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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 leinwc@gmail.com. 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.

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 director@leihs.org

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.

Explore putinbayonline.com and be sure to register for our free Put-in-Bay weekend giveaway and monthly newsletter via e-mail where we keep you informed of Put-in-Bay island events.

Put-In-Bay May and June Family Events


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: Island Wide Garage Sale
When: May 21 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: 148 Delaware Ave, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Info: Islanders and island business owners are cleaning out what they no longer need and offering to shoppers for a bargain. This annual island wide garage sale has become an exciting attraction! To have your address on the free map, contact the  Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce at 419-285-2832, no later than Tuesday, May 17th.  The map will be sent to print on May 19th and available on Friday afternoon, May 20th at the following locations: The Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce, the Depot, Miller Boat Line and the Jet Express, and several island restaurants that serve breakfast. We don’t set the hours for the garage sale, but look for most sellers to start around 10 and wrap up by 5 pm or earlier.

What: Victoria Day Weekend
When: May 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial, Put-in-Bay, 43456
Info: Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial, commemorating two centuries of peace between the United States, Canada and Great Britain, opens for the season today. The memorial and the visitor center are open 10 am to 6 pm daily through October. Downtown Retail Merchants and island home owners join together for one big Island Wide Garage Sale on Saturday. Map with locations for garage sales will be distributed the day of the event. Don’t miss the big bargains at the Heritage Resale Shop at the Historical Museum.

What: PIB Garden Club Lamppost Flower Planting May 24th &25th
When: May 24 @ 9:00 am – May 25 @ 9:00 am
Where: DeRivera Park, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Info: The Put-in-Bay Garden Club needs your help for the annual planting and hanging of the Lamppost Flower baskets. The garden club will be doing this both May 24th and 25th starting at 9am. They will meet in DeRivera Park across from the Round House.

What: Memorial Day Weekend
When: May 27 @ 8:00 am – May 30 @ 5:00 pm
Where: 148 Delaware Ave, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Info: Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial will salute American veterans during the annual “Salute to the Troops” on the memorial grounds on Monday, May 30th. On Sunday and Memorial Day the antique cars will parade through downtown Put-in-Bay, around DeRivera Park at 2:15 pm.

What: 11th Annual Pooch Parade
When: June 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: DeRivera Park, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Info: The 11th Annual Island Pooch Parade will be held Saturday June 11 in DeRivera Park. Dogs of all kinds and sizes are encouraged to bring their owners and participate. Registration for this amusing fun event will open in the Park Gazebo at 10 AM., followed by the children led traditional doggie stroll around the Park at 10:30.  Judging will immediately follow the parade. The $10 entry fee makes your closest friend eligible to receive a “doggie goodie bag” 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: smallest, largest, most talented, individual best dressed, group best dressed, dog that looks most like its owner. Diane Nemec and Noreen Hahn are once again Co-chairpersons They’ll organize the event with the help of doggone good Lenny Brodnik as “emcee”.  Lenny does a great job keeping the audience entertained while the judges ponder the pooches.  A number of volunteers will assist the chairpersons to assure a smooth, fast paced affair with no “paws”. 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 June 11th. Bring your dog and win a prize. Registration 10 a.m. in the Gazebo, DeRivera Park. Great fun for all the family, especially kids. Cats are NOT invited.

What: The 4th Season of the Amazing Island Raise
When: June 11 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: 148 Delaware Ave, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Info: The Amazing Island Raise is much like the TV show “The Amazing Race”. Teams of 4-6 people solve clues to find their locations and complete challenges to get their next clue. Prizes are awarded at the finale. Proceeds will benefit Joyful Connections + Ottawa County CASA. Two Local agencies helping children + families in crisis situations. For more information call 567-262-3181. $40 per person includes round trip ferry ticket and food at the final. Registration forms available at www.joyfulconnections.com

