Lonz Winery Patio Comes Alive: Middle Bass Music Festival Returns

Lonz Winery Music FestivalMiddle Bass Island, OH – The Middle Bass Dock Company, celebrating 95 years of service to Middle Bass Island, presents the Middle Bass Music Festival at Middle Bass Island State Park on Saturday, 14 July 2018, from 12 noon – 8pm.  Admission is free and all are welcome.

Lonz Winery is one of Ohio’s most historic destinations. It is our goal to share our love for Middle Bass Island and the restoration of Lonz Winery Patio and Pavilion with our friends, families and guests through the Middle Bass Music Festival. Ride the Miller Ferry from Catawba Island or the Sonny S from downtown Put-In-Bay and join us for the day. You can spend the night on Middle Bass Island at St Hazards Resort or tie your own boat up at the Middle Bass Island State Park marina.

The beautiful Lonz Winery Patio will be filled with the sound of local musicians:  The Island Band, Rock and Roll Stew, Mr. Willy and the Honey Bee, North Coast Goats, The Boilermakers and 100 Mile Haul. Come hungry and thirsty!  Jimmy G’s BBQ, Heineman’s Winery, Catawba Island Brewing, and JF Walleye’s are our concession partners.

Check out the MBI Music Festival Video!

Middle Bass Island Music FestivalWhile on the island, take a moment to tour the winery museum with its five historic Civil War era wine cellars. The museum showcases the history of Lonz Winery with exhibits of century old wine making equipment. Walk the state park trails and enjoy a fun and relaxing family adventure.

Proceeds from the Middle Bass Music Festival will be donated to Lake Erie Islands Conservancy encouraging conservation and protection of natural and agricultural lands in the Lake Erie Islands since the year 2000. Their mission is to protect and conserve natural areas of the islands from commercial and private development. The Lake Erie Islands are a unique environment providing habitat for migrating birds and homes for a host of indigenous flora and fauna.Lake Erie Islands Conservancy

For more information on the Conservancy, see www.lakeerieislandsconservancy.org.  Event friends and supporters include The Hisey Group w/ Howard Hanna @ www.MiddleBassIsland.info and The Middle Bass Island Yacht Club.

Lonz Winery Re-development Continues

Middle Bass IslandThe Middle Bass Island State Park re-development project, directed by the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, continues to make steady progress toward rehabilitation of the Lonz Winery estate.  Visitors to Middle Bass Island have the opportunity to enjoy camping, slip reservations at the marina, and the nicely landscaped grounds of Lonz Winery.  For details, please visit the Web site for Middle Bass Island State Park.

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Photos courtesy of OFCC

Lonz Estate Home to be Razed

Lonz Porch

The iconic porch of the Lonz Winery estate on Middle Bass Island. Photo by Roman Sapecki

The state of Ohio purchased the 124 acres of Lonz Winery in 2001 with intentions to develop the property and encourage tourism.  In 2014, a pavilion was constructed and some refurbishment took place; however, major changes remain to be seen.

On 6 June 2014, James Zehringer, ODNR Director, posted this statement on the director’s blog:  “To show our commitment to revitalizing the Lonz Winery property, we have completed environmental remediation and corrected structural deficiencies. We intend to host open houses for the public and potential investors, and I’m hopeful that people will offer great ideas for the future of the property. We’re open to hearing ideas, and I am looking forward to seeing this project come to fruition. Our work has only begun in revitalizing this rugged and weather-beaten structure, but the potential contained within this opportunity leaves me eager to see what we can create as we move forward, together.”

At a public meeting held on Middle Bass Island earlier this week, the Ohio Division of Natural Resources announced plans to level the old estate home.  Public response on Facebook has been voluminous.  In effort to preserve history, professional photographer Roman Sapecki reports a “request to fully document the existing structures has been formally submitted.”Lonz Winery Estate House on Wednesday, 11 June 2014