2013 News & Events

Here it is December 12. Now we are wondering when the ferry will stop running. At 19 degrees, the lake is chilling down fast. There is actually ice on the lake, along the shores, and in the marinas. A chilling sight, but one that comes every winter, but maybe not quite this early! We are all hoping that things warm up enough to allow the boat to run through Christmas, our fingers are crossed.

December 5 - Join Leslie and other local authors and artisans at the GIFT GALA at the historic State Theater in downtown Sandusky on Thursday evening. Leslie will have her books, as well as those great KI posters and some interesting fishing-lure earrings. This was a Big Show and WOW what a variety! Everything from jewelry to original art, cookies and customer pens, books and photographs and so much more. It must have been worth it because people were hauling out stuff by the bag full!

December 7 - Saturday - Stop by one of the area's most unique gift shops Desdemonas http://www.desdemonas.net/ for an Open House and meet and greet the artists, starting at 10:30. Special prices on some really unusual and simply gorgeous items, including photographs, jewelry, paintings, hand crafted items, mirrors, Lucky Stone earings, carved wood items, books, posters and lots more. It's worth a trip just to see what they have! 32 artists are represented in this Marblehead shop. You probably passed it on your way to the ferry!
     Thanks to everyone who stopped by - there were beverages and nibbles and, depending on when you stopped by, several of the artists (stained glass, wood carving, painters and authors) were available to answer questions and sign their work. I am amazed at the creativity that was represented here!
November 7 - Leslie joins other local authors at the Sandusky Library from 5-8 pm for a marathon book signing. This is a part of Sandusky's Art Walk. Along with authors, area artists will showcase their talents and treasures. This is the perfect place to do your Christmas shopping. Their gift shop, Afterwords, will be open and there will be a screening of 'Under the Baton: Music at Old Cedar Point" at 6:30. 
November 22-24 - Visit the IX Center's Christmas Show in Cleveland. THREE days of non-stop shopping. I'll be at the Ohio Authors booth from 10-8 (Yes, these WILL be some long days), but I'll have the company of lots of other Ohio authors.    What a great group of authors. We had a blast!


January - An article on founding mother Sara Kelley, written by Leslie, is featured in the OHIO RECORDS & PIONEER FAMILIES magazine (vol. 53, issue 3, page 149) published quarterly by the OHIO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY. Sara and her husband Datus Kelley, settled on Kelleys Island and helped build a civilized, intelligent and progressive  community. Did you know that Kelley's Hall was built by the Kelley's and given to the community? It was dedicated on their 50th wedding anniversary.
The Winter 2013 issue of Anchor News, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum featured my article "The First Steamboat on the Upper Great Lakes" (the Walk-in-the-Water). She was built in 1818 and regularly visited Kelley's Island to "wood up." Islanders cut the red cedar and sold it to steamboats which burned wood on their trips. You can visit the museum's website at WisconsinMaritime.org.


Leslie's article on ICE FISHING ON LAKE ERIE appeared in the Lake Erie Waterkeeper newsletter 
March - Check out the spring issue of HEART OF OHIO MAGAZINE.  Leslie is a featured writer presenting a history of wineries in the island area. This issue featured wine, cheese, food and entertainment. This is a cool magazine that showcases the more unique and interesting places in Ohio. Leslie's article is entitled: TOUR THE LAKE ERIE WINE BELT.
April 10 - Elder College, BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY/BGSU Elder College. One hour presentation and discussion about historic Kelleys Island 1:30 to 2:30 pm. What a great group of people, over 70 in attendance. Some have heard me speak before. You know, every presentation is just a little different! I was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation and a really cool coffee mug.
April 13-14 - Stop by the MIDWAY MALL in Elyria Ohio. Leslie will be joining several other OHIO AUTHORS in a booth at the Home & Garden show. (Route 57 exit, the mall is located between Route 2 and the Turnpike exit). The booth is conveniently located near the food court. Met a doen other authors. Sure we met people and signed books, but we also swapped stories. So cool.
April 20 - Slideshow presentation and discussion on Kelleys Island and the Civil War at the AMERICAN CIVIL WAR MUSEUM of Ohio. A small group, but loads of questions. Tom Bartlett, the Island bird man, took time out from bird banding to attend. What an honor!
May 18 - Sandusky Maritime Museum - Flea Market (www.SanduskyMaritime.org ) from 9 to 4. This is a great flea market located in the parking lot of the museum. I'll have the Kelleys Island books, as well as the island posters - including TWO NEW ONES (the Quarries of Kelleys Island and the Wineries of Kelleys Island). So worth a trip because you can make a 'Sandusky Day' out of it. Across the street there are loads of activities in Battery Park including Kids Fest and free boat rides at the marina. This is also FREE MUSEUM DAY (11-4) with free admission at Eleutheros Cooks House & Garden, Follett House Museum, Merry-Go-Round Museum and the Ohio Veterans Home Museum. Shopping at the Mall, lunch at one of the great restaurants, a tour of historic downtown - you'll go home tired and happy.
July 2 - The Vineyards on Catawba Island - Presentation on Historic Kelleys Island. What a great group! Almost 50 people attended. So many questions. I had a great time.
Big News! Leslie's books and posters can now be found at DESDEMONA'S Art Gallery. Desdemona's is a wonderful place to visit since it features the work of local artists and artisans. Jewelry, sculptures, home decor, books, original paintings... the list goes on. It is a feast for the senses. Stop by and take a look. 
July 13 - Come to the KEEPERS HOUSE on the Marblehead Peninsula from 11-3. There will be house and cemetery tours, a Ice Cream Social and music by  Tracie Henson's Strings of Glory (12-2). The Keepers House was the home of the first three light house keepers for the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation on the Great Lakes. It is the oldest suriviving home in Ottawa County. Find out all the history and enjoy a day steepped in history. www.TheKeepersHouse.org

