This past weekend featured some of the best weather of the summer with warm sunny days and cool comfortable evenings. Historical buffs and revelers alike descended upon the island and partook of the many different historical celebrations throughout the three-day event. Some of the more memorable events:
9/11 Sunset Tribute on Friday night at Perry’s Victory & International Peace Monument.
Perry’s Victory Heritage Festival on Perry’s Monument lawn. The 202nd Anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie took place this weekend. Art, history, and an 1812 military encampment plus about 1,200 Boy Scouts camped on the memorial east lawn. The annual Grande Parade was held at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday and had a record crowd.
Arts In The Park on Saturday at DeRivera Park. Area and regional arts and crafts people displayed and sold their original works in downtown in an open-air exhibit. Live demonstrations and a silent auction that benefited the Put-in-Bay Arts Council took place. Thanks to all the great artists and visitors who participated!
Stone Lab 2015 Open House on Saturday afternoon on Gilbraltar Island. Free transportation from the Stone Labe Research Building on South Bass Island (Put-in-Bay) over to Gilbraltar Island ran all day long. Tours of the Stone Lab, the island, and laboratory sessions were very interesting. Tours of the South Bass Island Lighthouse (also run by OSU) on the other end of the island were sold out!
Lights of Peace Harbor Illumination around the bay at sunset on Saturday. Harbor Illumination celebrated 202 years of peace with Canada and Great Britain. This was an event that captured the imagination and memories of islanders and visitors, connecting us to our history. From the Monument property to Stone Lab and along the shores of Gibraltar, flares were deployed every 15 feet in a beautiful display of history and peace.
Put-in-Bay Fall Ball 2015 – October 2-3
For 17 years, this annual fall festival called the Put-in-Bay Fall Ball (http://www.putinbayfallball.com) has been taking place at the Island Club Homes on South Bass Island. It started out as a gathering of friends with a few beers, guitars, and bonfires and has grown into an all-out party with well over 1700 people in attendance. The adult beverages have grown up to a complete keg truck. The music has grown up to multiple bands and island musicians. And thousands of hamburgers, hot dogs, and bratwurst have been added to feed the hungry masses. This two-day customer appreciation party is open to all guests who are staying at The Island Club, The Commodore Resort, The Put-in-Bay Condos, Victory Station Hotel, and the Blue Harbour Hotel. Wristbands will be provided at check-in to allow you to gain access to the party for free! There are still a handful of hotel rooms and two rental houses left for this huge end-of-season party. Book Now!
Do you have Labor Day plans yet? Why not put an island in your life and come up to Put-in-Bay? Bring the family, rent a house, have a couple cookouts, and relax with some beautiful end of summer weather. We look forward to seeing you!
Labor Day Weekend Bands – Sept 4-7
4th day Echo
Bob Gatewood & the Calabash Band
Bright Light Band
Dj Rehab Poolside
Mike “Mad Dog” Adams
Ray Fogg Show
Terry & Andrew
Next Weekend is a special event at Mr. Ed’s Bar & Grille. The only catch is that it is at the Port Clinton location! So if you are up on the island, you can pop over on the Jet Express to hear the Dueling Pianos and pop back on the last ferry to the island to catch some great late night Put-In-Bay bands as well!
Dueling Pianos new time is from 6-9pm, this coming Sunday August 9! You don’t want to miss this show. Outside this weekend, Mr. Ed’s will be having acoustic shows from 2-6pm every Sunday in August. Stop in and enjoy some great food, drink specials, and entertainment!
The 3 Whiskey 2 Pilots Association (the island’s pilots association) is so pleased to be coordinating with their friends in the PutinBay Car Parades for the upcoming Sunday’s combined Fly-in/Antique Car Event from 11am – 4pm. As we understand it, the car parade will depart from the airport (instead of the Twine Shanty) and return after the parade. And if you didn’t hear, the event includes a PIG ROAST!!!
Please feel free to come as early as 11:30am, when we will open the parking lot gates for parade cars, to enjoy some great food (get it before your neighbor eats it all) and camaraderie prior to the parade! Looking forward to a fun day of cool cars and airplanes! Sunday, August 9th, 2015.
