 kills. Macy Ladd also set a school record with 22 digs.

The Panthers look to rebound with their home final versus NOCA.

Get your growl on and cheer the Panthers!

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn at Put-in-Bay Rekindles the Spirit

Autumn at Put-in-Bay is an uplifting and rewarding season.  While the hi-jinks of summer fade into memories, fall adventures kindle refreshingly new experiences.  Combine cooler temperatures, lower relative humidity, and the inspiring painter’s palette of colors and you will feel the rewards of a new season.

Photo by Cathy Domer

As summer colors fade into the pronounced shades of fall, remember to acknowledge the multitude of hues which negate the solemn.

 

Paul Laurence Dunbar captures the sentiment well:

Merry Autumn

It’s all a farce,—these tales they tell
     About the breezes sighing,
And moans astir o’er field and dell,
     Because the year is dying.
Such principles are most absurd,—
     I care not who first taught ’em;
There’s nothing known to beast or bird
     To make a solemn autumn.
In solemn times, when grief holds sway
     With countenance distressing,
You’ll note the more of black and gray
     Will then be used in dressing.
Now purple tints are all around;
     The sky is blue and mellow;
And e’en the grasses turn the ground
     From modest green to yellow.
The seed burrs all with laughter crack
     On featherweed and jimson;
And leaves that should be dressed in black
     Are all decked out in crimson.
A butterfly goes winging by;
     A singing bird comes after;
And Nature, all from earth to sky,
     Is bubbling o’er with laughter.
The ripples wimple on the rills,
     Like sparkling little lasses;
The sunlight runs along the hills,
     And laughs among the grasses.
The earth is just so full of fun
     It really can’t contain it;
And streams of mirth so freely run
     The heavens seem to rain it.
Don’t talk to me of solemn days
     In autumn’s time of splendor,
Because the sun shows fewer rays,
     And these grow slant and slender.
Why, it’s the climax of the year,—
     The highest time of living!—
Till naturally its bursting cheer
     Just melts into thanksgiving.

Put-in-Bay School October Newsletter

Put-in-Bay School News – by Scott Mangas, Superintendent

Seventy-Six children in grades pre-kindergarten through grade twelve started the 2022 – 23 school year.  We wish a warm welcome to all our students!

The Panther Volleyball team has started the year strong.   The 2022 Volleyball season is in full swing and the Panthers are finding success on the court.  With only six players, the girls had to work hard on all of their skills to find success.  The current record for the Panthers stands at 7 wins and 4 losses.  The team is led by seniors Macy Ladd and Lilian Frederick, who leads the team in kills this season.  With continued improvement, the ladies look to finish the year with a winning record and enter the OHSAA tournament.  Keep up the good work Panthers.

Mrs. Pippert invited grandparents and other guests to a music celebration with her students on September 12th.  We had 60 plus visitors in the school to sing and dance with our students.  It was a very enjoyable and exciting day for our students and guests.

The Put-In-Bay High School Quiz Bowl team hosted the first game of the season for two divisions on Tuesday morning, September 13th. The team players include: 11th graders Joe Blumensaadt and Emil Michael, and sophomores Ava Heineman and Elias Wright.  Congratulations to the Team for winning two of the three matches against Saint Joseph Central Catholic and Fostoria. These are fantastic stats considering we have only four players on our team and we’re up against much larger schools.

The Seneca-Wyandot-Sandusky-Crawford-Put-In-Bay High School Quiz Bowl League includes the following schools: Buckeye Central, Bucyrus, Calvert, Carey, Clyde, Colonel Crawford, Columbian, Fostoria, Fremont Ross, Hopewell-Loudon, Mohawk, New Riegel, Old Fort, Put-In-Bay, Riverdale, Seneca East, Shelby, St. Joseph Central Catholic, and Upper Sandusky.  Players meet every Tuesday and Thursday at lunch, from September through December. The  students  practice strategy, speed and accuracy.  They look forward to competitions on October 11, November 15, and December 9.

Grades five through eight will travel to Oak Harbor High School again this year to participate in the Ottawa County Academic Challenge competition on October 18 and 19.  Students compete against teams from area schools to answer trivia questions on a wide variety of topics, including novels that the students were required to read.  Good luck to all students who participate.

Mrs. Melissa Kowalski has been taking students out for Bird Banding.  The kindergarten students even were able to make the trip. Owen  Woischke, Roco Scarpelli, Skyler Stoiber enjoyed the morning with the birds.

Our school utilizes “School Messenger” to inform parents of important announcements such as school closings or delays.  We will now make this available to everyone in our community.  If you would like to be notified by text or voice message of school closings or delays, announcements of events, etc., please contact the school at 419-285-3614 to sign up.

