BY SHERI TRUSTY
After a two-year hiatus, the Port Clinton Lighthouse & Maritime Festival will return to Waterworks Park on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. New to the event this year is a Plein Air Show hosted by the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council and a Classic and Wooden Boat Show. At least a dozen boats will be displayed around the lighthouse, and plein air artists will create on canvas throughout the park.
Festival organizers will choose the best rendition of the Port Clinton Lighthouse created by plein air artists, and it will be featured on the 2023 festival poster. Festival attendees can vote for their favorite boat. First place winner will receive a Port Clinton Lighthouse model valued at $250; second place will receive a framed Ben Richmond print; and third place will receive a Port Clinton Lighthouse throw rug.
Festival organizer Rich Norgard said the festival, now in its fourth year, will feature merchandise vendors, food trucks and free lighthouse tours.
“Live entertainment will be provided by the Ottawa County Blue Grass Band and John Davenport,” Norgard said.
Norgard will share the history of the Port Clinton Lighthouse as one of three featured speakers. Also speaking at the festival will be Bob Reynolds, grandson of Matthews Boat Company founder Scott Matthews, who will talk about “The Maiden Voyage of the ‘Onward,’” Matthews’ 9,000-mile voyage on a 70-foot yacht. John Gibson will speak on prohibition and its ties to Port Clinton.
“It’s a very popular talk. There’s never an empty seat in the house,” Norgard said.
Volunteers are still needed to help run the festival. For more information on the festival or on volunteering, visit www.portclintonlighthouse.org.