Lake Erie East Coastal Gazette

In This Issue:

West Breakwater Lighthouse
Camping in Lake County
Movies in the Park
Kirtland Strawberry Festival
Railroads in the Park
Working Dog Weekend



Arts and Culture

Guys and Dolls
June 2 – 24

New York’s most notorious gamblers make a bet that focuses on the beautiful mission girl, Sarah, who is whisked off to Havana to be wined and dined. But Sarah has a mind of her own and all bets are off in this favorite 1950 musical classic. Read More

Gazebo Concert Series

June 7 – August 2

This summer, listen to live music every Wednesday night. All concerts are held at Veteran’s Park in Painesville; bring a blanket or chair for the lawn. Fantastic entertainment for all ages. Read more…

Kiss Me, Kate

June 9 – June 25

Join Willoughby Fine Arts Association for the hilarious musical retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Read more…

Movies in the Park

Starting June 16

The City of Wickliffe welcomes you to movie night in the park. Perfect for the whole family, movies will be shown all summer long in beautiful Coulby Park. Read more…

Food and Wine

Kirtland Strawberry Festival
June 15 – 18

The festival that kicks off the summer! Featuring fresh strawberries, strawberry shortcakes, sundaes, rides, games, a flea market, crafts, food, fun and entertainment for the whole family. Read More

strawberry fest

Woof, Wag & Wine
June 17

Bring your four-legged friend for a tour of Grand River Cellars while you enjoy a wine tasting to live music benefiting the Lake Humane Society. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and canopies and set up on the lawn. The first 100 attendees receive a gift. Read More

Outdoor Fun

Railroads in the Park
June 3 – 4

A day filled with operating model train exhibits! Other featured exhibits include G Scale trains, Lionel O Scale trains, Lego train layout, Farmpark’s G Scale Garden Railroad layout and displays on agriculture and the railroad. The wooden train interactive play area allows the youngest railroad enthusiasts to play engineer. Read More

Working Dog Weekend
June 17 – 18

Discover the many roles of the versatile canine–from tiny terriers hunting underground rodents to Newfoundlands–gentle giants who rescue stranded boaters. Celebrate these wonderful canines at Working Dog Weekend at Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland. Read More

West Breakwater Lighthouse

Open House June 10

We all have birthdays. For the Fairport Harbor West Lighthouse, it’s June 9, 1925, the day its light was first lit.

The doors swing open annually to welcome the community for an open house, self-guided tour and naturally, a birthday cake.


This year’s Annual Birthday Open House is scheduled for Saturday, June 10 from noon – 4 p.m. Last year well over a hundred people patiently waited their turn to come in for a peek.

Enjoy a stroll on the beach, climb the jagged breakwall and carefully make your way to the ladder at the bottom of the platform. Ascend the cast iron circular staircase to tackle all five floors and admire renovations to the lighthouse to date. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a bottle of water, and bring some friends. The view from the top makes it all worthwhile! Admission is free and open to the public and donations are kindly appreciated.

Happy 92nd Birthday Fairport Harbor West Lighthouse!

Camping in Lake County

Looking for some family bonding time or maybe a trip for your scout troop?

Lake Metroparks invites you to experience cabin camping at two locations in Madison, Ohio. Strong Cabin is located in Hogback Ridge Park and the Resource Center is located on Palisades Road in Madison near Hidden Valley Park. Both are available for reservation on a nightly or weekly basis year-round, with a two-night minimum stay.


If you are looking for a rougher experience, check out Lake Metroparks tent camping as well! To provide more opportunities to enjoy nature, the park system is now offering tent camping in seven unique locations. Staff-created sites highlight different natural resources, yielding a variety of camping experiences.

The sites offer a “primitive” experience for small groups of up to eight people. Hike or paddle in. Sites are set back from developed areas of the parks with distances ranging from a quarter mile to more than a mile. Each location is different, and with only one or two campsites per park this is a quiet, intimate natural experience–much different from crowded campgrounds. There is a lakeside site at Hidden Lake, two sites high on the bluffs over Lake Erie, a campsite near the rim of the gorge at Penitentiary Glen, a creekside site along Big Creek and two riverside sites along the Grand River.

Enjoy a s’more in Lake County!

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