SHORES & ISLANDS OHIO, October 9, 2023 ---The October 14th annular eclipse is upon us, our official kickoff to the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse collaborative community marketing and communication efforts. We hope you’re as excited for the sprint to this April eclipse as we are! As community partners, we have some requests of you as we try to ensure our local audience knows this total solar eclipse is coming next April:


1. One of the best ways we can make locals aware is through a massive and intentional “Save the Date” effort, shared by partners of all types (main streets, municipalities, businesses, etc.). We are asking that on Thursday, October 12th, you share the attached graphic on your social media channels. In addition to the graphic (attached), we have drafted a message (below) for you to include – or feel free to use your own, either way we appreciate access to your social and aid in communicating this to our community members.

Draft message (we went with more info rather than less so you can cut it down, and a lot of excitement. 😉 Feel free to make it your own):

Mark your calendars for a date with the cosmos! This Saturday, October 14 we're experiencing an annular eclipse with 47% coverage and this celestial preview is just a taste of what is to come. On April 8, 2024, the skies will be gracing us with an event of a lifetime—a spectacular TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE! 🌕🌑🌞

Why is this so special? 🤔 Because total solar eclipses like the one in 2024 are a rare phenomenon, and for many, it'll be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the sun, the moon, and the earth align in perfect harmony. 🌟

Here's how you can join in on the celestial excitement:

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: April 8, 2024, for the total solar eclipse

✨ BOOKMARK as the hub of information for everything eclipse related in our area

Stay tuned for more updates, safety tips, and exciting eclipse-related content as we get closer to this extraordinary event. Don't miss your chance to be part of history and witness the universe's breathtaking show! 🌌🌠

Spread the word, share this post, and tag your fellow stargazers. Let's make the April 8th total solar eclipse unforgettable! 🌒🌓🌔 #SolarEclipse2024 #CelestialWonders #SaveTheDate

2. Please send the Save the Date info to any local lists you may have (local businesses, department heads, etc.). The more the merrier, as we’re trying to help businesses prepare and get families and employees to know this is coming and begin planning.

As a reminder, on April 8, 2024, Shores & Islands Ohio will be in the path of totality for a solar eclipse. The moon will completely block out the sun for approximately four minutes, which is one of the longest durations in the path.

With unobstructed views on Lake Erie or in the acres of greenspace throughout the area and special viewing parties in our coastal communities, Shores & Islands Ohio is an ideal location to witness the celestial event. 

We hope you are as excited as we are and will help us spread the word about this monumental day which will be here before we know it. is the place to go for all the information on area events and viewing parties. Get ready for a blackout you will never forget!