Vintage Sports Cars Compete at Put-in-Bay

Put-in-Bay Vintage Sports Car Races announce ‘50s-era competitor Ed Eichenlaub will be an honored guest at this year’s event to be held September 21-24. The Modern-day PiB Sports Car Races have been held on Ohio’s South Bass Island since 2009.  A small “reunion” in honor of the original races (run through the narrow streets of Put-in-Bay in the ‘50s and early ‘60s) evolved into an increasingly popular annual re-creation of those races..

USCG Neah Bay Visits Put-in-Bay

USCG Cutter Neah Bay arrived at Put-in-Bay on Thursday afternoon and departed Duggan’s Dock at 0915 Friday morning.

USCG Cutter NEAH BAY (WTGB-105) is a 140 foot Bay Class Icebreaking Tug homeported in Cleveland, OH. Unit missions include Icebreaking, Homeland Security, Light House projects, Law Enforcement, and Public Affairs. The NEAH BAY serves throughout the entire Great Lakes system.

National Park Service Seeks Comments on Visitor Experience Plan

Nancy Tanner keeps Perry’s Victory beautiful near the empty NPS lot.

Put-in-Bay, Ohio – The National Park Service (NPS) at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial (Park) seeks public comments on a draft Visitor Experience Plan (PEPC 77366). This plan considers existing conditions and recommendations in other guiding documents and seeks to better define appropriate visitor experiences in the Peace Garden and around the Visitor Center.

The Visitor Experience Plan defines the design for the empty lot west of the Visitor Center and the street-scape in front of the Visitor Center, extending along the east side of Toledo Avenue from its intersection with Bayview and Delaware Avenues.

This project will enhance visitor experience and way-finding by designing a more formalized Peace Garden to link the town of Put-in-Bay to the park Visitor Center. The Peace Garden will serve as the park’s First Amendment space and create a setting for programs that are more appropriately held off the Memorial grounds. The main elements of the design consist of a central talking circle surrounded by a stone seat wall and native prairie plantings. To welcome visitors is an entrance plaza with park identification sign and a formal walk with rows of street trees along Bayview Avenue that lead directly to the Memorial column. Seat walls provide ample space for people to rest and enjoy the views. Art sculptures will be incorporated into the Peace Garden and engravings in the pavement will include quotes that communicate stories related to peace. Plantings and interpretive signage will be kept low to not obscure views to the Memorial column. Improvements along Toledo Avenue include additional way-finding, plantings that frame views to the Visitor Center and access improvements for pedestrians.

Public comment to support this planning effort is currently open and will be accepted through August 7, 2021. The public can submit comments and find more information about the project at the Park’s website at The NPS will also be accepting written comments by mail at:


Superintendent Barbara Rowles

Attn: PEVI Visitor Experience Plan
P.O. Box 549
Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456

The Park is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. For more information, visit or call (419) 285-2184.

Ford Tri-Motor Airplane Coming to Put-in-Bay Airport

Ford Tri-Motor airplane returns for a visit and public flights at Put-in-Bay Airport (3w2) on July 16th!

According to the Tri-Motor Heritage Foundation, “In 1926, The Stout Metal Aircraft Division of the Ford Motor Company produced the Ford Tri-Motor, the first all-metal passenger airliner in the world. Often referred to as the “Tin Goose” or “Flying Washboard”, it was the aircraft specifically created to carry passengers rather the mail, with a seating capacity up to 14 passengers. As the name implies, the airplane was powered by three radial engines, which provided for unsurpassed safety and reliability, while at the same time flying higher and faster than other airplanes of the same time period.

The Ford Tri-Motor formed the backbone of many of the fledgling air service companies that would become the world’s most successful airlines. Eastern Airlines, TWA, Continental, and Aero Mexico are but a few of the airlines that credit there start to the venerable Ford Tri-Motor. In addition, it was a Ford Tri-Motor, piloted by Berndt Balehen, which was used in the first flight over the South Pole in November of 1929.”

Put-in-Bay Fireworks Prompt Ooohs and Ahhhhs

Early fireworks appeared from inside Put-in-Bay Village.

Put-in-Bay fireworks display, fondly called Boom on the Bay, delivered plenty of excitement and appreciation on Sunday night.  Amidst a calm and humid evening, hundreds gathered around and in Put-in-Bay Harbor to witness the Independence Day light show.  Unique patterns and intense star clusters filled the sky just north of Gibraltar Island with colors from all corners of the spectrum.  The display lasted approximately twenty minutes and closed with an intense rocket burst, followed by loud horns from the vessels in the harbor. Click images for enlarged view!

Middle Bass Island Captain Becomes Local Hero

Captain Harry exhibits satisfaction after running support for Sonny-S Boat Line.

Middle Bass Island resident Captain Harry Foley stepped up to fill the void in ferry transportation Wednesday, 30 June, to Saturday, 3 July.  When Sonny-S Boat Line suspended operations, Inter-Island Charters filled the gap for transport from Middle Bass Island to The Boardwalk, Put-in-Bay.  The charter service is owned by Captain Marty Harayda, also of Middle Bass Island.

Captain Harry reports, “I hauled over 300 people from Wednesday to Saturday morning!”  The Sonny-S returned to service on Saturday afternoon and resumes a regular summer schedule.