Put-in-Bay School needs substitute teachers.  If you are interested, please call Scott Mangas at 419-285-3614.

Panther Volleyball Improve Record to 7-4

Put-in-Bay School Volleyball gets revenge against the visiting lions of Bowling Green Christian. The Panthers were hungry to avenge their opening season loss and did so in 4 games today (25-17, 22-25, 25-20, 25-6).

The vibe in the gym was electric with very competitive volleyball play. In the first set, Coach Schuffenecker called a timeout–down 12-14.  He challenged his team to settle in and that’s just what they did.   The Panthers went on a 13-3 run to finish the game.

Service errors added up forcing the Panthers to lose the second game. Lyla Steidl provided a spark from the service line in game three and helped get Panthers the lead. Lyla lead the team with 4 aces.

Senior Lilian Frederick had a career night with 19 kills. Coach Schuffenecker thinks it’s possibly school record. Ava Heineman had a season high 19 assists.

Coach Schuffenecker said of his team, “We needed to make adjustments due to a player limited with injury.  The girls adjusted on the fly and showed great poise to get the win.”

The Lions suffered a key injury at the end of the third game. The Panthers ran away with the fourth set. The win improves the Panther record to 7 wins and 4 losses. The Panthers have a big home game on Monday, 26 September 2022, vs. Waite. They look to continue their string of successes and finish the season strong!

Get Your Growl On!

Flag Goes Green for Road Race Reunion!

Road Racers, start your engines!Brisk weather greets Road Race Reunion competitors at Put-in-Bay Airport (3w2) Thursday morning.  A healthy crowd of spectators gathered for the first of two race sessions under sun-bright skies, rolling cloud formations, and a gusty 24kt northwest wind.

Lively competition by determined drivers generated satisfying action at all corners of the 1.2 mile long course.  The official opening ceremony begins at 1:10pm with Put-in-Bay American Legion Post 542 Honor Guard, flag raising, and a fly-over by the 3w2 Pilots Association.  The Put-in-Bay Cup Race starts at 4:30pm.

PiBDaily™ congratulates Road Race Reunion organizers, participants, and Put-in-Bay Port Authority for continuing success at this remarkable Put-in-Bay attraction.  Long live the Road Races!

Road Racers Zoom to Qualify

Road Racers put their cars in gear and thrill aficionados with zoom to qualify on Wednesday afternoon at Put-in-Bay Airport (3w2).  The action on track filled the air with growling motors, tire squeals, and occasional burning rubber.  Action is not limited to the track, as race teams in the paddocks prepare for the excitement.  Race fans, at all corners of the track, share enthusiasm with tales of bygone days and recent motoring developments.

A full slate of racing action begins tomorrow!

Panther Volleyball Pounces onto Winning Record

Put in Bay SchoolPut-in-Bay Panthers pounce on their feline friends the Jaguars from Horizon Science.  Panther volleyball dominates from the start, winning the first game 25-5 and the second game 25-17.  The third game was shortened due to injury, but the Panthers take the win.

This improves the volleyball team’s record to 6 wins and 4 losses.  The team overpowered the Jaguars from the service line, recording over 33 aces in two and a half sets.

Come cheer on the ladies against Bowling Green Christians at4pm on Thursday, 22 September!  Wear white, as the students have planned a “white-out.”

GET YOUR GROWL ON!

Road Racers Display Brilliant Classic Cars

Put-in-Bay Road Race Reunion put on a terrific car show at Heineman Winery on Tuesday.  The feature marques, Triumph and MG, drew considerable attention, but not to the detriment of numerous other types of classic cars. Brilliant paint schemes, exotic body panels, intriguing motor designs, and immaculate restorations created a motorsports enthusiast’s dream world.

Practice and qualifying sessions for racing begin on Wednesday, with the MG/Triumph Feature Race scheduled for 5pm.  Racing starts on Thursday, 22 September, at 9am.

Police Commission Meeting Pushed Back One Week

Mayor Dress announces the Police Commission meeting scheduled for this evening at 6pm is moved to next Tuesday, 27 September 2022.  The Mayor cites ongoing, constructive developments between Put-in-Bay Village Council and Put-in-Bay Township with regard to the 2023 Policing Contract.

Put-in-Bay Vintage Sports Car Racers Ready to Rumble

The 2022 Put-in-Bay Vintage Sports Car Racers  compete on Ohio’s South Bass Island September 20-22, with racing at the Put-in-Bay Airport on Wednesday and Thursday, September 21 & 22. Featured marques for the event, as announced in late November, are MGs and Triumphs–including “specials” running MG or Triumph engines.  86 entrants aim to thrill observers in racing and exhibition events this year!

