UPCOMING EVENTS FOR 2019
 

 

NATURE ON PELEE ISLAND –THE SECRET IS OUT!

A group of islanders has been working to break the secret ! With the help of a Gosling Foundation grant, ‎a program of nature events was developed.   In March we had a Salamander night walk to see the unique to Canada Small Mouth and Blue Spotted complex salamanders returning to their breeding ponds and hear about ongoing research.  The Pelee Island Bird Observatory will soon begin monitoring spring migration, visitors welcome.  Every month through to December is packed with events, see the full program here: PELEE BUZZ.

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18th Annual Springsong – A Celebration of Birds and Birding  –  May 10-12, 2019

Springsong Weekend – Traditionally held on Mother’s Day Weekend. It is a weekend of celebration involving books and birds. This event was started seventeen years ago as a fundraiser for The Heritage Centre with the help of Pelee Island Bird Observatory and Margaret Atwood. There is a 24 hour green “bird race” competing for the coveted Botham Cup. Margaret Atwood continues the tradition of bringing award winning authors to our island where they are introduced by her at our traditionally sold out banquet.

We are thrilled to announce our guest author for Springsong Banquet 2019 –

STEVE BURROWS     

Steve Burrows is an award-winning Canadian mystery writer, journalist, and past recipient of a “Nature Writer of the Year” award from BBC Wildlife. His 2014 novel, A Siege of Bitterns, received widespread critical acclaim upon its release and was named one of the top 100 books of 2014 by The Globe and Mail before going on to win the 2015 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel.

Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Burrows moved to Ontario with his family following grammar school. After completing an English degree at York University, Burrows moved to Hong Kong where he served as editor of the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society magazine and contributing field editor for Asian Geographic. He currently lives in Oshawa, Ontario.

In 2014, Burrows published his debut novel, A Siege of Bitterns. The novel was well received upon its release, with Joan Barfoot of the London Free Press praising the way it “tucks some ominous environmental alarms and information into its criminal investigations.”. The Globe and Mail called the novel “a debut of a major new Canadian talent” and named it one of top 100 books of 2014. The novel won the 2015 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel and was shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize.

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Steve Burrows at the Eden Mills Writers' Festival in 2016

Burrows at the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival in 2016

 

Past authors:

                                   Author                                 Celebrity Birder 

2002                           Margaret Atwood                  Kevin Seymour

2003                           Farley Mowat                         Unveiling Stone Road Plaque

2004                           Alistair MacLeod                    Orlando Garrido & Arturo Kirkconnell (Cuba)

2005                           Jane Urquhart                         Bill Lishman

2006                           Alice Munro                            Peter Matthiessen

2007                           David Suzuki                           Fred Bodsworth

2008                           Vincent Lamb                         Bridget Strutsbury

2009                           Joseph Boyden                       Mystery Birder

2010                           Brian Brett                              Robert & Birgit Freybe Bateman

2011                           Nino Ricci                                Trevor Herriot

2012                           Wayne Grady &                      Ian Davidson Merilyn Simonds

2013                           Elizabeth Hay                          TBA

2014                           Linden MacIntyre                   TBA

2015                           Lawrence Hill                          Trevor Herriot

2016                           Miriam Toews                        Graeme Gibson the Younger

2017                           Michael Crummey                 Wayne Grady

2018                           Madeleine Thien                    Sean Dooley

2019                          Steve Burrows                        Danny Catt

PLEASE CALL FOR LAST MINUTE AVAILABILITY. ALTHOUGH SOLD OUT, THERE MAY BE A LAST MINUTE CANCELLATION!!

 OR CONTACT ME BY EMAIL TO BE PUT ON THE WAITING LIST.

peleeislandhc@gmail.com

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!

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Botham Cup Bird Race

– Take part in the 24 hour “green” bird race and rally for the coveted Botham Cup. The official gong is sounded at the Heritage Centre, Friday at noon. Your team will have 24 hours to spot as many of the 311 species of birds that visit our island. Finish the day at Springsong Banquet where Margaret Atwood will give out the famous rubber chicken awards!

