Sails to See Festival gets $20,000 Trillium grant


By Ron Giofu


Trillium Grant

Stephen DeMarco, grant review team member with the Ontario Trillium Foundation, announced a grant of $20,000 to produce and print the boarding passes. The announcement was made during a press conference in the Commissariat Friday morning.

DeMarco praised the festival for not only developing partnerships but for “engaging arts and culture” as well. DeMarco added that Amherstburg preserves and promotes things of “historical significance” and offered his thanks for that.

Mayor Wayne Hurst called the Sails to See Festival a “once in a lifetime” event that will “show the contributions and appreciation to all those who have served over the many years.”

Hurst said the festival is being put together by “so many” and noted Amherstburg’s contributions during the War of 1812.

“It started and happened right here,” said Hurst.

The mayor added that many forget lives were lost and sacrifices were made during the War of 1812 but pointed out the lasting peace that has existed since then.

Lynnette Bain, vice president of tourism programs and development with Tourism Windsor-Essex County Pelee Island (TWEPI), liked the fact not only is a regional festival coming, it has led to municipalities teaming up.

“Not only are we planning a festival, we’re forming partnerships,” said Bain.

Fort Malden National Historic Site interpretive officer Alex Dale gave a history of the time period including the Battle of Lake Erie, which is what the Sails to See Festival is commemorating. He noted there will be a number of events happening at Fort Malden as part of the continuing War of 1812 anniversary as well.

Nine tall ships will visit the region over Labour Day weekend with two of them – the Friends Goodwill and the Lynx – being docked in Amherstburg. Others will be docked in Windsor, Kingsville and Pelee Island.

For those interested in boarding passes to visit all nine ships that weekend, boarding passes are $15 each and free for children five and under. They can be purchased at select locations around Windsor-Essex County or by visiting

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