Bicentennial Celebration is here Featured

Playfair and Pathfinder

It has been 200 years since there has been such a momentous gathering of people and ships on the north coast of Ohio. In 1813, in the waters off of South Bass Island, there was a great naval battle. For the next dozen days we celebrate that battle’s legacy of peace. In the past 200 years, the battles fought in our peaceful Lake Erie waters have largely been confined to those of fishermen vs. walleye.

On the mainland and on the islands there will be tall ships and bands, reenactments, food, crafts, parades, musicians, drama, a road race, a fishing derby, vintage aircraft and ships and costumes, fireworks, a wedding, canon fire and a roving pirate.

Hundreds of volunteers (200 in Port Clinton alone), countless hours of planning and the generosity of sponsors all are contributing to this grand party. All that remains is for us to enjoy the festivities and share our natural easy hospitality with neighbors and visitors alike. 

Bicentennial Bits: 

From Greg Peiffer: WPCR and WPIB are the exclusive audio and video streaming source for the Reenactment. For Live TV coverage of the event, just simply go to or Live coverage begins from the Battle site at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Labor Day.

From Larry Fletcher:

The Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center at 770 SE Catawba Rd. (SR 53N just north or State Rd.) will be open as a “Bicentennial Information Center” on Aug. 30 from 8:30 a.m.- 7 p.m.,  Aug. 31 from 9 a.m.  7 p.m., Sept. 1 from 10 a.m.– 6 p.m. and on Labor Day from 8:30 a.m. –7 p.m. In addition, Visitors Bureau staff will have information tables stationed at the Miller and Jet Express Ferry docks on the 30th, 31st, and 1st.  Just look for the brightly colored “Ask Me” shirts.

From Bill Van DerGeissen and Debbie Hymore-Tester: "As the PORTS co/chairs we would like to thank the sponsors and the PORTS Committee for their dedication and hard work. It has been an honor working with you and it could not have happened without you. Special Thanks to John Schaffner and Dave Mehl for your persistence as this festival would not have taken place without you.” 

PORTS Sponsors: 

Stensen Grant, Walter Terhune Memorial Fund, Bassett’s Market, Dr. William Bauer and Catherine Bauer, Fairway Villas, Lake Erie Shores and Islands, Great Lakes Brewing Company, Republic Services, Skipper Bud’s, Neidecker LeVeck and Crosser, Knights of Columbus, Ottawa County Community Foundation Inc., America’s Best Value Inn, Anthony Pastore, Bolte Insurance, Betsy Harris, Catawba Mini Storage, Country Gentlemen Barber /Beauty Salon, Croghan Colonial Bank, 1812 Restaurant/Rosies, Jim Hansen, Our Guest Inn and Suites, Rod and Ann Belden, Terry and Debra Paul, The Beacon, Cheese Haven, NBOH, Frederick Insurance, Newport Dry Goods, Green Bay Packaging, Shorty’s Custom Remodeling and Port Clinton Prop Repair.

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