Progressive Cleveland Boat Show

January 17 – 21, 2019 at the I-X Center in Cleveland

A Lake Erie tradition for over 60 years, the Progressive Cleveland Boat Show is where you can experience your summer fun to come! Formerly called “the Mid-America Boat Show”, today’s Cleveland Boat Show reflects the excitement and growth of our great North Coast Ohio cities along our beautiful Great Lake Erie.

Crews Nest

One of the most popular parts of the show is Put-in-Bay night. Put-in-Bay Night features live music from island entertainers such as Ray Fogg and Westside Steve and will be Thursday, January 17. Come join us for some lobster bisque (courtesy of the Boardwalk), and a few beverages in the “mobile Round House Bar”.

Fishing, sailing, cruising, jet-skiing, or wakeboarding… the Boat Show has something for you! The Progressive Cleveland Boat Show has boats of all shapes and sizes in the 2019 show!

Mid-America Boat Show

Show Dates and Times

Thursday, January 17: Noon – 9 PM [aka Put-in-Bay night]
Friday, January 18: Noon – 9 PM
Saturday, January 19: 10 AM – 9 PM
Sunday, January 20: 10 AM – 6 PM
Monday, January 21: 10 AM – 5 PM

Tickets are on sale now. Visit to purchase tickets to the show. The show is located at I-X Center Dr, Cleveland, OH 44135, United States

South Bass Island and the War of 1812

South Bass Island (also known as Put-in-Bay) played an important part in our country’s development. According to many historians, events that occurred on Put-in-Bay were responsible for America’s survival. If American forces didn’t prevail at the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812, our country might not even exist today, and people wouldn’t be able to stay at the fine Put-in-Bay resort hotels and Home Rentals.

Put-in-Bay and the Second War of Independence

Researchers often refer to the War of 1812 as the Second War of Independence. The United States and the British battled for two years and eight months. The conflict eventually ended in a stalemate. You may be wondering, “What caused the war? And how was Put-in-Bay involved?” Let’s take a look.


Trade Interference

America had become independent from Britain years earlier, but tensions still existed. Back in Europe, across the Atlantic, Britain and France were embattled in the Napoleonic Wars. The United Kingdom wanted to prevent any advantage France might get, so it decided to interfere with trade. How? By going after the United States. British leaders believed that cutting off America’s ability to trade with France and the rest of Europe would harm France’s capacity to fight. So, Britain started to restrict America’s ability to trade by cutting off supplies, placing warships outside major ports, and refusing to allow America to trade with any European countries.

As a response, Congress passed the 1807 Embargo Act and the Non-Intercourse Act of 1809. These allowed free trade during the French-British Napoleonic Wars. But, the British continued to jeopardize the health of American commerce and antagonize the country in other ways.


Indian Attacks and Kidnapping

British aggression continued beyond trade. Britain began to capture U.S. trade ships and forced the sailors to join the Royal Navy. Essentially, these actions were equivalent to kidnapping, slavery, and forced labor.

Additionally, the British encouraged Native American Indians to attack American settlers. It was as though England was operating under the idea that the United States were at war with them. Historians assert that wasn’t the case. After much deliberation and aggravation, American President James Madison believed it was time to declare war on the United Kingdom. He did so on June 18, 1812.


Canada, Detroit, and South Bass Island

The U.S. invaded Canada (a British colony) soon after declaring war on Britain. Popular belief held that the Canadians would welcome American troops and support their “liberators” as friends. That notion proved to be false. The United States suffered an embarrassing defeat because most Canadians were loyal to the British. Shortly after that, Tecumseh, a Native American warrior at odds with America based on previous encounters, and his Shawnee fighters partnered with the British and captured Detroit from the Americans.


The Battle of Lake Erie: A Turning Point at Put-in-Bay

At South Bass Island on September 10, 1813, the turning point in the War of 1812 occurred. Oliver Hazard Perry led nine American ships into combat in the Battle of Lake Erie. His fleet captured six British ships and 306 soldiers. Put-in-Bay was Perry’s operational base, and he was able to lead the Americans to victory from the harbor.


