Thursday, October 20, 2011

Middel Bass Turkey Shoot

A Fall Classic on Middle Bass Island in October is the Turkey Shoot. Residents and guests do not actually shoot at turkeys, but at fixed targets with shotguns. Good food is part of the day.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Middle Bass Island Sunrise

There's something about this October sunrise...
View of Ballast Island From Waterfront Condo 203

Morning on Middle Bass

Last week we had one of the most beautiful mornings of the year. No wind, warm air and the sun burning off the dew. A ride on the Miller Ferry is a welcome 45 minute journey to start the day.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Waterfront views from condo 203

September and October are great months to be on Middle Bass island. Here are a few photos taken in the morning from condo 203. All of the condos face Lake Erie, so this view can be seen from every condo.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Over 20 Palm Trees Leave Middle Bass Island

At St. Hazards, all of the queen palm trees, bananas, elephant ears and fully bloomed hibiscuses have been dug out and taken off of Middle Bass Island by Justin and Tom of Ott's Nursery. A total of 37 plants.

Justin Wheels Out a Banana

Tom and Marc Dig Out a Big Banana by Hazards Pond

Palm Trees Heading To Greenhouse
The plants will spend the winter in a warm greenhouse until next summer where they will be replanted at Hazards in May. Justin and Tom said that the plants grew well on Middle Bass Island this summer and that they will only get bigger and greener in the years to come. Our banana plant is about 6ft tall right now--eventually it can grow up to 15 ft!

We look forward to having the plants back again next summer. Until then, it's good to know that Justin and Tom will be looking after them.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Island Beer Special from the St. Hazards Microbrewery

Brew Master Clint in the Microbrewery
St. Hazards is the only Microbrewery that makes and serves its own beer on Middle Bass Island.

This weekend, we’ll be having an island special: Our St. Hazards Summer Blonde for $2.00.

St. Hazards head brew master Clint McLaughlin has a knack for brewing. He’s been doing it for over nine years and brews regularly for the Maumee Bay Brewing Company. 

He considers Summer Blonde to be within the broader category of pale ale.

We invite you to take advantage of the last of the warm weather. Come treat yourself to some of our fresh and finely brewed island beer!

Monday, August 29, 2011

St. Hazards Employee Party

The St. Hazards employee party brought together 19 people from six countries: Bulgaria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Macedonia, Moldova and The United States.  
The party started at 9:00 pm with a toast to Hazards followed by a candlelit dinner. Head cook, Nelly, made all sorts of good food including pizza, cheesy mashed potatoes, barbecue meatballs, fresh bread and even a cake!
After the meal, the bartenders made special drinks from their countries for everyone to try. The rest of the night was spent talking, dancing, shooting pool, and reminiscing about the summer. A great time was had by all...

What a shame that summer has to end.

Ozan, Iana and Greg

A Toast to St. Hazards

Ed and Nelly

Cornelius and Georgi

Viki in her hammock

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

New Middle Bass Jewely Arrives in the Gift Shop

Today, new jewelry and key chains arrived in the gift shop. All were hand-carved in Bali. They feature Lake Erie and Bass Island designs and are made from stainless steel, leather and shells. We also have shark tooth necklaces and colorful braided bracelets.  

The shipment was supposed arrive on Middle Bass by June. And it almost did. The shipment from Bali showed up safely in Cincinnati. But then customs sent it back across the Pacific. The mistake, error or whatever it was caused the shipment to be late. It was supposed to be here at the start of summer.

We're just glad that it's finally here. Due to the lateness of the shipment, all jewelry and keychains are on SALE. More pictures will be included soon.

Shipment of Bass Island Jewelry Arrives

Thursday, July 14, 2011

St Hazards Saints and Sinners Beach Bar

Saints and Sinners Beach Bar in July 2011
Oh, to be where there's beach!

The St. Hazards Saints and $inners Beach Bar opens every weekend at 12:00 pm! Our quaint little bar has the feel of a place far away!

Relax among the planted palm trees and potted tropical plants under the shade of an umbrella. Soak in the sun on one of our hammocks. Take a picture with our mysterious statues from the far far south. Or venture into the warm July water.

We play all sorts of interesting and refreshing music that will be sure to put you in the spirit of summer. We serve ice cold beer, wine, rum punch, margaritas and more!

Join us during the day and meet new island friends or in the evening for a bonfire on the beach. Bring your boat to the shore and bring your friends!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

4th of July at St. Hazards 2011

Scott Wright Jams Poolside
Over 4th of July weekend, Middle Bass Island had an exceptional crowd. We enjoyed having so many people join us over the holiday weekend!