Moore 1955-MG-TF-1500 / RRR image
Stydhar 1958-Triumph-TR3A / RRR image

Small-bore sports cars raced through the streets of the village of Put-in-Bay from 1952 to 1959 and one last time in 1963. Today’s races take place on a challenging 1.2-mile hay bale-lined course at the island’s airport. Unique in vintage racing in many ways, the Put-in-Bay event offers entry options for racing-, exhibition- and non-racing enthusiasts plus an entrants car show, tours of the original street course, social events and the unexplainable and often hysterical “rocker cover races.”

Click images below for event and racing schedules!

Put-in-Bay Police to Enforce New Golf Cart Parking Law

Put-in-Bay Police, in a Facebook announcement on Friday evening, 16 September 2022, stated, “No cars, truck, or golf carts larger than 4-passenger are allowed at any time” in the angled parking on Delaware Avenue from Catawba to Loraine. “Parking for larger golf carts is still available on Delaware from Loraine to Hartford, as well as on Bayview, Hartford, and Catawba.”

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Live Performers Weekend Spotlight

Live music continues at Put-in-Bay venues!

This week’s focus is on the following performers . . .

Beer Barrel —  Mustang Sally ~ performed alongside high profile names such as Montgomery Gentry, Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich, and Blake Shelton

 

Mojito Bay Brad Moore ~ Pop, Rock, New Country, Motown, and some originals

 

 

Round House —  Benderz 5-piece cover band based out of the Philadelphia/South Jersey area

 

Check times and venues at Put-in-Bay Music!

Red Moon Speakeasy Awaits

Red Moon Speakeasy Put-in-BayRed Moon Speakeasy, by the Park Hotel, is where you’ll want to end a vigorous Put-in-Bay day.  Make your evening a time for meaningful reflection and enjoy the finest in specialty libations.

“Something old. Something new. Something RED. Look for the MOON.”

“According to some accounts, the word speakeasy came from “speak-softly shops,” illegal drinking establishments in England and Ireland in the 19th century. The name referenced the need for secrecy; customers were asked to speak quietly while inside to avoid detection. By the end of the century, speakeasy had come into usage in the United States.” 

Traveling Monarchs Visit Put-in-Bay School

Mrs. Dages and her first grade students enjoy the Monarch butterflies as they make their way through the Bass Islands in Lake Erie.  Students tagged and released the Monarchs which are on their way to Mexico.

Mrs. Melissa Kowlski explains to  the first grade students how scientists track Monarchs.

Put-in-Bay High School  senior Alec Sharp assists Mrs. Kowalski tagging butterflies.

Panther Volleyball Sweeps Again

Put-in-Bay home court advantage helps Panthers sweep visiting Emmanuel Christian Warriors (25-10, 25-22, 25-22).

The Jim Poulus Rec Center can be a difficult place for visiting teams to play as the low ceiling catches a lot of balls which in most gyms are good passes.   Coach Schuffenecker always challenges his team to start fast and use this to their advantage before the visiting team adjusts.  This is just what his team did today!  Tied 5-5 in the first game, the Panthers went on a big run and finished the series with a dominating win.

The second set started much like the first with a 7-0 run from senior Macy Ladd.  It looked like it was to be a rout, but the visiting team fought back.   After the opening serve, the teams went back and forth for a Panther win.

The student section brought out the broom for the start of the third set–it was almost premature as the Panthers fell behind 7-0.  Through team play the Panthers got it back to 7-7, traded scoring points and then prevailed 25-22.

Leading the team in kills was LIlian Frederick with 16, Macy Ladd with 10, Ava Heineman had 13 assists, and Elora Hubner tacked on another 10.

Joy at taking the lead.
Emil keeps score!
Students cheer wildly!
“‘nother 1 !”

“Let’s put our GROWL on!”

 

Learn About Cooking with Herbs

Garden Club Put in BayThe season nears its end, and the last Garden Club Meeting is Cooking with Herbs.  The event features tasty, sample treats.  Meet at 4:30pm on Wednesday, 14 September 2022, at the Cornerstone Room of Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church.

Put-in-Bay Historic Weekend Activities Excite

The Grand Parade, Art-in-the Park, and Perry’s Victory events celebrating Historic Weekend put smiles and enthusiasm everywhere on a sun-filled Put-in-Bay Saturday.

Marching bands, Ford Bronco enthusiasts, Put-in-Bay twirlers, and historical reenactors amaze and excite a cheerful crowd of spectators.  The multitude of visitors taking in Art-in-the-Park vendors reveals a joyful participation in creative endeavors.

Historic Weekend delivers a pronounced accent to the start of fall events at Put-in-Bay.  Stay tuned for the Road Races, Wine Festival, and Oktoberfest!

Historic Weekend Upon Us!

