UPCOMING EVENTS FOR 2016
15th Annual Springsong – A Celebration of Birds and Birding – May 6 – 8, 2016
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 2016 –
Miriam Toews is an internationally acclaimed writer whose work has been translated into over twenty languages. She is the author of six bestselling novels and one work of non-fiction. She has won many literary prizes including the Governer General’s Award for Fiction, the Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award for body of work, and the CBA Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year. Her third novel, A Complicated Kindness, was the first book by a female writer to win CBC’s Canada Reads competition. All My Puny Sorrows, her most recent novel, spent over a year on the national bestseller lists and won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. It was also shortlisted for the Giller Prize, the Folio Prize for Literature, and the Wellcome Book Prize. Toews had a leading role in the 2007 feature film, Silent Light, written and directed by Carlos Reygadas, and winner of the Cannes Jury Prize. She holds two honorary degrees and, in 2013, she was inducted into the Order of Manitoba.
Thank you for supporting our 2016 Springsong Weekend.
16TH ANNUAL SPRINGSONG WEEKEND – MAY 12 – 14, 2017
Please look here January 1st for tickets for 2017!!!
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!
2016 WINNER OF THE BOTHAM CUP : J & K ROLLING – JERRY DEMARCO AND DAUGHTER KESTREL DEMARCO WITH 100 SPECIES.128 SPECIES WERE SPOTTED OVERALL AND TEN TEAMS PARTICIPATED.
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ATTENDED AND TO ALL PARTICIPATING TEAMS!!!
TICKETS FOR 2017 WILL GO ON SALE JANUARY 1ST, 2017.
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, July 30th,2016 @ East Park Campgrounds
Home of THE ISLAND UNPLUGGED MUSIC FESTIVAL
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!!!
9th Annual Heritage Weekend – Friday, September 9 – 11, 2016
THE HISTORY OF STRONG WOMEN OF PELEE
SPACE IS LIMITED FOR THIS EVENT. PLEASE CALL THE HERITAGE CENTRE 519-724-2291 TO REGISTER OR EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
8th Annual Harvest Dinner – Saturday, September 17, 2016
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!