- From: "pamelalynn36" <pamelalynn36@...>
" ... We scheduled it two weeks after Defenders Day at
Fort McHenry and two weeks before Mississenewa, hoping to avoid
conflict with these events....Under consideration is moving the event
one week later, to the first weekend in October. How would that affect
other events? ......."
Pam Shubert, Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, Maryland
From: "mark dickerson" <mdickerson1@...>
" Yes, there has been a re-enactment scheduled in Chatham ...the weekend
before Mississinewa ..."
It seems our little time period of 1812 is growing............
We are the smallest with American Civil War being the largest.
As for next year (2004) we have (in no real order)
"American & Crown Forces" all-up event, May 29-30 known as the
'Grand Tactical' to be held at Ft. Meigs, Ohio. This event was created
so all 1812 re-enactment units in North America would attend a 'BIG'
The date of this event may change every year depending upon the
site where it is held. The sites who have offered to hold this event
are Ft. Meigs, Ft. Niagara, Fort George and Mississinewa. More
sites may be added to this list. If we want a 'HUGE" event we will
have to travel south once in a while as those units in the south travel
north to events.
There are then the "Crown Forces" events. These are the events that
are called to have an all up attendance of Crown Forces, as all units
and staff cannot attend an event every weekend. Some have 'real lives'.
For 2004 those canvassed they agreed on:
April 12-13 Crown Officer, NCO and Artillery School - Fort York
May 29-30 Grand Tactical Ft. Meigs Ohio (Crown/USA Forces 1812 North America
July 2-4 Lundy's Lane/Chippawa Ont
Aug 7-8 Fort Erie Ont
Then there are the normal 1812 'Every-Year' events, for lack of a better
and they are usually:
Jan Battle of New Orleans, Chalmette, Louisiana
May Battle of Longwoods London Ont
June Battle of Stoney Creek Ont
Oct Mississinewa 1812 Marion Ind.
to name only a few. The normal 1812 'Every-Year' events are usually
attended regularly by the majority of re-enactors. Some sites like Fort
and Crysler's Farm are opting to hold events every two years.
Please bear with me .........
Now comes the 'Local Events', also a name drawn out of a hat. These
are the events close to where you live and we all love a short drive.
The 'Once-in-a-Lifetime' events comes to mind next, these are the ones
created to celebrate an event or anniversary and are one time event. Such as
May 21-25 2003 Talbot Settlement Re-enactment - Port Stanley, Ontario
The 'Unit' events are the ones created by a Unit to have an event in their
back yard such as Aug 1812 at Fanshawe Pioneer Village, London, Ontario
and Fairfield Thamesville Ont.
You may want to get a coffee or drink now..........
'Money Maker Events' these are created because some one or committee is
$$$ to create an event. Re-enactors are offered $$$$ to attend. Everybody
And of course there are the 'New' events, those just created because a
or site realises something happened there in 1812
Now there seems to be a new event emerging, these are the 'Town' events.
are the ones which are created by a city, town or village for their sidewalk
busker festival or 'save-the-pigeon' campaign. I have been contacted by
communities this year about having an 1812 camp at their festival. When I
they supply wood, straw, water, food, possibly gun powder and maybe even a
stipend for those with a long drive ......they sort of disappear
We of course now have the 'Napoleonic Events' those who represent the
Napoleonic War. Events in '04 and '05 are being planned for Old Bedford
for living history programs set in the Regency/1st Empire period. Some units
do French! .. so I am led to believe! :-)
And lastly to be considered are the F&I, Rev, ACW, etc., events that some of
1812 re-enactors also do .......... Next year 'The Assault the Capital -
July 30 - August 1 will be a biggie for Rev War.
Those wanting an event should look at last years event schedule and this
years event schedule
and find a week where there is no event. To go up against the 'big' events
is dumb, to go up
against others who have been in existence for a while is not nice and to
take a date that is
vacant because a site has agreed to a year off every other year is a no no
One could even contact an event and ask if they would sing every other
Thots on the above?
Methinks my dance card is getting full!