Wasaga under Siege
"A War of 1812 Experience"
July 22nd, 23rd, 24th/2011
Just a quick reminder that Wasaga under Siege "A War of 1812 Experience" is
only two weeks away and I have provided an update on what will be happening
for this year's event. Please review the information that has been provided
and if you have not registered yet I encourage you all to do so ASAP. There
are some new things happening this year and if you have any questions please
let me know or visit our website at <http://www.wasagaundersiege1812.com
Building on the huge success of past Wasaga under Siege events, the Historic
Military Establishment of Upper Canada in partnership with the Town of
Wasaga Beach, Ontario Parks and Nancy Island Historic Site look forward to
hosting you once again from July 22nd to the 24th/2011. Wasaga under Siege
"A War of 1812 Experience" will once again come to life as over 300
re-enactors will take part echoing history once again through the streets
and waters of Wasaga Beach and Nancy Island Historic Site.
We have put together a great weekend for re-enactors and spectators alike!
Re-enactors will enjoy a safe Grand Encampment area on Historic Nancy
Island, water, food, entertainment, drinks, souvenir and 4 battles including
river battles will take place. Activities and events will take place
throughout the town of Wasaga Beach with parading, pillaging, cannons,
muskets, longboats and voyageur canoes. We will be using all our talents
and proven Wasaga under Siege 1812 hospitality to make sure all re-enactors
& participants feel welcomed and satisfied that it was worth the trip.
Wasaga Beach, Ontario as many of you already know host the longest fresh
water beach in the world and attracts thousands of tourist each day to its
beaches and attractions. Re-enactors and their families will have the
opportunity to enjoy the historical components of the event as well as the
beach and modern attractions such as shopping, restaurants, waterslides,
midway, paintball and other attractions to numerous to mention.
Merchants, blanket traders and artisans are welcomed free of charge and the
musical line-up for the evening hospitality features Backroads, and Caber
All re-enactors who portray any aspect of the War of 1812 are welcomed to
participate. They can include - British and American Regulars or Militia
including Civil War re-enactors portraying American Militia, Navy Personnel,
Cannon Crews, Natives, Voyageurs and Men, Women & Children civilians.
Sunday morning will also feature the Redcoat Iron-man and Iron-women contest
that has proven to be a popular event not only to participate in, but to
watch as well, with prizes going out to the winners.
If you are registering on-line please register individually or as an
immediate family unit. No group registrations will be accepted unless
pre-approved. This gives us a more accurate number for logistics, food and
actual people attending and camping on the island.
Look forward to seeing everyone in July.
David J. Brunelle
Co-ordinator - WUS 2011
New Welcome Centre - Nancy Island Welcome Centre
Ontario Parks is excited to announce that Nancy Island Historic Site will
have a brand new 3000+ square foot Welcome Centre opening this summer. This
new building will become a focal point for Wasaga Beach Provincial Park and
certainly help draw visitors to Nancy Island as we gear up for the
Service Clubs Support Local Heritage & Community Wellness
Wasaga under Siege would like to recognize the generous ongoing support of
two community service clubs who have been contributing to the success of
Wasaga under Siege since its debut back in 2003. The Lioness Club & Lions
Club of Wasaga Beach have been great community supporters who recognize the
importance of educating and promoting Wasaga Beach's rich heritage. Their
ongoing support over the past 9 years has contributed directly to the
quality and success of Wasaga under Siege and community wellness throughout
Re-enactment of the Relief of Michilimackinac 1814
Edenvale, ON (Glengarry Landing) to the mouth of the Nottawasaga River
(Nancy Island Historic Site) - 25 - 30 km River Run.
