The Indian Lake Area Historical Society held its annual picnic to celebrate its 10th anniversary at the East-base of the Sandy Beach Bridge Monday.
The organization held the event at the bridge to promote its renovation project. The group has been working with the Bill Reed family to bring to life his dream of having the bridge renovated so people could walk across it again.
The society is looking to raise $225,000 to renovate the bridge (pictured right) that used to connect the two sides of an amusement park that used to be on the property. The cost of the project will cover construction, landscaping, and maintenance. The group has raised about $100,000 towards the project.
An anonymous donor has offered to match any $20 or more donation, up to a total of $20,000 through Labor Day.
For more information on the project and how to donate check out www.SandyBeachBridge.com or www.IndianLakeOhioHistoricalSociety.org.
The society wants to start construction as soon as possible.
Jean Duning comments on the evening and the bridge renovation process.
The group reflected on its ten year history by looking back at some of its accomplishment and remembering those who have served as past officers and trustees. The historical society was founded in 2003 and then the group moved the Orchard Island Post Office to the Dredge Island between Orchard Island and Wolf Island. The society also published an over 140-page book with pictures and narratives of Indian Lake's history. Among the former members recognized were the original eight founders of the society: Isabelle Wicker Pusey, Karen Beasley, Marjorie Underwood Brundage, Charles DeMarsh, Al Frantz, Karen Fultz, Patricia Landis, and Robert MacDonald.
Other recognized former members were: Sue Pitts, Mary Ellen Cheney, Joel Perry, Ron Duning, Judy Maxwell, Marion Sherer, Tom Richardson, Perry Hodies, Gene Rice, Ralph Krouskop, Dave Bohla, Jean Duning, Pat MacDonald, Dave Leiter, Chris Morris, Celia Lange, Don Berlin, John Coleman, and Jean Singhoffer.
The Mad River Valley Dulcimer Society provided entertainment during the picnic.
The Indian Lake Area Historical Society meets on the fourth Monday of the month at the Galilee Lutheran Church, 301 Lincoln Boulevard, Russells Point. The meetings usually have a speaker talking about the history of Indian Lake from their perspective.
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Watch Duning's speech during the picnic.