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Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival


Oct 14, 2017
09:00am – 04:00pm

Lakeside Chautauqua Grounds & Marblehead Peninsula

The 22nd Annual Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival, a cherished fall tradition held on the second Saturday in October, will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 in Lakeside Chautauqua and throughout the Marblehead Peninsula.

This free, peninsula-wide event will include a variety of activities for the entire family to enjoy. There will be tours of the Marblehead Lighthouse, live entertainment, children's crafts, a pumpkin-decorating contest, arts & crafts vendors, a farmers' market, hayrides and much more.

Admission and parking in Lakeside for the festival are free. Guests are encouraged to park in the South Gate parking lot off Route 163, Bradley Temple parking lot, Fountain Inn and Hotel Lakeside parking lots, as well as along streets that do not have designated parking. A complimentary golf cart shuttle service will be available throughout the Lakeside Chautauqua grounds.

The Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival is sponsored by Lakeside Chautauqua and the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

Marblehead Lighthouse & Wolcott House Tours

Marblehead Lighthouse Tours
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Marblehead Lighthouse State Park
($3/person, age 6 & older)

Tours of the Marblehead Lighthouse will be given to guests on the day of the festival. The Marblehead Lighthouse, built in 1821, is the second oldest lighthouse on the Great Lakes and the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation on the Great Lakes. A total of 15 keepers have tended the light. The tower's history boasts the first female lighthouse keeper in the U.S.

Free Wolcott House Tours
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Keeper's House

The Ottawa County Historical Society will offer free tours on the day of the festival. It is one of the oldest surviving homes in Ottawa County and a home to the first three Marblehead Lighthouse keepers.

Live Entertainment in Lakeside

Musician Lance Horwedel
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. & 1:15-2:15 p.m., Hoover Auditorium/Third Street Tent

A noted sound engineer and musician, Lance Horwedel, will play acoustic rock music from the 1960s, 1970s and today. He has been playing music in North Central Ohio for 25 years and is a Lakeside favorite.

Matt Jergens
2:15-3 p.m., Orchestra Hall

Comedy juggler Matt Jergens will return to Lakeside for a non-stop, entertaining show. His favorite tricks include balancing a basket of eggs on a 20-foot pole, juggling razor-sharp knives and riding around on a tall unicycle. The audience will be left on the edge of their seats as Jergens appears to defy gravity in a never-before-seen kind of way.

Pumpkin-Decorating Contest

Pumpkin-Decorating Contest Drop Off
9:30-11 a.m., Hoover Auditorium Lobby

Enter an already carved, painted or decorated pumpkin to receive a 2018 (one-game) Miniature-Golf Pass. Prizes will be awarded to Best Child Design (age 8 & under), Best Youth Design (ages 9-12), Best Teen Design (ages 13-17), Best Painted Design, Best Lakeside-Inspired Design, Best Design Using Pumpkin/Natural Materials and Best Use of Props. The Most Creative Design Overall will be chosen from the above categories.

Pumpkin-Decorating Contest Awards Presentation
1-1:15 p.m., Hoover Auditorium/Third Street Tent

The child and youth winners will each receive two Orchestra Hall Movie Passes. Winners of the other categories will receive two 2018 (one-day) Daily Chautauqua Passes, including auto. The Most Creative Design Overall winner will receive four 2018 (one-day) Daily Chautauqua Passes, including auto. All pumpkin entries will be displayed in front of Hoover Auditorium from 12:30-1 p.m.

Festival Activities & Events in Lakeside

Arts & Crafts Vendors 
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Wesley Lodge, Wo-Ho-Mis Lodge, South Auditorium & Adjacent Lawn

Organized by the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, there will be more than 100 arts & crafts vendors displaying quality collectibles on the day of the festival.

Farmers' Market
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Walnut Avenue (between Second & Third Streets)

Local farmers will sell fresh produce, honey, herbs, spices, flowers, coffee beans, seasonal fruit, homemade pies, jams, artisan breads and homemade baked goods.

Wooden Boat Rides
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office Tent & Dock
($10/adult; $5/child – ages 4-12)

These 50-minute wooden boat rides, provided by the Lakeside Wooden Boat Society, will begin at 9 a.m. with the last ride departing at 3:10 p.m. Children age of 3 & under are not permitted. Proceeds benefit the Lakeside Wooden Boat Society activities. Tickets will be sold under the tent outside the Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office.

