Middle Bass Music Festival Bound to be A Blast!

Middle Bass Music Festival, coming Saturday July 17 from 12-7pm, features food trucks, beverage vendors, as well as Island Grind.  Below is the schedule of musicians who will perform.
Consider supporting the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy with a purchase of event t-shirts, beer cozies or the new LEIC hats that will be available at festival.
Music schedule – times are approximate and subject to change
12:00 noon – 12:45 North Coast Goats – Classic Rock
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Sonic Boom – Jazz Fusion
2:15 PM – 3:30 PM Sam Hooper Blues Band
3:45 PM – 5:15 PM Chardon Polka Band
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Cats on Holiday – Zydeco Folk Fusion blend
Artist Demonstrations at Lonz Winery & Middle Bass Island July 17, 2021
The Ohio Arts Council will bring a special feature to this year’s Middle Bass Music Fest.  Eight regional artists will demonstrate their talents and offer festival participants the opportunity to learn a new craft.  The artists are local to the island and from around the region.  They  will share a variety of art media in an “art tent” especially set up to host this great activity. Along with demonstrating their work, each artist will invite festival guests to join in the fun. Some art will be hands-on fun and others will offer take-away-kits to help folks learn a new skill at home. Come and meet the friendly people from Middle Bass Island and learn something new at the music festival.  Artist presenting include:
Kelly Kanyok- needle punch embroidery
Debbie Pinta- stain glass
Kim Miles- weaving
Doreen Butler- rug hooking
Amy Houston-painting on slate
Betty Dasher-drawing/Zentangle
Janet Sterns-acrylic painting
Lisa Shay -glass painting
The Middle Bass Music Fest is held at Lonz Winery on the grounds of the Middle Bass Island State park. It is brought to you by the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy and is sponsored by the Middle Bass Dock Company, Middle Bass Island State Park, The Island Grind, The Ohio Arts Council, and Lake Erie Shores and Islands. The Festival runs from 12 noon to 7 PM on Saturday July 17, 2021.
Click http://www.mbimusicfest.com for more information. The music fest event and art demonstrations are free and open to everyone, however art demonstration participants may be a charged a fee for art materials.

Table vendors include MIke Gora with new book, Elizabeth Heineman and Randy Leimbach with photos, Jill Cooks with her special MB sail cloth bags, LEIC and LEINWC sales tables.

There are several ways to get to Middle Bass Island that don’t involve your own boat. The best option is Miller Ferry from Catawba.  Take the 10:15 am or 12:15 pm from Catawba to Middle Bass. Return to Catawba at 5:15 pm or 7:00 pm.
From Port Clinton take the Jet Express to Put-in-Bay. Then, hop on the Sonny-S ferry to Middle Bass from The Boardwalk Dock at Put-in-Bay.  Their schedule that day is at https://middlebassferry.net/schedule.php?d=17&m=7&y=2021

Put-in-Bay Township Park District Preserves Middle Bass Island Land

Middle Bass IslandOn May 29, 2020, the Put-in-Bay Township Park District (PIBTPD) purchased 2.83 acres of lakefront on the eastern most point of Middle Bass Island from the Cleveland family. This makes our current preserve of 8 acres almost 11 contiguous acres of wooded shoreline-superb migratory bird habitat. It has been the site of Tom Bartlett’s bird banding operations since 2009. We are also excited that the PIBTPD and Lake Erie Islands Conservancy (LEIC) have been able to preserve over 113 acres now on the Bass Islands.

These lands are being conserved, in part, by funding and technical assistance made available by TC Energy and its subsidiary Columbia Gas Transmission’s Leach XPress Pipeline Project in partnership with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Conservation Fund. The Clean Ohio Conservation Fund provided a large grant through their District 5. The remainder of the funds were provided by the Put-in-Bay Township Park District and donations from the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy. We wish to thank the Cleveland family for working with us on the purchase, Ohio water trailsNeal Hess as conservation realtor, Marsha Collett as legal advisor, and Judy Twarek-Bickley of Hartung Title for her assistance.

Schmidlin Construction will be installing a split rail fence along the northern edge of the parcel, removing metal debris and an old storage barn for the park district. Because the old barn was home to bats, Casey Carty built a bullet bat house that will be put in place on site for the bats. We will eventually extend the current foot path through the Cleveland parcel as well. This summer EnviroScience will be visiting the preserve to remove some invasive trees and plants such as amur honeysuckle, callery pear, and English ivy.

We are very excited to be able to preserve these beautiful termini of Middle Bass Island. The rocky shores and reef that extends from the point are important fish and mussel habitat and great for shoreline fishing. The wooded shores are a perfect stopover habitat for migratory birds. The woods are an interesting mix with many Ohio Buckeye and Kentucky Coffee trees. Now the Middle Bass Island East Point Preserve is almost 11 acres for walking, birding, and a stop on the Lake Erie Islands Water Trail. Paddle on over and enjoy the area soon!

And most important- a big THANK YOU to all of our supporters–together we have been able to preserve some beautiful places to enjoy!!! Your donations have allowed us to be able to offer funds toward these purchases!

Lisa Brohl, Chair, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy





Middle Bass Island Music Festival

Middle Bass Island Music Festival

14 July 2018

Middle Bass Island Music Festival will be held on 14 July 2018 from noon until 8:00 p.m. at the Middle Bass Island State Park Pavilion. The attached press release gives more details on this fun event. Proceeds benefit the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy.  We will need volunteers that day to man the entrance, sell tickets, serve beverages, help with games, etc.  If you wish to volunteer, please contact event manager Nancy Welter at 419-341-5806 or nkw23 “at” yahoo.com.

We will have space for artists to sell their work at the festival as well. Roman Sapecki is the contact there at 419-581-1919 or RomanQ1 “at” aol.com.  Attached is more information on the Middle Bass Island Music Fest Art Space. Deadline to sign up is July 7th.

Middle Bass Music Fest Artist Space

July 14 Noon -8:00 p.m.

Each artist can expect one 8′ foot table and 2 chairs per dedicated pavilion module. Please view attachments, 3 photos total, that detail the pavilion modules 1 through 8, with frontal and two side views.  Artists can choose which module they prefer on a first come basis. We will provide artists pavilion space per individual, up to the eight module limit.  Should modules be filled and there would be artist interest beyond the eight module limit, it is incumbent upon the artist to provide their own shelter, table, and chairs which will be configured adjacent to the visual artist area of the pavilion.  Electricity is available for use to be connected from outlets on posts of “module 1”,  between posts of “module 4 and module 5”, and last post of “module 8”.  Artists are to provide their own extension cord lines for connecting to outlets.  Artists can set up their displays starting at 9.00 a.m. on the day of the Music Festival.

Upon agreement, payment of $25.00  as check shall be made to:
Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, P. O. Box 461, Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456.

Please reference MBI Music Fest Artist Space on memo line.  A confirmation email will be sent to follow. Please contact Roman Sapecki with any questions.

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