Road Scholars Travel to Kelleys Island for Natural Wonders Expedition

Under the guidance of Lisa Brohl, Susan Byrnes, and Dianne Smith, Road Scholars (visiting Put-in-Bay this week) boarded the ferry “Sonny-S” on a picture-perfect morning to participate in birding, glacial groove examination, and observation of other environmental features unique to Kelleys Island in Lake Erie.  Naturalist Pat Hayes, ornithologist Tom Bartlett, and Kelleys Island historian Leslie KorenkoRoad Scholars provided extensive and illuminating information during the day’s tour.  A scrumptious Perch luncheon was served by the PATMOS Christian Camp on Long Point.  PiBDaily photographer Donna Steinbach captured some of the highlights in the photos below.

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Kelleys Island Music Festival Taking Shape for 2015

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2nd Annual Kelleys Island Music Festival
Saturday June 27, 2015

1st Choice Staging Main Stage (partial list)

All day special guest Emcee, Bill Martin, Fox 8 Cleveland lead anchor.

Half Moon Jack (headline slot)
(if you remember, they stole the entire day last year and look forward to doing the same this year)

The Roadhouse Band (country rock and 80’s rock)
with special guest, Bill Martin, on guitar along with additional female vocalist all the way from New York(Ohio native), Katie Phrogner will be performing 5 duets with Roadhouse lead singer, Heather Chandler.

Colin Dussault Blues Project (you know them and love them)

Ragged Glory (Neil Young Tribute Band)

The Westies (fun upbeat rock)

Yellow Delicious (party band)

The Burnt River Band (Blues ‘n’ Boogie)

Jack Daniels Barrel House Saloon Acoustic Side Stage

David Lester

3G ( Grandfather Boe, son Ronnie, grandson RJ)

Steve Brownell

Some of last years favorites mixed with some new comers. We’re taking baby steps to build the festival and keep it with regional Lake Erie Island acts. Many requested major national acts and touring acts, but to keep this thing growing, we’re staying in the budget!

There is ONE MORE VERY VERY special act that we can not release to this line-up until February 1, 2015.

Sunday June 28

Still working on details
but in the works…..oldies….jazz… grass and more!

Amazing new details in the works for this year all around that we’ll release as the months go by.

Official KI Music Fest poster coming out Monday….and we hope you share to spread the word!

New Music Fest website will be launched January 1, 2015!

Thanks for your continued support of the ‘Rockin’ the Rock’ Music Fest!

ODNR Reports on Bass Islands: Major Focus on Middle Bass Island’s Lonz Winery

By Michael Gora

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources presented information pertinent to their involvement at the three Bass Islands (North, Middle, South) and Kelleys Island. The presentation, given at the Marblehead Lighthouse today, was made mostly by ODNR Director James Zehringer, with parts by several of his associates and by Julene Market of the Miller Boat Line.

Marblehead Lighthouse

Marblehead Lighthouse


ODNR Director James Zehringer

South Bass Island: The number of electrical hookups will be increased significantly.

Middle Bass Island: So far this year the work on Middle Bass has been removing asbestos from the Lonz estate house and press house, as well as shoring and replacing unstable parts, and initiating restoration of those buildings.  Water and sewer will also be connected to those buildings and the Lonz Winery. A pavilion is being built on the top of the hill beside the winery.  visitors will be able to use it as a waiting area for the Middle Bass Ferry.  For the next two years,starting 1 July 2014, $6 million has been allocated for the winery itself. Whether it will become a winery and/or restaurant is still unclear, but the promise is that it will become at least one of those. ODNR will return the winery to its heritage and make it a destination for entertainment and one that families will enjoy.  Julene Market, from Miller Boat Line, also spoke briefly and emphasized the Lonz Winery is iconic to the area. She pointed out that the original settlers were all drawn to the island because of opportunities for fishing, agriculture and grape growing.

North Bass Island: The North Bass Island State Park will remain primitive. It will be open for kayak and canoe lovers. There will be mooring balls for the primitive campground.

Kelleys Island: The number of electrical hookups will be increased.


Road Scholars from Put-in-Bay Enjoy Excursion to Kelleys Island

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Approaching Portside Marina on Kelleys Island

Sonny-S Ferry

Captain Brohl relishes island exploration.






An overcast and rainy Monday morning failed to dampen the enthusiasm of twenty-four Road Scholars from across the United States as they boarded the “Sonny-S” for a special tour of Kelleys Island.  The outing included a tram tour of the island, a hands-on experience with licensed bird-banders, fresh perch luncheon at Camp Patmos, a visit to the glacial grooves, and a stopover at the Kelleys Island Historical Museum.

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