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Put-in-Bay’s First Music Festival Looks Awesome and You Should Go

Once in a while you’ll find two things that go together to form a perfect, harmonious balance otherwise unseen in ordinary combinations.  Ham and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, Jordan and Pippen…we all know the classics.  One such marriage, one we consider to be among the classics, is Put-in-Bay, Ohio and music.  The two have always worked together, delighting locals and visitors alike with tunes from fantastic bands hailing from all across the country.  This is why when we found out that the already live music-laden island will be putting on the inaugural Put-in-Bay Music Festival, we were stoked.

Some of the best parts about the festival?  Just a $7 ticket on the Miller Ferry to Put-in-Bay gets you in and once you’re in, the fest takes place in front of one of the most picturesque backdrops on all of South Bass Island — Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial.

In true Perry’s Victory style, the Put-in-Bay Music Festival is all about two other things that go very well together, peace and music.

Seven stellar bands will perform including the Flyin’ Jays, Emily Keener from The Voice, MC Bob Gatewood, JP and the Chatfield Boys, Mo ‘Mojo, Strung Like a Horse and the Floorwalkers. Legendary performer Pat Dailey just recently agreed to perform his new song during the day-long festival.

The music line up is tentatively set (times are approximate and subject to change):

11:15am – Flyin’ Jays

12:15pm – Emily Keener

1:15pm – Bob Gatewood

2:00pm – JP and the Chatfield Boys

3:15pm – Mo ‘Mojo

4:15pm – Pat Dailey

5:00pm – Strung Like a Horse

6:45pm – Floorwalkers

Free music workshops will be given during the day. Mo ‘Mojo will give a workshop on zydeco dance, and a second on drumming. Islander Dick McCarthy will also give two workshops on playing the ukulele, one for beginners and a second for those with some experience. There will also be a “Guitar Hero” competition in the workshop tent.  There will also be two cornhole tournaments, so bring your “A” game.

To plan your island visit to the June 10 Put-in-Bay Music Festival check out the following websites; pibmusicfest.com, millerferry.com, & visitputinbay.com.

Want more music? Toby Keith is performing at Put-in-Bay on Thursday, August 31.  Thats right, Toby Keith. Well played PIB, well played.  More details soon…

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Free Ride to Put-in-Bay? Miller Ferry Salutes Active Military & Veterans

As if there wasn’t enough reason to take a trip over to Put-in-Bay already, Miller Ferry is saluting the U.S. military by offering up a pretty sweet deal.  And by pretty sweet, we mean FREE!  Active U.S. Military Personnel and American Veterans are invited to ride aboard Miller Ferry at no charge Saturday, May 27 through Memorial Day, May 29.  Miller Ferry asks that Military Personnel and Veterans identify themselves at the ticket booth to obtain free passenger ferry passage.

After getting over to the island without paying a dime, the savings continue.  While we’d like to give a nice description of each place that’s giving a discount, we’re going to be completely honest here, we don’t have enough time and you’d stop reading — It’s so, so many places.  So instead, we’ll just list them. Below are valid from:

Saturday, May 27 through Memorial Monday, May 29

Boardwalk Main & Upper Deck 10% off any food item (does not include alcohol).
Cameo Pizza $2.00 off a large and $1.00 off a medium pizza.
Candy Bar 10% discount.
Carriage House Gift Shop 20% discount.
Chicken Patio $5.00 off a chicken dinner.
Country House Gifts 10% discount.
Dairy Isle
10% off any food item.
E’s Golf Carts
 $5.00 off daily cart rental.
Heineman’s Winery 50% off combo tours. Pay only $4.00 for a winery tour, cave tour and a glass of wine or juice.
Hooligan’s 10% off any food item (does not include alcohol) .
Island Bike & Cart Rental $5.00 off daily golf cart rental.
J.F. Walleye’s (Middle Bass Island) 50% off vacation rentals, golf cart rental and breakfast buffet.
Lime Kiln Bus free transportation & $1.00 off for adult family members.
Miller Ferry free transportation to Put-in-Bay or Middle Bass Island.
Park Hotel Golf Cart Rental $5.00 off cart rental (day rate only).
Pasquale’s Cafe 25% off mean (does not include alcohol).
Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center free admission to Perry’s Cave & $1.00 off for adult family members.
Put-in-Bay Brewing Company Free souvenir pint glass with any purchase.
Put-in-Bay Surf Shop 25% discount.
Put-in-Bay Tour Train free tour & $1.00 off for adult family members.
Reel Bar 20% off total food bill (does not include alcohol).
T & J’s Smokehouse 15% total off food bill (does not include alcohol).
The Bucket Shop 10% discount.
The Butterfly House free admission & $1.00 off for adult family members.
The Keys 10% off any food item (does not include alcohol).

Memorial Day Only – Monday, May 29

Boardwalk Main & Upper Deck Free bowl (one) of lobster bisque.
Mossbacks
 50% off any food item.

We were right, right?  So many discounts.  For more information visit www.millerferry.com. We’ll see you on the island!

