Re: April 26th Drill day
- And all those concerns were considered when this weekend was
developed. Unfortunately other weekends were just not available at the
fort. It was the desire of many to move it away from Longwoods but it
just didn't work out.
If you can't make it, you can't make it. It is not mandatory for the
'guys' to come out to it but it gives the opportunity to, as you guys
put it 'shake off the stupids'. Lots of units have drill days, this is
an opportunity to have them all together.
Yes, Fort George is a bit further than say another location but it was
the atmosphere we were looking for, and the hospitality. ie. Dave, the
fort staff and Parks Canada.
It is a bit of a drive but you know what? You are in re-enacting and
it takes a drive to get anywhere and sometimes you just gotta do what
ya gotta do.
If future years maybe it can be moved, in 2009 it couldn't. It was
noted but could not be moved.
If you can make it, we'd love to have you. The 41st will make it worth
your while if you drive out Saturday evening and stay at the fort.
(you can hang out for longer and have a wee nip at their fund raising
Again, not an official report and so forth and so on, blah.. blah.. blah.
The NCO school is not that old but it did start off further away from
Longwoods and slowly crept toward it to the point that it was the
previous weekend the last two years. Now with advance notice maybe it
can be pushed back again. We did try for this year.
April 9-10 . . . Crown Forces School, Fort York - Toronto, ON
May 7-8 . . . Battle of Longwoods - London ON
Apr 22-23 . . . Crown Forces School - Fort York, Toronto, ON
May 6-7 . . . Longwoods - London, ON
Sat Apr 28 . . Infantry Officer & NCO School of Instruction
May 5-6 . . . Longwoods - London, ON
April 26 . . . Officer/NCO School, Fort York - Toronto, ON
May 3-4 . . . Battle of Longwoods - London, ON
Re: April 26th Drill day
Thanks for that note. It all makes sense now. However, in a few
brief discussions with some of our guys, we've noted the following
concerns with this drill day:
1 - it's the weekend before Longwoods. As you know, this is our
event, and a lot of our guys have roles to play in it. This becomes
a time cruch, therefore. In the past, on the Sunday before the
event, we've usually held a drill session at the site, so that we
could "shake off the stupids" but also so we could walk the site,
address last minutes concerns, make plans, and the like.
2 - it's a one day event. From London, Fort George is about a 2.5
hour drive, and of course it's longer from Kent County. Most of our
guys don't mind driving, but it's had to justify driving five hours
for a couple of hours worth of drill.
I realize that other things get in the way of planning (such as other
time periods), but I think that the timing of this event is going to
make it impossible for most of our guys to make it. (In fact, I
would love to see the NCO school moved much earlier in the year.)
Nevertheless, I hope other groups, perhaps ones that are closer to
the Fort, are able to make the day worthwhile.
--- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com, "Kevin Windsor"
> Hi Chris, the drill day at the fort is not an "all up" thing that
> discussed and voted on as a committee of units. It is, however,being
> strongly encouraged for a few reasons.starts. (as
> It lets us shake off the stupids before the bulk of the season
> a Brigade)Officer/NCO
> It lets us immediately start teaching the new stuff from the
> schoolwhile it
> Also Bob and Dave have graciously opened "their" fort to us, and
> gives people something to look at before the main tourist seasonstarts, it
> does mean staff involvement and $$ to open, staff, interpret, lockup and
> clean up a fort after we have left. (I know you know all of this!)attend it
> So by encouraging all, many, most, a good portion of units to
> means that the $$ that Parks Canada spends on opening that dayisn't spent
> on 10 guys with 3 muskets! It is by no means mandatory, but as itis noted,
> strongly encouraged! Life gets in the way and that is noted andrespected,
> so if some of the Lights can't make it, it is our loss that wecan't hang
> out together.any power
> Please note this isn't an official communication from anyone with
> to make decisions and the Crown Forces Staff are not responsiblefor the
> content of this email, blah blah blah, but merely my opinions!