In the Battle of Lake Erie, 27 American and 41 British soldiers died in combat. (Three officers on each side fell in battle.) The soldiers were buried at sea, and the six officers were buried on the island, in a clearing, underneath a sole willow tree. For many years, this “Lone Willow” stood as a reminder of the battle and Commodore Perry’s triumph. Eventually, the famous Victory Monument was built to memorialize the battle. You can read more about the Put-in-Bay monument here.

The Battle of Lake Erie marked pivotal moment in the War of 1812. It prevented Britain from moving toward the central United States along the waterways. Additionally, it allowed American forces to regroup and re-invade Canada. Commodore Perry and General William Henry Harrison used Put-in-Bay to design and carry out their attacks. This time, U.S. forces reclaimed Detroit. They re-entered Canada and overtook the British army (and Tecumseh) at the Battle of Thames. Without their headquarters on South Bass Island, the American forces probably would have lost their momentum in the war.

Put-in-Bay Boat Battle

Trouble on the East Coast

About a year later, the British turned their efforts to the east coast. British troops attacked Washington D.C. and burned down the Capitol and the White House on August 24, 1814. Britain turned its attention to Baltimore a few weeks later. Even though they were greatly outnumbered, American forces held off the British during a three-day fight. It was during this skirmish that Francis Scott Key wrote the poem that became our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”


An Ironic, Final Battle

The British took a different approach in their final attempt to achieve victory. A few months later, on January 8, 1815, they attacked Louisiana and hoped to take control of the New Orleans port. Andrew “Stonewall” Jackson withstood the invasion and forced the British away. The irony surrounding the Battle of New Orleans is that President Madison signed the Treaty of Ghent that ended the war before the battle even took place. But, considering the slow rate at which news traveled, neither American nor British forces in New Orleans learned that the war was over until the battle had ended.


Peace and Hope for Put-in-Bay and Beyond

So, who really won the war? Neither side gained any ground or territories, no borders changed, and the war ended in a stalemate. But, one could argue that both the British and the Americans won because of the enduring peace and hope between the two countries. Since the War of 1812 ended, there has been a lasting peace – a type of peace and hope that one experiences on the Lake Erie Islands. Why not book a stay at the Put-in-Bay hotels, Put-in-Bay cabins, Put-in-Bay rentals, or Put-in-Bay Condos today?

Put in Bay Condos Pool
Put in Bay Condos Pool

Put-in-Bay Island Club Pavilions

The Island Club offers the island’s newest full service indoor/outdoor pavilion space with all lodging and amenities onsite. We have just built two brand new outdoor pavilions behind our big pool. They can easily seat up to 100 guests depending on seating configurations. Enhancements that are coming soon will include roll-down sidings to enclose the pavilions in case if inclement weather, and a big-screen TV for entertainment and presentations.

Island Club Pavilion Construction
Island Club Pavilion Construction
Island Club Pavilions
Island Club Pavilion Completion

Outdoor pavilions, once wittily referred to as “follies” by the English elite, have endured for hundreds of years around the world. Intended to provide shelter from the elements and comfortable repose, as well as a designated space to entertain guests throughout the seasons, the outdoor pavilion has enjoyed a particularly modish comeback in recent years.

The two pavilions can be combined or separate, so it is perfect for family reunions both big and small… groups… events… and casual meetings! We have an exclusive catering contract with Mr. Ed’s (Cameo Pizza, Salads, Wings, Sandwiches, Drinks, and More!) if your group needs food or snacks. Pizza parties are VERY popular!

Island Club Gazebo 2
Island Club Gazebo 2
Island Club Gazebo 1
Island Club Gazebo 1

“The opening of the new pavilion represents another step in the development of the Island Club Subdivision on South Bass Island (Put-in-Bay) Ohio. The Island CLub was first started many years ago when Paul Jeris and Ed Gudenas created the original development plans for the community. The Pavilion is an important first step towards attracting more family reunions, weddings, and even corporate events to our area. We look forward to the strengthening of the community around this new pavilion and the growth of the Island Club and Put-in-Bay in general.

