UPCOMING EVENTS FOR 2018
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.
17th Annual Springsong – A Celebration of Birds and Birding – May 11-13, 2018
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 2018 –
Madeleine Thien was born in Vancouver. She is the author of the story collection Simple Recipes(2001), and three novels, Certainty (2006); Dogs at the Perimeter (2011), shortlisted for Berlin’sInternational Literature Prize and winner of the Frankfurt Book Fair’s 2015 Liberaturpreis; and Do Not Say We Have Nothing (2016). Her books and stories are published in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Australia, and have been translated into 25 languages.
Her short fiction appears inThe New Anthology of Canadian Literature, The Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories, The Broadview Introduction to Literature, Literature: A Pocket Anthology and elsewhere. Her work has been awarded the City of Vancouver Book Award, Amazon First Novel Award, a Canadian Authors Association Award, Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and The Ovid Festival Prize, and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize, Kiriyama Prize for Fiction, and The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.
Her literary criticism, essays, and multimedia work, on topics as diverse as music and human rights, personhood, female beauty, state surveillance, visual art, race, literary politics, neighbourhoods, and the Québec rodeo are widely available, including in The Guardian, Granta, Financial Times, PEN America, Five Dials, Brick, Warscapes, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, National Post, Globe & Mail, Literary Review of Canada and the Asia Literary Review.
She has taught literature and fiction in Canada, China, Germany, Nigeria, the United States, Zimbabwe, Singapore, and Japan. With novelists Tsitsi Dangaremba and Ignatius Mabasa, she co-edited A Family Portrait, new fiction from Zimbabwe. Since 2010, she has been part of the international faculty in the MFA program at City University of Hong Kong. Along with novelist and photographer Rawi Hage, she was the inaugural Shadbolt Research Fellow at Simon Fraser University, which supported the publication and presentation of their new artistic work, Arrival.
Her new book, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, about musicians studying Western classical music at the Shanghai Conservatory in the 1960s, and about the legacy of the 1989 Tiananmen demonstrations, is forthcoming in 2016.
To contact the author, please send a note to dogsattheperimeter at gmail dot com or a private message on Twitter, @madeleinethien
Madeleine Thien © Rawi Hage, 2010. Baalbek, Beqaa Valley, Lebanon.
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 TBA
TICKETS FOR THE 2018 BANQUET ARE NOW ON SOLD OUT!
PLEASE CONTACT ME BY EMAIL TO BE PUT ON THE WAITING LIST.
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!!!
|$20 per team, max 4 members|
PLEASE JOIN US AT THE PELEE ISLAND WINE PAVILION ON JUNE 16/18 FOR OUR “PREVIEW CONCERT” IN SUPPORT OF THE ISLAND UNPLUGGED MUSIC FESTIVAL.
THANKS TO ALL WHO ATTENDED IN 2017 AND LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING ALL AGAIN!!!! PERFORMER AND DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN SPRING!
ISLAND UNPLUGGED MUSIC FESTIVAL
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4TH & SUNDAY, AUGUST 5TH, 2018
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
8th Annual Chili Cookoff – Saturday, August 18,2018 @ Pelee Island Wine Pavilion
2017 CHILI COOKOFF JUDGE’S RESULTS ARE:
1ST PLACE – FARTCHULATA – Joe and Laurie Thorogood, Lynn 2nd PLACE – BREAST CHILI EVER – Denise & Shelby 3rd PLACE TIE – RED HOT CHILI PECKERS – Dave & Brett
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
CHILL OUT – Wolfgang Moritz and Caroline
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR PARTICIPATING TEAMS!!!!
Chili Cookoff – Now in the eighth 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.
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!!!
11th Annual Heritage Weekend – Friday, September 7 & 8, 2018
STAY TUNED FOR 2018 DETAILS!!
10th Annual Harvest Dinner – Saturday, September 15, 2018
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!