Battle of Georgian Bay - Possible Return! Need Help!!!
- Dear List and Re-enactors,
The Skirmish at Balm Beach Depot which was the opening Thursday evening component of the Battle of Georgian Bay in 2001 may be revived as part of Wasaga under Siege 1812 being held in Wasaga Beach, Ontario this year from July 22nd to the 25th. Our organization was approached a few months ago and discussions began with the Township of Tiny in regards to the possibility of the event being revived for this year. If the Skirmish at Balm Bach Depot was to be revived it would be in partnership with the Town of Wasaga Beach and Nancy Island Historic Site and would involve bussing re-enactors and their equipment from Wasaga Beach to Balm Beach for an event on Thursday, July 22nd/04. This potential added component to Wasaga under Siege would not be on the scale that the Battle of Georgian Bay was in 2001 but would retain the same atmosphere, professionalism and historical flavour which the BGB 2001 and Wasaga under Siege in 2003 offered. This event would focus more on educating and entertaining local residents from the surrounding communities and of course any tourist that happen along. This year's potential event would include scheduled activities including, period musical entertainment, fife & drums, musket and cannon demonstrations, children's mini militia and other 19th century activities and not just the main battle event. I have attached a draft schedule of events for the late afternoon and evening of Thursday, July 22nd/04 for you to review.
If the Township of Tiny were to approve the event they would only be budgeting a maximum of $7500.00 which would include all the logistical costs of the Balm Beach re-enactment as well as the extra potential services of fire, public works and by-law/police. Furthermore, the overall cost is guaranteed to be lower as local merchants, services groups, sponsors, in-kind donations and potential provincial and federal special events grants become available. If predictions go well I estimate that Tiny Township's final expense share would be around $4500.00 which was the same contribution they donated for the BGB event in 2001. For an event like this and also taking into consideration that all the re-enactors who attend are volunteers and spend money on their own account to travel and make appropriate historical kit and gear to put on the re-enactment, is dirt cheap! If you compare a good fireworks show which cost in the neighbourhood of $10,000.0 to $20,000.00 and is over in minutes there is no comparison. If the Township of Tiny were to approve this event they would be helping to unite their communities, provide great entertainment, educate the public about local history and overall creating goodwill and a bond between its residents and municipality.
Over the last few municipal meetings the council has been divided at times over the issue of funding for the event. In order to help convince them to approve the event I am looking for positive feedback from local residents, participates, volunteers and supporters of living history that this event is definitely worth the time, effort and cost to undertake. If you enjoyed the Skirmish at Balm Beach Depot and the Battle of Georgian Bay 2001 in general, please take the time to write a short note to the Township of Tiny expressing your positive experiences at the past event and delight at the possible return of this BGB event component in 2004. Tiny Township council will make a final decision on funding & approval for the event on Monday, February 9th/04. For those who live locally it would be a great boost if supporters of the event were able to attend the meeting at around 7:30pm to show council that local residents are indeed in favour of hosting the event once again.
Thank you for your time and hopefully we will be re-enacting on the shores of Balm Beach once again this summer.
David J. Brunelle
Chairman BGB 2001
Co-ordinator Wasaga under Siege 2004
Please forward your positive feedback by the following:
Township of Tiny
130 Balm Beach Road West RR#1
Perkinsfield, Ontario L0L 2J0
Phone: (705)526-4204 Fax: (705)526-2372
E-mail Addresses: council@...
Wasaga under Siege
Skirmish at Balm Beach Depot, Tiny Township, ON
Thursday, July 22nd/04
An American Squadron searching for the mouth of the Nottawasaga River and
the H.M.S. Nancy have been reported along the shorelines of Nottawasaga Bay
close to the British supply depot at Balm Beach. British troops have been
dispatched to confirm the reports. British troops worst fears become a
reality as an advance guard of the American army land by bateaux at Balm
Beach in an attempt to control this key supply depot. The few defending
British troops and Native allies are no match as they are overwhelmed and
surrender or flee. Looting and pillaging of the depot stores and local
merchants ensues as the Americans plan and supply themselves for the bigger
prize they seek; H.M.S Nancy hidden by now up the Nottawasaga River.
a.. Suggestion that the roads leading into the main commercial area of Balm Beach not be closed off until 2:30pm on the Thursday and that notices (Flyers) and perhaps event volunteers notify all persons parking in the commercial area that vehicles have to be removed no later than 3:30pm. .
b.. The event schedule for 2004 in Balm Beach will take on more of a festival atmosphere as we plan on having entertainment, music and historical demonstrations leading up to the main battle and also taking place after the battle.
A tentative draft schedule would look something like the following:
a.. 2:00pm - All re-enactors and participants with cannons, boats and other heavy historical equipment leave Nancy Island Historic Site for Balm Beach.
b.. 2:30pm to 4:00pm - Road closures begin as well as logistical set-up for historical displays, battle field, stage, sound system, etc. Shuttle buses if provided will also begin at this time.
c.. 3:00pm to 4:00pm - Re-enactors and Participants board buses and leave Nancy Island Historic Site for Balm Beach.
d.. 4:00 to 6:00pm - Re-enactors, volunteers and participants redeem tickets for dinner.
e.. 4:00pm - 4:20pm - Fife and Drum Band - Midland, Michigan
f.. 4:20pm - 5:00pm - Gopher Baroque Musical Entertainment & Others
g.. 5:00pm - 5:20pm - Musket and Cannon demonstrations
h.. 5:20pm - 5:50pm - Dr. Quimby's Medicine Show
i.. 5:50pm - 6:15pm - Fife and Drum Band - Midland, Michigan
j.. 6:15pm - 6:30pm - 19th Century Surgery Demonstration
k.. 6:30pm - 7:00pm - Gopher Baroque Musical Entertainment & Others
l.. 7:00pm - 7:30pm - 19th Century Male Highland Dancers and Pipers
m.. 7:30pm - 7:45pm - Fife and Drum Band - Midland, Michigan
n.. 7:45pm - 8:30pm - Skirmish at Balm Beach Depot (Main Battle)
o.. 8:30pm - 8:45:pm - Fife and Drum Band - Midland, Michigan
p.. 8:30pm - 9:00pm - Dr. Quimby's Medicine Show/19th Century Surgery Demonstration
q.. 9:00pm - 9:20pm - 19th Century Male Highland Dancers and Pipers
r.. 9:20pm - 10:00pm - Gopher Baroque Musical Entertainment & Others
s.. 10:00pm - Final Cannon Demonstration to announce the end of festivities and any re-enactors remaining should head towards the buses to return to Nancy Island, Wasaga Beach.
t.. 10:30pm - Last re-enactors bus leaves for Nancy Island. Roads are re-opened.
u.. 11:00pm - Last shuttle bus leaves Balm Beach for parking area.
Of course this schedule is based on the units that I already know that are attending and may be added to or some deleted/changed as the event draws closer. Also there is also a chance that we may have two tall ships that would participate in the event on Thursday evening as they would be passing through Nottawasaga Bay that day. I will have this confirmed by the middle of February. Hopefully this helps and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me anytime.
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