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Put in Bay Boss’ Slow-Pitch Open – Co-Ed & Men’s Softball Tournament

Put-in-Bay softball tournament

Event: Put in Bay Boss’ Slow-Pitch Open
Type: Co-Ed & Men’s Softball Tournament
Dates: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Location: Put-in-Bay Softball Field
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Join All Sport FUNdamentals on Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island) for a Co-Ed and Men’s Softball Tournament on Saturday, October 15, 2016 where we will be giving away bottles!! The weekend will be filled with activities, live music, great food and cold drinks.  There are a limited number of teams that can participate in the tournament so do not delay in getting your team signed up!

What You Get For Registering:

– Winning teams will receive their choice of a BOTTLE of tequila, vodka or whiskey!
– A weekend away from it all!
– Team can be any size you would like (minimum 10 players)
– Umpires for every game
– Food and drinks available close to the field
– Live music all weekend at local bars within 1/4 mile of the field

Registration Information:

1- Team registration is $200 regardless of many people are on a team.
2- If you would like t-shirts the total is $275 for 10 t-shirts and team registration ($10 for each additional t-shirt). Sizes 2XL and 3XL are $15.
3- T-SHIRTS MUST BE PRE-ORDERED. We will not have any extra at the tournament. We will need shirt sizes by October 5.
4- You can register for the tournament online at https://allsportsraces.redpodium.com/put-in-bay-softball-tournament. There are processing fees for online registration which we can’t control. If you are sending a check please make it out to All Sport FUNdamentals and send to:

All Sport FUNdamentals
PO Box 361
Westerville, OH 43086

PLEASE EMAIL THE ROSTER BY OCTOBER 13 (roster can change on tournament day if someone cannot attend).CLICK HERE FOR THE ROSTER FORM.

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Put-in-Bay Oktoberfest 2016

put in bay oktoberfest

The 23rd Annual Oktoberfest hosted by the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce will be held October 8th-9th.

The event will be held 11am to 7pm on Saturday and from 12pm to 5pm on Sunday, and will take place under a tent in DeRivera Park, downtown Put-In-Bay.

The German-style festival features a wide array of German food from island restaurants, hot spiced wine and cold beer, German Music from The Maxx Band, German dancers and more.

Admission to Oktoberfest is $4 each day or a two-day pass can be purchased from $6. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Additional information on the event and lodging can be found at www.putinbay.com

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Making Your Way to Put in Bay

put in Bay Overhead View

If you start your Lake Erie vacation in Sandusky, you will be very close to some excellent dining, gardens, and lakefront scenery. Fine dining (not really child appropriate) includes J Bistro, Crush Winebar, and Zinc Brasserie. Small City Taphouse (Asian fusion and craft beers), Water Street Bar & Grill (good pub food, fine for families before 8pm), and Dockside Café (outside dining only, simple foods from a service window) are all family appropriate. Also great in downtown Sandusky is the New Sandusky Fish Co, which is right next to Shoreline Park (east of where you’re staying). Also carryout/outside dining only, but the best Lake Erie fish you will ever taste. Port Sandusky family restaurant is new-ish, and I’ve not yet tried it but have heard good things. The Lunch Box is a well established place for breakfast and lunch. Mr. Smith’s Coffee is a good downtown place for breakfast and coffee in the AM. I’ve also never been to Hot Dog Tony’s because I don’t like hot dogs, but is very convenient to where you’ll be staying.

Outside of downtown, local family favorites are Cameo Pizza, Chet & Matt’s pizza, Berardi’s (especially for breakfast), Sortino’s Little Italy, and Toft’s Dairy (best ice cream ever). Demma’s Family Italian is a carryout place that has some of the best authentic (we’re talking 4 generations using the same recipes) Italian ever.

The Merry-Go-Round museum in downtown Sandusky is also cute and fun. The toddlers will love riding the inside antique carousel! And the downtown parks are beautiful to stroll around in. African Safari Wildlife park is fun for the kids. Bring a bag of extra carrots! As is the Deer Park.

Another place that enjoys visitors that not many people know about is Back to the Wild. It is a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation center operated by the Rutger family and their volunteers/employees. You can call ahead of time to ask when a good time to visit is in order to avoid any large group tours that may be going on. There is no charge, but they suggest a $20-$30 donation. You will see permanent residents that include owls, eagles, hawks, turtles, bobcat, fox, snakes, etc. You can also see some of the animals that are temporary residents that are being rehabbed and will be re-released. It is an amazing place. If you google search, you’ll see it’s often featured in local news stories. Mona Rutger was a finalist for CNN’s Person of the Year a few years ago (though she didn’t win), and was awarded Animal Planet’s Hero of the Year a few years before that. They struggle to stay afloat financially, but northern Ohio’s wildlife would be lost without them.

