Monday, June 4, 2018

What's Happening in Sandusky! Independence Day and Festival of Sail - July 12-15, 2018

Fireworks and an American Flag on a blue background
Fireworks, Cannons, Bands, and a Giant Rubber Ducky! If you're in Sandusky this July, you're likely to experience some summer fun like no other!

On Independence Day, from 10-4, downtown Sandusky’s Washington Park in transformed into the Stars & Stripes Festival hosted by the Sandusky Community Celebrations Council. The streets surrounding the park are shut down to make room for food vendors, musical acts, pony rides, and game tents, as well as the thousands of people coming in to have a great time! A new event for 2018 is the Boy with the Boot Bicen10K and Family Relay.

The big event for the summer is the Festival of Sail, July 12-15 at the Jackson Street Pier in Sandusky. For 4 days, the harbor is host to Tall Ships and a special visitor - Mama Duck, the 6-story tall World's Largest Inflatable Duck! Mama Duck will float amongst the visiting ships, as long as the weather cooperates. As of this writing, four ships are scheduled to make an appearence, including the U.S Brig Niagara, a reconstruction of one of the ships that helped American forces to win the Battle of Niagara in the War of 1812. Visitors can purchase tickets to view the ships from the pier, board and tour the ships, or even take a 90 minute sail! If you attend on the12th, you can see the Parade of Sail, in which the ships sail along the harbor.

Stay with us at Angel Welcome Bed and Breakfast for a quiet, realxing night's sleep and a generous and delicious breakfast either before or after you attend these fun summer events, or both!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Fun in the Sun! June 2018 in Northern Ohio

June is coming, with it the promise of summer weather, and plenty of sun and fun! In our purlieu,  the activities are stacking up- whether you want to cheer on historical baseball players or keep it a little closer to the ground by strolling through a museum or car show, we've got something for you in Northern Ohio this June!

Each Tuesday in June - October, the Milan Village Square will be surrounded with classic cars for Cruisin' on the Square. This is a great tradition in which up to 150 beautifully restored vehicles are displayed all around the village square, leaving plenty of room for car fans to roam around and marvel at the incredible work that is put into these beautiful rides.

Before you hit the car show, consider a visit to the Milan History Musem. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-5pm, and 1-5pm on Sundays, the museum is a wonderful place to spend some time learning about all kinds of interesting subjects. One of the newer exhibits is the Galpin Glass Galleries, which feature pieces from Roman antiquity all the way to modern artists.

The Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall will be in Port Clinton, not too far from Milan, from May 30 – June 3, 2018 at Camp Perry. This 80% scale Traveling Vietnam Wall is the largest traveling Vietnam wall replica, which makes the opportunity to view the Wall available to those who can't travel to DC to see the original.  

Take a side trip to Freemont, to the Rutherford B Hayes Museum to see old-timey baseball on June 3rd and 10th at 2pm. The Spiegal Grove Squires will take on the Rochester Grangers of Rochester Hills, Mi on June 3 and local celebrity all-stars on June 10. These home games are free admission -so take a couple of hours on a summer Sunday to cheer on the home team!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

International Museum Day - May 18, 2018

In Milan, Ohio, our "Claim to Fame" is as the birthplace to Thomas Edison. What better way to celebrate International Museum Day on May 18th than with a trip to our charming little village to tour the Thomas Edison Birthplace Museum?

Edison's family had an interesting history in and of itself. Thomas' great-grandfather was forced to give up his lands in New Jersey due to his Loyalist sensibilities during the Revolution, and took his family to Canada. His grandfather, Captain Samuel Edison, was a British officer in the War of 1812. Interestingly, Thomas' father, Samuel Ogden Edison, Junior, seems to have turned away from his family's Royalist ways and became involved in the Papineau-MacKenzie Rebellion, which was a failed Candian revolution. Due to that, he was forced to leave Canada, and later settled in Milan with his wife Nancy and their children. Thomas Edison was born in Milan on February 11, 1847, in the same structure, built by Samuel, that now houses the birthplace museum. The family lived in the house until 1854, when it was sold for their move to New Jersey.