We are also looking forward towards the installation of new high-speed internet later this year and even more exciting developments next year. These collective efforts all help increase the happiness for tens of thousands of visitors and residents alike. It truly offers a gateway to the outdoor recreation and camaraderie of the new Island Club ‘park’ area,” said Paul Jeris, President of the Island Club Homeowners Association.


Our family reunion and company event planners can assist you in all aspects of coordinating your corporate event, family reunion or wedding. For additional details, please call our main reservation center at 216-898-9951 and we would be glad to complete a proposal specifically for you:

2018 Put-in-Bay Road Race Reunion

Put-in-Bay Road Race Reunion Sports Car Races To Celebrate “Bugeye Sprites” and Porsche

The 2018 Put-in-Bay Road Race Reunion will honor 60 years of the intrepid Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite (introduced in 1958) and Porsche. In 2018, they will be celebrating 70 years of building some of the most desirable cars ever conceived. Strong turnouts for racing and road-going examples of both marquees are anticipated as well as the usual array of vintage sports cars. Examples include Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Austin Mini, MG, Lotus, Morgan, Triumph and others. There is a growing gaggle of vintage open wheel cars also.

Approaching its 10th year, the annual Put-in-Bay Road Race Reunion event has a revised date pattern for 2018. Previously held in late August, the 2018 event has moved to late September (September 24 – 27) with racing to be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 25 and 26, 2018. There was a record entry for the 2017 event. Owner-drivers of more than 100 race cars and some 60 street cars came to play. Now, organizers are expecting a comparable turnout in 2018 despite the date change.

Road Race Reunion Corvette
Road Race Reunion Corvette

“Bugeye Sprites were highly represented in the original 1958 and later races at Put-in-Bay and a variety of Porsches were significant competitors at the original races,” said event founder and race director Jack Woehrle. “Both marquees represent their own brand of durability and competitiveness, so we think it’s quite fitting to honor them for our 10th annual event.” Interested in more Put-in-Bay Events?

Put-in-Bay Racing Today

The modern-day Put-in-Bay sports car races began with a small reunion in 2009. That event marked the beginning of an effort to celebrate the history of small-bore sports car races that were held from 1952 to 1959 and once in 1963 at historic Put-in-Bay. The event has steadily grown and evolved into a substantial annual sports car happening. It is focused around vintage races at the Put-in-Bay Airport featuring the same types of cars that raced on the island back in the day.

Road Race Reunion Marker
Road Race Reunion Marker

Uniquely offering entry options for both racing and non-racing participants, today’s Put-in-Bay Road Race Reunion generally welcomes vintage race prepared pre-1973 production cars. These care are up to 3 liters engine displacement, sports racers up to 1.5 liters and vintage Formula Vees, Formula Juniors and Formula Fords. Entry exceptions are not uncommon! Interested racers of cars outside the normal entry guidelines should reach out to the race director, Jack Woehrle. There is also a limited quantity of non-racing entry options for pre-1964 “Heritage” sports cars and for post-1963 “Guest” street cars.

Tentative 2018 General Schedule of Events for Registered Participants*

Monday, September 24: Arrival day for most participants (although some will likely arrive Sunday or earlier). Registration, race-car tech inspection, afternoon car show and tour of the original course, early-evening wine and cheese reception and “recollections roundtable” presentation. Put-in-Bay Lodging is still available.
Tuesday, September 25: Track orientation for racers followed by practice sessions and group-race qualifying. Lunch-break track touring. Furthermore, early evening rocker cover races will be at The Goat restaurant.
Wednesday, September 26: Two rounds of group races, official opening ceremonies, track touring, and Put-in-Bay Cup race. Food, drink and awards follow at Joe’s Bar.
Thursday, September 27: Farewell morning brunch and departure.

