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August 2019 Events At Middle Bass Island Yacht Club

August 2019 Events – The MBIYC and BSC are having a Schützenfest on Saturday, August 3rd, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Middle Bass Island Yacht Club. A Schützenfest (German: marksmen’s festival) is a traditional festival or fair featuring a target shooting competition in the cultures of both Germany and Switzerland. There will also be traditional German dancing and food.

At a Schützenfest, contestants compete based on their shooting abilities (in our case, Airsoft guns), for example, by shooting at a wooden representation of an eagle. The competition’s winner becomes the Schützenkönig (“king of marksmen”) until the following year’s competition. The Current King is Jim Osenbaugh! Can you dethrone him?

Middle Bass Vol. Fire Dept. Fundraiser On Saturday, August 3rd, the Middle Bass Island Volunteer Fire Department (MBIVFD) will hold its fundraiser, “Old School Fire Department Extravaganza,” starting at 6 p.m. on the Lonz patio. The $40 admission includes a pig roast, adult beverages, raffles, live entertainment, and dancing. Tickets are available at the Middle Bass General Store.

Middle Bass Island Poker Kayak Day

The Middle Bass Island Poker Kayak Day will begin on Saturday, August 3rd, at noon on Middle Bass Island. Kayakers start and finish at the Middle Bass Island State Park west beach (no starts later than 1 p.m.). The paddle around the island includes three additional stops (the State Park Marina, the MBI East Point Preserve, and the Kuehnle State Wildlife Area/Petersen Woods Preserve). A welcome packet at the start describes the course and information about the stops.

Stops are staffed with volunteers for safety and to distribute poker cards and snacks. The finish has a cook-out with hot dogs, chips, and a bottle of water while 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners are determined. Proceeds benefit signage for the Put-in-Bay Township Park District’s newest preserves on Middle Bass Island. (the rain date is August 4) Registration is available at http://bit.ly/MBI-Poker-Kayak- Day-2019 Questions, call Tina Larson at 248-320-4529. The cost is $20 pre-registration and $25 on-site.

Ford Trimotor Rides

On Sunday, August 4th, and Monday, 5th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Liberty Aviation Museum’s 1928 Ford will be at the Put-in-Bay Airport, available for rides. Contact the Museum for details at 419-732-0234. Booking is open at www.eaa.org/shop/Flights/FlyTheFord.aspx or calls 1-877-952-5395 or email at flytheford@eaa.org.

Stargazing Cruise August 5 @ 7:45 p.m.

On Monday, August 5th, at 7:45 p.m., loading will begin at Miller Boat Line’s downtown dock for this season’s Stargazing Cruise. The; cost is for Adults – $20 and Kids – $10. The stars will light up the sky as Cleveland State University instructor and astronomer Jay Reynolds will engage with the guests sharing information about the night sky, planets, and stars.

Enjoy the show of outer space as the ferry boat travels around the Lake Erie Islands. Heineman Winery is donating wine. Delicious hors d’oeuvres will be presented by Frosty Bar, The Put-in-Bay Gazette, and Cameo Pizza. Bring your chair. Proceeds will benefit the Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center. Tickets are available at the Wildlife Center on Meechan Rd., or by credit card over the phone at 419-285-3037.

Lake Erie Islands Water Trails State Designation Dedication Ceremony

The ODNR will be holding a dedication ceremony of the Lake Erie Islands Water Trail for kayakers and canoers as a state-designated water trail at the Oak Point Pavilion on Tuesday, August 6th, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The Put-in-Bay Township Park District and their partners, the National Park Service, Rivers, Trails, Conservation Assistance Program, and Ohio Sea Grant, created the LakeErie Islands Water Trails guide.

The brochure features five circular paddling routes and associated public access points around South Bass, Middle Bass, North Bass, Kelleys Island, and the Catawba and Marblehead peninsula area. Access points to the nearly 60 miles of paddling trails are visible from the water and marked with color-coded signs that coordinate with the guide by island. The Lake Erie Islands Water Trail partners, key stakeholders, elected officials, and the general public.

Lantern Tour of Hotel Victory Grounds

On Tuesday, August 6th, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., there will be a free Lantern Tour of the Hotel Victory Grounds at the South Bass Island State Park. This family event will start with a beautiful sunset at South Bass Island State Park and end at the Hotel Victory Swimming Pool Pavilion. The tour will highlight various still-existing features of the Hotel Victory, a history of the grounds, and exciting facts about life there—time provided by Naturalist and Island Resident Renee Market.

