Legacy, Perry’s Victory Heritage Festival

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As our nations observance of the War of 1812 continues, here in Put-in-Bay we are seeing the tangible results of last years promotion of the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial to families, history buffs and empty nesters. More and more are coming here with the hopes and expectations of seeing and connecting to the history and adventure that was part of the storyline in so many of the magazine and press articles. They are coming to Perry’s Victory, Pyrate Fest, LEIHS Auctions and hopefully the newly branded Perry’s Victory Heritage Festival (you know it as Historic Weekend).

This is exciting to see and something that we all hope to foster and promote. Last year when the Perry Group and Lake Erie Heritage Foundation worked with the NPS and our local business owners and community leaders to promote the Bicentennial we all hoped this might be the long-term result. This collaboration resulted in awards and recognition for our NPS park and the partners like the Perry Group, LEHF, and PIB Chamber of Commerce that made this possible. So now we are excited because many great things are on the horizon.

While we have known this weekend as “Historic Weekend” for years, the rebranding of the event as “Perry’s Victory Heritage Festival” will help visitors to better understand what the weekend is all about. And that will help us to better promote the events and grow the festival.

Next year the US Brig Niagara will be in port for this event adding to the concluding observances for the War of 1812. The Niagara is one of the most identifiable ways for us to attract and interest visitors that want to learn about the ship and it’s importance to our island’s history.

A long term association with Parks Canada will allow us to share the importance of the “Peace” that we enjoy with Canada and allow Americans to hear a different perspective on the war and the 200+ years of Peace we have shared.
Finally, the Perry Group is excited to see the Harbor Illumination and Toledo Symphony performance on Saturday become a major part of the overall experience for islanders, cottagers and our visitors. Here is a list of events for this years Perry’s Victory and Heritage Festival;

Friday, September 5
7:30 p.m. Sunset Flag Retirement Ceremony

Saturday, September 6
9:15 a.m. Wreath Laying at Battle Site- Miller Ferry leaves from Lime Kiln Dock at Put-in-Bay. Free tickets but only 225 available! 2 per family, Ages 10+ only, Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)

11 p.m. – 1 p.m. War of 1812 Family Dance Workshop Dance instruction and Music by Fiddlesix

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. The Perry Group Reception and Fundraiser at the Keys 20 donation at the door, except life members are free

2:15 p.m. Historic Weekend Parade—Downtown Put-in-Bay, Ohio (Community parade with high school bands, antique cars, re-enactors, US Navy with special emphasis on 200 Anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner)

3 p.m. Military Tactical (Combined artillery and special maneuvers of ground forces from War of 1812)

4 p.m. Retracing History: A 1812 Conversation Roundtable discussion about the War of 1812 and the Present Day US Moderator: Greg Peiffer, Executive Director/Owner of WPIB/WPCR Radi0, Special Guests: Grant Walker, Naval Historian, United States Naval Academy Don Hickey, War of 1812 author and scholar USS Lake Erie Command Master Chief Mike Killio Black Swamp InterTribal Foundation

6 p.m. Toledo Symphony Concert sponsored by the Perry Group
At Dusk Lights of Peace—Harbor Illumination sponsored by the Perry Flares will be lit around South Bass Island in memory of friends & loved one

Sunday, September 7
9 a.m. Ecumenical Worship Service by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

10 a.m. Procession: In Remembrance of the Fallen (20 minute ceremony Starts near flag poles ends in Rotunda

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