Bands party on the beach


Let’s Party at the Beach! It’s become an annual end of summer tradition at Indian Lake – a summer send-off of sorts before school starts back and the last chance for the community to celebrate the ending of the summer beach season.

“It’s really the last big event put on by the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce each year besides the Ring of Fire in September,” said Executive Director Pam Miller. “This was the 12th annual event. We sold over 3,000 tickets this year.”

Live music is the focal point of the festival every year with bands performing from 11 a.m. into the evening. This year ‘Wally & The Beavs’ opened the show playing all the great Rock and Roll covers. Clark Manson followed, and the headliner for the event was ‘Lt. Dan’s New Legs.’

Notable bands that have played the event include the Menu’s, Naked Karate Girls, Mustang Sally Band and the Cowsills. “Five years ago we had the Cowsills here and we hope to get them back again soon,” Miller added.

The Cowsills helped make Indian Lake become known worldwide with their 1968 hit single “Indian Lake,” adopted by the lake as its anthem. The song was number 10 in the country at the time and actually number one in New Zealand.

“All the shows went on without a hitch and the crowds were well-behaved,” said Melissa Bosley, who was working at the the event. “We have a lot of locals who attend, but there are also many from all over the state and region who come in for this concert,” added Bosley.

Many attended the event via pontoon boat and docked at water’s edge on the beach. A group from Upper Sandusky was having a blast on their pontoon boat, enjoying the band and festivities. “We just love this event,” said Kellie Stansberry, who was there with Marie Stansberry and friends Ashleigh Nelson, Kim Boes and Homer Rice.

The beach was lined with cornhole competitions, beach volleyball and tons of people having fun and just hanging out barefoot on the beach. Vendors and food booths were lined-up everywhere and beach-goers were eating, drinking and having a good time. Many where even wearing their ‘Party Patrol’ official tee-shirts for the event which read, ‘I wanna Lay in the Sand with a Drink in My Hand.’

It truly was a ‘arty at the Beach and a great way to have some fun and let it all hang out before school starts back in a couple weeks!

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Party-goers and members of the band Walley and Beavs get in on the fun, posing for this photo at the 12th annual Indian Lake Party at the Beach.
http://www.weeklycurrents.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2017/08/web1_beach1-1.jpgParty-goers and members of the band Walley and Beavs get in on the fun, posing for this photo at the 12th annual Indian Lake Party at the Beach. Ron Brohm | Contributing photographer

It was a family-friendly good time during Party at the Beach.
http://www.weeklycurrents.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2017/08/web1_beach2-1.jpgIt was a family-friendly good time during Party at the Beach. Ron Brohm | Contributing photographer

Niki Dougherty and her daughter Erin enjoy the festivities and live music from the comfort of their boat with friends Angela Carr and Megan Alley.
http://www.weeklycurrents.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2017/08/web1_beach3-1.jpgNiki Dougherty and her daughter Erin enjoy the festivities and live music from the comfort of their boat with friends Angela Carr and Megan Alley. Ron Brohm | Contributing photographer

A group from Upper Sandusky enjoy Party at the Beach via a pontoon boat. Hundreds boated into the event, which lined the beach from one end to the other with pontoons. From left to right: Marie Stansbery, Ashleigh Nelson, Kim Boes, Kellie Stansbery and Homer Rice.
http://www.weeklycurrents.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2017/08/web1_beach4-1.jpgA group from Upper Sandusky enjoy Party at the Beach via a pontoon boat. Hundreds boated into the event, which lined the beach from one end to the other with pontoons. From left to right: Marie Stansbery, Ashleigh Nelson, Kim Boes, Kellie Stansbery and Homer Rice. Ron Brohm | Contributing photographer
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By Ron Brohm

Contributing writer

Ron Brohm is a regular contributor to this newspaper.