UPCOMING EVENTS FOR 2017
16th Annual Springsong – A Celebration of Birds and Birding – May 12-14, 2017
Springsong Weekend – Traditionally held on Mother’s Day Weekend. It is a weekend of celebration involving books and birds. This event was started thirteen 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 2017 –
Michael Crummey was born in Buchans, a mining town in the interior of Newfoundland (“as far from the salt water as you can get and still be in Newfoundland”), second of four boys; he grew up there and in Wabush, another mining town near the Quebec border of Labrador. After completing a BA in English at Memorial University in St. John’s, he moved to Kingston, Ontario to pursue graduate work but dropped out before finishing his Ph. D. He has taught ESL in China and worked at the International Day of Solidarity with the People of Guatemala. Now the author of three books of poetry and a book of short stories as well as a novel, he lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland. His stories and poems have appeared in a wide range of magazines and anthologies, including twice in the League of Canadian Poets’ annual contest anthology.
Crummey “came out of the poetry closet” in 1986 when he entered and won the Gregory J. Power Poetry Contest at Memorial; the $500 award gave him the “mistaken impression there was money to be made in poetry”. In 1994 he won the inaugural Bronwen Wallace Award for Poetry, and his first book of poems was published two years later. Arguments with Gravity, which travels from pre-Confederation Newfoundland to contemporary Central America, won the Writer’s Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award for Poetry. His second collection, Hard Light, a retelling of his father’s stories of outport Newfoundland and the Labrador fishery of half a century ago, conjures a world of hard work and heavy weather, shot through with humour, endurance and love; in its imagery and sensibility it compares to Michael Turner’s poems about a British Columbia salmon cannery in Company Town. Crummey’s latest collection, published in 2001, is Emergency Roadside Assistance.
In 1994, his first published fiction was a runner up in the 1994 Prism International Short Fiction Contest, and a story was selected for the Journey Prize Anthology in 1998. Flesh & Blood, his first collection of stories, appeared the same year. Set in Black Rock, a Newfoundland mining community which suffers a fatal explosion, it mixes the miraculous and the mundane: characters drown and come back to life, find their true loves in blinding snowstorms, and receive visitations from angels. Some readers saw it as a novel told in stories; though Crummey originally had no intention of writing an entire book set in Black Rock, the collection became a patchwork quilt held together by place and the vocation of its characters, and bound by the author’s preoccupations: complex relationships between siblings and parents, and love, “that impractical, infuriating, enduring thing that makes a family so impractical, infuriating and enduring”.
Like David Adams Richards, who writes about contemporary rural New Brunswick, his depiction of harsh lives is illumined by compassion and rich language. His poetry has been described as generous, genuine, rich and warm, with some form of grace always present to redeem whatever hardships his characters endure. Both lyrical and political, Crummey shows the inevitability of loss and suffering in our lives without letting us lose sight of what’s worth loving, holding onto and fighting for.
Crummey claims that for a writer, he’s a “fairly stereotypical guy”. “Beer counts as a meal on weekends… I planned my holidays this year around the World Cup schedule. My emotions and I are barely on speaking terms… Poetry is the one place I can, honestly and with something approaching clarity, acknowledge my love for family, for friends and lovers, for the world I live in… I’m not a person to speak much about emotion, but I’d say this ‘love’ is the best of who I am… The poetry reveals more about me than I’m comfortable expressing in any other fashion.
“There are many things I think about when I’m writing: the music of the words, the pacing of a poem, form and structure… But regardless of the increasing importance I place on these things, they’re just tools to help me speak from a place that would otherwise remain pretty much closed to the world.”
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SUPPORTED A VERY SUCCESSFUL SPRINGSONG WEEKEND!!!
TICKETS FOR THE 2018 BANQUET WILL GO ON SALE JANUARY 1, 2018
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!
2017 WINNER OF THE BOTHAM CUP : J & K ROLLING – JERRY DEMARCO AND DAUGHTER KESTREL DEMARCO WITH 115 SPECIES. CONGRATULATIONS…..WINNER NOW 4 YEARS IN A ROW!!!!
150 SPECIES WERE SPOTTED OVERALL AND TEN TEAMS PARTICIPATED IN THE 2017 BIRD RACE.
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ATTENDED AND TO ALL PARTICIPATING TEAMS!!!
PLEASE JOIN US AT THE PELEE ISLAND WINE PAVILION ON JUNE 17/17 FOR OUR “PREVIEW CONCERT” FEATURING TONY COATES & THE RAD SOULS!!!
ISLAND UNPLUGGED MUSIC FESTIVAL
SATURDAY, AUGUST 5TH & SUNDAY, AUGUST 6TH, 2017
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED, VOLUNTEERED, PURCHASED TICKETS, OUR VENDORS,
OUR SUPPLIERS AND OUR SPONSORS
WE COULDN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOU!!!!!!!
STAY TUNED FOR 2017 INFO AS IT UNFOLDS!!!!
FESTIVAL WEEKEND IS HELD AT EAST PARK CAMPGROUND
A LICENSED EVENT
6th Annual Chili Cookoff – Saturday, August 19,2017 @ Pelee Island Wine Pavilion
Register Early – Limited Space
Registration begins: May 1st, 2017
Chili Cookoff – Now in the sixth 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 thePelee Island Southernmost Chili Cookoff a truly international event. To sign up as a contestant please contact the Heritage Centre at 519-724-2291. ____________________________________________________________________________________________
2016 CHILI COOKOFF JUDGE’S RESULTS ARE:
1ST PLACE – RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS – Sandra Laranja & Neil Young! 2nd PLACE – FARTCHULATA – Joe & Laurie Thorogood, Robert & Lynn 3rd PLACE TIE – CHILL OUT – Wolfgang & Aurella Moritz, Jerome & Denise Noel & SMOKIN’ HOT – Mark & Cindy Barrette, Clark & Krista Brockman
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
CHILL OUT – Wolfgang & Aurella Moritz, Jerome & Denise Noel
THANK YOU TO ALL PARTICIPATING TEAMS!!!
10th Annual Heritage Weekend – Friday, September 8 & 9, 2017
PROHIBITION – PELEE & BEYOND
SPACE IS LIMITED FOR THIS EVENT. THIS IS A MAINLAND TRIP SO PLEASE BOOK EARLY.
PLEASE CALL THE HERITAGE CENTRE 519-724-2291 – REGISTER BEFORE AUGUST 1ST, 2017
OR EMAIL email@example.com
9th Annual Harvest Dinner – Saturday, September 16, 2017
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!