What: Founder’s Day
When: June 12 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: DeRivera Park, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Info: A community celebration, the anniversary of the founding of Put-in-Bay by Hispanic merchant Jose DeRivera St. Jurgo is June 12th . Sandwiches, hot dogs, strawberry shortcake, festival vendors, great bargains, live music and lots of fun in the tent and outside in DeRivera Park downtown, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year join the American Red Cross is bringing the ERV to promote their smoke detector safety project, Liberty Air Museums “Lake Erie War Birds” trailer (Ford Tri-motor Heritage) and a WWII jeep.  Put-in-Bay’s EMTs, and hand out safety information. A variety of  kids games with prizes for everyone. Put-in-Bay’s Volunteer Fire Department sells brats and hot dogs, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church sells strawberry shortcake. Find a bargain at the sale tables, pick up a vintage Put-in-Bay souvenir, handcrafted items, tee-shirts, jewelry and more. Pick up information on activities sponsored by local organizations, including the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society, the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, Lake Erie Nature and Wildlife Center, the Perry Group (Friends of Perry’s Victory), the Put-in-Bay Swim and Sail, and the Put-in-Bay Garden Club.

What: Put-in-Bay Maritime Celebration with U.S. Brig Niagara
When: June 17 – June 20
Where: 148 Delaware Ave, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Info: See what makes Put-in-Bay such a fun port of call for the entire family as we welcome the US Brig Niagara for the 2nd Annual Put-in-Bay Maritime Celebration. The Niagara’s visit is sponsored by the Put-in-Bay Jet Express, Lake Erie Shores & Islands and the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce. This year the Put-in-Bay Maritime Celebration will be held June 17-20 and will encompass the visit of the US Brig Niagara as well as Put-in-Bay’s Pyrate Fest VIII, and educational and public service programs. The Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Maritime event in partnership with the Perry Group, the Lake Erie Islands Historical Museum, and Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial. The Niagara is scheduled to arrive on Friday, June 17, weather permitting, and will offer dockside tours on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 7pm. Tickets can be purchased at Fox’s Dock where Niagara is berthed. Tickets are available for a Day Sail aboard Niagara, from 1 to 5pm on Monday, June 20. To buy tickets go to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2506228. Tickets are $100 per person. This is a hands on sail experience for ages 12 yrs and up.

What: Put-in-Bay Pyrate Fest VIII
When: June 17 @ 11:00 am – June 20 @ 5:00 pm
Where: Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Info: Put-in-Bay’s 8th annual Pyrate Fest sees the return of the Pyrate King for 4 days to find his stolen treasure. Friday of Pyrate Fest opens with “Booms over the Bay.” Saturday fun activities for the entire family, including Kids Costume Contest, and an Adult Costume Contest with the winner headed to the Cayman Islands. The second annual Pyrate Run  benefitting Stein Hospice kicks off Sunday’s activities at 9:30 am. The remainder of Sunday is the annual Kids Fest. Monday, four-person teams representing island businesses paddle their vessels around the downtown harbor in the annual Cardboard Boat Regatta. Saturday and Sunday, the Pyrate Village with Pyrate Marketplace, Faire Wynds Circus, historic displays on cooking, medicine, weapons, and navigation will be open 11 am to 5 pm. More than 50 re-enactors in pyrate gear will be downtown for photo ops, discussing tactics, and helping you choose a “pyrate name”. Also black powder demonstrations by National Park Rangers dressed as 1812 period soldiers, and cannon firings by Cannon Master Bob Gilmor in DeRivera Park. Dress as a pyrate and join the fun. Anyone sailing over aboard one of the Miller Boat Line ferries will receive a $1 discount on their round-trip fare if they dress like a pyrate, or talk like a pyrate when asking for their tickets at the ticket booth. Find us on facebook.com/PyrateFest

Put in Bay Draft Day 5k

Browns backers draft day 5k

PUT-IN-BAY — The NFL Draft Day is now behind us and the Cleveland Browns are looking forward to a great rebuilding season with some top-notch draft picks! Put-in-Bay even has its own special group to cheer on and support the Browns. The Lake Erie Islands Browns Backers, headquarted on Put-in-Bay Ohio, spends all year raising money for the local community as well as cheering on the Browns.

This year’s fundraising started with the 2nd Annual Draft Day 5k on April 30th this past weekend. Every participant received an Official Draft Day 5k Jersey, free lunch, drink discounts, and tickets into a raffle for Cleveland Browns autographed footballs, framed and signed pictures and more! This event benefited the Lake Erie Islands Browns Backers and everyone’s support of this race was greatly appreciated as all proceeds from the race will go directly to the Lake Erie Islands Browns Backers.

The main events are usually held at the club’s official headquarters, Tippers Restaurant & Lounge. The club was named 2007 Club of the Year by the Cleveland Browns as well as being club of the month numerous times.