Through the years, the house was owned by other families, until  it was re-purchased by Edison's sister Marion in 1894. Eventually, in 1906, Thomas bought the house. After his death in 1931, his widow and daughter worked to make the homeplace a museum to honor Edison's life and legacy. The museum opened on February 11, 1947, the 100th anniversary of his birth.

The Thomas Edison Birthplace Museum is open in April and May from Tuesday through Sunday from 1-5pm, and June-August on Tuesday-Saturday from 10am -5pm and Sundays from 1-5pm. Make a fun weekend trip with us at Angel Welcome Bed and Breakfast, touring the museum on of International Museum Day on Friday, then taking the other two days to just relax and rejuvenate!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Sandusky Bicentennial - 200 Years in the Making!

The city of Sandusky, Ohio, has a long history - 200 years, in fact!

Sandusky was established upon the shores of Lake Erie in 1818. The name Sandusky is thought to have come from the Wyandot words, saundustee, meaning "water" or andusti, "cold water". It's been mentioned on maps and in travelogues as far back as 1718. Sandusky is well-known as a stop on the Underground Railroad, where escaped enslaved people could make their way into Canada, and freedom. During Prohibition, smugglers used Sandusky as a port to bring in illegal liquor from Canada! 

These days, Sandusky is known for water sports and recreation. Thousands of people come to the city every year to enjoy Cedar Point, an amusement park built right on the banks of the lake, known as the "Roller Coaster Capital of the World", boasting 14 roller coasters which at different times have held the titles of longest, fastest, and tallest steel coasters in the US. 

Several events are planned to celebrate the city's Bicentennial, and here are a few: 

Bicentennial Ball
A look back at the beauty of the past - held in the Cedar Point Ballroom. This black-tie event will feature cocktails and bands playing old standards to today's hits.  
April 28, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 12:00 am
Cedar Point Ballroom
1 Cedar Point Dr
Sandusky, OH 44870

Bicentennial Banter
A series of free, fun historical discussions held on Wednesday evenings at the Sandusky State Theater. Check the site for dates.
Sandusky State Theatre
107 Columbus Ave
Sandusky, OH 44870

Walking Tours 
Learn about the architecture and former life of Sandusky’s historic buildings and parks in the fresh air! Free, guided tours will be led by Erie County Historical Society volunteers and all begin at 6 p.m, starting May 23rd at the corner of Columbus Avenue and Washington Row, at the popcorn wagon

May 23, 2018 at 6:00 pm
Popcorn Wagon
E Washington Row & Columbus Ave
Sandusky, OH 44870

If you've ever wanted to visit Northern Ohio, this is the year! Keep an eye on this blog for future fun events occurring all year long - and don't forget to make your reservations to stay with us at Angel Welcome Bed and Breakfast


Friday, February 16, 2018

Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail - March 2-3 & 9-10, 2018

Lovers of Wine and Chocolate are in for a big treat in early March! Put on by Wineries on the Lake Erie Shores & Islands and the V.I.N.O Wine Trails in northwest Ohio, the Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail is a great time for a day-long trek or a four day, two-weekend extravaganza!

A dozen different wineries are taking part (see map, below) in the wine trail. At each stop, you will relish wine samples and chocolate nibbles, then move on to the next spot. At your pre-selected winery, you will receive a special chocolate trail gift surprise and a souvenir wine glass. This event is great for couples, family groups, girlfriends' weekends or whatever people you like to travel and drink wine with! If you decide to go fancy and hire a bus or car, with more than 6 people, make sure to notify the wineries ahead of time so they will be better able to accommodate your group.

The cost is $40 each for couples or $50 per person. Couples share the the trail gift, but receive their own glass and samples. You don't have to visit all eleven wineries in one day - you can spread the fun over all four days, if you like!