What a beautiful day for a race!!! The 3rd Annual Perry’s Victory Triathlon & Family Races was moved due to weather from Sunday, June 28, 2015 to today Sunday, July 19, 2015 at Put-in-Bay, Ohio (South Bass Island). Perry’s Victory Triathlon was a great opportunity to get in shape for the summer and everyone this morning enjoyed a day on the beautiful island of Put-in-Bay!
The route had been designed to take runners on a scenic tour of the historic island of Put-in-Bay. The hub of the race is being held on the lawn of the Peace Garden at Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial. This was a great event for first time du/triathletes as well as seasoned veterans. The event offered a Sprint Triathlon, Sprint Duathlon, Kids & Family FUN Run and a 5k Run/Walk.
One tiny village on a small island in the north end of Ottawa County near the Canadian border continues to get quite a lot of attention, especially as the tourism season ramps up.
Put-in-Bay has found its way into yet another list of top vacation destinations. Most recently, this humble little community on South Bass Island was named one of “The 50 Coolest Small Towns in America” by Esquire magazine. (http://www.esquire.com/lifestyle/g2227/best-small-towns-america/?slide=35)
“This island on Lake Erie got its name from 18th century schooners that would ‘put in’ on the bay to wait out bad weather,” the article reads.
It could be that blend of historical significance, when combined with its waterfront party atmosphere, attracts the nearly quarter of a million yearly visitors to the tiny town with a population of just 138.
Of course, this is far from the first time Put-in-Bay is getting recognition as a popular summer destination, and the accolades seem to be piling up. Back in April, it made Smithsonian magazine’s list of the “20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2015.”
PlanetWare, a travel and adventure website, ranked Put-in-Bay as the eighth best place to visit in all of Ohio. Last year, Flight Network named it one of America’s four best small towns to visit. And the year before that, it was one of the 15 finalists for Budget Travel’s coolest small towns of 2013.
The National Park Service plans on keeping a full-time superintendent and staff at a Lake Erie island landmark monument.
Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur says the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial on South Bass Island will remain a separate unit of the park system.
The park service had been looking at combining the staff overseeing the Perry’s monument site and the River Raisin National Battlefield Park in Monroe, Mich.
The 350-foot tall monument in Ohio honors a key victory in the War of 1812; while River Raisin National Battlefield Park recalls the Battles of the River Raisin that were also a milestone point in that war.
Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry captured a British fleet near the island during the battle that’s remembered for his command: “Don’t Give Up the Ship.”
Brimming with history, Midwest charm and beautiful landscapes, Ohio is the place to be for quintessential American small towns. From arty Yellow Springs – one of the nation’s coolest small towns – to the picturesque island community of Put-in-Bay, The Culture Trip rounds up some of the prettiest places in the Buckeye State.
Located on tiny South Bass Island around five miles from the Ohio mainland, Put-in-Bay is a picturesque island town and popular summer tourist destination when thousands flock to enjoy the town’s quaint restaurants, lively pubs and recreational activities like walleye and perch fishing – no wonder Put-in-Bay is often nicknamed the “Key West of the North”. History buffs will delight in its historic homes and pivotal role in the War of 1812: Perry’s Victory and International Peace Monument – a 352 foot high Doric column and one of the USA’s tallest monuments – towers over Put-in-Bay’s harbor and commemorates Oliver Hazard Perry’s victory over British forces in the waters off the island.
Check out more Ohio cities at http://theculturetrip.com/north-america/usa/ohio/articles/the-10-most-beautiful-national-towns-in-ohio/
The 2015 Spring Fling Customer Appreciation Party is coming up this weekend. The weather forecast is looking absolutely perfect for a street party! Sun and fun in the warm weather await everyone who comes up. There are still a very limited number of rooms available, so call ASAP to make your reservation! You can’t get into the party without a wristband, which you receive by being a guest at one of our select lodging partners.
The Commodore Resort and Victory Station Hotel can be reached at 419-285-3101.
For a vacation home, cottage, house, or Waterfront Condo rental contact Island Club Rentals at 216-898-9951.