July 19-20 - ISLANDFEST on Kelleys Island. A fun weekend with entertainment, booths and activities. Take a day trip, the downtown park is just a short walk from the ferry dock and just up the hill from the Jet Express dock.
August 17 - KELLEYS ISLAND HOMECOMING. A great way to spend the day on the island. Food, games, music, shopping and lots more. Leslie will have a booth in the marketplace autographing books and posters. A short walk from the ferry.
August 24-25 - The Big Civil War encampment was held at the VA home on Route 250 in Sandusky. I did two presentations on Kelleys Island and the Civil War.
     Don Young, President of the Johnson's Island Preservation Society, wrote: "You did a great job! It was a very interesting talk. I've always loved Kelleys Island and its history. I want to thank you so much for being a part of the encampment."  What a great two days, there was so much going on. One day I followed a speaker on the War of 1812 and the next I spoke after President Lincoln and his wife!
August 29-September 2 -- The Island celebrates the TALL SHIPS and Battle of Lake Erie bictennial. This event has turned into one of the largest celebrations in the U. S., since it spans the entire Lake Erie area, so many citities are participating and there is that huge gathering of tall ships. I will have a booth right downtown, just a short walk from the tall ship, the Appledor IV. Not only will I have books, including the NEW one, but also those posters. I should have a large stock of the OUTHOUSES of Kelleys Island. What a busy weekend. We were just up the dock from the tall ship Appledore IV. There was music, a town crier, a roving band singing sea chanties, speakers....what a shame I only got to take in the activities downtown.
September 7 - The BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL is coupled with an Island-wide garage sale. Stop by the Historical Museum where Leslie will be signing her books. There are treasures galore. Sorry I missed everyone - a family emergency called me away for the day. I hear it was very busy.
The September issue of the Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly magazine (Vol. 53, No. 3, September 2013) features an article written by Leslie: The Fire Lands, Western Reserve and The Lake Erie Islands. Take a look at the map of the Firelands. The islands are missing! The Lake Erie islands did, however, play an important role in the Firelands assignments. Six islands were used to equalize the value of townships that were awarded to suffers. That is why so many of the early owners were from Connecticut.
September 17 - Leslie will do a presentation on Kelleys Island to the Rotary Club of Port Clinton. They meet in the historic Island House hotel. What a great group - and the dining room was packed! I even had extra time to answer questions. By the way, the lunch there was terrific.
October 3 - Thanks to Tom Jackson of the Sandusky Register for the great article on the newest Kelleys Island book.
October 12 - Leslie will be a part of the Marblehead Peninsula Lighthouse Festival with a book signing at Ex Libris Bookstore from 1 to 4 . This is a fun day with activities all over the peninsula. Stop by and say hello. I know, it looks like JUST a house, but inside there is a library, used book store AND a terrific collection of old, rare and vintage books. I so busy I didn't get a chance to take in any of the activities. So sad I missed all the yard sales but the porch of the book store was the perfect place to people watch.
October 18 - Sometimes out of the blue the unexpected occurs. Some time ago I received a query asking if I knew anything about a Dr. Jane Spaulding in the island's history. Boy did I. After sharing stories and pictures with Hattie Beresford, She published a nicely crafted article entitled The Unexpected Dr. Jane Spaulding for the Montecity Journal (yes, California!).  It turns out that our Island Doctor was quite prominent, becoming Santa Barbar's first-ever superintendent of the Cottage Hospital. Hatti did a lot of research and I thank her for the acknowledgement. She wrote: "Most of the information on Jane's time on Kelleys Island comes from Leslie Korenko, whose research into the history of the Island's pioneers has spawned several books and collected hundreds of early photographs. Was was an invaluable mine of information and is much appreciated." I just love when this happens - the exchange of information that fills in just a little more about our people.

Author: Leslie Korenko