Stoney Creek Weekend
- For those going to the Stoney Creek event this weekend, I just wanted to
give everyone a heads- up on some of the changes that will be in place this
As in the past, I have been asked to take on the job of laying out the
various camplines and in direct response to comments and requests I hope to
be able to provide those individuals wishing to undertake a more
first-person, campaign, or historically specific interpretation with a venue
whereby they will not have to be located alongside those reenactors who
incorporate additional (and sometimes anachronistic) camp equipage.
To this end, the area directly to the north of the main Gage House (previously
designated the British 'regular' camp) will now be used as the 'Regulation /
Campaign' camp area. It will be available to anyone from the British,
Canadian, and American, forces that wishes to establish an encampment based
on a campaign style or official regulations format.
There will be an 'American" camp and "British" camp area on the lawn to the north of the house, while 'campaigners' will occupy the treed areas on the east side of the lawn. It will be up to the respective commanders to determine and
enforce what will be considered appropriate 'regulation' equipage in this
All those wishing to make use of additional equipage, tentage, awnings and
other camp paraphernalia will be accommodated in the 'historic' camp on the
other side of the creek beside the food pavilion area and running down onto
the battlefield. Regimental lines will be established, as in the past, with
sufficient room to include these additional items. Any estimates of tentage
numbers and general types would be greatly appreciated for me in laying out
the individual unit encampments. (feltoe@...)
Because of the official designation of the entire site as a historic site
and heritage area, the organisers have been obliged to apply external
regulations and restrictions on the use of firepits. As a result, it will
not be possible for us to dig into the ground to create a firepit. Instead,
sheets of metal (and I believe sand) will be available to create an
above-ground foundation for the building of the necessary campfires.
Consequently, the number of fires in the encampment area may have to be
limited and all participants are requested to keep their fires restricted to
the appropriate sheets.
Due to a high level of wastage at the Saturday night dinner in the last two
years, It has been decided to put the resources spent on providing that meal
into other elements of the event. However, breakfast will still be provided
on both mornings by one of the local community groups.
For my own part, I would hope that more of those reenactors who benefit by
these morning "perks" at events would recognize the effort put in by the
volunteers (who get up so early in the mornings to cook for us), by offering
a simple thank-you to these people. I say this because at one event last
year I witnessed one reenactor (a woman) tearing a strip out of one of these
volunteers for not having the coffee ready when she wanted some.
That's it for now. I'll be at the encampment throughout Friday if anyone
has any questions or needs set-up positioning. See you there.
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- Having been involved in this stuff for more than 20 years, I value
the efforts which community organizations provide in feeding us.
When I am receiving meals, I always compliment the serving people. I
hope it makes them feel good about their activity so that they might
want to perform that service in the next year and beyond.
I rememember the problem with the coffee last year. I politely
mentioned it to the site supervisor and it was shortly corrected. I
suppose others did the same thing.
But I agree with Richard that it is way out of line for someone to
castigate a community volunteer.
-- In WarOf1812@y..., "R Feltoe" <feltoe@r...> wrote:
r my own part, I would hope that more of those reenactors who
> these morning "perks" at events would recognize the effort put inby the
> volunteers (who get up so early in the mornings to cook for us), byoffering
> a simple thank-you to these people. I say this because at oneevent last
> year I witnessed one reenactor (a woman) tearing a strip out of oneof these
> volunteers for not having the coffee ready when she wanted some.
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What a warm weekend at Stoney Creek! Not the weather! It was the
outstanding hospitality of the site, staff and organizing committee!
What a delightful weekend and we were thrilled to be part of it.
All should feel proud of their efforts as they did a wonderful job.
On behalf of the 41st Regiment, I thank you!
Your most humble and obedient Servant,
Tom Fournier, Captain
41st Regiment of Foot
- Tremendous thanks to everyone who turned out for Stoney Creek this past
weekend! Tom's being his usual understated self when he describes the
weekend as "warm" - given that we were wearing polar fleece on Wednesday
evening when laying out the camps, the sudden snap to 30+ temperatures
(C) and high humidity on Friday morning was a more than a bit of a shock
to the system!
But all in all, it was a stunning weekend. I had several opportunities
to watch both the Crown Forces and those of the Noble Opposition on the
march to the field, and I have to say that you looked wonderful. So
many of you have once again made those little upgrades to your
impression over the winter - I was very impressed, and so was the
public. I spent a lot of time answering questions this weekend, and the
spectators were totally jazzed on the whole event. Those who had been
coming for years really appreciated the differences in the battle
scenarios this year, as well as the changes and additions to the camp
life activities. They commented particularly on how gregarious all the
reenactors were - how friendly and forthcoming with answers to questions
and offers of demonstrations and explanations everyone was. Thank you
so much, everyone, for pitching in and helping with all of that!!!
As always, we would love to hear any feedback and suggestions that you
might have on how to make the event better next year. Please feel free
to forward your comments to Susan Ramsay, Curator of Battlefield House,
at battlefield@.... We will be having a post-event roundup
meeting in the very near future and would love to include your input as
we begin the planning for next year.
In closing -- on a more personal note, a huge thank you to everyone who
helped me out after my little incident on Friday, and who checked in on
(and watched over) me over the rest of the weekend. I was very touched
by your concern - and by all of the donations of Gatorade and water that
appeared! Yet another demonstration of how this great community of ours
pulls together when one of us goes down.
And now, on down the road! I'm off to F&I for a month or so, but shall
look forward to seeing you at Niagara!
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