Speaking of… Sheldon’s Marsh nature preserve is a great place to visit with the stroller for a nice evening walk in the woods. Also not to be missed in the area (mainland) is the Marblehead Lighthouse. Very picturesque, and you can (carefully) wade on the rocks there!

As you make your way to the islands…

A friend of ours just spent 4 days and 3 nights on Kelley’s and had a great time with their kids (9, 7, 3). I really recommend visiting KI as well as PIB. There are two “island hopping” options out of Sandusky. One is the Goodtime I cruise boat. You spend a lot of time on the water with this one. But it includes stops on both islands. I personally don’t think the time on KI is long enough, but it’s enough to rent a golf cart and cruise around for a bit.

The other island hopping option from Sandusky is the Jet Express, which is much faster and has a more generous schedule. Be sure to look at the Sandusky –> KI schedule, the KI–>PiB schedule, and the PiB –> Sandusky schedule to plan your day. It is also going to be more expensive. For example, you could take the 9am boat to KI, arrive at 9:25, depart KI for PiB at 11:40, or 1:40, then take the 4:30 or 6:45 boat from PiB back to Sandusky (with a brief stop at Kelley’s, you don’t have to disembark).

Take a stroller or carrier for the little one. Even if you end up renting a four person golf cart and holding him/her, you’ll want the stroller option in case he/she needs a nap and can sleep in it. Take a bike lock and lock the stroller to a fence near one of the golf cart rental places if needed.

Personally, I love PIB during the daytime. We’ve never had an issue with taking our kids there during the day. There is SO much to see and do, and you can bypass the downtown bars completely if you want to. KI is also very nice though. Quiet, laid back, and has a very nice beach at the state park for your little one to cool off and enjoy putting their toes in the sand.

I think you all will enjoy yourself regardless.

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Press Release: Put-In-Bay Condos

New Put-in-bay Waterfront Condos

PRESS RELEASE: Put-in-Bay-area luxury condo community exceeds expectations with exceptional sales, escrow and reservations to date

Put-in-Bay, OH – September  6, 2016 – PUT-IN-BAY CONDOS, a luxury condominium community in Put-in-Bay, OH has generated more than $5 million in sales since Fall 2015, outpacing the sales activity in the Ottawa County market and triggering the release of the condominium project’s newest collection of rental inventory sooner than projected.

With a target Grand Opening date of July 1st already met, the project is currently on pace to fill all weekend rental slots this season, with an average condo sale price of more than $350,000 for the 26 units being sold and an average weekend rental price of $2,100. The Island Club Home Rentals, a Cleveland-based vacation home rental management company, began accepting reservations for the Condos on January 1st of this year.

Cleveland-based Put-in-Bay Synergy LLC (PIBS) acquired the original condo property in 2011. The company’s first release of inventory consisted of 8 condominiums at roughly 4,000 square feet each with rental prices ranging from $900 – $1,800 per weekend. Due to PIBS’s ownership, a stabilized homeowners association and an experienced sales and marketing team, the phase two release of lake view condo inventory is nearly sold out and more than 90 percent of the community is ready to be occupied. To date, better than expected early reservations have been secured for the second release.

“There are several reasons buyers are attracted to Put-in-Bay,” says Paul Jeris, owner of PMJ Properties LLC. “The main reason is the absolute convenience of Lake Erie condominium living without sacrificing space and elegance. Put-in-Bay Condos combines that with exceptional quality building, attention to detail, amenities, a perfect lakefront location and a personal and transparent buying experience. Most owners anticipate excellent returns on their units from rentals and others plan to live in their units full time. This is why the community has been so successful and will continue to thrive.”

Jeris says that at the outset of PIBS’s ownership, the community’s biggest hurdles were potential buyers wondering about Put-in-Bay Condos’ stability in the wake of overall market conditions, both in the Lake Erie area and nationally. He says that particular hurdle was quickly overcome and sales were easy to get due to the popularity and location of Put-in-Bay. In fact, many owners at Put-in-Bay Condos are Put-in-Bay-area locals and 15% of the purchased units are planned to be owner occupied.

