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Reel Bar, Put-in-Bay’s newest old bar, holds grand opening

Put-in-Bay has seen its share of new businesses over the decades. But, ironically, many have been themed after other destinations such as the Caribbean, the Florida Keys, Maine and even Ireland. This weekend, the popular summer resort island will receive its own tribute when Put-in-Bay’s newest old bar opens its doors as Reel Bar. 

Reel Bar will celebrate their Grand Opening party on Saturday, May 10. Christening the Reel Bar stage will be The Womacks, who will perform at 8:30 p.m. The bar and restaurant, which is located in the historic building formerly known as Tony’s, has been completely remodeled to offer a rustic setting honoring its island roots. As the name suggests, Reel Bar will feature décor focused on fishing, boating and Lake Erie island life. 

Over the off-season, the new owners, Andy Christensen, former General Manager of the Boathouse and Ray Fogg, a popular island entertainer, have had time to prepare the bar for an exciting new direction, yet one that is respectful of the island’s old ways. In a tongue-in-cheek play on their new name, they say it will be a “real new bar in a real old place.” 

When you step into Reel Bar, you will notice the place has been remodeled in a manner which celebrates the treasured old building. Great care has been taken to create a comfortable lived-in feel, utilizing natural materials such as reclaimed barn wood, real stone, recycled antique lighting and lots of cool old décor. Tribute will be paid to the building’s past as Tony’s with old signs, photos, as well as the beautiful original back bar, which has remained. 

Reel Bar’s food and drink selections will focus on freshness, with house made sauces and hand cut fries along with fresh fruit juices in drinks. The menu features huge walleye sandwiches, hormone and anti-biotic free beef hamburgers, walleye nachos, black bean burgers, ceviche, fresh salads, caprese sandwiches, flatbreads and much more. Specialty drinks include something they call Reel Squeezed Drinks, which are cocktails prepared with fresh squeezed grapefruit or oranges. In addition, Reel Bar will feature a number of old-style cocktails such as the Moscow Mule, Classic Daiquiri, Tom Collins and Pimms Cup, to name a few. They also have 16 beers on tap. 

Reel Bar is also taking a slightly different path as it relates to live entertainment, striving to offer diverse choices. The Ray Fogg Show, a music/comedy show which has become a mainstay on the island, will appear most weekends at 7 p.m. Appearing before and after Ray will be a variety of music from Americana to Zydeco. Most of the acts performing at Reel Bar dedicate at least a portion of their show to original music. You can expect to hear Bob Gatewood, Shane Piasecki, Hey Monea, Cats on Holiday, The Womacks and others through the season. The intimacy of the Reel Bar stage will make performers accessible to the audience, creating an entertainment experience so folks can have “a reel good time”.

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Port Clinton City Beach and Lakeview Park clean up

Earth Day was first celebrated April 22, 1970.  This day has been set aside each year to recognize our Earth and promote greater environmental awareness through education, action, and celebration.  To commemorate this day the Port Clinton Recreation Department and the OSS Solid Waste District will once again be sponsoring the Port Clinton City Beach and Park Cleanup.  The cleanup will be held on Saturday, May 10 beginning at 9 a.m.  Volunteers are needed and are asked to report to the Lakeview Park Shelter House with gloves, rakes, and lots of energy!  Please dress appropriately for the weather. 

The Cleanup began in the early 1990’s when it was a part of the “Lake Erie Shoreline Sweep”, which was an annual spring effort to clean all of the beaches along the Lake Erie Shoreline.  Those beaches included the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge/Crane Creek Beach, East Harbor State Park Beach, and the Port Clinton City Beach.

On average, close to 100 volunteers have collected approximately 3 tons of debris at the Lake Erie Shoreline Sweep event.  Areas to be cleaned this year include the Port Clinton beach, Lakeview Park and Water Works Park. These areas include a 1 mile strip of our valued shoreline.  Past volunteers have included scout groups, high school science and government classes, service organizations, members of the Friends of Lakeview Park committee and concerned citizens who simply wanted to make a difference.  

A pizza lunch is being planned for volunteers after the event.  Gloves and bags will be provided.  For more information on the event, call Diane Ball at the OSS Solid Waste District 419-734-6783 or Tracy Colston of the PC Recreation Department 419-734-5522, ext. 6.

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Send us your bird photos!

Photo by Ryan Lesniewicz, Cerulean female

The Biggest Week in American Birding is here! We are compiling a photo gallery of reader submitted bird photos from the Biggest Week. Please send your birding photos to Jasmine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Happy birding!

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ICS says thank you

The students and staff of Immaculate Conception School have a lot to be thankful for and are truly counting their blessings. Because of the generosity of many people in the community, the school’s 28th annual “Happy Birthday” Auction was a huge success. The spirit of the event was full of laughter, good food, friendship, and most of all the love of a school and its children. The school auction truly is a vital lifeline in the providing of necessary funds needed to continue providing a faith filled education in Port Clinton, Ohio. Whether you donated an item or a service, gave a cash donation, bought a raffle ticket, or attended the event itself, we send our heartfelt thank you. 