The club’s biggest fundraiser, the Lake Erie Islands Browns Backers Rib Burn Off, was held for many many years at Put-in-Bay. Featured celebrities who participated include: The Bone Lady, Big Dawg, Mobile Dawg, Charlies Fryes, and The Brownie Elf. This event always had live music, Browns players, and some of the best ribs on the island competing for the coveted first prize.

Tailgate parties are planned every Sunday during football season. So get ready to kick back and enjoy a few drinks with some friends as you watch you favorite team at some of the islands best bars and restaurants. Island businesses will have their establishments decorated with their favorite team colors and theme on the special “Tailgate Weekend”. Our club will be at our home bar, Tippers, on Saturday September 28 selling special event t-shirts, 50/50 raffle and game board squares.

For the past few years, the club has maintained its own scholarship for the local high school with $1,000 going to one student for their first year of college.

Since its inception in 2001, the Lake Erie Islands Browns Backers has been dedicated to supporting the local community and the love of the Browns.

Good luck to the Cleveland Browns this coming season and good luck with their 14 new draft picks:

Round 1: Pick 15: Corey Coleman (WR) Baylor University.
Round 2: Pick 32: Emmanuel Ogbah (DL) Oklahoma State.
Round 3: Pick 65: Carl Nassib (DT) Penn State.
Round 3: Pick 76: Shon Coleman (OT) Auburn University.
Round 3: Pick 93: Cody Kessler (QB) USC.
Round 4: Pick 99: Joe Schobert (LB) Wisconsin.
Round 4: Pick 114: Ricardo Louis (WR) Auburn University.
Round 4: Pick 129: Derrick Kindred (DB) TCU.
Round 4: Pick 138: Seth DeValve (TE) Princeton.
Round 5: Pick 154: Jordan Payton (WR) UCLA.
Round 5: Pick 186: Spencer Drango (OT) Baylor University.
Round 5: Pick 172: Rashard Higgins (WR) Colorado State.
Round 5: Pick 173: Trey Caldwell (DB) University of Louisiana-Monroe.
Round 7: Pick 223: Scooby Wright III (LB) Arizona.


After a long day of running on the island, some rest will be in order. Reserving a Put-in-Bay Cabin is a great respite.  Here, the comforts of home beckon guests to relax and unwind.  So, set the watches to island time and watch the worries fade away. Besides, with so much to do on the island, you may want to spend and extra night so you can get the full island experience! Make sure you book fast because weekends tend to fill up fast in the summer. The sooner you book, the sooner you can get on a Put in Bay ferry!

10 Best Restaurants in Put-in-Bay Ohio – #1 Mr. Ed’s

mr eds put in bay best burger

#1 — Mr. Ed’s Bar & Grille — Upscale Bar Food in a Trendy Atmosphere

If you read our last review of Mr. Ed’s, you know that this is one of our favorite hangouts on Put-in-Bay. So it was with mild trepidation that we heard that they had completely remodeled their menu for this year and invited us in for lunch. We were lucky to show up the day they were practicing and finalizing their new menu items and got an insider peek at the new food. We’ve never left hungry before, and this trip was no exception!

The burger section of the menu is almost completely the same, luckily, but with one burger missing. The theme this year is based around their Big Chubby burger. This is the platform for all of the other burger creations, of which there are many. Past offerings ranged from adding pulled pork, to bologna, to onion rings, to chorizo. Our favorite last year was the chorizo burger. It’s official name was “The Spanish Sunrise Burger” and you may ask why such a goofy name. Chorizo (spanish) and a fried egg (sunrise) are featured, so it made more sense after you saw it. Back to the beginning… this is your platform Big Chubby burger to which they have added chorizo, albeit not a super spicy blend. It is all about the chorizo flavor and not the heat, fortunately (tastes great!) and unfortunately (I like it hot hot hot!). The burger is topped with some pepper jack cheese and a fried egg on top of that to get the cheese melty. Top this off with some spicy slaw, green chilis, and southwest sauce and you have your burger! It was a little pricey at $11.49 but trust me, it was well worth it.

