PUT-IN-BAY, OHIO – Visitors can enjoy an old fashioned summer Put-in-Bay tradition on Friday, August 10, at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial when the 71st annual Barbershop Singers Concert takes place at 7 pm on the back porch of the Visitor Center. “We all look forward to this event each summer,” said Superintendent Barbara Fearon, “and the park is proud to be part of the history of the barbershop singers.”
About 15 harmonizing quartets will provide 2 hours of free musical entertainment to the general public. The park will provide some seating but those attending are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket in order to accommodate the large crowd that attends each year.
Each year the quartets plan their own selection of songs to sing and always deliver on their performances. This event started with a man who has a cottage on Middle Bass Island. His neighbor back home was part of a quartet and he asked him to come to the island and sing. The next year there were two quartets and every year it kept growing. The performers still stay on Middle Bass Island each year, and on Saturday night, August 11, they will entertain at the Middle Bass Island Town Hall at 7 pm.
Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial has a long history of celebrating peace through music. The annual Barbershop Quartet Concert is one of many musical programs hosted at the National Park.