1812 Re: Grand Tacticals â Past, Present and to come
- Email is tricky and can be interpreted differently so I want to expand a litte bit on what I said.
Not all of my comments were complaints, I made sure to note some of the successes ie: food, straw, wood, blue rockets etc. These are "basic" things but a massive undertaking and they were all done VERY well.
Nobody has controll over the weather so I don't want people to think I was complaining about the rain. What I was trying to get across is that the weather networks website has real time radar maps and maybe the schedule could have been tweaked a bit to compensate, ie: postponing half an hour vice cancelling or moving ahead an hour instead of having a drama skit infront of the tavern as the clouds roll in.
Regarding the evening battle being in the field, I think we all have different opinions about that. I remember in '08 getting my ears blasted by the artillery because there were too many people crammed into too small of a place. On the other hand street fighting can get ugly fast if not done properly. I think there is a healty balance somewhere. If unit commanders are in touch with their surroundings (which they are) you should be able to pre-arrange the scheme to make sure nobody leaves the rails. All I am suggesting is that we inject a little creativity so that everyone gets a chance to have fun. Being in the Glens we are usually the first on and last off so I always burn powder but there are others who drive 8 hours and only fire a dozzen rounds. Do I drive forever just for the battle? no but if we are doing this for the public and to preserve history we should give a good show.
That is what I was trying to get across with my point about the families who paid to get in. It wasn't about compensation for the rain it was that they should walk away going "that was F#%^& AWESOME". Line infantry is what it is and safety can't be compromised but could we make better use of the terrain? Perhaps have the Brits take the field in such a way that the public doesn't see us coming? Maybe move around a bit more? There seemed to be a whole section of the Field that was not really used. "outside the box" is an overused phrase but might apply here.
Will an event ever be all things to everyone? not a chance... were some of my coments un-informed and naive? maybe... but I see a whole lot of potential in this organization and I think we are capable of so much more. When people say everything is perfect things stop getting better.
> "However, I felt that the complaints I answered came from an un-informed perspective and several were a bit naive."
- Mr. Drouillard
Your questions seemed to have been answered on this yahoo group thus your post to my Yahoo address is counter productive.
Mr. Williams has reported that he chairs a meeting of Unit Commanders every year voting on and choosing the Crown Forces events and you now know how the Grand Tactical is chosen.
It seems the next Crown Forces event is Sept 12-13 at Backus Mill near Port Rowan, ON. Canada. Plus the numerous events before and after that date.
Hope this has helped you
United States Forces 1812
Crown Forces North America 1812
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--- "michaeldrouillard" wrote:
"Being in the Glens we are usually the first on and last off . . . Will an event ever be all things to everyone? not a chance..."
- Hi Peter
Didn't you get my memo.
Dam that bugler.
The Glens had 16 rank and file.
Just for the next vote to be sure!
Capt McMeekin of the Glengarry Lights
--- On Thu, 7/16/09, peter monahan <petemonahan@...> wrote:
From: peter monahan <petemonahan@...>
Subject: 1812 Re: Grand Tacticals â€“ Past, Present and to come
Received: Thursday, July 16, 2009, 9:01 AM
In WarOf1812@yahoogrou ps.com, annbwass@... wrote:
Didn't go to this event, but I can appreciate both sides of this debate. I am an event organizer myself (although usually a paid one, but I also do some organizing on a volunteer basis), and, yes, it is easy for those not in on the organizing to criticize. On the other hand, thoughtful critiques are necessary if repeating events are to improve.
Ann & Mike
Perhaps I was a little hard on Mike, especially as I took no part in organizing the GT. OTOH, most of the organizers are too well bred to say what I did. I have organized and taken part in various events over 25 years and agree that "Just perfect" is not very helpful, however gratifying it may be to the ego.
However, I felt that the complaints I answered came from an un-informed perspective and several were a bit naive. How, for example, is one to compensate the family who paid $100.00 and saw the battle rained out? The site already took a bath financially on Saturday and those gate fees pay for the event: straw, food, etc etc.
Anyway, nuff said. "We" (organizers, grunts et al) will try, as always, to improve. Perhaps, Mike, you can make sure that your concerns are noted by your unit commander/represent ative and brought to the meeting - usually in early winter - at which the next GT site is chosen. I will correlate all the unit returns and make sure each unit gets the votes they are entitled to, based on the formula mentioned by Mr. Williams.
BY THE WAY, unit commanders, I ONLY GOT ONE UNIT'S COMPANY RETURN! Feel free to send me yours.
Sgt. Major, CFNA
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