Another big weekend here, with the Apple Festival in Oak Harbor and the Lighthouse Festival in Marblehead and Lakeside.
Our friends at Habitat for Humanity will once again have a booth at the Apple Festival. By popular demand, the Penta-FFA members have built picnic tables for their annual fundraiser raffle. There will be a table for OSU fans, one for Michigan fans and a children’s “L’il Rocket Table. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. The drawing will be held on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m.
The Portage Re-Sale Center is now accepting donations. As we have reported earlier, they moved their operations into the old Heinemann Distribution Center on West Second Street in Port Clinton. They now have a bunch more room for more enjoyable shopping. I have purchased a number of items there, and they really are of high quality. The facility is still under construction, but they hope to be open by Nov. 1.
Our Find Wylie winner is Mike Chervenak from Cleveland who was among 194 contestants who found Wylie hiding in the ad for Bassett’s Market on page 3A in last week’s Beacon. “Mikey” wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. 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.
It is really going to be a “Special Event” when famed Nashville songwriter and artist, Richard Leigh comes to The Listening Room in Port Clinton next weekend, Oct. 19 and 20. He is a three-time Grammy winner who penned the Crystal Gayle song “Don’t it make my Brown Eyes Blue”, along with many other famous hit tunes. He has had 8 #1 singles and his songs have sold over 50 million recordings. He is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. There will be two shows nightly and reservations are recommended by calling 419-734-7050.
Friday night is also the Homecoming at PCHS. The local Girl Scouts, much like their Oak Harbor counterparts did last Friday, are holding a “Pack-a-Pickup” food drive, hoping the fill the bed of a pickup truck with canned or boxed non-perishable food items. The Port Clinton event ends Friday night at the PC Homecoming game. You can also drop off a food donation at the Commodore Perry Credit Union on Fremont Rd., The Community Market on Maple St., Bayside Comfort and Heating in Marblehead or the Woodforest Bank in Wal Mart. The food will be delivered to the Ottawa County Job & Family Services food bank on Monday. Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation can call local Girl Scout leader Heidy Blohm at 419-341-1029.
The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council will be hosting their 5th Artist Retrospective this Sunday, Oct. 14, from 1-4 p.m. at the Island House Hotel, featuring award-winning artist Rick Dziak. Rick has won numerous awards for his artwork, including the prestigious Signature Status in Oil Painters of America. This recognition has only been awarded to one other artist in Ohio.
Pianist James D’Leon will present a piano workshop on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. at Firelands Presbyterian Church, 2626 E. Harbor Rd. D’Leon has won top honors in the New York International Piano Competition that led to his debut recital at Carnegie Hall. He also received the gold medal at the New Orleans International Piano Competition. Also, piano students may sign up for his workshop by calling Kay McIntosh at 440-725-1546. The cost of the workshop is $10. Students will be admitted free to Dr. D’Leon’s Oct. 13 concert at 7:30 p.m. at Firelands Presbyterian Church. The concert and workshop are sponsored by Jay and Margaret Mann.
P.E.O. Chapter AI will hold its annual Rummage Sale at St. Thomas Episcopal Church Guild Hall, 214 E. Second St., this Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon. There will be a good selection of gently used clothing, household items, linens, toys and much more. All proceeds benefit the scholarship fund and many educational philanthropic activities, including student loans, grants and scholar awards, all of which have helped many local women.
Tickets are now available for the St. Joseph/Marblehead Knights of Columbus Clam Bake and Chicken Dinner to be held Saturday, Oct. 20, from 5- 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph's Church Hall on Barclay St. in Marblehead. This year’s clambake will benefit The Danbury Food Pantry. The pantry provides monthly supplemental groceries for low income families in Danbury Township, and also emergency groceries as needed. Distribution is held on the third Saturday of the month at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Hall. This year the pantry has served an average of 52 families (up from last year) per month. The need was higher for this past summer as well. Tickets are $9.95 for a chicken dinner only, and $19.95 for the clambake which includes: 1 dozen clams, 1/2 chicken, sweet potato, corn on the cob & beverage. Extra clams will be available for purchase as well for $10.00 a dozen. The chicken dinner includes everything included in the clambake, less the clams. Tickets can be purchased through Oct. 15by calling Bob Wisniewski @ 419 734 5018 or Rich Kulaga @ 419 732 7014.
Orders for Lakeside United Methodist Church’s Annual Apple Dumpling Sale that we told you about last week may be picked up on Thursday, Oct. 11 or Friday, Oct. 12 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. or on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon. The Church is located at 450 Central Ave. in Lakeside.
The Ottawa County Genealogical Society will meet this Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. at Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton. The speaker will be Kelleys Island historian and author Leslie Korenko, who will give a program on the Island’s history. Guests are welcome.