So what did they find to replace it? What could fill those Mexican shoes and deliver a flavor profile that is unique and exciting? Enter the Balsamic & Blue Burger ($10.99). You may have seen similar black and blue burgers offered up at Red Robin or one of the other big chains. And yeah, they are usually decent for chain burgers. But here at Mr. Ed’s, they don’t stop at the black and blue… no sir… they add some yellow and red and purple and kick it up a notch. This starts off again as your base Big Chubby Burger (black angus), and they pile on a healthy portion of Blue Cheese Crumbles (blue), Sauteed Onion (yellow), Bacon (red), and a gooey thick yummy mouth-watering Balsamic Glaze (purple). This is a good choice for your burger needs this summer!

Next up was the Killer Club ($9.49). Mr. Ed’s has been offering this classic for years and there was a near revolt when it was hinted to be leaving the menu! This baby was stacked high with all sorts of goodies… turkey, ham, bacon, Swiss cheese, American cheese, lettuce, tomato… all squeezed in between 3 slices of wheat bread. Club sandwiches are a classic staple of country clubs and restaurants across the country. Heck, this esteemed reviewer grew up eating them with his grandma on Sunday afternoons at the Bloomfield Hills Country Club and lazy drunken afternoons in Las Vegas (no grandma in Vegas, sorry Gramms!). I know my clubs! This one is pretty good.

This club won’t take you outside, kick you in the pants, and make you go wow… but it will fill you up and not leave you hungry, and that is important. There is a fine line in this gastronomic life between the horrendously expensive cost of food-industry bacon, and putting enough on a sandwich to satisfy our bacon-loving public. Personal opinion… this club could use more bacon! That’s about the only demerit we can give since it was so abundant in other ingredients. Would go great with soup!

The manager explained the next dish to us and we had to argue about who was going to try it. This was the Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese ($9.49). Just the way it was described was enough to make us want to dig in. When it was served, it was a beauty to behold, a big bowl of white cheddar & shells style mac & cheese with a healthy portion of pulled pork on top. It may sound like an odd combination, but I dare you to try to put your fork down after having a bite. The sweet smokey meaty pork married perfectly to the creamy cheesey mac-n-cheese goodness. Truly something you would usually only see on “Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives”.

The porky-cheese was so good, in fact, that those of us who didn’t order it got a side order ($3.99) to munch on with our main meal!!! It was a perfect accompaniment to the burger and sandwiches that the rest of us ate. It was also a nice change of pace from the traditional french fries (hand cut and house fried). I don’t think any other restaurant on the island has a dish quite like this, so it is highly recommended to stop by Mr. Ed’s and give it a try. If you don’t like it, tell them to leave it in the kitchen for me to scarf up next time I’m in!

Another new offering at Mr. Ed’s that didn’t make it to this year is the Pastrami & Rye Sandwich ($8.99). I was bummed out that it didn’t make the grade this year. The pastrami was layered tall on marbled rye bread and just enough sliced gouda was on top to bring some flavor to the table. Layer on some slaw for a little crunch and you had yourself a delicious sandwich.

Maybe it needed a little somethin-somethin to get it wet and add some zing you ask? No worries! The Crown Royal & Coke reduction dressing that was served on the side came to the rescue. This wasn’t just a crown and coke splashed into a cup. No sir! This was actually a dressing. They started out back in the kitchen with a big pot of Coca-Cola that they heated up. This was brought up to temp and allowed to reduce down for a couple hours until it was syrupy and sweet and then the Crown was added to taste to give it that wonderful whiskey flavor. The result was a truly unique sauce that will take your pastrami dipping experience to a whole new level. Don’t let your kiddies shoot this sauce!

Remember that balsamic glaze that we mentioned for the Balsamic and Blue Burger? What would happen if you tried that on french fries? And not just any french fries… fries that were cut in house every day and fried to order? The result would be the new Chronic Fries ($5.99). They are a little weird, a little unconventional, but that is what you would expect from an island eatery that likes to stand out and offer items that no one else on the island has. Take your Fresh Cut Fries, add on some fresh Parmesan Cheese, splash on a bit of Garlic Butter, and then drizzle with the oooey gooey Balsamic Glaze. Take it to the bank! These are some crazy fries!

