Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival

 Saturday, October 13, 2018 
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The 23rd Annual Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival, held on the second Saturday in October, will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.

This free, peninsula-wide event will include a variety of activities for the entire family: tours of the Marblehead Lighthouse, live entertainment, children's games and crafts, a pumpkin-decorating contest, arts & crafts vendors, a farmers' market, hayrides and much more in Lakeside Chautauqua and Marblehead. We've also added a clambake dinner following the day's festivities. View the menu and purchase dinner tickets!

Admission and parking for the festival are free. View directions. For Lakeside activities, guests are encouraged to park in Lakeside's South Gate parking lot off Route 163, the Bradley Temple parking lot on Cedar Avenue, Fountain Inn and Hotel Lakeside parking lots, as well as along streets that do not have designated parking. Complimentary golf cart shuttles will be available from the South Gate parking lot near the Welcome Center and throughout the Lakeside grounds.

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

Marblehead Lighthouse & Wolcott House

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

Tours of the lighthouse will be given on the day of the festival. Built in 1821, the Marblehead Lighthouse is the second oldest on the Great Lakes and the oldest one 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, as well as have Ohio 14th Volunteer Infantry (OVI) re-enactors and the 73rd OVI Regiment Band onsite. The Wolcott House is one of the oldest surviving homes in Ottawa County and a home to the first three Marblehead Lighthouse keepers.

Live Entertainment

Musician Spencer Eller
10-11:20 a.m., Outside Hoover Auditorium/Third Street Tent

Spencer Eller’s talent on acoustic guitar and vocals lends itself well to all musical genres. From James Taylor and Johnny Cash to The Killers and Walk the Moon, he performs it all with artistry.

Lakeside Heritage Society’s “Lakeside Lore: Preaching, Music & Speechifying”
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. & 2:30-3 p.m., Outside Hoover Auditorium/Third Street Tent

In August 1873, a group of preachers from the Port Clinton Methodist Circuit gathered on the shores of Lake Erie for preaching, music and “speechifying.” Since then, Lakeside has been a destination for thousands of guests enjoying these same activities and much more. In two Ohio History Connection encore performances, hear from 20th century reveler Sarah Jaquays as she reminisces on her Chautauqua memories from the summer of 1899.

Musician Lance Horwedel
12-1 p.m. & 1:30-2:30 p.m., Outside 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.

Magician Michael Mage
1:30-2:15 p.m., Orchestra Hall

Known as a comedian stuck in magician's shoes, Michael Mage incorporates comedy and endless audience participation into every hilarious show. His performances have been experienced by all ages and have titled him as a master of close-up and impromptu comedy magic.

Pumpkin-Decorating Contest

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

Enter an already carved, painted or decorated pumpkin to receive a 2019 (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.

Awards Presentation
1-1:30 p.m.,
Outside 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 2019 (one-day) Daily Chautauqua Passes, including auto. The Most Creative Design Overall winner will receive four 2019 (one-day) Daily Chautauqua Passes, including auto. All pumpkin entries will be displayed in front of Hoover Auditorium starting at 12:30 p.m.

Festival Activities & Events in Lakeside

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

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

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

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

Wooden Boat Rides
10 a.m.-4 p.m.,
Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office Tent & Dock
($15/person, age 4 & older)

These 50-minute wooden boat rides, provided by the Lakeside Wooden Boat Society, will begin at 10 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. Tickets will be sold under the tent outside the Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office, and rides will be from the dock.

Free Lakeside Golf Cart Shuttle Service
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Lakeside Chautauqua Grounds
Complimentary golf cart shuttles will be provided throughout the Lakeside grounds. Shuttle stops: 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 office will be open for questions and comments. Stop by the tent outside to purchase Wooden Boat Ride tickets and Lakeside T-shirts.

Children's Games & Crafts
10 a.m.-3 p.m.,
Walnut Avenue (between Third & Fourth Streets)
($4/child – all ages)

Children will have the opportunity to participate in several fall-themed games and crafts.

Free Family Games
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Walnut Avenue (between Third & Fourth Streets)

Corn Hole and outdoor Jenga and Connect Four will be set up for all to play.

Free Miniature Golf & Shuffleboard
10 a.m.-4 p.m.,
Bettinger Park

Enjoy a free game of miniature golf at our lakefront course or play a game of shuffleboard in Bettinger Park.

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

Hayrides throughout Lakeside will be provided by the Bergman family of Bergman Orchards, 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 Marblehead is preserved and exhibited in the museum. Displays include photographs, memorabilia and antiques. 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.

Family Movie: "Christopher Robin" (PG)
7:30 p.m., Orchestra Hall

($7/adult, $3/youth – under age 12)

Orchestra Hall will feature “Christopher Robin” over the weekend. Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor), now a family man living in London, receives a surprise visit from his childhood pal, Winnie-the-Pooh (voiced by Jim Cummings). With Christopher’s help, Pooh embarks on a journey to find Tigger, Eeyore, Owl, Piglet, Rabbit, Kanga and Roo. Once reunited, the gang travels to the big city to help Christopher rediscover the joy of life. (104 mins)

Shopping & Dining

Businesses will be open throughout Lakeside and Marblehead, 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.

Lakeside United Methodist Church
10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
The church will once again be offering homemade soups (ham & cheese, cream of broccoli, chicken & rice) and apple dumplings. Dumplings are sold in packages of two and can be pre-ordered by contacting or (419) 798-5119. Pre-ordered dumplings can be picked up beginning Wednesday, Oct. 10.

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.

Avery’s Café & Catering in Lakeside
11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Wesley Lodge

Feast on hot dogs, chili dogs, shredded chicken, sloppy joes, seafood bisque, corn chowder, chips, desserts and soft drinks provided by Avery's Café & Catering and sponsored by the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

Clambake Dinner
5 p.m., Train Station

New this year, the Clambake Dinner will take place after the day’s festivities. The tasty menu includes one dozen clams (per person), honey roasted chicken, baked sweet potatoes, corn on the cob, clam chowder and bourbon bread pudding, with water and iced tea. Please note: reservations for the dinner have closed.

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 games and crafts, shuttle service and cleanup. Volunteers are not required to work the entire day, as shifts will be available. To volunteer, contact, or call (419) 798-4461, ext. 248.

Fall Weekend Getaway Special

Pack your favorite Lakeside sweatshirt, and plan a fall getaway to Lakeside! Stay one night at the Fountain Inn and receive 50% off your second night, available Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13. Quantities are limited, and rates are subject to availability. Rooms include complimentary Wi-Fi and continental breakfast.

Book online and use promocode: FALLFEST18, or call the reservations line at (419) 798-4461, ext. 230. Please note that the promotional code must be mentioned over the phone.



Lakeside & Marblehead Peninsula
236 Walnut Ave
Lakeside Marblehead, OH 43440

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