“After exploring their purchase options in a real estate market that many of them know quite well, our buyers chose Put-in-Bay Condos,” adds Jeris. “There is a real community of owners that are also friends here. There is also pride of ownership in a quality project with a well-funded HOA that is evident to our prospective buyers. The stable pricing and stable HOA give buyers an added sense of security,” Jeris says.

Put-in-Bay Condos is a new luxury condominium community located 5 minutes from the downtown Put-in-Bay strip in the heart of South Bass Island, OH. It is the most popular of the Lake Erie Islands, renowned for its historic offerings, weekend festivities, parks and trail system, golf cart transportation, and proximity to Cedar Point.

Put-in-Bay Condos overlooks beautiful Lake Erie and each new unit will have breathtaking views of the water from large private decks. It is located near Port Clinton, between Toledo and Cleveland, and easily accessible from Route 2.

The community is comprised of 26 two-floor units constructed of concrete and steel with emphasis on sound abatement and state-of-the-art fire protection. Amenities include: panoramic lake-front, pool views; spacious well-designed floorplans; granite counters and tile flooring; expansive private terraces; large parking area; private elevators; pool and outdoor barbecue areas.

For more information about Put-in-Bay Condos, visit Put-in-Bay Condos’ website at www.PutinbayCondos.com or phone 216.898.1105 or via email at [email protected]



Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary Gets Assistance

pooch parade

PUT-IN-BAY – People often think of Put-In-Bay for the partying and weekend revelry, but there is another side to island life that most don’t usually get to see – the local and community philanthropy. Thanks to 11-year-old McKenna Stacy of Put-in-Bay, the Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary in Port Clinton was able to provide medical care for a few more dogs after Stacy donated $1,290 to the sanctuary.

“She said we could use the money for what we wanted, so we used it for vet bills,” said the sanctuary’s CEO and president, Nancy Benevento-Brown. “We have so many infirm dogs here. It’s really the second chance ranch.”

McKenna raised the money through the sale of bracelets that read, “Stop the abuse! Love your pets!” She came up with the idea for the fundraiser when she was brainstorming with her mother, Kristi Stacy, for story ideas for the Put-in-Bay Gazette.

“I didn’t know what to write about, and my mom and I always discuss ideas in her room,” the girl said. “I always wanted to donate to animals, especially dogs, because I love dogs. I asked her, ‘Can we order bracelets and sell them?'”

McKenna purchased the bracelets online and sold them for $5 each during the island’s off-season, when few people inhabit the island. No one expected her to raise over $1,000.

“It was really difficult, and sometimes it was hard, but I managed to get through it. Since I live on an island without many people, they said they didn’t think I could raise that much, so they were really excited,” she said. “My goal was only $500 at first. Once I got to $800, I said I’m going to make it to $1,000.”

McKenna was grateful and surprised by the amount of help she received for the project. Her grandfather sold them for her at the DynaGard gas station he owns on the island. The Put-in-Bay fire department allowed her to sell them at two pancake breakfasts, and many strangers reached out to help.

“I want to thank the fire department. They had pancake breakfasts, and they let me go there and sell my bracelets. I thought that was really nice,” McKenna said. “My grandpa would set them in a basket and collect the money. I was really excited about that.”

The youth’s newspaper story spurred mail order sales, as did an announcement on the sanctuary’s Facebook page.

“People I don’t even know sent donations to me,” she said. “My mom and I took the money to the bank, and we got it exchanged for a check. When we went to Island Safe Harbor, they had pups and dogs running around there. There was one I loved. His name was Stewie. He had a disease, and one of his legs didn’t work. He hopped around, but I loved him.”

Kristi was surprised by and very proud of how much money her daughter raised for the sanctuary.

“It was amazing. She did so good,” Kristi said. “She was so dedicated to it and definitely exceeded her expectations.”

Benevento-Brown was very grateful for the donation.

“I think it’s wonderful. So many people contacted me about the bracelets. People far and wide and nationwide ordered from her,” she said. “Kids today are just give me, give me, give me, but not McKenna. She is just so kind.”

Read More at http://www.portclintonnewsherald.com/story/news/local/2016/08/17/put-bay-girl-raises-animal-sanctuary/88895014/


Finding the History of Put-in-Bay

perrys visitor center

Each summer from April through October, hundreds of thousands of visitors travel to Put-in-Bay, Ohio. Put-in-Bay is a small village on South Bass Island which is 13 miles off the shore of Port Clinton, Ohio. It is commonly referred to as the Key West of the North. April is popular for fishermen, May to September is great for summer vacations, and October provides a quiet scenic romantic end to the season.

