Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival: October 13, 2012

Posted: Friday, September 28, 2012 by: Alexandrea Kontos | Category: Events


Lakeside, Ohio - The Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival, a cherished fall tradition, will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in Lakeside and throughout the Marblehead Peninsula. This free, peninsula-wide event will include a variety of activities for the entire family to enjoy. The Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival is sponsored by the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Lakeside Chautauqua and Lake Erie Shores & Islands.

Marblehead Lighthouse Tours
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Marblehead Lighthouse State Park (110 Lighthouse Drive, Marblehead, Ohio)
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 in continuous operation on the Great Lakes. Shuttle service will not be provided to and from Lakeside this year.

Free Wolcott House Tours
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Wolcott House (9999 East Bayshore Road, Marblehead, Ohio)
The Ottawa County Historical Society will offer free tours of the Wolcott House 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.

11:45 a.m.-3 p.m., Hoover Auditorium Porch (115 West Third Street)
There will be live entertainment for all ages performed on Hoover Auditorium Porch. From 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Casie and Spencer Eller, will cover a variety of music ranging from popular country hits to classic rock. From 12:45-2:15 p.m. Lance Horwedel will play acoustic rock music from the 1970s and 1980s. Finally, a Magician Michael Mage will perform from 2:15-3 p.m.

Pumpkin Design Contest Drop Off
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Hoover Auditorium Lobby (115 West Third Street)
Lakeside’s Pumpkin Design Contest will feature several carved, painted and decorated pumpkins. Enter an already carved, painted or decorated pumpkin to receive a 2013 miniature-golf pass. Prizes will be awarded to Most Creative Design Overall, Scariest Design, Best Child Design (age 11 & under), Best Youth Design (ages 12-17), Best Painted Design and Best Use of Props.

Pumpkin Design Contest Winners Announced
3 p.m., Hoover Auditorium Porch (115 West Third Street)
Following Magician Michael Mage, the Pumpkin Design Contest winners will be announced. The child and youth winners will each receive two Orchestra Hall Movie Passes. Winners of the other categories receive four 2013 Daily Gate Passes. The overall winner receives four 2013 Daily Gate Passes and a $25 gift certificate to the Hotel Lakeside Café.

Arts & Crafts Vendors
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Wesley Lodge, Wo-Ho-Mis Lodge & South Auditorium (including East and West wings)
Sponsored by the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, there will be more than 80 arts and crafts vendors displaying quality collectibles.

Farmers’ Market
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Walnut Avenue (between Second & Third Streets)
Local farmers will sell vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, pumpkins, jams and baked goods. Eco-friendly bags are available for purchase at the Lakeside Chautauqua Office for $2.

Free Corn Hole
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Walnut Avenue (between Third & Fourth Streets)
Corn Hole will be set up on Walnut Avenue for all to play.

Free Lakeside Shuttle Service
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Lakeside Grounds
Complimentary golf cart shuttle service will be provided throughout the Lakeside grounds. Shuttle stops will be located at the Welcome Center, Wo-Ho-Mis, Third Street/Central Avenue, Orchestra Hall, Hotel Lakeside and Fifth Street/Walnut Avenue.

Sailboat Rides with B-About Sail Ministry (ages 10 & older)
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Departs from Pavilion/Lakeside Dock (Sign-up starts at 8 a.m.)
B-About Sail Ministry will provide sailboat rides with Captain Chad on the sailboat, Journey. The 40-minute long rides will travel to the Marblehead Lighthouse and back to Lakeside. Passengers must be age 10 & older. Life jackets will be provided. Each ride accommodates 15 passengers. The rides are donation only.

Heritage Hall Museum Open
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Heritage Hall Museum (238 Maple Avenue)
The unique history of Lakeside and the Marblehead Peninsula is preserved and exhibited in Heritage Hall Museum. Displays include photographs, memorabilia and antiques from Lakeside, Marblehead and Danbury. The museum gift shop will also be open with 2013 Lakeside wall calendars available for purchase.

