What We’re Thankful For… Top Seven #LakeErieLove Edition

In this season of thankfulness, we at Lake Erie Shores & Islands wish to share the top seven things for which we are thankful this year. Cedar Point

Indoor Waterparks – Polar vortex? We’re too busy splashing around in 80° temperatures year-round at five indoor waterparks to notice.

Skylines – Big cities may brag on their skyline views, but our skylines are pretty amazing. Heck, we’ve got the third-tallest national monument and the “Roller Coaster Capital of America” right in our backyard!

Migration – Thank you nature, for giving us the spring and fall migrations so we can enjoy so many different species of birds. Our marshes are prime spots for watching migratory birds, and warblers and shorebirds are particular favorites. Our birding is so spectacular in fact that Magee Marsh Wildlife Area was recently chosen as “Best Birdwatching” spot in a USA Today reader’s poll!

Islands – Trust me, we know how lucky we are to be able to “head to the islands” whenever we get a whim. Yep, we live in the Midwest and we know how to celebrate island-style.

Festivals – In the Lake Erie Shores & Islands we are never at a loss for reasons to enjoy festival food. We celebrate walleye and perch, melons, rivers and creeks, baskets, and woollybears.

Reminders of our Past – Native son and prolific inventor Thomas A. Edison once said, “It’s obvious that we don’t know one millionth of one percent about anything.” We can all afford to learn from our past and Lake Erie Shores & Islands is home to a number of historical sites and museums where we can do just that..

Lake Erie Deep Freezes – When we are affected by the deep freeze of winter, we are thankful because that means abundant ice fishing and a fantastic frozen-on-the-vine harvest for local ice wines!

Let the Holiday Shopping Begin! #KeepItLocal

A great way to buy local this holiday season is by participating in Small Business Saturday on November 29. Held between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers to do a little holiday shopping at local hometown businesses. You get high-quality items with a personal touch while supporting locally family-owned businesses such as these distinctive shops below.

BrummersBrummer’s Chocolates – Candy makers since 1904, this store features homemade chocolates, candies, a large selection of sugar-free treats, many gift items, and a large selection of Polish pottery.

Christi’s Just for Ewe – Seven shops in one stop! Try on wonderful jewelry, apparel, and shoes; taste gourmet goodies, including homemade fudge, soups, teas, and coffees. Try your hand at knitting, crocheting, spinning, or weaving in the beautiful yarn shop.

Decidedly Different - This cozy coffee, tea, and gift emporium offers Vera Bradley handbags and accessories, beach glass jewelry, unique gifts, and baby items.

Frosty Bar - Put a little island in your life! Shop the online gift shop for Frosty Bar souvenirs, gift certificates, apparel, and more.

Liberty Aviation Museum Gift Shop – This museum store offers one-of-a-kind items and artwork including plane models, books, clothing, and memorabilia of both vintage aircraft and Ford Tri-Motor aviation.

Merry-Go-Round Museum Gift Shop – At this gift shop you can find many unique and interesting gifts including a carousel leg lamp, similar to the leg lamp made famous in the movie “A Christmas Story.”

Sawmill Creek Shops – This restored 1800’s barn offers a variety of upscale fashions for men and women, home accessories, gifts, and gourmet food items.

Shirt Shack – Shirt Shack offers the area’s largest selection of souvenir t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and collectibles. Lake Erie Love t-shirts are also available for purchase.

The Olive SceneThe Olive Scene – Offering over 50 different types of olive oils and balsamic vinegars; the olive oils are pressed to enhance both flavor and nutrition. Rounding out the experience is a selection of specialty foods, cruets, handmade pottery, and other items.

Tre Sorelle Cioccolato – Enjoy premium chocolates made by hand in an on-site professional kitchen. Ingredients are sourced locally when possible, with no added preservatives. One local ingredient source is Firelands Winery – Tre Sorelle is known for its wine-infused chocolates and truffles.

Vine & Olive – Vine & Olive is a specialty Mediterranean store featuring a selection of baked goods, imported market items, wines, and prepared foods.

