Market sold on Lake Erie islands
But for the many visitors to the Lake Erie islands who make this seasonal getaway their preferred port of call, covering that short distance amounts to traveling to a different world with no passport required.
On the island side, Julene Market considers it her family’s mission to take people to that water-wrapped outdoors paradise, and open the portal to the many recreation and relaxation options the islands present.
“It’s not just a boat ride,” said Market, who along with her brothers, Scott and Billy, operates the Miller Boat Line, transporting thousands of passengers to the islands every year.
“We’re selling the whole islands package. I believe that you have to sell the destination as well as the transportation, and in this case we have a lot of very attractive and interesting things to offer.”
Market considers the ferry service much more than simple transportation from one point to another. She touts the fresh air, clean water, stunning scenery, priceless sunsets, and the laid-back pace as the major calling cards the islands possess.
“She’s very much an ambassador for the islands,” said Dan Savage, director of the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society museum.
“She is sort of remarkable, very much like her mother was in that she has this deep love for the island and everything about this place. She’s a tireless promoter of the lake and the islands, and there’s a lot of energy and enthusiasm that goes into whatever she is involved with.”
Market and her family come to the table with a deep connection to the islands — her father was born on South Bass, and her mother was born on Isle St. George, more commonly known today as North Bass Island.
Julene’s father, William Market, had a prominent role in the operation of the ferry company for many years before he and his wife purchased the Miller Boat Line in 1978.
Market said her love for the islands — and her passion for promoting them — came directly down the line of inheritance from her parents.