Children’s Inflatable Play Areas
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Central Park
($1/child -5 minutes)
There will be two inflatable play areas for children to explore in Central Park on the day of the festival.

Free Historic Walking Tour
10:30 a.m., Departs from Heritage Hall Museum (238 Maple Avenue)
While on the grounds, discover Lakeside’s rich history by taking a 90-minute guided walking tour through the fall foliage and past the Victorian cottages.

Children’s Crafts
10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Walnut Avenue (between Third & Fourth Streets)
Children will have the opportunity to participate in several fall-themed crafts, including making pine cone bird feeders, among other activities.

Free Miniature Golf & Shuffleboard
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Central Park
Enjoy a free game of miniature golf or shuffleboard in Central Park.

11 a.m.-4 p.m., Departs from Hotel Lakeside (115 Maple Avenue)
Hayrides throughout Lakeside will be provided by the McClung family of My Mother’s Market, a local farmers’ market vendor.

Family Movie: “ParaNorman” (PG)
4 p.m. & 8 p.m., Orchestra Hall (122 Second Street)
($6/adult, $3/child-age 12 & under)
Eleven-year-old Norman Babcock (voice of Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a young misfit with a remarkable gift of seeing dead people. His only friend is Neil (voice of Tucker Albrizzi), who is not exactly a beacon of coolness. When Norman’s deceased uncle Prenderghast (voice of John Goodman), a local pariah, warns the young boy that he must save their small town of Blithe Hollow from a witch’s curse that has plagued the area for centuries, Norman is not sure how to respond. But as a terrified mob takes to the streets with torches in hand, it is up to Norman and his friends to put things right. (92 mins)

Businesses will be open throughout Lakeside and the Marblehead Peninsula offering sales and specials.

Lighthouse Festival Long-Sleeve T-Shirts
Walnut Avenue & Wesley Lodge
Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival long-sleeve T-shirts will be available in both children and adult sizes at Lakeside’s Wesley Lodge and Walnut Avenue on the day of the festival.

In addition to local restaurants throughout Lakeside and the Marblehead Peninsula, food will be served from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in various locations in Lakeside.

Lakeside United Methodist Men Food
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Walnut Avenue (between Second & Third Streets)
Enjoy brats, pulled pork, chips, soft drinks and cookies. Proceeds benefit the Lakeside United Methodist Church mission projects.

Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Food
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Wesley Lodge (510 Central Avenue)
Feast on hot dogs, chili dogs, sloppy Joes, pulled pork, lobster bisque, soft drinks and desserts. Proceeds benefit the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival.

Reservations are now being accepted for a Fall Weekend Getaway Special at the Fountain Inn. A special rate of $89 plus tax for all standard room reservations made for Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13 is available. Continental breakfast is complimentary with each reservation.

To book your stay, contact (419) 798-4461, ext. 230 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, or email This rate can also be accessed online 24/7 by using the promocode: FALLFEST12. Available for standard rooms only – suites excluded.

Lakeside Chautauqua extends a sincere thank you to the many volunteers who have dedicated time to support the mission of Lakeside. Even though the summer season has ended, Lakeside continues to rely on the time and talent of its many volunteers.

Lakeside Chautauqua would like to invite volunteers to assist at the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Volunteers are needed for set-up, children’s crafts, shuttle service, children’s inflatable area, Lakeside booths at Wesley Lodge and Walnut Avenue, Sailboat Ride booth and cleanup. Volunteers are not required to work the entire day, as shifts will be available. To volunteer, contact (419) 798-4461, ext. 248 or

Lakeside Chautauqua is a family destination that has pioneered the act of nurturing mind, body and spirit since 1873. One of the few remaining Chautauquas in the United States, Lakeside offers a variety of spiritual, educational, cultural arts and recreational opportunities. Located between Cleveland and Toledo on Lake Erie’s south shore, Lakeside is a gated community that provides rest and renewal in addition to hundreds of enlightening and entertaining experiences. For more information on vacationing or living the Lakeside Chautauqua experience, visit or call (419) 798-4461.


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