This is it! The Catawba/Marblehead Parade of Homes is this coming weekend. Be sure to check out our 40-page special section inserted into this week’s Beacon for all the particulars. Extra copies will be available at the Lake Erie Shores and Islands Visitor’s Center and at Bassett’s Market. It all kicks off Thursday night at the Crow’s Nest on Ohio 269 N. on Marblehead from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a special wine tasting and lots of hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door. We have a tremendous group of developments in our area that will have some fantastic condos, villas, etc. on display. Hours of the tour are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 on Sunday.
That was quite a storm that blew through Catawba and Marblehead on Sunday afternoon. We live in the Island Pines subdivision on Catawba which was hard hit. We lost a number of those large, beautiful pine trees that line the street, as did many of our neighbors. Then, as happened in many neighborhoods on Catawba, the neighbors all got together with work gloves and chainsaws and the street was cleared before darkness fell on Sunday.
Our Find Wylie winner this week is Phil Adkins from Port Clinton who was among the 127 contestants who found Wylie in the ad for Community Market on page 7A in last week’s Beacon. Phil wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll 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: www.thebeacon.net.
The annual “41-82” Fishing Tournament is this Sunday, July 8, and sponsored by a whole host of Marblehead and Catawba Island folks. According to the entry form, “This Tournament has been established for the purpose of bringing people together to celebrate good times on Lake Erie and to promote fun, recreational fishing as well as community involvement in the protection of those waters we sometimes take for granted.” The entry fee is $50 per angler and $30 per friend and fun-seeker! You can turn your entry forms in by Thursday night, July 5, at Crow’s Nest or to Michelle at Allure Signs and Printing.
Ottawa County 4-H is hosting its annual Chicken Barbecue this Sunday, July 8, at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds on Ohio 163 between Port Clinton and Oak Harbor. Dinners will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with dine-in and drive-thru service available. The cost is $8 per half-chicken dinner. All proceeds go to maintain high quality 4-H opportunities for Ottawa County youth.
The Ottawa County Republican Women’s Club is once again responsible for lining Perry Street and Fremont Road in Port Clinton with American Flags to celebrate the Fourth of July. They are also honoring those who serve and have served in the U.S. Military.
You’re invited to join the Humane Society of Ottawa County at its “Kitty & Kiddie Fair” this coming weekend, July 7-8. There will be lots to do for all: games and fun for the kids, a yard sale for the parents and plenty of kittens to choose from for adoption. It’s all happening at the Humane Society Shelter, 2424 E. Sand Road, east of Port Clinton starting at 10 a.m.
I spoke with Ron Miller regarding the response to his new “Listening Room” performance venue at the Our Guest Inn downtown. They are already selling out the performances! The first is Friday night with shows at 6 and 9 p.m. It sounds like a good time. Just $13.50 per person gets you in for a two-drink minimum.
A triathlon of sorts is coming up at White Star Park near Gibsonburg on Saturday, July 21, starting at 8 a.m. The event will consist of a 750-meter swim, a 20-kilometer bike ride and a 5-kilometer run. There are websites if you want to learn more: www.hfpracing.com or www.whitestartriathlon.com. You can also register online.
There are a couple of special events coming up this month at Harbor Lanes on Buckeye Boulevard in Port Clinton. First will be a Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, July 14, with a $100 first prize based on 10 teams. Practice starts at 11 a.m. with the first round beginning at 12:30 p.m. The entry fee is $20 per team (pre-registered) and $30 per team for walk-ins. Then, later in the month on Saturday, July 28, there will be an indoor/outdoor flea market from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can reserve your spot now with only 15 spaces available inside. For information about these events, call Sue at 419-734-2695.