16th Toledo Lighthouse Waterfront Festival set for July 6-7

Press Staff Writer

        Celebrate and support the iconic historic Toledo Lighthouse at the 16th annual waterfront festival July 6 and 7 at Maumee Bay State Park.
        Festival-goers can enjoy a boat ride around the lighthouse to see the structure before restoration begins this year. Text 419-367-1691 for reservations.
        As always, the festival will include a variety of food offerings, children’s activities, great views of Lake Erie and the inland lake and a silent auction.  This year’s silent auction includes 30 landscape steel boats that used to be used at Lake Mont Landing for fishing in Lake Erie. 
        Additionally, more than 50 artists and crafters – many offering nautical art – will be on hand.
        Several entertainers will perform in the amphitheater, including the American Legion and Polish bands, along with Toledo School of the Arts Steel Drums, the Bob Wurst Band, Andrew the Magician, and more. In addition, Suburban Legend will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday.
.       Also featured this year is Scott McKenzie, beach glass hunter and paleontologist, who will present a talk and display unusual beach glass from Lake Erie and around the world. McKenzie, a geology professor and paleontologist at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, has presented at the Texas NASA Explorer program and at conferences in eight states. He will discuss how beach glass is formed, where to find it and what colors are rare. He invites festival-goers to bring interesting beach finds, fossils and possible meteorites for free identification. Also on display will be part of a window from a Russian spacecraft, atomic bomb glass and fossils that are found in our area.
        The festival is sponsored by the all-volunteer, 400-member Toledo Lighthouse Society, which is raising funds to restore the lighthouse. The restoration is estimated to cost $2 million. Once the project is completed, there will be a rotation of four people who will stay at the lighthouse to give tours and serve as keepers.
        Admission and parking for the festival are free; a donation of $5 would be appreciated.
        For more info on the Toledo Waterfront Lighthouse Festival or the history of the lighthouse, visit www.toledolighthousefestival.org.


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