Welcoming the return of fall weather to our Lake Erie shore, October brings a beautiful, multi-hued landscape of autumn leaves, cool breezes off the water… and the excitement of the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival with its annual Pumpkin-Decorating Contest!

When: Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
            Pumpkin Drop-Off – 9:30-11 a.m.
            Awards Presentation – 1-1:30 p.m.
Where: Hoover Auditorium Porch
Who: You! Read More

Coffee & Cream
Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday through Oct. 13; reopens May 2019

Evening Song Cottage Bed & Breakfast
Open weekends through Oct. 13

Heritage Hall Museum Gift Shop
Open for the Lighthouse Festival, Oct. 13; by appointment any other day; reopens May 2019

Idlewyld Bed & Breakfast
Open through mid-November; reopens May 2019

Joseph Wise Fine Clocks
Open daily through October and weekends through December; reopens May 2019
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday-Thursday
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday & Saturday

Keystone Guest House
Open weekends through October; reopens May 2019 Read More

Guest Blogger: Cheryl Harner, Lakesider

Photo by Brenda Knipp

It was a collision of two of nature’s greatest phenomena, an insect migration and a hurricane, in a drama played out over Lake Erie. Southbound monarch butterflies, travelers they are called, the last generation of the 2018 broods, were headed out of Canada on a course for Mexico. They had caught the strong winds of a Nor’easter, heedless of weather reports calling for wind gusts of 40 knots. They were clueless of the stalled remnants of Hurricane Gordon, spilling the last of his coastal waters on a three-day binge in Ottawa County, Ohio.

The travelers made landfall, exhausted and spent from fighting the storm. They landed on any purchase to which they could cling. Reports started coming across social media with photos to verify. Hundreds upon hundreds of monarchs were stacking up on vegetation from Whiskey Island off Cleveland’s shore, all along the lakefront to the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge on the western edge of our county on both Sept. 9 and 10.

By grace and fortune, wings landed in Lakeside as well. On Sept. 10, monarchs gathered en masse near the pavilion, a mere stone’s throw from the Angel Garden. It was a fitting temporary resting spot for the monarchs on course to arrive in Mexico the first week of November, in time for the local celebration of Dia de Muertos, or Day of the Dead (or All Souls’ Day).  Tradition has it, monarchs are the souls of the ones who have passed during the year, returning to their loved ones. Read More

Candy, cards, souvenirs, and sundries line the shelves of The Shade Tree. A woman browses the card section while her son grabs a handful of individually wrapped taffy.

This season marked the 25th year that The Shade Tree has been in business. As a celebration, The Shade Tree offered customers a variety of deals centered around ’25,’ with one of those deals being a chance to win a $25 gift card.

While $25 may seem like it could go quick at a souvenir shop, Becky Price, the owner of The Shade Tree, always strives to keep her prices modest and fair.

“I keep in mind that people have to pay a gate fee and rent cottages and pay for gas to get here,” said Price. “There are a lot of expenses that go along with vacationing, so I work hard to ensure that the items I’m selling are priced reasonably.”

The items in The Shade Tree are not only affordable, but practical and unique.

“The Shade Tree is stocked with custom-designed items to keep our inventory unique,” said Price. “The Shade Tree doesn’t overlap with other stores in Lakeside.” Read More

Guest Blogger: Bruce Stambaugh

Photo by Bruce Stambaugh

I’m sitting on a bench beneath the shade of a determined sugar maple tree, perhaps its verdant growth encouraged by the view I’m enjoying. Who or what wouldn’t be heartened with these delightful surroundings.

Youngsters set sail on skiffs, their teenage teachers guiding them into and out of the steady east wind, tacking, and turning this way and that, the multi-colored sails energized by the steady lake breeze.

Only weeks ago a much different scene played out in this same location. One nor’easter after the other pounded the shoreline that now houses a single-file line of dinghies slotted between wooden four by fours.

The shoreline lost, as it always does, against such strong forces of nature. So did the dock, which had its securely anchored metal benches washed overboard. Read More