We’re just one week away from the biggest party of the year…the Gem Beach Rock ‘n’ Roll Reunion. It was about 20 years ago when Bob Hille and I first spoke about doing an all-day Woodstock-style rock concert out at Gem Beach to commemorate the place where he and I, along with thousands of other baby boomers, misspent so many hours of our youthful adolescence.
When I served as Chairman for United Way five years ago, I asked the question: “How do other resort-market United Way agencies raise funds?”
Chris Galvin told me directly, “Events!”
“Well,” I said, “I have an idea for a fundraising event.”
Thus the Gem Beach Rock ‘n Roll Reunion was born, and so it continues today…or at least on Saturday, Sept. 8 from noon to 8 p.m. Four bands playing all those oldies! What a party!!!
This is my annual Labor Day weekend speech. Many think that Labor Day is the end of the summer season around here. Well, as Colonel Potter used to say on M.A.S.H. “HORSE HOCKEY!”
The Lake Erie water temperature is still above 70. Because of the lake’s influence on our air temperatures we can expect at least six more weeks of beautiful weather most years. So the forecast for a beautiful Indian summer is extremely good this year.
Our Find Wylie winner this week is Olga Ebert, who was among the 194 contestants who found Wylie hiding in the ad for Camp Runinmuck on page 5B in last week’s Beacon. Olga wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores PLUS 2 tickets to Gem Beach Rocks Again on Sept. 8. We’ll be hiding Wylie again this week. If you find him, drop off an entry form at our office in the Beacon Place Business Center or click on the Find Wylie Icon at our website, www.thebeacon.net.
With this being Labor Day weekend, and Monday being a legal holiday, our deadline for ads and editorials will be this Friday, Aug. 31 for our Sept. 6 edition. All who need to send in material for next week, please make sure we get it by this Friday. Thanks.
Also, this weekend is the Annual Green Island Race hosted by Port Clinton Yacht Club. The first starts are Sunday, Sept. 2, around 9:30 a.m. The starting line is set up just to the north and west of the Portage River entrance. With any luck, we will have southerly winds so that the colorful spinnakers will be flying. The overall winner in the Performance Handicap Fleet wins the Green Jacket, emblematic of a “Masters-ful” sailing victory.
The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be making another stop in Ottawa County this Saturday, Sept. 1 at East Harbor State Park. Sign up will be at the Camp Store starting at 10 a.m. Campers and everybody else can then give the gift of life to a total stranger until 3 p.m.
The 2012 Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Golf Outing on Monday, Sept. 10, at the CIC golf links. Registration is $110 per player for the four-person scramble. Interested players can sign up at the Chamber office at 110 Madison Street in downtown Port Clinton. They are also hosting a Minigolf Event at Island Adventures for just $40 per player. For more information, call the Chamber at 419-734-5503.
The 7th Annual Terry Heise Scholarship Golf Classic will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Oak Harbor Golf Club. Registration will start at 7:30 a.m. with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Terry was a coach, mentor and friend to many in Port Clinton, and the proceeds go to the worthy student athletes who share those same traits. Golf is just $50 per person, $200 per team, which includes lunch and door prizes. For more information, call Terry’s son Eric at 614-738-4957.
The Port Clinton High School Class of 1967 is holding their 45th year Class Reunion the weekend of Sept. 8 and 9. They will meet up on Friday night, Sept. 7, at Bell Mell’s at 7 p.m. Saturday they will have a table reserved at the Gem Beach Rocks Again event on Saturday, Sept. 8, before heading to the Elks’ Lodge for dinner.
The Port Clinton Kiwanis Club is launching a brand new fundraising event … “An Evening at the Races” on Friday, Oct. 19, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Knight’s of Columbus Hall on Perry Street in downtown Port Clinton. Tickets are on sale for $25 per person, which includes dinner, one drink ticket and lots of betting opportunities. It should be a lot of fun, so put it on your calendar right now. I have tickets available at The Beacon.