Bluegrass Jam at Erie Ottawa Regional Airport

On Saturday evening the main hangar at Erie Ottawa Regional Airport in Port Clinton was transformed to an entertainment venue. The Ottawa County Bluegrass filled the newly-refurbished hangar with music that was appreciated by a full house of listeners of all ages.


Amazing Kite Flight on July 7

The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council (GPCAAC) is hosting their 5th Annual Amazing Kite Flight at Waterworks Park/Derby Pond from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 7. The Windjammers, an international stunt kite flying team from Detroit will be featured. All are invited to bring their favorite kite or to join members of the Art Council in making their own kite that is guaranteed to fly.  The PC Rotary Perch Wagon will be on hand offering their famous “Hook, Line ‘n Sinker” sandwich as well other items.


A reunion 100 years in the making

Bellevue quarterback Josh McNeely, Michael Rockne, Charles Dorais, Perkins quarterback David Doster.

History was made Friday at Cedar Point as relatives of college football legends Knute Rockne and Gus Dorais joined park officials to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the perfection of the forward pass on the Cedar Point Beach. In 1913, both Rockne and Dorais worked at Cedar Point and during their free time they practiced the forward pass, an innovation in college football that would help propel Notre Dame over the heavily-favored Army team that fall and into national prominence.  Michael Rockne, great grandson of Knute Rockne and Charles Dorais, great grandson of Gus Dorais, reenacted the event at the historic park.  



Huron Boat Basin events

Huron Boat Basin offers transient and resident dockage plus a variety of events throughout the summer and fall. 

Movies by the River on Wednesday evenings begin at dusk. On July 17 the movie is Madagascar 3; July 24, How the Grinch Stole Christmas; July 31, The Pirates: Band of Misfits; Aug. 7, The Smurfs; Aug. 14, The Goonies. 

Every Thursday from July 18-Oct. 24, there is a Farmer’s Market from 3:30-6:30 p.m.


Dancing with Mayflies

The Dancing with Mayflies Art Walk that took place downtown Port Clinton on Thursday, June 27, featured art, music and dancing. Vendors offered art from prints to jewelry. Music from two live bands filled the air with music downtown as people walked about looking at the art. A severe thunderstorm ended the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council sponsored Art Walk a little early, but the gray skies didn’t keep people from coming out to dance with the mayflies.


National Match Spectator Events

The National Matches at Camp Perry are open to the public from July 8-Aug. 14. While shooting sports are not always easy to follow due to their individual nature, there are still plenty of opportunities for shooting fans and the general public to see and experience the color and fanfare of contemporary marksmanship. Below is a list of events that you may wish to attend. 

Camp Perry, home of the National Matches, is six miles west of Port Clinton on the shore of Lake Erie. It’s an Ohio National Guard training site that is open, with the exception of the actual firing areas, for you to explore and learn about its history and purpose. During the National Matches, spectators are welcome to bring their spotting scopes or binoculars to the ready line behind the competitors to get a bird’s eye view of the matches. If you know what match you’d like to watch, simply review the match program and schedule that is posted on the CMP website.

Safety is the highest priority of all shooting events and clear and understandable announcements are made near the firing line throughout the matches. If ever in question, feel free to ask one of the many soldiers or range personnel for assistance and they will be glad to help.


The Fourth of July in Lakeside

Lakeside Chautauqua’s Fourth of July celebration begins at 10 a.m. with the Children’s Bike Parade in Perry Park. Participants of all ages should arrive early with an already-decorated bike. 

Following the bike parade will be the Fourth of July Float Parade at 10:15 a.m. Both parades will travel east to west on Second Street. Spectators are invited to dress patriotically as part of this Lakeside holiday tradition. The Grand Marshal for the float parade will be Chip Richter, who, along with his family, has coordinated Lakeside’s God Squad program for the past 18 years.

A Fourth of July cookout will take place from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Hotel Lakeside lawn. Meals will include a hamburger, BBQ pork or brat, potato salad, chips and a cookie for $7. Water and pop will be sold for $1.

Central Ohio Brass Band (COBB) will perform from 6-8 p.m. at the Steele Memorial Bandstand (Central Park Gazebo), offering a selection of familiar patriotic tunes. COBB formed in 1989 as the Ohio Collegiate Brass Band with a mission “to promote the Brass Band tradition through excellent artistic and educational performances for musicians and communities.”



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Jul-Aug, Mon-Fri

Wolcott House Tours, Wolcott House, Marblehead

Jul-Aug, Tues-Sat

Daytime Island Hopping Cruise, Jackson St. Pier, Sandusky

Jul 1-Aug 2, Mon-Fri

Marblehead Lighthouse Tour, Marblehead Lighthouse, Marblehead

Jul-Aug, Tuesdays

Tuesday Evening Sunset Cruise, Jackson St. Pier, Sandusky

Jul-Aug Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m.

Yoga on the Beach, Gem Beach, Port Clinton


Organization is the Key to Success

For as long as I can remember, my grandmother used to say, “Everything has a place and everything goes in its place”. She’s gone now, but those words still echo in my head as if she were saying them to me out loud today.  

Wait a minute; this is a fishing report column. How will being organized help put more fish in the boat? The answer is simple. It won’t. But it will make your time on the water much more enjoyable and stress free. And it will greatly improve your chances of success. 

For example, let’s say you hear them chatting on the marine radio about a lure that is out producing everything else on a particular day. You know you have one on the boat, but can’t remember where you put it. If you have to spend a lot of time searching for that lure, then you’re wasting time that could be spent with baits in the water catching fish, and your stress levels will rise.

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