Friday, July 22nd - Starting at 9:00am to 1:00pm - Edenvale to Jacks Lake
Saturday, July 23rd - Starting at 9:00am to 1:00pm - Jacks Lake to Nancy
Wasaga under Siege 2011 is excited to announce that a re-enactment of a
portion of the Relief of Michilimackinac, February to April 1814 will be
added to the list of great activities taking place in 2011. The Upper
Nottawasaga River is basically the same way it looked like in 1814 and is a
great opportunity for those hearty re-enactors to experience the environment
and hardships soldiers and sailors experienced firsthand on this historical
journey. This river excursion will not be a leisurely float down the river
as all participants will be expected to pull their weight on an oar,
potentially cut paths through fallen trees and log jams and getting your
feet wet as low fast running water may dictate guiding the boat by hand and
feet. For those naval groups who would like to get some real first hand
river negotiating experience this is your opportunity. To date we have three
bateaux that have confirmed to take part in this great historical
re-enactment and we are looking for more boats and crews to take part. We
are also looking for voyageur canoes and crews to take part in this great
event as well. If you or your group is interested in participating as many
boats/canoes will need extra rowers and crew, please contact me anytime at
Pillaging and Plundering Americans Invade Wasaga Beach
During Wasaga under Siege 2011 the Town of Wasaga Beach will feel the wrath
of the invading American forces. They will be marching into town pillaging
and plundering local participating merchants and organizations between
12:00pm Friday, July 22nd to 9:00pm Saturday, July 23rd. British and ally
troops will be on guard at participating merchants and organizations
attempting to hold back the Americans from pillaging and plundering local
food stuffs and other supplies vital to the war effort and local residents.
Participating merchants and organizations include: Major's Guardian
Pharmacy, Mc Donald's, Saga Resort and Grandma's Beach Treats.
The Peak 95.1 FM & The Beach 97.7 FM
The Peak FM and The Beach FM have also come on board as radio sponsors and
will be providing great pre-promotion of the event in the form of radio
commercials, talk show appearances, free give-ways and live on-site
broadcasting during the event. We encourage all participates to tune into
the Peak or the Beach FM when you are coming into the Wasaga Beach area.
For more information please visit: <http://www.thepeakfm.com
Book Releases & Signings
Brock's Agent by Tom Taylor
It's the eve of the War of 1812, and the United States is aiming to seize
British North America. Thomas Jefferson declares that it will be a "mere
matter of marching," but he hadn't counted on British Major General Isaac
Brock. While Britain battles Napoleon in Europe and considers abandoning
Upper Canada altogether, Brock begins forging the province into a fighting
force and in the process engages the services of a young secret agent.
After witnessing the Battle of Tippecanoe, Jonathan Westlake, a young man
"ready to make his mark," returns to the town of York [now Toronto] from a
fur trading expedition bringing hard intelligence of the American
preparations for war. Intervening in a scuffle to save a young woman's life,
he appears to have unwittingly killed her stepfather. To escape arrest for
murder, Westlake is now forced to join the British Army and pose as a fur
trader while undertaking a vital secret mission for General Brock.
As nations and men battle for military supremacy in North America, these
principal characters will fight to the death over love, independence, and a
fortune in furs.
Tom Taylor will be present during Wasaga under Siege 2011 for scheduled
readings, answering questions and signing copies of his book.
Searching for the Forgotten War 1812
by Patrick Richard Carstens and Timothy L. Sanford
The forgotten war started out with an American invasion of what is now
Canada and ended with a British invasion of the United States, neither one
successful. The vast majority of the books telling the story of the War of
1812, are often told chronologically, the events leading to this war, the
battles and aftermath or the biographies of the leaders on both side of the
The book "Searching for the Forgotten War 1812" unfolds geographically as
told in two volumes (Canada- 21 chapters- USA -35 chapters) and tells the
story of the war using what can be found today in both the Canada and the
United States. With the use of photography and directions to find the
historical markers, plaques, monuments, gravestones, graveyards,
battlefields, fortified locations, naval battles on the Great Lakes and the
Oceans of the world to tell the stories behind the historical evidence in
what was British North America and the United States in 1812. The vast
majority of the location can be found along the United States borders with
Upper (Ontario) and Lower (Quebec) Canada, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and
the British Colony of Newfoundland in what is Canada today, and in the
United States original colonies, territories and emerging states along the
Mississippi River to the Atlantic Ocean.