Many people discover Put-in-Bay by chance as a local staycation and others stumble upon it via the ever popular “Put-in-Bay Days” weekend in Key West FL. Many of the regular island entertainers head south to perform at Sloppy Joe’s such as Pete & Wayne, Pay Dailey, Mike “Mad Dog” Adams, Ray Fogg, and Bobby Gatewood. Their loyal and devoted following travels down each year in February for a week of fun in the sun while Put-in-Bay is closed for the winter.

If you’ve ever been to Key West, most people can sum up their attraction to Put-in-Bay in a few words: best lobster bisque and Lake Erie perch and walleye ever; mopeds and golf carts for transportation; the “longest bar in the world”; great live entertainment at a dozen restaurants all day and night long; great people watching!

But Put-in-Bay is more than that. It is also the site of the greatest naval battle during the war of 1812. The battle between the U.S. Navy, commanded by Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, and the British squadron, led by Commander Robert Heriot Barclay, could be observed unfolding from the shore of South Bass Island. The pitch battle between six British and nine American warships lasted for hours. During the battle, most of the senior officers (except for Perry) on both sides were either killed or maimed. More than half of the ships engaged were either sunk or disabled.

In the end, the Americans were victorious. The post-battle analysis simply attributed the American victory to “superior heavy metal” (and they were not referring to music). After the engagement, Commodore Perry uttered the now famous words, “We have met the enemy and they are ours!”

The victory ensured American control of the lake for the rest of the war, which in turn allowed the Americans to recover Detroit, which had been captured by the British early in the war. To commemorate Perry’s signature victory, a 352-foot high Doric column was erected just outside Put-in-Bay. The monument is officially called “Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial.”

The 352-foot monument — the world’s most massive Doric column — was constructed from 1912 to 1915 “to inculcate the lessons of international peace by arbitration and disarmament.” The monument is taller than the Statue of Liberty. The observation platform offers a stunning view of Lake Erie and a chain of islands in the lake and is accessible by elevator. Recently, a bolt of lightning struck the top of the monument and caused the elevator to malfunction, shutting it down for a couple weeks, but luckily everything has been fixed and reopened as of Saturday, August 6, 2016.

During the dedication ceremony in 1915, the multistate commission responsible for the construction stated, “The monument was established to honor those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812, and to celebrate the long-lasting peace among Britain, Canada and the U.S.” The monument is situated five miles from the longest undefended border in the world.


Vintage Sports Car Racers Return to Put-in-Bay – AUGUST 28-31, 2016!

2016 put in bay road races

Put-in-Bay, Ohio — The Put-in-Bay Road Races Reunion for the eighth straight year will again wake up the residents of sleepy South Bass Island (off Ohio’s North Coast near Sandusky, OH) with the sights, sounds and smells of vintage sports cars roaring through its quaint streets and around its airport, much the same as it was on the island for one weekend a year back in the 1950s and early ‘60s. This year’s event takes place from Monday, August 29 to Wednesday, August 31.

Unlike most vintage racing events, the Put-in-Bay Road Races Reunion (PIBRRR) welcomes owner-drivers of qualified racing and non-racing vintage sports cars of all types to be part of the show and participate in various events and activities. Those activities revolve around vintage racing generally but racing is just part of what’s going on.

Of course the racing is very cool since it’s generally for the types of cars that raced at Put-in-Bay back in the 1950s: closed-wheel, small bore sports cars, sedans and sports racers – Triumph, MG, Alfa Romeo, Porsche, Morgan, Lotus, Elva and many others. This year the organizers are also expecting a significant turnout of specified open wheel cars. Drivers of vintage Formula Vees and Formula Jrs have been invited to come experience PIBRRR’s surprisingly challenging airport circuit and are offered both a reduced pre-July 1 entry rate and a separate race group.

Provisional Overview of Events For PIBRRR 2016:

Sunday, August 28 – Registration opens. Welcome wine and cheese party at Put-in-Bay Winery.

Monday, August 29 – Morning focuses on PIB Road Races History featuring historic PIB racing presentations and guests. Racing orientation and practice sessions commence at the airport after lunch (1 – 5 PM), followed by late afternoon laps of the original course (about 6 PM, ATTENTION! — normal traffic and pedestrians will be diverted off the connecting sections of Delaware Ave., Toledo Ave., Langram Rd., Meechen Rd. and Catawba Ave. while this tour takes place). Rocker cover races follow tour of old course (6:30 – 7:30 PM at The Goat Restaurant).