November Event Highlights in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands

Horse-drawn Trolley

Nov 4, 2014
Critters of the Night Hike
6 pm
Osborn MetroPark – Frost Center, 3910 Perkins Ave., Huron
419.625.7783

Nov 5, 2014; Nov 12, 2014; Nov 19, 2014; Nov 26, 2014
Family Fun Night
4-8 pm
Ghostly Manor Thrill Center, 3319 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky
$5/person
419.626.4467

Nov 6 – 9, 2014; Nov 13 – 16, 2014
“Fiddler on the Roof”
Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm
Playmaker’s Civic Theatre, 604 W. 6th St., Port Clinton
419.734.5044

Nov 7, 2014
“Toast the Season” Walk Around Wine Tasting
6 pm
1812 Food & Spirits, 102 Madison St., Port Clinton
$30/person
419.960.7588

Nov 7 – 9, 2014
Annual Candelight Open House
Fri-Sat 10 am-8 pm, Sun 10 am-6 pm
Christi’s Just For Ewe, 9529 E. Harbor Rd. (SR 163), Marblehead
Free
419.798.5151

Nov 7, 2014
The Ohio State University Marching Band Concert
8 pm
Hoover Auditorium, 115 Third St., Lakeside
$10/person
419.707.9492

Nov 8, 2014
1st Milan Holly Run
8:30 am
Milan Town Hall, 24 Park St., Milan
$25-35/person

Nov 8, 2014
Annual Ohio State V. Michigan Earth to Table Dinner
7 pm
Culinary Vegetable Institute, 12304 SR 13, Milan
$105/person (plus tax and gratuity)
419.499.7500

Nov 8 – 9, 2014; Nov 15 – 16, 2014; Nov 22 – 23, 2014; Nov 29 – 30, 2014
Arts Guild of Vermilion Winter Holiday Art Show & Sale
12-4 pm
Main Street Vermilion, 685 Main St. (SR 60), Vermilion
440.963.0772

Nov 8, 2014; Nov 15, 2014; Nov 22, 2014; Nov 29, 2014
Live Entertainment
6:30-9:30 pm
Quarry Hill Winery & Orchard, 8403 Mason Rd., Berlin Heights
419.588.3179

Nov 8, 2014
Shipwrecks & Scuba Conference
Daytime programs: 9:30 am-4:30 pm
Sawmill Creek Resort, 400 Sawmill Creek Dr., Huron
$30-65/person
440.930.2477

 Nov 9, 2014
“The Stage Door Canteen Show”
3 pm
Norwalk High School Performing Arts Center, 350 Shady Lane Dr., Norwalk
$15/person
419.668.1641

Nov 9, 2014
2nd Annual Kelleys Island Half Marathon
11 am
Kelleys Island Venture Resort, 441 W. Lakeshore Dr., Kelleys Island
419.746.2900

Nov 9, 2014
Fall Food Challenge 2014
2 pm
Cleats Club Seat Grill, 6801 E. Harbor Rd. (SR 163), Marblehead
$8/adult, $5/child (9 and under)
419.734.9464

Nov 9, 2014
Stars and Stripes
7 pm
Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky
$29-32/adult, $13/student
877.626.1950

Nov 10, 2014
Anna Nalick
8 pm
The Listening Room at OurGuest Inn & Suites, 220 E. Perry St. (SR 163), Port Clinton
$20 plus two-drink minimum
419.734.7050

Nov 13, 2014
California Wine Dinner
6:30 pm
Ciao Bella, 3880 Harbor Light Landing Dr., Port Clinton
$65/person (plus tax & gratuity)
419.734.2426

Nov 14 – 16, 2014; Nov 21 – 22, 2014
Four Tickets to Christmas
Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2:30 pm
Hirt Theatre at Bellevue Society for the Arts, 205 Maple St., Bellevue
419.484.2787

Nov 15, 2014 – Dec 24, 2014
Photos with Santa
Hours vary
Sandusky Mall, 4314 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky
419.626.8574 ext. 121

Nov 15, 2014
Tastes, Tapas, and Tunes
7 pm
Miller Nature Preserve, 2739 Center Rd., Avon
$35/person, $60/couple
800.227.6972

Nov 16, 2014
Auto Tour
8 am-4 pm
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor
Free
419.898.0014

Nov 21, 2014
Jazz @ Eight Concert Series
8 pm
Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky
$10/person
877.626.1950