Unfortunately, they wouldn’t let us try everything, so a return trip this summer just may be warranted, for professional blogging reasons of course! Long time visitors to the island will be pleasantly surprised when they discover the new menu at Mr. Ed’s on their next trip. First time visitors will be wowwed by the level of food quality at what is at first blush a typical bar. The menu here is different than your usual boring island burger/sandwich menus that seem to pervade this island. Fresh thoughts, fresh food, and leaving with a freshly full tummy. Yumm! *SPECIAL NOTE* – Rumor has it they are doing a Bloody Mary Bar on early Saturday mornings (10am) that include screwdrivers and mimosas as well. Check it out!

You can reach Mr. Ed’s Bar & Grille by calling 419.285.5042. You also can follow them online at http://www.mredsputinbay.com or on Facebook.

Review Rating: Nine out of ten stars
Favorite Item: Balsamic and Blue Burger, with a side of pulled pork mac & cheese
Notes: HUGE portions, so you won’t go home hungry




Put in Bay Ferries and Fishing

Walleye Fishing Put-in-Bay

The ferries are running, the ferries are running!!! Make sure you have all your lodging sorted out and then head on over to the island for a memorable time! There is always an event or activity to add to the fun on the island, but make sure you plan out the weekend you wan ahead of time because they fill up fast in the summer!

Every year we play the guessing game of when the Miller Ferry will start running from Port Clinton to Put-in-Bay. This year, the guessing is over early! The Miller Ferry started running last Friday, March 4th, and has begun a regular schedule for the season (weather permitting). For this first week, trips will leave Put in Bay at 8:30AM, 9:30AM, 10:30AM & 2:00PM, 3:00PM, 4:00PM. Trips leaving Catawba will be at 9:00AM, 10:00AM, 11:00AM & 2:30PM, 3:30PM, 4:30PM.

For the rest of March, starting on the 11th, the schedule expands to 8 trips per day. Trips will leave Catawba at 8:30AM, 9:30AM, 10:30AM, 11:30AM & 2:00PM, 3:00PM, 4:00PM, 5:00PM. Trips leaving Put in Bay will be at 8:00AM, 9:00AM, 10:00AM, 11:00AM & 1:30PM, 2:30PM, 3:30PM, 4:30PM. This is one of the earliest starts to the ferry schedule in many years. For those who remember pictures of last year, the ferries were still encased in ice at the Miller docks downtown on this date in 2015 and 2014.

The Put-in-Bay season is starting early and this is good news for everyone who is ready to come back and explore the island. The season’s first 60-degree temperatures happened last week and the fishing world in Northeast Ohio was abuzz with activity in the fishing stores and on the water. You can take a fishing charter out into the lake with local experts that can help you learn how to catch the local fish! Put-in-Bay traditionally welcomes our out-of-state fishermen to the island on April 1st. They arrive in droves to go out on the water and catch Walleye and Smallmouth Bass. This year, reservations in April are at a record high and there are barely any rental homes left. If you are coming in April for the fishing, you better call immediately and see if there is anything left for lodging!

The Ohio DNR wants us to remind everyone fishing at Put-in-Bay that new hunting & fishing licenses are needed as of March 1st, 2016. If you purchase them over the internet, make extra copies so when the one you carry gets wet and fades you have some backup copies. You can apply online at https://www.oh.wildlifelicense.com/start.php if you like. There are some important fishing regulations to keep in mind:

  • The daily bag limit for walleye in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 4 fish per angler through April 30. The minimum size limit for walleye is 15 inches.
  • The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler in all Ohio waters of Lake Erie.
  • The trout and salmon daily bag limit is 2 fish per angler. The minimum size limit is 12 inches.
  • The black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) daily bag limit is 5 fish per angler with a 14 inch minimum size limit.
  • 2016 Ohio fishing licenses are required as of March 1, 2016.

After a long day exploring the island of Put in Bay, some rest will be in order before you hop back onto a ferry. Reserving a Put-in-Bay Cabin is a great respite.  Here, the comforts of home beckon guests to relax and unwind.  So, set the watches to island time and watch the worries fade away. Besides, with so much to do on the island, you may want to spend and extra night so you can get the full island experience! Make sure you book fast because weekends tend to fill up fast in the summer. The sooner you book, the sooner you can get on a Put in Bay ferry!


Put-in-Bay Events You Should Attend this Summer


In the Southwest corner of the Lake Erie Basin, there is a little island called South Bass Island. This island is home to the famous, some may say infamous, summer boating town of Put-in-Bay, Ohio. Visitors come from near and far to enjoy the summer activities both on and off the water from April 1st through October 31st. (The island is usually ice-locked with no ferry service the rest of the year.) With Put-in-Bay events happening almost every week and weekend, we have compiled the Top 6 Summer Events at Put-in-Bay.