Visitors came from all over. From Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and even from Georgia. They spent the holiday weekend relaxing poolside and lounging by tropical plants in the shade near the Tiki Bar.

An island rhythm reggae band, Island Flava, played in between the Tiki Bar and the pool. It was the band's third year at St. Hazards and we look forward to having them back again. Scott Wright, was his usual rocking self and kept the party going strong.

Another popular weekend spot was the Saints and $inners Beach Bar. The beach offers amazing views. At our beach you can see Ballast Island, Lost Ballast, Put-in-Bay and Kelley's Island. You can watch the waves roll in and the various boats that zip or sail across the lake.

St. Hazards Beach
There aren't too many islands you can visit north of the Florida Keys. Middle Bass Island provides a quiet island setting that springs to life every weekend. And holiday weekends are always the best. Especially when there are fireworks over the lake!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Mediterranean Plants on Middle Bass Island

Taken Memorial Day Weekend
Arundo donax is a fast-growing perennial cane we have here at St. Hazards.

These pictures, taken by owner Ed, show just how fast Arundo donax grows. The first picture was taken Memorial Day Weekend and the second two weeks later.
Taken Two Weeks Later
Also referred to as Giant Cane, the Arundo donax is from the Mediterranean. It's one of the many tropical plants growing at St. Hazards throughout the summer.

The variety of tropical plants adds to the natural beauty of Middle Bass Island, and helps to create a unique island atmosphere you won't find anywhere else.

Middle Bass Island Softball

The Middle Bass Island Dockers split in their last two games.

Their record is now 3-3 for the season.

Middle Bass lost 14-5 to Blue Marlin Bar and Grille on a wet Wednesday on Put-in-Bay.

The following Sunday on Middle Bass Island, the Dockers defeated The Crew's Nest 6-1.

The Dockers look to rise above .500 tonight at 7:30 pm at Middle Bass field.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Middle Bass Island Volleyball Weekend 2011

What's more fun than a day long tournament of island volleyball on a perfect sunny day in June?

The following celebration!

As you can tell, these volleyball players sure knew how to make the best of an early summer weekend. A big thanks goes out to Volleyball Associates and to the players who participated in the 11th annual Middle Bass Island Open and its ensuing festivities.

The Tournament

The tournament began 11:00 am and lasted until 7:00 pm. The entire day was gorgeous and filled with sunshine... A perfect day! Minus the sunburn. Please check out this year's winners and coverage of the tournament here:

The Party

This year's party was especially memorable. Pulp Groove played at the Tiki Bar. The three-piece acoustic cover band from Delaware County, Pennsylvania got the dance floor moving with their seemingly endless list of hits. It was their second year at St. Hazards and we hope to see them again next year. Their official site can be accessed here:

Volleyball Weekend is one of our favorites at St. Hazards. It's an event that always brings the finest people together on Middle Bass Island. Where celebration and sport combine for one of the best summer parties of the year! We look forward to continuing the island tradition next year for the 12th Annual Middle Bass Island Open!

Middle Bass Island Softball 2011

The Middle Bass Island softball team is off to a solid start this year. Through four games the Dockers are 2-2. And they are only one win away from tying last year's win total. Coached and managed by Eddie Sheller and Art Wolf, the Dockers are looking like a sleeper team with play-off potential.

Here is a quick recap of the four games played so far:

Game 1 at Put-in-Bay

Middle Bass vs The Roundhouse Bar
In the season opener at Put-in-Bay, the Dockers unleashed their bats for a total of 20 runs. The three youngest players set the offensive tone as they each had multiple hits. Art Wolf's pitching, combined with strong defensive play, resulted in a big first win for the Dockers.

Middle Bass: 20 The Roundhouse Bar: 9

Game 2 at Middle Bass

Middle Bass vs Blue Marlin Bar and Grille
In the second game of the season the Dockers faced a favored Blue Marlin's squad. Despite the roaring support of Middle Bass Island's amazing fans, the Dockers couldn't put it together and were crushed by 14 runs.

The highlight of the game was when the Blue Marlins pinch hit their bat boy in the 7th inning. Art Wolf handled a hard hit ground ball and faked the throw to first base allowing the bat boy to reach first safely. The crowd on both sides cheered. It was the bat boy's proudest moment--a base hit in an adult league game. And as one fan said about the sportsmanship, "The way it was done might be the best of its kind I've ever seen in any sport."