Nov 22, 2014
Historical Program: ‘The Underground Railroad & Abolitionists in Northern Ohio/Oberlin’
1 pm
Maritime Museum of Sandusky, 125 Meigs St., Sandusky
Free with admission to the museum
419.624.0274

 Nov 22 – 23, 2014
Mulberry Creek Holiday Open House
Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 10 am-4 pm
Mulberry Creek Herb Farm, 3312 Bogart Rd., Huron
Free
419.433.6126

Nov 26, 2014
Twelve Beers of Christmas
6-8 pm
Chez François/Touché Wine Bar, 555 Main St., Vermilion
$50/person
440.967.0630

Nov 27, 2014
Bountiful Thanksgiving Feast
11 am-3 pm
Sawmill Creek Resort – Wilderness Hall, 400 Sawmill Creek Dr. (off US 6), Huron
800.729.6455

Nov 27, 2014
Thanksgiving Day Buffet
Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, 7000 Kalahari Dr. (off US 250), Sandusky
419.433.5543

Nov 27, 2014
Thanksgiving Day Buffet
11:30 am-5 pm
Quaker Steak & Lube, 5150 Liberty Ave. (US 6), Vermilion
$19.99/adult, $16.99/senior (ages 65+), $12.99/tweener (ages 9-12), $6.99/child (8 and under)
440.967.3724

Nov 27, 2014
Thanksgiving Day Feast
11:30 am-4:30 pm
1812 Spirits and Food, 102 Madison St., Port Clinton
$25.95/adult, $12.95/child (10 & under)
419.960.7588

Nov 28, 2014
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
6 pm
Downtown, Sandusky
Free
419.627.5886

Nov 28 – 30, 2014
Christmas Trolley Rides
Fri & Sun 1-4 pm, Sat 12-5 pm
Downtown, Vermilion
440.654.8847

Nov 28, 2014
Holiday Open House
6-8 pm
Follett House Museum, 404 Wayne St. (off US 6), Sandusky
419.625.3834

Nov 28, 2014
Ringing Swinging Silent Auction
6-10 pm
Sawmill Creek Resort, 400 Sawmill Creek Dr. (off US 6), Huron
$5/person
419.433.3800

Nov 29, 2014
Jessie Schenk Memorial Turkey Chase 5K Run/Walk
10 am
Catawba Islands Club Fitness Center, 3026 N.W. Catawba Rd., Port Clinton
Pre-registered: $20/adult, $10 youth; Event day: $25/adult, $15/youth
419.797.4959

Nov 30, 2014
“Christmas Wonderful”
3:30 pm
St. Mary Church, 38 W. League St., Norwalk
$10/person
419.668.1641

For a complete list of events, please visit SHORESandISLANDS.com.

October Event Highlights in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands

HalloWeekends at Cedar Point

Now – Oct 31, 2014
Ghost Walks with Victoria
7 & 8 pm
Marshall Inn Bed & Breakfast, 204 Monroe St., Port Clinton
$8.50/person
877.376.5531

Now – Oct 26, 2014
Fall Harvest Activities
Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm, Sat-Sun 11 am-5 pm
Burnham Orchards, 8019 SR 113, Berlin Heights
419.588.2138

Oct 3, 2014 – Oct 5, 2014; Oct 10, 2014 – Oct 12, 2014; Oct 17, 2014 – Oct 19, 2014; Oct 24, 2014 – Oct 26, 2014; Oct 31, 2014 – Nov 2, 2014
Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends
Fri 6 pm-12 am, Sat 11-12 am, Sun 11 am-8 pm
Cedar Point Amusement Park, 1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky
419.627.2350

Oct 3, 2014 – Oct 4, 2014
Clambake Weekend
4-10 pm
1812 Food & Spirits, 102 Madison St., Port Clinton
$32/person (plus ala carte selections)
419.960.7588

Oct 3, 2014 – Oct 5, 2014; Oct 10, 2014 – Oct 12, 2014; Oct 17, 2014 – Oct 19, 2014; Oct 24, 2014 – Oct 26, 2014; Oct 31, 2014 – Nov 1, 2014
Lake Eerie Fearfest
Fri-Sat 7:30-11:30 pm, Sun 7:30-9:30 pm
Ghostly Manor Thrill Center, 3319 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky
$15/person (Ghostly Manor only), $25/person (all five haunted houses), $25/person (Fast Pass Ghostly Manor), $35/person (Fast Pass all five haunted houses)
419.626.4467