Road Race Reunion Banquet
Road Race Reunion Banquet

*Spectating at many Put-in-Bay Road Races events is free to the public including the races themselves. The car show, viewing the original course tour, and the rocker cover races is also free. Finally, non-participants can enter the rocker cover races this year!


Put-in-Bay Ohio is a nostalgic little tourist town on South Bass Island. Just a short ferry ride off the shore of Cedar Point on Lake Erie near Sandusky, Ohio. Put-in-Bay is a resort community little changed from the 1950s. It’s one of the few places in North America where post-war sports cars raced through towns and countrysides on public roads and where those roads exist today virtually unchanged.

Put in Bay Boating
Put in Bay Boating

For more information, please visit The 2018 event registration is still open for those last minute entries.

Contact Information

Event Coordinator: Manley Ford 734-502-2435
Race Director: Jack Woehrle: 803-463-5388
Car Show Coordinator: Rich Hahn: 216-226-2323
Advertising and Sponsorship: Kurt Niemeyer 513-304-1177
Media Contact: Manley Ford 734-502-2435

Ford Tri-Motor Tour at Put-in-Bay Ohio

Ford Tri-Motor Tour

Recall the energy, passion, and excitement of the Roaring ’20s by flying aboard the Ford Tri-Motor. Known as the first luxury airliner, the Ford Tri-Motor redefined world travel and marked the beginning of commercial flight.

Liberty Air Museum in conjunction with EAA will be flying the TAT Ford Trimotor out of the Put-in-Bay Port Authority Airport for one day only August 6th, 9-5pm.

Ford Tri Motor

The Liberty Aviation Museum has announced a change in location for the original tour stop for August 6th 9am-5pm. We are in the process of turning this one-day tour stop into a dual promotion for the Tri-Motor Heritage Foundation’s 1929 Island Airlines Ford Tri-Motor project. The THF trailer will be there to sell merchandise on the island, with all proceeds benefiting the other Island Airlines Ford Tri-Motor in the museum’s second hangar. Rides will take place between 9am-5pm (weather permitting) at Put-In-Bay airport. We look forward to this tour stop as the beginning of many more future tour stops at the island! Advance tickets* are available at or by calling 1.877.952.5395. The cost is just $75 for adults and $50 for children under 18.

*$5.00 from each seat sold in Liberty Aviation Museum’s 1928 Ford Tri-Motor will go directly to the Tri-Motor Heritage Foundation for the support of the Island Airlines Ford Tri-Motor project. Click on the link below to get your tickets today!

EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor Takes to the Skies! Affectionately known as the “Tin Goose,” this was the largest civilian passenger aircraft of its time. Fly on the Ford August 6th!


Amazing Island Raise – Lake Erie Islands

The 2018 Amazing Island Raise will match local teams of competitors in a race on South Bass Island (aka Put-in-Bay) on Saturday, June 9, challenging mainland racers to gather their friends and compete in this one of a kind Lake Erie Island event.

Teams of four to six adults will battle it out to see which team has what it takes to be the Amazing Raise champion. Teams will ride the Miller Ferry to Put-in- Bay on South Bass Island, where the clues and challenges will take place. Once the winner has been declared, the teams can remain on the Island to enjoy the rest of the day and return on the ferry when they are ready.

Entry Fees

The entry fee of $40 per person will cover the cost of round trip transportation to the island on the Miller Ferry Line, as well as a team t-shirt and food and refreshments at the finale location. The fun will begin when teams gather at 11AM at the Catawba Island docks of the Miller Ferry, which will head to the islands at 12PM. Ferry schedules may vary, so check before arrival.

Competitors must be at least 18 years of age in order to compete. Each team must bring at least one digital camera or smart phone, and wear tennis shoes. Teams will be provided with “The Amazing Raise” team t-shirts, drawstring backpacks and food after the event.

Teams must start planning now, with a registration deadline of May 25, 2018. For more information, contact or visit The first 30 teams to submit their registration will be accepted, so don’t delay in entering this fun competition.

Amazing Raise Benefits

The event will benefit Joyful Connections and CASA, two great child-focused agencies in Ottawa County that advocate for children, providing safe and home-like environments and advocating for children in the juvenile courts.