Tuesday, August 30 – Race Day 2 at the Put-in-Bay airport (10 AM – 5 PM)! Featuring qualifying races in the morning, track “Lunch Lapping” for Street Car participants, followed by feature races and the Put-In-Bay Cup race. Racing awards party following the on-track activities.

Wednesday, August 31 – Vintage Car Show Day, followed by farewell luncheon and car show awards presentation including presentation of The Paul Henry Award (8:30 – 11 AM, located at the field opposite the Bay Shore Inn).

Free admission to many viewing areas! Live streaming video coverage of the races on WPIB.Com! • All times approximate and subject to change • See more at www.pibroadrace.com


Put In Bay Upcoming Family Events

Perrys Cave

There is always something exciting at Put-In-Bay during the summer. Here is a list of some fun family-friendly activities that are coming up in a few weeks. Plan your island getaway today, bring the kids, and have a great relaxed week on the Bay!

What: Nature Camps ~ Intro & My First
When: July 11 – July 13
Where: Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, 255 Meechen Road, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Info: Intro to Nature Camp (4 year olds) and My First Nature Camp (5-6 year olds) introduces young children to the world around them with a nature story, a hands-on nature activity, a craft, and a physical activity. Registration forms are available at lakeerieislandswildlife.com or email [email protected] For more details, call Jackie Taylor at 419-279-3199. Nature Camps at the Bay are sponsored by the Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, Miller Boat Line, the Put-in-Bay Recreation Committee, the Ohio State University Stone Laboratory, and the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy.

What: South Bass Island Lighthouse Tours
When: July 11 – July 12
Where: South Bass Island Lighthouse, 2368 Langram Rd., Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Info: Tour the South Bass Island Lighthouse for Free and learn about its history on Mondays and Tuesdays from 11:00am-5:00pm. June 20 through August 9. Climb the stairs to take in a great view of Put-in-Bay from the top of the tower, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The grounds are open to the public dawn to dusk free of charge and the lighthouse and grounds are also available for rental for private parties and special events. Call 419-285-1800 for more information and pricing.

What: Wild Tuesday ~ Lizards
When: July 12
Where: Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, 255 Meechen Road, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Info: The Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center is excited to announce the continuation of our WILD Tuesday! Programs begin Tuesday, June 14, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. The programs will continue every Tuesday thereafter (same time) through August 16. This program is FREE! Although your donations are appreciated and help us to bring in our special guests. Brought to you by the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center, the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, Miller Boat Line and the Ohio State Univerity Stone Laboratory. So come out, bring the kids, and get WILD in a good way at Put-in-Bay. Lizards with Joseph Byrnes. Do we have lizards on the island? Come find out! Live animals for an up-close and hands-on experience.

What: Random Workshops of Art
When: July 12 – July 13
Where: Middle Bass Island, Middle Bass Island, OH
Info: Creative Embroidery in a Fabric Box Workshop by Sue Gerbick. TIME: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with an hour for lunch. Learn to make yo-yo’s and fabric flowers to adorn a pre-cut and sewn fabric box. You will also learn different embroidery stitches to add to items in your box. A Progressive Class in the Art of Acrylic and Watercolor Painting by Janet Stearns. TIME: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. You will continue to learn different techniques as you create something new or work on a current project. Janet will guide you in the creation of your art piece.

What: Red Cross Blood Drive at Put-in-Bay
When: July 12 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: Put-in-Bay Town Hall, 431 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Info: Put-in-Bay Town Hall and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive. Please join this lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today! Coordinator Name: Mike Roe. The Red Cross is in urgent need of blood! Please take the time to give blood and help save a life. During the summer months our hospitals get very low on blood supply and we need your help to keep them supplied. Thank you for taking the time to give blood. The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime. Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!

What: Gibraltar Island Tours
When: July 13
Where: Gibraltar Island, Gibraltar Island, The Ohio State University Stone Laboratory, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Info: Have you ever wondered what kind of research goes on at Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory? Want to see Cooke Castle? Science and History Tours of Gibraltar Island will be held each Wednesday, June 22 through August 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A tour fee of $10 ($5 for children 6-12) supports Stone Lab student scholarships.  To get to Gibraltar, meet at the Boardwalk Restaurant Harbor Taxi Landing, 341 Bayview Ave. Put-in-Bay, Ohio at 10:45 a.m. to catch a water taxi at a cost of $6 round trip, payable to the boat driver. Tour guides lead a walking tour of the island, including Perry’s Lookout, the glacial grooves, Stone Lab buildings, and the outside of Cooke Castle. The second hour will focus on the Lake Erie research currently being conducted at Stone Lab. Tours are provided on a first-come, first-served basis, with a maximum of 70 people. You can also schedule a tour April through November by calling the Stone Lab Office at 419-285-1800.

