Downtown Port Clinton Arts & Crafts Festival gets Musical Boost!

June 09, 2011

The 18th annual Downtown Port Clinton Arts & Crafts Festival is back and this year organizers are pumping up the volume. In addition to the traditional artists, crafters and related demonstrations, three bluegrass bands will be featured throughout the day.

Performing hits new and old will be the Ottawa County Bluegrass Band, Deepwater Bluegrass and Lonesome Meadow. Guests are invited to bring their own chairs or blankets and sit back and soak in the sounds of Bluegrass.

The event — put on by Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council — will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 11, in downtown Port Clinton. Artists and vendors can still sign up. For a vendor application, call Dawn Angel at 419-656-1812 or Sarah Pietrykowski at 419-705-3730 or visit

Don’t miss the free day of arts, crafts and Bluegrass!

Ottawa County Bluegrass Band
The Ottawa County Bluegrass Band plays mostly traditional bluegrass but adds in a mixture of other songs and originals that fit the group’s style of singin’ and pickin.’ Joe Mitchell Sr., on banjo, and Archie Stinson, on bass, have been playing bluegrass music off and on for the past 40 years. Both hail from the hills and hollers of southwestern Virginia, home to many legendary bluegrass musicians. Both Archie and Joe now make their home in Port Clinton. Brothers Joe Jr. and Dennis Mitchell, on banjo and mandolin respectively, were born and raised in Ohio and have a varied musical background including stints with rock ’n’ roll and country bands. All these influences help to shape the sound of the Ottawa County Bluegrass Band.

Deepwater Bluegrass
Deepwater Bluegrass is a new band with roots in traditional bluegrass, yet looking forward to the new grass being played as well as developing their own original material. The group features three lead singers as well as harmonies. Unlike a band where there is only one solo lead vocalists, Deepwater offers an interesting blend of voices to bring bluegrass alive. Band members are Jeff Birdwell on bass, his dad Wilson Birdwell on guitar and banjo, Mike MacGuffie on mandolin and Sherri Chekal on banjo.

Lonesome Meadow
Lonesome Meadow is a family band featuring traditional bluegrass and gospel. The Jacksons — Anne Marie, John, Gary and Dad — hail from Westerville, Ohio, but play across the Midwest. The family members have each written songs and they continue to work on new material.

• Music — Archie Stinson, the show’s music organizer and member of the Ottawa County Bluegrass Band, is available for interviews at 419-797-2872 or
• Arts and Crafts — For information about the artists and vendors, call Dawn Angel at 419-656-1812 or Sarah Pietrykowski at 419-705-3730, visit or email

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