LEIHS Annual Island Auction

The Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum’s Annual Auction will occur on Thursday, August 8th, at Heineman Winery. Viewing time will be from 3 to 5 p.m., and the live auction will begin at 5 p.m. Featuring an awe-inspiring selection of items donated by Put-in-Bay residents and businesses, many of which will focus on Put-in-Bay History. There will be a cash bar and light fare. Proceeds benefit the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society. Please call 419-285- 2804 for more details. Items are added daily; check http://www.leihs.org/auction/ for a printable list of auction items.

5th Annual Pig Roast & Raffle

The 5th Annual Pig Roast & Raffle to benefit the Lake Erie Island Nature Wildlife Center will take place on Wednesday, August 7th, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Goat Restaurant. The cost is $15 (pre-purchased), $20 on-site. Participants will be treated to a slow spit-roasted hog with corn and baked potatoes along with tasty sides donated by The Goat Soup and Whiskey. Popular island entertainers will feature performances of favorite songs.

There will be a silent auction with various unique island prizes, such as a trip for two to Rattlesnake Island, ferry passes, a biplane ride, a five-course dinner for four at a local restaurant, and hand-crafted artwork. Raffle tickets will be available at the Goat Restaurant on the event day. Tickets are available at the Wildlife Center on Meechen Rd., or by credit card over the phone at 419-285-3037. *Pre-Purchase of Tickets is Recommended. We will have additional coverage in the Put-in-Bay August 2019 News

August 2019 Events South Bass Lighthouse tours

Ohio Sea Grant offers free tours of the South Bass Island Lighthouse on Saturday, August 10th, and on Sunday, the 11th, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can climb the lighthouse stairs to take in the view from the top of the tower. Reese Dailey Band with Ben Dover and The Screamers at Boathouse on August 11th, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Boathouse Bar & Grill on Toledo Ave. This is a benefit to help Alzheimer’s with The Reese Dailey Band and Ben Dover and The Screamers! Much fun to be had by all on a Sunday Funday at Put-in-Bay! For more information, check out the Reese Dailey Band on Facebook.

Rekindling Victory: A Historic Celebration

Stop by the South Bass Island State Park on Wednesday, August 14th, between noon and 6 p.m. to mark the 100th anniversary of the fire that destroyed the Hotel Victory. The Hotel Victory stood on the south shore of Put-in-Bay for a glorious 27 years before the fateful night when it
burned to the ground. For a century, people have been fascinated by the Victory and her mysterious end. Join Ranger Renee Market for a reception in its honor. Island natives and visitors alike can enjoy an afternoon with Victory alongside a particular group of people intrigued by her beauty, mass, history, and downfall.

The celebration will be a casual picnic setting on the cliffs of South Bass Island State Park. Light fare, beer, and wine will be available for purchase. Yard games, tours, and local artists will entertain the afternoon. Guests are encouraged to dress for the time, circa 1919. The reception will be held in partnership with Lake Erie Island Nature and Wildlife Center, South Bass Island State Park and other Island businesses. For more information on the event, contact Renee Market at 419-708-5798.

August Sky Tour

View the night sky from the Observation Deck at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial on Wednesday, August 14th, between 9 and 10:30 p.m. and learn how mariners navigated using the constellations and stars. NASA Ambassador Gene Zajac will present an astronomy program on the 317-foot tall open-air Observation Deck. There is a $20 fee for adults and a $10 fee for kids (5-15) for the evening program. Tickets can be purchased through the NPS Fee Portal, recreation.gov, up until 48 hours before the event. Tickets must then be purchased at the Ticket Desk the night of the event.

Sausage Fest – Polka, Polka, Polka!

On Saturday, August 17th, from 1 to 6 p.m., the first-ever “Sausage Fest” will take place at Das Lokal, the Biergarten, on the front lawn of the Goat Soup & Whiskey. You are invited to enjoy food, imported Austrian beer, and the music of the Phil Yan Polka Band. Brats will be $5, and hot dogs will be $2. Fun for the entire family. What could go wrong?

August 2019 Events – The 2nd Annual Art Auction…

Will take place at the Crew’s Nest on Friday, August 23rd. This year, art pieces created from architectural items and artifacts salvaged from “Back Bay,” the century-old home of the late Robert and Winnie Schmidt, will be auctioned off. The event starts with previewing at 4:30 p.m. Auction begins at 6 p.m. Food and drink tickets are available. This event is open to the public and benefits the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society. If you are interested in creating an artwork for the auction, contact the museum at 419-285-2804.

Fee-Free Day at Perry’s Monument – Aug. 25th

In recognition of the National Park Service’s Birthday, August 25 is a fee-free day. Those visiting Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial will have FREE access to the Memorial Observation Deck. One of the many great things do with children at Put-in-Bay!

August 2019 Events – Bash On The Bay

Kid Rock and Uncle Kracker will be the headline entertainment act for the third annual “Bash At The Bay” on Thursday, August 29th, at the Put-in-Bay Airport.

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