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Exciting Put-In-Bay Events, Fireworks and Christmas!

july 4th at put in bay

There is always something exciting at Put-In-Bay during the summer. Here is a list of some fun family-friendly activities that are coming up in a few weeks. Plan your island getaway today, bring the kids, and have a great relaxed week on the Bay!

What: Fourth of July
When: July 4 @ 10:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Where: Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial, Put-in-Bay, 43456
Info: This years July 4th includes a freedom concert presented by Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial by Jamison Charles and the Flying J’s starting around 7:30 on the lower plaza of the Monument. There will also be General George Patton’s Schooner “When and If” that will be doing day sails from the public docks. A grand fireworks program will also be presented at dark, on the Fourth of July, by the Put-in-Bay Business Owners & Friends of the Bay.  The aerial display will be shot off a barge in the downtown harbor and is best viewed anywhere along the downtown waterfront and from Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial grounds.

What: North Bass Island Tour August 18th
When: July 8 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: North Bass Island, OH
Info: August 18th is the North Bass Island Tour to benefit the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society. Tickets are $60 a person and go on sale July 15th. Bring your own cart or share with friends, 4 seaters only. No reservations without payment this year. No Refunds. Call LEIHS to book a space 419-285-2804 or email at [email protected]

What: ILYA Junior Bay Week July 17-21
When: July 17 @ 8:00 am – July 21 @ 5:00 pm
Where: Put-in-Bay Yacht Club, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Info: The Interlake Yachting Association annual Junior Bay Week will be July 17-21. Hosted at the Put-in-Bay Yacht Club teens up to 18 years old come to sail in the oldest continuous sailing regatta in the USA. This year we hope to attract some Canadians as well! For more information go the ILYA web site to http://i-lya.org/pages/regattas/junior-sailing.php

What: Christmas in July
When: July 22 @ 8:00 am – July 24 @ 5:00 pm
Where: Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Info: “Christmas in July” themed weekend. Some businesses decorate for the Christmas holiday. This is the busiest weekend on the island every year and lodging is booked quickly so make your reservations early.  Go to www.visitputinbay.com for Island Lodging information.

What: Home and Garden Tour, sponsored by the Put-in-Bay Garden Club
When: July 27 @ 9:45 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Crews Nest Pavilion, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Info: July 27th meet at the Crews Nest Pavilion at 9:45am for check-in to see six beautiful properties featured on the PIB Garden Club Home & Garden Tour, including the Benson Ford Ship House.  $35 for the Tour and Lunch.  Limited space available.  Reservation deadline is July 18. Choose your option to reserve and pay for tickets: www.putinbaygardenclub.com



jet express ferry to put-in-bay

Jet Express is hosting “Will’s Day at the Bay” to raise money for families affected by Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). On Wednesday, June 8, round-trip Jet Express tickets from Port Clinton to Put-in-Bay will be available for a minimum donation of $9.00 from 8AM-11AM (or until 600 tickets are sold). Jet Express will donate 100% of proceeds to Cure SMA and Will’s Playground at DeRivera Park in Put-in-Bay. The tickets must be purchased at the Port Clinton dock and must be used on Wednesday, June 8.

SMA is a motor neuron disease that affects activities such as crawling, walking, and swallowing. It is relatively common for a “rare disorder,” affecting roughly 1 in 6000 babies; about 1 in 40 people carry the SMA gene. SMA is always fatal in children.

Will’s Day at the Bay is held in memory of the young Will Blumensaadt of Put-in-Bay, who died of SMA just before his first birthday in June 2005. Will’s father, and owner of Jet Express, Todd Blumensaadt said: “This is a really special event for me and the whole Jet Crew. By supporting research on this disease, hopefully we can make a difference for children and families suffering from Spinal Muscular Atrophy.”

Please come out and enjoy a day on Put-in-Bay, while raising funds for this worthy cause. Tickets go fast, so it is advised to arrive early. Together we can help #CureSMA!

Putinbay, Nicknamed the “Key West of the North” offers an exciting nightlife with live musical entertainment to satisfy all generations. Strolling Barbershop singers, bagpipers, steel drums and Ohio’s best entertainers (such as Pat Dailey and Mike “Mad Dog” Adams) are frequently seen on Put-in-Bay island.

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