Ohio Sea Grant offers free tours of the South Bass Island lighthouse, in operation until 1962. Visitors can climb the lighthouse stairs to take in the view from the top of the tower. Tours will be offered from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on June 8, July 13, August 10, September 7 and October 12, 2019. 

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The third annual Draft Day 5K celebrates the Browns and NFL draft. Every participant will receive an official Draft Day 5K shirt, free lunch, drink discounts, tickets into a raffle for Cleveland Browns memorabilia! The event benefits the Cleveland Browns Foundation, St. Paul’s Food Pantry, Ottawa County Kids for Christmas, several local scholarships that are…

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An ice-fishing tournament and banquet on Put-in-Bay to honor fallen friends. Proceeds will support the scholarships in Jeremy and Kurt’s names. To sign up for fishing, please contact Dan Petro at 419-341-2274 or sign up on the island at Topsy Turveys Island Bar & Grillat 5 p.m. Feb. 1. The weigh-in will begin at 4…

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Sure, the Put-in-Bay season has barely ended. But in this cold and gloomy weather, we’re looking forward to next summer on the Lake Erie Islands.  You can find up-to-day event information on the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce website, www.visitiputinbay.com.  (FYI: The over-the-top island party weekend, Christmas in July, has not been officially recognized since 2013.…

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For 25 years this Put-in-Bay family tradition celebrates great German food, cold beer, and live entertainment by the ever-popular Maxx Band. Families will enjoy polka dancing and German music under the big tent in DeRivera Park, along with cabbage rolls, brats, Wiener Schnitzel, and sauerbraten. Admission is $4 for one day, $6 for both. Kids…

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Sample more than 200 imported and domestic wines, including island wines from Put-in-Bay Winery and Heineman’s Winery on South Bass Island at the 14th annual Put-in-Bay Winery. Sample tickets are $1 each, sold at the door. Most samples are $2–$5. You buy bottles to take home and also bid on a silent auction, to benefit…

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Miller Boat Line expects its new ferry to the Erie Islands to be delivered next fall, christened Mary Ann Market after the matriarch of the family business. Fraser Shipyards of Superior, Wisconsin, will build the new drive-on, drive-off passenger/vehicle ferry. It will be 140 feet long, 38.5 feet wide ferry and will accommodate 26 standard…

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Join hundreds of runners and the Miller Boat Line for a picturesque 5K race on Put-in-Bay.  The race is one of the biggest in North Central Ohio, and the course lines the Lake Erie shore. The $30 cost includes a long-sleeve T-shirt.

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  Tour Stone Laboratory on the 6-acre Gibraltar Island, with a free boat ride there from Ohio State’s Aquatic Visitors Center. Take in lectures and laboratory sessions.  

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Put-in-Bay celebrates the 203rd anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie with history, art and music at Perry’s Monument and surrounding South Bass Island and an open house at Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island. There’s an impressive light display Saturday night. Here’s the schedule: Friday More than 1,200 Boy Scouts arrive for…

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