Snow Adds to Put-in-Bay Wonderland

Dustin Shaffer ready for another Island Air Taxi flight to Port Clinton, Ohio

Four inches of snow fell overnight and into early Sunday morning.  The accumulation places an accent on the already dramatic configurations of ice on Lake Erie around Put-in-Bay.  Outdoor activity is the norm for the day!

The National Weather Service reports more snow is on the way:  “Monday morning, another Alberta clipper will move through the Great Lakes region, although the track with this one is slightly north of the Sunday event. Total snow accumulations with this clipper system are expected to be 1-3 inches.”

Paul Ladd creates ice-skating area!

Ice rendezvous!


Registration for Put-in-Bay 2022 Car Races is Officially Open

Click to enlarge the flyer!

Registration is officially OPEN for the 2022 Put-in-Bay Vintage Sports Car Races set to take place on Ohio’s South Bass Island September 20-23 with racing at the Put-in-Bay Airport on Wednesday and Thursday, September 21 & 22.  Featured Marques for the event, as announced in late November, are MGs and Triumphs including “specials” running MG or Triumph engines.

The Put-in-Bay Sports Car Races take place on Ohio’s South Bass Island where small-bore sports cars raced through the streets of the village of Put-in-Bay from 1952 to 1959 and one last time in 1963. Beginning in 2009 with a modest “reunion” followed by real racing in 2012, today’s Put-in-Bay Vintage Sports Car Races take place on a challenging 1.2-mile hay bale-lined course at the island’s airport.  Unique in vintage racing in many ways, the Put-in-Bay event offers entry options for racing-, exhibition- and non-racing enthusiasts plus an entrants car show, tours of the original street course, social events and the unexplainable and often hysterical “rocker cover races”.

The event will be an official MG Vintage Racers “Focus Event” meaning that group will pull out all the stops to entice MG drivers from far and wide to make a special effort to come and enjoy the “Holy grail of old school vintage sports car racing.”  2022 will mark 70 years since the first Put-in-Bay Road Race back in the fall of 1952 when most all of the entries were MG TCs and TDs.  Then by the late 50s Triumph TR2s and TR3s vied for preferred British entry status, dominating E production.  So it just made sense to add the TRs into the mix for 2022 and to provide an excuse for an always-popular MG vs. Triumph race.

To enter, go to www.pibroadrace.com and either click on the link to MotorsportReg.com for online registration or print out the “hard copy” entry form for the mail-in version. In addition to the registration material, the web site also contains information about everything a potential entrant might need.  Also on the site can be found the latest “downloadable” flyer about the event which entrants and other PIB enthusiasts are encouraged to print out and post/distribute to help spread the word about “the Holy Grail of Old School Vintage Racing.”


Ice, Ice Fishing, and Ice Boats, Oh My!

Susan & Mike Byrnes bucket-fish off West Shore.

When sunshine, moderate winter temperatures, and ice formation combine, there’s no stopping islanders from enjoying the environmental beauty around South Bass Island.  Today’s high temperature reached 30ºF, and the east wind never bounced over 13mph.  Coupled with bountiful sunshine, the weather was a boon for outdoor enthusiasts.


First 2022 Put-in-Bay Shanty Set

The first 2022 Put-in-Bay ice shanty set on South Bass Island’s West Shore appeared Saturday afternoon.  Owner Travis Kowalski is known to be the first brave soul to explore ice-thickness and to check ice safety.  Placing his shanty today bodes well for island residents anxious to go ice-fishing.  Photos by Donna Steinbach

Tom Thanasiu slides up the slippery slope of the West Shore ramp.


Put-in-Bay Pooch Parade Set for Saturday, June 11, 2022

The 17th Annual Island Pooch Parade will be held Saturday June 11 at the Gazebo in DeRivera Park. Dogs of all kinds and sizes are encouraged to bring their masters. Registration for this amusing, fun event will open in the Gazebo at 9:30 AM., followed by the traditional doggie stroll around the Park at 10am  (Early registration available at Mossbacks on Friday June 10 from 4 PM to 6 PM)

Judging will immediately follow the parade. Raffle drawing immediately after judging on Saturday, June 11. The $20 entry fee makes your closest friend eligible to receive a “doggie goodie bag,” five raffle tickets to win prizes, plus becoming qualified to compete for prizes in one or more of the following groups. The Judges will look for the best pet in these categories: cutest, smallest, largest, individual best dressed, group best dressed, dog that looks most like its owner, and most unique dog.

This is always an enjoyable and entertaining event for the whole island and particularly the children. Put it on your calendar and we’ll see you there Saturday, June 11th.


Put-in-Bay Trashes 2021

Put-in-Bay has a long-standing tradition of burning an effigy to help bring on winter ice.  This year, instead of a sacrificial cow or pig, Billy Market opted to put 2021 in its proper place–a trash can–and help the community enact a fresh renewal of things hoped for.

Prior to the burn, Mr. Market explained the new approach, and a prayer of reflection was offered by Rev. Mary Staley of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Put-in-Bay.

A healthy attendance by Put-in-Bay residents and closing fireworks created a true spectacle for all to enjoy.