Put in BayHistoric Weekend, celebrating the 209th commemoration of the Battle of Lake Erie, begins today!  All events are free, open to the public, and held at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial–unless noted otherwise.

Friday
Perry's Memorial Put in Bay10:00 am – 6 pm – Observation Deck Open – Purchase tickets at the Visitor Center to reserve your time.

7:00 pm – Flag Retirement Ceremony–to kick off Historic Weekend join us at the Flag Poles to learn about the Battle of Lake Erie and Flag Etiquette.

Saturday
Observation Deck Open – Purchase tickets at the Visitor Center to reserve your time. No Deck Tours during Grand Parade or Battle of Lake Erie Commemoration Ceremony.

10:00 am – Join the Perry Group on the Jet Express out at the battle site for a wreath laying ceremony. There is a cost for this event. For more information on this event visit this website.

11:30 – Fort Meigs Fife and Drums- “The Story Behind the Song”

12:00 pm-1:00 pm – Clyde and Anthony Wayne High Schools Marching Bands perform in DeRivera Park.

Photo by Amanda Downey

1:30 pm – Grand Parade – This year the Broncos on the Bay and our parade to commemorate the Battle of Lake Erie will join forces. Broncos will start at McCann field heading out to South Bass Island State Park and head back towards town on Catawba Ave. The marching units will join in after the Broncos pass the Put-in-Bay School–being downtown about 2 pm. Parade ends at the flag poles between Visitor Center and Memorial.

3:00 – The procession from Visitor Center kicks off our Battle of Lake Erie Commemoration Ceremony. Keynote Speakers will be Captain Danielle DeFant, Commander Officer of the USS Lake Erie and Retired US Army Colonel Tamara Crawford.

4:15 – Fort Meigs Fife and Drums- “The Story Behind the Song”

5:00 – Stories of Victory

10:00 am – 5:00 pm Historic Encampment- Soldiers, Sailors, Civilians, and trades

Fort Meigs Fife and Drum Corps- “The Story Behind the Song”

10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Art in the Park down in DeRivera Park.

Saturday Historic Weapon Demonstrations
11:00 am – Small Arms
12:00 pm – Artillery
4:00 pm – Artillery

Sunday
10:00 am – 6 pm – Observation Deck Open – Purchase tickets at the Visitor Center to reserve your time.

11:30 – Fort Meigs Fife and Drums- “The Story Behind the Song”

2:00 pm Ohio Muffins vs Put-in-Bay Mossbacks vintage baseball–east lawn

2:30 – Fort Meigs Fife and Drums- “The Story Behind the Song”

3:30- Stories of Victory

10:00 am – 4:00 pm Historic Encampment- Soldiers, Sailors, Civilians, and trades

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Sunday Historic Weapon Demonstrations
11:00 am – Small Arms
12:00 pm – Artillery
1:00 pm – Small Arms
2:00 pm – Artillery
3:00 pm – Combined Artillery & Small Arms
4:00 pm – Combined Carronade & Small Arms

Panther Volleyball Team Rebounds After Drought Night

The Panther volleyball team fell to the Start High School Spartans on Thursday.  The girls never gave up, but they couldn’t get over the hump.  Put-in-Bay lost all 16-25, 21-25, 20-25.

It was a completely different afternoon on Friday against Jones Leadership.  The Panthers won all three sets at their home-opener!

Coach Schuffenecker challenged his girls to mentally rebound after a sluggish performance the day before.  “We didn’t play to our best ability on Thursday; we dug ourselves holes and had to fight out of them.  Against good teams you get beat,” the coach said. The challenge was to take the next step in volleyball–not just play hard, but play technical.

The ladies did just that and the Mustangs had no answer for the Panthers.   The Panthers swept the Jones 3-0 (25-15, 25-6, 25-5).  The feel of the team and gym was different playing in front of a loud student section.  The girls gave them plenty to cheer about from the service line.  In game one, 15 of the 25 points came from services aces.   Macy Ladd has a career-day earning 18 aces in the match.

The team played well and improved their record to 4 wins and 3 losses on the year. The Panthers have two tough games next week against Emmanuel Christian on Wednesday and Clyde on Thursday, so they must have sharp practices this week!

Coach Shuffenecker inspires his team!
Getting their “GROWL” for Panther Volleyball

Supportive home crowd in attendance!

Good post-game vibes!

Lake Erie Islands Conservancy Newsletter Here!

The Lake Erie Islands Conservancy is an amazingly vibrant organization with profound success on the Bass Islands in Lake Erie.  The latest edition of the fall newsletter makes it readily apparent how deeply dedicated the membership is.

Read all about this year’s accomplishments  and the special upcoming events!

Click the banner to read the online PDF today!

