I can’t tell you how many times people ask . . .
How do you do it?
How do you live on an island in the middle of Lake Erie all winter long?
For me, and the other 450 or so residents who stay on the island year round, the answer is really pretty easy:
In summer, South Bass Island is called the Key West of the Great Lakes.
In winter, it’s paradise!
The ferry from the mainland stops running at the end of December, but that doesn’t mean island life comes to a half. A couple restaurants stay open, and they’re great places to relax and socialize and catch up with neighbors. Our one grocery store is open, too, as are our hardware store, the coffee shop, our one gas station and, of course, our two churches. The bank is open for a few hours one day a week and chances are if you stop in, your bound to see just about everyone you know.
Yes, the nighttime silence can seem a little unearthly at times. And the winds coming off the lake from Canada can chill you through to the bone. But there’s plenty happening here, from ice fishing to ATV rides, wine tastings to reading groups.
Speaking of which . . . the League of Literary Ladies has just finished reading “Gone with the Wind.” Aside from the fact that it sent our member, Chandra, into a fugue state that had her saying “y’all” a whole lot, it ignited some interesting goings-on here on the island. You can find out more about the latest adventures of the League of Literary Ladies when “Gone with the Twins” hits store shelves on March 4.
By then, it will almost be spring, and the island will be coming back to life. Excuse me while I enjoy these last glorious weeks of winter silence!