Back in the day, (1998), when on Put in Bay there was no Jet Express and the last Miller Ferry quit running at 7 PM, the first big thing to do was Victoria Day (the week before Memorial Day) and then Memorial Day got the summer going. Paul Jeris from the Island Club decided to call his friends and family and have a party the first of May and let everyone stay for free at the Island Club as just a way to get everyone together and make sure the houses were ready for the season. Well free turned into friends from Cleveland, Toledo, Middle Bass Island, Kelly's Island and so on. We tossed on some burgers and dogs, threw a tap on a keg of beer, and along come some guys with a guitar and we had quite a party. Everyone had such a good time we decided to do it again so I called my buddy JD Owen and asked him if he wouldn't mind playing for us. Everyone from the first year showed up... plus about 100 more.
By 2002, all 73 Homes in the Island Club were completely full, we were going thru an entire truckload of beer, 500 hamburgers, 300 hot dogs, two bands and we needed more room. So I called my buddies from Putinbay.com, including Ed Fitzgerald (Mr. Ed's Bar and Commodore Resort) and we decided to make it a customer appreciation weekend. Along the way, many of the local merchants kicked in and gave discounts, The Jet Express and the Miller Ferry both gave discounts on round trip fare to get to the island, and Island Club Taxis reduced taxi fares to get to the party. In 2008, we cooked over 1200 hamburgers, 600 hot dogs and drank a truckload of beer. Mr. Ed's became the host bar and Friday and Saturday night were as busy as a summer weekend! The best part of it all is that the party is free if you're a guest of Island Club Rentals, Commodore Resort, the Put-in-Bay Condos, or the Victory Station Hotel.
The Spring Fling has become a big Put in Bay Island Club Customer Appreciation Weekend. It's our way of saying "Thank You" before the busy summer season starts at Put-in-Bay. The Island Club gets full quickly for the Spring Fling so if we are full and you want a condo, home or hotel room call 216-898-9951, and for the Commodore resort or Victory Hotel call 419-285-3101. Check out the photos page and the schedule of events page to get an idea of the fun filled weekend we call THE SPRING FLING. Click on the lodging page to find Spring Fling Friendly Lodging. And if for some reason you miss out on the fun or if you have fun and want to do it again... look forward to the Put-in-Bay Fall Ball, our annual customer appreciation party in October!