Fw: Fort Willow Event - Looking for Participants / Wasaga under Siege 2004
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From: "David J. Brunelle" <brunelle@...>
Sent: Friday, July 30, 2004 11:33 AM
Subject: Fort Willow Event - Looking for Participants / Wasaga under Siege
> Nine Mile Portage Trail/Fort Willow Depot Event - September 18th/04
> Dear Re-enactors and Friends,
> I have been approached by the Nine Mile Portage Trail Committee which
> is made up of representatives from the City of Barrie, Fort Willow Depot,
> Springwater Township, Friends of Fort Willow, the Rotary Club and the
> Nottawasaga Conservation Authority. They are looking for re-enactors,
> demonstrators and artisans, canoes and long boats to participate in the
> official opening of the Nine Mile Portage Trail that linked Kempenfelt Bay
> to Fort Willow Depot and eventually on to Lake Huron. This was a vital
> alternate land supply route during the War of 1812 and kept the Upper
> Lakes supplied and from falling totally into American hands. This event
> would take place on Saturday, September 18th/04 and would be just the one
> day to around 5:00pm. Re-enactors would set-up their encampments at Fort
> Willow Depot with an opening ceremony located in downtown Barrie at
> where re-enactors and participants would be bussed to and from.
> Re-enactors and participants would have the option of setting up on Friday
> evening or arriving early Saturday morning. We are looking for
> to participate in this event and if you are available we are asking that
> please submit a proposal of what you have to offer and any compensation
> would like for your time and effort. We especially need some longboats
> voyageur canoes for the re-enactment of the landing in downtown Barrie.
> This event has been given the green light and I should be contacting
> re-enactors, groups and units very soon to confirm participation. If you
> have already submitted a proposal for this event I do have it on file and
> will be in touch shortly. I have included a tentative schedule for the
> event and if you have any questions let me know!
> David Brunelle
> Friday, Sept 17th/04
> 4:00pm till Dusk - Re-enactors set-up encampment at Fort Willow
> Saturday, Sept 18th/04
> 7:00am to 9:00am - Re-enactors set-up encampment at Fort Willow
> 7:30am to 9:00am - Breakfast for Participants provided
> 9:00am - Re-enactors board buses for Downtown Barrie
> 10:00am to 11:00am - Portage Trail/Re-enactment of Landing and Official
> Portage Trail
> Opening - Participants and public are invited to walk the Portage Trail
> Fort Willow.
> 11:00am - Re-enactors board buses for Fort Willow
> 12:00pm - Lunch provided for all participants
> 12:30pm to 5:00pm - All re-enactors are actively presenting to the
> 2:00pm - Ceremony/Official letters arrive from earlier ceremony after
> running the entire length of the trail.
> 5:00pm - Re-enactors can begin to pack up and leave. No overnight
> encampments on Saturday evening.
> Wasaga under Siege 2004 a Great Success
> Dear Re-enactors & Friends,
> On behalf of the Town of Wasaga Beach, Nancy Island Historic Site -
> Ministry of Natural Resources and the Historic Military Establishment of
> Upper Canada, I would like to thank all the re-enactors, volunteers and
> participants who made this event a great success. We had close to 600
> participants and combined with great weather and great people it was
> certainly an enjoyable event to host. I would also like to thank all the
> re-enactors, groups and units who donated prizes for the participants draw
> on Sunday morning they were greatly appreciated. The winners of the Iron
> Man and Iron Women contest on Sunday morning were Neil Hurlbut, 25th U.S.
> Infantry and Judy Glen from Glen Farms Sutlery. The winner of the 50/50
> draw was Chris Winger of the Glengarry Light Infantry who claimed $350.00
> cash. Thanks to all who supported the 50/50 draw as well. I would also
> to thank all the entertainment on the weekend as well and they included:
> Gopher Baroque, Tanglefoot, Hardtack and Harmony, Periwinkle Rose, Dr.
> Quimby and Paul Haslem. Finally I would like to thank everyone for your
> patience in loading and unloading as the Island does cause some
> logistical problems at times. Everyone put on a great show and look
> hosting everyone again next year!!!
> David J. Brunelle
> Wasaga under Siege 2004
> Mark your calendar for next year - July 22nd - 24th, 2005