Re: 1812 Wasaga under Siege 2009 - Big Thanks!
By all accounts your leadership in this event was impressive. As you are heading up one of Ontario's six commemorative divisions for the War of 1812 Bicentennial, sounds like good things will happen up there in 2012-2014. Good luck with it all.
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From: DAVID BRUNELLE
To: WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com ; 1812_ProgressiveCampaigner@yahoogroups.com ; Royal Navy 1812 ; Ladies of Reenacting
Sent: Sunday, September 13, 2009 10:48 PM
Subject: 1812 Wasaga under Siege 2009 - Big Thanks!
Sorry for the delay in getting this thank you out to everyone who
attended Wasaga under Siege 2009 and helped make it happen. Please pass it
along to your group members and anyone else you think it should be sent to.
On behalf of the Town of Wasaga Beach, Nancy Island Historic Site,
Wasaga Provincial Park and the Historic Military Establishment of Upper
Canada, I would like to thank all the re-enactors and participants who
attended Wasaga under Siege 2009. The event was a great success with over
300 re-enactors participating. Big thanks go out to everyone who helped make
this event successful by participating in the battles, parades, pillaging,
raiding parties and animation within the grand encampment at Nancy Island.
Everyone's patience getting on and especially off the island and using the
shuttle service getting back and forth from Wasaga Nordic Trails parking
area was greatly appreciated.
I would also like to thank everyone for your patience with the weather and
making the best out of a very wet weekend especially on Sunday when everyone
was packing up and leaving.
The great music and entertainment provided by Hardtack & Harmony, Washboard
Hank, the Zoom Daddy's, Freshwater Trade, Shaymus the Story Teller,
On-gwe-ho-way, Caber Toss, Backroads, Dr. Quimby and Pauline Grondin as
Laura Secord added much value to the event. The open stage performance on
Friday and Saturday evenings was excellent with more than 15 performers and
musicians on the stage at some points.
E.L.M catering provided great food and the Community Emergency Response Team
providing 24hr first aid on-site service did an excellent job.
The biggest thank you goes out to the volunteer crew and the staff at Nancy
Island Historic Site who worked extremely hard setting up, driving the golf
cars, registration, admissions, snack bar, shuttle service and various other
duties too numerous to mention and of course clean-up and take down. I would
personally like to thank the following people for their extra effort in
making this event happen:
John Fisher - Superintendent - Wasaga Beach Provincial Park
Greg Forbes - Assistant Superintendent - Wasaga Beach Provincial Park
Marilyn Beecroft - Natural Heritage Education Specialist - Ontario Parks
Keith Johnston and his staff - Nancy Island Historic Site
Holly Haire - Special Events Co-ordinator - Town of Wasaga Beach
Andy Hulme and the Parks and Recreation Staff - Town of Wasaga Beach
Volunteers - Friends of Nancy Island & Wasaga Beach area
Roger Flint - HMEUC (Registration Guru)
Ed, Nancy, Heidi & Leah Kristufek - RNR
Kevin Brookes - RNR
Lisa Brunelle - HMEUC
Jean Brunelle, Kathy Jehle & Laura Kaus - HMEUC
David Mc Meekin - HMEUC
Rick & Mary Hayward - HMEUC
Andrew Flint - RNR
Colin Brown - RNR
Lyn & Nancy Downer - RNR
Richard Feltoe - Battle Narration
Diane Feltoe - IMUC
David Hutchings - Sound Technician
Daryl O'Shea - Website Design
Stephen Jupp - P.A. System
Keith Robillard - Georgian Bay Sanitation
I would also like to thank our local sponsors who helped make this
Town of Wasaga Beach
Nancy Island Historic Site
Friends of Nancy Island
Historic Military Establishment of Upper Canada
Dardanella Beach Bar
Meridian Credit Union
The Peak 95.1 FM
Sleeman Breweries - Tony King
Majors Guardian Pharmacy
Enrique Photo Art
John Mc Tavish Plumbing
Wasaga Beach Lioness Club
Wasaga Beach Lions Club
Wasaga Beach Paintball Adventure
Kinnette Club of Wasaga Beach
Grandma's Beach Treats
Sturgeon Point Marina
A big thank you to all the re-enactors who did sentry duty at the bridge
over the weekend, it was greatly appreciated and well received by the
public. Your help in monitoring re-enactors coming on and off the island
was also appreciated. A big thanks goes out to all the re-enactors in
general for maintaining your historical appearance in the grand encampment,
garbage and recycling rules and exiting the island on Monday morning. Your
donations of beer cans/bottles and liquor containers totalled $55.00 and
were greatly appreciated.
The 50/50 draw was won by Vern Coon from Plymouth, Michigan who is a member
of the Provincial Marine and he took home $213.50. Thank you to everyone who
purchased a ticket and also to Marilyn Wooldridge for helping to sell
tickets as well.
I would also like to thank Darlene Kingstone and her IMUC crew who had a
hand in making the Saturday afternoon tea and seminar a great success.
Special thanks go out to the following groups and individuals for bringing
there boats and canoes and the local O.P.P. & Ontario Parks marine units for
aiding in public boat control during the naval battles.
Amherstburg Provincial Marine - HMS Roulette
Lake Simcoe Squadron - L'Alliance - Tom Hurlbut
HMS Ferret - Charles Fitton
Voyageur Canoe - Ed Maxwell
I would also like to thank all those hearty re-enactors who took on the
mighty Nottawasaga River and conquered her during the Voyageur & Bateau Run
from Nancy Island to Schooner Town and back and all the residents and
spectators along the river who waited for them to come by and showed their
patriotic support for King and country.
The Iron Man contest was cut short this year due to poor weather, however
Matt Webb at that point had the best time and was declared the 2009 winner.
The Iron Women contest was a complete weather washout and never took place.
Thanks to everyone who participated or who were going to participate and
look forward to seeing you participate next year.
I would also like to thank all the following units for there participation:
1st Royal Scots Grenadiers
16th US Infantry
21st New York Militia
22nd US Infantry
25th US Infantry
British Indian Department
British Native Allies
Caldwell Western Rangers
Glengarry Light Infantry
Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada
Red Brigade Voyageurs
Royal George Society
Royal Newfoundland Regiment
Period Merchants & Demonstrators:
Merchant - Timbers Sutlery
Merchant - Blacksmith
Merchant - British Native Allies
Merchant - Flintnapper
Merchant - Glen Farms' Past Times
Merchant - Odds & Ends
Merchant - La Cullotte du Patriote
Merchant - Joseph the Chandler
Merchant - Linda's Early Fashions
Merchant - Iron Monger & Homesteading Goods
Merchant - Head of the Lakes Trading Post
Merchant - Lucy Locket
Merchant - Voices of the Past
Merchant - Penelope Pots
Merchant - Pioneer Knives
Merchant - Scrimshander Demonstrations
Merchant - Sew Historic
Merchant - Sutler Cyrus
Merchant - The Frontier Popcorn Co.
Merchant - The Seamstress Miller
Merchant - Soap & Glim
Mark July 23rd - 25th /2010 on your calendar as Wasaga under Siege will be
celebrating its 8th year.
Also here are the dates for the Wasaga under Siege events till 2014:
2010 - July 23rd - 25th
2011 - July 22nd - 24th
2012 - August 17th - 19th
2013 - August 16th - 18th
2014 - August 14th - 17th - 200th Anniversary
Look forward to seeing everyone next year!
David J. Brunelle
Co-ordinator - Wasaga under Siege 2009
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