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Join us in commemorating the 50th Founder’s Day at DeRivera Park, Put-in-Bay, Ohio, a special event that honors the island’s founding by Hispanic merchant Jose DeRivera. From 11 am to 4 pm, immerse yourself in the rich history and vibrant community spirit that has shaped Put-in-Bay. Explore a variety of vendor stalls, enjoy engaging activities, and learn about the island’s unique heritage. This milestone event not only celebrates the past but also looks forward to the continued growth and prosperity of Put-in-Bay. Whether you’re a history buff, a local resident, or a visitor, Founder’s Day offers a meaningful and enjoyable experience for all.
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Jose DeRivera: A Legacy Honored
In 1854, Jose DeRivera, a visionary Spanish merchant, purchased several islands in the area, including South Bass and Middle Bass, for $44,000. His development initiatives, such as building mills and parceling land, laid the foundation for the community we know today. This Founder’s Day, we honor his legacy and the transformative impact he had on Put-in-Bay.
A Day of Fun and Learning
Founder’s Day is not just a commemoration; it’s a lively event filled with fun activities and learning opportunities. The park brims with vendors offering a range of goods, from local crafts to delicious food, providing a taste of the island’s diverse culture and creativity.
Celebrating Community Growth
As we celebrate the 50th Founder’s Day, we reflect on the growth and development of Put-in-Bay since DeRivera’s time. This event is a testament to the enduring spirit of the community and its continuous evolution, drawing inspiration from its rich historical roots.
Educational Insights into Put-in-Bay’s History
Founder’s Day offers a chance to delve deeper into the island’s history. Learn about DeRivera’s contributions, the early development of the islands, and how these historical events have shaped modern Put-in-Bay. It’s an educational experience for all ages.
Vendor Showcase: A Hub of Creativity
The vendor spaces at Founder’s Day are a highlight, showcasing the talents and products of local artisans and entrepreneurs. If you’re interested in being a part of this vibrant marketplace, consider registering as a vendor to share your crafts and services with the community.
DeRivera Park: A Historical Venue
The event takes place in DeRivera Park, named in honor of Jose DeRivera. This central location in downtown Put-in-Bay is not only a beautiful setting for the festivities but also a symbol of the island’s appreciation for its founder.
Extend Your Stay at Put-in-Bay
Consider turning Founder’s Day into a weekend getaway by exploring Put-in-Bay’s accommodation options. From cozy inns to guesthouses, the island offers a range of places to stay, allowing you to fully enjoy the event and explore the area.
A Future Built on a Proud Past
As we celebrate the 50th Founder’s Day, we look forward to the future of Put-in-Bay, built on the solid foundation laid by Jose DeRivera. This event is a bridge between past and present, inviting everyone to be a part of Put-in-Bay’s ongoing story.
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DeRivera Park, Bayview Avenue, Put-in-Bay, OH, USA