Putinbay.com’s 17th Annual Put-in-Bay Spring Fling Customer Appreciation Weekend! (May 6-7, 2016)

Held on the first weekend of May every year, the Spring Fling is the official kick off to the summer tourist season at Put-in-Bay. This event has grown in size each year for almost two decades as more and more people hear about it. The party is hosted at the Island Club Rentals’ subdivision and is exclusively for guests of the Island Club, Victory Station Hotel, Put-in-Bay Condos, Commodore Resort, and special partners only. You must be a registered guest at one of these establishments to attend. (No exceptions will be made for liability purposes.) What is the Spring Fling? It is a big block party that usually attracts over 1,700 people for 2 days of free adult beverages, a Saturday full of free BBQ food, and some awesome live entertainment to start the season off right! As a bonus for those who will be heading downtown after the party each night, many island businesses offer great discounts on food and merchandise for party attendees who show their wristbands! The special guest band for this year’s Spring Fling is — The Junk! For hotel reservations, please call 419-285-3101. For home rentals, please call 216-898-9951.

8th Annual Pyrate Fest Weekend at the Bay (June 17-21, 2016)

Pyrates invade Put-in-Bay’s downtown harbor for the 8th year in a row on Friday at 4:00 PM to open the 2016 Put-in-Bay Pirate Fest. Saturday is a fun-packed day for the kids and adults alike with a Pirate Parade wandering around the park downtown and a Costume Contest for both kids and adults. The best adult costume wins a trip to the Cayman Islands! There is a Pyrate marketplace and displays, a Put in Bay kid’s fun fest and black powder firing demonstrations every day during the event. Tuesday evening wraps up the event with the infamous Cardboard Boat Races at 6:00 PM in the downtown Putinbay harbor. Discover many fun pirate events such as reenactors demonstrating sword fighting techniques and the art of skullduggary. Kids can practice with foam swords too!

Christmas in July at Put-in-Bay (July 22-24, 2016)

There’s no snow, but plenty of sun! This is by far the biggest and best weekend at Put-in-Bay all summer long! Put-in-Bay has even been voted “Best Place for Christmas in July”! The Christmas spirit floods the community and everywhere you look there is an elf or Santa peeking out of a doorway. Island businesses go all out and decorate just like it was the real Christmas. Garland, lights, bells, and Santa hats abound. Holiday drinks are on the menu at most of the local watering holes and island hotels and rental homes are filled to capacity. On Saturday Night, there is a traditional parade of Christmas floats that meanders through the downtown area and on Sunday the Christmas themed car parade excites and delights island visitors young and old. This is by far the busiest weekend of the season so plan ahead accordingly! Hotels and rental homes sell out months in advance and it is not uncommon for the best hotels and homes to be sold out by February!!! For hotel reservations, please call 419-285-3101. For home rentals, please call 216-898-9951.

Put-in-Bay Historical Weekend (September 9-11, 2016)

Put-in-Bay celebrates the 202nd anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie on this most historical of weekends. This is a celebration of history, art and music and also a celebration of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s naval victory over the British. Since then, there have been two centuries of peace shared by the United States, Canada and Great Britain. A War of 1812 military encampment can be found on the lawn of the Monument Visitors Center all weekend and over 1,000 Boy Scouts camp out in tents on the Memorial’s east lawn for their annual camporee on Lake Erie (the ONLY Boy Scout Jamboree allowed on Federal property in the USA!). Saturday is the annual “Art in the Park” in downtown DeRivera Park. Area and regional arts and craftspeople display and sell their original works in photography, watercolor, acrylic, pottery, silversmithing, glass, stained glass, fabric, wood and paper downtown in an open-air exhibit. Live demonstrations and a silent auction that benefits the Put-in-Bay Arts Council are key activities and enjoyed by the families that attend. This event runs from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM in DeRivera Park. On Sunday, local and regional dignitaries join approximately 1,200 Boy Scouts, antique and classic cars, regional high school marching bands, the captain of the USS Lake Erie, area veterans and 1812 re-enactors for the annual Grand Parade at noon. Following the Grand Parade, there is the annual Muffins vs. Mossbacks Historical Baseball Game. This annual match is played at the softball field on Concord Avenue next to the school and church. The Ohio Historical Society Muffins challenge the Put-in-Bay Mossbacks using the original rules of baseball. This family friendly game begins at 2:00 PM. Refreshments are available with all proceeds benefitting the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum. The event sponsor is the Miller Boat Line.

