BY D’ARCY EGAN The kids will get the family fun started at the 22nd annual Walleye Drop on New Year’s eve, with plenty of events from 4-6 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, but the adults will enjoy an action-packed evening once the Bar Swim begins at 7 p.m. and lasts until just before Wylie the Walleye goes airborne at midnight.
This is the second annual Bar Swim, and it is making for a safer, saner New Year’s Eve. Partiers won’t be tempted to get behind the wheel of their vehicle during the evening to enjoy the various pub parties. They can climb aboard one of plush Barons Buses and visit any of the more than eight pubs around town.
The buses are free, and while making the rounds will stop at the Catawba Island Brewing Company, The Bait House River Bar, 1812 Food & Spiritsm, Beer Thirty’s Eatery a& Tavern, The Erie Social Shuffleboard Club & Bar, Twin Star Bowling &
Entertainment and The Lagoon Saloon.
It can get a little chilly on New Year’s Eve, but don’t worry, the Barons buses are heated, have bathrooms, Wifi and power outlets. They’ll stop at Taxi Alley on Jefferson street, so folks can take a cab home.
For those revelers who want to hang around Downtown Port Clinton all night, there is an option. With the new Main Street Outdoor Refreshment Area, or MORA, in play, folks can stroll downtown with an open container of alcohol.
The area is defined on many downtown maps, but drinks must be in the special MORA cups. They are not allowed to take the cups into another liquor establishment, but many retail shops welcome them.
To encourage the New Year’s Eve crowd to stay put until Wylie takes wing, there will be food and craft vendors, sizzling yellow perch at Port Clinton Fish Company, fireworks, games and prizes.
The Wall-EYES Giant Dice Game can be played starting at 7 p.m., with a new game every 30 minutes. The Grand Prize will give $1,500 to the winner, with a $1,200 fishing package for second place.
For those needing to warm up, Port Clinton High School baseball coach Mark Howorth will have his players selling hot chocolate and coffee. It’s a fundraiser to send the players to spring training in Florida.