PUT-IN-BAY, OHIO (April 17, 2018) – If “Life is a Highway,” that highway is leading to Put-in-Bay and Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands this summer thanks to a Grammy-award-winning country music mega-group!

On August 30, Put-in-Bay Ohio will host its second annual Bash on the Bay Country Music Festival featuring Ohio’s own Rascal Flatts! The performance is a part of Rascal Flatts “Back to US” tour.

Bash on the Bay Logo
Bash on the Bay Logo

The festival will take place at the Put-in-Bay Airport. Gates will open at 3 PM. Several bands will play before Rascal Flatts takes the stage, including Chris Lane, The Cory Farley Band and 2 more acts that will be announced soon!

Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday, April 20. through Gate times will be announced soon. Miller Ferry and Jet Express will provide late night boat service to and from Put-in-Bay. Limited car parking will be available and there will be ample parking for golf carts at the airport. After the event taxis and the downtown bus will be staged at the north end of the runway to transport concert attendee’s downtown. Numerous food trucks will be on site with all sorts of menu choices.

Bash on the Bay Acts

Our headlining act this year is Ohio’s own Rascal Flatts! If any act embodies the place to which country music has evolved in the new century, it is Rascal Flatts. Since their inception in 1999, the trio has helped change the face of popular music. Their trademark sound–Gary LeVox’s powerfully emotive lead vocals coupled with the soaring harmonies of Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney, set amid world-class arrangements and production, have made the band the standard bearers for cutting-edge country.

Chris Lane takes the stage right before Rascal Flatts this year. Since releasing the buzzy “Fix,” Lane racked up shout-outs from celebrities such as Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Lucy Hale, Dustin Lynch, Cole Swindell, and more. He landed at No. 1 on Billboard’s Twitter Real-Time Emerging Artist chart the day of release, making the irresistible song one of the most shared tracks on Twitter in the U.S. from an up-and-coming artist. “Fix” shaped Lane’s sonic direction and is the title track of his newly released EP produced by the award-winning Joey Moi.

Cory Farley is one of Nashville’s hottest acts. He was one of the opening acts at last year’s bash and has become the island’s top country act at T&J’s SmokeHouse. His energy radiates throughout all his shows and he brings the same excitement no matter if he is playing down on Broadway or on a little island in the middle of Lake Erie.

Lodging Options and Specials

Island Club House 111
Island Club House 111

1-night Stay on Thursday Aug 30th

12p Waterfront Condo – $650
10p Waterfront Condo – $550
8p Poolview Condo – $400

8p Island Club House – $400
10p Island Club House – $450

3-night Stay on Labor Day Weekend

12p Waterfront Condo – $2100
10p Waterfront Condo – $1800
8p Poolview Condo – $1200

8p Island Club House – $1300
10p Island Club House – $1600

Call 216-898-9951 for reserving one of these lodging specials and/or more information. (PLEASE NOTE… tickets are NOT included in the lodging prices above! Tickets and packages are only for sale via

Put-in-Bay SUmmer Boating
Put-in-Bay Summer Boating

The Ultimate Rascal Flatts Experience

Are you a super fan and want to experience Rascal Flatts in a new way? Choose one of these two ticket packages on (PLEASE NOTE… tickets are NOT included in the lodging prices above! Tickets and packages are only for sale via

Take Me There VIP Experience

One (1) VIP Ticket to the Bash on the Bay Festival, which includes access to the Festival’s VIP section, private VIP bathrooms, food trucks and bars*
A backstage tour! Go behind the scenes of Rascal Flatts’ production to see what it takes to make it all come to life each night!
On stage individual and group photos taken by your VIP Host
An acoustic performance and Q&A session with Rascal Flatts**
Exclusive pre-show access to the Summer Nights Lounge with cash bar
Limited edition Rascal Flatts gift item (exclusive to VIPs)
Commemorative Summer Nights Lounge VIP laminate
Crowd-free merchandise shopping
Dedicated VIP check in
On-site VIP concierge
*See seating chart for exact location
**Please note, Rascal Flatts’ acoustic performance and Q&A may overlap with the openers in the main show.