Support Put-in-Bay School Volleyball

Put in Bay SchoolPut-in-Bay School’s volleyball team shows determination and resilience thus far in the 18-game season. With their 3-2 record, The Panther girls and Coach Shuffenecker deserve community support:  Let’s get our GROWL ON!

2022 Season Schedule ~ games are free and open to the public.

Panther Volleyball Puts Broom to Horizon Science Academy Jaguars

Tuesday night the Panther volleyball team traveled to Horizon Science Academy looking to continue their hot streak.  The host Jaguars could do little to stop the streaking Put-in-Bay School team.  The Panthers swept the best of five series 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-13).

After kicking off the Labor Day rust, the girls played well together.  Leading the Panthers was El Kostura with a career-high 5 kills; Ava Heineman had 14 assists and Lilian Frederick led the team with 12 kills.  The win moved the Panthers record to 3 wins and 2 losses on the year.  The team looks to improve in practice before their road game at Start High School on Thursday.  Go Panthers–Get your growl on!

Police Commission Meeting Reveals Unresolved Issues

Commission members ponder Township’s absence.

The Put-in-Bay Police Commission meeting on Tuesday evening leaves little doubt about the difficulty in resolving differences between Put-in-Bay Township and the Village of Put-in-Bay.  Township representatives did not attend; Village officials included Mayor Dress, Judy Berry, Chief Kimble, and Craig Cox.  Only six members of the general public attended.

The current contract between the two governing bodies expires 31 December 2022, but no official communication took place since the last Police Commission meeting on 17 August 2022.  Ms. Berry stated, “We were in default about police presence on Middle Bass Island this year, but we need to hash this out.  The Township needs to come to the table.”  Mayor Dress affirmed, “We are here to continue the conversation about policing on the Bass Islands and what the future is going to be.”  Mr. Cox added, “I ask the Township, ‘what do you want?’; but I’ve received radio silence.  We feel, and I speak for the Council, it is right for the islands to have one police force.”

In a telephone conversation after the  meeting, Township Trustee Chris Cooper told PiBDaily™ , “We have not made a decision about a new contract, and we await a meeting date and agenda to be set by the Village.”

The Village of Put-in-Bay budget process begins in October, but long-term planning is in gridlock due to a lack of partnership between the Village and Township in regard to the policing contract.  Mayor Dress hopes to resolve this concern by the end of September.

Discussion about establishing an income tax, sin tax, and head tax also prevailed.  Ms. Berry stated, “We have talked to a new lobbyist to determine the possibility of joint-funding-research with the Township.  The whole process is not quick.”

Village Council confirms a parking revenue plan will be in place for 2023.  This will likely involve the purchase of parking stickers for visitors and residents alike.

Miller Boat Line New Ferry Amazing!

Miller Boat Line’s new ferry, M/V Mary Ann Market, is a stunning addition to a highly regarded fleet well-known for passenger and vehicle service to the Bass Islands in Lake Erie.  From bow to stern it represents a special blend of tradition and modernization.  Captain Jake Market, who was instrumental in the vessel’s design, build, and delivery, emphasizes the ship’s performance will be a boon to Miller Boat Line’s public service.

Captain Jake Market at the helm.

PiBDaily™ was privileged to experience a recent trip between Put-in-Bay and the mainland in the Mary Ann Market wheelhouse.  We offer these images to share our enthusiasm for this new level of service for the Bass Islands community.

Hooray for Put-in-Bay Labor Day Weekend!

Labor Day Weekend delivers sweet-sorrow at Put-in-Bay.  For some, it is summer’s last hurrah; for others–especially those who labor in a tourist town–it means a slow and well-deserved exhale.  Either way, Put-in-Bay basks in bright sunshine and good times.  Here’s to a meaningful and satisfying weekend for all!

On the Water

Around the Town

And Beyond . . .

Perry Monument Observation Deck Hours Change

Perry’s Monument observation deck for public entrance is now open only on  Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  If you want to go to the observation deck you must buy your ticket in the Visitor Center.  Tickets can sell out by 2pm.Perry's Monument

With students headed back to school and visitation patterns changing, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial must change observation deck hours.  The Visitor Center is unaffected by this change.  Learn more about Perry’s Victory HERE!

Browns Backers Update 2022 Game Viewing Schedule

Browns Backers
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Lake Erie Islands Browns Backers Chapter 299, a nonprofit organization, promotes fun, fellowship, friendship and good will.  For membership information, contact Secretary Kelly Mohn at leibb43456 “at” gmail.com.

Attending designated establishments to view regular and post-season Cleveland Browns games is one of the priorities.  As such, LEIBB announces the viewing schedule for the 2022 NFL Football Season.

