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Package Launches A Great Lake Experience Series

GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ohio (February 15, 2008) History buffs, diving enthusiasts and Lake Erie lovers are invited to immerse themselves in a weekend packed with below-the-surface stories, intrigue and survival at Shipwrecks, Below the Waterline, Friday, February 29 through Saturday, March 1, at the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake – the first of three getaways in the A Great Lake Experience series.

Presented by Kent State University Ashtabula Campus, the weekend begins with a Friday evening opening reception where guests can enjoy hors d’oeuvres as they mingle with the featured speakers and fellow guests.  On Saturday, discover the secrets that live beneath Lake Erie as authors Georgann and Mike Wachter uncover the mysteries of shipwrecks from the 1700s to the present.

Then, on the darker side of Lake Erie tales, guests will have the opportunity to experience the terror and tragedy of real-life, sole survivor Dennis Hale as he shares his story of living through the sinking of the Daniel J. Morrel in 1966.  Dennis speaks of the pain of going through the giant waves and freezing 44-degree water as he faced death, and lived to tell about it.

Later that afternoon, the Wachters will explore 12 new Lake Erie shipwrecks over dessert during the presentation “The Last Course.”

The package includes a Friday one-night stay, Friday evening meet-and-greet session, appetizers, cash bar, live music, and the opportunity to view artifacts and mingle with some local experts. Saturday includes breakfast, educational seminars, a guided excursion to Ashtabula Harbor Marine Museum, lunch at the Lodge and a dessert reception.  The package price begins at $299 (plus tax per couple).

The second and third in the series of the KSU-presented programs includes Lighthouse Weekend, May 2–3, along with Lakes and Rivers Weekend, October 17-18.  Guests can add a Saturday night for $89 plus tax, per couple, any room.

About the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake
Located at 4888 North Broadway (State Highway 534) in Geneva-on-the-Lake, the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake features 109 finely appointed guest rooms (the majority with lake views); Horizons, an upscale restaurant with a striking octagonal dining room and breathtaking view of Lake Erie; a lounge with a rectangular bar and great views of Lake Erie; and amenities that include a fitness center, game room, indoor pool and gift shop.  The Lodge entrance is located one mile north of Geneva State Park, on the left.  For room reservations, call 866-442-9765 or visit  For Horizons reservations, call (440) 466-7100, then press "2."

The Lodge is adjacent to Geneva State Park, which encompasses 698 acres featuring 1.6 miles of Lake Erie shoreline as well as a beach and bathhouse, six-lane boat ramp and marina, hiking, picnic areas and more.  To learn more about Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake, visit

About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is a subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, a leading hospitality provider with significant experience in hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations. The company’s portfolio includes historic properties in North America, such as Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex; Yosemite, Sequoia, Yellowstone and Grand Canyon national parks; Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds; Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa; Niagara Falls State Park; Jones Beach; Plaza del Pasado in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake; The Balsams Grand Resort; and The Gideon Putnam Resort.

About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Banknorth Garden, Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually and 40,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.  For more information, visit

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