The way it works is that you buy your tickets online, then you decide how you want to travel the wine trail. When you purchase your tickets, you'll be asked to type in the name of the winery where you want to pick up your trail gift and souvenir wine glass, so take a look at the map before you decide.

Angel Welcome Bed & Breakfast is a great home base for a fun wine weekend! Check our availability and male your reservations early so you don't miss out!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Thomas Edison's 171st Birthday!

February 11, 2018, is the 171st anniversary of Thomas Edison's birth. This is an especially notable fact here in Milan, the birthplace of the estimable inventor!

Thomas Edison was born in 1847, in Milan, Ohio, to Samuel Ogden Edison Jr. and Nancy Matthews Elliot. He was the youngest of 7 children. Interestingly, Samuel had fled Canada after the failed Mackenzie Rebellion. Thomas' grandfather Samuel Sr, had fought in the War of 1812. Thomas was mostly educated by his mother at home, though he did attend classes at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Of course, his contributions to the quality of life of millions of people throughout the years is well known, with inventions such as the light bulb, the phonograph, mimeograph and movie camera, as well as promoting the building and extension of electrical power to the people.

Though Edison's family moved away from Milan not long after his birth,  but we still consider him a Native Son, and the house where they lived has been long known as the Thomas Edison Birthplace Museum. The Museum was established by Edison's widow, Mina Miller Edison, and their daughter, Madeleine, Mrs. John Eyre Sloane. The Museum was opened on the centennial of Edison's birth on February 11, 1947.

If you would like to visit the museum, please check their website for days and times they are open. A great day to plan a trip would be for Thomas Edison's birthday, which falls on a Sunday this year! The museum is just a 3 minute walk from Angel Welcome Bed and Breakfast!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Five "Funderful" New Year's Eve Events in Northern Ohio

You might be asking yourself if we had spell check turned off for the title of this post, but no- we've decided to coin a new term, combining "Fun" and "Wonderful": Funderful!

New Year's Eve is always a chance to get out and have a festive time, to say good-bye to the old year and to close out the holiday season. Here are five Funderful Events to help you do just that!

The final night of the Firelands Festival of Lights will be on New Year's Eve from 5-10pm. This is perfect for families or couples who might want to be back at the inn in their jammies by midnight! There is no charge for this lovely display, but they do accept donations, which go to various non-profit organizations in the community. Find the Festival at the Sawmill Creek Resort, 400 Sawmill Creek Dr. (off US 6), Huron, OH 44839.

Lovers of history and glamor will not want to miss the New Year's Eve 1940's WWII era Big Band Hangar Dance at the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton. A live orchestra will play, heavy hors d'oeuvres, soft drinks, party favors, and a champagne toast at Midnight will be served, with a cash bar available. Come dressed for the part in your favorite vintage or reproduction clothing. Tickets may be purchased per person, couple or table.

Also in Port Clinton is the annual New Year's Eve Walleye Drop! Taking place in downtown from 3pm to 12:30am, there will be live music, children and teen activties, food trucks, fireworks and more! Brave the cold to see Wylie the 600 pound Walleye drop from the sky at the stroke of midnight!

Downtown Sandusky features not one, but TWO fireworks celebrations on New Year's Eve! The first is family fireworks at 6pm, and the Grande Fireworks Show at 11:59pm from the Jackson Street Pier. The show is sponsored by Hotel Kilbourne and Oh Taco.

Finally, at The Listening Room, 220 E. Perry St. (SR 163) in Port Clinton, music enthusiasts will enjoy New Year's Eve with Leigh Nash at 9pm. Leigh is best known from her time with the band Sixpence None the Richer. Doors open at 8pm - the $69.99 ticket price includes a two hour show, three drink tickets, a champagne toast, small plate desserts, party favors, and all taxes and gratuities.

No matter where you celebrate the New Year, we here at Angel Welcome Bed and Breakfast wish you the best and most FUNDERFUL 2018!