Oct 3, 2014 – Oct 4, 2014; Oct 10, 2014 – Oct 11, 2014; Oct 17, 2014 – Oct 18, 2014; Oct 24, 2014 – Oct 25, 2014
Terror in the Field
Fri-Sat 7-11 pm
Novotny’s Farm Market, at SR 2 and SR 60, Vermilion
$10/adult, $5/child (under 48″)
440.654.8847

Oct 4, 2014 – Oct 5, 2014
Country Harvest of Antiques and Crafts
Sat 9 am-4 pm, Sun 10:30 am-4 pm
Birmingham United Methodist Church, 15018 South St., Birmingham
$5/adult; children 10 and under are free
440.965.4653

Oct 4, 2014 – Oct 5, 2014
Harvest Happenings
11 am-5 pm
Osborn MetroPark, 3910 Perkins Ave., Huron
Free
419.625.7783 ext. 232

Oct 4, 2014 – Oct 5, 2014
Hayes Civil War Re-enactment
9 am-5 pm
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Hayes and Buckland aves., Fremont
$4/adult, $2/child (6-12 yrs)
419.332.2081

Oct 4, 2014
Island Wine Festival
11 am-6 pm
Put-in-Bay Winery at the Doller Estate, 392 Bayview Ave., Put-in-Bay
$6/person
419.285.2832

Oct 4, 2014 – Oct 5, 2014; Oct 11, 2014 – Oct 12, 2014; Oct 18, 2014 – Oct 19, 2014; Oct 25, 2014 – Oct 26, 2014; Nov 1, 2014 – Nov 2, 2014
Quarry Hill Orchards Weekend Wagon Rides
12-5 pm
Quarry Hill Orchard Market, 8403 Mason Rd., Berlin Heights
419.588.2858

Oct 9, 2014 – Oct 10, 2014
A Gourmet Clam Bake
Chez François/Touché Wine Bar, 555 Main St., Vermilion
$60/person (tax and gratuity not included)
440.967.0630

Oct 9, 2014
Fall Foliage Hike
10 am
Edison Woods MetroPark, 10186 Ceylon Rd., Berlin Heights
419.625.7783

Oct 10, 2014 – Oct 12, 2014
Murder Mystery Weekend: Island of the Dead
Kelleys Island Venture Resort, 441 W. Lakeshore Dr., Kelleys Island
419.746.2900

Oct 10, 2014 – Oct 12, 2014
Oktoberfest
Sat 11 am-7 pm, Sun 12-5 pm
DeRivera Park, Put-in-Bay
419.285.2832

Oct 10, 2014 – Oct 11, 2014
The Night of the Dead 5K Obstacle/Mud Run Course
Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 8180 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor
$59 before Aug 10, $89 day of race
419.351.0964

Oct 11, 2014
7th Annual Pumpkin Festival
11 am-5 pm
Huron Boat Basin, 330 N. Main St., Huron
Free
419.433.8487

Oct 11, 2014
Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival
9 am-4 pm
Various locations, Marblehead and Lakeside
419.734.9777

Oct 11, 2014
Magnificent Rachmaninoff 2
7:30 pm
Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky
419.621.4800

Oct 11, 2014 – Oct 12, 2014
Oak Harbor Apple Festival
Sat 9 am-11 pm, Sun 10 am-6 pm
Downtown Oak Harbor
Free
419.898.0479

Oct 12, 2014
The Ultimate Cleveland Browns Tailgate Cruise
11:30 am
Goodtime I, Jackson St. Pier, Sandusky
$20/person
800.446.3140

Oct 18, 2014
“The Wake” at the Round House
Round House Bar, Put-in-Bay
419.285.2832

Oct 18, 2014
Boo at the Bay & Pirate Day
12-4 pm
Sandusky Bay Pavilion, 605 E. Water St., Sandusky
$1/person
419.624.0274

Oct 18, 2014
Octogaween
3-10 pm
Various locations, Kelleys Island
419.746.2360

Oct 18, 2014
Zombie Fest & Pub Crawl
Downtown Put-in-Bay
419.285.2832

Oct 25, 2014
“Rocking the Dead” Battle of the Bands
5-10 pm
Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky
877.626.1950

