WHAT: Arts on Erie
WHEN: 1 a.m.-4 p.m. June 25-30
WHERE: Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial Visitor Center, 93 Delaware Ave., Put-in-Bay
So the summer is out and the kids are home.
Ah, children, darling angels of the heavens or hellion demons from, well, hell. For parents, the first few minutes of summer break normally feature the former, while the rest of the 70-plus days of no school often bring out the latter.
Whatever your situation is, keeping them occupied is imperative. Sure on the surface this may seem like nothing more than being a good parent and showing them life, but in reality it’s a blatantly desperate attempt to hold on to your sanity. And, how’s that working out for you so far?
If you’re looking for a few ideas to get out of the house for some sun, fun, etc, organizers of the annual Put-in-Bay Arts on Erie event, which takes place June 25 through 30 at Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial Visitor Center, have a weeklong arts program for kids to learn various crafts and activities.
“This is basically termed for kids of all ages,” said Arts Council Vice President Peter Huston, who has called Put-in-Bay home for the last seven years. “Each day is a different aspect of the arts. I’d say it’s 70 percent kids, 30 percent adults. And it’s free. The Arts Council and the National Park Service cover all of the costs.”
Think of Arts on Erie as a sort of all-ages bucket list with learning activities ranging from dance and painting to harmonica playing and kite-making. Entering its third year, the annual event attracts anywhere from 50 to 70 participants with attendance expected to grow this year.
“We just try to pick something that parents would be able to have their kids be involved with,” Huston said. “One of the big things here in the summer, most of the activities here are adult oriented. There are some events for kids, swimming and sailing lessons and nature camp, but there are gaps so we picked this week because there’s nothing going on for kids.”
Formed just over a decade ago, the Put-in-Bay Arts council has a mission to provide the isolated and culturally uniform community with diverse outlets for expressions and explorations of creativity. The idea is to foster an appreciation for the arts for year-round residents and seasonal visitors of all ages and backgrounds.
“Everybody thinks of Put-in-Bay as a party town on the weekends but most families will tend to come during the weekends, so we just seem to cross over a little bit into that marketplace,” Huston said. “Also, our goal is to reach out to people outside of the island who are thinking about coming here and wondering what there is for their kids to do.”
He added, “Plus, it’s supervised, it’s fun and it’s free.”
For more information, visit http://pibarts.wordpress.com.
Schedule of Events
Here’s a look at the schedule being offered 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Visitor Center:
June 25: Children’s Zumba
June 26: Imagination Stations
June 27: Underwater or Garden Picture
June 28: Hal Walker Harmonica workshop with family concert at 7 p.m.
June 29: Kite Fly
June 30: Children’s Theater Activities/Chalk Walk