2022 Season Game Viewing

Sept. 11 – 1 PM Browns vs. Panthers at Topsy Turvey Put-in-Bay & Mr. Ed’s Bar Port Clinton

September 18 – 1 PM Browns vs. Jets at The Goat Put-in-Bay & Mr. Ed’s Bar Port Clinton

September 22 – 8:15 PM Browns vs. Steelers at The Fishbowl Put-in-Bay & Mr. Ed’s Bar Port Clinton

October 2 – 1 PM TBA Put-in-Bay & Mr. Ed’s Bar Port Clinton

October 9 – 1 PM TBA Put-in-Bay & Mr. Ed’s Bar Port Clinton

October 16 – 1 PM TBA Put-in-Bay & Mr. Ed’s Bar Port Clinton

October 23 – 8:15 PM TBA Put-in-Bay & Mr. Ed’s Bar Port Clinton

October 31 – 1 PM Joe’s Bar & Mr. Ed’s Bar Port Clinton

Cleveland Browns2022 Annual Meeting ~ November 13 at Topsy Turvey:  11:30 AM available by Zoom;  invite will be in email.

November 13 – 1 PM Topsy Turvey’s Put-in-Bay & Mr. Ed’s Bar Port Clinton

November 20 – 1 PM Topsy Turvey’s Put-in-Bay & Mr. Ed’s Bar Port Clinton

November 27 – 1 PM Topsy Turvey’s Put-in-Bay & Mr. Ed’s Bar Port Clinton

December 11 – 1 PM Topsy Turvey’s Put-in-Bay & Mr. Ed’s Bar Port Clinton – club gift exchange during half time at Topsy’s

Week 15 TBD Topsy Turvey’s Put-in-Bay & Mr. Ed’s Bar Port Clinton

December 24 – 1 PM Topsy Turvey’s Put-in-Bay & Mr. Ed’s Bar Port Clinton

January 1 – 1 PM Topsy Turvey’s Put-in-Bay & Mr. Ed’s Bar Port Clinton

Week 18 TBD Topsy Turvey’s Put-in-Bay & Mr. Ed’s Bar Port Clinton

Live Performers Weekend Spotlight

Live music continues at Put-in-Bay venues!

This week’s focus is on the following performers . . .

The Boathouse —  That 80’s Band ~ captures the moments and looks of the 80’s so well, you will swear you went through a time machine.

 

Mojito Bay Tim Oliver Duo ~ acoustic duo covers all genres from the 1980’s to today’s hits.

 

 

Round House —  Late Last NightThey can play any song and get the crowds on the dance floor.

 

Check times and venues at Put-in-Bay Music!

Panther Volleyball on the Upswing!

Panthers Volleyball Team 2022

Congratulations to the Panthers Volleyball team on their 5-set (21-25, 25-23, 25-22, 21-25, 15-12) victory against the Rogers Rams.  The Ladies showed great grit and resolve in a back-and-forth game.  Down 4-8 in the 5th set, Ava Heineman stepped up to the service line and the team rattled off seven straight points, winning the final set 15-12.

Leading the Panthers was Elora Hubner with 8 aces and 9 assists.  The Panther’s victory improves their record to 2-2 on the year.  The volleyball team is next in action at Horizon Science Academy on Tuesday.  Great Job Lady Panthers!

GET YOUR GROWL ON!

 

Duff Woods Preserve Dedication on 18 September 2022

Lake Erie Islands ConservancyThe Lake Erie Islands Conservancy and the Put-in-Bay Township Park District are proud to announce the dedication of the Duff Woods Preserve to be held on Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 2:00pm at the entrance on Mitchell Rd. on South Bass Island. Parking is in adjacent areas designated by signs. 

Heineman's WineryA reception/cookout will be held immediately afterwards with a short annual meeting for the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy at the Heineman Winery.

We will have food for the grill; please bring a side covered dish to share. Cake and gelato will be provided by member Patty LoPresti.  We will be holding a green event so bring your own table service. Please rsvp for the reception/annual meeting at 419-366-2087 or leiconservancy “at” gmail.com.

Panthers Volleyball Team Plays Hard for Win

The Put-in-Bay Panthers split a double header at Clyde on Monday.  The Panthers opened versus the home town Clyde Fliers.  The Panthers did not have a lot of practice time due to concert week at Put-in-Bay School.

The rust showed as the panthers were thoroughly defeated (4-25, 8-25).  The Panthers did not fair well in the first set against the South Central Trojans, losing 11-25.  Coach Schuffenecker called a timeout when the team was down 1-7 in the second game and challenged the players to win one set at a time.  The Panthers finally shook off the rust and found their groove.

Senior Macy Ladd stepped up to serve and swung the momentum to the Panthers.  Macy finished the last two sets with 9 aces and 6 kills.  The whole team made key plays and the Panthers won the final two sets 25-20 and 25-17.  The win moved the panthers record to 1-2.