Summer Nights Lounge VIP Package

One (1) VIP Ticket to the Bash on the Bay Festival, which includes access to the Festival’s VIP section, private VIP bathrooms, food trucks and bars*
An acoustic performance and Q&A session with Rascal Flatts**
Exclusive pre-show access to the Summer Nights Lounge with cash bar
Limited edition Rascal Flatts gift item (exclusive to VIPs)
Commemorative Summer Nights Lounge VIP laminate
Crowd-free merchandise shopping
Dedicated VIP check in
On-site VIP concierge
*See seating chart for exact location
**Please note, Rascal Flatts’ acoustic performance and Q&A may overlap with the openers in the main show.

Applications Are Open for Stone Lab 2018 Classes

PUT-IN-BAY – Applications are open now for 2018 classes for high school students, college students, teachers and the public at Stone Laboratory, The Ohio State University’s island campus on Lake Erie.

Students can earn two college credits in one week or four credits in five weeks in summer science classes on subjects such as aquatic biology, behavioral ecology and field zoology. Credits are transferable to most U.S. colleges.

New to Stone Lab this year is Water Quality Management, a one-week, 2-credit upper level course exploring the physical, chemical and biological aspects of water quality.

A full course listing is available at, and students may apply at Applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more info, please visit

More Toby Keith Concert Updates!

The Miller Ferry has updated our island businesses with fresh Toby Keith information for the big Put-in-Bay concert…

Where to Purchase Advance Miller Ferry Passenger Tickets:

  • Passenger Tickets can be purchased at the Catawba Ticket Booth & used any time during the Miller Ferry 2017 Season.
  • Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center, GPS: 770 SE Catawba Rd. (SR 53), Port Clinton, OH 43452.
  • Toby Keith tickets can also be purchased the day of concert at either location listed above.

Miller Ferry Schedule for August 31, 2017:

  • Later ferries will run Leaving Put-in-Bay at 8:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., and starting at 10:00 p.m. ferries will run every twenty minutes until all passengers in line are returned to the mainland with 1:00 a.m. being the last passenger ferry. We suggest heading directly back to the dock after the concert.
  • Additional ferries will run throughout the day to provide more frequent service to Put-in-Bay. Expect higher than usual passenger traffic which will limit vehicles that are staying the night/weekend.
  • The Catawba ticket booth will remain open until 11:00 pm for regular traffic coming to Put-in-Bay for Toby Keith.
  • NO Same Day Round Trip Vehicles on Thursday, August 31.

Miller Ferry Parking Information:

  • Miller Ferry offers five free parking lots.
  • Free Satellite Parking with $5 Shuttle Service will be at GPS: 3072 NE Catawba Rd, Port Clinton, OH 43452.
  • Pay parking will also be available near the Miller ferry dock.
  • We strongly suggest car pooling to the Toby Keith concert.

Traffic & Security Information:

  • On Catawba, State Highway Patrol & local police will be present & also help direct traffic.
  • On Put-in-Bay, vehicle traffic will be detoured around Put-in-Bay Airport. Langram Road will be open between Put-in-Bay Rd. & Meechen Rd. to foot traffic only.
  • There will be additional lighting on Miller Ferry Catawba, Lime Kiln Dock & Langram Road between the Put-in-Bay Airport & the Miller Ferry Lime Kiln Dock.
  • Porta Potties will be provided on both Miller Ferry Catawba & Put-in-Bay dock.

Miller Ferry Dock Locations:

  • Catawba (Mainland) GPS: 5174 E. Water St., Port Clinton, OH 43452
  • Put-in-Bay, Lime Kiln Dock (Island) GPS: 2190 Langram Rd., Put-in-Bay, OH 43456

Toby Keith Lodging Reservations:

Furthermore, we have a full staff that can help you find the perfect accommodations. If the condo isn’t the best fit, we have access to over 70 additional properties and can recommend hotels and provide general information.

