Amherst Island Blooms (AI Blooms) is a recognition program for any resident (whether permanent or seasonal) that encourages and rewards your efforts to beautify your front garden as seen from the road. By recognizing efforts spent on front garden plantings, we hope to encourage residents to put some thought into how your individual efforts benefit this wonderful place we all call home. Whether you have beds, borders, containers or any combination thereof, as long as it can be seen from the road, it all counts!
Nominations open June 1st and close by July 1st (Canada Day). The nomination can be from anyone and self-nomination is permitted. Nomination forms will be available sometime in May through our website – we will let you know when it’s loaded onto the site.
This initiative is for all islanders, no matter how green your thumbs might be! AI Blooms is not concerned with back gardens, only the gardens that can be seen from the road. Plantings can be annual or perennial flowers, shrubs or trees, vegetables, fruit – it is totally up to the property owner. Emphasis is on participation!
Assuming the drive-by assessment indicates that a reasonable effort has been spent towards gardening then the property will be awarded an AI Blooms recognition marker with
the year inscribed on it.
We hope this gets your gardening ideas percolating. Additional details to come! To hear more about AI Blooms and join in the discussion, please tune into CJAI 92.1 FM on Monday mornings between 8:30-9:00 am.
The Amherst Island Community Alliance is pleased to announce our major fundraiser for 2021: our first ever plant sale. What is so unique and special about this event is the concept that all island residents can shop safely for plant material right here on Amherst Island. It is our hope that a wide variety of plant material, from seeds to seedlings to perennial divisions and beyond, will be available for all of us to purchase at reasonable prices. We will be offering contactless payment options, and social distancing protocols will be in place.
We are looking for help collecting plant material! If you happen to have extra seeds, seedlings, or perennial plant divisions to make, we would like you to consider donating some to the cause. We are also accepting cash donations so as to help us round out the offering. Please email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let us know if you can help us produce the best event we possibly can! And yes, we are looking for volunteers to help in the week leading up to the event.
To follow along with the plant sale progress, please feel free to tune into The Udder Morning Show on CJAI 92.1 FM Monday mornings between 8:30-10am.
The Recreation Association coordinates municipal recreation activities for Amherst Island.
Our seasonal, volunteer-run shop offers fine art and crafts from Island and area artists and artisans at affordable prices. Come find handmade pottery, jewellery, clothing, accessories, fine art and photography, greeting cards, woodcraft, and much more. Non-handmade items are fundraisers for various organizations on the island (Museum, Women’s Institute, ISLE).
We are located in the historic Neilson Store Museum & Cultural Centre at 5220 Front Road at the east end of the village, and run under their hours:
May long weekend – Thanksgiving: Sat 10am – 4pm Sun 1pm – 4pm
July to Labour Day: Sat 10am – 4pm and Sun-Fri 1pm – 4pm
AIMS hold their meetings on the second Saturday of the month unless scheduled at a different date due to conflicts. The calendar on the website will be updated to reflect the correct dates. For additional information, any of the officers listed on www.amsociety.ca/contacts could be phoned.
AIESA meetings are held at the call of the chair. AIESA membership includes current & past members of the Loyalist Township Emergency Services – Amherst Island Station formerly known as the Amherst Island Fire Department.
AIESA’s mandate is to provide fundraising opportunities and support services to the members of the Amherst Island Station.
WI meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month.
The Amherst Island Women’s Institute is one of the oldest in the federation and was formed in 1900 and currently has 24 members.
Fire Department & Emergency First Response training meetings are held on Thursday nights.
The Amherst Island Station provides fire protection & primary medical care on the Island. The Department has a full-time Chief and approximately 100 Firefighters & EFR personnel of which 14 are on the Island. The headquarters station is located on the mainland in Odessa, Ontario.
Opened in 2004, Amherst Island’s Neilson Store Museum highlights artifacts from Island families and Island history since its first settlement in 1789, when it was originally named Isle Tonti. Items in the collection include the MV Amherst Islander’s ship’s wheel, bell, and logs. Designated under the Ontario Heritage Act, the Museum itself is also an exhibit having once been owned by James S. Neilson, an island grain merchant who opened his first general store in 1873, with the store remaining in the Neilson family for more than one hundred years. Light Refreshments after the talk.
The Legion maintains the Cenotaph and has welcomed islanders since the closing of the Island branch a few years ago. The branch is located on County Road 4 north of Highway 33.