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Put-in-Bay News December 2017 Holiday Season Has Arrived!

Another busy new year on the islands has come to an end, so now is the time for islanders to enjoy the holiday season with enough festive activities to make even a Grinch change his spots. These are the events you might want to attend. Mark your calendar and come out and celebrate with your island friends.

LAKE ERIE ISLANDS CONSERVANCY POTLUCK – Tues., Dec. 12th – 6 p.m. The annual LEIC Christmas party will be held at the Reel Bar on Tuesday, December 12th, at 6 p.m. A ham, hot cider, and coffee will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. As a Conservancy, we ask that you bring your own plate and table service for the festive evening. We will have a social hour first. Please RSVP to Lisa Brohl by email at leiconservancy@gmail.com or by phone or text at 419-366-2087.

COMMUNITY BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Sun., Dec. 10th – 11:30 a.m. The Put-in-Bay Recreation Committee is hosting “Breakfast with Santa” on Sunday, December 10, at 11:30 a.m. upstairs at the Town Hall. Enjoy a pancake and sausage breakfast with fruit, coffee, milk, water, and juice. Catch up on the news with friends while the children anxiously await the arrival of Santa and his sleigh full of surprises! Santa knows about the children enrolled at Put-in-Bay School and the Island babies. If you are bringing an off-island child, please call Heidi Ladd (704) 516-3616 ASAP!

SCHOOL HOLIDAY CONCERT- Tues., Dec. 19th at 7 p.m. Put-in-Bay School Annual Holiday Concert is scheduled for Tuesday, December 19 at 7 p.m. Music teacher Gay Pippert-Ladd’s students will be singing traditional holiday songs this year. Everyone is invited to come to hear the kids perform.

CHRISTMAS LIGHT CONTEST JUDGING- Fri., Dec. 15th between 7 & 9 p.m. Make sure your home or business is decorated in time for the Annual Island “Judging of the Lights” the evening of Friday, Dec. 15th. A group of Santa’s elves who double as the island Girl Scouts will be driven around the Island and judge the most beautiful lights and displays of the holiday season. Be that someone with the most creative display on the island and wins one of several cash prizes! Good Luck! Awards will be announced at a later date. The Put-in-Bay Recreation Committee sponsors the annual Lighting Contest. Stay tuned to Put-in-Bay News for winners!

TIPPER’S CHRISTMAS PARTY – Sat., Dec. 16th from Noon to 5 p.m. The entire Niese Family invites everyone to Tipper’s Christmas Party from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 16th. Mark all your calendars and set your timers now. There will be a food buffet, so come hungry!

AUDUBON CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT – Sun. Dec. 17th Walk the island from dawn to dusk, listening, watching, and counting birds. Enjoy the quiet time of year. Or sit in your recliner and watch colorful winter birds visit your bird feeder for a portion of the day. It all adds up with statistics from other birders around the country to give us a snapshot of how bird populations are doing-the. Audubon Christmas Bird Count is in its 118th year-what; what a tradition to be a part of!

This citizen science effort has given us data on changing bird populations and is great fun! Birders everywhere will be out looking and counting during this count week time. If you want to be part of this historical event, here is how to do it locally. The Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count will be held in the Lake Erie Islands Count Circle on Sunday, December 17, 2017.

Participants will be needed on Kelleys, Pelee, and the Bass Islands that day. On South Bass, we need volunteers to listen for owls in the early morning, travel the island bird watching during the day, and manage their feeders at home. We also seek birders or feeder watchers to help with Middle Bass and North Bass. If you want to protect your feeders or travel South Bass for all or part of the day, call Lisa Brohl at (419) 366-2087 or e-mail at leiconservancy@gmail.com.

Those on South Bass can meet at the Brohl residence (441 Mitchell Rd.) at 7 a.m. for coffee. There will be pizza and result-sharing after the count. Don’t hesitate to contact Nancy Welter to participate in Middle Bass at 419-341-5806 or nkw2329@yahoo.com. John Pogacnik, the official Count Circle Compiler, will coordinate the efforts on Kelleys Island. Please contact him at jpogacnik@hotmail.com or Tom Bartlett at hthomas.bartlett@gmail.com if you wish to help at Kelley’s. Participation in the Christmas Bird Count is free and a lot of fun! Join us this year!

REEL BAR NEW YEAR’S – Sun., Dec. 31st, New Year’s Eve will be extraordinary. Reel Bar will offer a dinner package including a Champagne Toast (call 419-285-1318 or email info@reelbar.com for reservations). Great News Long-time-island-favorite piano man John Salamon will return for his fourth New Year to Holiday Fun to ring in 2018 with the “John Salamon’s Touring Piano!” Folks are welcome to the show with or without the dinner package. Reservations or questions: 419-285- 1318.

TIPPER’S NEW YEAR’S PARTY – Sun., Dec. 31st Enjoy a special menu holiday dinner and New Year’s Eve at Tipper’s New
Year’s Eve Party. There will be entertainment, plus a champagne toast at midnight. The fun goes from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

TOPSY TURVEY’S NEW YEAR’S – Sun., Dec. 31st Topsy Turvey’s will be open New Year’s Eve, so come on down and celebrate
with friends.

Lake Erie Islands Conservancy & Put-in-Bay Township Park District News Wish List Let us know if you can help us out with any of these items at leiconservancy@gmail.com or 419-366-2087. Or you may have skills you wish to contribute-please call! Copying Paper, Ink for Printers (Brother LC 61, HP ?); Bottled Water, Garbage Bags, and Work Gloves for volunteer events; Part-Time Employee funding; Architect or Engineer for Petersen Woods Boardwalk project drawings, donations for helical supports for the boardwalk.

Assistance with trail layout, construction, parking, mulching, and signage with the Middle Bass Island Forested Wetland Area (Burgundy Bay and former Schneider tract); Interpretive Signs for the Dodge Woods, Middle Bass Island Forested Wetland Preserve($200 each-can add donors name); Website and Social Media Assistance; Laptop, Word, Adobe programs, filing cabinets for a new office.

Volunteers ALWAYS NEEDED to spread mulch on trails and pick up litter-Massie Cliffside Preserve, Scheeff East Point Preserve, Dodge Woods, Jane Coates Trail; Larger Office Space; and Assistance sorting, filing, organizing office. Help complete the building addition. The Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center is seeking assistance to help fund its building addition.

They have successfully raised the funds needed for the covered porch, and they still need your help to finish our building addition! This project will help carry out the LEINWC mission of promoting conservation and education about the local ecology of the islands for residents and visitors. Visit their website to donate- lakeerieislandswildlife.com


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