Fort Firelands hosts Pioneer and Primitive Arts festival

Fort Firelands RV Resort will be hosting it’s 7th annual Pioneer and Primitive Arts Festival on June 8th and 9th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fort Firelands, located at 5650 E Harbor Rd in Marblehead on Rt. 163 at Rt. 269, is offering this event free and open to the public.

“We are very excited to be at Fort Firelands this year,” Bob Kelly, Captain of “Taylor’s Battery” says. “Our Civil War group portrays both the North and the South, as our members have ancestors from both sides. We are looking forward to having some fun, while keeping history alive.”

The festival features experiences and primitive arts from the Paleo hunter to the American Revolution, through the Mountain Man period and the Civil War. Re-enactors in authentic dresss convey life on the early frontier. Musicians, tomahawk throwing, cannon firing, mock skirmishes and a variety of other interactive demonstrations will be happening throughout both days. Period vendors will be on hand to sell old-time wares.

Members of the Ohio Atlatl Association (pronounced “at lattle”) will be on site to give children and adults a rare opportunity to try their hand at the Atlatl. Used by the Paleo hunter 12,000 years ago, the Atlatl is a device for throwing 6-7 foot darts that look like giant arrows. “We are proud to host the Ohio Atlatl Association,” says Jeff Barton, one of the owners of Fort Firelands RV Resort. “This is the only event they hold in Northwest Ohio.” 

While at Fort Firelands, visitors are encouraged to stop in Port•N•Starboard restaurant, the various shops and the flea market.


National Marina Day on Saturday

Freedom Boat Club has scheduled a celebration of Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day, Saturday, June 8, from 1-4. As part of a nationwide observance, Catawba Island South Marina on Catawba Island and Venetian Marina in Sandusky join Freedom Boat Club in celebrating National Marina Day.


Ohio Bike Week concludes on the North Coast

Ohio Bike Week started as the North Coast Rally and Ohio State H.O.G. of 1999 and 2000. Local interest grew and in 2001 the rally continued as the North Coast Thunder Rally. In 2006 it was renamed Ohio Bike Week and the rally was combined with racing and entertainment. The rally was created to open up Northern Ohio as a diverse tourist destination.


Lock Dock and Barrel energizes Buckeye Boulevard

Local business owners and friends Mike Miller, Nino Iriti, and Jameson Botimer are breathing new life into a local hot spot. Located at 124 Buckeye Boulevard in Port Clinton at the former home of Nick’s Road House, Lock Dock and Barrel promises to cater to locals and to visitors. “We aim to take care of local customers where they will have a year-round place to go to have a good time, quality food and service and entertainment as well,” says Mike Miller.


Amazing Island Raise benefits local children

Photo: Ric Powers, Executive Director of Joyful Connections and Connie Cornett, Executive Director of Ottawa County CASA.

Ottawa County CASA and Joyful Connections report that teams are filling up fast for The Amazing Island Raise being held on South Bass Island on Saturday, June 15th. These two non-profit agencies serving local children are teaming up with this fun-filled event to raise funds Put-in-Bay style.


PCAAC Classic Car Show on Aug. 3

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 20th Annual Classic Car Show on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown historic Port Clinton.  The event has been renamed the Jerry Lippus Memorial Car Show in honor of Jerry Lippus (Mr. Downtown), who organized the event in previous years before passing away in November 2007 from cancer.


GPAAC invites artists to Appetite for Arts show

The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council is extending an invitation to artists to participate in its annual Appetite for the Arts show, which will be held Aug. 16-18, in the Executive Hangar of the Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport in Port Clinton.


Tenth anniversary celebration for LESI Welcome Center

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce (PCACC) announces the 10th Anniversary of the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Regional Welcome Center located at 770 SE Catawba Road.  The PCAAC will hold a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, June 13, at 6 p.m.  An open house and an evening of remembrance and fellowship is planned from 5-7 p.m.  Refreshments will be served.  

For more information or to make reservations, contact Cathy by Friday, June 7, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 419.734.4386.

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