Oct 25, 2014
Boo! at the Boardwalk
6-8 pm; Costume parade at 7 pm
Magee Marsh Boardwalk-West End, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor
Free
419.898.0960

Oct 25, 2014
Earth to Table Dinner
7 pm
Culinary Vegetable Institute, 12304 SR 13, Milan
$105/person (plus tax and gratuity)
419.499.7500

Oct 25, 2014
Halloween at the Bay
Various locations, Put-in-Bay
419.285.2832

Oct 25, 2014
Pumpkin Palooza
12-3 pm
Milan Museum, 10 Edison Dr. (off SR 113), Milan
Free
419.499.2968

Oct 25, 2014
Tombstone Derby
10 am-6 pm
Depot Park, 353 Ottawa St., Elmore
419.340.7020

Oct 28, 2014
Haunted Prison Farm Tour
6:30 & 7:15 pm
Osborn MetroPark – Frost Center, 3910 Perkins Ave., Huron
419.625.7783

Oct 30, 2014
Historic Vermilion Ghost Tour
7-8:30 pm
Various locations, Vermilion
$20/person
440.963.0772

For a complete list of events, please visit SHORESandISLANDS.com.

Top 12 “Can’t Miss” Fall Festivals in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands

Fall is festival time in the Lake Erie Shores & Islands. Autumn is the season to celebrate everything from apples to wine and antiques to woollybears! Here is a list of our top twelve “can’t miss” fall festivals and why you want to make time in your life to check them out. Harvest Happenings Tractor Display

North Coast Oktoberfest, Sandusky
Sep 26, 2014 – Sep 27, 2014
Fri 5-11 pm, Sat 12-11 pm
Don’t Miss: This traditional German food and beer festival expanded this year to two days and now includes a Saturday night Lighted Boat Parade. What other Oktoberfest features a boat parade?

Port Clinton Area Harvest Festival, Port Clinton
Sep 26, 2014 – Sep 28, 2014
Fri 5-11 pm, Sat 11 am-11 pm, Sun 10 am-6 pm
Don’t Miss: This end of summer festival includes crafts, food and live entertainment along with Clydesdale carriage rides on Saturday from 12-5 pm.

Woollybear Festival, Vermilion
Sep 28, 2014
9 am-6 pm
Don’t Miss: The Woollybear Festival is the largest one day festival in the state. Wondering if we’re going to experience another Snowpocolypse this winter? Fox 8 Meteorologist Dick Goddard is on hand to reveal the annual woollybear winter weather prediction.

Harvest Happenings, Huron
Oct 4, 2014 – Oct 5, 2014
11 am-5 pm
Don’t Miss: This family harvest festival features the 25th annual antique engine and tractor show, plus each day there is an antique tractor parade.

Country Harvest of Antiques and Crafts, Birmingham
Oct 4, 2014 – Oct 5, 2014
Sat 9 am-4 pm, Sun 10:30 am-4 pm
Don’t Miss: Happening for the last 45 years, this event features over 100 vendors displaying antiques, crafts, and other uniquely handmade items.

Island Wine Festival, Put-in-Bay
Oct 4, 2014
11 am-6 pm
Along with island wines from Heineman Winery and Put-in-Bay Winery, patrons can sample more than 400 International wines.

7th Annual Pumpkin Festival, Huron
Oct 11, 2014
11 am-5 pm
Don’t Miss: A great family festival with something for everyone, the featured event is the Barnes Nursery pumpkin drop at 2:30 pm. Talk about smashing pumpkins!

Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival, Marblehead and Lakeside
Oct 11, 2014
9 am-4 pm
Don’t Miss: Along with the wonderful entertainment, craft vendors, and delicious food, this is also the last chance to tour the Marblehead Lighthouse and Wolcott Keeper’s House before they close for the season.

Oak Harbor Apple Festival, Oak Harbor
Oct 11, 2014 – Oct 12, 2014
Sat 9 am-11 pm, Sun 10 am-6 pm
Don’t Miss: All things “apple” – apple pie, fresh apple butter, candy apples…there’s even an apple baking contest and an Apple Queen!

Oktoberfest, Put-in-Bay
Oct 11, 2014 – Oct 12, 2014
Sat 11 am-7 pm, Sun 12-5 pm
Don’t Miss: Probably the only time of the year the island’s live musical entertainment line-up features polka music and dancing!

