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.
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 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.
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
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!
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!
Empty Nesters (Anne Bell & Jerry DeMarco) 124 species WINNERS OF THE BOTHAM CUP
NC C-Birds(Jill Crossthwaite, Mhairi McFarlane, Noor Cheema) 102 species
Guelph Gliders(Stan Kozak, Leanne Johns, John Ambrose) 99 species
Pelee Island Bird Brigade(Paul Jones, Jodie Van Dieen, Peter Simpson) 121 species
Harried Coots(Judith King and Vivianne Hebert) 102 species
No Egrets Emily Sinclair, Ian Sinclair, Paul Hevenor, Josh Hevenor 78 species
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ATTENDED AND TO ALL PARTICIPATING TEAMS!!!
|$20 per team, max 4 members|
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!
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
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.
12th Annual Heritage Weekend – Friday, September 6 & 7, 2019
THE HISTORY OF FARMING ON PELEE
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!!!