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June at Put-in-Bay packed with family fun!


June full of activities at Put-in-Bay

June is a busy month on Put-in-Bay with a totally new celebration for Founders Day this year on Sunday, June 14, the Annual Browns Backers Rib Burn-off on June 20 and the 16th annual 5-Iron Golf Classic sponsored by EZ-GO Golf Carts the following day, Sunday, June 21 and GREAT hotel specials all month long!

The Put-in-Bay Resort with it's award winning heated pool with swim up bar, Bay Lodging Resort featuring the islands only indoor outdoor pool, and the Edgewater Hotel on the main strip across from the waterfront have teamed up with the Jet Express the islands ONLY direct downtown ferry service to bring you a great money saving package for a family getaway to Put-in-Bay.

Your package includes:

A room that sleeps up to 4 people or 6 people

FREE breakfast for your entire group at the Put-in-Bay Resort

A FREE overnight golf cart rental

Over $100.00 in discount coupons for the islands favorite restaurants and attractions when you purchase your Jet Express tickets to Put-in-Bay from either the Port Clinton or Sandusky departure points!

Rooms that sleep 4 are $159 ( A $260.00 package Value)

Rooms that sleep 6 are $199 ( A $310.00 package Value)

Rooms and suites are limited! This Special is available Sunday thru Thursday nights in May thru July 1st. To make your reservations call the Put-in-Bay Reservation Center at 888-742-7829

Founders Day will under go a name change as we honor Jose DeRivera for his many contributions to our island community. More activities for the kids have been added along with the traditional island flea market, the Hog Roasters famous Ox Roast and those giant strawberry shortcakes whipped up by members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

The biggest undertaking in some time, however, comes the weekend of June 26 when Put-in-Bay Pirate Fest gets underway with the return of the U.S. Brig Niagara.

The Niagara will sail into port here on Thursday, June 25, and the public is invited to a picnic in DeRivera Park to meet the Captain and Crew of Niagara, from 6 to 8 p.m. The Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Buearu in partnership with Pepsi America, The Perry Group and Perry’s victory & International Peace Memorial will host this potluck.

Burgers and hot dogs will be provided along with paper products, soft drinks and water. We ask that you bring a dish to share and some good old island hospitality.

Pirate Fest begins Friday, June 26, with the “Pirate Invasion” at 4 p.m. The Pirates will be sailing into port as the Brig Niagara departs Fox’s Dock (Jet Express Dock) for their 4 to 9 p.m. training sail around the islands. Knock the dust off your dreads and pieces of eight and meet downtown on Fox’s dock for the dramatic developments.

A Mayor’s Decree will officially open Put-in-Bay Pirate Fest activites as soon as the seafarers swarm the island. We may have to call in re-enforcements from Perry’s Victory to protect the women and children.

Event chairmen Teri Winchester and her grown up Pirate, Ty Winchester, will be dropping by island businesses asking them to fly the skull and crossbones for the weekend’s activities. There are also plans for treasure hunts on Friday.

Saturday there will be a Pirate Marketplace in DeRivera Park. Captain Jack Sparrow, okay the guy who on the Jack Sparrow look-a-like contest sponsored by Disney, will be here with some of his mates from noon-4 p.m. and they plan to demonstrate the fine art of sword fighting .

A walking parade will follow with a Costume Contest for the kids, adults and groups with prizes for the most pirate-y costumes. Register at the chamber office at the Depot, on-line at visitputinbay.com or at the pirate marketplace the day of the event.

There are also plans to storm several ferry boats, meet Captain Morgan and the Morganettes and have an opportunity to have your photo taken with some of the costumed characters.

Saturday evening, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. the Perry Group and Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial will host an 1812 Living History aboard Niagara. Re-enactors will give music, dance and cooking demonstrations from the 1812 period.

This event will take place on Fox’s Dock and aboard Niagara. Appetizers and soft drinks will be provided. All the proceeds from this event will benefit the community Bicentennial Commission for activies during the biecentennial of the Battle of Lake Erie Islands Historical Museum beginning June 5.

Sunday the Pirate Marketplace will be open and there will be activities for the kids and hopefully a visit from “Pirate Pete” who teaches kids about safe boating and safety around the water. There are also plans for a cardboard regatta.
On Monday, a fundraiser that includes the “Pirate’s Trail,” “Walking the Plank” and a dinner Cruise are scheduled along with the official closing ceremonies.

The Niagara will conduct “Day Sails” on June 26, 27 and 28, and give tours of the ships well.

For more information about these events and to book your family vacation call the Put-in-Bay Reservation Center at 1-888-742-7829

Put-in-Bay is a popular vacation spot just 2 miles offshore of mainland Northwest Ohio in Lake Erie. While "Put-in-Bay" is technically the name of the village on South Bass Island, the name commonly is inadvertently used to refer to the entire island. A summer resort since the mid-1800's, the village can be considered the hub of tourism among the Lake Erie Islands, with its numerous taverns, wineries, restaurants, waterfront condos, rental homes, and hotels.