Putinbay.com’s 18th Annual Put-in-Bay Fall Ball Customer Appreciation Weekend! (August 30-September 1, 2016)

The unofficial end of Put in Bay summer fun is the annual Put-in-Bay Fall Ball. This event was the original street party which spawned the Spring Fling. It has grown in size each year for almost two decades as more and more people hear about it. The party is hosted at the Island Club Rentals subdivision and is exclusively for guests of the Island Club, Commodore Resort, and Put-in-Bay Condos only. You must be a registered guest at one of these establishments, with a wristband, to attend. Between the Party, the Wine Fest, and the football games it is an exciting weekend! What is the Fall Ball? It is a big block party that usually attracts over 1,700 people for 2 days of free adult beverages, and a Saturday full of free food and awesome live entertainment to end the season with memories! As a bonus for those who will be heading downtown, many island businesses offer great discounts on food and merchandise for party attendees who show their wristbands! Stay tuned for the special guest band. For hotel reservations, please call 419-285-3101. For home rentals, please call 216-898-9951.

Halloween Boo Bash at the Bay (October 21-22, 2016)

What do you get when you mix over 2,000 people in costume, frosty cold adult beverages, and great live entertainment? You get Ohio’s largest island Halloween Party and a great time at Put in Bay! Costume Contests with numerous prizes cash prizes take place at Mr. Ed’s Bar & Grille! Downtown bars and taverns decorate with a haunting theme! This is the island’s last big weekend of the year and doors close all over town on Sunday at 11:00 AM sharp, so don’t miss out on your last chance to party at Put-in-Bay for 2016!

There are many more events happening at Put in Bay in 2016 and you can find a full list at the island’s main source for information… https://putinbay.com

Put-in-Bay friends, the Roeder family, on ‘American Pickers’

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Put-in-Bay friends, the Roeder family, on ‘American Pickers’

The Roeder family owned Tony’s Garage bar on the island for a few years when it was transitioning from Tony’s Place to the Reel Bar currently. They also have owned Harley dealerships over on the mainland.

‘American Pickers’ found a jackpot at Roeder Racing & Service in Monroeville.

Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, the professional duo, who scour the earth for antiques and treasures covered in rust and dirt as “American Pickers” for the History Channel were at the Roeder family home and business in September.

The show titled “Jersey’s Jackpot” will air at 8 p.m. on Wednesday Feb. 17, Roeder said.

“It was pretty cool. They know their stuff,” said George Roeder, owner of the Monroeville motorcycle shop. “They tried to keep it quiet but people saw the truck and stopped. They were nice and signed autographs and took pictures.”

Roeder daughter Taaron had seen where American Pickers were coming to Ohio. She sent them a photo of a 1946 Harley Knucklehead motorcycle.

The show called.

“I told them that was not for sale,” Roeder said.

But it got their attention and the show asked him to send them a list of what was for sale.

They liked what was on the list.

Wolfe, who owns Antique Archaeology, and Fritz are motorcycle enthusiasts themselves but on this episode were on a mission for a man named Jersey Jon to find motorcycle engine and gas tanks.

The duo looked at the Knucklehead but respected the Roeder family did not want to sell it.

They bought a 1913 engine and gas tank from George Roeder, as well as paying $300 for an old Harley Davidson shirt.

“They gave me a good deal,” Roeder said. “They will use the 1913 to finish a motorcycle. I can never get the time to get that done so I am happy to see it get completed.”

They visited George’s mom, Jessie, at the family home.

It was here they found and bought an old Harley Hummer motorcycle, as well as a couple other items.

The best part for the family is that the show honors the family patriarch George Roeder, George’s father, a champion motorcycle racer in the 50s and 60s before he opened Roeder Harley Davidson in 1972.

“They talk about him in the show,” George said.

see original story at: http://www.sanduskyregister.com/Local/2016/02/14/Roeder-family-on-American-Pickers.html?ci=stream&lp=9&p=1