Put-in-Bay Celebrates 11th Pyrate Festival

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Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce announces the 11th Annual Pyrate Festival from June 21st to June 23rd, 2019.  This weekend event, as well-known, is filled with activities for all ages.

Put in Bay Pyrate

Pyrate Billy

Starting Friday night, Pyrates invade Put-in-Bay’s downtown and hoist the Pyrate Flags in DeRivera Park. From there, adult Pyrates can explore Put-in-Bay’s establishments by participating in the first Pyrate Crawl.

Saturday’s activities are fun for the entire family. Dress up like a true Pyrate and join the Adult or Kid’s Costume Contest with grand prizes awarded for each!  Saturday and Sunday the Pyrate Village and Marketplace will be in full swing with a variety of activities, including sword fighting, fire shows, mermaids, and Pyrate souvenirs. The Fourth Annual 5K Pyrate Run & Fun Walk, on Sunday, benefits Stein Hospice.

Mills Racers Arrive in Good Form

Mills Trophy RaceMills Trophy RaceMills Trophy Racer and on-board reporter Brett Langolf offers the following quick facts and imagery from the course:

Started at 5:25pm on the Governors Cup course–52.6 nautical miles.  Tacked upwind in 8-12 knots of breeze to first mark. It’s 8:40pm and we are 10.84 miles from Catawba buoy , rounding in 11 knots of breeze slightly cracked off the wind.  Once on Catawba we will head north to mouse Island and east into Sandusky channel, then turn back around for a finish at Put-in-Bay after rounding Ballast Island.

Free Music Festival at Perry’s Victory

Saturday, June 8, 2019
Noon to 7 pm

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial celebrates peace through music by hosting the third annual Put-in-Bay Music Festival. A collaboration between the National Park, the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce, the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society and title sponsor Miller Boat Line, the free concert is also supported with a grant from the Ohio Arts Council and a marketing grant from Lake Erie Shores and Islands. Attendees will enjoy playing the Battle of Lake Erie Corn Toss, kids music crafts and yard games, Music Workshops on drumming, and beginner and advanced ukulele, and a Guitar Hero tent. Rangers also will have a living history display. Food, beer and soft drinks will be available on site. Bands scheduled to play this year are Fuel on Fire, Nashville; Kris Lager Band, Arkansas; Few Miles South, TN; Cold Shot, Detroit; Bob Gatewood and Calabash, Cleveland; and School of Rock, Farmington, MI.

Memorial Day Service at Perry’s Victory

Put in BayPUT-IN-BAY, Ohio – Park Rangers and the Put-in-Bay community will honor the fallen at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial during a Memorial Day Service at 11am on Monday, May 27. The Memorial column will open immediately following the ceremony at approximately 12pm.

“We all come together on Memorial Day to honor the men who died in the Battle of Lake Erie, and honor all veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” said Superintendent Barbara Rowles. Superintendent Rowles, a US Army veteran, said American Legion Post #542 of Put-in-Bay will provide the Color Guard and veterans will fire a rifle volley, with Rangers firing muskets, at the end of the service. Local veteran Bob Hilt will join the superintendent in placing a wreath in the Memorial’s rotunda over the spot marking the location where three American and three British naval officers are interred together.

“Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Park Rangers learn the names of Lt. John Brooks and midshipmen Henry Laub and John Clark soon after they arrive here,” said Superintendent Rowles. “They are the American officers we are here to honor every day.” Park Rangers traditionally hand out red carnations with the name of an Ohioan who has died in the line of duty to those attending. Superintendent Rowles said Park Rangers will also attend the American Legion’s Memorial Day Service at 12:30 pm at Maple Leaf Cemetery.
A bagpiper will return to the plaza of the Memorial Column at 3pm on Monday to play “Amazing Grace” during a National Moment of Remembrance.

Both ferry services to the island provide free transportation to veterans on Memorial Day. The Memorial Column and Observation Deck, and the park’s Visitor Center, are open 10 am to 6 pm daily through September 8. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm September 9 through September 30, and weekends in October (Friday through Monday) until October 21.