Patrick Richard Carstens and Timothy Sanford will be present during Wasaga
under Siege 2011 for scheduled readings, answering questions and signing
copies of his book.
Invitation to Tea
Wasaga under Siege 2011 invites the ladies & gentlemen of the Nancy Island
Historic Site Grand Encampment to take tea on Saturday, July 23rd at 10:30am
in the hospitality tent hosted by the ladies of the Incorporated Militia of
Upper Canada. Guests are requested to provide themselves with a chair and
place setting (tea cup or glass, plate, and spoon).
Guest Speaker: Elizabeth Webb
Topic: Regency Accessorising on a Budget
To satisfy the appetites of our guests, we shall be serving treats from the
Georgian Period, baked by the finest camp followers of the Incorporated
Militia of Upper Canada. The afternoon will also include a formal
presentation on a selected topic.
If you would be attending, please send your compliments to Darlene Kingstone
or Diane Fletoe at feltoe@...
convenience. Children accompanied by an adult are also welcome to attend as
"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the
ceremony known as afternoon tea." (Henry James)
New Land and Water Battle Locations
Many of you will be relieved to hear that all the land battles will take
place in Beach Area 2 across the street from Nancy Island. The long walk
along the beach and boardwalk to the battle at Beach Area 1 has been
eliminated to the delight of many soldiers' sore feet.
The location for all the water battles has also changed and they will take
place in the Nottawasaga River between Nancy Island and the Main Street
New Coordinator of Naval Activities
I'm happy to announce that the Penetanguishene Ship's Company has
volunteered to take over the coordination of naval activities during the
battle scenarios. They have some great ideas to help enhance the naval
activities and will be in contact with all the naval units participating in
this year's event for input and feedback. If you are bringing a boat or
canoe to the event I encourage you to contact the Penetanguishene Ship's
Company at <mailto:hmsbadger@...
Hospitality Tent - Re-enactors, Participants & Sponsors
Sleeman's Breweries has come back on board and CREW Wines joined the battle
as official hospitality tent sponsors and will have Ale, Lager and Honey
Brown on tap as well as various wines to sample. Also on Friday & Saturday
evening the hospitality tent will come to life with live music provided by
Backroads and Caber Toss. Do I have to say anything more! See you all
Registered Units Attending to Date
Representatives of the following units that have already registered include:
1st Northumberland Militia
22nd US Infantry
British Indian Department
25th US Infantry
HMS Nancy Gun Crew
Glengarry Light Infantry
Royal George Landing Party
Royal Newfoundland Regiment
Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada
Red Tail Brigade
Registered Merchants and Artisans to Date
Arnolds Knives British Native Allies
Celtic Rose Perfumery Ironmonger Al
La Culotte du Patriote Linda's Early Fashions
Lion's Den Arms & Antiques Mistress Miller
Penelope's Pots Sanderson Leather
Sutler Cyrus The Elegant Thimble
The Frontier Popcorn Company Timber's Sutlery & Leather Goods
Glen Farms Preserves Voices of the Past
Big Thanks to all our 2011 Community Partners:
Town of Wasaga Beach Wasaga Beach Provincial Park
Friends of Nancy Island Service Ontario - Midland
CREW Wines Pepsi
95.1 The Peak FM 97.7 The Beach FM
Enrique Photo Art Saga Resort Mini Condo Motel & Cottages
E.L.M. Catering Georgian Bay Sanitation
Stonebridge by the Bay Major's Guardian Pharmacy
John Mc Tavish Plumbing Molly Maid - Wasaga Beach
Grandma's Beach Treats Lioness Club of Wasaga Beach
Wasaga Beach Lions Club Mc Donald's Restaurant
L & N Graphics Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
Sturgeon Point Marina Ltd. DOS Technologies
Ontario Tourism Historic Military Establishment of U. C.
Remax - Wasaga Beach www.ont <http://www.ontariofestivalsvisited.ca
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