2019 RESULTS
GREEN TEAMS
  1. Empty Nesters (Anne Bell & Jerry DeMarco)    124 species    WINNERS OF THE BOTHAM CUP
            – only team to see the Greater Scaup, Bufflehead, Peregrine Falcon, Least Sandpiper,    and Blue winged Warbler
  1. NC C-Birds(Jill Crossthwaite, Mhairi McFarlane, Noor Cheema)  102 species
            – highlights – American Kestrel, Pine Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler
  1. Guelph Gliders(Stan Kozak, Leanne Johns, John Ambrose)  99 species
           – only team with Sharp-shinned Hawk, Marsh Wren, Eastern Meadowlark
NON GREEN TEAMS
  1. Pelee Island Bird Brigade(Paul Jones, Jodie Van Dieen, Peter Simpson)  121 species
            – spotted Sora, Caspien Tern, Canvasback, Northern Mockingbird
  1. Harried Coots(Judith King and Vivianne Hebert)        102 species
            – only team to record a Common Merganzer, Greater Yellowlegs, Winter Wren, Tufted Titmouse
  1. No Egrets Emily Sinclair, Ian Sinclair, Paul Hevenor, Josh Hevenor    78 species
A TOTAL OF 156 SPECIES WERE SPOTTED!!! WELL DONE!
Overall: the teams recorded 25 species of Warblers, 6 species of vireo, and 10 species of sparrows.
Highlights of the race were White-winged Dove, Canvasback, Cattle Egret, and Yellow-throated warbler.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL TEAMS AND THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE BOTHAM CUP BIRD RACE!!

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ATTENDED AND TO ALL PARTICIPATING TEAMS!!!


$20 per team, max 4 members


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PLEASE JOIN US AT THE PELEE ISLAND WINE PAVILION ON JUNE 15/19 FOR OUR “PREVIEW CONCERT” IN  SUPPORT OF THE ISLAND UNPLUGGED MUSIC FESTIVAL.

THANKS TO ALL WHO ATTENDED IN 2018 AND LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING ALL AGAIN!!!! PERFORMER AND DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN SPRING!

6TH ANNUAL

ISLAND UNPLUGGED MUSIC FESTIVAL

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2ND & SUNDAY, AUGUST 3RD, 2019

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED, VOLUNTEERED, PURCHASED TICKETS, OUR VENDORS,

OUR SUPPLIERS AND OUR SPONSORS

WE COULDN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOU!!!!!!!

TICKET/CAMPGROUND SITE SALES AVAILABLE NOW

      FESTIVAL WEEKEND IS HELD AT EAST PARK CAMPGROUND

A LICENSED EVENT

www.theislandunplugged.org

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9th Annual Chili Cookoff  –  Saturday, August 17,2019 @ Pelee Island Wine Pavilion

2019 CHILI COOKOFF JUDGE’S RESULTS ARE:

1ST PLACE – Chili Chili Bang Bang – Dave & Clark                                                                                                                                         2nd PLACE – Spicy Steingart’s – Josh and Shirley                                                                                                                                     3rd PLACE – Chili Vanilli – Mel & Mugsy

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

CHILL OUT –  Wolfgang Moritz – 4th YEAR IN A ROW!!!
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR PARTICIPATING TEAMS!!!!

Chili Cookoff – Now in the NINTH year, it is a great community gathering where teams compete for great prizes the Official Chili Cup and the People’s Choice Award. A great fundraiser for the Heritage Centre; it is drawing competitors from outside our country making the Pelee Island Southernmost Chili Cookoff a truly international event. To sign up as a contestant please contact the Heritage Centre at 519-724-2291.

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12th Annual Heritage Weekend  – Friday, September 6 & 7, 2019

THE HISTORY OF FARMING ON PELEE

Heritage Weekend 2019

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11th Annual Harvest Dinner –  Saturday, September 14, 2019

Join us at the Pelee Island Wine Pavilion for a scrumptious end of the season banquet! And don’t forget – Island Pie for dessert! Tickets are limited and are non-refundable. In the event that you cannot attend, please contact the Heritage Centre and every effort will be made to re-sell your ticket. Our last Harvest Dinner was a sold out event so save the date as this will no doubt be a very memorable evening!

Harvest Dinner is part of the new Pelee Fall Flight Weekend – an event from the new PELEE BUZZ!!!

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