Fanshawe thank you
- Thank you everyone for your kind words and attendance to Fanshawe
1812. A lot of work but well worth it. There were a lot of
individuals behind the scenes who put this one together. Forgive me
if I miss anyone but I want to ensure that a few notables get due
From the 1st (Royal Scots) Grenadiers; Glyn Parsons, Linda Parsons,
Kevin Garrett, Ron Zboril, my wife Karen, and of course Hal who has
continuously talked this event up.
From the village; Sheila, Lana, Eleanor, Nelson, Robert, Jeremy and
Jeff for allowing us to take over their village and play. We are
invited back again next year.
Speaking of next year, the event is once again the weekend before
the Canadian Thanksgiving as it was this year but will fall in
October as it usually does. The date had previously been posted on
the events list under 2008 event planner
October 4th and 5th, 2008.
No firm decision has been made on another ed day but feedback has
been very positive.
Thanks for all the wonderfully positive comments we all received
this weekend. Feel free to send comments about the weekend to me to
pass on to the other organizers to make it even better.
More pictures of the event are available on the Royal Scots album
Thank you again and we will see there next year.
Fanshawe 1812 - The Invasion of Upper Canada
October 4th and 5th, 2008
1st (Royal Scots) Grenadiers
I will leave you with some of the comments received by some of the
teachers from the ed day on the 28th;
-Really liked the encampment and found touring the encampment
interesting and informative
-Valued the Native perspective that was represented throughout the
-4 hrs was a great time to do all of the activities
-Liked making corn husk dolls and learning about a woman's life when
a man is away from home at the Life without a Man station.
- Liked the Republican Views and the interaction provided by the
school house teachers and the activities they presented to students.
-Students really enjoyed the hands on activities
-"Great Day - Please do again next year." - Major Ballachey P.S.
-"We thoroughly enjoyed our day." - Sarnia Christian School
- Thank you everyone for your kind words and attendance at Fanshawe 1812
The Invasion of Upper Canada this past weekend.
Seeing and hearing the joy everyone had makes all the hard work of
preparation worthwhile. It all starts again now for next year. There
are still a few bugs to work out but we listened to what you all said
during the weekend and the few frustrations that were evident to make
it that much better in years to come.
It's amazing to see Tecumseh field come to life and fill with canvas
within a matter of hours. Because of crop rotation we needed to move
the battlefield but it worked out great. Next year we are thinking of
something different and lots of fun. As well, we will be suggesting
some improvements the site can do to improve, but once again we are
only advisers and cannot make them do anything.
I would like to thank all the units that put up and took down colours,
individuals who assisted with mini-militia and would like also to
point out a few individuals who worked tirelessly to bring it all
All the members of the Royal Scots Grenadier Company for supporting
the event and doing little things to help make the work easier.
Hal Dennison for sharing a vision, pushing the event and
offering advice and logistical support.
Kevin Garrett, our pioneer, for helping with site setup, making sure
our flag poles were ready and helping with the skirmish plus a
multitude of other tasks including a wonderful rum ration. (He
particularly enjoyed chopping down the flag poles to recover the
hardware for use next year)
Ron Zboril for helpful advice and mini-militia detail.
The ladies of our unit for running the background detail and keeping
us fed so well (the skull on our website photo album is from our roast
Glyn and Linda Parsons for all the other background work to bring it
together. Linda works in the village store and was there for all our
meetings. Glyn worked with me from Wednesday in the rain for 2 days to
bring it all together and was the other person who did so much and
deserves praise from all for a wonderful event.
Thank you all for coming and see you there next year and at all the
events along the way.
Dave Westhouse, Sgt.
1st Royal Scots Grenadiers.
Fanshawe 1812 - The Invasion of Upper Canada.
Photos from the event can be seen at;
"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things
you didn't do than by the ones that you did. So throw off the
bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your
sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
--- Mark Twain