Memorial Day weekend events at Lakeside Chautauqua

Lakeside Chautauqua will celebrate Memorial Day weekend by remembering those U.S. military men and women who lost their lives while serving our country, and honoring those retired and in active duty. The weekend will also kick off Lakeside Chautauqua’s 140th summer season and offer guests a glimpse of the Chautauqua experience through the many religious, educational, cultural and recreational programs offered.

A Daily Chautauqua Pass (half-price for Memorial Day weekend) is required to enter the grounds for Memorial Day weekend at $9.50 for adults and $6.75 for youth (ages 12-18) per day. Children under age 12 and guests over the age of 90 are free. A three-hour pass is also available for $6.25. To park on the grounds throughout Memorial Day weekend, a Daily Auto Pass is required for $8 per day. Free parking is available at Danbury High School (no shuttle). Free passes are available at the gate for  Shopping/Dining, movies, church, and the Memorial Day parade.The gates are in operation starting at 7 a.m. on Friday, May 24, until 7 p.m. Monday, May 27.

A schedule of events is listed below. The holiday weekend will also include tennis, miniature golf, shuffleboard and the Lakeside Heritage Society Sale. The Hotel Lakeside Café will be open 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5-8 p.m.; Friday, May 24; Saturday, May 25; Monday, May 27.

  • Orchestra Hall Family Movie “The Croods” (PG)
    Show Times: 8 p.m. Friday, May 24; 3:30 p.m. & 8 p.m. Saturday, May 25; 3:30 p.m. & 8 p.m. Sunday, May 26. Tickets are $6/adult and $3/youth (under 12).
  • Lakeside 1 mile Fund Run/Walk
    9 a.m. Saturday, May 25, beginning at Hoover Auditorium Steps/Third Street (115 Third St.)
    Admission to event included with purchase of Daily or Season Chautauqua Pass. Participants may register individually or as a team. Pre-registration is encouraged; visit for details.
  • Family Discovery Program: Juggling 101
    1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Steele Memorial Bandstand (Central Park)
  • Summer Opening Ceremony with Rhythmic Circus
    7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Hoover Auditorium
  • Friends of Hotel Lakeside Pancake Breakfast
    9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Hotel Lakeside Café
    $12/adult, $5/child (ages 6-10), children under age 5 are free.
  • Sunday Hoover Worship Service
    10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 26 at Hoover Auditorium The Rev. Dr. Barry Black, Chaplain of the U.S. Senate, will lead the Worship Service
  • Dockside Worship at 8:30 a.m. at the Lakeside Pavilion.
    Lakeside United Methodist Church (450 Central Ave.) service will be held at 9 a.m.
  • Dedication of The Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park
    4 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Chautauqua Park (entrance at South Poplar Ave.)
    The service, which will celebrate the circle of life, will be the first time Lakesiders will gather in the newly developed memorial garden. The memorial garden is included in the first phase of plans to convert a major parcel of wooded land along Harsh Road into Lakeside’s fourth major park, Chautauqua Park. Within the memorial garden, the cremated remains of loved ones will be placed in the ground with a biodegradable container to become part of the soil, giving life to the garden’s many perennial plants and trees.
  • Brass Transit – Chicago Tribute Band
    7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Hoover Auditorium
  • Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony
    10:30 a.m. Monday, May 27, Second Street & Pavilion Circle (Central Park)

Lakeside Chautauqua is a family destination that has pioneered the act of nurturing mind, body and spirit since 1873. One of the few remaining Chautauqua communities in the United States, Lakeside offers a variety of spiritual, cultural arts, educational and recreational opportunities. For more information, visit or call 419-798-4461.