There is little time to enjoy the win as the Panthers play Wednesday at Rodgers.   This will be the first meeting between the two schools.

 

Go Panthers! Get your growl on!

Weather Systems Tumble Through Bass Islands

NWS Radar at 5:42pm, 29 August ’22

NEAR TERM THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT:
Unsettled weather will persist through tonight as rounds of convection move across the area. Dew points in the low to mid 70s, and effective bulk shear values of 20 to 25 knots will support a threat of damaging wind gusts and localized torrential rain/flooding, especially in western zones.  The severe threat should diminish with the initial round of convection, but the heavy rain threat may persist.

Tonight`s lows will manage to fall into the (still unseasonably warm) upper 60s to lower 70s, but it will still feel quite muggy with dew points in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Tuesday`s highs will climb into the mid to upper 70s to lower 80s and expect a noticeable cool-down Tuesday night as lows drop into the upper 50s to lower 60s. Text by National Weather Service, Cleveland

Lake Erie Islands Browns Backers Set 2022 Game Viewing Schedule

The  Cleveland Browns host The Chicago Bears in a preseason game on Saturday!

Browns Backers
Click to visit!

Lake Erie Islands Browns Backers Chapter 299, a nonprofit organization, promotes fun, fellowship, friendship and good will.  For membership information, contact Secretary Kelly Mohn at leibb43456 “at” gmail.com.

Attending designated establishments to view regular and post-season Cleveland Browns games is one of the priorities.  As such, LEIBB announces the viewing schedule for the 2022 NFL Football Season.

2022 Season Game Viewing

Sept. 11 – 1 PM Topsy Turvey Put-in-Bay & Mr. Ed’s Bar Port Clinton

September 18 – 1 PM TBA Put-in-Bay & Mr. Ed’s Bar Port Clinton

September 22 – 8:15 PM TBA Put-in-Bay & Mr. Ed’s Bar Port Clinton

October 2 – 1 PM TBA Put-in-Bay & Mr. Ed’s Bar Port Clinton

October 9 – 1 PM TBA Put-in-Bay & Mr. Ed’s Bar Port Clinton

October 16 – 1 PM TBA Put-in-Bay & Mr. Ed’s Bar Port Clinton

October 23 – 8:15 PM TBA Put-in-Bay & Mr. Ed’s Bar Port Clinton

October 31 – 1 PM Joe’s Bar & Mr. Ed’s Bar Port Clinton

Cleveland Browns2022 Annual Meeting ~ November 13 at Topsy Turvey:  11:30 AM available by Zoom;  invite will be in email.

November 13 – 1 PM Topsy Turvey’s Put-in-Bay & Mr. Ed’s Bar Port Clinton

November 20 – 1 PM Topsy Turvey’s Put-in-Bay & Mr. Ed’s Bar Port Clinton

November 27 – 1 PM Topsy Turvey’s Put-in-Bay & Mr. Ed’s Bar Port Clinton

December 11 – 1 PM Topsy Turvey’s Put-in-Bay & Mr. Ed’s Bar Port Clinton – club gift exchange during half time at Topsy’s

Week 15 TBD Topsy Turvey’s Put-in-Bay & Mr. Ed’s Bar Port Clinton

December 24 – 1 PM Topsy Turvey’s Put-in-Bay & Mr. Ed’s Bar Port Clinton

January 1 – 1 PM Topsy Turvey’s Put-in-Bay & Mr. Ed’s Bar Port Clinton

Week 18 TBD Topsy Turvey’s Put-in-Bay & Mr. Ed’s Bar Port Clinton

More Live Tunes Thrive at The Bay

Live music continues at Put-in-Bay venues!

This week’s focus is on the following performers . . .

 

The Boathouse —  Bad JuJu Cleveland ~ grunge to alternative to classics from the 80’s

 

 

REEL Bar Dave Clo ~ toured extensively with Grammy® and Dove Award nominated artists

 

 

Mojito Bay —  Tanner Gomes ~  success on NBC’s The Voice Season 19

 

 

Mr. Ed’s —  Sushi Roll ~ Pop from Chicago; revved-up versions of your favorite pop and rock hits

 

 

Check times and venues at Put-in-Bay Music!

Zac Brown Band Dazzles Bash on the Bay 5

On stage and screen!

Zac Brown Band not only dazzles, they bend the mind with nearly non-stop, epic music.  There is no extravagant showmanship.  Solid, spirited songs flow brilliantly in a range from body-moving jams to melodious and lyrical reflections.  Especially powerful and rewarding is the extent to which each band member contributes.  While recognized as a country band, the playlist encompasses a stunning mix of genres–each keeps audience enthusiasm at peak levels.  Superb drumming, stunning guitar licks, and full-bodied fiddle textures resonate wonderfully with Zac Brown’s voice.

