You can celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry's victory in that battle and the nearly 200 years of peace between the United States and Canada when you attend the Historic Weekend event on the Lake Erie island of Put-in-Bay (also known as South Bass Island) on Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8.
Put-in-Bay's Historic Weekend This family-oriented event is a celebration of history, music and art and offers a wide range of non-stop activities for all ages.
Historical activities include a War of 1812 Military Tattoo where Parks Canada re-enactors and National Park Service interpreters (in period apparel) will demonstrate military precision drills. There will also be musket and cannon firing demonstrations along with music and dance performances on Saturday at 5 p.m.
The event will also feature a War of 1812 Fashion Show on Saturday at 11 a.m. (at the Niagara Center located at 71 Concord Avenue) featuring period fashions for men, women and children.
The Grand Parade on Saturday at 2:15 p.m. will include more than 1200 Boy Scouts, classic and antique cars, numerous high school bands, local and regional dignitaries and 1812 historical re-enacters.
Art in the Park ( on both Saturday and Sunday) will take place in DeRivera Park and will offer a variety of area and regional artisans and craftspeople displaying and selling their merchandise including watercolor and acrylic paintings, stained glass, photography, pottery, glassware, silver items and woodworking. The artisans will also be giving free demonstrations of their work.
Among Sunday's activities are a War of 1812 Ecumenical Service being held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 9 a.m. featuring period music and an Afternoon of Patriotic Music featuring Put-in-Bay musicians and entertainers (from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
In addition, there will be a historical baseball game on Sunday, September 8 between the Put-in-Bay Mossbacks and the Ohio Historical Society Muffins. The game will be played by the original 1860's rules and starts at 2 p.m.
Science enthusiasts will be able to take a tour of the Ohio State University's Stone Lab biology campus on nearby Gibraltar Island on Saturday. Visitors can get free transportation to Gibraltar Island from the Boardwalk. And don't miss the chance to visit the Open House at the South Bass Island Lighthouse also on Saturday.
A big attraction will be Saturday's Harbor Illumination: Lights of Peace event when flares will be lit around South Bass Island at dusk honoring friends and loved ones.. Flares can be purchased for $10 each.
On Tuesday, September 10 (the actual 200th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie), Put-in-Bay will play host to some special commemorative ceremonies including a wreath laying (at 10 a.m.), The Battle of Lake Erie Commemorative Parade (featuring the U.S. Sea Cadet Corps, Parks Canada re-enacters, and Native American and First Nation representatives) at 2 p.m. and a special ceremony at 3 p.m. honoring all who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie.
The September 10 celebration will conclude with a free Bicentennial Symphony Concert by the Central Ohio Symphony at 4 p.m. at the Visitor Center.
Admission to Historic Weekend events and the September 10 ceremonies is free.
For more information about Put-in-Bay's Historic Weekend or about the September 10 event call 419-285-2832 or get online at www.visitputinbay.com.
The island of Put-in-Bay is located in the middle of Lake Erie 15 miles from Sandusky, Ohio on the mainland. Transportation to the island can be found via the Miller Boat Line ferry (419-285-2921 or www.millerferry.com) or the Jet Express (419-732-2800 or www.jet-express.com). It is approximately a one hour drive from Cleveland to Sandusky.