“Island Green Week” Showcases Natural Beauty of Lake Erie’s Bass Islands: First-ever Island Green Week events August 6 – 13, 2016

July, 2016 — Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island, Ohio —  Island Green Week on Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Islands August 6 – 13 will make you remember most about the islands as a kid – water, rocks, cliffs, caves, kayaking, meteor showers, moss, moonlit nights, beach bonfires, cozy camping, swimming, beach combing, cottaging with your family, ferry rides, overnight stays on the lake and nature.

Each day during Island Green Week has its own theme and island destination. Be part of a dedication of the newest Put-in-Bay lakefront nature preserve, savor the ultimate outdoor date at the Stargazer’s Cruise aboard a ferry, tour and hike rarely explored island sites, stand inside the world’s largest geode – Crystal Cave, explore Stone Lab and Gibraltar Island, enjoy live entertainment at an island style pig roast, tour a lighthouse, aquatic center and fish hatchery, join a nature photo walk, kayak for prizes.

Perry's Monument Put-in-Bay

Island Green Week is geared for all ages. Some events are free, others carry a nominal fee. Restaurants, island transportation and some attractions will also offer special prices for registrants.

Island Green Week events include:

•    Aug. 6 – Middle Bass Island Poker Kayak Day – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Rain date Aug. 7) Fee $10.

•    Aug. 7 – Dedication and Celebration at the new Put-in-Bay Massie Cliffside Preserve on East Poiint – 1 p.m.  Activities include hiking, fishing, birding and guided nature tours.- Free.

•    Aug. 8 – Tour a Great Lake Lighthouse – Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.

•    Aug. 9 – Wild Tuesday, topic “Something’s Fishy” at the Nature & Wildlife Center, Meechen Rd. – Put-in-Bay – Free.

•    Aug. 10 – Island Preserve Ramble & Eco-Tour highlights natural areas including sites rarely seen by visitors – Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Includes special activities at each preserve, printed souvenir booklet and guide and light lunch. Fee $40 per person. Tickets available at the Put-in-Bay Village Town Hall, Catawba Ave. the day of the event or reserve tickets by calling Kendra Koehler at (419) 341-2725.

•    Aug. 10 – The Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center’s Annual Pig Roast at 6 p.m. at The Goat Restaurant. A relaxing outdoor picnic with  Entertainer Ray Fogg performing, plus a silent auction fundraiser. Fee $15 for dinner.

•    Aug. 12 – Visit the Aquatic Visitors Center and Fish Hatchery. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Free.

•    Aug. 13 – Middle Bass East Point Preserve Photo Walk – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Free.

  • Aug. 10 – Gibraltar Island Tours – Water Taxi from Boardwalk at 10:45 a.m., tour island 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. $10 per adult for tour plus water taxi fee.. 419-285-2341.

•    Aug. 11 – Stargazer’s Cruise aboard a Miller Ferry. Departs Miller Ferry downtown dock, Bayview Ave., Put-in-Bay 8:30 pm, returns approximately 10:45 pm. Enjoy the sunset afterglow, then cruise to escape ambient light and become blanketed under the stars. Refreshments included. Tickets available at the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center, call 419-285-3037. Fee Adults $18, Children $10.

Take time to explore other island treasure’s including the caves, limestone beaches, State Parks, wineries and Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial.

Sponsors of Island Green Week are The Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy and the Put-in-Bay Township Park.

Lodging and transportation information is available at visitputinbay.com or visit SHORESandISLANDS.com.  For additional Island Green Week details and savings visit lakeerieislandswildlife.com or phone 419-285-3037.

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General Patton’s Historic Personal Yacht Coming to Put-in-Bay, Ohio July 4th Weekend

 

Those looking for a once in a lifetime ride aboard an iconic  vessel need look no further than Lake Erie.  This Fourth of July weekend the stunning schooner When and If, General Patton’s personal yacht, will tie up at Put-in-Bay where it will be available for day sails Friday, July 1 – Monday, July 4.

When and If @ Sunset

 

The When and If will dock at the C-Dock outer wall in Put-in-Bay harbor and hold approximately 4 sails per day, ending with a fireworks sail the night of the island’s spectacular pyrotechnics display.

At 63 feet and 5 inches in length, the John Alden designed schooner was built in 1939 for then Colonel General George S. Patton and his wife, Bea.  With another world war looming on the horizon, Patton’s plan was to sail the schooner should he survive his service abroad, then stating “When the war is over, and if I live through it, Bea and I are going to sail her around the world.”

When and If on a Clear Day

Long after the General’s untimely death in 1945, the When and If sailed on and was maintained in impeccable condition, remaining in the Patton family until 1972 until it was gifted to the Landmark school in Massachusetts where she was the centerpiece of a sail training program for dyslexic children.

Crew WorkingAfter a bad storm drove her onto the rocks causing severe damage, albeit not structural, the When and If passed back into private ownership and was painstakingly rebuilt — However it wasn’t until 17 years later in 2012 when the schooner was fully returned to all her glory.

Day Sails will last approximately 90 minutes and cost $65/person, apart from the Fireworks Sail on July, 4th which will cost $150/person.

The historic schooner yacht When and If will arrive at Put-in-Bay on Friday, July 1, 2016.  For additional information When and If Aerialplease visit the event’s FaceBook page or purchase tickets through TicketFly.

For the quickest and most affordable transportation to the islands visit www.millerferry.com.

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