See Perry’s Victory: The Battle of Lake Erie

ToledoMuseumArt_logo  Commemorating the 200th anniversary of Perry’s Victory, the Toledo Museum of Art presents a limited-time exhibit with paintings, prints, and artifacts.  This special offering opens on August 9th and closes on November 10, 2013.  Admission to the museum and exhibition is free; however, there is a $5 parking fee.

Perrys-VictoryIMAGE: Thomas Birch (American, born England, 1779-1851), Perry’s Victory on Lake Erie (detail), 1814. Oil on canvas, 66” x 96 1/2”. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadephia. Gift of Mrs. C.H.A.Esling.  Courtesy of The Toledo Museum of Art

Kayak the Bay!


Chris DeVincentis and Donna Steinbach exclaimed, “Gear up and Go!”

Kayak The Bay, 1/2 mile west of the Jet Express Dock on South Bass Island, offers single and double kayak rentals, as well as guided tours.  The helpful and friendly staff ease you into a suitable kayak with proper life jackets and helpful suggestions on what to see while paddling your way across Put-in-Bay.  If you are lucky, you will meet owner Vicky Wigle and hear wonderful tales of island hopping adventure.  Ms. Wigle’s operation was recently featured in Toledo’s The Blade newspaper.


Perry’s Longboat Coming to Put-in-Bay in August; Party at The Keys!

PerrysLongBoat_2013Photo courtesy of The Perry Group

Perry’s Longboat will be coming to Put-in-Bay on Friday, August 23rd, aboard the Miller Ferry. The boat will parade through town and past the Perry Monument to “The Keys” for a welcome party. The Party will be from 7-9. This is a fundraiser to help with expenses, and to get a trailer and cover for the longboat. A $20 donation, an amazing silent auction and more. Stay tuned . . .DSC_2788

Lonz Winery on Middle Bass Island Awaits Renewal

20130729_132951 Rumors abound about a long-anticipated renewal of Middle Bass Island’s Lonz Winery, owned by the State of Ohio, but left vacant and unused since the tragic collapse of the winery terrace thirteen years ago this month.  Recent speculation among Bass Islands residents suggests there is viable interest in bringing the property up to current building codes.  However, no official statements have been released by state or local authorities.  Meanwhile, the historic estate retains its charm and character, as well as healthy fruit-bearing trees.





Ohio American Legion Post 542 Honors Past with Restoration Project

20130729_105125Don Thwaite and Art Boyles (facing camera), of “your to do list home repairs,” volunteered time, tools, and labor on Monday, 29 July 2013, to assist the Bass Islands American Legion in restoration of the canon in DeRivera Park.