Without the generosity of our community, our local businesses, our parishioners, and our school families, the success of this event would not have been possible. Immaculate Conception School is proud to be a part of the Port Clinton Community and will continue to serve in any way it can to give back because a “small act really does make a difference”. From Immaculate Conception school, we say thank you and God Bless you!

Friends of Immaculate Conception School

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Otterbein offers Birding Field Trip to Magee Marsh

A bird watching field trip will be hosted by Otterbein North Shore Senior Lifestyle Community in Lakeside-Marblehead on Monday, May 19. Participants will meet at the  Otterbein community center at 9 a.m. for coffee and pastries. Everyone will board the bus and proceed to Magee Marsh, along the coast of Lake Erie, to view the birds at they proceed north on their summer migratory path. The mid weeks of May are the optimum time to view a large variety of songbirds. Following the walk, guests will be treated to a picnic lunch. There is no charge for this event, but space is limited. For more information and reservations call Jo Ann Franks, Independent Lifestyle Counselor at 419-798-8250.

Additional information regarding Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices is available at www.otterbein.org or by calling 1-888-513-9131.

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National Honor Society Adopt-a-Road

Hannah Kneisley, Noah Cross, Shelby Gerwin, David Saunders, Tarrynn Edgefield, Michael Lay, Hannah Sarty, Allie Schroeder, Ty Gallogly, Molly Haberman, Chelsea Volmer. Front row: Tiffany Colston, Ian Kyle

Port Clinton High School National Honor Society collected trash on Sunday, April 27, for their semi-annual Adopt-a-Road campaign. They collected about 40 lbs. of trash along Gill Rd.

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Fabulous Child holds ribbon cutting

Catawba Island resident Kim Mazur has recently expanded her business, Fabulous Female, which is located at 211 W. Water St., downtown Sandusky. Fabulous Female now has expanded to include a store called Fabulous Child. These two stores are side by side and both include a fabulous array of clothing and accessories for adults and children.

“I wanted to buy special things for people who are special to me,” said owner Kim Mazur. “There are fabulous people in my life; I wanted to open something fabulous for them.” 

The ribbon cutting was held Thursday, May 1, to coincide with the first Downtown Sandusky Art Walk of the season.

Fabulous Child houses birthday shirts, tutus, hair bows and the inventory just keeps growing and growing. Mazur said that she has also added a boys’ line to the Fabulous Child store.

For more information about this business visit thefabulousfemale.com.

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Electrify Your Strings dream tour is coming to Port Clinton

Recording artist, producer, inventor, music education advocate, Emmy-winning composer and founding member of the internationally acclaimed Trans Siberian Orchestra, Mark Wood, is coming to Port Clinton on May 8 and 9. 

Sponsored by Port Clinton Music Boosters, the Mark Wood Experience/Electrify Your Strings workshop is coming to the Port Clinton City Schools Orchestra Program, to work with the students and engage them in a two day workshop. Wood’s goal is to “ignite their passions and inspire students to open their minds and unlock their potential”. At the end of the workshop Mark Wood, along with the students, will perform at an evening concert on Friday, May 9, at 7 p.m. at the Port Clinton City Schools Performing Arts Center. 

Tickets are available pre-show by contacting Kristina Aukerman at 419-734-2147, ext. 7, or the night of the concert or at the box-office the day of the show. Ticket prices are $10 for students and senior citizens, $20 for adults. Children under 4 are free, and required to sit on an adult lap. Cash, checks, Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express are accepted.

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“A Grand Night for Singing” at Playmakers Civic Theatre

Pictured (L to R) are stage manager Lisa Meyer and members of the company Samantha Meyer, Marshall Parker, Matthew Parker, Kaitlin Riedmaier Griffing and Rich Riedmaier.

Playmakers Civic Theatre opens the final show of its 67th Season on Thursday, May 8.  "A Grand Night For Singing" is a tribute to the songwriting genius of Rodgers and Hammerstein, featuring a romantic, musical journey with songs from Carousel, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, The King and I and more.

"A Grand Night" is directed by Brenda Hensley and Robert Bell, who are also members of the cast.  The company features Karen Abbott, Angela Fishburn, Kaitlin Griffing, Sarah Leidheiser, Margaret Helbing, Michelle Haycox, Samantha Meyer, Matthew Parker, Rich Riedmaier and Marshall Parker.

"A Grand Night For Singing" is being performed at Playmakers Civic Theatre, 604 W. Sixth Street, Port Clinton, on May 8, 9, 10 and 16, 17, 18.  Curtain time is 8 p.m, with one 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on May 18.  Tickets are $15per person.  Make reservations by calling 419-734-5044.

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