Middle Bass: 4 Blue Marlin: 18

Game 3 at Middle Bass

Middle Bass vs Beer Barrel Saloon
In this hard-fought game both teams scored inning after inning. But with big hits like Rod Lawrence's two-out, 2 RBI double in the 5th inning, and solid pitching and defense, the Dockers held on. They allowed no runs to cross the plate in the 7th inning and captured the win.

Middle Bass: 10 Beer Barrel Saloon: 8

Game 4 at Middle Bass

Middle Bass vs Heineman's Winery
Although Art Wolf and the defense held Heineman's Winery to only four runs, the Dockers failed to produce at the plate. They left the bases loaded twice. Controversial calls by the umpires about allegedly thrown bats ignited the home crowd into an uproar. But even they could not sway the momentum of the game against one of the league's best defensive teams.

Middle Bass: 2 Heineman's Winery: 4
The Dockers will play Blue Marlin Bar and Grille Wednesday, June 22 at Put-in-Bay. Please join us at the game and support your Middle Bass team! And feel free to join us at St. Hazards after the game!

Monday, May 30, 2011

An Ohio Wedding On The Beach

St Hazards has been host to several weddings on Middle Bass Island. And this May, we were fortunate to have another nice wedding ceremony right on the water.

This might be the only place on the Erie islands where people have weddings right on the beach!

Hazards can cater the reception, too, if you wish.

And don't forget -- St. Hazards is also the destination of choice for many bachelor and bachelorette parties!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Fishing Limits to Remain the Same for Lake Erie

The Lake Erie walleye and perch population remained strong enough so that no changes were made in the daily fish catch limit.

The daily limit for walleye will remain at 6 from May 1 until February. Until April 30th the limit is 4 per day.

For yellow perch, the limit is 30 per day all year.

Pictured is Ballast Island as seen from the St. Hazards condos. During the spring and summer season many fishermen try their skills to the southeast of this island.

Free boat launching is available at the state marina on Middle Bass starting in April and docking will start May 1st.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Hazards inspiration is LeSelect in St. Barths

Here's a panoramic view of the outside of the St. Barths bar that inspired the creation of Hazards. It's called LeSelect and it opened in 1949. Seated at the far right is Marius who started it all and will be 88 this June. Marius visited St. Hazards in 2006 and gave us his seal of approval.
There's lots of St. Hazards stuff at LeSelect and lots of LeSelect stuff at Hazards.
It would be great to see them both.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Landing on a small island

Here are a few short videos taken recently by St. Hazards owner Ed in St. Barths showing some landings and take-offs of planes from their very small airport. The runway is only 2,133 ft. long and is considered to be the third most dangerous commercial airport in the world.
The Middle Bass Island airport is shorter at 1,852 ft., but does not have a mountain on one end.
St. Hazards was inspired by St. Barths and many of our ideas come from there.

Landing in St. Barths

Beach landing in St. Barths

Mountain landing in St. Barths

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Le Select Party in St. Barths

Our friend Marius had a great party on Saturday at his Le Select bar in St. Barths. A link to the 50 second video is below. As you walk into this 61 year old bar you'll see the St. Hazards flag. Marius can be seen seated in the video and he has been our friend for many years.

Le Select video

Friday, February 18, 2011

Friends of Hazards in St. Barths

Today Marius Stakelborough was seen wearing his Hazards cap at his bar in St. Barths called LeSelect.

Marius started LeSelect more than 61 years ago and has had everyone from the king of Sweden to David Rockefeller to Jimmy Buffett come by to chat. Jimmy liked it so much he lets them use Cheeseburger in Paradise for the name of the snack bar.

The top photo shows the St. Barths town of Gustavia. LeSelect would be in the top left area of the photo. This was taken by Hazards owner Ed on Feb. 11 as the plane was approaching the airport.

St. Barths is about 1,000 miles southeast of Miami. Lots of friends from St. Barths have visited St. Hazards over the years.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

St. Hazards at the Cleveland Boat Show

The Cleveland Boat show is open until Sunday, Jan. 23rd and St. hazards has an exhibit located very close to the Put-in-Bay area. New this year is a scratch off card contest for all that stop by. All of the free cards have some kind of prize from free docking, gift certificates to discounts on lodging.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Bali Traffic

While in Bali, Indonesia recently to work on ideas for St. Hazards, a couple of brief videos were made to show how bad traffic is. Bali and Middle Bass have one thing in common: No traffic lights or stop signs. Actually there are a couple of stop signs on Middle Bass.

Traffic is constantly heavy and you need to weave in and out to keep moving. It's chaos all day.
These two short videos were made by St. Hazards owner Ed and uploaded to YouTube.