The second night of Bash on the Bay will be remembered as a Put-in-Bay show for the ages because Zac Brown Band gave it their all and then some!

The concert atmosphere at Put-in-Bay Airport (3w2) underscores the magnificence of outdoor, summer events on a jewel of an island.  Brad Paisley and Zac Brown Band are to be commended for delivering a rewarding and satisfying musical experience.

 

Nature & Wildlife Center Receives $12.4K

Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center (LEINWC), located on Put-in-Bay–South Bass Island, has benefited the past two years from Ottawa County Community Foundation (OCCF) grants totaling $12,475. The grant monies further camp accessibility and geology education.

“We are very grateful for the support Ottawa County Community Foundation provides,” said LEINWC Director Renée Fultz. “We are incredibly fortunate to receive OCCF grants that have make a huge impact.”

Young nature campers learn to use binoculars.

In 2022, LEINWC received $8,500 for its Nature Camp program, which it tries to keep as affordable as possible for families from all backgrounds. From Middle Bass and Put-in-Bay, the organization welcomed approximately 125 campers—most of whom live on the islands or have area family or friends. The water theme allows campers to learn about water cycles, water quality, invasive plants, plastic pollution and how these factors impact the health of the lake and drinking water.

Sidewalk chalk-art expresses one camper’s love for Nature Camp.

LEINWC also resumes camp-outs for the older campers—Middle Bass and South Bass (ages 9-10) and North Bass (ages 11-14)—after two years without, due to the pandemic. Thanks, in part, to the OCCF grant, LEINWC was able to hire camp employees at an adequate camper-to-staff ratio and to fund kayaking and Stone Lab programs, including freshwater studies aboard the research vessel Bio Lab.

“We love being able to provide that important connection to nature in a safe and fun environment,” said Fultz, noting that, for the younger group, this is often a child’s first camping experience. “The kids had a blast. Nature Camp was a wonderful success, this year.”

Visitors view the new video illustrating how the Bass Islands were formed.

“Through hands-on learning, classes, and interactive displays, the dynamic staff of the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center foster a sense of wonderment and fun for all ages,” said OCCF Trustee Julene Market, who lives on Put-in-Bay and actively promotes nature and eco-tourism events on the islands. “I am so glad OCCF has chosen to support the Wildlife Center’s worthwhile mission.”

In 2021, LEINWC also received $3,975 to develop an animated video of how the Lake Erie Islands were formed. The video, created with extensive input from leading geologist Dr. Ed Herdendorf, “adds a significant educational aspect to the geology display and improves our ability to educate visitors on the unique geological history of the islands,” said Fultz.

LEINWC records 6,000 visitors this year, so far; many take the time to watch the 4-minute animation.  This leads to conversations about islands and Lake Erie formation over the past 14,000 years. For more information about LEINWC, visit lakeerieislandswildlife.com.

Established in 1999, OCCF provides a steady support system for dozens of nonprofit community organizations across Ottawa County. OCCF receives contributions from individuals, families, businesses and other entities wishing to help their community neighbors. It is an extension of the Greater Toledo Community Foundation and has approximately $11 million in assets.  More than 100 locally-grown funds benefit the fields of education, health and social services, economic development, natural resources and the arts. OCCF has distributed more than $6 million in Ottawa County community grants and scholarships since its inception.

OCCF donors may establish named funds to aid a specific organization or program, provide student scholarships, or create unrestricted funds used for annual grants benefiting local nonprofit organizations like LEINWC. For information, call 419-635-7750, email ottawaccf “at” gmail.com or visit ottawaccf.org.

Brad Paisley Delivers Rewarding Performance for 5th Bash on the Bay

On stage and screen!

Brad Paisley said, “Thank you for inviting us to your party.  I think you’d be having a great time even if we weren’t here!”–and the crowd went wild!

There is good reason why Brad Paisley continues to accumulate praise and accolades wherever he performs.  His stage presence is honest and bold, but not presumptuous.  His repertoire continues seamlessly with a brilliant balance between

Enthusiasm prevails!

melodic-thoughtful and spirit-rousing vibrancy.  The band members contribute flawlessly to create perfect lyrical resonance, and the video backdrop and lighting are enlivening.  The performance was a Put-in-Bay night to remember!

The concert venue, Put-in-Bay Airport (3w2), is a splendid location and continues to draw a spirited and fun-loving crowd.  Security was appropriate and helpful for a large outdoor gathering, and the multiple concessionaires gave the public nice choices to match the festive atmosphere.  There’s no doubt a good time was had by all.

Zac Brown is up tomorrow.  Stay tuned!