Still Hoping for Indian Summer?

Perry's Monument

“No Snowmobiles” sign posted on the grounds of Perry’s Monument

Two-plus inches of snow seep into the ground as daytime temperatures begin to rise above freezing at Put-in-Bay.  The National Weather Service forecast calls for highs in the 40’s; not exactly what one associates with Indian Summer.  Nonetheless, we’re still 36 days away from “official winter.”  So be it!

The Old Farmer’s Almanac defines Indian Summer in this way:

Here are the criteria for a true Indian summer:

  • As well as being warm, the atmosphere during Indian summer is hazy or smoky, there is no wind, the barometer is standing high, and the nights are clear and chilly.
  • A moving, cool, shallow polar air mass is converting into a deep, warm, stagnant anticyclone (high pressure) system, which has the effect of causing the haze and large swing in temperature between day and night.
  • The time of occurrence is important: The warm days must follow a spell of cold weather or a good hard frost.
  • The conditions described above also must occur between St. Martin’s Day (November 11) and November 20. For over 200 years, The Old Farmer’s Almanac has adhered to the saying, “If All Saints’ (November 1) brings out winter, St. Martin’s brings out Indian summer.”

Put-in-Bay Honors Patriot Day

Patriot Day Put in Bay

Procession to Perry’s Victory Plaza (click to enlarge)

Patriot DayPut-in-Bay safety personnel from the volunteer fire department, EMS, and police joined the Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters and the National Park Service on the plaza of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial at 8:46am today.  The event was a Memorial tribute to the victims of 9-11; it is celebrated as Patriot Day.

9-11 Put in Bay

9-11 Remembered at Perry’s Victory Plaza on Wednesday

9-11Island Fire, EMS, Police, OAPFF join NPS for 9-11 Memorial Tribute at Perry’s Victory

PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio – Local safety service personnel from Put-in-Bay’s volunteer fire department, EMS and police join members of the Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters (OAPFF) and the National Park Service on the Plaza of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial on Wednesday at 8:46am in a Memorial tribute to the victims of 9-11.

“It has now been 18 years since the events of 9-11,” said Superintendent Barbara Rowles. “Despite the passage of time we must continue to remember the victims of 9-11, and to support our safety service agencies that wake up each day with our safety in mind.”

National Park Service Put in BaySuperintendent Rowles said the park will display flags on the Upper Plaza that represent the many countries who lost citizens on September 11, 2001 in the terrorist attacks.

OAPFF President Mike Taylor speaks at the event, as well as representatives from the island’s fire, EMS and police departments. The OAPFF provides a drum and pipe band that will lead the procession from the park’s Visitor Center to the Memorial’s Plaza, Superintendent Rowles said. The organization also provides a wreath placed in the Memorial’s Rotunda.

The procession to the Memorial departs the Visitor Center at 8:46 am, marking the time American Airlines Flight 11 struck the north tower of the World Trade Center.

Nearly 3,000 people died in New York City, Washington, D.C. and near Shanksville, PA, September 11, 2001. Both north and south towers, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 accounted for 2,753 lives lost at the World Trade Center.  New York City lost 343 fire fighters, 23 police officers, and 37 Port Authority officers.  Another 184 people were killed at the Pentagon when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building. Forty passengers and crew aboard United Airlines Flight 93 died while trying to regain control of the flight deck; the plane crashed into a field.

Superintendent Rowles said the program will last about 45 minutes;  OAPFF performs a Bell Ceremony as part of the remembrance. As the only international peace memorial in the National Park Service, it is fitting to host this ceremony in a place that shares the lessons of peace and which is a constant reminder of what is possible through international cooperation.

Perry Defeats British Fleet

Battle of Lake Erie

Friday, September 6, 2019 – Sunday, September 8, 2019

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial celebrates the 206th Anniversary of Oliver Hazard Perry’s defeat of the British fleet in The Battle of Lake Erie, September 10, 1813, and the enduring peace that has bound the United States, Great Britain and Canada in peace and as allies for more than 200 years. A Flag Perry's MonumentRetirement Ceremony is held Friday evening at 7 pm with Park Rangers, American Legion members and Boy Scouts. Saturday begins with an 11 am Memorial Service and the Grand Parade steps off at 2:15 pm and ends at the Park’s flag poles where four high school marching bands will play the National Anthems from each country before Rangers and volunteers fire a musket and carronade salute. A Living History Military Encampment is open 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday and 10 to 4 on Sunday. Rangers will give black powder musket demonstrations, rifle demonstrations, and carronade firing demonstrations throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. A Time Line event, “200 Years of US Military History” will be presented after the Parade on Saturday. The Perry Group will host a concert Saturday evening and the annual “Lights of Peace” Harbor Illumination at dusk. About 1,200 Boy Scouts will camp on the East Lawn at Port Clinton Troop #360’s annual Camporee.

Celebrate Perry’s Birthday

Commodore Perry

Commodore Perry

Saturday, August 24, 2019 – Sunday, August 25, 2019

Join the celebration of the 234th anniversary of Oliver Hazard Perry’s birth on August 23, 1785, as well as the 200th anniversary of his death at on August 23, 1819.  Listen to the Hero of Lake Erie as he discusses his life from the time he became a midshipman at age 13 to his victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Erie at age 28.  Historic firearms demonstrations take place at 11am, 3pm and 5 pm.  Carronade demonstrations start at noon, 2pma nd 4 pm.  At 1pm there is a Junior Ranger program entitled, “Join Perry’s Navy.”  Sunday, August 25, is the 103 Anniversary of the National Park Service.  It is a Fee-Free Day at the Memorial Column.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial celebrates the 103rd Anniversary of the National Park Service. Visitors can ride the elevator to the 317-foot Observation Deck for a spectacular view of the Lake Erie Islands for free.  Children can visit the “See Yourself as a Park Ranger” display; they can try on a variety of ranger uniforms and learn about different jobs park rangers can choose from.