Win four Miller Ferry tickets to Put-in-Bay for July 4th!

How’d you like a free ride to Put-in-Bay on the Fourth of July to enjoy all the Independence Day activities!!!
The Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce is giving away FOUR round-trip passenger tickets aboard the Miller Ferry to Put-in-Bay for just liking and sharing our Facebook post about July 4th activities at Put-in-Bay with your family and friends. We’ll pick a winner at random Friday morning and have the tickets waiting for you at the Miller Ferry Catawba Dock Friday afternoon.
We want to let as many people as possible know about all the fun activities going on this weekend at Put-in-Bay for the Fourth of July.
Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial will host the annual Naturalization Ceremony for new US citizens at 11am on the memorial plaza.
The National Park will hold Kids Programs and Ranger Talks throughout the day, and as a bonus it’s one of the Carronade Weekends at the memorial Saturday and Sunday with firing demonstrations.
The Ranger program includes a black powder firing demonstration, history of the War of 1812–America’s second War of Independence–and history on the Battle of Lake Erie.
At 7pm the National Park will hold its Centennial Celebration of the opening of the memorial column to the public in June of 1915. The cornerstone was actually laid on July 4, 1913.
The park will have a time capsule for island businesses and residents to contribute something related to the park and/or Put-in-Bay. Items will be accepted until September 10, 2015, the 202 anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie.
Westside Steve Simmons will give a concert of Patriotic Songs and & Island Favorites at 8pm on the memorial plaza.
The last Miller Ferry departs the island at 9pm.
If you’ve already booked a place to stay on Put-in-Bay for the weekend, you’ll also get to enjoy our annual July 4th Fireworks program sponsored by the Put-in-Bay Business Owners & Friends of the Bay at 10pm.
Sunday, Kids Programs, Ranger Talks and Carronade demonstrations throughout the day, and a concert by the Central Ohio Symphony from Delaware, OH., at 6pm on the back porch of the Perry’s Victory Visitors Center.
All programs, including the concerts at the National Park, are free and open to the public.
And that does not include, of course, all of the great tours, attractions, shopping, water recreation, dining and live entertainment Put-in-Bay has to offer!
Good luck, everyone, and thanks for helping us out!

Happy Birthday, Canada!

Happy Birthday to our 35 million friends that live True North of us in Canada. A special “ay” to our friend Anne Rota, Manager of Culture & Tourism for our sister city Amherstburg, ON.
Our history with Canada has been long and complex and actually began in conflict between the United States and Great Britain. We’re actually siblings of sorts since Great Britain birthed us both.
Canada did not become a nation until 1867 when three provinces combined to begin the birth of our northern neighbor.
The War of 1812 between the US and Great Britain was pivotal in the formation of Canada. The War of 1812 served as a second War of Independence from the Mother Land and the Battle of Lake Erie has tied us together eternally.
Have a great day, Canada, and remember to come down and visit your sister from time to time. We’re headed north to Amherstburg in August!

Time changes for triathlon

IMPORTANT TIME CHANGE: PERRY’S VICTORY TRIATHLON & FAMILY RACES: After talking with the PIB police, mayor, Perry’s Victory Monument and others we have moved the start of the Kids FUN Run to 3:15pm, Triathlon/Duathlon to 3:30pm and 5k to 4pm. Packet pick up will start at 2:15pm at the event location across from the Jet Express dock. Please keep checking back to our Facebook page for updates:

7th Annual Cardboard Boat Races Tuesday

The Pyrate King will wrap of the 7th Annual Pyrate Fest Tuesday night after the Cardboard Boat Races at the public boat ramp downtown. The races cap a five-day event that opened Friday with welcoming cannons as more than 80 pyrate re-enactors, entertainers and vendors flooded DeRivera Park for the annual gathering.
Get a spot early as more than 500 spectators are expected for this highly anticipated event that showcases the best cardboard watercraft builders on South Bass Island. Team of four will race one against one until only two are left to compete at the end for the coveted Cardboard Trophy–literally made of cardboard.

Dale F. from Plymouth MI this week’s winner

“Seven Days of Sundaes” was this week’s prize in the 2015 Put-in-Bay Calendar Raffle and Dale F. from Plymouth MI is our winner. Congratulations, Dale, you’re going to the sweetest bar on the island for your prize! Thank you to the Candy Bar for donating the prize. You can still purchase a ticket and be entered for the next 27 drawings. There are still a lot of great prizes in the hopper.

Ray W from Rocky River is this week’s winner

Ray W. from Rocky River, OH was the lucky winner in this week’s drawing for the 2015 Put-in-Bay Raffle Calendar. Ray won a $130 team entry to the 2015 Put-in-Bay Golf Classic on Friday, August 7, at Saunders Resort Golf Course. Congratulations, Ray. The prize was provided by the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce, host of the Put-in-Bay Golf Classic.

Survivor Put-in-Bay? Casting call for the show June 18

Think you’ve got what it takes to win “Survivior?”
The television show is having a casting call at Put-in-Bay on Thursday, June 18, at Mojito Bay. Auditions are from 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm.
Can you survive the casting call? You’ll have the opportunity to tell the camera why you have what it takes to outwit, out play and out last everyone else to be the “Survivor” winner!  Applicants must be 21 and entry is first come, first serve. Survivor Casting Call is co-sponsored by the Miller Ferry and Channel 19 Cleveland.