Free Lakeside Golf Cart Shuttle Service
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Lakeside Chautauqua Grounds

A complimentary golf cart shuttle service will be provided throughout the Lakeside Chautauqua grounds. Shuttle stops will be located at the Welcome Center, Wo-Ho-Mis Lodge, Third Street/Central Avenue, Orchestra Hall, Hotel Lakeside and Fifth Street/Walnut Avenue.

Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office Open
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office (236 Walnut Ave.)

The Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office will be open during the Lighthouse Festival for questions and comments.

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Departs from Hotel Lakeside

Hayrides throughout Lakeside will be provided by the McClung family of My Mother's Market, a local farmers' market vendor.

Heritage Hall Museum Open
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Heritage Hall Museum (238 Maple Ave.)

The unique history of Lakeside and the Marblehead Peninsula is preserved and exhibited in Heritage Hall Museum. Displays include photographs, memorabilia and antiques from the surrounding area. Scavenger hunts for children of all ages are available followed by a stop at the treasure chest. The museum gift shop will also be open.

Children's Crafts
10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Walnut Avenue (between Third & Fourth Streets)
($4/child – all ages)

Children will have the opportunity to participate in several fall-themed crafts on the day of the festival.

Lakeside Heritage Society’s “Lakeside Lore: The Day Amelia Earhart Visited”
11 a.m. & 3 p.m., Third St. (between Maple & Walnut Avenues)
Over the years, Lakeside has witnessed a unique lineup of presenters in Hoover Auditorium. During the summer of 1935, guests attended a lecture with famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart for only $.25. For the Lakeside Heritage Society’s morning program, longtime Lakesider Dave Glick will reminisce on a day in the life of a 7-year-old at Lakeside in 1935. In the afternoon, Glick will recount the events surrounding the famous female pilot’s second trip to Lakeside. Relive that historic day and share with us your own memorable moments. 

Free Corn Hole
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Walnut Avenue (between Third & Fourth Streets)

Corn Hole will be set up for all to play.

Free Miniature Golf & Shuffleboard 
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Central Park

Enjoy a free game of miniature golf at our recently renovated course or play a game of shuffleboard in Central Park.

Family Movie: "The Emoji Movie"
4 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Orchestra Hall
($7/adult, $3/youth – under age 12)

Orchestra Hall will feature “The Emoji Movie” over the weekend. Hidden inside a smartphone, the bustling city of Textopolis is home to all emojis. Each emoji has only one facial expression, except for Gene (voice of T.J. Miller), who has multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the others, Gene enlists the help of his friends. (86 mins)

Shopping & Dining

Businesses will be open throughout Lakeside Chautauqua and the Marblehead Peninsula, offering sales and specials. In addition to local restaurants being open, food will be served from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at various locations in Lakeside.

Food by the Lakeside United Methodist Men
11 a.m.-2 p.m., Walnut Avenue
(between Second & Third Streets)

Enjoy brats, pulled pork, hot dogs, chips, cookies and soft drinks. Proceeds benefit the Lakeside United Methodist Church mission projects.

Food by Avery’s Café & Catering
11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Wesley Lodge
Feast on hot dogs, chili dogs, shredded chicken, seafood bisque, corn chowder soup, chips and soft drinks provided by Avery's Café & Catering and sponsored by the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds benefit the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival.

Calling All Volunteers

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on the day of the festival. Volunteer opportunities include set-up, children's crafts, shuttle service and cleanup. Volunteers are not required to work the entire day, as shifts will be available. To volunteer, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or call (419) 798-4461, ext. 248.

Fall Weekend Getaway Special

Reservations are being accepted for a fall weekend getaway at the Fountain Inn during the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival weekend. Stay one night and receive 50% off your second night, available Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14. The discount is available for standard rooms only, suites are excluded. Quantities are limited and rates are subject to availability. Each reservation includes complimentary Wi-Fi and continental breakfast. Book online and use the promocode: FALLFEST17, or call the reservation line at (419) 798-4461, ext. 230.


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Purchasing a Daily, Saturday or Season Chautauqua Pass includes admission into Lakeside Chautauqua and all shows in Hoover Auditorium, plus additional benefits. A separate "ticket" is not necessary to attend a Hoover show. As always, children age 12 and under and guests over age 90 are always free. Parking is an additional charge. Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes may be purchased online at or upon entering the gates of Lakeside. Please allow two weeks for online processing. There are no reserved seats for Hoover shows; seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. Present your Chautauqua Pass upon entering Hoover Auditorium.

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