Fire Department Cancels Put-in-Bay Clambake

Put in Bay VFDPut-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Department cancels 2020 clambake:

It is with a heavy heart that, after over 40 years of hosting our annual Clambake, Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Department has decided to cancel this year’s event. Many factors lead to this decision, but the first and foremost reason is the health and safety of our volunteers and our community.
Please understand that we appreciate your continued support.  Our department will miss this event just as much as you.

Be safe everyone!

Put-in-Bay Auction Benefits Nature & Wildlife Center

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Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center’s 8th Annual Pig Roast is Wednesday, August 5th!

This year, delicious meals of Rob Hard’s spit-roasted pork, potatoes from the Goat, corn on the cob, and a tasty dessert by Pauline Garsteck, will be available for pick up at the Goat or delivery to your home. Tickets are available based on pick up times to keep everything running smoothly. Pick up times are 5:30pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm, and 7:00pm–or, choose to have your food delivered!

Prices are $15 for pick up and $18 for delivery. Purchase tickets by calling  419-285-3037, or  buy online at .  Enjoy a wonderful meal with minimal contact so we can all stay safe during these crazy times of Covid and support the Nature & Wildlife Center, too.

The annual auction with the Pig Roast is now live! Check out the amazing auction items donated by Put-in-Bay’s finest.  Start placing your bids at  The auction item list is available HERE; visit the auction website for pictures and to bid! Bidding will end Thursday, August 6, at 10 am.  Winners announced on Facebook Live at Noon (winners also receive email notification).

As many of you know, the Nature & Wildlife Center has not been able to open this summer due to safety concerns and construction delays from the Covid-19 pandemic. Like many businesses, this has caused quite a bit of financial strain for the Nature & Wildlife Center.  Due to the strict (but necessary) health and safety guidelines, The Center canceled  the majority of their fundraisers; in fact, the Pig Roast To Go & Online Auction is the only major fundraiser this year.  All of the proceeds from the Online Auction and Pig Roast tickets will go to our general fund (operating costs & wages) for the Nature & Wildlife Center.  Please take a look at the amazing auction items and place your bids!  Your money is going to a great cause to help the Nature & Wildlife Center continue our education programming. From Nature Camp and school groups, to tours at the Center, we do our best to promote the conservation of and education about the flora, fauna, and lands of the Lake Erie Islands for both islanders and island visitors.

We greatly appreciate your continued support of the Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center!

Be well,

Renee Fultz
Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center


Island Green Week Cancelled for 2020

Lake Erie Islands ConservancyDue to the extended restrictions in Ohio, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy cancels the popular Bass Islands Green Week for 2020.  It is in the best interest to postpone most events until next year when LEIC can open up events to larger groups while still staying smart about the health of visitors.  
Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center is still having the annual Pig Roast on Wednesday,  August 5. It will be take-out or delivered to your door this year.   For tickets, call 419-285-3037, or visit their website at
The LEINWC  will hold an online auction of donated items–great stuff this year! The auction will be up on Thursday, July 30, and run through August 6. Watch for more details on
Discovery Packs with which to explore the island are still for sale; call 419-285-3037.
The Dedication of Cooper’s Woods Preserve is postponed from August 2 until Thursday, September 24, 2020.  All are invited to attend a short ceremony at 2:30pm in the Preserve parking lot adjacent to the Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church.  Light refreshments and cake will be served at The Goat Restaurant immediately  following.  Lake Erie Islands Conservancy will hold a short, annual meeting at 3:30pm at the Goat Restaurant to elect board members and officers.

Lisa Brohl, Chair, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy

Boardwalk Lobster Mania Fresh from Maine


Lobster ManiaCranberry Isles, Maine — Jack Booker

The Boardwalk Restaurant celebrates Lobster Mania on Wednesday evenings during the summer months.  All the lobsters served, and those used in the famous Boardwalk Lobster Bisque, are flown in from Maine and Nova Scotia.  Every batch of bisque contains 35 lobsters, and during the season the Boardwalk processes 6500 pounds of lobster–the equivalent of 3.25 tons!

At Lobster Mania you will receive a 1 lb. lobster, a bowl of delicious lobster bisque, cole slaw, a roll, and a tasty cookie all for $31.

In early summer 2019, I enjoyed the opportunity to spend four hours with lobstermen who previously supplied The Boardwalk.  Captain David Thomas and his crew Paul live on a small island off the coast of Southwest Harbor, Maine, called Little Cranberry Island.  The two men are involved in a co-op with several other local fishermen for distribution purposes.  They go out around 7:30am and often do not return until 5pm.  Their mission–check between 100 and 200 lobster traps every couple hours.

The captain takes the boat to the nearest lobster trap buoy, hooks it, and then reels in the line.  As the boat continues toward the next pot, Captain Thomas and Paul pull up the trap, lift out the lobsters, change the bait, and then toss the pot back into the water.  Paul measures the lobsters, checks to see if any are pregnant (in which case they are thrown back), and then he places rubber bands on the claws.  Captain Thomas and Paul work six months of the year; some co-op members fish into December.  Overall, the co-op collects a few hundred tons of lobster each year.

The videos below reveal the lobsterman’s work in living color!

5th Annual Put-in-Bay Jeep Invasion Stunning

Put-in-Bay Jeep Invasion showcases the fundamental joy of owning a Jeep and sharing the rumble with aficionados.   With a Put-in-Bay Police escort, at 2pm on Saturday, 18 July 2020, a Jeep convoy paraded from Heineman’s Winery to DeRivera Park.  PiBDaily™ photographed as many as possible to share the fun-loving and colorful event. Click an image to enlarge!



Put-in-Bay Property Owners Association Meets July 18, 2020

PiB Property AssociationPut-in-Bay Property Association meets on Saturday, 18 July 2020, at 9am.

Emergency Medical ServicePIBPOA meeting is at Perry’s Cave Pavilion, next to DanDee’s Snack policeShack.

Speakers include Interim Put-in-Bay Police Chief James Kimble, who provides a police department update, as well as Put-in-Bay EMS Manager Patrick Rogers presenting a COVID-19 review.  Social distancing and face coverings required.  Please bring a chair.