Students at ICS are “Stronger than a bully”

Students at Immaculate Conception School in grades 2 through 5 had a very special lesson in life skills last Thursday.  A Mobile Ed Production Assembly entitled “Stronger than a Bully” made a stop at the school to speak on a problem facing many children and schools today-bullying.  The assembly reinforced the importance of standing up to a bully and not becoming a victim and also not being a bystander, but being an “upstander”.  This fast-paced interactive school assembly program focused on an important lesson, but filled the gymnasium with laughter as it encompassed magic, ventriloquism, role playing, comedy, and loads of fun.  The program presenter, David Mitchel, explained to the kids that the best reaction to bullying is to SMILE.  “S”tay Cool!  “M”ake Eye Contact.  “I”dentify the Attack.  “L”ead positive conversation and “E”rase it!  On the other side of the fence, not letting another friend suffer the attack of a bully can put a student in the position of a hero having the power to change a situation for a friend.  Immaculate Conception School was full of SMILES at the conclusion of the show.


Shrine and icons dedicated at St. Mary’s

Pentecost Sunday, May 19, was cause for much celebration at St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church of Marblehead. After the mass celebrating the Feast of Pentecost, the sanctuary’s four new icons were blessed and then the congregation processed to the the consecration of the Shrine of the Dormition of The Theotokos, which is housed in the lakeside gazebo behind the church. St. Mary’s Very Rev. Dr. Bryan Eyman led the blessings and was joined by guest Father Deacon Michael Lee of the Byzantine Catholic Cultural Center in Cleveland.


Ribbon Cutting for JT’s Catawba Cafe

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce announces the grand opening of JT’s Catawba Café located at 1871 NE Catawba Road in the Midway Marina Plaza.  The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, May 17 at 10 a.m. Coffee and donuts will be served.

JT’S Catawba Café was the idea of “three sisters sharing childhood memories and grown-up dreams.” Sisters Jacquie (Couture) Below, Tonya Couture-Grubb and Tina (Couture) Schank opened JT’S Catawba Café on April 26.  JT’S Catawba Café has brought back a hometown favorite, the original “Mayhew’s Donut”, in addition to such popular items as JT’S Omelet, the Whopping Walleye Sandwich, and fluffy melt-in-your-mouth pancakes.

JT’S Catawba Café will continue with a Saturday Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Saturday Celebration will include a Donut Eating Contest at noon (register by 11:30 a.m,) a Creamer Stacking Contest, and raffles for gift certificates and t-shirts, in addition to other activities, including entertainment by JT’S “Donut Boy”.

For more information call 419-960-7399.


OH girls win SBC title for 4th consecutive year

For the fourth straight season and fifth time in six years, the Oak Harbor girls track team came away victorious at the Sandusky Bay Conference Meet.

Behind five first-place finishes, the Rockets came away with 139 points, just ahead of Edison (119). Perkins was third (96.5), St. Mary CC fourth (92), followed by Clyde, Port Clinton, Huron and Margaretta.

Individual winners from Oak Harbor included Jordan Giesler (discus) and Athena Eli (400) and Morrisa Mallory was first in the shot put for Port Clinton.


Oak Harbor boys win sectional title

After nearly blowing a four-run lead, the Oak Harbor Rockets held on to defeat Western Reserve, 5-4, in a Division III Sectional Final.

A.J. Cecil reached on a walk and scored in the first and Andy Rathbun had a two-run single to push the lead to 4-0 after three innings.

The Roughriders would respond, scoring one run in the fourth before cutting the deficit to 5-4 before falling short.

Cecil got the win for the Rockets, pitching 5.2 innings and giving up three runs (none earned). He allowed four hits, struck out five and walked two. Brandon Uher came on in relief to get the save.


Memorial Day Services for Veterans in Port Clinton

On Monday, May 27, Port Clinton will honor those who lost their lives and veterans.

At 9 a.m. memorial services will be conducted at Port Clinton Yacht Club for those who lost their lives at sea. Wreaths will be cast from the City Harbor patrol boat into the river.

At 10 a.m. the parade will form in front of the former Port Clinton Junior High School. It will proceed north on Madison to Perry, east on Perry to Jefferson, to west on Second Street and to Monroe Street Veterans’ Park.

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