Pumpkin Palooza, Milan
Oct 25, 2014
12-3 pm
Don’t Miss: This free family event on the grounds of the Milan Museum offers unique pumpkin activities including pumpkin painting and pumpkin bowling.

Tombstone Derby, Elmore
Oct 25, 2014
10 am-6 pm
Don’t Miss: It’s a tombstone derby! The main event, a motorized casket race, concludes a day-long Halloween celebration.

What are your “can’t miss” fall events? Let us know and what makes the event so special.

Hit Us With Your Best Shots: Fall Festivals and Foods

Great photos showcase great memories. Do you have photos from your Shores & Islands, Ohio experience? Share them with Lake Erie Shores & Islands and you could win!

HalloWeekends at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.

HalloWeekends at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.

The Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center continues to host an online photo contest, designed to showcase the best area photographs and also add to the destination marketing organization’s image library. The contest runs quarterly, with different themes each time, based on the season and on the welcome center’s current needs.

Visitors to SHORESandISLANDS.com have the opportunity to vote on their favorite submission. A winner will be chosen by Lake Erie Shores & Islands from the top five photos whose submission has received the majority of votes at the end of the voting period. Lake Erie Shores & Islands will be the final judge of all entries and all contest decisions are final. The contest is open to those 21 years and older.

Upload your photos for a chance to win great prizes which could include overnight getaways, ferry tickets, gas cards, and more. Your photo could appear in future travel planners and other publications.

The Welcome Center is currently looking for photos with the theme “Fall Festivals and Foods.” This contest runs through December 1, 2014 and the current prize for the winning photograph includes a $50 gift certificate to 1812 Food & Spirits, a $25 gift certificate to the Olive Scene and a $25 gift certificate to Brummer’s Chocolates.

While scenic landscape photos are welcomed, photos with people experiencing attractions and locations in the Shores & Islands region are preferred. Photos have to be taken within the last 12 months.

Official contest rules are available at SHORESandISLANDS.com/contest. Enter your best shots today!

Lake Erie Wing Watch – September 20-21, 2014

A great family event is coming to Osborn Metropark in Sandusky on September 20-21. LAKE ERIE WING WATCH promotes birding and natural areas in Erie and Ottawa counties. If you are interested in birds and nature, you will want to check this out. There is no pre-registration (except for canoe trips) and there is no admission charge. Come for all or any part of the event. Ohio Birding

Beginning Saturday morning you can Bird by Canoe at Old Woman Creek in Huron. Then at 2 pm things kick off at Osborn Metropark with vendors, exhibits, kids’ activities and live animals. Frosty Frog Jr. will be on hand with great food and ice cream. Natures’ Nursery will be there too with live animals. Time and Optics, a company from Holmes County, will have binoculars and scopes for you to try out.

At 2:30 pm on Saturday, our keynote presenter Jen Brumfield will speak. Jen is a nationally known birder and artist who lives in Cleveland. She works for Cleveland Metroparks, has her own bird touring company and is a representative for a major optics company. She is passionate about birds. You won’t want to miss this free talk. But get your seat early as it will fill up fast.

After the keynote, there will be five 30 minute sessions in the Erie Room from 4-6:45 pm. The titles of these talks include:

4 pm – Birding 101 – Join us to learn the basics of bird identification

4:45 pm – Birding Hotspots in Erie County – We will share the best spots to go birding and what birds to expect

5:30 pm –  Waterfowl ID – Many ducks migrate through our area in fall—let us help you learn them

5:30 pm – Birding With Technology – Presented by an Ohio Young Birder

6:15 pm – Attracting Winter Birds – Tips to use for attracting birds to your yard

After the sessions, head to the campfire for s’mores and live music by local musician Emily Keener from 7-9 pm. Bring a chair or blanket.

On Sunday September 21 local bird guides will lead walks at Sheldon Marsh, Edison Woods, Resthaven Wildlife Area, Castalia Quarry, Schoepfle Gardens and Kelleys Island. The best way to learn about birds is to get out into the field.

Check out the full schedule for Lake Erie Wing Watch at www.LakeErieWingWatch.com.

Mark your calendars, spread the word, and plan to be there!