We found 2009 filled with some terrific island events for all ages. Our hats go off to those who made these events so successful: The Put-in-Bay Arts Council Twilight Music Concerts, The Put-in-Bay Yacht Club’s Battle of Peach Point, The Lake Erie Islands Historical Society’s annual North Bass trip, the Barstool Auction on Middle Bass, the Adirondack chair auction on South Bass Island, the Miller Boat Line 5K Run, the Community Choir Performance, the events over Historic Weekend, the Chalk Walk, the Wine Festival, the Oktoberfest, the Vintner Cup old- fashion baseball games, the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society’s fund raiser Auction, the Soup Nazi’s visit to The Goat, and the Pirate Fest among others. This year will also be remembered for the opening of the new Lonz Marina, the construction of a water tower on Middle Bass, the Boardwalk’s flag ceremony, the opening of Hooligan’s Irish Pub, the opening of the Put-in-Bay Winery at the Doller House, the opening of the new tiki bar, Mist, at Mr. Ed’s, the arrival of Jet Express IV, the expansion of the Village wastewater treatment plant, the failure of the Port Authority levy and the shake up at the island airport, the remodelling at the school, and the closing of the Monument for repairs. If we’ve forgotten something, please forgive us. We know 2010 will bring even more events and interesting things to the islands. So, as we finish off December 2009 in style and head into a new year, we’re certain 2010 will be filled with many more surprises, happenings and events.