Phone: 216-898-1105

Email: or visit Our Online Booking Page

Put-In-Bay Maritime Celebration & Mayfly Festival

—- Put-In-Bay Maritime Celebration —-

This is a celebration of the past and present of maritime at Put in Bay Ohio. Plan on bringing Dad to Put-in-Bay to celebrate Fathers Day at the Maritime Celebration’s Kids Day on Sunday, June, 18th! Hands-on educational activites, arts & crafts and live demonstrations. Fun for the entire family! We will welcome the US Brig Niagara to the Jet Express dock in downtown Put-in-Bay. See what makes Put-in-Bay such a fun port of call for the entire family as we welcome the US Brig Niagara for the 3rd Annual Put-in-Bay Maritime Celebration. The Niagara’s visit is sponsored by the Put-in-Bay Jet Express and Put-in-Bay Winery. Program funded by the NPS Foundation brings elementary aged children to Put-in-Bay to learn about boats, sailing and maritime oriented skills.

The Maritime event takes place the third weekend in June each year. This year the Put-in-Bay Maritime Celebration will be held June 16-18 and will encompass the visit of the US Brig Niagara as well as the Mayfly Fest, and educational and public service programs. The Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce is hosting the event in partnership with the Perry Group, the Lake Erie Islands Historical Museum, and Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial. The Niagara is scheduled to arrive on Friday, June 16, weather permitting, and will offer dockside tours on Friday from 11am to 5pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 7pm.

Tickets can be purchased at Fox’s Dock where Niagara is berthed. Tours of the USS Brig Niagara on Saturday and Sunday, $7 Adult and $5 Children. The Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce will be selling tickets for a late afternoon Day Sail aboard Niagara, from 3pm to 8pm. Tickets are $100 per person for the five-hour sailing experience aboard the square-rigger. This is a hands on sail experience for ages 12 yrs and up. Tickets will also be sold for a dockside reception aboard Niagara on Friday evening, June 16. Ticket holders will be treated to appetizers and cold beverages, and will be able to tour Niagara and talk with the brig’s crew.

—- 6th Annual Mayfly Festival —-

History gets a little watery on Saturday, June 17th, at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial when we turn our attention from the Battle itself to the Lake. The National Park Service site is hosting its 6th annual “Return of the Mayfly” festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Return of the Mayfly is a free event that gives adults and children alike the opportunity to learn about our fascinating friend, the mayfly and his ecological counterpart in Lake Erie… the fish.

Events and activities will focus on the Lake Erie ecosystem and some of our favorite critters will be here, the mayflies! Our annual Mayfly Fest honors those pesky insects we all love to hate. Yet, mayflies play such an important role in the local ecology and in determining the health of Lake Erie that they deserve our respect and understanding.

This year’s activities will again include a variety of fun science based activities. Visitors will have the opportunity to study mayflies with some student volunteers using viewing scopes provided by Ohio State University Stone Laboratory. Fish, snakes, and mayflies will be in attendance. Children may participate in the ever popular “Build-A-Bug” and “Bug Mask” crafts. Fishing, Ichthyology and Invasive Species Ranger Programs will provide kids with the opportunity to see and understand some interesting critters and plant species. Plus, some of our park rangers will help children discover the effects of pollution using hands-on water quality testing.

Admission is free.

More about the mayfly:

  • Mayflies are insects abundant throughout the world and spend almost their entire lives in lakes or streams.
  • As adults, they survive a short time — anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days.
  • Mayflies primarily become adults to procreate.
  • Mayfly eggs, primarily found in fresh bodies of water, can live underwater for up to five years.
  • The average mayfly’s length ranges anywhere from one-fourth of 1 inch to 1 inch.
  • A mayfly is also known as a dun, fishfly, shadfly and June bug.
  • Mayflies are not harmful nor are they poisonous. There’s no threat of infection with them.
  • Mayflies have neither mouths nor digestive tracks.
  • Mayflies don’t have mouths nor digestive tracks.