Put-in-Bay, Ohio – Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial is tuning up for the first ever Put-in-Bay Music Festival to be held here on Saturday, June 10, from 11 am to 8 pm. The park’s maintenance crew has worked hard getting the park ready for the May 20 opening, Perry Education Days, and the Memorial Day Remembrance ceremony. The same crew along with Park Rangers will set up and welcome visitors to the music festival in just over a week.
“We are a collaboration centric organization,” said Superintendent Barbara Fearon, “and the planning of this event with partners such as Miller Boat Line, the Chamber, the historical society, and our friends group has run very smoothly.” Fearon credited Scott Market, former bass player with island band Ben Dover and the Screamers, and co-owner of Miller Boat Line, for bringing the idea of a music festival to Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. “Part of our mission as a National Park is to make the park accessible to everyone,” Fearon said, “and in that regard the music festival, the music workshops, and the kids’ field games are free and open to the public.” She added that Miller Boat Line signed on as title sponsor of the event and a matching grant was obtained from the Ohio Arts Council to cover cost of the bands, equipment rentals, and incidentals.
Seven bands will perform, including the Flyin Jays, Emily Keener from The Voice, MC Bob Gatewood, JP and the Chatfield Boys, Mo ‘Mojo, Strung Like a Horse, and the Floorwalkers. Legendary performer Pat Dailey just recently agreed to perform his new song during the day-long festival.
The music line up is tentatively set (times are approximate and subject to change):
11:15am – Flyin Jays
12:15pm – Emily Keener
1:15pm – Bob Gatewood
2:00pm – JP and the Chatfield Boys
3:15pm – Mo ‘Mojo
4:15pm – Pat Dailey
5:00pm – Strung Like a Horse
6:45pm – Floorwalkers
Free music workshops will be given during the day. Mo ‘Mojo will give a workshop on Zydeco dance, and a second on drumming. Islander Dick McCarthy will also give two workshops on playing the ukulele, one for beginners and a second for those with some experience. There will also be a “Guitar Hero” competition in the workshop tent.
There is also a single elimination singles and doubles Cornhole tournament. The Battle of Lake Erie Corn Toss has an entry fee for both tournaments, and players can register online at putinbayohiocornhole.com. “This is a family friendly event that we hope will be entertaining and educational,” Fearon said.
The National Park at Put-in-Bay has a long history of celebrating peace through music and has hosted many musical performances over the years, including the Toledo Symphony, the Central Ohio Symphony, Firelands Symphony, island performers, drumming, and other music workshops, as well as a series of concerts in conjunction with the Put-in-Bay Arts Council and the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce. Planning for the event has involved collaboration between the National Park, the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce, the Perry Group, and the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society — all non-profits — as well as Miller Boat Line, Heidelberg Distributing and Pepsi Co.
To plan your island visit to the June 10 Put-in-Bay Music Festival, check out the following websites; pibmusicfest.com, millerferry.com, putinbayohiocornhole.com, visitputinbay.com, leihs.org, and nps.gov/pevi.
Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm through September 10, and 10 am to 5 pm September 11 through October 1. The memorial column, rotunda, and plaza will be inaccessible to the public throughout 2017, as it undergoes exterior cleaning and repairs.