In September, 1813 Oliver Hazard Perry led the US Navy to a stunning nautical victory over the mighty British fleet off the coast of Put-in-Bay. The victory ensured the security of the Great Lakes region and ushered in the era of US Navy superiority. Hundreds of thousands of people from the US, Canada and all over the world are expected to flock to the shores of Lake Erie to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812’s most decisive nautical battle. The Bicentennial of the Battle of Lake Erie will feature replica Tall Ships, national speakers, arts & crafts, historical activities, live music, a reenactment village with historical demonstrations and much more. The weekend kicks off on Thursday with the Tall Ships Parade of Sail and a performance by Great Lakes storyteller and songwriter, Tom Kastle and ends Monday with a spectacular battle reenactment. So, “Don’t give up the ship!” and miss the opportunity to share this once in a lifetime fun and historical experience with your family!
Visit website for full schedule of events. Friday-Sunday, 7am-6pm, Tall Ship day sails; 9am-5pm, on-board tours; 11am-5pm, concerts. Put-in-Bay, Port Clinton, Kelleys Island, Middle Bass Island, Pelee Island and Catawba Island. www.battleoflakeerie-bicentennial.com—JG