The Lake Erie Islands Historical Society will hold its annual auction on Saturday, August 11, in the pavilion behind T&J Smokehouse, downtown Put-in-Bay.
Item viewing begins at noon and the auction begins at 4 p.m. with just about 100 lots. There is no silent auction this year, but bidders will have the opportunity to win door prizes during the event.
Besides the interesting and rare collection of Put-in-Bay and Lake Erie Islands memoriabilia and artifacts on the block, bidders will also have the opportunity to take home a mint Zodiak inflatable with motor and trailer, a 1950′s Cushman Eagle motor scooter owned by Bill Market (Miller Boat Line) in prestine condition, a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and a 1977 Granada with only 30,000 miles.
Also among the this year’s listing is a framed set of Put-in-Bay Bottling Works “pin-up” blotters once owned by Nate Ladd, a signature football signed by The Ohio State Buckeye’s 1968 championship team, a gorgeous wood Coho rowing boat with two sets of oars, and a huge, framed antique 1887 map of Marblehead and Catawba Island.
Looking for a good running golf cart? You can take home a 2001 E-Z-GO Golf Cart. Among island related items is a Lonz Winery basket with four champagne glasses, wine labels, and related memorabilia. You can also sleep on a piece of island history by purchasing an antique brass bed that came from the Beebe House .
There is also a selection of artwork, folk art and prints. Put-in-Bay businesses have also been generous once again. Bidders may land a deal on a helicopter tour of the island, a pizza party for 60, one of 8 5-night stays in a rental home, or a biplane ride for two.
Greg Pffeifer, license auctioneer and owner of WPIB putinbayradio.com, has donated his services for the third consecutive year. All proceeds from the auction benefit the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society which mantains a 6,000 sqaure foot museum at Put-in-Bay.
For more information about the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society, and a list and gallery of auction items, visit the museum website, leihs.org.