Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival is October 12

2012 lighthouse festival 

The Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival, a cherished fall tradition, will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in Lakeside Chautauqua and throughout the Marblehead Peninsula. This free, peninsula-wide event will include a variety of activities for the entire family. The Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival is sponsored by the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Lakeside Chautauqua and Lake Erie Shores & Islands.

Following is a list of events:

Marblehead Lighthouse Tours, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Marblehead Lighthouse State Park (110 Lighthouse Dr., $2/person. Tours of the Marblehead Lighthouse will be given to guests on the day of the festival. The Marblehead Lighthouse, built in 1821, is the second oldest lighthouse on the Great Lakes and the oldest in continuous operation on the Great Lakes. 

Wolcott House (Keeper’s House) Tours, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Wolcott House (9999 East Bayshore Road. The Ottawa County Historical Society will offer free tours of the Wolcott House on the day of the festival. It is one of the oldest surviving homes in Ottawa County and a home to the first three Marblehead Lighthouse keepers.

Live entertainment, 12-3:15 p.m., Hoover Auditorium Porch (115 West Third St.), Lakeside. There will be live entertainment for all ages performed on the Hoover Auditorium porch steps. From 12-1:30 p.m. Lance Horwedel will play acoustic rock music from the 1970s and 1980s. Lakeside favorite Chip Richter will perform a family-friendly show from 1:45-3:15 p.m. 

Pumpkin-Decorating Contest, Drop off 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Hoover Auditorium Lobby. Lakeside’s Pumpkin-Decorating Contest will feature carved, painted and decorated pumpkins. Enter an already carved, painted or decorated pumpkin to receive a 2014 Miniature-Golf Pass. Prizes will be awarded to Most Creative Design Overall, Scariest Design, Best Child Design (age 11 & under), Best Youth Design (ages 12-17), Best Painted Design and Best Use of Props.

Announcement of Pumpkin-Decorating Contest, 3:15 p.m., Hoover Auditorium Porch. Following Chip Richter’s performance, the Pumpkin-Decorating Contest winners will be announced. The child and youth winners will each receive two Orchestra Hall Movie Passes. Winners of the other categories will receive four 2014 Daily Chautauqua Passes. The overall winner will receive four 2014 Daily Chautauqua Passes and a $25 gift certificate to the Hotel Lakeside Café.

Arts & Crafts Vendors in Lakeside, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Wesley Lodge, Wo-Ho-Mis Lodge, South Auditorium & Adjacent Lawn (510 Central Ave.) Organized by the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, there will be more than 80 arts & crafts vendors displaying quality collectibles.

Farmers’ Market, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Walnut Avenue (between Second & Third Streets), Lakeside. Local farmers will sell vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, pumpkins, jams and baked goods. Eco-friendly bags are available for purchase at the Lakeside Chautauqua Office for $1.

Free Corn Hole, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Walnut Avenue (between Third & Fourth Streets). Corn Hole will be set up on Walnut Avenue for all to play.

Free Lakeside Golf Cart Shuttle Service, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Lakeside Grounds.Complimentary golf cart shuttle service will be provided throughout the Lakeside grounds. Shuttle stops will be located at the Welcome Center, Wo-Ho-Mis Lodge, Third Street/Central Avenue, Orchestra Hall, Hotel Lakeside and Fifth Street/Walnut Avenue.

Heritage Hall Museum open, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 238 Maple Ave., Lakeside. The unique history of Lakeside and the Marblehead Peninsula is preserved and exhibited in Heritage Hall Museum. Displays include photographs, memorabilia and antiques from Lakeside, Marblehead and Danbury. The museum gift shop will also be open with 2014 Lakeside wall calendars available for purchase.

Sailboat Rides with B-About Sail Ministry (for ages 10 & older), 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Departs from Pavilion/Lakeside Dock (Sign-up starts at 9 a.m.).B-About Sail Ministry will provide sailboat rides with Captain Chad on the sailboat, Journey. The 40-minute long rides will travel to the Marblehead Lighthouse and back to Lakeside. Passengers must be age 10 & older. Life jackets will be provided. Each ride accommodates 15 passengers. The rides are donation only.

Free Historic Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m. Meet at Heritage Hall Museum (238 Maple Ave.), Lakeside. While on the grounds, discover Lakeside’s rich history by taking a 90-minute guided walking tour through the fall foliage and past the Victorian cottages.

Children’s Crafts, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Walnut Avenue (between Third & Fourth Streets), Lakeside. $4/child. Children will have the opportunity to participate in several fall-themed crafts.

Free Miniature Golf & Shuffleboard, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Central Park, Lakeside.Enjoy a free game of miniature golf or shuffleboard in Central Park.

Hayrides, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Departs from Hotel Lakeside (115 Maple Ave.), Lakeside. $1/person. Hayrides throughout Lakeside will be provided by the McClung family of My Mother’s Market, a local Farmers’ Market vendor.

Family Movie: “Planes” (PG), 4 p.m. & 8 p.m., Orchestra Hall (122 Second St.), Lakeside.$6/adult, $3/child-age 12 & under.“Planes” is a 2013 computer-animated adventure starring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a fast-flying crop duster who dreams of competing in the most exhilarating around-the-world race. The only problem is Dusty’s fear of heights and his inability to race. Luckily, Dusty has a mentor, Skipper (voice of Stacy Keach), who is an encouraging buddy that helps him to qualify for the competition. The defending champ of the race, Ripslinger (voice of Roger Craig Smith), begins to be intimidated by Dusty because of his speed and sportsmanship. The real question is, will Dusty get over his fear’s and win the race? (92 mins)

Shopping & dining. Businesses will be open throughout Lakeside Chautauqua and the Marblehead Peninsula offering sales and specials. In addition to local restaurants being open throughout Lakeside and the Marblehead Peninsula, food will be served from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at various locations in Lakeside Chautauqua. 

Food by Lakeside United Methodist Men, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Walnut Avenue (between Second & Third Streets), Lakeside. Enjoy brats, pulled pork, chips, soft drinks and cookies. Proceeds benefit the Lakeside United Methodist Church mission projects. 

Food by Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Wesley Lodge (510 Central Ave.), Lakeside. Feast on hot dogs, chili dogs, Sloppy Joes, pulled pork, lobster bisque, soft drinks and desserts. Proceeds benefit the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival.

Fall weekend Getaway Special at Fountain Inn. Stay two nights and receive 50% off your entire stay, available Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12. Continental breakfast is complimentary with each reservation. To book your stay, contact 419.798.4461, ext. 230 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This rate can also be accessed online 24/7 by using the promocode: FALLFEST13. Available for standard rooms only – suites excluded.


Lakeside Chautauqua would like to invite volunteers to assist at the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Volunteers are needed for set-up, children’s crafts, shuttle service, children’s inflatable area, Lakeside booths at Wesley Lodge and Walnut Avenue, Sailboat Ride booth and cleanup. Volunteers are not required to work the entire day, as shifts will be available. To volunteer, contact (419) 798-4461, ext. 248 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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