John and Joetta Holt of Rownd Island hosted the Annual Summer Island Tour of 2012 this past week, by opening up their home to over 100 guests, with the proceeds

Joetta and John Holt.
benefiting the Greater Buckeye Lake Historical Society. The island is one of the most discussed on Buckeye Lake, as it was once owned by the Wendy's square hamburger king, Dave Thomas.

The sounds of the Jack Gorham Band drifted across the waters of Buckeye Lake during a perfect sunset. The theme of the evening, “Stepping Back in Time” made you believe that you were in the 1940's swinging to the Big Band sound. Buckeye Lake Park boasted over 50,000 visitors a day, to hear bands like Harry James or Gene Krupa.

John Doneff, Island House proprietor, provided all the delicious hors d'oeurves along with Rum Runner, a themed punch. A great big thanks to his excellent staff and to John. The evening meal was provided by the host's brother, Rodney. He prepared a fish buffet with all the sides donated by the hosts.
Museum Director J-me Braig stated that the evening was a total success. “We met our goal,” she said. “The members and friends of the society were very generous. The Museum can continue its work in bringing tourists to our beautiful lake for recreation."

Dining guests mingle during the cocktail hour, on a beautiful summer evening.

Society President, Fred Bair, thanked the 20 volunteers that gave of their time to make sure the evening was a success. “They worked for several days on the island, setting up and taking down,” Bair said. Fred noted, "Without these dedicated volunteers the museum would not be able to operate.”

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