Fish, brats, ribs, music and Browns

The Port Clinton Knights of Columbus will continue their Summer Fish Fry this Friday, June 14, at the Denny Bergeman Memorial K of C Hall, 109 E Perry Street. The fish fries are held the second Friday of every month during the summer from 5 to 7:30 p.m. They have your favorite Lake Erie Perch, Shrimp and ALL YOU CAN EAT Pollock Dinners. They also serve French fries, baked potato, Pierogi, coleslaw, mac & cheese, roll and all the fixings. Sandwich platters and desserts are also available. 

The Humane Society of Ottawa County hopes you’ll join them to help the animals this Saturday, June 15, inside the fort at Fort Firelands Family Fun Center located at the junction of State Routes 163 and 269. The festivities get underway at 3 p.m. with the Ottawa County Bluegrass Band providing the music. There will be children and adult games for all to enjoy, 50/50 raffles, a Chinese Auction, brats and hot dogs. What’s more? Admission is FREE! This will be a family and pet friendly event. Adoptable pets from the shelter will also be there. 100% of the proceeds benefit the animals at the local shelter. 

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Joan Hoffman of Castalia who was one of 147 individuals who found your friendly fish hiding in the ad for The Friendship Store on page 1C in last week’s Beacon. Joan wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll definitely 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, 

The Lake Erie Islands Browns Backers will hold their 10th Annual Rib Burn Off this Saturday, June 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Adventure Bay and the Sand Bar on Put-in-Bay. Area restaurants will be competing for the best ribs on the Island. Cleveland Browns players John Hughes and Ishmaa’ily Kitchen will be will be there signing autographs. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 6-10 and free for youngsters 6 and under. Admission includes being able to meet the players and a chance to bid on the Cleveland Brown silent auction items. Ribs, side dishes and beverages are sold separately. For more information, contact club secretary Kelly Mohn at 419-341-2976. 

The Ottawa County Genealogical Society will hold its monthly June meeting this Tuesday, June 18, at 7 p.m. at Ida Rupp Public Library, 310 Madison Street in Port Clinton. Marj Waterhouse, certified genealogist and author from Toledo, will present the program “Records for Those Who Worked on the WPA”. All members and guests are invited. 

Today, Thursday, June 13, will be the very special Open House and Ribbon Cutting at the Lake Erie Shores and Islands Regional Welcome Center on SR 53 (770 SE Catawba Rd.) celebrating the 10th year anniversary of the facility. They will have an evening of remembrance and fellowship with refreshments to be served from 5-7 p.m. There will be a brief program at 6 p.m. 

Former NCAA Coach and current ESPN analyst Bruce Pearl will be visiting Port Clinton and the Friendship Food Stores today, Thursday, June 13. Bruce will speak at the Port Clinton basketball camp followed by a meet & greet at the Friendship Food Stores on Perry Street from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Stop by and say hello.

Amateur Performers are needed for the Marblehead International Festival on August 17. For more information, call Tomi Johnson at 419-798-5132.

The North Coast Concert Band, which features a good number of local musicians, will be performing at the foot of Jefferson Street in Port Clinton on Sunday, June 23, at 7 p.m. The local musicians include Janet Gray and Jean McGraw on Flute, Catherine Lewis on Bassoon, Bill Bergman and Ken McFarlan on Clarinet, Amanda Berlin and Marge Whiting on Trumpet, Jane Winters on French Horn and John Lesniewicz on Drums and Percussion Instruments. 

Port Clinton High School is hosting the 2013 Port Clinton Open Tennis Tournament on June 29 and 30. Cost of the Tournament is $15 per player, plus one can of tennis balls for one event or $25 per player for two events plus one can of tennis balls. There is a 2-match guarantee. A registration form can be picked up at the main office at Port Clinton High School or downloaded at Deadline for entering is Monday, June 24. For more information call 419-202-2671. 

I got a very nice note from Stacey Karshuk from Faith United Methodist Church in Port Clinton who told me about their 4th Annual Fabulous Flea Market and Artists/Crafters Show at Lakeview Park on Saturday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over 100 vendors will be there. Community Market will be grilling food, Underwood’s Grill will serve ice cream and Newman’s Kettle Corn will be there popping their delicious corn. Stacey is putting this together in honor of the years of service given by the ladies of Faith United Methodist and their 4th Friday Luncheons which we used to publicize in this column religiously, so to speak. Proceeds of this event will go to several non-profits including Salvation Army and Ruth Ann’s House. 

Monday, June 24, is the date of the 24th Annual Chick Schaffner Memorial Charity Golf Classic at Catawba Island Club. Last year we raised over $25,000 for the American Heart Association and Stein Hospice. This year, we hope to do even better. Once again, the price is $600 per team; with shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Lunch between the end of morning play and the beginning of afternoon play is included, along with a great buffet dinner at CIC afterward. For more information on registering, contact Bonnie Knepper at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or Amy Skolnik at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mark Thursday, June 20,  down on your calendar for a gala Wine Tasting Kickoff Party for the 6th Annual Catawba/Marblehead Parade of Homes at Mon Ami from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be several local wine distributors in attendance along with hors d’oeuvres and a band in the Chalet, all for just $10. Tickets are available at The Beacon office or at the Salvation Army Office in the Sutton Center. The actual Parade of Homes will be happening that weekend, June 22 and 23. Another commercial to once again prove that I have a “face for radio” will begin airing soon on Channel 13, the ABC affiliate in Toledo.

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